I am a former employee of The Cheap Escape Co/J. B. Dollar Magazine.
Live and Learn. All I can say is if you see a co is constantly recruiting sales force on line, in magazines, etc. And I mean all the time; they provably have a high turn over.
This is indeed the case w/J. B. Dollar Stretcher Magazine, or the Cheap Escape Co, or whatever the he** they want to refer to themselves. For my own entertainment, I call them simply Satan.
They hire you and tell you that you are going to earn a base each week. LIE! And earn commissions. LIE! And that you make a ton of money on on line offers (similar to Groupon, but really sad offers for the most part copy cats of better company offers). They do tell you that it is hard work to earn commission - that was the only truth I was ever told. I worked my a$$ off with nothing to show.
What they DO NOT tell a person is that this :base" is not at all a salary, it is a draw. Shame on me I guess for not asking to clarify this but I did not even know this is legal in Ohio. This meant that each week they payed you a certain "base" against your future earnings called a draw. This means that you are quickly in a hole. This base is less than a minimum wage amount when you consider the hours you are required to work but enough to have you sinking like quick sand.
I sold and worked and put it long hours. I had many print & on line customers. Each week I worked off a little bit of the draw but I never earned enough to break it and they kept paying the base. Because as small as the base (draw) was it was all I had to live on. It took months and months and months to get past this advance that I had to take each week because there is no pay otherwise. I thought slavery was abolished.
And the more you work and try to get out the faster you sink. Because they also do not reimburse any expenses. Not mileage. Not gas for the car. Not postage. You even get charged against your commission if the customer bounces a check or payes by visa. This makes it Totally Impossible to break that draw amount.
By the way, all the debate you read about postage is simple to explain. They want you to drive all over Cleveland or Toledo or Wherever giving out the magazines when they come out. They do not allow you to mail them; they require your to drive all over even though you are not being payed to do so! Being able to mail them would be one small way to make life easier for employees. But they are too greedy to give a crap.
I worked hard to break out of that draw amount, making me a virtual indentured servant. I almost lost everything I owned while I worked for this company.
And they are so quick to sue over even $1 due to their greed. (yes, ALL the claims on this board are 100% true). They will sue customers, former employees, the printer or their own book (I laugh at how that backfired).
The employees are basically a sad and unhappy bunch because of the low pay, long hours, and lots of driving, and being required to constantly please Bob and Joan Minchak. Their m.o. is to screw their employees, their customers, and their printer so they can live in their big house, with their big pool, and take big vacations about 4 times a year.
Bob and Joan Minchak will be sure to refute this post but I have documented proof of how hard I worked for J. B. Dollar Stretcher. I know the harsh truth now - They are liars and greedy and can never be trusted. They are like mean rattle snakes ready to strike at will.