If It Sounds Too Good To Be True
by James Capobianco
You've heard that cliche over and over I'm sure, but it has
never been more true than it is on the Internet.
With this in mind, I randomly pulled the following ads out of
ezines and newsletters. These are real ads and quoted exactly
how they were written. I couldn't make this stuff up!
If you examine the copy, for the most part they don't even
make sense. So I thought I would poke a little fun at them and
expose them for what they are a joke, and if taken seriously, a
cruel joke at that!
The sad part is that many people buy into the hype in the hopes
of changing their lives, only to find out that the only one
benefited is the "hyper". If you have been victimize by some of
these "Too Good to be True" ads, you are not alone, I have too!
That's right, ME! I could say it was all in the name of
research, but in truth, in my heart of hearts, I hoped that this
was "the deal" that would turn my life around. Although I didn't
get the benefits promised in the ads, I did learn the valuable
lesson of the famous cliche.
So here we go. My intentions are NOT to return the compliment by
insulting any of the copywriters of the ads, but merely (with a
little tongue in cheek) to read between the lines and have a
Hype Ad #1:
"Work from Home in PJs Using PC and add thousands per month to
your income with absolutely NO Risks, GUARANTEED!"
Why would I even want to work in my PJs? I know it's used
metaphorically and is just an attention getter. The image it
portrays, however, is less than professional and whether you work
at home or at a corporate office for a Fortune 500 company, it's
a business and should be run like one. Be comfortable, yes; but
How about "add thousands per month to your income"? If
that statement, itself, is not a stretch, how about adding
"absolutely NO Risks" and then guaranteeing it. First of all,
unless someone is going to hand you the money, how can they
guarantee it to you? Secondly, in order to make that kind of
money, in that time frame, you better believe your going to take
Hype Ad #2:
"Own A Computer? Put it to Work! Earn an extra $1500-$5000/mo
This ad gives a whole new meaning to "artificial intelligence".
Not only can you have a computer working for you part time; but
it will earn an unrealistic $1500-$5000 per month. Most people
working full time, with or without the aid of a computer, don't
make that kind of money.
Hype Ad #3:
"15,000 in 30 days!! HUGE amounts of CASH for everyone!!
NO EXCEPTIONS!! Call..."
$15,000 a month? That's $180,000 per year. That is a HUGE
amount of cash. Not only a lot of money, but EVERYONE gets it?
Well, I called, and I think the guy who answered the
phone said: "Hello, US Mint. Where should we send money?"
Hype Ad #4:
"QUIT YOUR JOB & be your own boss! Could you use an extra
$21,000/month? Sound impossible? It's not!"
This sounds good. I want to quit my job and be my own boss.
But...and it 's a BIG but. How do I support my family until I'm
making "$21,000 a month"?
This guy answered that question for us. "Sound impossible?" You
bet it is!
Hype Ad #5:
"$100,000+ yearly income possible: Internet marketing
guru will teach you the REAL way to wealth at home"
"Possible", but not probable. Not without a lot of hard work and
persistence. Why would this kind and generous person offer to
teach me how to do this? If he was making $100,000 a year, he
doesn't need to share the REAL way. Is there a FAKE way to
Hype Ad #6:
"Escape The Rat Race - Make $300 Per Day Simply+Instantly
No Selling Required"
This starts off OK. There is nothing quite like being your own
boss and calling the shots. Then this guy has to add
"Simply+Instantly. No Selling Required". Here we go again.
Where IS this person who is giving all this money away just for
Hype Ad #7:
"Subject: MMake an EASY $100,000 per year!!! Are
you looking to make an extra $1000-$5000 per week, with
little time required on your part? If so we may have what
you are looking for. We are a national company, and a
leader in our industry. We are seeking several people in
each area to represent our company with absolutely no
This one is a real winner! This guy is so excited about the
offer, he gets "tongue tied" MMaking the pitch. Another
incredible weekly income, no time required and no selling.
There's that person who gives money away again. Why can't I find
him? One more thing. Why would a national company, with all its
resources, be advertising on the WWW for people in my area to
represent them? Wouldn't you think they would be able to more
effectively recruit in a specific area?
Hype Ad #8:
"Establish A Second Income An Income With No Work, Its
True, Free to Join"
I saved the best for last. This is my kind of business. An
income with "no work"? Come on! Do I look like I just fell off
the turnip truck? This guy is however, giving us some credit, in
case we aren't buying it, he adds "It's True". Like this will
make me believe it. "Well OK, if he says it's true, it must be."
Well folks, these are just eight of the many ridiculous and
unbelievable ads that claim "fame and fortune" on the
Internet is yours for "No Work, No Selling and No Risk" not to
mention all the "Hugh Amounts of FREE Cash" your going to get
Why do these marketers insult our intelligence with ads like
I, for one, believe that people are more intelligent than these
guys give them credit for. I believe that with a little common
sense, people will stop and think before they spend their hard
earned money to buy into the "hype". Remember, the only person
that's going to get rich, is the person selling the hype!
------------------- About the Author ---------------------------
James Capobianco has been self-employed for over 25 years, both
on and offline. At his web site, Cap-Tech.com, and in his
newsletter, The Cap-Tech Times, he shares his experience and
expertise when it comes to owning your own business. Come pay a
visit at http://www.cap-tech.com?art10>
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