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Once upon a time.. I was making $5,000+ a DAY selling replicas

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by zai21, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. zai21

    zai21 Regular Member

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    I'm going to vent...

    The 'time ago' was a while ago were I guess was the highest I ever got in online marketing. I was 18-19 and started selling about 200 to 250 shoes a day using Google Checkout. (this is when Google Checkout first came out so they had no clue about replicas).

    It was good times but also a lot of fake friends came along with it. In the end everything crashed around Chinese new year when one of my so called "partners" got lazy with the order list and we had to refund almost $60,000 to avoid having angry customers... boy I was wrong.

    Account gets closed
    I get a letter of lawyers of the brands trying to sue me
    I closed the site
    Deleted Everything


    I made it out safe.... I know some guys in the field who lost millions from just turning in their information to the companies but I just went Ghost.

    After that I went into depression for three years. I went from working since I was 12 on the net to crashing so fast it happened over night. My drive, my motivation, my hunger for being successful all died. I lost good friends and almost lost the love of my life. I started to do things that im not proud of and thought if death was a better way.

    but

    a few months ago I some how snapped out of it and saw how much of a BITCH I was. I been working hard since then but it has been hard with old habits coming to me at times. Today is one of those days I got overwhelmed and I just stopped to think and take a breath. If there's anyone out there who at one point felt like this I just wanted to say you will reach the top again and you will be fine.

    Today I run a few sites that make me a good amount of money and I have rebuilt my empire slowly.

    the end.
     
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  2. DamageX

    DamageX Elite Member

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    Good story, glad you picked yourself up again.
     
  3. ibmethatswhoib

    ibmethatswhoib Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Good stuff man, I get those days but just teach myself to snap out of it and keep building up.
     
  4. tsb11

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    Good experience, so you still selling replicas or just some different stuff?
     
  5. projectx

    projectx Power Member

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    Good that your back... you got infected with IM blood ;)
     
  6. morehits

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    What doesn't break you...... Will make you stronger.

    So don't let anything at all break you. Ever.
     
  7. Essence19

    Essence19 BANNED BANNED

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    DUDE - Your not alone - We all feel over whelmed - Spent all my hard earned money trying to pull my family out of Debt - got me nowhere and left me broke but you cant give up - The Darkest Hour comes before the DAWN.
     
  8. IamNRE

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    So the lesson of the day is children; You can not sustain in life by ill gotten gains!
     
  9. DamageX

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    Read his story again, that's not what knocked him on his ass.
     
  10. IamNRE

    IamNRE Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Dear student,

    maybe you should read his story again.

    Perhaps his ill gotten gains did not knock him down directly ... but indirectly... it got his life in to a lot of trouble that could have landed him in jail.

    Kind Regards on behalf of Karama, NRE.
     
  11. DamageX

    DamageX Elite Member

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    Thanks for agreeing with me. :D
     
  12. zai21

    zai21 Regular Member

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    Thanks bro

    It's the hardest habit to break but in the end the more you face it the lesser it effects you.

    Nope, I did a bit after and made some deals with US merchants that would let me pump that much again but I just never had the drive todo that business again.

    lol

    Exactly, made me a much better IM in the end.

    I feel you man, I gave my family almost 20-30K and a new car ( giving back to my mom and dad ).
     
  13. zerocoolflo

    zerocoolflo Regular Member

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    What are you currently in ?

    Adsense or CPA and can you be a little more specific ( I am selling ..insert example... )

    No trying to steal your income, just in searching for some ideas


    Have a nice day
     
  14. johndea

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    What happened exactly?
    Why didn't they have your information?
     
  15. zai21

    zai21 Regular Member

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    they go around and attack sites with high amount of traffic. they have no clue how much you made or what you have sold so what they do is try to "scare" you and act like they know you sold a lot. So they say "we will work with you but we need you to send us all your invoices and how much you have sold".

    Thanks to my lawyer I called them back and hit them with the.... "uhhh im sorry but I only sold 3 shoes and I refunded the customers when I found out the shoes were fake".

    LMAO
     
  16. zai21

    zai21 Regular Member

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    I can't say because the business I work in now is with these brands. All I can say is I do adsense and own my own online store.

    My adsense sites (two of them) get about 5,000 visitors a day.