I wrote a while ago about the Who’s Who Among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs fax spam recently and it seemed to hit a nerve. I have received and continue to receive lots of feedback from others who’d received similar faxes.
I was curious when Bob noted that a business in Hobart was advertising their listing on their site (looks like this has since been removed) so I contacted owner Shane Mundy to find out more. Shane joined up and paid his money and has a slightly different take on the situation so I asked him if he’d mind sharing his experience which he was happy to do. Here’s what he had to say (unedited)
I suppose you can look at it a couple of ways, yes it is defiantly marketing , you are led to believe you are a special person to be asked to be a member, but at the end of the day you have joined a networking organisation, that’s what it is a membership that you pay 500 dollars to be a member, I did a google and when I told the SALES PERSON I saw lots of google results as a scam. It could be classed as a scam if you look it at it that way, there are 2 membership options platinum or 5 year, I at first said I was not interested but as any sales person he offered me the benefits of platinum for the cheaper 5 year option, in that I received 2 airline tickets to a list of destinations across the globe, there is a little catch though, you have to stay in their Ritzy hotels they are networked with for a number of nights, that was fine with us because we wanted to treat our self to some nice accommodation when we go back to new york after Boston, my wife is not here to ask what airline but I am pretty sure its Continental, so in all Steve it suited me this time around but if I wasn’t flying OS it would be hardly worth joining for the glory of having your name in a black book. They do send a black book as part of package with all the other members names and profiles.
Make of this what you will…