Manifestation Meditation

I got an email the other day inviting me to buy a product that will help me realize everyone of my needs, wants and dreams. Yes you heard right, it did not matter if I wanted to heal myself or someone else, miraculously receive 10 million dollars, get elected to be President or find the love of my life. They say,
… you can automatically manifest health, wealth, love & happiness and immediately ignite the law of attraction to rapidly achieve your goals all on autopilot... working for you... even when you're asleep or on vacation enjoying your life by using this secret, scientifically tested and designed, manifestation tool that I discovered and tested years ago!

Part of the Don't Scam Us mission is to pull back the curtain on product offerings so consumers can make an informed decision about a product. To help people cut through the hype and get to the facts. So as Paul Harvey would say, here is the rest of the story.

Many of these programs go back to books like Norman Vincent Peale’s , “The Power of Positive Thinking”. More recently, when the book "The Secret" came out it was a huge seller. It discussed the same topic-the law of attraction. Today, you will find stories of people claiming miracles others crushing disappointment. I won't debate the merits of this "law"--that is up to each of us individually. What you will learn after doing some research is that just about all that is in this offering is available online for free....or at the used book store for a fraction of the price. What you should know when evaluating offers like this is:

1. The program is not scientifically tested. Some related aspects maybe (like meditation etc) but not this exact program. See number 3 below. Many sales pages promoting health or fitness products try to add credibility to their product by association with related research. If the consumer associates the product with the research, even though they are not directly related, then all the better for the sales pitch. That is disingenuous and a good reason to move on.

2. A quick Google search shows you that there are hundreds of these “think it, pray it” whatever you want into reality schemes. As is the case here and in so many others the process is to get the consumer to make a small buy in and then get the larger money in a monthly subscription. The longer you hang on for some success the more money they collect. In this case its $97 PER MONTH. If you have money to burn then have at it but don't be surprised if you get a pig in a poke.

3. This is misleading marketing at its best. It’s all there; the allure of easy riches; no work required; anyone can do it, etc. They even do a bit of misdirection by referring to research at various universities. I wonder if I call the universities referenced on the page if they will be so quick to make the same “guaranteed” claims as this product does? I think not.

4. The sales page, to the savvy consumer, is full of red flags that this is not all it appears to be. I'm sure he is meditating on me giving him some of my money. I am going to save my money, and not get on his marketing list. And if you have an interest in learning more about meditation and all its benefits then seek out the folks that are not internet marketers but professional, trained practitioners.

5. The sales page says,
"When your brain is given a certain stimulus, through your ears, eyes or other senses, it gives off an electrical charge as a response, called a Cortical Evoked Response. These electrical responses travel throughout the brain to become what you "see and hear"."
This is almost an exact copy of what is said on the Transparent Corp company sites that reads,
"When the brain is given a stimulus, through the ears, eyes or other senses, it emits an electrical charge in response, called a Cortical Evoked Response... These electrical responses travel throughout the brain to become what you "see and hear"."
Looking at their website I see they have an affiliate program--perhaps they give affiliates permission to use copy off their web site.

6. Another interesting factoid. Several of the testimonials are from other internet marketers. If this program is run like others of its kind there is a good chance they are making some money on this. As a consumer you may like to know if an advocate has a financial interest in your purchase decision. Carefully looking at how testimonials are used, or what claims are made etc on a sales page can tell you something about the character of the marketer.

7. The Manifestation Meditation page invites you to download the audio CD (the "free" one -excluding shipping and handling- mentioned at the top of the sales page) but once you click to get it you have to give them your first name and email... No download yet. Then on another page you must provide your last name, mailing address and a phone number--still no download. Once you have gone through those steps you have to give them a credit card for the $9.95 needed for shipping and handling...no download. So why promote a download and then not provide it? Instead, you are asked for a lot of private information. Why do I need to pay S&H when I am supposed to be signing up for a download? Very fishy! Calling the toll free number I learn that the download is no longer available and that I must open an account and pay the S&H to receive the CD. OK, pass.

8. Beware of payments –even small ones. Here is the problem I have with this. Unless you use some safe shopping techniques you may find yourself having trouble canceling and you will get hit with the monthly charges you agree to pay when you go through this sign up process. Guarantees, “easy” downloads and service numbers are all very common-make sure you do not accept them in lieu of your due diligence. Until you know the vendor is credible and honest make sure you do your homework.

One last word on purchase terms that is related to this--no refund return policies. It’s not a bad thing, in and of itself, if a product has a no-refund policy. You will see this from time to time and so long as you know the product and it makes sense for that type of product then you can go forward. For example, with a”How-to Guide” or other perishable information product it is difficult to accept returns. These are often no refund because, unfortunately, there are buyers that will order the book, read it and then return it-effectively getting it for free. Some would argue stealing it. After you have read and consumed the information you can’t very well ask for a refund.

9. The privacy policy refers to terms and conditions but those terms and conditions are not available on the page. Not good. Any time you are asked for personal information and/or credit card information and you cannot read all the terms and conditions and privacy policy do not do anything further on that site.

10. The sales page did not provide any samples or a clear understanding of what exactly I would be buying. So, I did some research on the various terms I found on the page. Here are some sites with sample Entrainment sounds and music: http://www.soundfeelings.com/free/music_medicine.htm And another: http://www.mindwaves.co.uk/entrainmentmp3.htm ....and still more: http://www.musicmefree.com/

After listening to these samples it answered one question I had after reading the web page: Why weren’t there any samples? I think I know why. Perhaps consumers would not be as impressed or amazed as the copy tries to make them feel. Sounds and music are very subjective things and maybe they did not want to let the consumers know what they were getting until they made at least a small sale? Regardless of the reason the research showed that I can get samples before I buy and I can purchase similar products for less money.

The take away here is do your due diligence before buying into an online offer, especially when you know very little about the person or company selling the product.