Would you shell out money to earn money in the Internet?

Philippines
April 5, 2008 11:28pm CST
I have come across several sites which offer you on how you can earn lots of money and how they have earned so much. But upon reading and looking at those sites, in the end you need to buy something or shell out some cash to know their system. I don't much go for those even if there are testimonies as I don't know if they are real or not. Also, how would I know if I will get my money back? Money are hard these times thats why a lot of us are finding ways to earn extra here in the net. Its ok for me maybe for upgrading membership on PTC sites. But would you shell out money to earn (more) in the net?
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19 responses
@YennLing (112)
• Canada
6 Apr 08
Ya, don't ever trust website that requires you to pay up front. I'm doing a business by using www.my.ws/2gud2btru It really works, and you don't have to pay anything up front. It's actually a multi level marketing business, quiet complicated, but once you learn, the money will flow into your pocket, I've tried it.
• Philippines
6 Apr 08
Well maybe Yennling have some proofs of payment that's why she said it that way. Have you been paid by the MLM you tried yenn?
@magilives (262)
• Australia
6 Apr 08
If you actually get something for your money it is ok but if you are paying a membership just so the person above you can earn commission on it, it tend to say no. These sites don't offer anything more that earning commissions from signing people up, there is no value in that in my opinion.
• Philippines
6 Apr 08
Well yes I also would not mind 'investing' to get something for my money but on the internet, how would you know if you will get something for what you paid for? Well I think you are referring to referrals system. If that is your view and don't want the one who invited you, who shared the knowledge of the earning site, to earn by your joining, then thats fine. But that is what referral system is about- giving rewards for those who have did their job in promoting the site and show you where to earn.
• Australia
6 Apr 08
referral systems are fine as long as they give you something more than just the opportunity to refer to others...there are some programs out there that do just that. You become a paid member so you can refer the program to others to earn commission but you don't get anything else of value in return for your investment. To answer your question how do you know if you will get what you paid for when investing on the internet... if you don't get what you paid for, ask for a refund. Most products will have a refund policy and if you pay by paypal and don't receive your product, they will arrange a refund for you if the seller doesn't want to refund.
@s2a2n2 (1732)
• India
6 Apr 08
I would not prefer those and I too came across several sites which do but did not sign up! I prefer risk free to join sites...
• Philippines
6 Apr 08
Hi. Like what I have said, I too dont for those who dont have a sign up page or even if they do but ask for payment, I dont. But I goes there is not a site that is risk free. There maybe a lot of sites that you can join for free... but maybe certain risk is also there....
@s2a2n2 (1732)
• India
6 Apr 08
yes thats correct, I mean why to risk more by spending money too...thats my intention
@tjades (3594)
• Jamaica
6 Apr 08
Absolutely not. I really do not care for their testimonials either. That proves nothing to me. I believe very strongly that if you are going to offer me the opportunity to earn online you cant ask me to first give you some money. I am searching because I need money not because I have some to give away. Furthermore, these sites will be assisting us to make money and then pay it to our accounts. If this is the case why not make arrangements to withdraw from my earnings rather than to ask that I give cash upfront for something that may be a sham. Uh uh. They ought to get real with those offers.
• Philippines
6 Apr 08
I agree with you. But those sites are also wise in making sure people pay first. I have read that several times in their Terms and Agreement section. So, I get to those sites that are just free to join for me to earn money.
• United States
6 Apr 08
When I first had my son I got on the internet to try and find a work at home job. They all wanted money. And I actually took the bait. I sent 40 dollars, and did not make a single cent back. I learned very quickly that if a site promotes lots of income potential, and asks for money than more than likely it's a scam. I was fooled once but never will be again. It was a lesson learned, just thank goodness that I didn't lose more money than that. I see ones now that ask between 100 and 150 dollars to join. It ashame for the people who fall for this. Just remember the saying buyer beware and if something seems too good to be true than it usually is.
• Philippines
6 Apr 08
Sorry to hear that you fall for that scam and lost $40. As you said, its good that as early as that, you have learned well. I agree that all those that offer big cash at short time I think are just scams. So im being cautious too.
@duranv (517)
• Honduras
6 Apr 08
There are two things here, first some sites are real and they do require payment maybe to ensure the people who join are serious about making money, and then there are those sites that are scams. And the problem is it is difficult to know which is which, so most people, including myself will steer away from sites that require payment.
• Philippines
6 Apr 08
Hi Duranv. Well same as your view, I cant see or know which is which. There are a lot of smammers who just want to ake money and I steer away from them too.
@chrislotz (8207)
• Canada
19 Jun 08
I have fallen into this trap, paying money to earn money, on the internet. I have been scammed a few times and no more. I will not pay anyone money to earn money. Do you pay your employer, offline, to hire you? This is how I now think of it. I joined a few things when I first started to look for ways to earn money at home, on the internet. I learned pretty fast that only a few make it, the ones you pay the money to. I probably spent about $500 the first 6 months I was looking and now I will not pay anyone a penny. I was pretty niave back then and I am not smarter than that. I learned the hard way.
@mbs730 (2155)
• Canada
8 Apr 08
It depends on the program. Unfortunately I HAVE been scammed but I have learned a lot! If I have spoken to others who have paid for a program and have gotten good money from it and have shown me proof, then I would give it a try.
@lynnchua (3416)
• Singapore
7 Apr 08
I think if I trust the site and its does really payout and I have that kind of money I will shell out money to earn money in the internet.
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
7 Apr 08
nope I would never give my hard earned money to anyone on the net, they give me money that is the way it is supposed to be.
• United States
7 Apr 08
First of all you never know if its legit or not! So I never would. Further more why pay money to get money? That makes no sense. Thats like me giving someone 10 dollars and they give me 20. Do you think they would? Probably not. I know I wouldnt. I never do anything that costs me money. You want to earn money not lose it. And if you make say 10 dollars at something for nothing its better then paying 10 to get 10. So basically you made nothing? Maybe there are some things out there that actually work but I would highly doubt it.
@bradhart (659)
• United States
7 Apr 08
don't pay anyone to join any program. There are plenty of free ones and if you write good content and go through the effort of making your site popular and easy to find then will always earn more than you ever could by joining any program which usually pays its members with new suckers joining fees.
@Stiletto (4597)
7 Apr 08
I do make money from Internet Marketing and personally the only programs I've made money from are ones where I've had to pay out money first. I'm not sure what specific sites you're talking about so I can't really comment on whether they're legitimate or not. Many of them are, but of course many of them are not! As for testimonials you're right to not put much faith in them. Lots of people just make them up and even when they don't there is a group of people in IM that will put their name to anything. I see the same faces appear all the time on these things so the testimonials are fairly meaningless. As far as getting your money back goes there are no guarantees. All these things are a risk so never believe anything that promises you a return because they can't guarantee that. Apart from that everything depends on how much effort you put into it as well. My advice to you would be only spend money on something if you can comfortably afford it. Find out as much as you can about the program before you sign up. That's easy enough to do - just spend time searching around forums and things like that online and you will find more info. It always amazes me how willingly people hand over their money for things that really they don't know the first thing about. And if you do sign up for something be prepared to work at it and don't expect to make money overnight because it just doesnt happen I'm afraid, no matter what promises they make!
• Romania
6 Apr 08
Hello Gabrielle I've done something like this in the past. I mylotter said that he found a site that can give you a lot of money. I trusted him so I invested $15 into that site and never seen it again. Now if someone tells me the same thing I want a payment prof from the site to him, if he can't show me this I don't even look at the site. Now I'm very skeptical when it comes to this sites. Take care and have a great day ScarFace
@Eskimo (2329)
6 Apr 08
I made a rule, that I would only spend money on the internet that I made on the internet, I would never use any money earned any other way (ie through full time work etc). That said, I haven't really found any suitable sites for me to invest in anyway (except for upgrading to different levels, and most of the few that I've upgraded have closed before I've received back the money I've spent). Upgrading only lasts as long as the site lasts, some only until they get enough upgraded payments to make it worthwhile closing the site. There are a lot of sites which promise to give you massive returns on your money like 160% of your money after around 10-15 days, or you invest $10 and after the money recycles you get $1000 or even $1,000,000 back. Just ask yourself where this money will come from? These can't be totally ethical can they? I would assume that the earnings on these programmes come from people who invest after you.
@abg1988 (340)
• India
6 Apr 08
No i wont do that. becase we may not know wer is the company and we dont get any receipt for payments and we cannot claim if we don get anything out of it.
@p_vadla (1688)
• India
6 Apr 08
Recently I studied an article on Psychology of money making'. I think its like this friend! There are two options : offer A : get $10 for free offer B : get a free gift voucher of $20, just spend $7. Which one do you choose ? It depends on such things. My view is that we can risk some money with sites that are reputed and have proven track record. Otherwise it is waste of money and time.
6 Apr 08
you need to be careful with some of these sites, as a lot of them are scams, if you are unsure about a site then don,t pay out any money if you can,t afford to lose any.
@paid2write (5204)
6 Apr 08
No because usually you find out after you have paid your money that you need to refer other people, and get them to pay money too, before you can earn anything yourself. I don't agree with that type of system and only a few people make a profit on what they spent to join. It is different if you spend money on something useful which you can then resell. Or if you pay for a domain and hosting when you set up your own website. You will never get your money back from sites wanting you to pay before you can earn, but if you pay for a product then at least you have something for your money.