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The Money Making Method (Which Backfired Hard)

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Money.Grabber, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. Money.Grabber

    Money.Grabber BANNED BANNED

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    Hey all. Don't post much on here, as im mad busy. But i thought you would all like to here my story. I had been selling replicas going on 3 years. The first year i was selling, i didn't really have a clue what i was doing. Paying high prices for crap basically, whilst wearing the products i was buying. I started off by selling ralph lauren polo t-shirts, and as i grew, and had more cash to play around with, i switched over to higher profit margins (perfumes). Perfumes were great, the profit was 60$ turnover on each item i was selling.

    I got to the point where i was selling around 100/200 a week (remember this was when ebay didnt have the limits they have now). After a while, the quality really started to drop. I was selling christian dior pure poisons at the time, it was a real niche. My supplier was screwing me over on the quality.

    Then came the real turning point. I found a guy from guangzhou (no middle man) someone who was the real deal, and owned his own factory. After going through his agents and workers i got in contact directly. Although i was paying more then my previous suppliers, this guy was really top notch.


    After deal with perfumes, again i got to the point where the profits were too low for me (i needed more cash). I moved onto software( i know stupid) but the profits were IMMENSE. This time i was turning over 150-200$ per piece i was selling, with NO problems what so over. I could afford to pay off my student debts, treat my girlfriend, 'living the dream basically'. Then it hit. My ego got the better of me. I moved onto a product called 'Rosetta Stone'. Those of you who know of this product will know the agents out there really are clamping down on the replicas being sold.

    I was flogging 25/50 a week (which was quite a lot these days on ebay) to which i was asked by a customer "What is the serial code on the front". Me being stupid, i told him, and boom, 1 week later a letter on my post from Rosetta Stone.

    I am not having to ring up to speak with a agent, and i am absolutely bricking it on what i'm going to say..

    Morale of the story, quit while ur ahead!!
     
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  2. kez1000

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    just say 'it was not me' someone clowned my ebay account
     
  3. loveiswar12

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    Say your supplier BS'ed you and didn't mention that they were replicas.

    After all, you were a customer to your supplier, just like how the person asking for the serial number is a customer to you, right? You can put yourself in the same situation as he is.

    How did you find the genuine supplier in Guangzhou? Did you already have contacts or did you use a site?
     
  4. Money.Grabber

    Money.Grabber BANNED BANNED

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    I was dealing with online suppliers, but i paid a visit to china to find a better one, found a nice little factory in guangzhou, and he gave me his store, went from there
     
  5. Alexfrance

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    did u get a fine or jail time?
     
  6. social engineer

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    If your going to have legal action taken against you in the near future dont post a tonne of evidence on a public forum ;)
     
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  7. Money.Grabber

    Money.Grabber BANNED BANNED

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    Im pretty sure Money isn't my first name, nor is Grabber my lastname in real life :p
     
  8. SeoGigs

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    lol, i find this really funny because i did something similar with iphones from china on my countries version of ebay until i got banned when someone complained. and last week i made a bunch of copies of Rosetta Stone and have been selling the cds to friends, neighbors and even kids at my sons middle school.
     
  9. mad.hat

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    Its still not a good idea buddy.
     
  10. Usman Nasir

    Usman Nasir Registered Member

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    but regardless of all people, all I can say is your luck
     
  11. Money.Grabber

    Money.Grabber BANNED BANNED

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    What do you mean?
     
  12. dovislt

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    Rosetta stones are a surefire way to get caught. I remember I tried to list one it sold but was removed from ebay straight after and I got a warning. Im surprised you got away with it for so long.
     
  13. Money.Grabber

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    Yh i guess
     
  14. character

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    push em on cl
     
  15. souldemon

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    I'd also be careful with CL. I received a C & D letter from just trying to sell RS. The RS company is seriously clamping down as I had just put up a listing two weeks prior when I got their letter. I'm still trying to figure how they got my full name, SS# and home address with a fake PVA Cl account. Anyway, I never responded to the letter but I did pull the listing and have not tried selling that software since. Big time lesson learned!!!
     
  16. DerDer

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    :eek: lol
     
  17. hawke

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    Your IP address, and if you hid that, then they used your MAC address of your machine.... which they would get your info if you registered your computer.

    Then they used your registration info to get your personal info cause you prolly used a credit card :p

    When you wanna be anon... Don't leave a paper trail :p
     
  18. linkdropper4

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    I got caught selling replicas once. I was told I was going to get hit with a fine of up to 1 million and I needed to turn over all product and profits that were made to the company. I didn't do shit. I quit selling the stuff in the channel I was selling it. Never heard another word.

    I agree with the above, my supplier didn't tell me they were fake ploy if you hear from them again.
     
  19. albaniax

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    Apart of the MAC-part,
    you're right ;)
     
  20. Gide_Gnome

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    I may be entirely out of line as someone who mostly just trolls over the forums absorbing the info therein.. However, I don't see a section for this type of method, how do people learn about this stuff? lol. Where in these forums for example, is there a list that says what software to and not to sell, where to buy fakes, how to ship, and all that? I am bloody damn surprised you never got caught sooner without any sort of advice/mentoring going into it. Props on that.