Why you can’t sue a hustledork, continued
So I was Googling around, up to no good as usual, when I came across a site advertising one of the valuable products offered by a rising star in the wide world of Internet capitalism. This person, Pat O’Bryan, has learned how to make tons of money on the Net, and has written a couple of books about it, the latest being Your Portable Empire. But he was recently criticized by at least one person on Amazon for having "dodgy" ethics. "If you're selling something thrown together in an hour its [sic] not going to be very good so don't talk about holding to the highest ethics," the person wrote.
Granted, this wasn’t the strongest case one could have made regarding a person's (any person's, not just Pat's) ethics, or lack thereof. At any rate, Pat had an answer. One of the points he made was this: "The important component of any information product is the information, and the quality of the information is what determines the value and price – not how long it takes to create the product. If I can solve your problem in 30 seconds, I've done my job."
What he didn’t add was this: "Or if I can merely convince you that I have solved your problem – or, better yet, convince someone who didn’t think they had a problem that they do, and that I have the solution – I have most certainly done my job. Either way, it’s a win-win situation. I get more money, and my customers get to feel a little better for a while!"
But maybe that last bit goes without saying in today’s New-Wage business climate.
I have not yet read Your Portable Empire, but I was curious about some of the other things Pat had to offer, so I went onto his web site and poked around a bit, and came across a link to something called "Psychic Demand."
I was immediately met by a bold red 36-point headline: "I Demand $25,000.00." Following this was an equally large announcement:
And then we’re off and running with tantalizing promises of hidden knowledge:
Introducing a rare volume in a lost scientific course on success. This is the actual secret method used by Joseph, Abram, Moses, Plato, Phidias, Shakespeare and other legends throughout history. Read this incredible true story and discover the secret that commands the universe...a secret you will be able to use, too...in only minutes from right now...
It sounds to me as if this secret is even more powerful than the Law Of Attraction, as outlined in The Secret. Could it be that this is the REAL secret? And all this for only $19.00 US!
But what I found even more interesting than the promise of this product was the iron-clad guarantee:
Yes, this package is guaranteed.
But what we guarantee is that we will deliver the goods promised. We do not guarantee your results because it is up to YOU to apply the Psychic Demand method. You can't buy a hammer and return it when you don't use it, saying "It doesn't work." Of course it works.
If you use this method, it will work. But if you're not happy, Clickbank (the company who handles the orders) will replace any defective item within 8 weeks, as they see fit.
A hammer…hey, great analogy! And a great variation on the New-Wage credo: If it doesn’t work, it’s your fault.
Just in case you have some questions about the ethics of this product (or the sellers), be assured that the Psychic Demand package is all intended to be for the higher good:
Again, we don’t want just anyone to have this. For the sake of all concerned, do not order right now if you will use this to try to manipulate others or to do harm in the world. We only want advanced souls to use this power – and to use it for good.
Whew. That’s a load off my mind.
PS – Pat O’Bryan does apparently have a knack for self-deprecating humor, as evidenced on his Cult of Pat web site, which I found genuinely amusing, even inspiring. There definitely needs to be a Cult of Cosmic Connie…