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Complaint Review: southwest advantage

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  • Submitted: Thu, May 01, 2014
  • Updated: Thu, May 01, 2014

  • Reported By: sandy — Mead Washington
southwest advantage
2451 atrium way nashville, Tennessee USA

southwest advantage scam nashville Tennessee

*General Comment: Free Agent or Rip Off?

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THIS IS A WARNING TO ALL PARENTS OF COLLEGE AGE STUDENTS. MY DAUGHTER DANI GOT INVOLVED WITH A COMPANY CALLED SOUTHWEST ADVANTAGE. A SO CALLED FRIEND OF HERS FROM THE UNIVERSITY (LESLEY) TALKED HER INTO DOING THIS, LESLEY TOLD DANI SHE COULD MAKE ANYWHERE FROM 9,000-12,000 DOLLARS DURING THE SUMMER. THIS COMPANY LIES AND BRAINWASHES THESE INNOCENT YOUNG COLLEGE KIDS. THEY ARE TOLD TO GET UP AT 6AM, TAKE A 1-MINUTE COLD SHOWER, EAT AT A LOCAL PLACE AND BY 8 OR 9 AM THEY GO ALONE TO CERTAIN NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE THEY GO DOOR TO DOOR TRYING TO SELL THESE OVERPRICED EDUCATIONAL BOOKS. MY DAUGHTER IS VERY PRETTY AND HAS A FABULOUS FIGURE.

I AM WORRIED ABOUT WHAT KIND OF PERSON WILL BE ANSWERING THAT DOOR. MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT VERY KIND TO PEOPLE GOING DOOR TO DOOR SOLICITING. THESE COLLEGE KIDS ARE TOLD TO EAT PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICHES TO SUSTAIN THEM DURING THE DAY. THEY ARE OUT THERE DOING THIS UNTIL 9 OR 10 AT NIGHT. THEN THEY HAVE TO REPORT EVERYTHING TO THEIR MANAGER AND NORMALLY DON'T GET TO BED UNTIL MIDNIGHT.

ALSO, THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THEY WILL BE LIVING UNTIL AFTER THEY GET THERE. THEY DO THIS MONDAY TO SATURDAY, 6 DAYS A WEEK. SUNDAYS THEY HAVE MEETINGS AND ARE ALLOWED TO CALL THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS IF THEY HAVE TIME. THEY ALSO SHIP THESE KIDS TO PLACES FAR FAR AWAY FROM THEIR HOMES, SO THEY HAVE NO INTERFERENCE FROM THEIR FAMILY OR FRIENDS. THEY WANT MY DAUGHTER TO GO 2600 MILES FROM HOME. SHE WILL HAVE TO PAY HER OWN WAY TO GET THERE, PLUS A WEEK OF SO CALLED TRAINING (BRAINWASHING) IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE WHERE SOUTHWEST ADVANTAGE IS BASED.

THESE KIDS SELL THESE BOOKS FOR WHATEVER PRICE THEY WANT TO. MEANING THEY CAN CHEAT THESE YOUNG COUPLES WITH KIDS OUT OF MONEY. DURING THE 12 WEEKS OF SUMMER THEY MIGHT SELL $20,000 WORTH OF BOOKS. THEY SUPPOSEDLY GET 40% OF THAT. BUT OUT OF THAT 40% THEY HAVE TO PAY FOR ALL THEIR EXPENSES ROOM, BOARD, GAS ETC. SO THERE GOES ABOUT HALF OF THAT MONEY.  AS AN ESTIMATE THEY HAVE THEY HAVE EARNED MAYBE $4000 FOR THEIR 70 TO 80 HOURS OF WORK A WEEK. I AM SURE YOU CAN DO THE MATH THEY MAKE WAY LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGE. SO IF YOUR DAUGHTER OR SON COMES HOME WITH THIS GRAND IDEA OF MAKING ALL THIS MONEY, PLEASE DO ALL YOU CAN TO STOP THEM FROM MAKING THIS BIG MISTAKE. FROM A DESPERATE MOTHER WHO IS WORRIED ABOUT HER ONLY CHILD.


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#1 General Comment

Free Agent or Rip Off?

AUTHOR: Hmmm - ()

First of all, to the poster who is worried about her daughter.  The very first rule of format for this site was to NOT use all capital letters.  Second, you have every right to worry about your daughter, however, that does not make this company a bad company (apparently your daughter's friend Lesley doesn't share your point of view).  

Anyway, anyone who has ever been employed in sales knows that for most, the job SUCKS!  Sales is very competitive and extremely hard, especially commissioned sales.  Sometimes we have to learn on our own, which it sounds like your daughter is doing. Again, your daughter, along with hundreds of other college students CHOOSE to work for this company.  It doesn't sound ideal by any means, but again, your concerns do not constitute a "rip-off" or "brainwashing".  And since your daughter, like most college students are adults, they have the right to make their own choices, even if it means working long hours, encountering complete strangers on a daily basis far from home and eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.    

I have read through many of the comments about this company being a "scam" and a "rip off" and none of the complaints are based on any illegal activity or anything of tangible substance, only that some people "don't like it".  Oh well.  The same could be said about many working environments and conditions.  Also, (as an aside) if you don't want to be bothered by door to door salespeople, post a sign or don't answer your door! As for these college kids working for this company; who hasn't worked a horrible job once in their lifetime?  Also, not everyone has the same experience. Some kids do very well at sales. In the end, one of 2 things will happen:  1) The person, like your daughter, will quit and be motivated to do something else or 2) They will discover that they enjoy sales and do very well at it and continue down that path, or at the very least met incredible people and had fun.

What is certain is that the choice is not yours to make.  It's called growing up, and we all have to do it.  

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