It appears to me that there are far too many young people out there (at age 60 anybody who is 40 and under seems young to me) who are so desperate or greedy that they are scamming left right and center. A few of them do not even realize that they are guilty of this fact and most of them would be utterly horrified if you had to tell them that they are scammers.
As time goes by, the many "gullible" and not so gullible buyers get to know the names of those people who are not providing good quality product. They also get to know the names of those affiliates who persist in recommending products that they know nothing about and which are invariably total rubbish.
Once your name is known or believed to be that of a scammer or huckster you can count on sales slowing down and eventually drying up altogether. It might take time but it will happen. People will begin to turn away from you because they do not want to be tarnished with the same brush.
Yes, the internet being what it is, you can start trading under an assumed name, but is that what you really want? You will of course be found out eventually and your alias will be linked to your real name. Is your own good name and reputation not important to you?
Do you want to slink into your old age and eventual death with people saying of you "good ridance he/she was nothing but a snake-oil salesman".
Or, do you want to stand upright and know that your family and friends look to you with proud respect.
I recall that shortly after entering the internet marketing arena, I was scammed big time. That young man landed up in prison for internet fraud. I have no idea what caused him to do what he did, but his reputation was ruined.
These days, I very rarely buy anything without first looking for independent and honest reviews (thank heaven for the Warrior Forum),but I am utterly stymied as to why the owners and/or sellers of these products do not religiously follow up and comment on those reviews themselves (a few do of course).
Yesterday (Tue, April, 25, 2011) I purchased a product that looked interesting. The WF review was a bit wishy-washy but not particularly bad.
The following day that same marketer sent me a "recommendation". I checked the review for that product as well - it was really bad. This in turn made me question the integrity of the person who recommended it and from whom I had purchased the previous day.
I have now sent an email to the marketer in question, requesting that to save his reputation (and confirm his integrity) he publicly withdraw from from the contamination of a product that is considered to be a scam.
Will he respond? I don't know, I guess it all depends on whether he is happy for his parents and/or spouse and/or children to know precisely what he is doing and how he is earning his money.
Are you a man or woman of integrity?
Is your personal and business reputation important to you?
Have you investigated yourself and your business to find out what others think of you and your product?
If you have found something bad with regard to your reputation or product have you considered what you are going to do about it?
Do you give a damn?