HomeCareerInstitute.com is a new website from well known internet marketer Bob Gatchel that offers people training and eventual employment as an auction listing agent.
An auction listing agent is someone who lists items on auction websites, like eBay, and attempts to sell those items for prices higher than was paid for them. The profits from the sale go to the auction listing agent.
Home Career Institute claims that with only a couple hours worth of work a day, you can earn thousands of dollars a week as an auction listing agent. Home Career Institute claims that as long as positions are available near you, and you’re qualified, then you can sign up to be an auction listing agent.
So is Home Career Institute a Scam?
Well, there is a pretty wide selection of problems with the Home Career Institute. First of all, the entire website is formatted to make it seem like you are applying for a real job, with an employer and a salary. You are even asked to fill out an “application” to see if you are qualified.
But qualified for what? To give the Home Career Institute $97.00 for a business opportunity? The truth is that if you leave the application blank and just click submit, you’ll find that you’re qualified! This is because an auction listing agent is a work at home business, not a job, and presenting this Biz Op like actual stable employment is a definite red flag.
Another problem is that auction listing agents work with drop ship companies. A drop ship company is a warehouse that provides, stores, and ships the items that you will be listing on the auction websites, and you have to pay them a monthly fee for this service. This monthly fee can range anywhere from $49.95 a month to $299.95 a month, depending on what company and what kind of items you’re trying to sell.
Now, drop ship companies are a good service, but Home Career Institute doesn’t make it clear that you’ll have to invest a lot of money in this opportunity, and that’s a problem for people who are looking for actual employment, and may not have a lot of money to invest.
In general, while an auction listing agent is a real business, it is certainly not a cheap one, nor is it a particularly easy one, and a company that tells you it is while asking you for money may not be your safest bet in trying to find at home work.