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Date Added: 6/11/2009     Reviewer: KimberlyAW
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Vector Marketing Description

Vector Marketing is another online affiliate program that doesn’t have its members being too happy about it. The program has garnered a lot of bad press as of late, including the highly undesirable tag of being called a ‘scam’. Many people are speaking about the Vector Marketing scam and actually telling that this program makes no more than $3 a day, which is quite less than the $16 an hour that they promise.

The program is an affiliate program to sell products of the famous Cutco line of products. Cutco has a highly esteemed name, and it is simple to understand why anyone would want to be in. Most people think that it is easy to sell Cutco products and it is, but the way Vector Marketing has you go about it makes it a problematic situation.

Vector Marketing Detailed Overview

Let us first discuss the features and the benefits of the program as advertised by the company. The company says that you can make $16 an hour, making this a perfect choice for college students and housewives who are looking at earning some more money than they have. The program claims that you have to sell products that are already quite popular (we don’t deny that) and that you will be selling these products from the comforts of your home. These are all the benefits the program promises. There is a course that’s shipped to you, which is like a demo kit, costing about $150. You need to buy this before you can start making money with this venture.

Vector Marketing – How does it work?

The course actually describes all that you have to do. Basically, you have to buy the demo kit first, which contains text and video matter. This is more than enough to get you started with the venture. You can set up your own website and then stock the products from their list. They give you various ways in which you can make the website popular and then keep on attracting people to buy your products. For every product purchased through your website, you get the profits in the form of commissions.

Vector Marketing – Snags, Glitches, Problems & Other Undesirables

There is no denying the fact that the method works. Affiliate marketing is actually principally sound and since the products are already popular here, you do not have to push them too hard. That’s the reason a lot of people are getting into this opportunity in the first place. If someone has been working in a similar field, they will definitely find that the program is right up their alley.

However, the problem is that the program does not spell value for money. For the $150 that it takes, the course is not all that good. Also, even if you follow everything that they say to the letter, you won’t end up making more than $3 an hour, at least initially. This is because there are restrictions on who you can sell to. This is a very serious drawback, and the sooner you know about it, the better it is.

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Vector Marketing Reputation

There are many reviews around on this program. Considering that this is a form of "training" program for apprentices, it is unthinkable that the company should be charging an entry fee to participate in the program. However, when reading those reviews circulating around on the Internet, it is good to remember that those are mostly written by people with very minimal experience with this program.

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They Almost Got Me

I actually went to a Vector Marketing interview a few years back. I was fresh out of high school, and had been referred to them by a friend who worked with them. Everything seemed legit at first: they explained what they were looking for in a new employee, demonstrated the Cutco knives, etc. And then they told me everything that I DIDN'T want to hear from a company: I'd have to buy a demo set for something like $300; it wasn't door-to-door, though "occasionally" I'd have to do some marketing in local neighborhoods; and of course, they ABSOLUTELY WERE NOT a pyramid scheme. Needless to say, I didn't accept the job.
 
 


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avatar   by abbynicks on May 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM CST

 
 
 
Vector Marketing - not a legitimate summer job

I looked into Vector Marketing a couple years ago when I was looking for a summer job. They advertise summer jobs on sites like Craigslist and SnagAJob rather frequently, promising to hire students with fairly little work experience for rather generous pay (I believe I saw $15 an hour advertised on one site). The ads made it sound like they were offering a regular paying job selling Cutco cutlery. It sounded like a steady job a student could get (and keep) for the summer.

When I applied, I was told to purchase some kind of training package for $145 which I was told would be worth every penny. Once you purchase the product, you only make a couple dollars a day. It does not really pay off, and the time you spend learning new materials could be spent finding a legitimate summer job.
 
 


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avatar   by zoeosity on April 13, 2010 at 2:14 PM CST

 
 
 
A useless marketing program

I joined Vector Marketing because I wanted to deepen my knowledge in MLM marketing and have an opportunity to use it's own program to get myself a good start. However everything turned wrong from there. After buying the demo kit and the instructions, it only gave me a brief explanation of what MLM is, and what I should do to set up my site and sell products. It didn't tell me what tips and tricks there might be, and only commanded me to start the selling.

So I did follow the instructions skeptically and started my store successfully. Now I had to promote it. In came the big problem. No one was willing to buy the products at ALL because the site was simply disturbing. It was impossible to earn $15 an hour, because the job supplier's job wasn't done - and that's to make sure there's a good site layout. The site gave the buyers an impression that it's all a scam. I wasn't able to make even $15 in a week. I gave up with Vector Marketing, and got my money back fortunately.
 
 


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avatar 5,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Master   by imreportcardftw on February 2, 2010 at 3:38 PM CST

 
 
 
Friends did well, I went to the meetings and

I have several close, personal friends I'd known my entire life who had done this business opportunity and seemed to be doing very well with this business opportunity -- of course, one of the main things to look at is that they were making so much money off of this because they had no other jobs or obligations, and they would continuously make appointments with friend and family members (yes, even the same ones) just to get the $15 offered per meeting -- which is really smart, but I don't know that I'd feel comfortable bothering my friends' families over and over with the exact same opportunity I know already they don't want but, hey -- whatever works for them, right?

As for me, I went to the meetings, and the opportunity seemed very promising (of course, when an experienced salesman who is getting money off of you signing up, EVERYTHING seems a promising opportunity) -- the only problem was that you had to pay a $150 security deposit for the "product demonstrators, " which I found to be completely ridiculous. I also found it even more intriguing that they had no interest in taking out portions of your first sales meetings to pay this portion of the security deposit -- they wanted ALL the money up-front before they would do anything for you. I guess it's just another one of those plausibly great, but seemingly impossible, "give us your money so you can make money" dreadfully ironic opportunities.
 
 


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avatar   by jtpatterson22 on January 26, 2010 at 1:11 PM CST

 
 
 
Will provide you with work

Though it sounds much better on paper, your experience in Vector won't leave you feeling like you made as much as you were promised. The mail said $15 an hour? Good luck. Compared to other corporations who target High School graduates (Usana Health Sciences for example), Vector will actually give you an office job where you often make a few dollars a day. It should be noted that a demonstration kit must be purchased, which costs around $150 dollars. The time commitment to money ratio through Vector just isn't worth it. I found the recruitment strategy to be quite humorous. It's not the actual person who recruits you, but they provide Vector with anyone's contact information, someone from there will call you, stating that "'John Smith' had recently joined Vector and said that you need a job". Though I advise against Vector, you can try your luck.
 
 


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avatar   by m33p on January 8, 2010 at 11:01 AM CST

 
 
 
Vector is not worth the time or energy

I applied for Vector as a high school graduate ready for the opportunity to make money. Vector sent out mass mail to almost everyone at the school stating that positions were open for $15 an hour, and that one needed to set up an interview as soon as possible. I went through with the above, and the interviewer would not hire those who had previous experience with "multi-level marketing" also known as "pyramid schemes". My experience had been with Quixtar, and Vector was looking for fresh individuals that they could "train" from scratch or in my opinion brainwash them. You are told that the job pays $15 an hour only to find that it is actually $15 per appointment if they are married. Otherwise you are looking at about $9 per appointment not including compensation for your gas and time cold contacting. The worst part about it is that you are selling silverware that costs hundreds! Unless you know a lot of rich, married individuals who have money to blow on silverware, do not waste your time with Vector.
 
 


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avatar   by aleshiasc on November 30, 2009 at 5:57 PM CST

 
 
 
I do not like Vector Marketing

Vector Marketing is a pyramid scheme. I received a letter from them one afternoon. I felt excited because I was searching for a job and thought it was perfect. I decided to call them, and interestingly they set up an appointment right away, in the same day. I went to the place they told me to go and I was called in with a group of people. I guess they were mini workshops that explained what it was about. You buy a set of knives and then set appointments with other people and sell those knives. That is how you make the money. I do not know who would want to buy these knives and I did not want to walk around in neighborhoods to try to sell them. It would be a waste of time. I did not participate and decided to drop this entire opportunity. It was not worth it and I felt that I did not need to pay anything to make money.
 
 


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avatar 10,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Guru   by mariiii on November 23, 2009 at 6:30 AM CST

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Vector didnt work for me

Basically vector marketing is a job in commissioned sales. I got enticed by their newspaper and online ads about 3 years ago while I was in college and needed to make money badly. The ads promised $16 a hour so it sounded great to a college student like myself. So I went to the presentation, bought the kit(which they don't tell you about in the ad)and then I went on to harass my family members and their friends to get a appointment. You're selling Cutco kitchen products that are way overpriced in my opinion but they do look and work great.

Vector doesn't actually pay anyone $16 a hour, they pay that much per appointment you set and that's why I stated you're working on commissions. Their newspaper and online ads are very deceptive. It should be clearly stated you get paid per appointment and not per hour. I'm not good at sales and I was barely able to get my investment back before I quit. If they offered a lead system it might be easier for people to make money with their company but they expect you to go door to door, call family, etc. I'm not comfortable going door to door to a strangers house and not too many people are. I'm sure their turnover rate is high which is why they're always looking to hire.
 
 


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avatar   by yazooguy on November 22, 2009 at 9:46 AM CST

 
 
 
Everyone gets a job

If you go to one of the interviews, go in knowing that right away you will be spending out of pocket money. They told us that you have to go to the doors of people you know to sell to them and have referrals from them and so on. I did not buy into this with all the information we were given because you would have to sell something every time you went out to make a dollar.
 
 


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avatar   by JJGreenly on October 29, 2009 at 2:31 PM CST

 
 
 
Vector Marketing Is Not A Scam!

I've read a lot about the way certain people are highly accusing Vector Marketing as a SCAM. My name is Crystal and I have worked for Vector in the past and I did great. Of course you would have to purchase your own kit, how else are you supposed to sell the product? Seeing is believing my friend, and unless you paint a good picture in someones mind of something, I suggest seeing the product at hand and seeing that what it can do works better. I worked for Vector for 4 months and I had a great time with them. Everything that was said at the interview and everything that was said at the training is totally true, you have to apply yourself, and just because there's a fee does not make it a scam. How about the incentives they give to you every time you make your mark. I was also a ASA for them(appt. setting asst.) We frequently check the applications for work as they are sent to our files, so if you fill out one now don't be surprised if 5 min. later you receive a call. People are not always fond of new ways to do something, and I've never seen anything like this, but it works. So come on guys leave it alone because most of the Vector Marketing is a scam, not. Most have never worked there ie, training and interviews do not count as having worked for them!
 
 


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avatar   by crystal_041321 on October 19, 2009 at 2:05 PM CST

 
 
 
Products vs. Opportunity

Opportunity - great way for college students, go getters, or more to make money. I made a few hundred dollars with this opportunity. If you get into the higher levels of pay commission, you can make a killing. The products are expensive so you need to overcome that.

Products - great. I have many of the ones I ordered and I love them. They are sharp, do what they say and can replace all other knives. I have my sandwich spreader and it spreads and still cuts well. Just as great as the day I purchased it.

If you are looking for quality knives, go for it. If you are looking to make money, try to market to companies and/or restaurants.
 
 


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avatar   by NWABCS on August 21, 2009 at 10:43 PM CST

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And the next tool in your set is...

I was scammed! I was in desperate need of a job about ten months ago , and since the pretty boy in the nice suit promised an opportunity to make a large amount of cash, I handed over my check and they gave me a couple of cutco knives to go along with my script. The three day brainwashing was the worst. They ear fed an intelligent script meant to keep the listener interested in every word you read off the script verbatim. There are no real skills or qualities you need to be a cutco sales representative since all you do is read to your audience. The knives are great. The kitchen accessories are beautiful, but who in their right mind prefers to make a payment for some cutlery when they can make a car payment with the same amount of money? All in all, I was a horrible cutco sales representative since I agreed with every client who refused to buy any of the cutco's knives sets. I regretted having wasted my money on that kit. I should of walked out once I heard the demonstration the first time.
 
 


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avatar   by dazedaze on August 18, 2009 at 12:56 PM CST

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It's a Rip off

I went looking for a job and went to the local place down here for the interview twice. First of all, they tell you that it's only going to take a couple of hours to do the presentation and the personal interview and it takes close to 3 hours. They do the presentation in a group with a big group in the room and watch to see how you interact with people in the room. They also claim that they will pay you 15 per hour, but it is really 15 per set appointment that you complete. This is the tricky part, you have to get the people who listen to you to give you referrals of peoples names and numbers that would be interested in buying the product. Then you set the appointment time and go to the appointment and present the product to them. You do not get paid training out of this and it's for like 2 whole days. For someone who needs to be paid for doing work like that it tends to get aggravating to sit and listen to the same things that are being said when they first present there product at the interview. The presentation is actually quite educational as far as learning about the knives and the different products that they have that carry the cutco name. The price for the STARTER KIT was like $175 and then if you wanted to add something to your kit then you had to pay full price for it. You also only have a guaranteed sale on about 50% of the people that you show your product to. They even tell you that when you do the interview. They also show you different demonstrations of how something is supposed to work. I know some people think it's a good investment. But if I had $175 to buy the starter kit to get started I wouldn't be trying to come there to get a job. It sounds like a too good to be true "job" and in some retrospect it might be, but I wouldn't do it if you were looking for full time income from this. I would do if you are looking to supplement your income if you like to sale things. Vector marketing advertises in the local paper saying that they pay you 15 an hour, and it's per appointment. Grant it the more you do the more you make from each appointment but just be careful if you decide to do this. You might not get your ROI back in a decent amount of time and to some people it's just not worth the risk of losing 175 dollars when you need that money to pay bills. Look at this way, you tell people online not to pay someone for you to do a job for them, and this is typically along those lines.
 
 


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avatar 2,000 Credits - Top Contributor   by crysontherocks on August 16, 2009 at 1:39 AM CST

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If you have a lot of wealthy friends...

Then this job is for you. I know very little about the job opportunity that I was called about by a Vector representative, who found my resume off of a career website. Often when I inquired about the job before my interview, I was continuously told by a friendly but vague representative that I would be in a prime selling position and make great commission.

However, going further into the job process, I was then informed I would have to provide the information of fifteen family or friends that I could sell the Cutco cutlery products to. I was at a disadvantage because I don't have a well-formed circle of friends looking for such items at this point in the economy. The job provides a very limiting working boundary.
 
 


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avatar   by AcireRo on August 2, 2009 at 6:53 PM CST

 
 
 
Not impressed...

Cutco is great... there is no denying the products value. But the way they brainwash ignorant kids into marketing these products is unreal. The starting fee is ridiculous, and as was mentioned in the review, the wages that you earn are next to nothing. Definitely not worth the time.
 
 


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avatar 5,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Master   by krodrigues on July 30, 2009 at 2:29 AM CST

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Do your friends want this product?

I went to Vector Marketing looking for a nice job selling a good product. It turns out they generate no leads - you have to put the arm on friends to get any kind of start. I don't have enough friends to make it worth my while. However, the product is excellent.
 
 


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avatar   by swampscum104 on July 9, 2009 at 8:32 PM CST

 
 
 
I didn't know you could do cutco completely online...

I did vector marketing last year, but I actually went to people and did presentations. I too had to buy a demo kit ($143). Then proceeded to harass family and friends for purchases/leads.

But in this case, they actually gave me a website to seal deals when I couldn't get to the office. We also didn't handle the customers orders (purchases are shipped directly from factory to customer).

We had to make appointments and were paid $14/appointment, or you took the starting 10% commission/sale.

Now, I didn't do to hot with Cutco. Many of my friends who tried it thought it was a scam too. I pretty much made back the money I used to get the starter kit. ($1536 in sales = $153)

I never used the online only program, but it sounds very similar to the offline version.

Cutco does work (Someone sold $3300 worth of Cutco their first day), but it's like a job in sales. Unless you're really good at selling yourself/site with the product. You won't do to well.

This is not a get rich quick job.
 
 


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Why restricted?

Cutco is a good product and can be bought at any discount store; so why would anyone want to buy it online and have to pay for shipping along with the cost of the product. Also, why is there a restriction on who a person can sell the product to? I almost went with Vector Marketing until I saw the upfront cost. I'm glad I didn't now.
 
 


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