Tom Bosley - Specialty Merchandise Corporation (SMC)
Page last updated & all links verified Month 00, 2006
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NOTE: This page Under Construction/Conversion
This page has not been completely converted to OFPv2 Standards.
When this is completed, this paragraph will go away.
Meanwhile, all external links on this page open a new window.
From the Original OFP Infomercial Info page
I think I've seen this commercial before and just saw it last night. (Thank GOD for that... I was getting tired of seeing Don Lapre/Lupre, the Health Man, and ITC all the time! - SOMETHING NEW! ). It sounds REALLY good, especially since they say you can get information for free, and actually start for (just) under $25. HOWEVER, from everything I've read in checking this out on the internet, that $25 is a "down payment" and actual costs to "start" are around $300 or more. THEN, if you are trying to find something to do from home on the internet, it doesn't work because of the market saturation and huge markups required to make any money. This besides the fact that they "design/develop" websites for you (for a cost), apparently at a number of "levels", depending on what you want to sell. Of course they have drop-shipping, so you don't HAVE to have inventory, but you have to understand the shipping costs. It sounds like it might be a good deal (btw: they don't require exclusivity as others might), if you have the money and space for inventory, and you do flea-markets or have a spot for impulse sales. By the same token, many of the products I saw on the commercial appear to be the type you can get from Harriet Carter, Dr. Leonard, and other mail-order catalogs, though they may be a little higher quality. Don't forget that they are the importers, therefore, they are the "middle man", and are making a profit, not only on your membership dues and marketing purchases, but on the products themselves. The infomercial states (as do many of this type) that all you have to do is purchase their system and "the products sell themselves", implying you don't have to do a thing, but set it up. Sorry folks. Business doesn't work that way. (See my father's story, below.)
As you can see, this page is not complete. I have transferred the information from the old Infomercial Info page to give myself (and you) a reference and starting point. I used other Business Opportunity pages as a template, and have left bits and pieces of paragraphs. They may or MAY NOT apply to THIS biz opp.
The links from the original reference have been transferred here, too. Other than the link(s) to the product site(s), they have not been "categorized". I will also find other links when I get to the conversion of this page.
Once this page is complete, the links note (above right) will be updated, and this whole section will be removed.
As with many of these Biz Opps (Business Opportunities), the owner/author/CEO/whatever has usually be extremely successful in what they are selling. In this case, xxx says he started out xxx, his business "took off". And then (of course), he learned an amazing secret that boosted his sales even higher. And he wants to share his "secrets" with us.
Again, as with others, xxx became the expert, started doing seminars, and writing books to go with them. He's expanded the books he originally wrote by adding new ones to the mix.
The package includes
From my understanding, most of this information is at least 2-4 years old (a life-time in Internet-land), and most of the details don't really apply in today's world. The principles, of course, are still valid, and if you've never done anything xxx at all, it MIGHT help.
There are also numerous sites on the internet with free articles and information to help you start a business. Some are xxx-specific, many xxx-specific. (See General Information (Real-Estate Investing) links, below for some of these pages/sites.
Following are links to what appear to be "main" sites for the product.
- and MANY others
This section lists the sites where I found "negative" comments about the people and company, and/or the product. Some of the terms "sham", "scam", "scams", "flim-flam", "complain", "complaints", "rip", "rip-off", "fraud", "warning", similar words, and maybe just "review" were used in searching for negative comments.
WARNING: Be aware that some of the following sites may be attempting to sell their own or lead you into buying another product. If you consider their (or others') offers, at least do as much research on them as you would in looking for a new house, car or doctor before buying anything. Also, be sure to read and understand any company's Privacy Policies and Terms/Conditions, too. A "$$" indicates these sites.
- http://www.ripoffreport.com/results.asp ... submit2=Search%21 (all the info on SMC)
It's been noted by a number of sites, much of the information you glean from xxx is available at various websites for free. In these links you can find products, reviews, and other articles that may help, whether you have bought the system or not.