Last week, I attended a two hour seminar held by EmPwrOnline in Brighton called ‘The secrets of proven eBay selling success.’ If you are interested in selling on eBay or want to improve your eBay selling skills, I would strongly advise that you don’t attend these events. The event has been publicised with newspaper adverts like this one from the Brighton Argus. Isn’t it strange that an advert promoting online selling seminars doesn’t include a web address?
Empwronline’s session is not about selling products on eBay
The session kicked off with ‘Richard Hofmann, Executive’ saying that he would not be talking about how to list on eBay. He would, however, be concentrating on how to make money from eBay. At no point were selling strategies or listing tactics substantively discussed. There was some material about drop-shipping services and sourcing product using Google and ‘online discount warehouses’ as well as a brief overview of PayPal but many details provided regarding policies, postage and eBay in general were erroneous.
The ‘giving away free websites’ scheme
The seminar concentrated on a scheme the presenter claimed would be more lucrative that selling products on eBay. The presenter claimed to make a ‘six figure income’ in this way.
This is the scheme the seminar promoted:
– First, harvest email addresses on eBay. Look for eBay sellers who will likely want a website that they can sell from off-eBay.
– Daily, email ten likely eBay sellers through eBay’s messaging system and give them a free EmPwrOnline website.
– Once your seller has set up their website, EmPwrOnline will weave their magic and when one of your recruits buys an upgraded website, you will receive £450.
To assist you, you could buy access to a ‘portal’ that has all the information and support you need. This portal wasn’t demonstrated and the contents were not explained. Access to this ‘portal’ costs £10 a month.
Who is Michael James?
To get in on this scheme, you were required to cough up £20 for a four hour seminar with Michael James. Michael James, referred to accidentally by the presenter as Michael Symes/Cymes at one point, is a millionaire desperate to share his lucrative secrets with you. Michael James is the keynote speaker at eBay’s annual convention, ‘eBay Expo’ and, such is his celebrity, tickets for that event cost $2000. We were told.
I have never heard of ‘eBay Expo’ or Michael James and a quick online search reveals little concrete information about this apparently famous man. Attendees were invited to buy his book and CD for £20. I asked to examine the book before I bought it. The request was refused.
I wouldn’t spend a penny with EmPwrOnline:
From what I saw at the seminar, this company has very little specialist knowledge regarding eBay and eBay selling. Equally, EmPwrOnline representatives (who were all American) seem ignorant about online trading in the UK.
Bottom line: EmPwrOnline is selling access to an expert whose credentials cannot be verified with an online search. They are promoting a money-making scheme that is unlikely to work. It is also categorically against eBay’s rules to do what EmPwrOnline suggests. In my opinion, the scheme (which encourages you to harvest email addresses using the eBay system) will not net you or anyone a ‘six figure income’.
Frankly, and totally subjectively, there’s something a bit shifty about these guys. I personally don’t trust them. I kept my money very firmly in my pocket and I advise everyone else to do the same.
I’d love to hear about your experiences with EmPwrOnline (good and bad), so feel free to comment below.