I have some good news and I have some bad news. First the good news. The number of infomercials on television is decreasing.
Some might say that is great news. But, before you yell hurray, here's the bad news. They are reincarnating as web sites. Changes the whole picture, doesn't it?
For those who've never seen an infomercial, it is a program-length TV commercial touting easy ways to make money in a variety of ways.
Real estate is probably the most often run program. Others include low-interest government loans or grants to start a new business or go to college.
Then there are the old standby classified advertisement sections in newspapers or magazines promising "big money" business opportunities and/or work-at-home schemes. The companies behind these infomercials and print ads claim that by using their products and services, you can learn how to increase your wealth or start a business from the comfort of your home.
These infomercials and advertisements make it very clear you can make the big bucks only by purchasing their books, audio and video tapes, or computer hardware and software. The materials range in price from less than $100 to several thousand dollars.
To clinch the sale, some promoters include a toll-free telephone consulting service with your purchase and offer a money-back guarantee. The fine print in the guarantee is what gets most people.
Web sites promoting these same type of "opportunities" look like an infomercial. Hype, glitz and promises of big money adorn the screen. On the other hand, contact details, other than ordering information, is scant if existent at all.
On television, these infomercials are designed to look, feel, and sound like real TV programs. The FTC says "they often imitate the format of genuine talk shows or investigative consumer news programs."
Because they imitate real programs, "the products being sold often are discussed as part of the program and touted by paid "experts," "moderators," or "reporters", according to the FTC. The programs may last for 30 minutes, interrupted by advertisements for the shows products with ordering information.
As in the offline world, online promoters of wealth-building schemes claim that if you follow their methods, you can make substantial sums of money. The means to easy wealth have shifted from real estate and government auctions to web site sales and development, autoresponder sales, gift clubs and bulk email programs. † The offline world uses the infomercials and advertisements to invite you to attend seminars where you can learn more about their program. You can rest assured the seminar is a slick sales pitch.
The smooth-talking salespeople tout the programs, materials, and services and use testimonials of the people in the back of the room selling the materials to illustrate what easy money you can make. The truth is these people are paid to give testimony. They are on the payroll as salespeople and that's it.
At these seminars the pitch is feverish and it is easy to be lured by promises of success into parting with your money. They are designed to work off the herd mentality. Don't fall for the nonsense.
On the Internet, the herd mentality is engaged through testimonials and a rush to action. You are encouraged every step of the way to BUY NOW! There are only so many days left and this opportunity will be gone forever or some other such nonsense.
The FTC, and everybody else who has studied these programs, gives the following advice:
1.† Be skeptical about "get-rich-quick" advertising claims.
2.† Ask companies for written substantiation for claims in their presentations, especially those about success rates.
3.† Be aware that "experts" who endorse a product often are paid by the advertiser.
4.† Be cautious about "testimonials." They may be paid for and probably owrse, do not reflect the experience of most consumers.
5.† Be wary of purchasing a program if company representatives give you evasive answers or aren't willing to answer your questions at all.
6.† Before you buy, decide whether the price reflects a fair market value.
7.† Be wary of promises of free money or low-interest government loans. As a rule, these are available only in limited circumstances.
8.† Dont be pressured to purchase immediately. Good opportunities are not sold through high pressure tactics.
9.† Before you buy, ask about the companys qualifying requirements and refund policy.
10. Check out the company with your local consumer protection agency, Better Business Bureau, and state Attorney General's office. They should be able to tell you if any unresolved consumer complaints are on file. † Additional consumer protection resources are available at your local library. Check out materials on personal finance and those geared toward the small business owner.
Your local community college may have a marketing department. Call and ask to speak with one of the professors. Explain the program and ask his/her advice/opinion.
The Small Business Administration and your state and local government have publications and programs for new and potential business owners. Write or call and ask for a list of available publications.
Tap into the Internet. That's right, search engines could turn out to be your best friend. A host of scam busting sites exist and expose scams online and offline.
As always, common sense is your best weapon in the fight against this garbage. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. However, if you have more than a passing interest, do your homework. Getting too much information is not a crime or a hazard to your wealth.
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Special forces said to be preparing to storm Baghuz to flush out last Islamic State diehards
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The Islamic State fighters dangled their legs off the backs of vehicles normally used for transporting sheep. Brightly coloured keffiyehs wrapped around their faces, they stared at Kurdish troops as they passed without saying a word.
Swede, 16, says EU cannot just ‚Äėwait for us to grow up and become the ones in charge‚Äô
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Empire actor hands himself in after being charged with lying to police when he said he was victim of racist attack in Chicago
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Police warn death toll may rise in ‚Äėhighly combustable‚Äô blaze in old part of Bangladesh capital
At least 80 people have died after a massive fire engulfed apartment buildings that also housed chemical warehouses in the old city of Bangladesh‚Äôs capital Dhaka.
Dozens of people were trapped in the buildings, unable to escape onto narrow streets clogged with traffic, as the highly-combustible stores of chemicals, body sprays and plastic granules erupted in flames. About 50 people were injured, some critically burned.
Meanwhile, Michel Barnier has told a French newspaper that Brexit talks remain at an ‚Äėimpasse‚Äô, and repeated that Brussels will not consider reopening the Withdrawal Agreement or renegotiating the backstop.
‚ÄúThe process is in an impasse at the moment. We are waiting for Theresa May to tell us how she sees things and what she wants,‚ÄĚ he tells La Croix.
A bit more from Corbyn:
‚ÄúThe threat of no deal is something that has deeply exercised people throughout the European Union. They are very worried about the consequences of it.
French president says his party will introduce legislation to combat hate speech online
Antisemitism appears to have reached its worst levels since the second world war, Emmanuel Macron told Jewish community leaders on Wednesday, a day after thousands of people took to the streets in France to denounce hate crimes.
The French government is to adopt the intergovernmental organisation International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance‚Äôs (IHRA) definition of antisemitism and propose a law to stop hate speech being circulated online, the French president said.
Canada‚Äôs PM losing support after claim he pressed minister not to prosecute firm
When Justin Trudeau embraced Canada‚Äôs attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, last year in the country‚Äôs House of Commons, it became a moment emblematic of the powerful friendship between the two, part of the government‚Äôs promise to mend the broken relationship between the government and indigenous peoples in Canada.
Now, Wilson-Raybould is out of her job and Trudeau has found himself on the defensive, fending off accusations that members of the Prime Minister‚Äôs Office (PMO) ‚Äď a powerful body staffed with hand-picked confidants ‚Äď put pressure on Wilson-Raybould to not pursue criminal charges against a large Canadian engineering firm. The scandal has cast a shadow over Trudeau‚Äôs domestic image of commitment to transparent government, potentially harming his electoral prospects.
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Alexander McFadyen says that he and his family were ‚Äúmore or less constantly watched‚ÄĚ while they were at home. They had to be ‚Äúproperly dressed‚ÄĚ at all times, and even then they were often photographed or filmed, and sometimes spied on with binoculars. McFadyen set out to measure the problem. While working at the dining table, he counted 84 people taking photographs in 90 minutes. This is the reality of living in a glass-walled flat in Block C of Neo Bankside, just 34 metres from the viewing gallery at Tate Modern, which receives up to 600,000 visitors a year.
A neighbour, Claire Fearn, said being watched like that made her ‚Äúsick to her stomach‚ÄĚ. People waved and made obscene gestures at her and her family. Her husband, Giles Fearn, found pictures of their home posted online by strangers. Many of the images are still on Twitter, often with amused remarks about the misfortune of their wealthy owners. (The flats are worth an average of ¬£4.35m each.) Another neighbour, Lindsay Urquhart, visited the viewing gallery and heard someone remark that she and the other residents of Block C deserved to lose their privacy because they were ‚Äúrich bastards‚ÄĚ.
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If you‚Äôre yet to discover it, don‚Äôt hang about. The series centres on police chief Andri, played by aforementioned dreamboat √ďlafur Darri √ďlafsson and his colleagues on the force ‚Äď sometimes farcical, sometimes touchingly familial ‚Äď as they investigate some very murky goings-on. In the last series it was murders, corruption, arson and human trafficking that plagued the tiny northern town, Sey√įisfj√∂r√įur, that Andri calls home. Series two sees our beloved grizzly man take on another set of deeply dark happenings that torment Sey√įisfj√∂r√įur and its residents, his family included.
Chiwetel Ejiofor directs and stars in the inspiring real-life story of a teenager who brings electricity to his village in Malawi
Chiwetel Ejiofor has made his debut as writer-director, and the result is exhilarating and rather inspiring ‚Äď a story of success against the odds, of ingenuity and resourcefulness, of a father and son painfully coming to terms with each other. Ejiofor brings a real sensitivity and empathy to this material, as well as some bold, fluent storytelling.
He has adapted a 2013 memoir by the Malawi engineer William Kamkwamba, which told the remarkable story of how as a teenager he provided electricity for his village by designing and building a wind turbine, hooked up to a simple bike-type dynamo. Ejiofor has exercised a little creative licence here and upped the narrative stakes, by making this turbine vital for pumping otherwise inaccessible well water for the drought-stricken village‚Äôs crops, and in doing so battling against his father‚Äôs angry realisation that his kid has done what he could not. But Ejiofor‚Äôs creative interventions are entirely justified. They speak to the larger ideas ‚Äď the pain and confrontation involved in trying something radically new.
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Samsung has placed its stake in the ground with its Galaxy Fold smartphone-tablet folding phone that is spectacular in every way, even in price, and pitches itself years ahead of its arch-rival, Apple.
Nearly a decade in the making, everything about the Galaxy Fold shouts next generation. It has a standard 4.6in phone screen on the front, but open it up like a book and you reveal a single large 7.3in screen that literally folds in half. No lines, no wrinkles, no visible crinkles. It‚Äôs a level of luxury and innovation not seen before, and it comes with a truly eye-watering price tag of $2,000. But no one said breaking boundaries was cheap.
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By day it is one of Lima‚Äôs grandest squares. By night the Plaza San Mart√≠n becomes a magnet for nightclubbers and bag-snatchers, as well as a haunt for male sex workers and their clients.
It is here just before midnight that 29-year-old Darwin Zerpa and other volunteers set up shop. Pulling up in an out-of-service ambulance and folding out a table on the pavement, they mark out a spot where passersby can get HIV finger-prick test results in less than 10 minutes.
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The unmonitored movement of people across the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan threatens efforts to eradicate polio from the two countries, as the year‚Äôsfirst cases of the virus are recorded in the volatile region.
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative said people travelling through unchecked crossings is believed to be one of the main causes of the spread of the disease in the area.
The state, which styles itself as the Democratic-led ‚Äėresistance‚Äô, has launched 46 lawsuits against the Trump administration
The Trump administration‚Äôs plans to pull millions in federal funding from California‚Äôs high-speed rail project is just the latest antagonism between the president and the state that stands on the opposite end of his party‚Äôs ideological spectrum.
Governor Gavin Newsom called the move ‚Äúpolitical retribution‚ÄĚ for the state‚Äôs lawsuit against Donald Trump‚Äôs declaration of a national emergency, but California and Trump have been at it since before he was even elected president.
Though Trump himself suggested there is no real emergency, courts are unlikely to second-guess a president‚Äôs broad leeway
Many legal analysts who watched Donald Trump declare a national emergency over immigration on Friday thought the president had weak legal grounds for doing so. In particular, many thought Trump hurt his own case by admitting, right there in the White House Rose Garden: ‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt need to do this, but I‚Äôd rather do it much faster.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThis quote should be the first sentence of the first paragraph of every complaint filed this afternoon,‚ÄĚ tweeted George Conway, a top Washington lawyer and the husband of Trump aide Kellyanne Conway.
Attempt to hustle Japan into a trade deal highlights the problems facing ‚Äėglobal Britain‚Äô
It takes a lot to anger the unfailingly polite, anglophile Japanese. But Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, and Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, appear to have managed it with their ill-judged attempt to hustle Tokyo into a quick-fire Brexit trade deal.
The diplomatic fumble has highlighted rapidly escalating difficulties facing ‚Äúglobal Britain‚ÄĚ ‚Äď the government‚Äôs nebulous vision for life after the EU ‚Äď in forging new business and trade relationships around the world without an agreed post-Brexit strategy.
I had to gain the confidence that always seemed to come naturally to my partner to release my inner handywoman
Last year my partner and I moved into a new house. The whole exercise was exhilarating ‚Äď finally, a place we owned ‚Äď but it also unearthed in me a desperation, a deep frustration. For a long time I‚Äôve wanted to be someone who fixes things, builds things, someone who is capable in practical day-to-day tasks. I own tools, I have ideas and I tinker with my surroundings, but I‚Äôve never felt completely at ease in the tasks that various men in my life seem to take on with no backward glance.
In our just-built house there were so many jobs to do with drills, hammers, caulking guns. My drive to learn by doing was offset by disorientation and self-doubt. I wanted to begin improving our house, but I didn‚Äôt know what sort of screws I needed for the curtain rod brackets, or whether I could just drill straight into the plasterboard. My partner, a man, didn‚Äôt have much more experience in these things than I did, but approached the situation with a confidence and bluster that only confused me more.
Visitors to Dartmoor zoo are being offered the opportunity to take part in its ‚Äėhuman v beast‚Äô challenge, with groups of people playing tug-of-war against a lion as it tries to wrestle meat attached to a rope.
The controversial attraction, which costs ¬£15 per person, has sparked a backlash with more than 2,000 people signing a petition to stop the practice. The petition‚Äôs author, Sue Dally, described it as, ‚Äėcruel and shows a total lack of respect for these beautiful majestic wild animals‚Äô
Barack Obama offered some advice on self-confidence to young men at an event hosted by his foundation in Oakland, California, on Tuesday.
When asked by a member of the audience about his definition of being a man, and how it relates to the LGBT+ community, the former US president said being a man was ‚Äėfirst and foremost being a good human‚Äô before going on to say that ‚Äėif you are very confident about your sexuality, you don‚Äôt have to have eight women around you twerking‚Äô
Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets across France in protest against an increase in the number of antisemitic attacks in the country. Recent incidents have included a Jewish cemetery being desecrated with swastikas and the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut being subjected to a torrent of hate speech on the fringe of a gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protest in Paris
Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont who ran against Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic nomination, has announced his run for the presidency in 2020. Sanders, 77, running as a Democrat, will be up against a more crowded and diverse field this time round
Donald Trump has used a speech in Miami, Florida, to issue a direct appeal to members of the Venezuelan military to back opposition leader Juan Guaid√≥. The influential Venezuelan military has so far remained largely loyal to current president, Nicol√°s Maduro. The US president told the crowd: 'We seek a peaceful transition of power, but all options are open'
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