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          Issue 109 : November 19

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          Editor: Elena Fawkner
           Publisher: AHBBO Publishing
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           IN THIS ISSUE

        1.     Welcome and Update from Elena
        2.     Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - House Sitting
        3.     Feature Article - A Pyramid By Any Other Name Will
          Still Come Tumbling Down
        4.     Surveys and Trends
        5.     Motivational Tip for the Day
        7.     Subscription Management
        9.     Contact Information

        1.     Welcome and Update from Elena

        Hello again and a warm welcome to all the new subscribers
        who have joined us since the last issue.

        I spent a good deal of time this week playing with one of
        those "wealth creation" opportunities you see advertised
        from time to time (all the time, actually) as fodder for this
        week's article.  It was, of course, nothing but a classic
        pyramid scheme but it's amazing how many people fall prey
        to them no matter how many times they're warned.  That's
        what this week's article is about.  Pyramid schemes, how
        they work, why they never work (except for the promoters
        at the very top of the pyramid) and why you should run for
        the hills rather than invest your hard-earned money in them.

        In the same vein, I received no less than six Nigerian
        scam emails this week.  Seems like they're doing the rounds
        with a vengeance again.  PLEASE, if you're new to the
        Internet and you get an email from someone somewhere
        on the other side of the world who's made a fortune
        skimming on government procurement contracts and asking
        you for your bank account details so he can park his
        millions of US$ in your account in exchange for a fee of US$1m
        or more, don't do it.  It's a scam.  Your account will be wiped

        Watch out for the latest variation too.  Purports to be
        from the widow of some prominent South African wanting
        a way to launder her late husband's cash.

        As always, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy this
        week's issue. 

        Remember, AHBBO is for YOU!  If you have comments or
        suggestions for topics you would like to see addressed, or
        would just like to share your experiences with other
        subscribers, I want to hear from you.  Please send
        comments, questions and stories to Contact By Email .

        Dear Mom...This is a letter from my heart to yours.

        I'm a mom with three kids. I know what it feels like to
        have to work outside the home and feel torn between your
        need to work and your need to be with your kids. Now I
        found a way to make money at home and be there for them.
        I want you to be able to find it, too. Please...read this now.

        2.     Home-Based Business Idea of the Week - House Sitting

        If you're a renter, what's the hardest part of buying your
        own home? Saving the downpayment. It's tough to do when
        your salary is being spent on rent and other living expenses.
        If you don't have much of a surplus, saving for that
        downpayment can take forever.

        If you're a homeowner, what's the hardest thing about going
        on extended vacation? Worrying about your house, garden
        and pets while you're gone.

        Here's where your business can come in. A House Sitting
        Registry basically brings these two groups together. Many
        renters, instead of paying rent every month, would prefer to
        house sit in someone else's home and save that rent towards
        a deposit.  In exchange for free accommodation, the renter
        takes care of the property, tends to the plants and looks
        after the owner's animals. The renter's only expenses are
        utilities and food.

        Home-owners, naturally enough, are going to be concerned
        about exactly who it is who's going to be living in their house
        for the next six weeks. For this reason, it's vital that your
        sitters come with sterling references. Of course, once that
        sitter's first assignment is complete it becomes a whole lot
        easier because the home-owner can provide a reference and
        you can provide a reference based on the first experience
        and away you go.

        Your income from this business comes from the sitter. The
        sitter should pay you a membership fee for a certain period
        of time, say one year. I've seen membership fees of around
        $250 per year. You allow home-owners to list their property
        for free.

        If you're interested in learning more about this business idea,

        There are many more ideas like this at the AHBBO Home Business
        Ideas page at home business ideas with more being
        added all the time.


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        3.     Feature Article: A Pyramid By Any Other Name Will Still
          Come Tumbling Down

        © 2017 Elena Fawkner

        "Three Days, Three People, Retire in 30 days!

        Make no mistake, People will start BEGGING you to sponsor
        them in!

        Take a look at this Income Projection Chart:

        Level | # of Days | # Benefactored | Income Projection
        1  3  3   $70
        2  6  9  $130
        3  9     27  $290
        4   12     81   $660
        5   15    243   $1520
        6   18    729   $3520
        7   21   2,187  $8160
        8   24   6,561  $18,880
        9   27  19,683  $43,520
        10   30   59,049     $99,840
        11   33  177,147   $227,840
        12   36  531,441   $517,120
        13   39   1,594,323   $1,167,360

        Days add up in a hurry and so does your downline!"

        OK people ... I know how tempting this looks but REALITY check
        time.  This is but one example of a number of "wealth generation
        programs" currently being touted online.  The idea is that you
        must find three people who want to join this program, you pay
        $20 to "benefactor" each of them into the program (for a total
        "investment" of $60) and you're set for life.  Oh, and you have
        to do it in three days.  Each of your three, if they are to remain
        in the game and thereby derive the same wondrous riches from
        the program as you, must also find three people, benefactor
        them into the program (again within three days) and their
        three must find their three in three days and so on.

        And, because non-performers are booted from the program,
        so the theory goes, the only people getting paid are the
        ones actively benefactoring in their own recruits, each of
        whom down the line contributes their "investment" of $60.

        THE "PRODUCT"

        The product each person gets for their $60 (because this is
        NOT, of course, a PYRAMID SCHEME - banish the thought!) is:

        "Software entitled "Building an MLM Empire using the Internet",
        in which you Own Full Licensed Retail Rights to Market the
        software. Retail Value $29.95 All Sales Are Final-No Refunds!"

        OK, three points on the "product". 

        First, your investment is $60.  The product is worth (let's give
        them the benefit of the doubt) $29.95.  HELLO!?   But you get
        RESELL RIGHTS!, I hear you protest.  That makes it more
        valuable than just the purchase price of the product itself.  Oh
        yeah?  Well, you HAVE to be able to sell the product otherwise
        the whole scheme ... er ... program would be nothing more than
        a wealth distribution arrangement wouldn't it?  And that's
        against the law, and we couldn't have that.

        Second, this is not "software", it's an e-Book. 

        Third, the title of the e-Book deviously and insidiously implies
        a relationship between this "wealth creation program" and MLM
        (multi-level marketing).  MLM is a different thing altogether. 
        For a more detailed explanation of what MLM is and what it is
        not, read "Not MLM! ...  Why ever not?" at
        MLM business ideas


        OK, so what about these "wealth creation programs" then? 
        Sounds like a great idea, right?  Everybody wins!  Well, think
        about this ... if everyone goes out and gets three people who
        each have to throw $60 into the pot for their three, everybody
        up and down the line has effectively contributed $60 and that's
        all there is in the pot.  How do you get more than your $60

        Ahah! you cleverly point out, those who don't recruit ... er ...
        "benefactor in" ... er ... SELL (yeah, that's it, SELL) the "product"
        to their three gets dropped, don't they, so now the $20 their
        benefactor contributed for them to join the program is still in the
        pot but they're not.  They've forfeited their investment.  THAT'S
        how we make money. 

        OK!  Very good.  I can see you're paying attention.

        Just one, teensy little problem with this brilliant plan. 

        It's B.S..  It's a pyramid scheme and it's ILLEGAL.


        In her prepared statement to the International Monetary Fund's
        seminar on "Current Legal Issues Affecting Central Banks" in
        May 1998, Debra Valentine, General Counsel for the U.S. Federal
        Trade Commission, had this to say about pyramid schemes:

        "What is striking about these schemes is that while they are
        very old forms of fraud, modern technology has vastly
        multiplied their potential for harming our citizens.  The Internet
        in particular offers pyramid builders a multi-lane highway to
        world-wide recruits in virtually no time.

        "What is a Pyramid Scheme and What is Legitimate Marketing?

        "Pyramid Schemes now come in so many forms that they may
        be difficult to recognize immediately.  However, they all share
        one overriding characteristic.  They promise consumers or
        investors large profits based primarily on recruiting others to
        join their program, not based on profits from any real
        investment or real sale of goods to the public.  Some schemes
        may purport to sell a product, but they often simply use the
        product to hide their pyramid structure.  There are two tell-
        tale signs that a product is simply being used to disguise a
        pyramid scheme: inventory loading [recruits are forced to buy
        more product than they could possibly sell] and a lack of
        retail sales [sales are made only between people inside the
        pyramid, not to the public in general - sound familiar?]. ...

        "[P]yramids are quite seductive because they may be able to
        deliver a high rate of return to a few early investors for a
        short period of time.  Yet, .. pyramid .. schemes are illegal
        because they inevitably must fall apart.  No program can
        recruit new members forever.  Every pyramid .. scheme
        collapses because it cannot expand beyond the size of the
        earth's population.  [Footnote 3: "Assume a pyramid scheme
        in which each person recruits 10 new people.  There would
        be one person at the top, 10 beneath her, 100 beneath them
        and so forth.  The pyramid would involve everyone on earth in
        just 10 layers of people with one con artist on top.  The
        bottom layer would have more than 4.5 billion people."]
        When the scheme collapses, most investors find themselves
        at the bottom, unable to recoup their losses.

        "Some people confuse pyramid .. schemes with multilevel
        marketing.  ... [U]nlike pyramid .. schemes, MLM's have a
        real product to sell.  More importantly, MLM's actually sell
        their product to members of the general public, without
        requiring these consumers to pay anything extra or to join
        the MLM system.  MLM's may pay commissions to a long
        string of distributors, but these commissions are paid for
        real retail sales, not for new recruits."

        Now consider how our "wealth distribution program" above
        works.  Which is it, do you think?  Pyramid scheme or MLM? 
        Bzzzz ... time's up.  All who think it's a classic pyramid go
        to the top of the class.


        Not surprisingly, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission ("FTC")
        pays close attention to so-called MLM's that are, in reality,
        nothing more than pyramid schemes.  It regularly prosecutes
        the promoters of such schemes, obtaining injunctions and
        orders freezing the assets of the promoters to be applied
        in redress of victims.  If you knowingly participate in a
        pyramid scheme, you too can be named as a defendant in
        such an action.

        Bear in mind that as a distributor (whether you're participating
        in a legitimate MLM program or an illegal pyramid scheme),
        you're legally responsible for the claims you make about the
        company, its products and business opportunities.  It is no
        defense that you're merely rehashing the same old
        representations made to you by the company.  The FTC can
        require you to verify the research behind any claims you make.
        For more on the subject of representations and your
        obligation to be able to back them up, read "Not Just Six Lines ...
        65 Characters" at FTC advertising guidelines .

        In addition, if you solicit new distributors, heed the FTC's
        warning in its Consumer Alert, "The Bottom Line About
        Multilevel Marketing Plans": "You are responsible for the claims
        you make about a distributor's earnings potential.  Be sure to
        represent the opportunity honestly and avoid making
        unrealistic promises.  If those promises fall through, remember
        that you could be held liable."

        Finally, here's the FTC's tips for evaluating a multilevel
        marketing opportunity:

        "1.  Avoid any plan that includes commissions for recruiting
        additional distributors.  It may be an illegal pyramid.  [And,
        by the way, calling it "benefactoring" won't help.  Just a
        handy hint ...]

        "2.  Beware of plans that ask new distributors to purchase
        expensive products and marketing materials.  These plans
        may be pyramids in disguise.

        "3.  Be cautious of plans that claim you will make money
        through continued growth of your downline, that is, the
        number of distributors you recruit.  [Don't take this tip out
        of context - by definition, the more people you have in
        your downline, the more you'll legitimately make in MLM. 
        What the FTC is saying here is to watch out if the plan
        rewards you for recruiting per se, rather than paying you
        a commission on sales of product to the general public
        generated by your downline.]

        "4.  Beware of plans that claim to sell miracle products or
        promise enormous earnings.  Ask the promoter to
        substantiate claims.

        "5.  Beware of shills - "decoy" references paid by a plan's
        promoter to lie about their earnings through the plan.

        "6.  Don't pay or sign any contracts in an "opportunity
        meeting" or any other pressure-filled situation.  Insist on
        taking your time to think over your decision.  Talk it over
        with a family member, friend, accountant or lawyer.

        "7.  Do your homework!  Check with your local Better
        Business Bureau and State Attorney General
        about any plan you're considering - especially when the
        claims about the product or your potential earnings seem
        too good to be true.  [Don't rely too much on the BBB
        though - companies pay to be listed with them so they're
        not as authoritative and independent as they seem.  Asking
        whether they have complaints on file about your particular
        program is worthwhile, however.]

        "8.  Remember that no matter how good a product and how
        solid a multilevel marketing plan may be, you'll need to
        invest sweat equity as well as dollars for your investment
        to pay off."

        By testing any opportunity against the above tips, you'll
        go a long way to ensuring that what you're getting yourself
        into is a legitimate MLM program and not an illegal pyramid.
        Probably the best gut check of them all though is the good
        old "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is". 

        Hmm ... $1.1m in 39 days for an investment of $60 ...
        somehow, I JUST don't think so ...



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        4.     Surveys and Trends

        © Ryanna's Hope


        Euro RSCG Worldwide surveyed US internet users about how
        their attitudes and behaviors changed roughly 40 days after
        the September terrorist attacks. The report covers everything
        from eating patterns (about one-fifth of men and women are
        consuming more ice cream) to fears (47% of men and 43% of
        women "worry that terrorists will tamper with our water supply").
        Both genders report accessing the internet more often for
        current events information.


        Andersen Consulting and Online Insight report that the number
        one myth in online marketing is to target the youth. The report
        states that, in reality, 10% of the population accounts for 70%
        of spending -- 44% of online buyers are over 35 years old and
        36% are over age 25.


        According to Business 2.0, the following poll was taken from
        about 500 readers who voiced their opinion in regard to online

        Which of the following online markets is most DOOMED TO FAIL?

        Grocery delivery - 204 (46%)
        Car sales - 82 (18%)
        Online apparel sales - 126 (28%)
        Entertainment programming - 29 (6%)


        When a recent survey sought to find out why people bought
        from television, the results resembled those of 1998. The
        results indicate that lack of availability elsewhere (LOA) and
        convenience were the primary reasons that people purchased
        from television.

        "Demonstration" came in as the third most popular reason
        people bought from television, while price actually dropped to
        the No. 5 spot.


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        5.     Motivational Tip For The Day

        © Jan Tincher

        Remember the old adage: Success is the result of good
        judgment, good judgment is the result of experience, and
        experience is often the result of bad judgment.

        Do you learn from your mistakes or do you agonize over
        them? Whatever you focus on, you attract. What are you
        focusing on? Why not focus on the times when you made
        good judgment?


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