I feel pretty foolish for allowing this scam to happen to me but my only
hope in sharing my story is that others aren't conned into doing
business with the likes of Distribustore, LLC, Lane Boland or Will
Robbins. I'm told they go by other business namessuch as http://checkstandprogram.com/ and http://distribustore.com
Basically, I received a really smooth and friendly sounding email
out of the blue from a lady (I won't mention her name because I don't
even know if she really exists or is a pseudonym for one of Lane
Boland's boiler room crew). The email consisted of only a couple of
short paragraphs and eluded that her company, www.distribustore.com, could have my product placed on the shelves of Walgreens as well as 2,000 convenience stores nationwide.
I reluctantly replied to the 1st email and was initially comforted
by the reply I received in return that detailed how Distribustore's
"program" worked. It stated that I would basically need to pay a $10.00
fee in order to have my skin care product placed in 300-500 convenience
store locations as part of a test before performing a national rollout.
The email went on to request that I reply to schedule a call with
the sender. I foolishly complied. I was then directed to call in to a
conference call line on a predetermined date and time.
However, when I called, I was met by a man claiming to be from England who
proceeded to prescreen me to see if I qualified for the Distribustore
Silly me, I felt so relieved when I was accepted into the program.
Apparently, anyone who is willing to write a check is accepted into
Then there was the 3rd call that was scheduled to
take place with an apparent sales manager named Chris Simeral. That guy
came across as a total clod and sounded like he might have even been
drinking prior to our call.
Chris Simeral further screened me for my ability to pay and then once again congradulated me for making it into their program.
Then came the call with Lane Boland. This guy was polished and came across
as a slick salesman. He seemed to have an answer to all of my questions.
Come to find out, the answers he provided to me were not factual.
For example, Mr. Boland stated that I would be the only product that
Distribustore would represent within my product category. During our
nearly one hour phone call, Lane Boland assured me of complete
representation for my product and that his sales team had personal
relationships with district managers within the Walgreens corporate
After gaining my confidence, lane boland mentioned his partner's
name, Will Robbins, multiple times during our conversation. He stated
that Will Robbins had a personal relationship with a huge national
I was then directed to send approximately $10,000 of my product as
well as a hefty check to cover a set up charge to them in order to
initiate the placement of my products in the stores of my choice.
Unbeknownst to me, they had already secured a similar arrangement with a product
owner trying to sell a product very near to mine. I was told that my
product didn't sell enough during their test period and that I would
need to pay more money if I wanted to run further testing.
All of this happened in a calculated manner with many promises being
made along the way. Unfortunately, as a result of working with Lane
Boland and Distribustore, LLC I have lost not only nearly $10,000 worth
of my product that I had to take out a loan to deliver but also the
additional monies that I paid to be a part of the Distribustore
Any product owners reading this, please be VERY CAREFUL if you are
considering working with the likes of Lane Boland, Will Robbins,
Distribustore, or any of their aliases.
And please consider sharing this information with your facebook friends, professional
organizations or anyone else that may benefit from my unfortunate
I also hired a online background research company to look into
Distribustore's dealings. Contrary to what I was told by lane Boland,
their sales team apparently has no established relationship with store
owners or managers. The documentation revealed many discrepancies in
their program while one document in particular contained profane
language outlining their entire sales program.
I also discovered that distribustore.com was only created on 12/15/2012 as reflected below by doing a whois.com domain search.
Registration Service Provided By: LAUNCHPAD.COM, INC.
Domain Name: DISTRIBUSTORE.COM
Registration Date: 15-Dec-2012
Expiration Date: 15-Dec-2013