FHTM is a multi level marketing company that purports to allow
you to work directly with well known companies and make lots of money
by taking a percentage back from purchases made through your FHTM
representative site. In reality, if a representative stops signing
people up under them, they will make very little money, as little as .5%
on products sold through the site (unless you have eight levels of
representatives sign up under you, and you also get a small cut of those
under you who sell services or products). [continued below]....
..... The get rich quick portion of
the presentation relies on signing up people under you for $299 a
person, and getting them to sign others up, as well as pay for training
at $250 a person. Note that you also must pay a $199 renewal fee each
year, and if you pay for the trainer course, an additional $100 trainer
renewal fee. This is a text book example of a pyramid scheme, with a
token product line on the side to try and make the business legitimate.
I will analyze some of the products that a FHTM representative can
get a percentage back on (.5%), which is supposedly the primary focus of
the business (if it is not, it is possibly illegal, so they have to
pretend that this is the focus). From research and hearing actual
representatives say it, the way to make money is to sign people up under
you. One representative I heard from only made $17 in a month through
the products, but made much more by convincing others to sign up too.
The whole point of this analysis is to show that the sale of products
and services through FHTM is not a way to make large amounts of money,
and in fact is offered to try and mask the true source of most earnings,
which are derived from the sign up fees of new people joining. Thus the
primary purpose of the company is to sign up new representatives,
making it an illegal pyramid scheme.
This is a product only available to
Representatives and costs $19.99 a month. So clearly buying this wont
make you money as a representative, and in fact will cost you $19.99 a
Peter Lamas has a direct affiliate program paying 20% http://www.lamasbeauty.com/affiliate/,
that is free to sign up for. So going through FHTM pays you .5%, and
signing up for a free affiliate account pays 20%.
Choice Plans RX
This is a FHTM company that they pay
Ocenture to set up and run for them. When you go to the website, it has
copyright FHTM, but when you look who owns the domain name, all contact
emails are to ocenture.com email addresses. If you use this product,
remember you are actually buying from FHTM, and be sure to check prices
you are paying against a site such as drugstore.com. ChoicePlanRX Price
List is available at http://www.choiceplansrx.com/downloads/pricesheet.pdf.
A spot check of the price list shows the drug Pegasys for 180MCG/0.5
for $1,482.23. It appears to be available from drugstore.com as a 1ml
vial for $651.98. If the 0.5 in the ChoicePlanRX price refers to half a
ML, then you pay $2,964.46 for 1ml, while at drugstore.com you can get
it for $651.98. I suggest you look at the prices yourself.
This product is yet another product that FHTM
paid Ocenture to run, and Ocenture uses VantageAmerica Solutions, Inc.
to run the card discounts. It looks like FHTM paid Ocenture to rebrand
their pre packaged product called MedAffordable. If you want a Medical
Card, I suggest you go straight to www.vantageamericasolutions.com
so you can work with just one middle man instead of three (FHTM,
Ocenture, and VantageAmericaSolutions)
This is another service where FHTM paid
Ocenture to rebrand and rename their existing product called TrotHop http://ocenture.com/docs/OC_Prod_Travel.pdf,
and to set up an affiliate site through Travelocity, to book tickets
through an airline. If you buy from TravelFHTM, you are going through
three middlemen to reach the airline (FHTM, Ocenture, &
Travelocity). Basically this service uses Travelocity, rebranded to look
like TravelFHTM, adding on a fee to each ticket. Tickets tend to be $5
$10 dollars more on TravelFHTM than buying straight from Travelocity,
you can test this by checking the price for an identical flight through
Travelocity and TravelFHTM. Also, in order to offer this product, the
representative must pay $49.99
This is simply a service set up by
Ocenture to provide roadside assistance. You can go to http://ocenture.com/PrePackPrograms
to look at all the services Ocenture can set up for your organization.
It looks like this is what FHTM did.
Ingrid Home Security
The link to this service did not work,
so I was unable to assess what this service was. If the link is not
working, its safe to say you cant use this service.
This appears to be a GE security product
that FHTM markets, by going through an authorized dealer,
greatalarms.com. So you have 2 middle men, (FHTM and greatalarms.com) As
of 2.26.10, the FHTMs site had free* sign up options, but the asterisk
beside the FREE does not have an explanation. It should include this: *
Standard monitoring agreement required with approved credit. , FHTM
is misleading if they dont show the disclaimer. It is not free.
This is a product only available to Fortune
Representatives, and so is not a way for FHTM reps to make money.
This is a Quick Website Creation Company that
welcomes Multi Level Marketing Companies as affiliates. Information
about joining EZnet Tools as an affiliate is available at http://www.eznettools.net/reseller/multiunitcorp.html.
If you want to set up a simple website, I suggest you use a reputable
company like wordpress.com, who can have you online on your own domain
name for $15 a year
Anyone can become an affiliate of Dish
Network, and be paid $120 per installation, you can become an affiliate
Compare that to .5% through FHTM, and the best choice is clear.
You can sign up for free to be an affiliate
of Magazines.com, and earn a 35% commission on subscriptions sold. http://www.magazines.com/affiliate/index
. Compare that to .5% through FHTM.
The Wireless Shop
One of the most talked about services at
FHTM is the wireless shop. This is a website that FHTM uses Simplexity
to run. You can buy cell phones and cell phone contracts through this
service. Simplexity uses linkshare.com to purchase these services. By
going through FHTM Wireless Shop you appear to be using three middlemen
(FHTM, Simplexity, and Linkshare). Linkshare can be joined for free by
going to simplexitys site which can be joined for free by going to http://www.simplexity.com/Pages/affiliate_main.html#
and clicking on Join Our Wireless Program Today Alternately, you can
go straight to LinkShare.com http://www.linkshare.com/publishers/join/
and create a free affiliate account, and start earning the full
commission instead of the .5% FHTM gives back to their representatives.
With this free account, you can earn affiliate money from many
companies, a list of which can be found here http://www.linkshare.com/clients/
. So FHTM does not really have a direct relationship with Verizon and
AT&T, contrary to the impression given by the company.
The money that is implied to be available to be made to
Representatives (as much as $80,000 a month is shown) is derived almost
entirely from spreadsheets showing what would happen if you signed up
three people at $299 a person, and they each signed up three people, and
so on, down to eight levels. The problem with this type of business
model, besides possibly being illegal, is that in order for people to
make the money they were told they could, they have to continue signing
up people. Whenever people no longer sign up, then all of the people at
the bottom of the pyramid will lose their money. So even if you can get
into a pyramid scheme like this before it collapses, and make money off
of signing people up under you, when it does fail, most of the money
that you made would have been taken from those under you, and they would
lose it. For ethical and moral reasons, I would not want to take other
peoples money, knowing that sooner or later the money I make will be
lost by someone down the line.
If you are still not convinced that this is not a legitimate
business, the North Dakota attorney general issued a cease and desist
order against FHTM in December (it has since been lifted).
News Coverage of the Cease and Desist order in Montana available here
(thanks to comment below for this info)
Update 2: You can read the Temporary Cease and Desist Order here.
It is lengthy, but has a lot of very relevant information.