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Posted by quixtarisacult at 6: Southwestern Company December 6, Cardiff cold shoulders commission-based companies by Cristofer Lloyd Gair Rhydd Issue December 6, Businesses advertising commission-only jobs on campus at Cardiff University will no longer be supported by the Careers Service, a University spokesperson said.
Enterprises like The Southwestern Company that recruit Cardiff students may be restricted by new rules aimed at preventing external bodies from advertising any work opportunities paid solely by commission.
Concerns have been raised at universities including Cardiff University over the recruitment tactics of companies who sign up students for direct sales work in Britain and America.
Southwestern said that this pays for the time-consuming visa application process, necessary to work legally in America. It is our goal to help all of the students have a successful summer.
Alistair McAloon, a student at Cardiff University, said:: It really prepares you for the summer. You would think they should be. All industry associations are not built the same. They were created by different segments of the industry with different interests. There are four main associations that serve the direct sales and network marketing industry.
DSA is oldest but is it best? The DSA is the oldest and best-financed association. Although with less than 10 percent of the industry companies as the only voting members, it has the fewest voting members. It was founded in About 15 years ago, it almost went bankrupt. Amway, and a few other large companies, helped save the DSA. By the time the large companies pay fees for various committees, the DSEF, sponsorships and donations, they can easily spend more than a million dollars a year with the DSA.
The DSA is a private, non-profit corporation. What does that mean? Do your own research. Only direct sales companies can be voting members of the DSA. Its members include about a dozen large direct sales and network marketing companies that virtually control it and a couple of dozen mid-sized companies. The balance of the DSA voting membership consists of mainly small party plan companies. The DSA also accepts dues from vendors, who have no votes or virtually no say, but distributors cannot be members at all.
Anyone but the few large controlling companies? Do you think the DSA even represents the interest of the small corporate members or are these small corporate members just being used to give the DSA and large corporate members the appearance of legitimately representing the industry?
Do you think the DSA cares at all about distributors other than as assets of companies? I have never heard the DSA consider one distributor issue out of concern for distributors.
Any policy that seems to protect the distributors has been a result of trying to protect the companies, usually from over regulation.
It may help protect distributors now, but if it was not for the threat of corporate regulation, do you think that the DSA would have implemented the day buy-back rule? Consider what the DSA has done over the years. It has held training sessions teaching companies how to write policies so that distributors do not have any rights. It has advised companies to control the ability of distributors to sell their businesses or forbid passing their businesses to their heirs.
He said it may become necessary for the DSA to start its own distributor association so that it can continue to control the distributors. This distributor had been numerously recognized for her high performance and support of her downline. The company also allowed cross-sponsoring and downline raids of cross downlines. Why would any distributor want to be a member of a company that belongs to the DSA?
If your company does, what should you do? I cannot tell you to ask your company to resign or petition them to resign. I cannot suggest that if the company remains a member, that you should move your business to a non-member company. Why would you want to join a company that does not support distributor rights? Julia Posted by Julia Moore at 7: DSA - Not what it appears to be Blog: Dexter tallied 15, votes to Moulton's 15,, narrowly winning an oftentimes bitter campaign marked by unprecedented advertising by outside organizations for an Assembly district race in this part of the state.
There were several lead changes throughout the evening. Moulton led early in the night as Chippewa County vote totals were reported more quickly than those in Eau Claire County.
Moulton grabbed an early lead in Eau Claire County as well, but Dexter's vote total surged as more numbers were reported. Moulton then grabbed a late lead before Dexter won the last two precincts.
Moulton was predicted to carry Chippewa County, where he makes his home and operates Mouldy's Archery and Tackle, his fishing and hunting store. Likewise, Dexter, an Altoona school board member from , was expected to carry the vote in her home town.
The contest between Dexter and Moulton was among the most-watched - and most bitterly contested - among Wisconsin's Assembly races.
Democrats viewed Moulton as vulnerable to defeat and targeted him in an effort to win at least two Assembly seats to even the Democrat-Republican Assembly membership at 49 apiece. The contest attracted unprecedented spending by outside organizations for an Assembly race in this region, resulting in a blitz of negative advertising portraying Dexter as a liberal spender and Moulton as ineffective. Dexter attributed her win to "pure, hard work. Post from Cory Liebmann's Blog: That legislation was almost singlehandedly blocked by the Eau Claire state Rep.
Terry Moulton who chaired the committee responsible for taking up the measure. Blocking such common sense legislation is bad enough, but doing so with questionable motives makes the act much worse. The Associated Press confirmed this week that Rep.
The Tennessee based company was the only one registered against the legislation. Moulton received the campaign cash after he succeeded in blocking the measure in his committee. Unfortunately the bills original author added that Moulton certainly did work hard but it was mostly for the executives at Southwestern not for the best interests of his constituents.
AP A dead teenager's father and a liberal advocacy group have accused a Wisconsin lawmaker of blocking a bill regulating door-to-door sales crews in exchange for campaign contributions.
The accusations come a week before the Republican lawmaker, state Rep. Moulton roundly denied the charges, questioning their timing. The money came after Moulton's committee failed to vote on the bill earlier this year.
The measure passed the state Senate in April Moulton said the bill would have hurt small businesses. A spokesman for Southwestern Company, a Nashville, Tenn. Asked why the company gave him the money, Moulton replied: They give money to people who have the judgment to uphold the same kind of ideals and philosophy they do.
Ellenbecker and One Wisconsin Now, a liberal political group, have been researching Moulton's campaign contributions for several weeks. I'll do anything in the world to make sure he doesn't get re-elected,'' Ellenbecker said. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, wouldn't have it.
Erpenbach said Moulton worked hard for Southwestern. In so doing Terry Moulton has sided with an out-of-state special interest group and has blatantly ignored his primary responsibility as a Wisconsin State Representative. Terry Moulton has chosen to protect the business interests of the Southwestern Company over the safety and well being of Wisconsin kids and homeowners.
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Wake up at exactly 5: On Sundays they were all told by their student managers that they must go to a meeting, which was held at a different location every week. At these meetings they performed what was called execs.
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What are these 'execs? That person will usually then raise his hand up in the air shout "ohhhhhhh Everyone else follows this person doing the same exact thing until everyone is present in the circle.
At that point we will start skipping and singing a song. The song goes -- It's a great day to be a bookman. It's a great day I know. It's a great day to be a bookman everywhere I go. Goodbye no-nevers, goodbye doubts and fears It's a great day to be a bookman -- be of good cheer. Then someone will yell out loud "UH-OH! I still mess it up on the really sleepy mornings.
After chanting that four to five times someone makes the conductor's sign for stop and everyone goes silent. This happens three times with slight variations each time based on the whims of the person in the center of the circle. At the end He will say "I said unh Oooo, ah ah ah oooo; ah ah ah oooo; ah ah ah oooo. We come up with new stuff from time to time. I come up with new stuff all the time, because I enjoy execs and I come up with stuff that I think will be fun all the time.
Most of the time the stuff I come up with doesn't really pan out, but that is fine because every once and again I'll come up with something really fun and even "classic. Some we only do in a large group on Sundays, but most of the other ones are just thrown in as people remember them. If no one remembers a particular exec it's fine -- it doesn't get done. At the end of execs we do this thing where we all gather in a circle and get fired up and then we all run off acting like birds, ostriches, video game charaters or bookmen In this girls case it was half way across the country.
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These people actually believe that coercing individuals to by books, using very persuasive, scripted sales tactics builds character and has helped them for their future. In my book, this is really learning the art of lying, deceiving and and making a buck on nice people who buy items they really don't need out of pity for the sales person or getting totally bamboozled by a slick salesman!
Every one of the items the girl who came to my door had in her book bag were available online at a fraction of what she was selling them for! When this gal came to my door, her words were verbatim from page 45 of the sales manual And through their 6 day, intensive brainwashing seminar, they actually cause these kids to believe this lie! Then there is the matter of housing. Some of these foreign kids have families who have worked for the SW company host them.
The girl who came to my house was asked to leave by the older man who agreed to house her and another girl. I can't put my finger on it, but when I left his house I had terrible uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach! Shortly after this girl came to live with us, we found her another job Within 2 days, 4 other students found their way to my house and asked for help to get out of this company and help to to secure housing and jobs.
It was hard to believe the type of life these foreign kids were living Oh and did I mention the white bracelets they HAD to wear, showing their commitment to this company! All of them had these white bracelets The kicker to all of this is that the Southwestern company makes them sign a contract--which most do not understandthat states several places that they are NOT employees or agents of this company And that they can run their company as independent owners as they see fit.
But still, they have been brainwashed into a way of thinking that to be successful in this company they must adhere to the schedule! Yes the unwritten schedule! These kids are told how to micro manage their lives on a minute by minute schedule.
This is pounded into their brains by the managers. Because that would be a paper trail showing that this company controls these student's every move even though the contract they signed explicitly states that they are NOT EMPLOYEES and are free to sell these materials anyway they choose! I am getting sick and tired of reading all the canned spam Best experience of my life And I made lots of money taking advantage of people by selling them materials that were obviously over priced and they didn't really need!
ANYONE with access to the internet can see that they are getting ripped off, buying over priced books! Then there is the letter of Endorsement that this company makes these students parents or friend or relative sign. This guarantees that if these kids don't send in the money they receive for books, the signers of this letter of credit will pay this money for them!
Attitude is everything, who cares if you can barely speak English! And the people who signed these contracts can not even speak or READ English, but are convinced by their students that this is such a great opportunity for them to come to America and make HUGE amounts of money Ok folks, I really have to wonder with the motivation is behind this company.
Why does this company recruit these kids from Eastern block countries What is the point? What is the agenda? I understand that the students that came here previously make money on the ones that they recruit to come again, but what is the big picture? I am beginning to believe that it is a conspiracy to see just how far you can warp someone's mind to make them believe an idea and to cause them normal people to do things they would never consider doing This psychoses carries on in some for years after they have worked for this company.
Oh, and I forgot to mention one thing It is NOT an independent j1 visa sponsor who helps foreign students come to America to work for the summer at any j1 visa appropriate job Can you say conflict of interest! The numbers above are for average English speaking students. Imagine how little you will make when you can't speak the language! As of the posting of the original text above on my personal website, several more foreign students have contacted me regarding the horrible experience they suffered with the Southwestern company.
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Nearly 40 students from Arizona and New Mexico are selling for Southwestern in the Charlotte area, with another 15 in Raleigh. State University are peddling west of the Mississippi River this summer. Praise and criticism for the year-old, privately-held company can run the gamut. Sellers such as Stantus laud the discipline the Southwestern program gives them or how it helps them pay college costs. Some states have tried to pass laws aimed at the direct selling industry in general that would prevent Southwestern from operating under its business model of hiring people as independent contractors.
Students buy the study guides from Southwestern, which is the main publisher of the materials. Students then sell the books at retail, keeping the profit -- which can be as much as a 40 percent, said Southwestern spokesman Trey Campbell. As independent contractors, sellers do not receive an hourly wage, which can leave some with nothing if they are unable to make a sale.
With three out of 10 first-year sellers quitting, the program isn't for everyone, Campbell said. Quily Ho, 19, left the program this summer after selling books for two weeks in Georgetown, Ky. Sunburnt and having made one sale for the summer, he said everything finally brought him down.
He turned over his one sale to another seller and flew home on a plane ticket he hadn't used for his brother's graduation in May. In the end, he said it came down to not having the right mindset. This would have held companies responsible for the actions of sellers and put them under laws governing hour workweeks. Campbell said Southwestern opposed the bill because it would have disrupted its business model and prevented students from operating as their own businesses -- a benefit that many students like.
Safety is always on the minds of Southwestern sellers, said Monique Flores, a year-old seller from Arizona. She said she uses census and poverty data to determine an area's safety. He adds that students typically have their cell phones with them and they are just a call away. Students generally sell outside their home state to cut distractions.
There are nearly 80 sellers in the Carolinas this summer, Campbell said. There more than 70 students from colleges in the Carolinas working west of the Mississippi River. The company depends on the enthusiasm of sellers like Stantus. A student at Arizona State University, he was one of the top first-year sellers last year. He admits the summer is tough, with workdays averaging hours and rejection happening more often than sales.
Starting with lively breakfast Every morning he wakes up before 7 at the home of a host family arranged by the company and meets with two other sellers at the Village Grille in Monroe. Over breakfast, they plot out the day -- analyzing worn maps, drawing out targeted streets on legal pads and getting order forms ready. Stantus, in a morning ritual, reads aloud a passage from "The Greatest Salesman in the World" by the late sales guru Og Mandino.
I will live this day as if it is my last, and, if not, I shall fall to my knees and give thanks. Homeowners are sometimes angry, and there are occasional encounters with pets. He was once chased by a peacock.
He tries to stay positive. He often turns to the daily passage by Mandino and says he focuses on the present to keep his spirits up. This company is lobbying against legislation in the state of Wisconsin that is specifically designed to protect Wisconsin kids and homeowners. To research this company: Research Southwestern Company To research legislation: Posted by quixtarisacult at 8: Aug 15, at 7: KULR-8 has tracked down the company likely responsible, that claims to have done business for nearly years.
Southwestern Company hires college students to sell children's books and educational software. Students are trained in Tennessee and many come from other countries. A company spokesman says it's not the first time the students have caused concerns, especially since they ask neighbors for referrals. Trey Campbell with the company says, "We really love being able to send students to communities that does have concerns like this when there is a stranger in the community and they bring it to the attention of the proper authorities because that is a real indicator of a safe community.
He says it also helps them keep track of their sales. For more information on Southwestern Company, click here. Quixtar Cult Intervention http: Aug 13, at 6: When you open, it a stranger is standing there and asks to see your kids. Mike Craighill of Billings said this happened to him. He said the stranger went on to explain that he was a foreign exchange student studying kids.
Craighill started to close the door, but the man had one more question. Being a good guy, mike decided to help because he thought the stranger might be having trouble with the local language, but that wasn't the case. Elizabeth Krivitz was on her way to work one day when she received a strange phone call.
The man on the other end wanted to talk to her about her kids. We called the number back and reached an insurance agent who said the company is offering free DNA sample kits to parents in the area. Krivitz said the way he went about it was a bit disturbing. Sergeant Iffland confirm that there was an insurance company in town going door to door and that these cases could be related to that.
Whether the threat was real or not, Krivitz said the experience completely changed they way she thinks about parenting. No matter what," She said.
Though the phone call has been explained, we're still not certain that the man who knocked on Craighill's door was with that agency. Sergeant Iffland said if something feels even the slightest but wrong to you, try to get as many details as you can about the people and vehicles involved, then don't hesitate to call the police. Direct Selling Trade Group: Recently, there have been several DSA member companies that have run into some major problems, making us wonder what the purpose of the DSA really is.
Finally, the DSA, who has been awfully quiet lately, has released a statement: The DSA Code of Ethics prohibits pyramid schemes, unsubstantiated earnings claims and unfair or deceptive sales and recruiting practices. It is our strong opinion that in cases where a company is being sued for fraud by a State agency or has an excessive number of complaints against them filed with the Better Business Bureau, it should be the Associations obligation to notify its members and put the company on probation until the matters are settled.
The problem is, then it may find the member company will withhold membership dues which is the lifeline of the DSA. This trade group is lobbying against legislation in the state of Wisconsin that is specifically designed to protect Wisconsin kids and homeowners. Now, YTB has more problems on its hand. The new suit that has been filed in federal court in Illinois makes similar claims to that of the California suit. The class action suit was filed both on behalf of as many as 1, people who were former YTB members.
The Better Business Bureau also released many complaints it had received about the company. The BBB says that they have received complaints about the company in at least 31 states. Along with the company itself, several officers of YTB were also named including founder J. We also are wholly confident that our business model will withstand scrutiny, and look forward to setting the record straight in court. Unfortunately, a lot of people will try and jump on this bandwagon and make it frustrating for YTB - especially if it is not guilty of the charges alleged.
While we have made several attempts to get answers from the DSA about the Weekenders demise, we have been met with a lack of any information on their part. In fact, the DSA never posted a single announcement on their website about Weekenders closing nor did it provide any information online to Weekenders distributors as to what they can do or offer any assistance to them that we have seen.
What was equally as puzzling was the fact that even weeks after Weekenders had closed its doors, it was still featured as a member of the organization on its website.
What is most interesting about the chain of events that has taken place recently and how it relates to the DSA is to better understand how the DSA makes its money - off of the efforts of these companies distributors hard work.
Any company accepted to the DSA must pay these membership dues according to its website. This means that the distributors who represent these various member companies products are in essence subsidizing the DSA since its their sales in which the DSA gets a percentage of for the participating company to continue to preserve its membership.
So the question is, if the distributors are in essence subsidizing the participating companies dues, why doesnt the DSA support these distributors more?
Clearly if the company went out of business there is likely to be little to no market for the inventory, yet conceivably speaking, when the company was in business and a member of the DSA, those sales representatives helped contribute hundreds if not thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars to the DSA and are now left with nothing.
We have hundreds of messages from Weekenders distributors who worked very hard to generate money for the company - a percentage of which went to preserve its membership with the DSA - and now have nothing at all.
There is no information as to how they can recoup any of the inventory they are stuck with and no information as to how to contact that DSA member company or former. What the DSA should do is recognize that its bread is buttered indirectly from the millions of distributors who are selling products that generate fees back to the organization and create a fund to support them in cases like Weekenders.
Since they supported the organization when the company was healthy, why should they be abandoned when the company screws up and goes out of business or has shady practices? As well, there should be a policy that if an organization receives more than 20 calls to the Better Business Bureau, they are put on suspension for a year until such time that the number of complaints drops. YTB had over 90 complaints in 3 years just in the eastern Missouri and southern Illinois region alone!
Cami Alvarado, 21, said she has been selling a five-book series called the "Student Handbook. In the last couple of weeks, a few residents who heard her sales presentation called the Bella Vista Police Department out of concern that Alvarado seemed to indicate she was an employee of the Bentonville School District. Brad Reed, director of student services for the school district, confirmed Monday that no district employees are selling items door to door.
Alvarado said she is an independent contractor for The Southwestern Co. She earns a commission on her sales, which will go toward her college tuition, Alvarado said. When residents open their doors, Alvarado tells them," I'm a college student from North Carolina.
I'm not from the area. Alvarado never shows anyone identification, and no one has asked for it, she said. However, a photo ID is displayed in a clear plastic slot on her backpack, which she places on the ground by the door when she is giving her sales pitch, she said.
Once Alvarado introduces herself, she asks if there are children in the neighborhood and, if so, whether the children attend Cooper or Baker elementary schools.
The questions may confuse people and lead them to believe Alvarado is a school employee, she said. She asks about children in the neighborhood because the books are suited for elementary- to high-school-age children, she explained. Alvarado does not question young children if they answer the door, she noted. When Alvarado arrived in the area, she visited the Rogers and Bentonville police departments to ask about regulations on selling door to door, she said.
She didn't check with Bella Vista police, however, because she didn't know the city has its own law enforcement, she said. Alvarado said her summer job is almost finished. She will begin delivering orders Aug. Earlier this week, a dispatcher with the Bella Vista Police Department said she had been visited by a woman who said she was a North Carolina college student selling educational books to help raise money for school.
The dispatcher said the woman offered information that seemed to imply that she was working for the Bentonville School District, when, in fact, according to one district official, she was not. The woman is an independent contractor for The Southwestern Co.
Campbell said the company sets students up with inventory and a territory they can work during their summer break. Each student is provided training and a script to be used when contacting potential buyers. They also have identification provided by the company. Campbell said he had not had a chance to talk to the woman in Bella Vista since the story appeared, so he wasn't sure if she had presented her ID and followed procedures in making her pitch.
He said it is possible that the conversation was such that it might have sounded as though the woman, a student from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, was indeed working for the local school district. Campbell said the students are supposed to go to city hall or the local police department when they arrive to make sure officials are aware of their presence and to check on any changes to existing solicitation ordinances.
Bella Vista has no such law on the books, and he said the woman didn't check in, to his knowledge. Campbell said he understands how people can become suspicious of doorto-door solicitors.
The company Web site is www. Michael Hyland Email Address: People are contacting law enforcement about some aggressive ones. You don't see them as often as you used to, but one company has been sending the salesmen to the area for more than years. A Broadway woman was recently visited by a door-to-door salesman from Southwestern Company.
She asked to be identified by her first name only due to an unnerving experience she had with the salesman. He plowed me over," says Jo. When she answered the door, he immediately knew her name, as well as her kids' names.
The salesman is one of five college students spending the summer in the area to sell books door-to-door for the Southwestern Company. It's supposed to be an opportunity for students to get hands-on sales training. However, several people have contacted law enforcement saying the salesmen take it too far.
Officials at the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office say some satisfied customers have even contacted them to compliment the salesmen. According to the company spokesman, they work with the salesmen to teach them how to handle this difficult type of business approach. I've been in my position for nine years, and I've never had anybody just push open the door and walk in the house uninvited. The company holds a training session at the start of the summer at their headquarters in Nashville.
Southwestern says they encourage their salesmen to explicitly state who they are and show potential customers an identification badge. Sometimes student groups may hold fundraisers, but such events would be well publicized, he said. They would be listed on the school's Web site - www. The fundraisers would also be announced in newspapers and on the radio, he said.
The woman never actually said she worked for the district, but her sales pitch made it seem that way, Frederick said. The "handbook"the woman is selling is actually a reference guide that includes such things as information about presidents and other school subjects, she said.
Frederick said the woman called herself Cami, short for Camila, and was very friendly.
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