I think we have all had the words is it a "Scam" thrown at us.
The question is how do we determine that a product or network program the we are looking at is not a scam
Lets first address " Scam"
Google defines a scam this way (and I quote their relevant definitions):
"Definitions of Scam on the Web:
* A confidence trick, confidence game, or con for short (also known as a scam) is an attempt to intentionally mislead a person or persons (known as the mark) usually with the goal of financial or other gain. The confidence trickster, con man, scam artist or con artist often works with an accomplice called the shill, who tries to encourage the mark by pretending to believe the trickster. ...
* A ploy by a shyster to raise money. http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/comstockscience/vocab1.shtml
* a fraudulent business scheme
* victimize: deprive of by deceit; "He swindled me out of my inheritance"; "She defrauded the customers who trusted her"; "the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change"
These are all good definitions. We would rephrase it this way for the purposes of evaluation the websites, programs, deals, emails and plans we review:
scam (skm) Slang n.
A fraudulent business scheme; a swindle. By "fraudulent", we include misleading, misdirected or exaggerated claims in advertising. For example, if you purchase a book that claims to provide you with clear, step-by-step plans to start a business that will make you wealthy; and you receive only
* lists of references to government programs, or
* general advice about how to start a business, or engage in a multi-level marketing or pyramid scheme; or
* the price for the information is clearly disproportionate to it's worth (such as lists that are publicly available for free elsewhere);
any of these meets our definition of a scam. And , we believe, most people in these situations would feel scammed!
Another example of a scam is the "free book offer", in which the victim is asked to "only pay shipping and handling"; only to find out that other more expensive items were also purchased "on trial", and these will be billed to the victim's account if they are not returned under certain conditions (within 30 days, in unopened condition, etc.). This condition may or may not have been disclosed in "the fine print"; it is a scam because the intent was disguised, hidden, or obfuscated from the victim in some manner (small print, hard to get to web page, etc.)
So how else do we know that FM is not a scam?
Well Firstly Scams are usually shut down fairly quickly.
FM has been going a number of years and has offices all over Europe, They are also in Australia and USA. There is a world wide map on the website showing all the countries that have offices and distribution centers.
Secondly Check out the product yourself. FM sells luxury perfumes at very low prices. How can they do this when the well known brand names can't?
FM don't have to pay shop space, and do not spend Millions ...yes literally, on advertising. In short they cut out all the middlemen, with their associated costs.
If you are looking at FM as a business enterprise to increase your income do the homework yourself.
It is free to join FM as a distributor, If it was a scam there would be a sign up fee...That isn't to say that if you have to pay a sign up/membership fee for a program it is a scam of course, Just that scams have to generate money from somewhere......
Sorry for the long post. Hope I didn't put you all to sleep