Stuffing Envelopes Home Based Business – Scam Or Legit?
Hello and welcome!
I’m sure, if you are reading this, you have probably encountered an article somewhere that advertises a tempting full-time income made by simply….stuffing envelopes.
In fact, a stuffing envelope home-based business can even grant you the financial freedom to take a vacation or buy a new car. You might even be able to double your current income, according to the envelope-stuffing website 1200 Weekly (see how cute they are by including a possible weekly income right in the name?! How could we resist?.).
Sound realistic? Haha, I’m glad we can agree. No way. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s check out 1200 Weekly and see what they have to offer, and if the company’s promises are indeed too good to be true.
So, What is 1200 Weekly?
Advertising itself as a sort of “Work At Home Stuffing Envelopes” company, 1200 Weekly claims that the average American citizen over the age of 18 can make $5.00 per stuffed and mailed envelope.
Their website poses the question, “Would you stuff envelopes for $1,200 a week?”
The home page gives the reader a lot of hope, claiming that the possibilities are endless when stuffing envelopes for work. You may be able to double, even triple your income, and buy a new car or boat while your at it. In fact, you could order your car or boat online while sipping an exotic cocktail on the beach with a double income.?
You do not need to have any experience, and seemingly no talent or skill set is needed either.
So, why not jump on this extremely promising, hard-to-pass-up opportunity?
Do I Need To Spend My Own Money?
Well, for starters, you have to pay a one-time non-refundable fee of $29.95.
They state the reason for the fee is that they have to be sure that you are really interested in pursuing this opportunity, and that they can’t be sending out costly materials to just anyone.
Though the fee is not very high, they conveniently leave out a few helpful bits of information until the very tiny printed disclaimer rolls across the screen.
According to the disclaimer, you, yourself, are required to either
A. Come up with your own creative advertising flyer
B. Use one of the company’s already created flyers
or C. Place your advertisement in the local newspaper
Yes. You have to use your own money to print off or reproduce advertisement flyers that you are then required to display at different areas around town.
This is how you earn your $5.00 per envelope.
The money does NOT come from the company. It comes from people who may see your flyers and be interested in also advertising for the company.
The interested person then sends a self-addressed stamped envelope to you, with $5.00 in it.
The result is you making the guaranteed $5.00 per envelope, however – they fail to tell you until the disclaimer that they are not actually paying you…and you may never actually get paid at all if no one sees your flyer or ad in the paper…or if no one is ever interested in it.
Obviously the flyers look a little scam-my, so let’s be honest. There’s a good chance you aren’t going to get a lot of interest.
The end result could be you spending lots of time and money printing out flyers and distributing them around town without ever seeing a dime in return.
The company does promise to reimburse you for your processing fee x 2 if you stuff and mail 50 envelopes.
This would be a grand total of $59.90.
The probability of reaching the 50 envelope goal seems a little unrealistic.
At the end of the page you will see this:
HOWEVER, if you aren’t familiar with survey taking websites, I’ll be the first to tell you that you can actually sign up to take surveys for free, and the amount of money that they are claiming you can make from those sites is COMPLETELY unrealistic. 🙂
How Simple Is The Process?
The process, for the most part, is pretty easy to understand.
1. You send in your processing fee and completed application
2. You create your own flyer advertising for the company, or use one that they have already come up with
3. If you have created your own flyer, you send it in to be approved by 1200 Weekly
4. You disperse the flyers around neighborhood, town, city, etc.
5. You wait for someone to be interested in advertising for 1200 Weekly, based on your flyer
6. This is where is gets hazy. When the interested person sends you a self-addressed envelope, you stuff it with the circular that 1200 Weekly has provided you with. Presumably trying to get the interested person to sign up to stuff envelopes also.
The unclear part is how the company wants you to prove that you have a legitimate customer.
They aren’t very clear whether you are supposed to mail the envelopes to them and they mail them out? Which would essentially defeat the purpose of having you stuff the envelope.
They claim that you don’t actually need a sale to make any money, which is accurate because you will still make the $5.00 when someone inquires, but after that the process is pretty blurry.
And might I mention that it is a huge red flag when, not only is much of the site grammatically incorrect, but also there is pertinent information missing.
Will I Actually Make Any Money?
The answer to that question could really be yes or no…with the odds in favor of no.
If you put out a classified ad or hang up the flyers and actually DO get some customer acquisitions, then you stand to make a little bit of money.
The question is, how comfortable are you with leading people to a website that is basically a pyramid scheme with no actual product being distributed?
The entire process is extremely misleading, and though you may make a little money, you would also be leading others to participate in a misleading business model.
What’s The Final Word?
While I can’t tell you that 1200 Weekly is a scam, it is definitely not honest or upfront about the actual process, or the way you are compensated.
From reading the website home page, it is assumed that the company will be paying you directly to mail out their circulars. Cut and dry. But it isn’t that way at all.
You, in fact, will probably end up spending your own money to get started, and you may never see a return on it.
It’s not nearly as much of a work at home job as they initially advertise. And this guarantee….
I despise sneakiness, so I can’t give this company a good review.
Not to mention…why in the world would the company want to go to all the trouble to hire people all over the United States to stuff envelopes, when they could hire people within their vicinity to do the exact same thing?
The short answer (despite their claim that it would cost them too much money to hire their own employees), is that they are basically using the envelope stuffers to do all of their dirty work- stacking more and more people into a nice, neat pyramid.
Red Flag alert again. When there is no product at the end of the rainbow, run. RUN.
I would say that, though there may be a slight chance of making money, the effort would far exceed the payout.
I’m giving this one a big:
I hope this review was helpful, and saved some of you the trouble of signing up for a sketchy business.
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