There are actually many people who think you can sit at home on the couch making money at home stuffing envelopes. Some believe this is a legitimate home business option that you can make good money with.
Have you ever seen the following ad or email:
$500 to $3,500 weekly. $2 for each circular you mail…
Free Postage…Free Supplies… No Advertising!
Paychecks mailed to you every week!
Advance paycheck forms included in your package!!
Does this sound familiar? Ads for envelope-stuffing “opportunities” can still be found from time to time. Some get the “opportunity ” in their mailbox, many of us get these in our email inbox.
You’ll see these and in the classified section of your newspaper, as well as in online searches. I’m not sure how prevalent they are today, but a few of these type of ads still pop up from time to time.
Promoters usually advertise that for a “small” fee, they’ll tell you how to earn big money stuffing envelopes at home.
They say you will earn money for each envelope stuffed, making it possible for you to earn hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars on a monthly basis
If you are one of these individuals, you are SADLY mistaken.
As a matter of fact, the BBB, or Better Business Bureau (which I don’t view as very credible, but I mentioned them because some people still take them seriously) and the FTC, or Federal Trade Commission have warned consumers for years about the various envelope stuffing scams that have sucked in the gullible and unwary.
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How Do These “Companies” Suck You In?
The answer to this question is very simple: These companies suck you in because they appeal to our inherent selfish tendencies to want financial compensation for very little work.
One thing I’ll say about the people running these scams, they know very well the thinking of these unsuspecting online amateurs.
Here’s what you “get” when you sign up with one of these envelope stuffing companies:
- You sign up online with a company to “stuff envelopes from home” and you are then asked to pay the start-up fee. It can be anywhere from $20 to $80 dollars
- A couple of days later you will get a flier in the mail that you are supposed to copy, at your own expense, and mail to other people. (You are already in the hole for the cost of the copies before you make one red cent)
- This flier, which has your contact information on it, is telling people how they can also “make money stuffing envelopes at home.”
- A few unsuspecting “entrepreneurs” will fall for the scam in hopes of making easy money, right from the comfort of their couch, in their pajamas, of course!
- The commission you get is quite small. You may get a commission starting from $1 all the way up to a whopping 5 bucks! Yup…I think you guessed it; you aren’t really being paid to stuff envelopes. Instead, you get a commission to trick other people into signing up to stuff envelopes!
Here’s the main reason why this is a SCAM: There is no product to sell. You’re not promoting a business, online or offline.
These envelope companies also encourage you to sing up others for this “fantastic” work at home opportunity.
When you get other people involved, You actually become a SCAMMER by encouraging other people into signing up for a scam.
These enveloping stuffing scams prey on peoples need to make money much sooner rather than later. It just doesn’t work that way, no matter how badly you want it to.
Although promises of big earnings through these envelope-stuffing scheme are untrue, some may still be tempted to try anyway.
Before you send these “companies” any money or sign up to receive more information, ask the following questions:This is not a genuine, viable source of income.
Remember this one rule: any so-called “job” that expects you to pay out of your own pocket for training and supplies to accomplish the job is a scam. Also, remember that with automated technology now in place, people are no longer needed to “stuff envelopes”.
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Stop and Think About This…
Why on earth would companies prefer human envelope stuffers that get sick, need smoke breaks, need bathroom breaks, and so on – when they can invest in an efficient fold-and-stuff mailing machine? It just doesn’t make sense.
It may also be a good idea to check out the company with the consumer protection agency in your area and the state Attorney General’s office. You can check both the state you live in as well as the state the company is located in (if you can find it!)
Regarding looking up the company through the Better Business Bureau in your area, you can find out whether they’ve received complaints about the company and/or promotion that interests you.
Please keep in mind that just because there aren’t complaints doesn’t mean the promotion is legitimate.
What happens in many cases is dishonest scammers often pay to settle complaints, change the names of their business, redesign their website or put up completely new ones, all so no one catches up to them.
Here’s something else that works: Look at what others have to say about this “business opportunity” by typing the business owners or promoters name with the word “complaints” into Google, Bing or Yahoo and see what you find.
You may really be surprised at the results.
You cannot and will not make money stuffing envelopes. Heck, you can’t make gas money stuffing envelopes. To be honest, “stuffing envelopes” appeals to people because it’s described as a “easy” way to make money.
A Little Secret
Consider yourself fortunate because I’m about to tell you a little “secret”’ free of charge!
Here it is:
There are no easy ways to make money online.
It doesn’t exist.
There’s really nothing new here – online scammers have for decades preyed on people’s lazy desire to make money with very little work involved. They understand that most people are lazy and as a rule want a lot of benefits for very little work.
From this point forward, make the decision to build a REAL online business that you and your loved ones can benefit from financially for decades to come!