Netbooks2020.com has been advertising a lot lately online and in print seeking individuals to work for them. They say they need manufacturer representatives to sell netbooks in the US and are willing to set you up with a home-based business selling netbooks in person and on the web. Well, for a hefty fee, of course. And thus we begin another review of “why the hell do I have to pay to start a job?”
My Observations on Netbooks2020.com
Here are just a few things I’ve noted while reading through the sales page.
- They claim, “clear at least $150 in NET PROFITS, per NETBOOK SALE.” How are you going to make $150 per sale on a $300 product? This is something tangible that has to be produced, boxed, shipped, etc. There’s no way these things are marked up that high.
- They also claim, “The Asian manufacturers that make these NETBOOKS are very displeased that WAL-MART, BESTBUY, and others have come to dominate PC sales in the US.” What the hell does that even mean? Why would they care who sold it as long as it’s being sold? Why is there no evidence to backup this statement?
- More claims, “Asian Netbook Manufacturers are very actively and aggressively seeking U.S. based Netbooks Sales Reps.” Why the hell would major corporations look to setup thousands of partnerships with home-based businesses to sell a dozen or so laptops when they can turn to major retailers and sell millions? My brain hurts from trying to follow the logic on this sales page and I’m getting angry.
- The sales page looks like it’s from 1998. Do you remember the web back in 1998? It was a scary, ugly place. There was little focus on design and Netbooks2020 appears to want to hold on to the past. For a company that brags about technological innovation and huge revenue streams, you’d think they’d go the extra mile and hire a graphic designer and not let their kid neighbor design their company website because, you know, “he’s good with computers.”
- The sales text and images are god-awful. I’m not done with their sales page yet. They could have hired a proofreader or an editor to go over their sales copy. And how many images of netbooks do we need? We have netbooks piled on top of each other, in clouds, in space, with arms coming out of them. Perhaps they should lay off the stock images.
Alright, so the sales page is weak, but what is it that they are actually selling? There’s no real mention of what they want from you other than to call this phone number and speak with a Netbooks2020 representative. Doing so will grant you the lovely experience of hearing a sales pitch that will ultimately end up with them asking you for $395 to get started with selling netbooks. You’ll get a website, sales materials, and all kinds of good stuff.
It doesn’t end there however. After paying $395, you’ll be informed that you have to spend an ADDITIONAL $170 to get your new website up to manufacturers specifications. Why didn’t they build it to their specifications in the first place? Why do you you have to shell out $565 for a website? Have you seen the Netbooks2020 website? And they have the audacity to charge over $500 for a website! I give up.
So, does it work? I don’t know, and I’m not about to spend over $500 to find out. There are a number of things here that just aren’t adding up and I personally wouldn’t feel safe sending these guys my money.