I meant to rant on this a couple years ago but it’s rearing it’s ugly head again. I thought the days were gone when the traveling salesman rolled into town with bells and sirens blaring, sold everyone a bottle of snake-oil, and then disappeared the next day. Apparently not.
The little scheme I witnessed a couple years ago was pathetic. Even more pathetic was the number of white collar “suckers” that were so eager to buy into it. It went as follows:
Snake-oil salesman send agents to “your town” to start selling tickets to businesses for the “big event”. An all day get motivated - make big bucks - be successful - believe in yourself shindig with several key bigwig speakers. They go to businesses with the tickets that show a face value of $300, but hey, because they love you so much, if your business buys at least 10, you can get them for $90 a piece you lucky dog you. Who can pass up a deal like this.
So they sell the rented convention center space to capacity and the big day comes. Every Bill Rancik wannabe shows up in their suits, laptops and notebooks ready to learn how to strike it rich.
What follows is each keynote speaker taking his turn giving a little 15-minute prep talk on how to “be positive”, “work smart not hard” , “make your money work for you” common sense mumbo-jumbo followed by a 75-minute info-mercial in which they try to get you to buy their books, software, cds, programs on how to really make it big.
And the crowd falls for it hook-line-and sinker.
One guy I remember had a software program that tracked stock prices and actually told you when to buy and sell to make millions. It was that easy. Price of software? $1000. Seminar you need to take to learn how to use software? $600. The crowd was forming lines to sign up as fast as they could.
So basically what transpired was a huge crowd of people that actually paid money to sit through an afternoon of info-mercials.
There’s not one sucker born every minute. There’s hundreds of them.
Fast forward to the current month. Donald Trump is coming to town with his “Think Big Expo” with George Foreman and the CEO of Caribou Coffee. And hey, your whole office can come for $47.
I’m sure it’s going to sell out. And I’m sure each speaker has something to sell to you. Well, more power to them I guess. If you can sucker white-collar folk out of there money i guess it’s better than taking advantage of the poor.