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The tough economy has them coming out of the walls. PLEASE rethink spending thousands to learn eBay or the internet!.

Posted Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at 8:50 AM

Kim Komando has a nice article about this subject today. http://www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?i...

For those who do not know her, she hosts a weekly radio show about digital matters including computers, electronics, internet and all things in between.

I rarely, if ever hear things that don't make common sense and while it is often "over my head" she seems to be knowledgeable on subjects she discusses.

The point is, she is a voice of reason and this article takes a level headed approach to evaluate the many programs you hear and read about to become an "INTERNET MILLIONAIRE"!

I have actually had a few of my students come up during breaks to tell me of the 'package' they bought to help them drop ship their way to fortunes. One person claims to have paid $10,000 for a 'turn-key' system but did not know what he was going to sell yet.

I did my best to encourage him since he said it was already a done deal. BUT, I would strongly recommend staying away from these programs. They seem to take the work out of creating a successful business but folks, it requires work.

It may be fun, different and exciting, but it is still WORK.

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yep all god things require work.

Cannot get something for nothing.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Tue, May 19, 2009, at 9:16 AM

I hate to see people by the eBay packages. It's easy enough to learn on your own and eBay will help you along the way. They even have online seminars.

-- Posted by justmytwocentsworth on Tue, May 19, 2009, at 12:27 PM

Yeah, so tired of the darn guy saying Buy my product. Bet he's the only one to get rich.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Tue, May 19, 2009, at 4:00 PM

The guy who sells books on how to get free money from the government and how to beat the banks really irks me. This one isn't eBay but I am surprised he has not tried it yet.

He is being interviewed my well endowed young ladies and on this last one, they seem to have trouble keeping their clothes on. Duh, one of the well used tricks of magicians and shysters is to divert your attention.

At least with magicians you are there to be entertained. The others are just there to rob you.

In all fairness to the general public, eBay can be a little intimidating with all their links and policies. Even to the experienced at times, but they have a wealth of information, forums and specialty groups that can help.

When we started selling a collection of teddy bears, we subscribed to several free discussion groups on bear collecting, specialty bears, bear making etc. All within eBay.

There is a whole community of folks on there that have nothing to do with eBay at all!

There are many who still prefer a live class and live interaction with the instructors. eBay used to come out and have group classes in key cities, but they have now turned that over to a group of Education Specialists who they have taught and who they require to teach THEIR program.

These folks are not there to sell you other packages or get rich plans. They might recover their costs for a workbook, but other than that, they should stay to the eBay approved format.

If they are not Education Specialists, taught by eBay, expect some other sales pitch. In most cases, if they are giving away free this and free that, it is not a "meat & potatoes" course, just a hook to bring you in.

Education Specialist prices are usually the same as eBay used to charge and many times lower. Some will also do one-on-one tutoring. Here is the eBay link to search for those instructors in your area using town & state or zip code. http://www.poweru.net/ebay/student/searc...

The pages often give a bio on the person, a feedback system similar to eBay sellers and contact info. From there you can check out students comments, and even visit their own sales site to see if they are an active seller in addition to teacher.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, May 20, 2009, at 11:48 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.