“Processing Auctions?” What the hell does that even mean?
We are proud to sound the warning on a new business on the work-at-home scene: processing auctions at home. The site is processauctions.com, but we expect we’ll soon see many other domains selling the same idea.
We are going to take a close look at this “opportunity” over the next couple of weeks, but we wanted to post this quick “heads up.” The person who tipped us off to this site states that the Process Auctions site is owned by Processathome.com, the now infamous rebate processing “company” that was the biggest work-at-home ripoff of 2007 and 2008 (judging only by our traffic). Click here to read the dirty details about rebate processing.
Even if “Processing Auctions” and “Processing Rebates” are not the same pig in different lipstick, there are a lot of similarities:
- The price. You can buy into processing auctions and the Angela Penbrook rebate processing program for $197.
- Borrowed legitimacy. Both sites use the logos of well-known companies, such as HP, Blockbuster, Home Depot, and Netflix, to make you think they’re affiliated.
- A face and a name. Angela Penbrook or Angel Stevens has morphed into Linda Pierce. All of them are “America’s #1 Work at Home Consultants.” Or something. This time, however, the site includes a disclaimer about “Linda Pierce.”
- The processauctions.com sale page acknowledges that Linda Pierce is not a real person: “For purposes of family privacy, the creator of Process Rebates At Home is using the pen name Linda Pierce. This story is based on real-life events from the life of the founder of Process Rebates At Home.” Did you notice something odd? This is processing auctions, right? Looks like the html coder forgot to swap out “rebates.” In the event that this is fixed later on, here’s a lovely screenshot:
- The sales tactics. More on this later.
What Is the Claim?
The site claims you will make at least $13 for each auction item you list. List five items, make $65; list 10, make $130. List as many as you want, make as much as you want, yada yada yada. We’ve seen this all before.
What Is the Offer?
For $197 you supposedly get a training program that will teach you how to tile your house with gold. The program includes a 63-page manual that tells you all about processing auctions, a “Members area” (naturally), automation tools, a free mystery gift (naturally), and “much, much more” (of course).
How Do You Process an Auction?
Like I said, we’re not entirely sure yet because we haven’t signed up. But it looks like affiliate marketing through eBay. According to the site, you:
- Sign up for an account, probably through Clickbank.
- You select which products you want to list.
- You click the button to automatically list the products on eBay
- And then (here’s the key), you fill out a few forms to process the customer’s purchase, and Voila!, you just made $13.
That list item is the giveaway. Did you see the little qualifier they slipped in? “Process the customer’s purchase.” That means you get paid only if someone buys the product after clicking on your ad. Have you ever clicked ads on eBay and then not bought anything? Yeah, me too. $13 per listing? I call bull shit. $13 per listing IF you list a product that pays a $13 commission, and IF someone buys the product after clicking on the ad you listed.
Well, at least they’re not calling it a “job” this time. So that’s an improvement. But the cautions are the same. You might be able to make money doing this, but you don’t need to spend $200 to learn how. Plus, if past experience with affiliate marketing programs is any indicator, $200 will only be the beginning. You’ll be asked to buy into lots more and will have to fork out lots more money.
Again, this is speculation. We’re going to have a closer look and do some more digging, so stay tuned. We’ll bring up the dirt on auction processing, processauctions.com and Linda Pierce relatively soon.