I got a call from a woman in a rural part of my state inquiring about a product she had bought.
Since I don’t sell to consumers directly, I knew she had the wrong number but decided to try and help her anyway.
After several rounds of questioning, I determined she had reached me because the company she bought from had a similar name as my business.
I asked her if the company was located in our state and she said no – it was located in Wisconsin.
I asked why she called my number she said because the names were similar and because she thought she might be able to reach a branch of the Wisconsin based company here locally.
I then spent several minutes convincing her I had nothing to do with the company and asked her where she bought their product from.
She answered – online.
I then asked for the web address of the business.
She gave me a couple of incorrect domain addresses and then finally produced the correct domain.
I won’t publish the domain address here because I don’t want my site to show up for any searches for their similarly named business.
Typing in the address brought up the following page and product offer:
Yep… the stuffing envelopes / mailing brochures business “opportunity” is alive and well – it has just moved online.
Unbelievably and in the age of instant access to information – businesses like the one above are still out there plying their wares.
Seeing the website confirmed what I had expected throughout the duration of the phone call.
I decided I would see if I could find a phone number behind the website and did.
I also discovered the same company had over 1,000 domains all apparently selling the same business opportunity.
I gave the caller the phone number and suggested she call it.
Whether she called it and reached anyone – I don’t know.
Whether she learned anything either – I don’t know.
However, I did learn something from her call – one of the oldest offline “business opportunities” around apparently is alive and well… online.
Tags: Business Opportunity