Way back in middle school, there was this kid that EVERYONE wanted to be friends with.
You see, this guy had it ALL.
Big house out in the hills. Check.
Olympic-sized swimming pool. Check.
Tennis courts. Check.
Vacations in Maui and Mauritius every year. Check.
Condo in Miami. Check.
You name it, this kid had it all.
I know it was kinda selfish of us just to wanna be friends with someone because they were rich. But kids are fickle, right?
He was a cool guy anyway, so that didn’t matter.
You should have SEEN his house!
We always wanted to party there.
This was middle school, so we’re not talking beer pong here.
More like—candy and pizza.
But the candy was on tap at this pad.
And that was just breakfast!
AND he had a genuine Street Fighter II Turbo arcade machine.
Anyway, I’ve made this place sound pretty cool, right?
Only I haven’t talked about the kitchen yet. Yeah, the kitchen!
This wasn’t the sort of thing a kid got excited about, but the kitchen was out of this world.
It had every gadget imaginable.
Made sense, really—when you find out why this kid’s parents were rich.
They were rich because of kitchen knives? Yeah, you got it.
You see, his dad had invented this special type of blade that really took off.
If you’re asking me for details, you’re asking the wrong person.
Yeah, I was a 12 year old kid. I wasn’t paying that much attention to this sort of thing. All I knew was it was something to do with knives.
Of course, he didn’t INVENT kitchen knives. But he did something to do with them. And it made him some money. A LOT of money.
Where am I even going with this story? Well you see, my other buddy Buck remembers that kid too. We always used to have sleepovers or play Street Fighter there. One summer we spent nearly every day in the pool, or chasing around the grounds. Good times.
Anyway, back to today. Buck had been struggling a bit financially. He’d just got divorced and had basically been taken to the cleaners. Ouch.
Not only that, but Buck was struggling at work. He hadn’t been promoted in years, his hours had actually been cut.
With costs going up and the price of the divorce, he was desperate for some cash.
Had to sell his motorbike, and he loved that thing.
We’d all helped out a bit. I sent him a few hundred. We called it “lent”, but I know I’m never seeing that again.
But that’s cool. That’s what friends are for, right?
This was a bit before I’d really got started with Local Lead Generation. Now I’m gonna tell you a bit more about that later and if only I could have helped Buck with it at that point, but it was a few months before I stumbled upon that great opportunity.
But anyway, Buck is a stand up guy. He didn’t want to live on handouts.
He wanted something sustainable.
So he was always trying to find new ways to make some extra cash.
Someone suggested selling weed, ha!
But Buck wanted LEGAL ways. I get that.
But what went on next, it might have been better if Buck HAD sold weed. You didn’t hear that from me, ok?
Anyway, so Buck was looking for more LEGAL ways to make money. Aren’t we all?
He drives Lyft occasionally, but that isn’t really working for him. He’s tried Deliveroo, but again—it’s not what he was looking for.
That’s when he came across something called Vector Marketing.
He had no idea what it was, and neither did I.
But he’d been hearing some cool thing about it.
He decided to jump right in. How did it go? Keep reading to find out.
Because I’d always been interested in making money online myself, I was kinda interested in things. So not only did I keep a tab on Buck’s progress. I even did a bit more research myself. I met some people involved and studied their model a bit more closely.
I was ALWAYS looking for more ways to make money online. That’s everyone’s dream, right? The thing is, I hadn’t made that much money yet myself. But I HAD seen a lot of scams. Is this a Vector Marketing scam? I’m not sure I’d go that far. But you need to check out my Vector Marketing review to find out how legit this thing actually is.
I soon found out that there are a LOT better ways to make money online. But I’m rushing ahead. Let’s find out a bit more about Vector Marketing.
Vector Marketing Review
So Vector Marketing sells KNIVES!
Now you see where I was going with that story earlier… I got you!
Okay, they don’t JUST sell knives. But it is mostly knives.
Other kitchen cutlery, too. You get the idea.
Sadly, it soon turned out that these knives weren’t as good as they could have been
Because here’s the deal with Vector Marketing: They sell through independent contractors and sales people. KIND OF like a pyramid scheme. This set alarm bells ringing in my head, bigtime.
I’d seen a lot of these pyramid schemes come and go in my time, believe me. I’d even tried a few of them myself. Big Mistake. Almost every time.
But I wasn’t entirely convinced these were the worst kind of pyramid schemes, so I kept digging. Things seemed ok in some aspects, and I wanted to know more.
So I did some more research, and I even spent a bit more time with Buck. It was cool to hang out some more since we’d drifted a bit since high school. I guess that happens with everyone. I’m not gonna say I held his hand through the process, he had to be free to do his own thing (and make his own mistakes)—but I kept an eye on things. I went to a few of the meetings, too.
To be honest with you, I’d tried to warn Buck off of this a few times. I know you know how this is going to end up. I did too. Sadly, Buck wouldn’t listen.
There’s only so many times you can shout at a brick wall. But, Buck had to find out for himself.
Trying to tell Buck was like talking to this.
So anyway, my initial research threw up some good, and some bad.
I always like to check out the Better Business Bureau when I first find out about new ventures. It doesn’t give you the be all and end all, but it is often a good place to start.
So what did the BBB (that’s what they call themselves) have to say about Vector Marketing?
Well things actually looked good here.
I’m not gonna lie.
It has an A+ rating. I was expecting a lot worse. They’ve also been in business for a whopping 71 years. I know that longevity doesn’t always mean quality of that they’re a legit thing, but it often counts somewhat. They’ve also been accredited since 1990.
So at first look, things weren’t as bad as I’d suspected.
However, they did only have a 3 out of 5 start customer review rating.
And A LOT of complaints.
It’s when you start seeing what people were complaining about that things get a bit tougher. I even met some of these people and let me tell you—the list of gripes was endless.
A lot of people were complaining about the hard sell, strong arm tactics etc.
People were getting roped into becoming reps and told they were gonna make tons of cash. But the cash never came.
Sound familiar? Yeah, like a lot of these schemes I’ve seen before.
People were also complaining about the quality of the actual knives.
This thing isn’t gonna go well if the thing you’re actually supposed to hype is worthless, is it?
How’s Buck gonna sell all this crap if it is, actually… crap?
And there are two different groups of complainers here. Not just on the BBB, but when you start looking into Vector Marketing in general. There’s the retail complainers and the sales rep complainers.
NEITHER of them are happy. And that’s not good, is it?
The retail customers—those are the guys who actually BOUGHT knives.
They aren’t happy about being sold a dream of forced into something by a pushy salesperson.
That’s what you often get with these systems when people are desperate to make a sale because they aren’t really making the money they though they would be. It’s how LOADS of these things operate.
Anyway, not only were they annoyed about the hard-sell. They were also annoyed by the quality of the knives.
Many of them had sent them back and not got satisfactory replacements, or even their money back.
And the sales reps aren’t happy either.
I don’t want to jump ahead too much with Buck’s story. But he didn’t end up being happy, as you can probably guess.
The sales reps simply weren’t making the money they thought they’d be making. They were sold a dream, too. And it didn’t turn out like most of them had hoped.
However, this isn’t as bad as SOME of the sales networks I’ve seen. One key difference is that sales reps don’t have to pay to join.
That’s a KEY difference which sets Vector Marketing apart from some of the worse pyramid schemes out there.
With a lot of them, you actually have to pay to join and continue paying. That actually leaves sales reps out of pocket before they’ve even started. It makes them even more desperate to sell.
So at least Vector Marketing has that going for them, right?
They’ll train you up and send you some free samples to get you started. This is better than a lot of the networks I’ve seen.
The problem is, they’ll also tell you you’re gonna earn A LOT of money. Up to $20 an hour is a figure that I head bandied about. It’s nowhere near that in reality.
They actually prey on college students and other people who’re desperate for cash, like Buck. Okay, he’s not a college student, but he DID need some money.
Listen, Vector Marketing must be doing something right. For the guys at the top, anyway. Isn’t that always the way? They’re making $245million a year in revenue, and there are 5,590 distributors out there trying to move these knives and other kitchen stuff. But how many of THEM are actually making decent money? I don’t think many are. I haven’t met them, anyway.
These sales reps are employed independently, and that means things like gas and other costs aren’t reimbursed. They also guarantee commission, but there are so many catches and caveats that this rarely works out.
Vector Marketing also get sued… A lot.
So how did Buck get on with Vector Marketing?
Do I even have to go there?
To be honest, Buck made a bit of cash. A few bucks you could say! Ha.
If only Buck got a buck every time he heard that joke. Sorry
But it wasn’t enough. It wasn’t even as much as he was getting from Lyft.
Buck didn’t like pushing people into buying crap knives either.
He was NOT making enough to give up his day job. That was kind of the dream.
So you might be wondering how things are for Buck now? Thankfully, things got a bit better. He finally got that promotion. Maybe he didn’t need to give up the day job after all. And he was happy.
As for me?
Not long after I found this thing called Local Lead Generation. This stuff was LEGIT! And I was really enjoying it. Do you know what I was enjoying the most? Making cold hard cash from an online venture. If I can do it, you can too. Check out Local Lead Generation as soon as you can.