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  • Submitted: Thu, September 17, 2009
  • Updated: Sun, December 06, 2009

  • Reported By: DamienM — syracuse New York USA
BLASTOFF NETWORK
http://blastoffnetwork.com/?page_id=2 Internet United States of America

BLASTOFF NETWORK BLASTOFF JUST POSTING THIS AS A HEADS UP.... BLASTOFF NETWORK DOES REQUIRE AN INVESTMENT TO PARTICIPATE IN EARLY LAUNCH. IS IT LEGIT? COULD BE. Internet

*Consumer Comment: No investment required

*Consumer Comment: Walks like a duck

*Consumer Comment: Blastoff Network Is Legit

*Consumer Comment: Blastoff the truth

*Consumer Comment: Mosf of us have seen this before..and it's nothing new..

*UPDATE Employee: I SIGNED UP 80 PEOPLE AND NO MONEY YET!!

*General Comment: I'VE SEEN THIS BEFORE

*General Comment: I'VE SEEN THIS BEFORE

*Consumer Comment: Blastoff Network impressions

*Consumer Comment: Blastoff Network or 'If it quacks like a duck....'

*Consumer Comment: Win-Win my a**

*Consumer Comment: The Truth About Blastoff

*Consumer Comment: BlastOff is a Win Win Win

*Consumer Comment: Watch this video

*Consumer Comment: Blastoff Network is 100% Free!!!

*Consumer Suggestion: Plausible but need to watch

*Consumer Comment: Blastoff Network

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: blast off

*General Comment: WHAT!?

*Consumer Suggestion: A Famous Quote "Those who do not understand feel more comfortable being negative"

*General Comment: MLM are scams, don't drink the coolaid

*UPDATE Employee: Check your facts about the blastoff network prelaunch

*Consumer Comment: Blastoff in Pre-Launch, available soon to public

*General Comment: Blastoff Networking is free

*Consumer Comment: Blastoff Scam

*UPDATE Employee: Blastoff is a free service

*Consumer Comment: Be careful

* : BLAST OFF, THE REAL DEAL: A first hand account.

* : Blasoff Network is absolutely FREE to Join Prior to public launch!

* : Blastoff Network is a rock solid company

* : Blast Off Never Charges for their service to Consumers

* : BLASTOFF NETWORK IS MARKETING A VERY GOOD OPPORTUNITY

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I've checked this out and found that there are two offers built into the early launch that require you to make a purchase... IF DON'T sign up for these two programs, You DON"T get in the prelaunch and have to wait until the launch date and then set up your blastoff home page and indeed begin to set up your down line.

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There are a lot of typical questions not answered like how the 'member' gets paid and how any network can pay down 10 levels and still give everyone a portion of the profits. It does not make sense mathematically.

Can a multi-vendor-linked homepage make money,sure. Imagine if this is successful and these vendors are planted on all these homepages, the value of that advertising! It would be large. IF this is legitimate, the owners need to explain how they are making money legally and how they plan to pay out to all the 'homepage' owners.

The two sponsoring vendors (Legal firm and security firm) are the big winners here and they are not paying the user to have permanent advertising on a users' homepage.

Can this be legit? Yes, Can it turn into a scam, yes.

I'm sure the AG's office here in NY is already all over this one as are the law offices of the companies whose logos are appearing on this company's website) if that's being done without specific permission. Google for example is currently suing several internet companies for using their name without permission.

If this new internet biz is legal and forthright, they have a neat thing going for them, however, I don't see anything that will make their Oct 11 'launch' any different then what they are doing now....meaning you have to buy in if you want to make money....that might not be worth the investment.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/17/2009 06:57 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/BLASTOFF-NETWORK/internet/BLASTOFF-NETWORK-BLASTOFF-JUST-POSTING-THIS-AS-A-HEADS-UP-BLASTOFF-NETWORK-DOES-REQUI-496208. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

No investment required

AUTHOR: mimi - (United States of America)

I signed up to the Blastoff network and there was no investment required.
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#2 Consumer Comment

Walks like a duck

AUTHOR: Tim - (U.S.A.)

It didnt take me more than a few rebuttals to see what this is: its a pyramid scheme, plain and simple. You can put it in a fancy dress, but its still a pyramid scheme. The supporters are using the EXACT same terminology and faulty arguments that you would find in any Amway thread, such as:


1) Every business is a pyramid scheme. NOT TRUE: what youre talking about with other businesses is the organization structure. The pyramid in pyramid scheme refers to the compensation structure.


2) We are/we market products for a Fortune 500 company. IRRELEVANT: were not discussing whether or not the company makes any money, were discussing whether you will make any money. I worked for Taco Bell for three years in high school. Were the executives at Pepsi Food Services making good money? I would imagine they were. Was I making good money? Not by a long shot.   


3) I have the opportunity to own my own business. NOT TRUE. You only have the opportunity to replicate a business model. Nothing about what you will be doing bears any of the hallmarks of business ownership.


Many of the other points I would normally make have already been pointed out by others, such as:


1) If you read the comments made by the supporters within this thread, and the promoters at large, you will find very little information and an awful lot of hype.


2) If the product being offered is marketable at the given price, why cant it be sold via simple, traditional promotion? A good product, sold at a good price, can thrive with or without a warm market. If your product is only marketable to people who are likely to buy out of misplaced trust or sympathy, is it really a good value?


3) MLMs are based on inherently faulty mathematical models. When the claims of the promoters are plugged into the actual commission structure in a hypothetical scenario, the system collapses upon itself.


I could go on and on. And maybe I will at another time. I understand that these are tough times and people are hard up for any source of income they can get. This has worked out very well for the MLM vultures.


If you want to be successful in an MLM, learn how to sell dreams. If you want to get taken advantage of, go out and buy yourself some dreams.   

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#3 Consumer Comment

Blastoff Network Is Legit

AUTHOR: Troy - (U.S.A.)

Some people can make a big issue out of heresay and half-truths. The Blastoff Network is a legitimante company. In fact they just partnered with the Dallas Morning News. See the story here: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Blastoff-Network-Partners-prnews-3250167270.html?x=0&.v=1 They do not charge users any fees but instead make their money from the merchants that they refer customers to. They have legitimate agreements with over 300 major retailers including hotels, car rental companies, and so on. If you are skeptical about how they make their money then consider this analogy.

How are companies like Continental Airlines able to give you frequent flyer miles when you first visit your Continenal Rewards account, then click on a link to a merchant like The Gap? It works like this. Your browser includes a cookie that shows you first went to Continental's website.

How Blastoff Tracks A Transaction And Passes Referral Fees On

 In the example above with Continental Airlines Rewards a tracking cookie is passed on to the server at The Gap where it is recorded in the transaction details. The Gap pays Continental airlines a percentage of the transaction. Say you bought a dress for $100. A referral fee of about 6% is send to Continental Airlines who in turn doles out a few airline miles to you. Blastoff Network does the same thing.

Instead of sharing some of their referral fees they kick a little cash back reward out to users. They are not the first to do this. What makes people skeptical is the "refer friends" speel. Anytime you mention any program with a "refer a friend" feature people automatically become skeptical. Don't misunderstand how the referral program works or thing you have to participate. You don't have to participate. Those people 10 levels down the line still get the same deal, and you get a very tiny amount of commission if you want to refer people.  Again you don't have to.

 You make the most percentage of cash back when you use the Blastoff site to do your own shopping and you do not have to refer anybody if you don't want to. The referral program is used to grow the network, quite successfully I might add. Don't be so hesitant to join a free service that pay you from 1% to 20% on every trasnaction for doing the same shopping you would have already done at the very same websites and merchants. Here are some answers to common questions about the Blastoff Network that I compiled. (((Redacted)))

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#4 Consumer Comment

Blastoff the truth

AUTHOR: j - (United States of America)

Blastoff is legit and a great company and FREE. So all you rip off fans forget it...its FREE. I'm also with this FREE company pays more http ://55831.powerbarclub.com  I will continue to do blastoff I now have 123 people on my team.
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#5 Consumer Comment

Mosf of us have seen this before..and it's nothing new..

AUTHOR: Ronny g - (USA)

These "pyramid", "MLM", "matrix" or whatever you wish to call it "schemes" have been around a while..sounds like it should work..but on paper and in real world terms it is simply is unsustainable due to the exponential progression of a classic pyramid scheme.

A pyramid scheme is a non-sustainable business model that involves the exchange of money primarily for enrolling other people into the scheme, often without any product or service being delivered. These types of schemes have existed for at least a century. Nowadays, subtler schemes exist, whereby wealth is still attained by the owner, but not unless those at the base are also earning.

Concept and basic models

A successful pyramid scheme combines a fake yet seemingly credible business with a simple-to-understand yet sophisticated-sounding money-making formula which is used for profit. The essential idea is that the mark, Mr. X, makes only one payment. To start earning, Mr. X has to recruit others like him who will also make one payment each. Mr. X gets paid out of receipts from those new recruits. They then go on to recruit others. As each new recruit makes a payment, Mr. X gets a cut. He is thus promised exponential benefits as the "business" expands.

Such "businesses" seldom involve sales of real products or services to which a monetary value might be easily attached. However, sometimes the "payment" itself may be a non-cash valuable. To enhance credibility, most such scams are well equipped with fake referrals, testimonials, and information. The flaw is that there is no end benefit. The money simply travels up the chain. Only the originator (sometimes called the "pharaoh") and a very few at the top levels of the pyramid make significant amounts of money. The amounts dwindle steeply down the pyramid slopes. Individuals at the bottom of the pyramid (those who subscribed to the plan, but were not able to recruit any followers themselves) end up with a deficit.

Some network or multi-level marketing businesses, which sell real products and rely on the price differentials between the manufacturer's dispatch ramp and the retail counter, may verge on the borderline between "smart" and "scam". However, legitimate network or multi-level marketing businesses can be distinguished from illegal pyramids by their compliance with these three criteria:

   1. Substantial sales of products or services to end users
   2. Commissions paid only on product usage, not on new enrollments
   3. Company buys back the inventory of terminating participants

 "8-ball" model


Many pyramids are more sophisticated than the simple model. These recognize that recruiting a large number of others into a scheme can be difficult so a seemingly simpler model is used. In this model each person must recruit two others, but the ease of achieving this is offset because the depth required to recoup any money also increases. The scheme requires a person to recruit two others, who must each recruit two others, who must each recruit two others.
The "8-ball" model contains a total of 15 members. Note that unlike in the picture, the triangular setup in the cue game of eight-ball corresponds to an arithmetic progression 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 = 15. The pyramid scheme in the picture in contrast is a geometric progression 1 + 2 + 4 + 8 = 15.

Prior instances of this scam have been called the "Airplane Game" and the four tiers labeled as "captain", "co-pilot", "crew", and "passenger" to denote a person's level. Another instance was called the "Original Dinner Party" which labeled the tiers as "dessert", "main course", "side salad", and "appetizer". A person on the "dessert" course is the one at the top of the tree. Another variant "Treasure Traders" variously used gemology terms such as "polishers", "stone cutters", etc. or gems "rubies", "sapphires", "diamonds", etc.

Such schemes may try to downplay their pyramid nature by referring to themselves as "gifting circles" with money being "gifted". Popular scams such as the "Women Empowering Women"[15] do exactly this. Joiners may even be told that "gifting" is a way to skirt around tax laws.

Whichever euphemism is used, there are 15 total people in four tiers (1 + 2 + 4 + 8) in the scheme - the person at the top of this tree is the "captain", the two below are "co-pilots", the four below are "crew" and the bottom eight joiners are the "passengers".

The eight passengers must each pay (or "gift") a sum (e.g. $1000) to join the scheme. This sum (e.g. $8000) goes to the captain who leaves, with everyone remaining moving up one tier. There are now two new captains so the group splits in two with each group requiring eight new passengers. A person who joins the scheme as a passenger will not see a return until they exit the scheme as a captain. This requires that 14 others have been persuaded to join underneath them.

Therefore, the bottom 3 tiers of the pyramid always lose their money when the scheme finally collapses. Consider a pyramid consisting of tiers with 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, and 64 members. The highlighted section corresponds to the previous diagram.
No matter how large the model becomes before collapse, approximately 88% of all people will lose.

If the scheme collapses at this point, only those in the 1, 2, 4, and 8 got out with a return. The remainder in the 16, 32, and 64 tier lose everything. 112 out of the total 127 members or 88% lost all of their money.

During a wave of pyramid activity, a surge frequently develops once a significant fraction of people know someone personally who exited with a $8000 payout for example. This spurs others to seek to get in on one of the many pyramids before the wave collapses.

The figures also hide the fact that the confidence trickster would make the lion's share of the money. They would do this by filling in the first 3 tiers (with 1, 2, and 4 people) with phony names, ensuring they get the first 7 payouts, at 8 times the buy-in sum, without paying a single penny themselves. So if the buy-in were $1000, they would receive $56,000, paid for by the first 56 investors. They would continue to buy in underneath the real investors, and promote and prolong the scheme for as long as possible in order to allow them to skim even more from it before the collapse.

Other cons may also be effective. For example, rather than using fake names, a group of seven people may agree to form the top three layers of a pyramid without investing any money. They then work to recruit eight paying passengers, and pretend to follow the pyramid payout rules, but in reality split any money received. Ironically, though they are being conned, the eight paying passengers are not really getting anything less for their money than if they were buying into a 'legitimate' pyramid which had split off from a parent pyramid. They truly are now in a valid pyramid, and have the same opportunity to earn a windfall if they can successfully recruit enough new members and reach captain. This highlights the fact that by 'buying' in to a pyramid, passengers are not really obtaining anything of value they couldn't create themselves other than a vague sense of "legitimacy" or history of the pyramid, which may make it marginally easier to sell passenger seats below them.

 Matrix scheme

Matrix schemes use the same fraudulent non-sustainable system as a pyramid; here, the participants pay to join a waiting list for a desirable product which only a fraction of them can ever receive. Since matrix schemes follow the same laws of geometric progression as pyramids, they are subsequently as doomed to collapse. Such schemes operate as a queue, where the person at head of the queue receives an item such as a television, games console, digital camcorder, etc. when a certain number of new people join the end of the queue. For example ten joiners may be required for the person at the front to receive their item and leave the queue. Each joiner is required to buy an expensive but potentially worthless item, such as an e-book, for their position in the queue. The scheme organizer profits because the income from joiners far exceeds the cost of sending out the item to the person at the front. Organizers can further profit by starting a scheme with a queue with shill names that must be cleared out before genuine people get to the front. The scheme collapses when no more people are willing to join the queue. Schemes may not reveal, or may attempt to exaggerate, a prospective joiner's queue position which essentially means the scheme is a lottery. Some countries have ruled that matrix schemes are illegal on that basis.
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#6 UPDATE Employee

I SIGNED UP 80 PEOPLE AND NO MONEY YET!!

AUTHOR: Casey in Los Angeles - (USA)

OK YES YOU ARE RIGHT!!  WHEN WE WERE ALL STARTING OUT WE HAD TO SIGN UP FOR EITHER PREPAID LEGAL OR SOME OTHER MEMBERSHIP SITE TO ACTUALLY SIGN UP EARLY FOR BLASTOFF NETWORK.  THEY WERE USING THAT AS A MARKETING STRATEGY TO BUILD UP STEAM BEFORE THE ACTUAL LAUNCH.  I HAVE MANY PEOPLE THAT I KNOW THAT BECAUSE OF THAT HAD STRONG RESERVATION SIGNING UP BUT I WILL TELL YOU THAT EVERYTHING THAT BLASTOFF IS SPOUTING IS TRUE!!

I HAVE SIGNED UP 80 PEOPLE IN MY DOWNLINE AND IN MY SECOND WAVE I HAVE ABOUT 4 PEOPLE.  THE MONEY HAS NOT COME IN YET BECAUSE NO ONE IS BUYING YET BUT IF YOU NOTICE THAT THE PRICES ARE ACTUALLY BETTER ON THE SITE THEN IN THE STORES SO WHY WOULDN'T THEY??  I AM SPENDING MONEY ON ADVERTISING SO WE'LL SEE IF I CAN MAKE MY INVESTMENT BACK.  THIS IS LIKE AN EXPERIMENT.  I HAD THIS IDEA THAT IF YOU SIGN UP WITH ME THEN I CAN TELL YOU HOW MANY PEOPLE OR HOW MUCH IT WOULD TAKE TO ACTUALLY MAKE ANYTHING WITH BLASTOFF.  SO FAR NO MONEY WAS MADE BY ME AND SOME SPENT.  SO WE WILL SEE.  I WILL UPDATE YOU EVERY SO OFTEN IF YOU WANT TO KNOW.  ONCE YOU SIGN UP THROUGH ME I WILL SEND OUT NEWSLETTERS LETTING YOU KNOW IF THERE IS ANY MONEY IN THIS BLASTOFF THING.  IF I FIND THERE ISN'T THEN RIPOFF REPORT WILL KNOW ABOUT IT. 
OF COURSE SIGN UP IS FREE AND FUN SO IF I FIND OUT IT WONT PAY YOU THEN WE WILL ALL JUST HAVE AN COOLER MORE EVOLVED FACEBOOK.

THANKS

CASEY ZEMAN

http://my.blastoffnetwork.com/caseyzeman62
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#7 General Comment

I'VE SEEN THIS BEFORE

AUTHOR: student of business - (USA)

Frankly I've seen all of this before. Something new comes out. People are either receptive or sceptical. Now lets not be naive there is plenty of reason to be sceptical about new things. from fly by night companies to cults to downrigh scams. YES THEY EXIST!!!!!!!!!! I just want to respond to some of the last few comments. Sean From Madison Heights U.S.A. I'm glad you did your due diligence. Frankly the world needs people like you. Those who have the technical skills and knowledge and skills to uncover facts that the average person would overlook. Those are the sort of people I like to hire to work for me. That way I don't have to waste all of my valuable moneymaking time finding out such things. Thanks for showing your expertise and skill. Now honestly I don't really care how they get the money to pay the commissions as long as its ethical, legal, and true to the promise given. I do have a blastoff account i've peronally only spent $25 and my commison page reads $.94 which is more than the 3% i was promised. Now 94 cents isn't a huge amount but 3% that I was given is more than i get from my savings account, more than the average return on the stock market for most people in the last year (thats not a fact but its worth thinking about), more than the cut of business the average employee gets. I mean think the pa (i'm not sure what federal amount is i know i can look it up but once again i don't have the time to. maybe sean can) minimum wage is 7.25 per hour so i just spent money on something i was going to ghet anyway. took about 10 minutes to do it didn't have to leave meaning i saved on gas. paid nothing on shipping. and voila i get almost a dollar back oh yeah i applied my barnes and noles member discounts too to get more discounts. Look this is not meant to be a business opportunity but you can generate some cash. Oh yeah and about the network marketing comments i will say there are a lot more people not making money than there are but however this industry has produced more millionaires and high income indivioduals than any other industry. and it hasn't anything to do with "being at the top" the truth is the business model is no longer on trial

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#8 General Comment

I'VE SEEN THIS BEFORE

AUTHOR: student of business - (USA)

Frankly I've seen all of this before. Something new comes out. People are either receptive or sceptical. Now lets not be naive there is plenty of reason to be sceptical about new things. from fly by night companies to cults to downrigh scams. YES THEY EXIST!!!!!!!!!! I just want to respond to some of the last few comments. Sean From Madison Heights U.S.A. I'm glad you did your due diligence. Frankly the world needs people like you. Those who have the technical skills and knowledge and skills to uncover facts that the average person would overlook. Those are the sort of people I like to hire to work for me. That way I don't have to waste all of my valuable moneymaking time finding out such things. Thanks for showing your expertise and skill. Now honestly I don't really care how they get the money to pay the commissions as long as its ethical, legal, and true to the promise given. I do have a blastoff account i've peronally only spent $25 and my commison page reads $.94 which is more than the 3% i was promised. Now 94 cents isn't a huge amount but 3% that I was given is more than i get from my savings account, more than the average return on the stock market for most people in the last year (thats not a fact but its worth thinking about), more than the cut of business the average employee gets. I mean think the pa (i'm not sure what federal amount is i know i can look it up but once again i don't have the time to. maybe sean can) minimum wage is 7.25 per hour so i just spent money on something i was going to ghet anyway. took about 10 minutes to do it didn't have to leave meaning i saved on gas. paid nothing on shipping. and voila i get almost a dollar back oh yeah i applied my barnes and noles member discounts too to get more discounts. Look this is not meant to be a business opportunity but you can generate some cash. Oh yeah and about the network marketing comments i will say there are a lot more people not making money than there are but however this industry has produced more millionaires and high income indivioduals than any other industry. and it hasn't anything to do with "being at the top" the truth is the business model is no longer on trial

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#9 Consumer Comment

Blastoff Network impressions

AUTHOR: K. - (USA)

I recently picked up some promo cards for this network, at a local lunchtime business establishment frequented by office people, commuters and what could be classed as 'un-employable individuals'. The cards were heavy 6-point color glossy stock and loaded with sales pitches. Words like 'free, fun and easy'. Also 'get paid while you shop' and make money when you spread the word' were boldly proclaimed (where have I heard this before?) and a URL. Going to a secure computer at our IT Lab later on I entered the first part of the URL. What I saw was akin to other multi-level marketing org's I've investigated or encountered over the years. Low on real information but high on the the self-praise and the hype. Reminded me of the high energy cultish sales pitches from Amway, Herbalife, Ronco, Joel Olsteen on Sunday night, Billy Mays (RIP) and some online nutritional suppliment company (who's name escapes me) that sells rather expensive oral colloidal silver solutions and North pole magnetic matress pads as a possible curative for everything from back pain to prevening the H1N1 infection. Sadly Blastoff Network comes across as yet another multi-level marketing scheme in the spirit of "the-next-big-thing-something-for-nothing-so-join-now-and-get-onboard-now-time-is-running-out- so you-can -get-rich-quick-with-us-in-just-so-many-Months-from now-so-bring-your-friends-in-also... etc..etc..."   Now I could be wrong, but I've been in marketing and sales for 25+ years and this seems to be more of the same old/new repackaged 'stuff to' me. If you want to get rich, then go play the lottery or the slots in Las Vegas. Remember also that if it walks and quacks like a duck....... 

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#10 Consumer Comment

Blastoff Network or 'If it quacks like a duck....'

AUTHOR: K. - (USA)

I recently found some promo cards for this network, sitting alongside the usual tear-off offers for 'Discount Long Distance Telephone Service' and 'Win a Timeshare Condo' prize hawkings at the checkout of a local business establishment frequented by lunchtime people, commuters and what could be classed as 'un-employable individuals'. The cards were heavy on 6-point color glossy stock and sales pitches. Words like 'free, fun and easy'. Also said 'Get paid while you shop' and 'Make money when you spread the word' were boldly proclaimed on the same along with a URL. Going to a secure computer at our IT Lab later on I entered the first part of the URL. Almost right away a few cookie/spyware alarms started comming in. No problemo as our Level-5 Network can trace and deflect this kind of stuff, nothing to worry about. What I did see however was something very akin to other multi-level marketing org's I've investigated or encountered. Low on real information but high on the the self-praise and the hype. Reminded me of Amway, Herbalife, Joel Olsteen on Sunday night and some online nutritional suppliment company (who's name escapes me) that sells rather expensive oral colloidal silver solutions and North pole magnetic matress pads as a possible curative for everything from back pain to prevening the H1N1 infection. In short Blastoff Network seems to be yet another multi-level marketing scheme in the spirit of "the-next-big-thing-something-for-nothing-so-join-now-and-get-rich-quick-with-us-in-just-so-many-Months-from now-bring-your-friends-in-also" etc..etc...  Now I could be wrong, but I've been in marketing and sales for 30+ years and this seems to be more of the same old new stuff to me. If it walks and quacks like a duck... Nuff said.

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#11 Consumer Comment

Win-Win my a**

AUTHOR: Ronny g - (USA)

Ya okay..all winners come to a rip off report site to promote their business. Real winner here let me tell you.

Perhaps it's not such a bad idea though..I mean where else but a website that has ripoff victims.. is a better place to find another victim?
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#12 Consumer Comment

The Truth About Blastoff

AUTHOR: Sean - (U.S.A.)

Glen, you said, "I dont know how the business model for BlastOff is structured but I would guess the retailers dont pay to advertise on BlastOff. " This is actually not true at all. I have researched the links on the mall itself. The links when moused over using your mouse on the screen. At the bottom of the browser you will see some html code. This code includes the trigger of the clicking and where it is refering from. I checked this out and it leads me to several "affiliate marketing" sites such as the commision junction. The owners of blastoff have designed a site full of these clickable advertising links that are setup going through thier commision making account with Commision junction, and clickserve.com. The company said it had direct contact with the companies themselves. this is false. What happens is that the affialiatge manager company such as CJ.com managers theprogram and gets the companies such as godaddy and so on to be one of thier affiliates. So, people who are asking for blastoff to signup companies and add them to the mall it is not so simple for blastoff to add them. That store has to sign up with CJ.com and dobuisness with them then it is not an exclusive with blastoff everyone with a cj.com accoutn can advertise and make money with that store. Furthermore the links for the wireless products do not go to AT&T and such. They go to the affiliate site for letstalk.com a reseller of wireless plans. Not a great one either. They are making money on that too. Digital services like cables and home products are comming from acceller.com another reseller. So, the blastoff network has not talked to any of the parent companies at all. They are not directly linked to them. Maybe a couple that is all. Not sure whom. Then finally they sold PPL this huge line so they could instantly get 450,00 psyched up not paying attention because of all the convention hoopla lemmings to sign up for bl;astoff and start clicking and shopping making blastoff millions and not you too much at all. Why are they not making commision checks yet wonder why. 
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#13 Consumer Comment

BlastOff is a Win Win Win

AUTHOR: Victors47 - (USA)

Is BlastOff viable or is it a scam?

Is BlastOff a multi-level-marketing (MLM) scheme?   No more so than most other companies.  Consider a typical retail store such as a jewelry store or clothing store.  You have your store employees that typically get a base salary with some type of commission structure to incentivize them to make sales.   You then have the store managera regional managerthe officers of the corporation.etc.     Personnel at each of these levels are receiving bonuses based on the performance of the company which is rooted at the basethe store level.    Even back-office personnel may get bonuses based on the company performance (which originates at the store levelno sales at the store.no bonuses), so numerous levels are getting paid based on the sales at the store level.  Is that a multi-level-marketing scheme?

BlastOff  members have an opportunity to grow their network of sales people, effectively being the person at the head of their organization.   As a member of BlastOff you get rewards (I call it a commission) based on purchases you make at the more than 400 participating retailers and when you get people to join through your site, you get rewards on purchases they make up to 10 degrees of separation.   How large is this?   If you sign up 3 people.and they each sign up 3 peopleand they each sign up 3 peopleand on and on out through 10 levels, you would have over 88,000 people in Your Network at the 10th level.    You get full commissions on your purchases and a small percentage on all of the purchases made through BlastOff by the other 80,000 people in Your Network. 

How can the retailer do this?   Commissions on your purchases generally range from 1% to 5% but go as high as 15%.  The rewards (commissions) you make from down-line purchases made by Your Network start at 0.04% and go up to as much as 3%.    Most retailers (such as Sears, Best Buy, Macys, Old Navy, Gap, K-Mart, BeBe, etc.) fall at the lower end of this.  Travel related sites (Expedia, Priceline, Hotwire, Hotels.com, Avis, Southwest Airlines, etc.) are also at the lower end.   Assuming you buy an item at the 1% rewards level and 10 levels below you were making 0.04% on your purchase, that would be a total reward (commission) of 1.4% paid out by the retailer.   Assuming this ratio holds true for all rewards, a 3% reward to you would cost the retailer a total of approximately 4%.   So how can they do this? 

I dont know how the business model for BlastOff is structured but I would guess the retailers dont pay to advertise on BlastOff.   I would think its more a relationship of mutual benefits.    The retailers get sales and BlastOff gets more members, but what would those sales be worth to the retailers?   First, there is not any advertising cost associated with the sale.  Secondly, they have taken the store out of the picture so there are no store employeesno rentsno store managersetc.   The table below summarizes some of the expenses just mentioned and expresses these costs as a percentage of sales.   This information was obtained from Bizstats.com.  Non-store retailers would generally consist of internet retailers and direct marketers.

 

Salaries & Wages

Rent

Benefits

Total

Non-Store Retailers

7.72%

0.90%

0.82%

9.44%

General Merchandise

10.44%

1.97%

1.12%

13.53%

Health/Personal Care

10.52%

2.99%

0.90%

14.41%

Electronics

10.41%

2.35%

0.65%

13.41%

Misc. Store Retailers

10.33%

3.75%

1.12%

15.20%

Sporting Gds./Books/Music

11.69%

5.20%

0.81%

17.70%

Clothing

13.32%

7.12%

1.35%

21.79%

 

Note the difference in the costs between Non-Store Retailers at the top of the table v. the other retailers that typically derive the bulk of their sales from store locations.  Non-store retailers typically have an office and/or a warehouse where rents are much cheaper than retail locations, particularly at malls.     In addition, the ratio of personnel to sales is typically much lower than a retail storefront.    In addition to the costs above, assuming my speculation about the business model is correct, the retailers on BlastOff have eliminated advertising costs.  Advertising costs for the above industries range from 1.01% of total sales (for Health/Personal Care) to 2.82% for non-store retailers.   This is logical since non-store retailers have to advertise more since they dont have the passive advertisingthe storefront that you walk by in the mall.  When you add it all up, the cost of a retailers sales on BlastOff is far less than the cost of their sales through conventional means.  Retailer wins..and you win because you are now getting rewards or commissions that the retailer would have normally paid out elsewhere.

Whats in it for BlastOff?   Again, I dont know what their business model is but I assume they are getting a small percentage of every sale that runs through their site.  Even if the company were to top out at 0.1%, based on the huge sales volume for BlastOffs entire network, the income would be significant.  In addition to that, and I suspect the major component of the business model, BlastOff is building a property they can sell or take public.  

When MySpace network was developed, it grew exponentially.  After a relatively short period of time, MySpace was sold to Rupert Murdock (owner of FOX News and 20th Century Fox) for $580 Million.   A number of reports suggest that if the original developers of MySpace had waited just one more year, they network would have been worth over $2 BILLION due to the way the network grew over the course of that year.   That is the nature of viral networking.    So, whats in it for the developers of BlastOff?   If my assumptions are correct, they are getting a revenue stream from sales and they are creating a hugely valuable property (network).     

So how much does it cost to join BlastOff?   Absolutely Nothing!  Membership in BlastOff is FREE!   You simply start building your network of family and friends by having them join through your page after you become a member.   Every person down the line gets 10 levels of participation also.  In other words, the person at your 10th level also gets to build their network 10 levels deepand there is no limit on the number of people you can have join your network.  For example, if you sign up 50 people through your site, those 50 people would be on your first level.    Then if those people each sign up 3 people on their sites, you would have another 150 people in your network at the second level.   The exponential growth can be phenomenal!

The net result of all of this WIN!  WIN!  WIN!

BlastOff winsthey create a hugely valuable property!

The Retailers win.they get sales at a lower expense ratio (i.e., more profit)

YOU WIN!  It costs nothing to join and by simply telling your family and friends, you will grow your network and make money when anyone in your network makes a purchase through BlastOff.

BlastOff just did their official launch this past Thursday.  The response was better than expected and there were a few problems with the servers, but they are working hard to correct this.  A national advertising campaign will be launched next week sometime.  If you want to get in on this ground floor opportunity or you want more information, go to the link below.but do it now!  The so called Viral Networking is an amazing thing..and grows very quickly.  Just think MySpace, FaceBook or Twitter.  Note that if you go to blastoff.com, you will see you cannot join yet.   Dont be a Johnny come-lately and wait for a friend to invite you.  Join now and invite your friends!  Start building your network 10 levels deep today. 

http://ppl.blastoffnetwork.com/victors47        

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#14 Consumer Comment

Watch this video

AUTHOR: Sean - (U.S.A.)

I have been keeping track of this blastoff website. watch this video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p6Y4l1d8xU
You will find that it is a scam. I also make note that Pre-Paid Legal is being investigated by the SEC for many reasons.  As PPL goes this exclusive time is a ploy not to get you to join blastoff but for you to join another MLM. It will profit you nothing to get a head start. Actually this goes live on Oct 27. PPL has only a few days. My guess is that there will be nothing but a giant loss and bad numbers at the end of the year for ppl from cancelations and loss of income.
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#15 Consumer Comment

Blastoff Network is 100% Free!!!

AUTHOR: Daryljames101 - (USA)

You can sign up right now at http://my.blastoffnetwork.com/front or http://www.funtoblastoff.com it is 100% free...
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#16 Consumer Suggestion

Plausible but need to watch

AUTHOR: lanyslinas - (USA)

It is always a bit scary to search for "__company name__ scam" and find a lot of search results.  It is scarier to see that most of them are just as shady as the original company...they are using slick marketing tactics to get you to join their network.

I did find one that seems to not sell you on the network: <a href='http://blast-off-scam.com'>Blast Off Scam</a>.

Keep a watch on that space, hopefully we get updates on whether people get paid or not.  But looks like in general, this is just a typical MLM campaign, that while not illegal, does not exactly generate massive returns for most of the network.  I would classify it as "annoying" or "sleazy" more than a ripoff.

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#17 Consumer Comment

Blastoff Network

AUTHOR: Enterglobal - (USA)

Here are the details about the Blastoff Network:

The Blastoff Network signed an exclusive Partnership with 2009's #66 Ranked on Forbes 200 Best Small Companies, Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. (PPLSI)

How the partnership developed was the founder, Bill Rogers, of Blastoff was looking for venture capitalist to fund his project. He was invited to a luncheon where a group of bankers(venture capitalist) were meeting. The investment for him to present was $2,000. He though long & hard about this & decided he wasn't going to do it.

He was speaking to his dad one day & he quoted Wayne Gretzky, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take!" So he decided to have the meeting & invest the $2,000 to meet with these bankers. He thought the meeting was going great & almost every banker was not interesed, except one. This banker sits on the Board of Directors of Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. & introduced him to the Founder, CEO, President Harland C. Stoneciper.

The details about how the commission structure are exlusive to Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc & their Indpendent Associates. PPLSI is already endorsed by all 50 state Attorney Generals, The American Bar Association, National Chamber of Commerce, National Black Chamber of Commerce.

Blastoff is a legal & legitimate company. They are using viral marketing just like Facebook, Twitter, etc. The only difference is they are giving you an option to earn cash back for all of your online purchases & also earn cash back on the purchases of your network.

On October 22, 2009 @ 12:00pm, You can Join @ www.JoinUSABlastoff.com, It's Free, Fun & Easy.

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#18 REBUTTAL Individual responds

blast off

AUTHOR: armarcus - (USA)

guys how can you say that blastoff is a scam because the advertor has not asked promission for the owner of the website to advertise on the website.  Lets see did google ask you to advertise on your homepage.  Every page that you use as your homepage uses advertising.  So unless you have your own homepage the one you created from scratch the one that is not a free site from one of the many providers that most people use because they have some advertising on the site also.  The fact is that we are upfront with the folks when we sign them up about the fact that we are advertising on the site.  Did facebook and Myspace tell you that they are going to have ads on the site.  The person who posted this site just wants to try and rune it for everyone.  It will Blast off even if he wants to.  He could get an invite but I posted it back to our forum and I do not think that will happen people on his list will be invited even without him
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#19 General Comment

WHAT!?

AUTHOR: Legends6ii - (USA)

What is this?  I came to this site seeking a "report" on the Blastoff Network.  And, instead of facts, all there is is one lengthy "opinion" from an obviously uninformed author.  If someone is willing to write up a report on a topic of interest at this site, at least go get some facts about what you're writing about.  Throwing out hyperbole, cliches, and generic info on scams in general tells us absolutely nothing about Blastoff specifically.  Saying things like, " I'm sure the AG's office here in NY is already all over this one as are the law offices of the companies whose logos are appearing on this company's website" provide no factual basis, but simply a negative appearance of a company who's legitimacy is not proven or disproven with such a casual, derogatory, detractive, opinionated statement.  At least begin your rant with, "the following is strictly my personal opinions and there is no factual basis or research behind the statements being made."
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#20 Consumer Suggestion

A Famous Quote "Those who do not understand feel more comfortable being negative"

AUTHOR: Tim - (USA)

Just thoughts and some answers to above statements.....

I am an affiliate marketer of over 7 years.  Blastoff is a Pumped up Affiliate marketing machine that makes it so easy anyone can participate in affiliate marketing.

1.) Before - affiliate marketing was available to super internet marketing geniuses.. 
If you look at companies like commission junction - all the retailers go there and offer affiliate commissions for anyone who drives buying traffic to their website.  The pros would create thousands of pages talking about an individual service, product, or company on each page - a user on the internet would find their page by searching for a related topic on the internet.  If they clicked on the stores advertisement and bought then the person "Affiliate marketer" who made the page would be paid.

2.) The math is simple.  Lets say Store XYZ offers 12% affiliate fee for any referred buyers.  I would say it works like this (i don't know the ultimate breakdowns blastoff has set).
- 4% goes to the blastoff user who just made a purchase on their own blastoff page as "Cash back, rebate, whatever you want to call it"
- 4% goes to blastoff as a company (hey a business has to make money!)
- 4% goes to the upline (those who invited this person to blastoff)  that 4% is divided throughout the network of users who invited this shopper.  Very simple.  Very Easy.  Very Real. 

But here is the power of blastoff.  If 3 people told 3 friends, and those 3 told 3 and so on down to 10 levels there could potentially be over 80,000 shoppers in a persons network.  Now when you start taking pennies and fractions of pennies and multiplying that by 80,000+ people do you see where that can lead?

- Why would so many people use it?  Its Free, It Has Coupons from the Retailers, and It gives you money back when you spend.  Why wouldn't people use it?



3.)  Blastoff Network is Free.  If you want to start when the public gets to participate on 10/26/2009 then feel free.  I don't see why anyone would not want to.
- For people who want to seriously get a head start - then they have an option to join the backing company "ppl" so they can get a head start and build a big business and be off and running on 10/26.

The backing company has been around for over 30 years.  They are on the Stock Exchange, they are debt free.  They have TV commercials and offer a great service to North America.  

If you think they are pulling something illegal - do you think they would be where they are today?  Would they have law firms all over N. America representing their members who need legal services?


4.) I wise man once said "Study Comes First - Being Wise Comes Second"
- It always amazes me when people run off and claim "SCAM" - 99% of the time it is probably because they have no clue what it is, don't understand it, or are afraid of missing out of something.

I am posting all my findings and marketing strategies on my blog daily at http://blastoff-now.blogspot.com

There is also a video explaining Social Media and why that is the type of Marketing Era we are in today.


5.) One last thought for those who say MLM is EVIL - Never Works - IT SHOULD GO 
AWAY...

MLM stands for Multi-Level-Marketing

- Real Estate Broker - I Hire Real Estate Agents and Run Multiple Offices.  In Fact - I am MR. MLM of the Real Estate World.  My agents go out and do the work, I train Them, I help Them, They Make Money and they make me money.

- Insurance Broker - Well same as a real estate broker

- Doctors Office - Well lets see - darn near the same as the above.. the head doctor has nurses and specialists in his office.  He gets a cut of everyones work!

- A Business Owner (Corporate America) - Well lets see... The same THING!  He Has CFO's, VP's, Managers, and Employees.  The employees do all the work and everyone above gets cuts of the earnings!

I can go on and on - Virtually everything is a type of Multi Level Marketing.  MLM is very successful and very cost efficient.  Why do you think Major Wireless Companies, Service Based Companies and on and on and on have all been in talks to have their product be represented by major MLM companies.  NO Advertisement Costs - The workers do the Advertising by Word of Mouth.  Word of Mouth is FREE!

?? --------  Why is Donald Trump Launching his OWN MLM company the beginning of 2010?  Come on Folks - MLM isn't Evil - Its just there are those who don't understand it, couldn't get it to work for them, or one reason or another just has negative things to say about something good.

http://blastoff-now.blogspot.com

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#21 General Comment

MLM are scams, don't drink the coolaid

AUTHOR: justin.j.smith@gmail.com - (U.S.A.)

A lot of people here are drinking the cool-aid...

I would avoid any MLM company like the plague.


Q: This new MLM has a really great new approach... I am told that it is not an MLM at all, but a Network Discombobulation Matrix Downline (or somesuch)...

A: You know the old story about the donkey who wanted to be a horse. He had his act down pretty good, but there was always that embarrassing "HEE HAW" that would come out when he got excited.

Why bother the ruse? Why dress an MLM up as something it is not?


Not only are MLMers playing this shell-game with terminology to try to further obscure the pyramid aspect when recruiting, they also often initially try to hide the fact that they are MLMs when they go to sell product. More on the motive and need for this below--if it is not already clear from the article.




MLMs vs. the Real World

The basic question that needs to be asked is this: If this product or service is so great, then why isn't it being sold through the customary marketing system that has served human society for thousands of years? Why does it need to resort to a "special marketing" scheme like an MLM? Why does everyone need to be so inexperienced at marketing this! Is the product just a thin cover for what is really a pyramid scheme of exploiting others? But more on that later.

Math and Common Sense

MLMs work by geometric expansion, where you get ten to sponsor ten to sponsor ten, and so on. This is usually shown as an expanding matrix (just don't say "pyramid"!) with corresponding kick-backs at various levels.

The problem here is one of common sense. At a mere three levels deep this would be 1,000 people. There goes the neighborhood! At six levels deep, that would be 1,000,000 people believing they can make money selling. But to whom? There goes the city! And the MLM is just getting its steam going. Think of all the meetings! Think of all the "dreams" being sold! Think of the false hopes being generated. Think of the money being lost.




It Will Fail??? It Cannot Fail???

Nothing irritates a die-hard MLMer more than the preceding argument. If you point out the absurdity, for example, that if "the pitch" at an Amway meeting were even moderately accurate, in something like 18 months Amway would be larger than the GNP of the entire United States, then listen closely for a major gear-shift: "Well, that is absurd, of course. Not everyone will succeed, and so the market will never saturate."

Well, which is it? Are we recruiting "winners" to build a real business, or planning by design to profit off of "losers" who buy into our "confidence"?


During "the pitch," anyone can make it work. "It's the opportunity of a lifetime." "Just look at the math!" But mention the inevitable saturation and the losses this is going to cause for everyone, and then you'll hear, "Of course it would never really work like that." "Most will fail," you will be told, "but not you, Mr. Recruit. You are a winner. I can just see it in your eyes."


If you are a starry-eyed recruit, it will grow as presented. If you are a logical skeptic, then of course it would never really work like that.


But the dialog usually never even gets to this. The fact that MLM is in a mad dash to oversupply is largely chided as mere "stinkin' thinkin'." Expert MLMers know how to quickly deflect this issue with parable, joke, personal testimony, or some other sleight of mind.

(I shamelessly lifted the above from http://www.vandruff.com/mlm.html - it's a good read on the subject)

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#22 UPDATE Employee

Check your facts about the blastoff network prelaunch

AUTHOR: luked - (USA)

You are right that currently there is a requirement for you to become a Pre-Paid Legal member in order to join during the pre-launch period. That does not make this a scam. Obviously it makes sense to thoroughly test the Web site prior to a public launch and what better way to do that then to give the people who will be heavily promoting the site a first crack at it. It is similar to when software companies like Apple give their beta code to developers prior to launch so that the developers can help them find bugs and fix their code before everyone and there mother comes in and complains that everything doesn't work.

As far as the mechanism for how the site makes money it is very simple. Most of these companies already have affiliate programs which is essentially what this site offers. The big difference is that at blastoff that commission is shared between the site owners, the purchaser, and the person's who invited the purchaser. Sure each person gets a much smaller chunk of the pie than if a single affiliate marketer got all of the commission, but it creates an incentive structure for members that can't be found anywhere else online. In doing so blastoff, even though it only makes say 1/3 of the commission will still make much more money because of volume.

for Example if you have a company that is willing to pay a commission of 10 dollars to blastoff for every widget sold. Blast off takes 1/3, gives 1/3 to the purchaser as "cash back" and 1/3 is divided into ten equal portions of about .33 cents to each of the "upline" members. As you can see the math is fairly simple and sustainable.

I've already written a very detailed writeup of the incentive structure and explained why blastoff is a legitimate company and not some sort of pyramid scheme. It is definitely worth checking out <a href="http://hubpages.com/hub/blast-off-network-get-ready">blastoff network information</a>.
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#23 Consumer Comment

Blastoff in Pre-Launch, available soon to public

AUTHOR: KE - (USA)

Hi All,
    Please let me offer my perspective as a current Blastoff Network User. Right now Blastoff is in a "pre-launch status, and it is true, only those who are affiliated with another company have pages at this time. The benefit here is that many of the bugs and challenges are being worked out before the public launch. I personally have offered feedback to the Blastoff folks. When it is released to the public (soft launch October 12th), you will for free, be able to get your own, fully functional Blastoff page. Be clear, A Blastoff page is simply a home page that can be customized with new, sports, videos, social networking feeds etc. The added benefit is the shopping! You are never obligated to buy as a member. But with major retailers (over 400) being featured on blastoff, it just makes sense to buy and save. Cash Back and savings range from 1-15% and many offers include free shipping. Please be careful not to make speculation on something before it is publicly available! I hope this is helpful to the poster and those who might read these posts.
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#24 General Comment

Blastoff Networking is free

AUTHOR: Nikki - (USA)

There is no "ripoff" if something is free.  Breakdown of a pay-out on ten cents, for example, would be 1 cent at level 10, 2 cents at level 9, 3 cents at level 3, etc.  In others words, the shared amount depends on the initiating level;  level 1 would be ten cents.  A network multiplies as follows:  two people recruit two people, 4*2, 8*2, 16*2, 32*2, etc.  Blastoff is being paid by vendors to promote them, and the vendors are getting customer traffic.  When you buy you get discounts, and when your network buys, you are supposed to get paid, just like a vendor pays Google to advertise.
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#25 Consumer Comment

Blastoff Scam

AUTHOR: KraftyOne - (USA)

Hey - I found this report/article that some guy wrote up that seemed to do a pretty thorough job of talking about this subject:

http://www.blastoffscam.com

For whatever it is worth, I found that information to be very helpful and detailed.
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#26 UPDATE Employee

Blastoff is a free service

AUTHOR: Summer - (USA)

this company and service are free.  the blastoff company has joint ventured with prepaid legal and the associates of prepaid legal get to invite people into blastoff before any other non-prepaid legal associates can do so.  however, either way,blastoff is a free service that will pay down 10 levels for no investment.
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#27 Consumer Comment

Be careful

AUTHOR: Gagoga - (U.S.A.)


Yeah, you will not be shelling out money but you will be a recruiter. Is a pyramid thing. Basically people under your network need to recruits new people. The people on the rebuttal sound and seem like they are trying to make a sales pitch. By listing their blastoff user name.
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#28

BLAST OFF, THE REAL DEAL: A first hand account.

AUTHOR: Milly H. - (USA)

I'm not sure what you consider "checking this out," but I was one of the 20,000 people who were in the audience at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, on September 12, 2009 when the CEO, of blast off communications network, Bill Rogers stood on stage and and announced for the very first time the prelaunch of Blast off communication networks, at Pre-Paid Legal Services International Conference. So since I have a first hand account let me clear a few thing up for you and your readers.

First of all for those of you who don't know what blast off is, let me give you a brief explanation. Blastoff is a customizable homepage which will link the user to all of their favorite places on the Internet, allow users to watch their favorite tv shows, play video games and download movies, as well as allow the user to shop with 400+ different retailers on line and get money back for their purchases as well as allow the user to get paid for purchases made by anyone else in there network down to 10 level deep. THeres is much more to it then that, but you will have to check it out for yourself. Blastoff is going to the biggest things to ever hit the Internet since face book, and you will here about it and be using it soon.

Currently Blastoff is in its (pre) Pre-launch phase and the only people who are privy to the use of this homepage or can even have an active blastoff home page are Pre-paid Legal associates. The reason for this is because of an exclusive partnership Pre-paid Legal Services has formed with Blastoff communication Network, thanks to the visionary genius of our Founder Mr. Harland C. Stoncipher. There is no other company that has this exclusive opportunity (so I have no idea what this security firm you mentioned is. Its not true).

Pre-paid Legal has been selling Legal Service plans for 37.  We have been publicly trade since 1972 we are currently traded on the NYSE, ticker symbol PPD so you can look us up. We have an A+ rating on the better business bureau, which you can check out yourself at bbb.org and has been named for 7 years by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 200 small businesses in the world.  We were also rated as one of the top 3 performing stocks by USA today in 2007. There is nothing illegal about what we are doing with Blastoff. Our company would not compromise its integrity by becoming involved with anything illegal. Besides the SEC would not allow us to. So these insinuations about illegal activity or "If this is Legit" are insanely preposterous. How can they pay out to all the homepage owners you ask. Its called Advertisement dollars. Do you know how much companies pay to advertise for 30 seconds during the super bowl. So why couldn't they pay 3-10% of the purchase of a product to these homepage users. We talking about huge companies here like Wall-mart, Target, Starbucks, Best Buy, Johnson and Murphy... to name a few.

Yes the biggest winner in this whole equation will be the Pre-paid Legal associate, so why not be a BIG WINNER rather then a big looser. The opportunity is open to everyone. Up until now Pre-paid Legal has sold nearly 2 million legal service plans through out the country and Canada, through word of mouth advertisement but now due to this partnership with blast off we will be able to market our product through viral Internet marketing. Due to this partnership Pre-paid legal associates are in a great position to make much, much, much more money (as if the money we've been making wasn't good enough already) through marketing our product on the Internet. So the pre-launch of blast off is exclusive to Pre-paid Legal associates, and if you are not already an associate you can take advantage of this time and become an associate for a very, very nominal one time fee, and be able to participate in this prelauch, because after the 27th the only way anyone will be able to join the Blast off network will be if invited by a PPL associate.

So that means that 400,000+ pre-paid legal associate will have a two week head start on the rest of the country in building their blast off down line. There are only 222 million Internet users in this country, this thing is going to spread fast. There won't be much left for anyone else. So you can wait until October 13 and join for free and get whats left and make a little bit of money with Blast off or you can do your self a favor and become an associate of a solid, prooven, publicly traded cash rich company and have access to two forms of income that could change your financial future for generations to come. So you don't HAVE to sign up to be a prepaid legal associate to take advantage of blast off. You can wait until October 13th and sign up for free like everyone else and have access to the great income opportunity blast off is offering with its affiliate program. But if you were smart and wanted to position yourself in front of the biggest trend that the Internet ever will see. So you don't have to buy in to make money, you can make money after October 13, just a whole lot less. So why not be an investor now and change your life.

OH and one more thing, (that makes it different now) as a prepaid legal associate you will be able to grow your blast off down line 20 levels deep and everyone else can only go 10 levels deep and that is forever not just for the prelaunch phase. That is a difference in 100s of thounds of dollars, so to me that is worth the (tiny) investment, not to mention that prepaid has created more millionaires then any other company in the country besides coca cola, without viral Internet marketing so that alone is worth the investment. So you wanna be the person who is able to say I'm glad I did and not I wish I should have, so stop listening to people that don't know what they are talking about and be open to a real opportunity when it comes your way. If you want more info about the Pre-paid Legal Opportunity as well as Blast off check out this link. http://millyhenry.buildblastoffsuccess.com

So, Ripp off or Scam: ABSOLUTLEY NOT! Huge opportunity: YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT!
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Blasoff Network is absolutely FREE to Join Prior to public launch!

AUTHOR: blastoffwithwendy - (USA)

I'm an an Independent Associate with Pre-Paid Legal Services who is the primary investor for Blastoff Communications.  Pre-Paid Legal is a 37yr old NYSE company, our Chairman is on the National Chamber of Commerce Board, we have Attorneys General on our board and we were rated by Forbes in October 2008 as having the #1 Return on Equity for the year.  We are a rock solid company that is highly visible - a glass house if you will.

Blastoff Communications approached PPL because it needed investors and in the financial world it is well known that we (PPL) are cash rich with no debt.  PPL has been looking for a way to better Brand our products and Blastoff needed a way to get the ball rolling online, so to speak.

Now that I've explained some or PPL's credibility and a very brief history on how the two companies came to be associated, I would like to answer the claims from this "Original Report":

1.  There is only one offer built into the early launch that requires a purchase.  If you want to have the same opportunity as PPL Associates to build 20 levels instead of 10 levels of networking and make commissions of any legal memberships sold thru their network then, there is a $72 fee to become an associate and $17 fee to keep our legal membership...and, a one-time $10 enrollment fee.  A total of $99.00.  Becoming an associate also means that you can recruit other associates prior to the September 27th pre-launch date.

On September 27th, PPL Associates will invite everyone they know:  Friends, family, co-workers, etc. to join their network for FREE.  Again, there is absolutely no cost to join the Blastoff Network.  The advantage for PPL Associates and their aquaintances are that they will have a leg up on building their networks...a 2 week window...before the National ad campaign kicks off with Pizza Hut.

2.  There are answers to how members get paid.  If you are a Pre-Paid Legal Associate you already have access to the back office of your Blastoff Homepage which has the pay structure clearly outlined in the "help" section.  I've included this information on my blog as well for anyone who isn't privy to this information.  http://blastoffwithwendy.wordpress.com...click on "Commission" to see how you're paid.

3.  Blastoff Networks has 400 vendors to shop with.  Do you think that vendors such as T-Mobile, Sprint, Target, Starbucks, The Gap, Travelocity, Expedia, iTunes, Borders, etc. would attach their good names to a company that was a scam?  The author of this post says, and I quote, " I'm sure the AG's office here in NY is already all over this one as are the law offices of the companies whose logos are appearing on this company's website) if that's being done without specific permission."  This author obviously didn't do their research.  The Law Firms attached to Blastoff's sites are Pre-Paid Legal, who, as I mentioned above, is the large investor of Blastoff...it must go without saying that PPL had knowledge and consented to Blastoff to use it's images and name.  PPL, being monitored by the Securities and Exchange Commission wouldn't be linked with a company that was posting or using the names & images of large, or for that matter, small companies on their site.  You best believe that anyone linked to Blastoff has given permission and everything has gone thru legal channels prior to going live.  Do your research next time!

4.  This new internet biz IS Legal and Forthright.  We do have a neat thing going for us. 

5.  Again, there is ZERO investment required to Join and grow your own Network and earn money with Blastoff...only someone wanting to join PPL pays a fee for the early advantage and increased earning potential.  Most people will join for FREE though and it will be a great opportunity for them!  I, as a PPL Associate just get a leg up on everyone prior to the public launch on October 12th.  I have thousands of people in my personal and professional network who I am inviting to join my Blastoff Network on Sunday September 27th and will make the most of my 2 week pre-launch "gift" and will help all of those in my network to grow their networks. 

People are careless with what they write on the internet.  Too often their articles are taken as fact just because they are published online.  This is just wrong and I would hope that anyone reading this authors post will read my rebuttal, investigate with worthy companies such as CNN (who wrote an article about us on September 16th), Forbes, Money Magazine, Fortune, USA Today, etc. before taking to heart something published by an unnamed author on Ripoff Report! 

Sincerely,

Wendy Robinson
http://blastoffwithwendy.wordpress.com
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Blastoff Network is a rock solid company

AUTHOR: Papa Waldo - (USA)

As an independent associate attached to the pre-launch of this company I am disgusted with the comments made in this report. Blastoff does NOT start it's prelaunc until 9-27-2009. 


Currently it is in beta testing and is ONLY available to Prepaid Legal Associates. So of course if someone wants to access it before it is made available to the public then they would have to become an independent associate with Prepaid Legal Services. 



Prepaid is publicly traded company that is over 3 decades old with some of the strongest credibilties and reputation in existance today. 



This person that wrote this heads up report does not have a clue and is just looking for attention. 



As for the logs used... Every company mentioned is under contract and pays direct commissions to the Blastoff Network. 



Blastoff is a company of high standards and reputation. End of story
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Blast Off Never Charges for their service to Consumers

AUTHOR: 1st2BlastOff.com - (USA)

I am an independent agent/associate with the largest provider in North America of legal service plans.  Our company is the company mentioned in the above report, so let me clarify a couple of things mentioned.
1.  Blastoff Network is FREE to everyone who uses it.  I did not ask for Blastoff and did not pay to join Blastoff.  None of the Associates of our organization have ever paid a penny for this network. 
2.  The relationship between BlastOff and our company started just shy of a year ago when the CEO of Blastoff was on a Capital Campaign looking for funding for his multi-million dollar platform you see, when he met the CEO of our legal services company.  He did not need to look further for funding.
3.  Our company has a very simple mission.  Every North American will have affordable access to the Legal and Justice system.  Under our current marketing plan, we've only reached 3% of North Americans in 37 years.  The opportunity to partner and brand our selves with Blastoff is a strategic partnership that did not come without an investment.  Through this partnership, we have the opportunity to launch our product into the marketplace and provide our affodable service to Every American facing challenges like foreclosures, wrongful termination on the job, or simple contract review when buying a car. 
4. Our country is hurting.  Frivoulous lawsuites are increasing year after year and Americans do not have Equal opportunities to affordable legal advice and service without our product.
5. ID Theft is the fastest growing crime in America. 
What is the Pre-Launch and why are the associates of this organization in this unique position?
1.  The Pre-Launch of Blastoff is on Sept 27th available to ALL PrePaid Legal Associates for FREE.  We did not pay for this service or ask for it.  WE received it early with an opportunity attatched to market our memberships to the known world.
2.  In order to participate in the Pre-Launch a person must be an associate with Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. per the agreement our CEO made when investing his money in BlastOff Network.
3.  PPLSI has always charged a Fee to new associates for coming on board to market this amazing plan to hardworking under served American families.  The normal Association Fee to get started with our company is $249.  For a limited 2 week period, our company dropped that New Associate Fee to $72 to provide opportunity to people who are hurting financially to take advantage of a very unique marketing opportunity that will never be available again in our life times.  This is the Best Economic Stimulus Package anyone has come up with yet.
Conclusion:
BlastOff is not charging for their service at all.  It is free, fun, and easy.  PPLSI Associates will be the first to launch this new website to the world on Sept 27 based on the terms of our partnership and investment into Blastoff Network.  Our company reduced the cost to become an independent associate for 2 weeks only to take advantage of this opportunity.  They put owning a Home Based Business with unlimited income earnings potential ON SALE!  Everyone in America has the same opportunity to take advantage of this.  No One is excluded.
On October 1, the cost to become an independent agent with PPLSI will return to it's normal cost of $249 + membership as it has always been.
PPLSI is not in the business of online shopping malls or marketing online shopping malls.  We are in the business of helping American Families solve their legal issues with an affordable montly plan.  We provide every American the opportunity to work with Million Dollar law firms for less than a cup of coffee a day through collective barganing.  Partnering with Blastoff is about owning marketing Real Estate just like McDonalds owns the best Real Estate on the busiest corners in America.  In business, the best place to be is where the people are.  A basic strategy to building a business is to research traffic and foot count before investing in a location to brand and market your products and services.
Our agreement with BlastOff has a timetable and is not a permanent thing.  It is temporary.  Since we helped them build it, they are helping us build our company.  It is an equal opportunity partnership designed and put together by 4 former State Attorney Generals and the Lead Council of one of the largest corporations in America.
the US Bar Association, National Chamber of Commerce and nearly every US State Attorney General supports and endorses our service and the integrity of our company.  If we were doing something illegal, we will be shut down in 24 hours.  Our mission is way too important for that. 
God Bless America and the Free Capital Markets where we can provide a service that is truly beneficial and be rewarded for our efforts.
For more information about the Blastoff and PPLSI partnership, please visit http://www.1st2BlastOff.com
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BLASTOFF NETWORK IS MARKETING A VERY GOOD OPPORTUNITY

AUTHOR: ResearchGirl - (USA)

The Blastoff Network is a new company and is not yet open to the general public. There is an exclusive prelaunch opportunity, however unless you are in contact with one of those participants you will have to wait for October 12, 2009. Within the Prelaunch there is an opt-in cost but it is not mandatory. Smart network marketers, will make the minimal purchase, because they will be in a better position to take advantage of the benefits, and they will receive the services the their investment buys them. Most of the Pre-Launch individuals, are already associates of the partner company. Blastoff is your launch pad to the internet which can be customized with your favorite news, music, videos, blogs, social networks and shopping, all in one place! Blastoff will also pay you when you shop online with over 300 retailers like Target, Macys, Best Buy or Starbucks.com like you normally would, and get paid cash back just for being a Blastoff Member. If you sign up and launch your Network by inviting your friends you will get paid a percentage of the purchase ten(10) levels deep. It is free the company has a tremendous technical  and management team with many years of internet experience. This is a very smart company,  and although the shop-on-line concept is not new, the fact that they have partnered with a 37 year old company to bring you viral marketing and social networking in one package will be their claim to fame. Blastoff  is going to bring the best of the internet to your fingertips.  You can create your own Blastoff Home Page by choosing from the best in news, games, video, music and other really cool stuff! You can also access your web mail accounts, social networks, blogs and IM's right from your Blastoff Site. And you can customize your site by uploading photos and choosing different themes and layouts  So everybody get ready to have fun, save money, and make money!

When you join the Blastoff Network, you receive preferential treatment from the biggest names in retail like I-Tunes, Dell, Wal-Mart, Gap and Travelocity. When you link to these websites and make purchases, you receive anywhere from 1%-10% cash back in your Blastoff Account. And when you're ready for your next cell phone, you can save up to $300 from the biggest names in wireless! At the end of the month the send you a check free money!

People don't try to overthink this. This company is going to take the internet to the next level. Why not get involved.

If you want to find out about Pre-Launch sign up please email me at (((Redacted))) You can also view a 15 minute video about Blastoff and the partner company at:   (((Redacted)))

Good Luck!       

          

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