Storesonline out of Orem, Utah hit our radar screen... after the Better Business Bureau said it had received close to 350 complaints about the company in the last 36 months.
After receiving an invitation... BBB rep Katie Carroll and Betty Sexton signed up for the free 90 minute preview session.
Close to a hundred people showed up for a free session in a local hotel ballroom.
Presenter Mike Webb spent most of the 90 minutes talking about money. He even had a top ten list... reasons why we want more money.
Then he said we could make more cash by setting up our own websites and selling products on the internet.
He rattled off the names of customers who were making money by selling everything from maps... to shoes and quilts online.
While nothing he said sent up red flags... the company's material clearly states... testimonial results are not typical... and your results will vary.
The push... a pitch to get you to attend yet another conference.
The next one held October 17th and 18th... would cost $20 and purported to make your education complete.
Webb said we'd be invited to buy a website... with design, program, hosting and suppport fees totalling $5,500. But he strongly suggested bringing our checkbooks because they'd make us a one-time, special offer that's only good the day of the workshop.
In the last few years... authorities in California, Washington, Texas, and even Australia have taken legal action against Storesonline... forcing the company to change the way it operates... and even issue thousands of dollars in refunds.
The Utah BBB said all complaints had been resolved... but not all customers were happy with the results.
The best advice... with any contract, read the fine print. Signing up with Storesonline... means you only have 3 business days to change your mind and get your money back.
The company aggressively markets its' services... but just because others have been successful... doesn't mean you will be too.
By the way... the meeting was called a "Premiere Dining Package valued at $120". It consisted of tap water, a turkey sandwich with potato salad... along with a vinyl organizer.
We also talked to other web design and hosting companies... and found their costs were much less than those charged by Storesonline.