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Complaint Review: Scott Simcik

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  • Submitted: Sat, August 25, 2007
  • Updated: Fri, May 11, 2012

  • Reported By:Suwanee Georgia
Scott Simcik
2249 Silver Spring Drive, West Lake Village, CA 91361 West Lake Village, California U.S.A.

Scott Simcik, Founder Inches A Weigh Best Salesman I Ever Met but Don't Buy What He Is Selling! West Lake Village California

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Franchise Growth Partners

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I bought an Inches A Weigh License Agreement in 2001. I have an entry regarding the business but thought Scott deserved a special Rip Off Report all his own!!

I was a 6 figure income salesperson for 15 years and thought I could spot a slick salesperson anywhere. I am also very good at the due dilligence part of any transaction. I guess I was not as good as I thought!

If you are considering buying an IAW agreement, please do your homework. Do not get sidetracked by the smooth answers that aren't true. The start up costs are higher than he says, the business model is outdated and you will never be able to get a straight answer on units that are currently open or more importantly ones that have closed. I recently learned of an IAW center open in metro Atlanta and contacted them. They were never told about my closed center or another one that closed about a year after me. They had only been open a few months but were already in trouble and were making drastic changes to the business model to try to survive.

Scott has a very smooth answer for why he offers a licensing agreement vs. a franchise agreement. The real answer is that selling a franchise is heavily regulated by the FTC. A franchise most disclose info on previous litigation, current units and recently closed units. Since that would end IAW, a license agreement is a clever way to get around all the disclosure.

What may be the worst part, is that he will try to gain your trust by talking about his Christian faith. He is so convincing that you will believe he would never lie or cheat or do wrong because his faith prevents him from doing things that would hurt others. Always be careful when someone would rather talk about their Christian faith than let you see it in their lives. Make business decisions based on business and facts.

I have to hand it to him. I fell for the whole bit. The only comfort is that the numerous previous owners I know from all areas of the country who are for the most part smart, savvy and professional fell just as hard as I did. This is one group, the Suckered by Scott Club, you don't want to join!!

A goldberg
Suwanee, Georgia

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Franchise Growth Partners

AUTHOR: shackcrack - (United States of America)

Scott Simcik now has a new gig claiming to use his experience to train business owners how to franchise with a profit of $. 30 cents for every $1.00! His new con is called Franchise Growth Partners. Anyone who knows Scott will get a kick out of his web site. Its full of self penned facts on Scott's success and many "Scotty - ism's ." You know, those stupid pearls of wisdom in italics with a by line attributing the important nugget of wisdom directly to Scott Simcik! Here 's one from Franchise Growth Partners:

"We see too many rabbits running at a franchise speed, wildly out of control, while the tortoise continues to win the race" - Scott Simcik.

Obviously, he has no conscience. He has led so many honest people down the path of financial ruin. He is a stone cold liar and has the traits of your garden variety con artist. When he told me he enjoyed teaching people how to become millionaires I about wet myself. He was never wealthy. Disturbed maybe, but never wealthy. Of all the Inches A Weighs opened over the years none were ever profitable. Some lasted about two years while the owners slowly ran their credit cards to the Max hoping for a miracle, but never being profitale. Scott would tell his new prospects that these centers were making a fortune. But actually these owners would eventually close, dumbfounded, wondering what they did wrong. Scott liked this because he knew they where less likely to have enough money to go after him for the fraud. The rest of the centers failed within months. Every single owner ultimately regretted becoming involved with Scott and Inches -A -Weigh. He 's claiming Inches was "acquired by a Canadian investment firm." I wonder if he even tried to find a buyer. No one would buy it but I would love to hear that he actually tried. Trying to sell people franchising lessons? Information you can get free and information you should be getting from an attorney. You go Scott! I imagine hustling business owners looking to franchise will be more difficult, but most con artists relish the challenge. I bet the first franchise sale at Franchise Growth Partners will be exhilarating for Scott! Right now he seems to be making ends meet by leasing roommates deals as a property manager on Craigslist in the Los Angeles area. He brags that he is an expert at lease negotiating and this is how the finely honed skills practiced at the helm of Inches - A - Weigh are benefitting his current clients! .
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