Okay, I’m scrapping the review I was going to write about the next module of the Shoe In Money System in order to tell you why I’m totally pissed off.
I’ve really been liking the course so far, right? I’ve learned a lot and have high hopes for the part I haven’t been through. But there is one thing you need to be aware of:
It turns out that when you sign up for Shoe In Money, they sell your phone number to a “third party” that calls you and offers you an “opportunity” to get training in a different system. Call me crazy, but I don’t see that as a good business practice in and of itself.
But it’s twice as bad when the third party is represented by slimeballs.
I got one of these called. I talked to a guy named Gary, who claimed to have made a million dollars each year for the past five years. And yet he’s in phone sales and has a supervisor? I don’t know.
I do know that Gary used slimeball tactics to try to get me interested in his program. During the course of the call, he tried to convince me that without his program:
- I’m being unfair to my husband, who is having to work hard to support the family.
- I’m not protecting my kids or my future.
- I’m expecting to get stuff handed to me instead of working for it.
- I’m going to fail, no matter how hard I work.
On top of that, he tried repeatedly to get me to tell him my credit limit – because telling some random stranger on the phone how much to charge me for an unspecified program is such a good idea.
I was totally pissed off after that call. Mostly at Gary, but a little bit at the Shoe In Money folks for selling my number. How do I know they did that? Because I contacted their support and asked if the phone call sounded like anything they were associated with. Here’s their response:
“We have had a lot of requests from people who want more in depth one on one mentoring so we do work with 3rd parties that will work with them and help ensure there success. There is obviously no obligation and you can just tell them no thank you.
I do want to thank you personally for reaching out to us because we do not ever want it to come across as high pressure or anything like that.”
Then maybe you should make a better choice in who you sell your customer list to? Or better yet, don’t sell it.
Shoe In Money is giving me good enough information that this bump in the road didn’t make me want to stop the journey completely. It did irritate the fire out of me (and leave me with some ideas for blog posts – nothing’s a total disaster as long as you can blog about it).
I will warn you, though, that if you buy Shoe In Money and don’t want to deal with the sleazy phone sales, save yourself some irritation and give them a fake number.
What do you think? Is selling customers’ information just part of doing business these days or a scummy business practice?
We’ll get back to our regularly scheduled review posts in the next day or two. I’m still working through the action plan and learning a lot from the modules. I’ll bring you up to date in the next review post. In the meantime, be sure to sign up below to be notified of new blog posts.