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Old 04-10-2013, 12:58 PM
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I worked for LiveOps for a while, taking infomercial calls.

The general lines where you get every different product ever are terrible. You have to upsell HARD, read idiotic scripts, and enthuse about products that you know are overpriced. The verbiage regarding shipping and handling and recurring charges is especially bad; it skirts the letter of the law, and you really make your money selling add ons to people that don't quite understand what they signed up for.

The only line there I could stand was Beachbody. Insanity, P90X, Turbofire are actually really good products. Even the upgrades - chin up bar, weighted gloves, plyo mat - are quality, if still overpriced. We still had to push ongoing coaching and their supplements, but it wasn't eyerolling and I made $30/hr on a busy day.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:55 AM
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Originally Posted by scootertrash61 View Post
there's a reason these scumbags can't sell their garbage at a reputable store! oh there are a few RARE exceptions, but for the most part either the product is junk, you end up waiting MONTHS for that said junk to reach your doorstep, your likely to be overcharged, you'll come to find out the "warranty" is worthless or ALL OF THE ABOVE!!!! God forbid you have problem, you can't take it back to the store and they [THE SCUMBAGS] know it. all you have is a worthless "customer service #" that noone will answer.

with the exception of a music cd club years ago, i've never bought anything directly from tv and probably never would, but i've heard the horror stories and it pisses me off. how do they get away with it!

at the very least:

do your homework before you buy it. there are websites like infomercialscams.com or infomercialblogs.com where you can read feedback on the products you're interested in.

at the very very VERY least:

DON'T USE A BANK CARD, A CHECK OR A MONEY ORDER! ONLY USE A REAL CREDIT CARD! your credit card company [visa a/e m/c etc.] may be your only recourse in getting your hard earned money back from these parasites.

sorry for sounding preachy, but this situation eats me up. where's my ralph nader pin?

Do NOT use a credit card, or card tied to a bank account. Get a pre-paid debit card. If you use an actual credit card, they can (and do), keep runnning it through. You think you are buying an item once, and they set you up on recurring shipments and charges. Its almost impossible to stop such recurring charges. No, you cannot call the credit card and tell them not to allow any more such charges. They can't deny a charge before its placed. All you can do is challenge each charge as its placed. And no, calling the Better Business Bureau, or State Attorney General Office, doesn't do squat, either. Often the only way to get recurring charges to stop is to cancel the credit card. In this day, credit is hard to obtain, you don't want to cancel what credit you have. I know someone who got roped into a recurring newsletter for $14.95/month, and there was simply no way to stop it. It came out of her debit card, which was connected to her bank account. Closing the account and moving to another checking account was he only option, and it hurt her credit big time.

If you really, really want some piece of crap sold on TV, get a pre-paid debit card, they try to run that through repeatedly, but jokes on them!
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:46 AM
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Originally Posted by scootertrash61 View Post
ya, ive' spent a few sleepless nights watching infomercials and i must tell ya i find them entertaining and amusing.

i especially like the ones like ronco that have an audience that's OBVIOUSLY ALL ACTORS....AND BAD ONES AT THAT. IT'S HILARIOUS!
Oh, hey, my Mother and I got paid $10 each to sit in the audience for some gizmo they were advertising. It was hilarious---they would hold up signs, clap, gasp, nod heads, etc, easiest $10 we ever made!
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