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A person who lives in a forest doesn’t need to buy a tree. « WhatReallySellsBlog.com

A person who lives in a forest doesn’t need to buy a tree.

There’s an ebook that will be selling on ClickBank soon. I haven’t actually seen it and I don’t understand exactly what it’s about but I recommend that you don’t buy it.

How absurd is that statement?

That’s just what one internet marketers is telling his subscribers. Only he’s talking about a new opportunity called Exponent Trading.

In a nutshell Exponent Trading is a company that trains people to become ebay consignment sellers. They provide training, support? and the tools to manage your auctions.

But, there’s also a MLM aspect to Exponent Trading: you can bring in other people under you and train them and you will earn a commission on their sales. This goes several levels deep (I can’t rememeber off the top of my head how deep)

Terry Gibbs sent an email out to his subscribers today telling them to “just say NO to Exponent Trading Company.” Quoting from his email Terry says…

Over the past few days I’ve been contacted by a number of people asking me to join the latest eBay fad. All the people who contacted me told me The Exponent Trading Company was a chance to make some good money off my list.

None of them could explain how it would benefit my readers, just how I could profit from telling you about it. I looked at this “opportunity” and I’m saying NO THANK YOU.

You can read Terry’s entire post on his blog here:
news.iwantcollectibles.com/reviews/exponent-trading.shtml

I’m not completely sold on Exponent Trading either. Not yet. BUT, I am willing to give them a chance. So I signed up. I haven’t decided if I’m going to promote the opportunity to my list or not. If it’s something I think will be good for my list you better believe I’ll promote it. If not I won’t. And I’ll let you know why.

But, I’m NOT? going to set here and bash a company without checking them out throughly for myself. Whether I have a competing product or not.

And “checking them out” doesn’t mean spending a few minutes pursuing their website and faq. It means buying the product and putting it to the test. I feel that it’s my duty to my subscribers to spend my own money and more importantly my time to check something out before I recommend it (or not) — As publishers, internet marketers, whatever you want to call us isn’t that what we’re supposted to do?

I’m one of the people Terry’s referring to that called him. But, I didn’t ask him to join. I asked him if he wanted to get on a conference call with me, Skip Mcgrath and a couple of other people to discuss Exponent Trading. He told me why he wasn’t interested so I dropped it and we talked about other things.

Now, personally, I think Terry Gibbs is a genius. I don’t just mean a “genius” the way internet marketers throw around the word “genius” when talking about their internet marketering buddies. I’ve had many telephone conversations with Terry that have lasted for hours and hours just talking about eBay and internet marketing, business and life in general. I know a genius when I see one and Terry’s a genius.

And he knows his stuff too. Terry’s been a consignment seller for years. He’s written a manual on consignment selling that he’s now giving away for free to prove that he’s not bashing Exponent Trading just because he has a competing product.

I respect that but I don’t think it really proves anything. People have to go to his website to get the book. He’ll still get people to sign up for his list. He’ll still sell stuff on the backend. It’s smart marketing but trust me — Terry’s getting something out of giving away his Consignment Book.

(I’ve been giving free access to my eBay training videos for almost a year. You can view them here and there ain’t nothing to sign up for: www.30dayauctionchallenge.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=11

BTW, the forum is closed to new users because of spammers running amuck but you can still read all the posts and watch the videos)

Plus, why the heck would Terry PAY for a Google Adword ad for the keyword phrase “Exponent Trading” UNLESS he’s tring to stir up a little contraversy and drive traffic to his site?

Anyway, to Terry’s question — what exactly is the benefit of Exponent Trading?

I’ll answer that but first let me ask you a questions: Out of all those books and courses and videos and audios that you’ve bought over the years have you actually done anything with the knowledge? Have you even read or watched or listened to them? Be honest now! I know I’m guilty of buying stuff and never even looking at it so don’t be ashamed to admit it.

We all have lives outside of the internet. We’re all busy ALL the time. Who has the time to filter through all the stuff and figure out what we need to do?

I think THAT is the benefit that Exponent Trading brings to the table. Providing not just the opportunity but also the training, the motivation to do something and the support to fall back on when things don’t go as planned.

Some people don’t need that. They have no trouble jumping into the deep end of the pool and figuring out how to swim before they sink.

But for the rest of us — we do need that extra help. We need the training. The support. The motivation. Heck, just knowing you can pick up the phone and call someone when you get stuck! That’s huge.

I’ll be checking out Exponent Trading over the next few weeks. I’ll let you know what I find out. Good or bad.

James

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