The email offer seemed enticing:
… you’ve been selected to become a Personal Shopper in the new SHOP YOUR WAY Personal Shopper program. It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s profitable! (You’d be surprised at how easy it can be to earn $1,000 per month!)*
Well, since MrConsumer likes to shop, the opportunity to make an extra $1000 a month without a lot work seemed too good to be true.
The email went on to give a simple example:
When a client makes a qualifying purchase—for example, a new TV at $2000—you earn 1%, or $20 in this case.
Huh? If I am going to earn only 1% on purchases, how in the world is making an “easy” $1000 a month possible? I’d have to find 50 people who each want to buy a $2000 TV a month, every month for a year. Sure, that is real easy.
Actually, the mailer says once you get 20 clients, you earn 2% on purchases. Now I would only need 25 people a month to each buy a TV every month of the year. Whewww.
Put another away, I would have find people who collectively spend a total of $600,000 to $1,200,000 a year in order to make that “easy” $1000 monthly. Easy. Real easy.
Oh, did I mention the purchases must be made at Kmart and Sears?
An accompanying brochure gives another example of how easy it is to make money:
Lucky Susie, she only has to get her other eight clients to spend $94,400 a month every month to earn that easy $1000 monthly.
So what is Sears’ example of how to make $1000 a month? The answer is in a fine print footnote in the email:
*Make $1,000 a month when you get at least 250 of your friends and family to spend $200 a month in Qualifying Purchases with Sears, Kmart, Lands’ End, Sears Outlet, Sears Auto, mygofer and Sears Home Services.
Of course, now I only have to make 245 more friends and get each of them to spend thousands of dollars a year at Kmart and Sears.