This was the exchange...
Thank you for taking your time to read and respond to my post. It took me a while to weave a response to your post, because I had to suppress my initial reaction of rage, and so I hope the below post is civil enough. I apologize beforehand if it may sound condescending. My intent is to clarify my lack of desire to involve people in a "scheme."
|You sign your family up for a pyramid scheme? Nice.|
The job: Promote webhosting services for personal or business use.
Potential clients/market: Small business owners in PI (clinics with branches; small private hospitals; crafts-related industry; specialty stores, etc.; private use by people who want to put up their own website to feature weddings, baptismal, and other significant events in their lives. (Examples of businesses in PI which have their own websites are http://www.jumbonet.com/ and http://www.garmentsasia.com/garments.shtml)
Their options: Either continuously pay ~P 500/month to keep the website online and running, or get back the money by actively participating in the referral system (which you call pyramid scheme).
For a free start-up, I now have a business, with monthly expense of $10/month, with my own website and free use of website building tool and URL forwarding. I plan to employ my sister (since she will be jobless by the end of this month) to market the webhosting service GDI provides, instead of plainly sending her $200/month (I will lessen what I send to my mother). If she turns out to be successful, I might not have to be her "employer" (no longer need to send her money) after several months, and she might not have to do marketing while still earning. I will also task her to find a freelance website designer, who can offer his web design services to potential clients for a one-time fee (up to him how much he will charge), if clients do not know/intend to build their own website.
Now if other people there in PI will do the same thing, I might be indirectly contributing to job production in my country, with a mere investment of $10 for the business itself and my sister's salary of $200/month (which I would still give nonetheless if I have not come across this opportunity). Meaning, if more people there will sign up to market the webhosting services to business owners, and more people will see the need for web designers, I am sure it will fill in a void in the job market for these type of workers.
|I believe the secret to riches in Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) (ie pyramid schemes) is to be the one who starts the idea. Collect $1 for every new person that signs up. New members collect $1 for every new member they sign up etc etc etc.|
|I know it seems easy for someone outside to just dismiss the idea offhand, but thats because these are so easy to spot.|
I also think I have more imagination than most people who see such "pyramid schemes" in such a shallow manner. I always try to investigate things, and while some people have become rich concentrating on the pyramid scheme itself, I focus on the product and service and see if there is a need for such. I do not expect to make much if only based on the pyramid compensation plan.
|A company that cannot succinctly describe their product or service in one paragraph on their home page is not worth a second look.|
We offer webhosting services with website builder tool at no start-up cost and free trial period of 7 days.
|You seem like an intelligent, educated person with a good job.|
|I believe you have already lost your investment, and are putting more in every month. Put your cash in a proper investment, or invest in your OWN business venture (not someone elses idea).|
|If you can afford to send $300/month, you are doing pretty good! How many people in the PI will that feed?|
|Hey I have one question for you? Who was sending your family $300 a month fron the USA before you did? Just curious.|
To satisfy your curiosity, I worked as a physician then. My sister was a marketer for imported beef. I was a widow with two sons, she a separated mother with two children. Together we worked almost like husband and wife. As a physician, I was making a little bit more the $300 a month, enough to pay for monthly bills and groceries and give some to my parents, but not enough to buy myself a car.(See http://www.geocities.com/lrg1212/medprac.html)
WE DID NOT NEED ANYONE TO SEND US MONEY, although when I was in college, my aunt who lives in California, married to another Pinoy who works in the US Navy, was sending me money to pay for my tuition in University of the Philippines Diliman. When I was studying for my medical degree, she did not have to send me help, because I had an academic scholarship. (See http://www.geocities.com/lrg1212/medgrad.html)
I tried to put up my own clinic, but it was hard to start. It was then that I took a second course in nursing, to join the bandwagon of MD-RNs. (See http://www.geocities.com/lrg1212/nursing.html) During that time, I met my then fiance on the internet. My fiance was a divorcee with a daughter, is intelligent, very capable, not wordly, simple, loving, and only 5 years my senior. He was unemployed when I met him; nevertheless, I fell in love with him. We fell in love with each other and are now happy with our blended family.
Now I only have one wish that I want to fulfill: help generate jobs for Pinoys.
(At first, I thought I needed to be wealthy before I can do that, but now, maybe I can start with this webhosting service by GDI.)
One other affiliate program (which, to me, is another form of economic pyramid, whether you accept it or not) which I enrolled in recently is Speedypin.com where I purchase my phone cards online ($5 for 41 minutes to Metro Manila landline, 25 minutes for cellphone)). I buy 4 $5-denominations to get a discount. I will also put that in my website.
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