Get rich quick schemes you bought

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We have all done it. Tell us what get rich quick scheme or product you bought.

I will start. In the 90's I bought Don Lapre's "Tiny Classified Ads" system. I should have known from his whiney voice it was too good to be true. I DID end up using his classified ad dept contact sheets for another biz and it worked so I never asked for a refund.

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#bought #quick #rich #schemes
  • Profile picture of the author FilthyRich
    I once brought a pack of DVD's for MLM marketing from Andrew Reynolds. Spent around £2000 on it! What a big mistake well this was in the 90's aswell!

    I have learnt so much since then and realised that what these peeps were selling is just junk!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dollface
    Haha! God, his voice is annoying! I have spent countless dollars on get rich schemes like this, and they never worked. But just like you, I bought one, and branched out to something else from it, and here I am, selling articles I write so my clients don't have to! I love to write, so this is a great job for me. I'm glad you found something that works for you!
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  • Profile picture of the author George Wright
    Hi,

    I don't mean to play devil's advocate here but if you got something out of what you bought (as 2 have said so far) What's the problem?

    I'm not a fan of DL but I do know his methods worked on various levels for some people.

    No business, not eBay, not Don Lupre, Not Amazon, not Shaklee, not Amway, not Robert Allen, NO business works for the majority of people who buy in to it. Why? I'll not raise a controversy here by repeating the "why." . It's stated over and over in this forum.

    However, All of them work for some. The "Why?" is the opposite of the "Why?" above. Again people get angry when we say the "Why?s"

    Anyway, Congratulations on taking action (oops) on a segment of DLs program and making it work.

    Oh, in answer to your question, I got into shaklee, sold two bottles and went out and bought a new car based on future earnings. Those darn downline people never sold another bottle of the stuff so my car payments never came in.

    The other thing I got into was a soap/cleaning products company. They went out of business but not before I proudly became a "General" based on my PV Those products lasted us for a few years. I even used them in my cleaning business and turned them into thousands of dollars based on the money my janitorial accounts paid me. (How's that for rationalization?)

    Nice Thread, Thanks,

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    • Profile picture of the author Dollface
      Originally Posted by George Wright View Post

      Hi,

      I don't mean to play devil's advocate here but if you got something out of what you bought (as 2 have said so far) What's the problem?

      I'm not a fan of DL but I do know his methods worked on various levels for some people.

      No business, not eBay, not Don Lupre, Not Amazon, not Shaklee, not Amway, not Robert Allen, NO business works for the majority of people who buy in to it. Why? I'll not raise a controversy here by repeating the "why." . It's stated over and over in this forum.

      However, All of them work for some. The "Why?" is the opposite of the "Why?" above. Again people get angry when we say the "Why?s"

      Anyway, Congratulations on taking action (oops) on a segment of DLs program and making it work.

      Oh, in answer to your question, I got into shaklee, sold two bottles and went out and bought a new car based on future earnings. Those darn downline people never sold another bottle of the stuff so my car payments never came in.

      The other thing I got into was a soap/cleaning products company. They went out of business but not before I proudly became a "General" based on my PV Those products lasted us for a few years. I even used them in my cleaning business and turned them into thousands of dollars based on the money my janitorial accounts paid me. (How's that for rationalization?)

      Nice Thread, Thanks,

      George Wright
      I suppose you're right. I did get to start my article writing busniess, so I did get something. I didn't think of it that way.
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  • Profile picture of the author shmerns
    The Zaken Corporation, yikes!
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    • Profile picture of the author Sipboy3000
      SMC was mine.

      I still have some of that crap in storage I need to get rid of.

      I did get something out of it though, gave away a lot of little gifts.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dollface
        Originally Posted by Sipboy3000 View Post

        SMC was mine.

        I still have some of that crap in storage I need to get rid of.

        I did get something out of it though, gave away a lot of little gifts.
        Ah man...I hate to hear that. I was gonna order that! Haha! Glad you said something. Did it work at all?
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    Sorry I guess my thread brought out a spammer. Post reported
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    • Profile picture of the author Dollface
      Originally Posted by Brad Gosse View Post

      Sorry I guess my thread brought out a spammer. Post reported
      Haha! That will happen. Like little mosquitoes...Buzzz!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gail Sober
    Let's see, there's been so many.

    William J. McCorkle's "No Money Down" Real Estate System

    U.S. Mortgage Bi-Weekly Mortgage Simulation

    Don Lapre's "Tiny Classified Ads"

    SMC (Specialty Merchandise Corp)

    John Beck's "Free and Clear" Real Estate System

    That's all I can think of right now.

    Don't leave me alone late at night with a credit card nearby!
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    • Profile picture of the author Dollface
      I tried the John Beck thing too...I still live in my apartment, if that tells you anything.
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    • Profile picture of the author George Wright
      Originally Posted by Gail Sober View Post

      Let's see, there's been so many.
      Don't leave me alone late at night with a credit card nearby!
      LOL now I must run to get a towel to clean the Earl Grey Tea from my teaboard uhh keyboard.

      Thanks for that,

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    • Profile picture of the author Alton Hargrave
      Originally Posted by Gail Sober View Post

      Let's see, there's been so many.

      William J. McCorkle's "No Money Down" Real Estate System

      U.S. Mortgage Bi-Weekly Mortgage Simulation

      Don Lapre's "Tiny Classified Ads"

      SMC (Specialty Merchandise Corp)

      John Beck's "Free and Clear" Real Estate System

      That's all I can think of right now.

      Don't leave me alone late at night with a credit card nearby!
      I bought into the U.S. Mortgage bi-weekly scheme. I spent about $900 to be a "director"! What a laugh. I had business cards, I met with some other guy who had bought into this and was trying to make it big (at his mother in law's expense) and for a while, I was all excited about it. I even closed myself up in my room and did some cold calling. Anyhow, I wasted much time and money on a scheme that quickly lost it's steam because right afterwards, the government started allowing bi-weekly plans, so I had no angle.

      Tiny little ads! Early one morning, I was looking for something to watch on tv and ran across Don Lapre and his tiny damn little ads. I raced to the phone and whipped out my credit card. After paying for it, I started looking online at reviews and was quite upset. When it came to the post office, I refused delivery, thinking I might get my money back. Of course, I never did. I think that one only cost me about 40 bucks.

      Well I gotta go. There is some show coming on about some guy who will show me his Internet Shortcuts for only a small fee. Strange, that he would be so generous. And, stranger, that little smirk on his tv face!

      Look guys, watch tv for entertainment. Come here for get rich plans. Why, you can buy one here every day. All you have to decide is whether you want to make 1k, 5k, or 6figs a day. If you want 6 figs, get a fig tree...you can't go wrong!
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    • Profile picture of the author John Cabral
      Originally Posted by Gail Sober View Post

      Let's see, there's been so many.

      William J. McCorkle's "No Money Down" Real Estate System

      U.S. Mortgage Bi-Weekly Mortgage Simulation

      Don Lapre's "Tiny Classified Ads"

      SMC (Specialty Merchandise Corp)

      John Beck's "Free and Clear" Real Estate System

      That's all I can think of right now.

      Don't leave me alone late at night with a credit card nearby!
      Darn those late night infomercials. LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author Gail Sober
    LOL now I must run to get a towel to clean the Earl Grey Tea from my teaboard uhh keyboard.
    Don't worry, if they ever run a late night infomercial for a cleaning Earl Grey Tea from keyboards... I'LL ORDER IT!!
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  • Profile picture of the author FilthyRich
    I have to admit though it was Andrew Reynolds that first brought my attention to internet marketing and the click bank website so in that sense i did gain something from him but for £2000 pounds i still do not know if it was worth it!
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    • Profile picture of the author MKons
      haha that video is awesome!

      90's: "make loads of money posting tiny classified ads..."

      08: "you can now make money by simply posting links on google"

      priceless.
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  • Profile picture of the author Veredfu
    I think that the only problematic thing about "Get rich quick schemes" is the "quick" and the fact that they make you believe that you will not have to work.

    When they say "take action" they talk about buying the get rich quick scheme, they don't tell you that you will have to do so all along the way, and that riches will not come that quick, or at least that it will depend on how much time and energy you will put into it.
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    • Profile picture of the author JasonC.biz
      I don't think most of mine were schemes really, just that they didn't suit my personality so I didn't work their systems.

      I bought Don LaPre's Tiny Classified Ads too.

      I also bought into SMC. Sold a few products, but not enough to make a profit.

      I also bought a product by McKorkle - it was a government auction thing.

      Dave Del Dotto's real estate package, whatever it was called.

      Charles Givens' thing, whatever it was called.

      Melaleuca - MLM - household cleaning & nutritional supplements. They actually had (have?) some very good products.

      Quorum - MLM - personal alarms.

      Formula 1 - MLM - ephedrine-based energy supplement - shut down by the state several years ago.

      Primerica - MLM - insurance/investments, formerly A.L. Williams. Only had one sale, but that made most of my money back.

      There were others I can't recall the names or details of.

      Now - there was one thing I fell for that was an absolute scam - envelope stuffing. I was young and stupid, oh well.

      Jason
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  • Profile picture of the author MommyEnterprises
    I bought into some get rich schemes many years ago. My first one was some thing that I was supposed to get for collecting names/addresses for a mailing list or something. I don't think I ever earned anything from it.
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  • This is honestly one of the funniest threads I've seen on here.

    But I agree that sometimes difficult circumstances put us in the path of lessons or experiences that end up being the foundation of what we actually succeed at.

    Although Tiny Classifieds sounds more like a Disney cartoon...
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  • Profile picture of the author virtuallywork
    The Rich Jerk
    Internet Millions
    Make-N-Dollars
    Data Entry Typist
    Carleton Sheets
    Real Estate Auctions
    Grant Crap

    I bought more but this has gone on so long that I actually do not remember the other schemes' names. At least I learned my lesson after a while instead of still playing the sucker.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lindsay Brynn
    I have purchased some things that haven't turned out to be great but I usually feel that I come away learning at least something.

    Anything advertised on the TV always scares me so I would never buy from there (at least in the make money niche). I remember seeing that real estate guy in the middle of the night when I had to stay up with my newborn early last year. The next day I went online to see what people were saying about it because it looked like a scam and sure enough that is what people were saying. It is just sad that some people gave him 1000s in follow up courses that did nothing.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasondinner
    LMFAO!!! I just found Don Lapre's Twitter account.

    And it DEFINITELY is him.

    I'm not going to post it though bc I feel by not posting
    it I'm doing a lot of you guys a favor.
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    • Profile picture of the author eshera
      Don Lapree
      Summit (collectors/baseball type thingy)
      Carlton Sheets
      "No Money Down" Real Estate ($8,000 on AmEx for that puppy)
      Oh, almost forgot, anybody else get sucked into Equinox? Another silly $5,000 investment....did I say that?

      Have looked at so many others, but started to learn my lesson by then.

      Funny story to add:

      I was going to meet with restaurant owner a couple of weeks ago. I had already met with him once, I was going to revamp their site...blah blah.

      So, he wanted me to meet his business partner who is a chiropractor. A few weeks passed as we tried to get a date and time that would work for all three of us. I thought it very odd that he kept shooting for 7 o'clock on Thursdays....hmmm I thought. " This seems familiar..."

      I drove to the doc's office before 7 o'clock only to find a ton of cars...way too many for that time of night. There were guys hanging outside talking. Needless to say, I did not go in. I have left a couple of messages, but I am still not sure what he was "peddling".

      Too funny....side note...I left a cool link on LBB if anybody is a fishing fan!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gail Sober
    LMFAO!!! I just found Don Lapre's Twitter account.
    I found him too.

    He tweeted

    "I am looking for the best person who can show me how to get my website rocking? Who knows an internet expert? Thanks in advance!"

    I'm tempted to suggest posting a bunch of tiny little ads in a bunch of newspapers.
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    • Profile picture of the author jasondinner
      Originally Posted by Gail Sober View Post

      I found him too.

      He tweeted

      "I am looking for the best person who can show me how to get my website rocking? Who knows an internet expert? Thanks in advance!"

      I'm tempted to suggest posting a bunch of tiny little ads in a bunch of newspapers.
      Not if I beat you to it
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    • Profile picture of the author Matt Lee
      Originally Posted by Gail Sober View Post

      I found him too.

      He tweeted

      "I am looking for the best person who can show me how to get my website rocking? Who knows an internet expert? Thanks in advance!"

      I'm tempted to suggest posting a bunch of tiny little ads in a bunch of newspapers.

      ROTFLMAO!! Isn't he like a gabillionaire? You'd think someone if his "status" would have a small army behind him... LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author jasondinner
    Too late I already did.

    I wrote this -->

    RT - @DonLapreTV - here's how to get your website rocking. Post a bunch of tiny classified ads on the web and your traffic will SKYROCKET
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    • Profile picture of the author mike52683
      I bought so many of these I can't remember the names! That probably sounds bad...but I've learned my lesson

      I do remember

      Rich Jerk
      Data Entry (couple different ones...I'm a slow learner!)
      Some Ebay system that didn't work

      I'm just glad to be past all of that!
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  • Profile picture of the author jasondinner
    Let's not forget about "Paid Surveys"

    I think it was my first exposure to a clickbank product
    and it took me about a month to realize it was one of
    the biggest crocks of sh*t as I stated on my blog. LOL

    But Data Entry is crap.

    So was Angel Stevens. TOTAL GARBAGE

    I think they got shut down. At least that's what I heard.

    What a joke. LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author dorim
    Specialty Merchandise Corporation is the one I remember most. There were a few others in the late 1990's I purchased, but I can't remember them now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Riz
    When i just finished school at the tender age of 17 i bought into:

    1) Stuffing envelope schemes
    2) Work at home making little electronic gadgets. You would pay £25 and the company would send you some basic materials with some vague instructions. Once built we are supposed to get paid £25 for each one we build.

    Of course i had dreams of doing 100 a day. Low and behold every time i made the little gadget it would be returned back saying it is wrong.

    Mmmm - my dreams were shattered, lol!

    Riz
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  • Profile picture of the author DrewG
    I'm happy to say that I've never fallen for any type of get-rich-quick scheme. I do remember the 'tiny classified' ads advertisement and thinking 'how in the world does this work...?'
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  • Profile picture of the author nemock
    Chris Johnson's Free Grant Money

    Even lost a friendship over that one.

    Dave
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  • Profile picture of the author misterwrecker
    I will have to disagree with those that said "The Rich Jerk " is a scam. That book is filled with solid information about getting started in IM and the price now makes it a no brainer. I bought it years ago and I'm sure it opened a lot of people up to affiliate marketing.


    One scam that I fell for was that notorious chain letter that sounded so great on paper.

    I also purchased one of those "assemble products from home kits."
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayhew
    Don Lapre, Brad Richdale, Dave DelDotto (i'm givin you a rainbow , Carleton Sheets, The Asian pimp himself Tom Vu (I really miss his infomercials. Bought it and kept watching it for the laughs!) William McCorkle (now imprisoned Ron Legrand & the twin dwarfs, SMC, Mellinger Import/Export, Ken Roberts Commodities course, and a ton more
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  • Profile picture of the author TimGross
    There is a serious need to define terms in this thread, because "Get Rich Quick Scheme" means very different things to different people:

    1) Highly promoted program making big promises that only a small portion of buyers profit from even though they provide legitimate information (because that's the nature of the beast when you cast a broad net)

    2) Highly promoted program making big promises that provides poor information that helps virtually no one because of its low quality

    3) Illegal ripoff scam

    Posters here are listing envelope stuffing and data entry rip-offs alongside Rich Jerk. If that's the threshold, 4/5ths of WSO's could be listed here as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonl70
    I thought newbies were supposed to be broke and penniless - how could you guys afford these programs?

    Although I never bought it - tom vu was my favorite my brother and I still immitate him for laughs
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  • Profile picture of the author Biggy Fat
    Haha, I remember Don Lapre. I actually bought his crap when I was desperately seeking a way to make money because at the time I didn't believe in myself and thought I could never get a job. I also fell for those stuffing envelopes scams (you actually get a book on how to start a mail order business). I "considered" getting that Carlton Sheets real estate crap as well, but I started donating plasma.
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    • Profile picture of the author thmgoodw
      Back in the day I went with my father to a free sales speech from Tom Vu. Thankfully we never bought anything from him, but Tom was a character.

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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayhew
        Originally Posted by thmgoodw View Post

        Back in the day I went with my father to a free sales speech from Tom Vu.
        Me too. At the time I was hoping all the girls from the yacht would be there. They were a no show Quite a few licensed realtors were there and he pissed them off big time. It was quality entertainment for sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Lee
    That Don Lapre Classified Ads System is actually the SAME exact system i bought like 10 years ago! Funny!
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  • Profile picture of the author Keeslover
    The Jeff Paul underwear thing
    Gov't auctions
    Data entry
    Surveys
    And I am really ashamed to say...Horizon Technologies. That one wasn't so much a get rich *quick* scheme, but it was a scheme all right.
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  • Profile picture of the author AffiliateTraining
    I could tell you a million stories about this too. Andrew Reynolds, Streetwise Marketing, even a lot of the big IM guys now... all they're selling is "the dream", then regurgitating it and reselling it as "the bigger dream".

    Brad - should have made the thread "Get rich quick schemes you bought and got rich quick from".

    That would have thrown a spanner in the works
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    • Profile picture of the author Ian Jackson
      Originally Posted by AffiliateTraining View Post

      I could tell you a million stories about this too. Andrew Reynolds, Streetwise Marketing, even a lot of the big IM guys now... all they're selling is "the dream", then regurgitating it and reselling it as "the bigger dream".

      Brad - should have made the thread "Get rich quick schemes you bought and got rich quick from".

      That would have thrown a spanner in the works
      In the late 80s/early 90s, the "get rich" schemes (MLM) I tried; Cabouchon (jewellery), Non-Scents (odour adsorption), Herbalife, Amway, and some perfume thing who's name I forget now. Cold-selling & demos were simply not my personality.

      Mr Reynolds was my first experience of IM
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  • Profile picture of the author jgand
    Yeah, I once bought one of those real estate schemes, they even pitched in a cheap watch, I was able to get my money back though. But you live and learn.
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    Did you get to keep the watch?
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonmorgan
    We have all done it. Tell us what get rich quick scheme or product you bought.
    none.

    yeah, they are 'get rich quick schemes' the part they leave out is it's a make them rich scheme, not you.

    It's like blowing your money on the Dr. Phil self help book of the week, same information, differnet cover, all common sense and a waste of money.

    I'd say something about a few of the WSO's but... let's not get myself banned today.
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  • Profile picture of the author Success With Dany
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    Pyramid Madoff-style, made A LOT of money with it. Fortunately, in the black before the owner vanished.

    The ONLY TIME and most money I've EVER made "working at home".

    Seeing that 4-figures check NOT bouncing was incredible.
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  • Profile picture of the author DASHBOY
    Bought a real estate system similar to William J. McCorkle's , but a UK version.
    1 Year later the property boom's, bubble burst, damn!

    Then you realise why it was none of these companies where advertising their system when the property market was booming, lol.

    Cheers

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    • Profile picture of the author T.I.M.
      This FREE Network MLM system getting people to switch phone services. I did learn something from that as the guy training me wanted me to call him with a list of 50 people & he would be on the calls with me. I was 18 or 19 so most friends lived at home, no cell phones then & small family so had not quite 20 numbers. He didn't do the calls with me. I was like WTF but then it hit me: He wanted me to have a list of at least 50 people so lesson learned.

      Don Lapre's system helped me make rent a few years ago. I was short on rent, middle of Summer so I bought a few air conditioners from ads and posted them in free newspaper as well as posted paper ads @ grocery stores & laundromats.

      While I wasn't going to get rich off these methods I did make some $$$ when it was needed and did learn a lesson from each so it was worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    Anything by Ewen Chia or Michael Cheney
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    • Profile picture of the author steveblum
      Originally Posted by troy23 View Post

      Anything by Ewen Chia or Michael Cheney
      Give me some inside info on what you mean. I've bought a couple e-books from Ewen Chia and I think his stuff is pretty good. Yes, he's mastered up-selling like crazy but I really don't have any complaints with his material.

      In fact, I was turned on to a couple of his JV partners that are showing me some pretty awesome stuff.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mmfh
        I bought the William Mc Corkel system for real estate millions and I think it was a whole week after I bought it he was on the news getting taken to jail for fraud!

        Carlton Sheets was good to take a few bucks from me.

        I also bought Rich dad Poor dad from Robert Kirosakie
        ( spelling?). Although a little different in nature it didn't do anything for me.

        I remember those place adds all over the country commercials and its funny seeing you bring it up.

        Mm
        On edit; I just noticed I'm 100 posts old now!
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by Brad Gosse View Post

    In the 90's I bought Don Lapre's "Tiny Classified Ads" system.
    I bought that system four times over as many years, compared each version to the others, and took voluminous notes on what he changed, removed, or added.

    So in a very real sense, Don Lapre was my marketing mentor. He just never knew it... although he may have suspected. The last time I bought his system, the operator mentioned that Don had left a note on my account. It said "I like this guy."
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  • Profile picture of the author John Burton
    I also wasted money buying the Don Lapre stuff when I was younger and more naive - how foolish of me.

    The best way to build trust with customers nowadays is to give away quality products for free - which is exactly what I do on all of my sites, including my main site in my signature.

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  • Profile picture of the author jazzyjeff
    Thanks for sharing the Don Lapre and Tom Vu videos.....Total hilariousness.

    I fell for John Beck's Free and Clear Real Estate System.

    He shows you how to buy homes on pennies for the dollar by purchasing tax liens.

    Interesting stuff but only can be done in a few states.
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  • Profile picture of the author Keith Boisvert
    Originally Posted by Brad Gosse View Post

    We have all done it. Tell us what get rich quick scheme or product you bought.

    I will start. In the 90's I bought Don Lapre's "Tiny Classified Ads" system. I should have known from his whiney voice it was too good to be true. I DID end up using his classified ad dept contact sheets for another biz and it worked so I never asked for a refund.

    Some of you may not be old enough to remember these ads.
    YouTube - Don Lapre Sells Tiny Classified Ads
    Not a one. I bought many products/systems when I first started out(as I suspect most do) with the intention of learning. Of course somewhere in my head I am sure I thought I may "Get rich quick", but ultimately I knew I was learning...

    I have always been able to pull info from every product I have purchased. I have always been of the opinion that there is no one system for me, that MY system is melding of many different strategies put together in a way that I can make them work in my favor.

    There were many products I was disappointed in...of course, but I wont name them because I am only one person and my opinion on someones product...is just my opinion, and may not reflect the product to someone else.

    keith
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  • Profile picture of the author TommyBussey
    I fell prey to Ty Coughlin's "Reverse Funnel System"

    Just writing that makes me want to punch that !@#$er !@#$er right between the eyes haha.

    However, I would have to say that in order to make it not a total loss, I did learn as much as I could and learned the best way NOT to do things.

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  • Profile picture of the author ecoverartist
    Much of the things I've seen Ewen Chia come out with lately are actually quite helpful and inexpensive, particularly if you're new to IM or new to a particular technique (like building a list). Probably the same would apply to the Rich Jerk although I've never seen his product.

    This isn't really a get rich quick scheme but my mother was dead set on buying Kevin Trudeau's weight loss crap "they don't want you to know about". As soon as she opened up the first page and read 'colon cleanse' she closed it and promptly put it on the back of the toilet where it belongs. I tried to talk her out of it...show her the Amazon reviews, but she insisted he must know SOMETHING!

    That something was how to take your money from you
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    • Profile picture of the author wordwizard
      What a fun thread. And thanks for the videos!

      I have to admit that I jotted down the phone number when I watched that first tiny ads video ;-) Does the number still work? Actually, I just had to test it and there's someone else there who knows nothing about tiny ads...

      I did fall for the paid surveys (actually had high hopes since it seemed the ideal way to make some extra money on the side...)

      Fortunately, I realized after a week or so just where this was headed and stopped.

      Ouch!

      It was one of my first internet ventures a few years back, and it almost completely stopped me in my tracks.

      And if I see someone promoting paid surveys now, it always gives me pause and makes me wonder about their integrity (and their otherwise very legitimate and even excellent products). For all I know they may not have personally tried it and simply went for the flashy clickbank promos, but still...

      About the work at home things, --- I would have fallen for that if it hadn't been for them wanting information I didn't trust them with (bank account, etc.). So I guess that saved me.
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      • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
        Originally Posted by wordwizard View Post

        I have to admit that I jotted down the phone number when I watched that first tiny ads video ;-)
        The biggest takeaway for me from that course is that he boils down the classic "Scientific Advertising" into about five pages of concentrated information.

        Or you can just read the original, which I attached to a post in the Hallowe'en thread earlier today.
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  • Profile picture of the author Irishman
    3 lines are forever engraved in my mind... unfortunately:

    "Just pick up the phone..."

    "that's all you have to do..."

    "tiny 1 BR apartment..."


    lol, thanks Don.
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  • Profile picture of the author pheonix44
    The Zaken Corporation, yikes!
    I still get pissed thinking about this one. I paid 200.00$ for this and I really thought I could make it work. The flaw was no one in their right mind would pay the low prices required to make it work. Also they tried upselling the crap out of me. I'll never forget it. I'll also throw in John Becks free and clear real-estate system. What a load of crap.
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    • Profile picture of the author marin7
      Something called "The Cookie Cutter System", were you paid $20 to be taught to post the same ad that suckered you in in the first place. It was between that and Corey Rudl's course, so yeah, not my smartest decision.

      Marina
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      • Profile picture of the author Fun to Write
        Originally Posted by marin7 View Post

        Something called "The Cookie Cutter System", were you paid $20 to be taught to post the same ad that suckered you in in the first place. It was between that and Corey Rudl's course, so yeah, not my smartest decision.

        Marina
        LOL.

        Yes, I'd forgotten about The Cookie Cutter System - I bought that, but can't remember what the heck it was all about now. I'm embarrassed to admit I bought way too many of them when I first started out online.

        I was really gullible. It was like flushing money down the toilet.

        I think buying these schemes is sort of a "right of passage" for internet marketers. I bet, most on this forum have bought these - but many won't admit it.

        Actually, I'd rather forget about it myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fun to Write
    I actually got a $20 settlement check for some online mall system I'd bought but never did anything with. The company got sued for false claims and had to pay out in a mass settlement case.

    Having a little taste of justice was nice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Folusho Orokunle
    I hate to rain on everyone's parade here, but if we explained what niche marketing was to anyone that doesn't make money online, they would tell you that you're either one of those spammers, scammers, or your in "one of those get rich quick thingies".

    I look at it this way: Anything can be sold if it is sold with integrity and without lies.
    But there are certain things I would never sell like sex and drugs.

    But information products are just information. The trouble comes when people lie
    and deceive in order to sell that info.

    Let's face it people................HYPE SELLS.

    Hype isn't bad, lies are bad. Some people seem to think that hype and lies are the same thing though. I don't think they are.

    But I digress.

    I joined ACN, Ameriplan, ect... Oh wait. I did make money in Ameriplan but I realized that I could be putting my efforts into more productive tasks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jim Hallmark
    Brad,
    OMG, did this thread ever bring back some memories for me.

    I am embarrassed to say that I bought just about every get rich scheme that came along back in the 90's and early 2000's.

    I too bought Don Lapres tiny classified ads and then fell for the $500 upsell from one of his telemarketers a few weeks later. Here are some of my other memorable "investments":

    The Mellinger company - Import/Export business

    Association of Certified Liquidators

    M.O.R.E. Company "Successful business tools"

    William J McCorkle's "The whole enchilada" real estate course
    (I have to say though that I really did enjoy seeing him cry like a baby in front of the judge before they sent him off to the "Big house.")

    Carleton Sheets real estate course

    Ken Roberts commodity course

    Brad Richdales "Secrets to makey money now" course

    Dave Del Dotto

    Coastal Vacations

    Emerald Passport

    All those years I always thought that I just wasn't selling enough stuff to make any money but then I heard Frank Kerns take on it and I liked it a whole lot better.

    He said
    "I think the problem a lot of times isn't that we're not selling enough stuff. I think the problem is that there are too many people not buying our stuff. Therefore (Classic Mass Control) it's not our fault. It's theirs for not buying our s--t! What's wrong with these *$#%!'s?!"
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  • Profile picture of the author daykotah
    Amway was my first. Then AL Williams, then Amway again. I can't remember why I tried them again. Must have been a change in the program. Next was Carlton Sheets which I returned and got a refund, then Rich Dad/Poor Dad, which changed my way of thinking. Even though I never earned any money, I did learn that with the right product or service, MLM could work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    Oh this brings back memories... most of them not good. :-)

    I've bought a few real estate courses from lesser known RE gurus - Vena Jones-Cox, Drew White, and Donna Bauer all of which turned out to be helpful.

    I bought Sheets at a time when I already owned property. Much of his info was out of date. I gave the course to a neighbor who always had wanted to buy it, but he never got around to doing so. He sold it at flea market for a few dollars. LOL

    Jeff Paul's underwear program - did $40,000 with that one. About half of that amount was money I spent on advertising. Sooo $20K from it wasn't bad. And I learned a lot.

    Don Lapre's Makin Money - piece of junk. I remember an article in "DM News" (Direct Marketing News) about Lapre filing for bankruptcy protection. The article published a list of his creditors. He eventually sold the "Makin' Money" business, and could no longer offer it. That is why he went into the vitamin MLM business.

    :-Don
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    • Profile picture of the author TimCastleman
      You'll Thank Don Schenk for that post.

      I guess I haven't bought to many get rich quick schemes. Tons of programs, PDF's, etc that I haven't done anything with but so far (knocking on wood) whatever I have used has made me money.


      Tim
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    • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
      Originally Posted by Don Schenk View Post

      He eventually sold the "Makin' Money" business, and could no longer offer it.
      By any chance do you recall who bought it? I'd like to see what they've done with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gail Sober
    Not a get rich scheme but I'm right on the tipping point of springing for the

    p90x fitness program

    I need a "late night infomercial" sponsor to call when I find myself wanting to jump up off the recliner and start running for my wallet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
    Dear god... Maverick Money Makers.

    That was before I knew anything about anything related to Internet Marketing. To add insult to injury, I should've seen it coming - that was back when there were "only 17 spots" left but affiliates could make a lot of money through promoting - with the amount of affiliates promoting, those 17 spots would've been gone in an hour or two.

    Oh well. You learn from your mistakes.
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  • Profile picture of the author actionplanbiz
    Carlton Sheets "No Money Down" Great Info Product, but not easy at all....
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Tocco
    Did the Amway (Quixtar) thing once and Excel phone service. Met alot of very motivated people at Amway and they do some great training but peolpe fell out of my downline as fast as I could get them in. Felt like I was spinning my wheels. I must say though that some of the principles they teach have been very helpful when applied to my current business and to life in general.
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  • Profile picture of the author James_Harkin
    How about this for a get rich quick scheme headline:

    "You Can Be A Millionaire Guaranteed, By Pressing A Few Buttons In The Right Order"

    Vague but certainly correct ... if only it were that simple

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  • Profile picture of the author smitty7534
    Originally Posted by Brad Gosse View Post

    We have all done it. Tell us what get rich quick scheme or product you bought.

    I will start. In the 90's I bought Don Lapre's "Tiny Classified Ads" system. I should have known from his whiney voice it was too good to be true. I DID end up using his classified ad dept contact sheets for another biz and it worked so I never asked for a refund.

    Some of you may not be old enough to remember these ads.
    YouTube - Don Lapre Sells Tiny Classified Ads
    Oh man does that bring back memories... I was stupid enough to fall for it twice.. Once back in the very early 90's where I paid him about $200 for that course. I was about 16-17 at the time I think & My mom was pissed. Made me file with the BBB and get my money back from him. Then about 6 years later I ran across him again and purchased the 900# sports/physic lines he was selling. Yeah it was a joke to say the least.. Oh well, you live and learn.
    I I just read something recently that he just committed suicide. Bunch of lawsuits against him for basically stealing peoples money for these bogus courses..
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    • Profile picture of the author Onora Oz
      Originally Posted by smitty7534 View Post

      Oh man does that bring back memories...
      Talking about the memories... This thread is from 2009
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      • Profile picture of the author smitty7534
        Originally Posted by Onora Oz View Post

        Talking about the memories... This thread is from 2009
        Yeah after I posted that I started looking over the thread and noticed the date.. lol
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