I worked for this company at the end of 2005, regrettably, before finding out what they are doing to people. I APOLOGIZE to the general public for doing that. I regret that I 'sold" $500.00 before leaving in that first week. I write ripoffreport.com not as a victim, but because I did the rip-off, however, I had been "sold" too, then I passed it on until both I and my inadvertent victim learned better. I tried to contact the person I "sold" to before the 72 hours expired that Visa allows for reversals, but the company had made the sales information unavailable to me. That"s a matter of practice there. All the sold data goes into a black hole, except to management and the "back-end" (Keister) sellers, which handle the "reloads". The first-line sales staff "blows you away" with the up-front sale, then the "reloaders" get ready to blow you away some more when you try to make that pipe dream you bought with such well-meaning, honest hopes for your children and yourselves, perform to any degree.
SMC in Phoenix is a call center in which dozens of the youngest, dumbest (in the sense that they have not developed yet morally) sales workers cut their teeth on the general public, fresh meat for the owners and managers of SMC as well, many of whom are too lazy to pull their pants all the way up above the buttocks in the morning. You see their types on MTV. These young aspiring pseudo-professionals decide soon to move on to honest business or onto other "business Opportunities, known in the boiler room world as "Biz-Ops" (akin to special-ops, as in clandestine/destructive). The Phoenix, AZ employment papers have this company's lies splattered WEEKLY throughout their sales-cesspools-periodicals. SMC must advertise continuously because their ads are lies, else they'd not always be struggling to fill positions. Let's face it, if you are really going to average 60-100K as a young sales kid like their ads claim, are you going to quit (unless you stay so drunk at night that you can sleep well even with your conscience)? They can't keep people because they deceive everyone with whom they come in contact. I heard a kid there say in the elevator - "I'm gonna" go to hell for this". That was on about my 2nd or third day and was a part of what opened my eyes about SMC. Let me also say that you don't want to give out your credit card information over the phone. People, you have no idea.
SMC: The website, startwithsmc.com, it has a "contact us" link. It's a lie on its face. They are going to contact YOU, otherwise they'd have their contact information on that page. LOTS of companies might contact you though. Notice that at the SMC site, there is no street address, there is no telephone number,... there is no email address, and there is no owner's information, no BBB membership logos. It's just a blind link for you to disclose your contact information. If they call you and they don't make a sale (you are a flake), do you suppose they sell your contact information to other business opportunities operations? Did you know other "biz-op" companies can pay up to "$10.00 per lead for that data you submitted? Want some calls to your cell phone from dozens of Biz-op guys? Fill out that form. If you had a website that collected lists of people trying to contact you and you could make money on that data, would you? There you go.
And, so..Why no address for you to mail them or walk-in and maybe handle some of those nice products you saw on TV? Do you suppose they don't want any of their existing "clients" walking through that front door? Why are there Mag-card locking devices, security posed at the door? THINK, now. Why don't they sell to Residents of Arizona? If you specialized in only long-distance sales, what do you suppose the purpose for that would be? Doesn't that kind of fly in the face of an honest business attempt? Would you hide from your end-users or the general public? Why would they do that? Why do they have to staff security outside their door? Well, let's just assume it's not because everyone loves SMC? Do you suppose the owner has made political contributions to our Governor Janet Napolitano? How do they stay in business? Check it all out. I did, then quit.
Nothing personal here. I left them three years ago. I just saw one of those ridiculous infomercials and was amazed at their new twists. I looked them up and found nothing but SMC sales tripe at Google, when I realized there needed to be a link somewhere that had the right keywords, I thought I'd do this..as repentance.
Final note. In the lobby the SMC Owner has perhaps a hundred pictures of himself with people. I noticed that many of the signatures had very, very similar writing. The guy really likes the use of media to make an impression. That's that one-way communication that works so well. No questions have to get answered. Its all fantasy, folks. They are selling dreams. It's the glitz. The only impression they should need to make is one single verifiable performance disclosure. Example: "Audit by xxx Company, 2007, 1% of our business owners made more than 1% profit", or whatever the truth might be. THEY CAN'T EVEN SAY THAT!!! How about "We refunded xxx.00 last year do to our non-performance"? Well, first of all, that wouldn't be too salesy, second; the refunds wouldn't amount to much because of the contracts you sign absolving them from any refunds.
Don't buy into this one folks. You'll almost certainly regret it.
Here's one of their telephone numbers until they disconnect it: 1-602-308-2711. Any of you can contact me through ripoffreport. I have given an autho for Ripoff to contact me on anyone's request.