outsmarting the internet marketers?

There’s a bunch of controversy whirling around about sneaky and manipulative Internet Marketing sales tactics.

Having been to multiple IM seminars, I know all the tricks, and wasn’t interested in another pile of stuff that might be really great but I don’t have the time for. It’s also a good clue to the upsell backend nonsense when I was sent so many affiliate links. Now why would you need an affiliate link if the only dollar is going to charity?

HOWEVER, prompted by this post (thank you Jeremy), http://www.surefirewealth.com/blog/marketing/marketing-lesson-on-trial-offers I just went and got the $1 offer using the new PayPal Secure Card. I’ve been meaning to try it out, but we will have to wait and see how it works in this scenario.

It’s basically a temporary virtual credit card to be used online, that can be limited to one-time or single merchant use. Info from PayPal Help here: http://lnk.in/secureCard
Or log in to your PayPal account and look for the upper LEFT link “Tools”->”PayPal Plug-In”

It took a bit cuz ya gotta download and install and restart your computer. But it’s kinda neat, I generated a MasterCard # on the fly and made it a One-Time use only. As soon as I waded thru all the upsell pages, I went back to PayPal and CLOSED the temporary card.

Although, interestingly, there are two items showing up, a $1 authorization and another $1 temporary hold, which I’m guessing is either another charge to see if I was gonna have enough to continue with the membership or PayPal has flagged the merchant.

I’ll keep ya posted on how this turns out.

And for the record, I do not know Matt Bacak (although we are facebook friends) and I know a lot of people are upset, but I’d at least like to give him kudos for including a charitable cause.