I made a post on my page about Internet Marketing – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly because of a recent incident where I failed to read one small thing that was kind of hidden and I almost lost over $100. I guess if you think that isn’t much money, you don’t need to read what I have to say. Because for me, I find that making even $100 through online selling can be difficult. I sure hate to lose that hard-earned money.
So, I ordered a DVD from Shawn Casey about his 10K club. He says it’s about how to get $10,000 a month faster and easier than you ever though possible.
I don’t remember the emails ever saying that by ordering the DVD they promoted that I had actually joined something I would have to pay for monthly. I never saw that on the DVD cover, or on the actual disk label. I never heard that said in the actual video, either. This to me is just short of a scam tactic. It is my fault completely that I never saw the folded up piece of paper in the shipping envelope that actually said that I would have to cancel my membership (or I would be charged every month – and get another DVD).
So, I was able to get out of being a member and am supposed to get that $100+ back. We’ll see about that! But as far as the contents of the DVD, it covers the basics of internet marketing (mostly about email marketing, PPC marketing and some mention of free traffic). It also makes it clear that you should not just be selling, but be making customers. The point being, you would get customers to subscribe to something monthly. There is nothing wrong with any of the content, as it is. It also doesn’t tell you HOW to do any of the above. I suppose that if I wanted to watch the webinars and keep paying each month I would have access to more detailed information.
I just am not interested in learning through a subscription – probably because I am aware of ways to gain all this knowledge (and more) through other marketers’ videos. Actually many good ones are on Youtube. In fact, there are free courses for learning about internet marketing (and they don’t over promise by saying you will make a million dollar business). No one should promise such a thing – there are just too many factors that are unknown (about the person you are teaching, about changes in the internet, etc.)
So, why would I pay for someone to slowly dole out information (while they charge me monthly) when I can learn more from a free course such as Ed Dale’s 30 Day Challenge (which I will be giving a Wave review to soon). So, for the price alone, and the slow delivery of actualy USEFUL information, I would give this a rating of: Warning!
Well, I don’t have good news yet. Here is the history. In May I ordered the 10K club DVD to see what it was about (the offer was that I only pay for shipping). The paper that came with it doesn’t elaborate on the “Membership” or that you are actually in a club, it just says
“After you dig into the DVD’s and the online videos, I’m sure you’ll agree that the $10K Club is an amazing bargain at just $99 a month. We’ll be charging your credit card one month after you joined and then we’ll send your next member package.”
Joined…WHAT? I never joined anything.
On July 26th I got an email saying my order was shipped. That was my first clue that there was a problem! (So I checked my credit card and on July 17 I had been billed for $104.94.I called the number listed with the credit transaction to tell them to cancel it and refund me. They said I had to receive the order and return it to get my money back. It is now July 1, and the shipment has not arrived. I hope it does so I can return it and get my money back. This is sooooo close to being a scam (I am livid)!
This is what I think is so wrong:
- The emails never said clearly that I was going to be billed monthly. That one piece of paper that did was stuffed down in the shipping envelope (which I overlooked at first).
- The website that you go to for information says nothing about how to cancel.
- The support site says nothing about how to cancel.
- The content on the actual DVD says nothing about how to cancel.
- Neither the printed outside cover of the DVD case nor the printed label on the disk say a thing about how to cancel.
You see… they make it easy FOR THEM to take your money and hard FOR YOU to get your money back. You can search the internet for Shawn Casey scam and you will see others feel the same way I do.
UPDATE #2 – YAY, I got a refund! I had to send that 2nd DVD back. It wasn’t hard to get the refund AFTER going through a lot of trouble with trying to figure out that I was signed up for a membership I didn’t want. I bet lots of people don’t catch on right away and that probably adds up to quite a bit of money for Shawn Casey. Kind of a slick system – and really it needs to be much more transparent about HOW to get out of the membership.