Cutco.com is widely regarded as one of the finest suppliers of cutlery in the world, but in recent times there have been a number of online complaints about the sales side of their business that allows just about anyone to sell their products.
The problem with complaints of this type is establishing the truth from the lies, and we place even greater importance on our investigations when it involves trusted companies like cutco.com.
That is what we love to do here at workfromhomewatchdog.com, and here is what we discovered about the numerous Cutco scam complaints being made online.
Sold exclusively through a company called ‘Vector Marketing’, Cutco products are owned by over 16 million people in the United States alone.
Backed by a ‘forever’ guarantee, the quality of the products and the efforts made to offer total protection to the consumer cannot be called into question.
Why are people suggesting that selling Cutco knives is a scam?
This all comes down to misinterpretation of the ‘marketing potential‘ message being promoted by Vector Marketing…or does it?
If you have ever received an email or flyer from Vector Marketing, or indeed have stumbled on any of their online content related to selling Cutco knives, you will know that they have a fairly aggressive and focused recruitment process in place.
“$15 per hour” appears to be the chosen figure that appeals the most, and by predominately targeting students they know they are likely to get a huge and consistent response.
At a time when part time/full time jobs are hard to come by, earning $17 per hour for doing something enjoyable is too good an opportunity to ignore.
Many students sign up and instantly anticipate at least $200 a week in additional income. Suddenly for them, the world is a much better place!
That is until you read comments online like this…
“It’s not necessarily a scam, but it’s very close. “
” First of all Vector Marketing is not a scam but rather a company that appears to be built on a foundation of misleading and deceptive practices”
“Wow, almost got reeled into this one. Vector Marketing Company uses marketing strategies to, essentially, “brainwash” you into believing they are making you money.”
Could we be closing in on the problem?
During my extensive research of Vector Marketing, I discovered that they have a highly complexed way of financially rewarding their sales team.
99.9% of the complaints that I have found or have been sent to me, mention that the earning potential suggested by Vector Marketing is misleading.
Initially the deal is simple (the hook), but it would then appear that only once you go through the interview process and qualify for an initial training session, you then get to realize that you are required to sell in an almost door-to-door fashion and also pay for a demo kit before you even earn a penny.
That’s me just skimming over the initiation process, but trust me when I say there are plenty of reports online that go into great detail about the initiation process, realistic costs, and actual earning potential. I’m yet to find anything encouraging.
Selling Cutco products through Vector Marketing appears to be nothing more than…a sales job.
Sales jobs very rarely involve anything other than presenting a product to a potential a customer, and only getting paid for your results.
From what I can tell of the sales process deployed by Vector Marketing, it is right on the very thin line between legitimate opportunity and don’t go there.
BUT…I think this an intentional marketing tactic that maximizes sales potential, and I commend them for their pinpoint accuracy.
That said, one of our pet hates here at Work From Home Watchdog is a lack of transparency, and it’s more than obvious that Vector Marketing are NOT revealing sufficient detail upfront.
If they did, the majority of the complaints targeted at them simply wouldn’t exist, but it would of course hit their recruitment levels if people knew exactly what to expect from the start.
That is why I think the whole process is so carefully structured throughout.
Where to begin?!? One thing I am certain about is that cutco.com is not a scam. They produce top quality products backed up with the perfect guarantee. Pretty much faultless.
However, the fact that they have passed over the sales side of their products to Vector Marketing is perhaps a little worrying.
I believe that both parties are FULLY aware that the aggressive recruitment methods deployed are just on the right side of the law. A very smart marketing move in itself if you ask me.
We must also learn from those who have tried and failed to sell Cutco products via Vector Marketing, and here are a few tips that my research suggests might be useful:
- DON’T expect to earn $17 per hour from the start
- DO expect to have to pay for a starter kit (in one way or another)
- DON’T expect this to be easy!
Cutco knives are GREAT products, but just make sure you are FULLY aware of what Vector Marketing expect of you from the start.
Marcus – WFHW