PostcardProfits.com, and other websites that promote making money through postcard marketing, work on an interesting theory. The claim is that marketing to people through email is so overdone currently, and the volume of traditional mail is so low, that marketing through traditional mail will actually be more successful at catching people’s attention.
Luke Jaten, the man behind Postcard Profits, claims that he’s been using this system for years and that he’s made up to $50,000 in a single week using it. He says that he will teach you his personal, guaranteed method for making money by sending you ten CDs with step-by-step instructions for being successful, and that if the program isn’t for you, then you can send the CDs back to him within 30 days no questions asked – all you pay is the cost of shipping and handling.
However, there seem to be a lot of questions regarding Jaten’s program. First of all, there is almost no information available online that explains exactly what this program is about, other than mailing postcards. You will find people posting on forums that Jaten is a great guy and that they’ve made “tons of money” with his program, though there are no explanations as to how.
Second of all, Jaten’s terms and conditions state that the company – DMG Marketing – is located in Cheyenne, WY. But the website is registered in Pennsylvania, and the customer service number has a Colorado area code. Generally speaking, when people are trying to sell you “get rich quick” programs over the internet, the more states that are involved, the worse it is for the consumer.
Finally, Jaten’s promise is that if you return the product within 30 days then you won’t be charged the 5 installments of $59.99. However, people who have bought the product claim that returning it is tough – there are no instructions on the website or included in the package itself. And multiple people have called the Colorado based customer service number without ever getting an answer. There are even people who have claimed that they hadn’t even received the product before they started being charged the $59.99.
So is Postcard Profits a Scam…?
While I haven’t personally bought this product, I would say that PostcardProfits.com certainly seems like a scam. First, you should be very cautious about giving your credit card number to a guy that has no contact information on his website, especially if that guy has already had issues with the FTC. Jaten worked with a previous program called Proven Concepts; Proven Concepts claimed that you could make $1200/hr by mailing out postcards. The program cost $129 and then required a further investment of $477 for the mailing materials and resources. If you wished to get a refund on the product, you were refunded the $129, but the $477 was your loss.
Jaten’s old Proven Concepts program sounds eerily similar to Postcard Profits. The video on the website includes personal testimonies from a man who claims to have made $87,900 in one month. Or the people who claim to have made $25,000 in 3 days – they “put the postcards in the mail on Friday, and had made $25,000 by Monday.”
Here’s my problem with these claims: this whole system works on the concept that people receive LESS real mail. Why are Luke Jaten and his successful customers practically begging people to join them in mailing advertisements? Wouldn’t that negatively impact the whole system? And if Jaten is making up to $50,000 a week mailing postcards, why did he decide to create multiple sets of CDs that he has to advertise and mail to people? Call me cynical, but when something seems to good to be true, it usually is.
Even if you think that Jaten’s system is worth a try, just remember that it costs $300 to purchase the CDs alone. That’s without the cost of the postcards, mailing lists, 800 numbers, and anything else needed to make his “proven method” work. While it may not be impossible to make money the way that Jaten is describing, you certainly won’t be able to do it without already having a lot of money to invest in this opportunity.