My journey to success started a few years ago. This process was with obstacles and full of disappointment. Why? I wanted to find the option for me to be free and do what I would like to do. For me, the research took some time to find real teachers. I was a newbie, and I did not know who was who.
Who has or had the same view, please lift your hand up. Yes, I see the people who would like to have freedom and ability to do what they want to do. I was, and I am in the same company as you, who want to escape 9 to 5 job. Just I had experience which can be useful for you.
At first; I got familiar with ClickBank. It is the massive affiliate marketing network. They help for members and vendors to sell digital products. The ClickBank is a middle man, which confirms payments, process orders, takes care of customer service. Members of ClickBank helped me to get my money back when I bought the shiny product a few years ago from the different company.
Okay, I thought it is interesting to know how they create products and offer them to clients. I registered to the forum, but for me the information was unclear. I decided to look further.
At first, when I joined this place, I liked atmosphere where members shared their expertise, asked questions and got answers. Remember, it was a few years ago. Words that they used were unfamiliar to me. I started to look for other opinions, explanations, and advice. Unfortunately, it led for wasting money on shiny products and programs. I wanted to learn but stumbled upon false gurus.
Slightly disappointed I looked further. I knew that somewhere must be real mentors and people who reached success. I was close, but….
The Stranger from Australia
I can not recall how I bought one program about solo ads. This program sounded how the good way to earn some bucks. It did not cost so much. It was about few dollars.
Usually, if somebody buys the product, he or she puts an email address. It is a good way to have the contact in case if the seller wants to offer more products and give such additional information.
This particular seller contacted me and not just me with offers to buy more products. I hesitated. I wanted to try the program, which I bought already. Unfortunately, for me, everything was as dark forest or an Old Forest from the Lord of the Rings. I thought that I need a teacher, who knows more like me and can lead and teach me how to navigate an online business.
After couple weeks, the same guy offered teaching courses for beginners or as you can call for naive people like me. There are some harsher words for my behavior because I jumped on board as this guy told. He and his wife were from Australia. It is far away from Europe and North America. So what? Nowadays when the Internet is anywhere, it did not seem to me to far. Unfortunately, I was completely wrong.
He wanted for this program ten hundred dollars. For me, it was the big amount. However, I decided to pay, because I wanted to learn and use knowledge in my online business.
We communicated through email. This guy, his name is Mark Barret, asked why I wanted to join his courses.
I answered straight away, honestly and with enthusiasm:
I was happy that I found somebody who wants to teach us. The dollars amount for this program was enormous for me. But I thought that the heck. I need to move forward and take the time to absorb knowledge from this coaching program.
I got an approval and was dancing.
I sent him money through PayPal. It is was a good idea for him and me as you will see at the end of this rollercoaster.
I was happy and ready to absorb all information. Later, when I thought about all deal, what happened, I understood that I rushed and did not gather enough information about this so called “guru” and family.
However, at this time, I was excited, and I did not expect how everything will turn out for me.
We agreed to communicate through Skype. I am glad that it happened in this way because my awakening had begun faster.
The Rollercoaster Begins
Skype is great for communication. You can hear person’s voice, read and reread messages.
Step by step, I sensed that something wrong is going on. Previously, for me, it seemed a great deal, because it was a family with cute kids. The young couple, who succeed online and now they want to help others to do the same. I did not see real evidence of their success. I believed in them. Why? Because I wanted to be successful too, to know about marketing and creation of websites, which could offer helpful information to customers and visitors.
Strange Warning Signs
At first, we shared contacts as civilized people. Nothing wrong, it is not?
Later on, it was a conversation, lasting more as 10 minutes. I did not get enough information, except that wife will inform about future coaching.
I straight away used his given link. There have been few videos. It was so simple that I thought if it is all information from coaching program. With these videos, here was a few bonus. I checked them. One of them was a great eMobile Code. As a newbie, I was impressed and tried to register. It was the success at first, but later on, as with everything, I got a cold shower. I wrote straight away from them, to Mark and Victoria because eMobile Code came with their videos as the bonus.
I got an answer, which was a red flag for me.
Of course, I sorted things out. I got my money back from Slippers Trade Company. A great name but I do not want any association with it. I want to learn, not to trade slippers.
Couple days later, I asked questions and got an answer which led me to confusion and misery.
I was uncomfortable because I was in the complete dark.
Some More Fun on the Way
I like Monday, but this particular day brought for me some bad feelings that something is going on.
There is the conversation. What is interesting, that husband did not communicate with me anymore.
I did not like that I suppose to send them my work. Why? Some changes are okay if I have an ability to reach them. Anyway, with the next message, I got suspicious.
I suppose to send them my products? It would be funny if not scary. When I understand that my connection and conversation through Skype with Mark and Victoria is not available anymore, I called them few times using the number on the Skype. Nobody answered.
I thought: so what? I will ask for the refund because I did not use their service except their fake bonus.
Sometimes being open works in the best way. I asked them for the refund.
Would you like to bet if somebody answered me? At first, I thought that they would write back. No way.
I was persistent. I wrote to Skype once; later I started to write few more questions. I was not lucky. Nobody answered me.
As you see, I can go on and on with countless plea for refunding my money for the coaching, which I did not experience. It was just 12 minutes of conversation on Skype and bonus which led to me eMobile Code. I guess that you know that they are scammers. I sensed that something is wrong and asked for the refund.
Letters to Australia
When I could not reach them through Skype and phone because the number was fake, I wrote letters to them. I asked in a nice way, apologizing for taking their valuable time and for my wrong decisions. I am a big fan of the speaker and writer Earl Nightingale. He wrote about one example when the customer was unhappy with the product. His company returned the money and gave some additional bonus for free. Later on, the customer ordered more products from Earl Nightingale’s company.
I guess that after reading these letters, you would think how naive I was.
There is some correspondence.
What was strange that he sent an email regarding the same coaching. One difference was the price.
Later, I understand that it was a tactic to persuade me to stay. However, I did not want to deal with these people anymore and asked again for the refund.
After this letter, I got their attention. At least, I knew that they heard me and read my plea on Skype and letters. From his answer, I understand that I have been fooled. Of course, it was my fault because I did not gather enough information about him. For me, it was sufficient that he is or he was the member of Warrior Forum, and he had the beautiful family.
You see from this letter that no refund for his training. According to him, there is no protection for digital products from PayPal.
Anyway, deep inside I knew that I could get my money back. I got a letter there Mark promised to refund money.
I was happy and content. Finally, Mark thought about the customer. Nice.
Unfortunately, he wanted to win some more time. I waited. Nothing.
Never, Never, Never Give up
These famous words from Winston Churchill give courage for me when something goes wrong. I decided to reach them using all possible legal ways. I contacted them both through Facebook. The silence. Later, I reached him on YouTube. Of course, he never answered, but I am 100 percent sure that he read my comments.
I wrote few times to him.
As you see, it was February 2, 2015. I was still knocking to his ears. I wonder if my voice was as from mosquito, buzzing around his head.
It was still quiet, no answer. Finally, I asked the help from kangaroo.
Mark Barret did not keep his promise. He did not behave as the honest businessman.
We all want to earn money, but ways are different how to keep your customers happy.
The end was the great lesson for me. Thanks to PayPal and kangaroo I got my money back.
Are There More Victims?
When I checked for ways how to reach these particular people and ask them nicely for the refund, I found one voice in the desert, asking for the answer in the same way as me.
I am sorry for this human being. I hope that he ended with this money back as me. Who knows?
Cudos to PayPal
When I asked for the refund through Facebook, emails, and Youtube and I did not get any answer, except one email where Mark Barett promised to return the money, the PayPal was the best way to clear things up. I called them, explained the situation and next day I got a letter that I will get money back. I always had with them the great experience, but this time, I was delighted and excited. What a great journey!
I learned many things.
We can reach everything if we put our minds towards it.
If there are no information about particular person or company on the Internet, we need to have written policy about products, returns, and exchanges.
Wrong decisions make you smarter and more researchful.
The hope disappears last.
We need to be brave and ask questions if we need it.
If company or business owner has real value, no rush to buy the product or service right away. Good things are and will be around.
Real and transparent companies have the information available for everybody. Their contacts are on the home page. I know one example as the owner of U-Haul company answers the phone by himself and clears things right away.
Thanks to this journey, I found the successful company, when I researched about eMobile Code. I f you would like to check it out, here is the link.