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Tool of the Day: P492 Business Traveler Package

December 22, 2009

P492 Business Traveler Package

A new feature on this site wherein we take a look at a questionably priced, dubious value tool from an Amway or MonaVie Teaching and Training System. Since we’ve been on a MonaVie-roll these days, we’ll select R3Global’s P492 Business Traveler Package to review first. For $148 (original price is $185), you receive:

  • 1 Padfolio: $20 (P449
  • 1 Mouse Pad: $1.50 (P447)
  • 1 Business Card Holder: $10 (P601)
  • 1 Black Diamond Pen: ???
  • 1 Trolley Bag: ???

Pay close attention to the individual prices for each item. I could not find a separate listing for either the Black Diamond Pen nor the Trolley Bag. In all fairness, unless the pen is diamond-encrusted, it can’t cost more than $5, right?

Add them all up and you have $36.50 before the price of the Trolley Bag. Thus, the bag is either $111.50 (sale price) or $148.50 (original price). Now, I’m looking at the bag in the photo, and I have a difficult time seeing how that bag could be worth $112 and $150, do you? Also note that the bottles of MonaVie and the can of EMV are not included with the P492 kit. Can anyone in all honesty tell me that the P492 Business Traveler Package is a good value?

No, this is yet another example of an overpriced, undervalued tool that’s being hawked and sold to distributors. The sad thing is that many distributors believe they are getting a good value purchasing these tools, primarily because their upline leaders say they are worth it. After all, why would these “godly” leaders want to exploit us? Why would they want to sell us tool after tool, seminar ticket after seminar ticket, case after case, if they have our best interests at heart?

There’s a simple answer to that. Maybe they aren’t what they say they are.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Joecool permalink
    December 22, 2009 11:12 am

    “After all, why would these “godly” leaders want to exploit us? Why would they want to sell us tool after tool, seminar ticket after seminar ticket, case after case, if they have our best interests at heart?”

    Greed?

  2. December 22, 2009 3:10 pm

    Are you FROCKING kidding?

    What a bunch of mindless sheep who buy this garbage.

  3. December 22, 2009 3:22 pm

    As a former-IBO, there were times when I got sucked into buying tools that were way overpriced and bereft of lasting value. It’s a very insidious tactic the upline leaders use to encourage people to buy tools they don’t need. With soundbites like, “I’ve never seen anyone succeed without being on a System,” it’s hard for a naive distributor who’s been taught to listen to and follow the upline leaders not to fork out the cash for the CDs, starter kits, and brochures.

    Still, even I would pause at the sticker price of this particular tool.

  4. Candace permalink
    December 27, 2009 7:25 am

    It could go something like this:

    “Upline Diamond (insert name here) will be monitoring sales of P492. If you are serious, and I mean SERIOUS, about building your business and being on (insert whatever upcoming travel promotion) the oceans with YOUR Diamonds, you will be the first to purchase the P492. You can count on moving to the front of the line in your upline Diamond’s eyes, in your upline leaders’ eyes when they see you have purchased the P492. You want help? When your upline sees that you’re serious about building your business, when they see that you’ve sacrificed and purchased the P492, they will KNOW that you mean business…they will BEAT your door down to help you. Be prepared to stand back and watch success happen to you!!!”

    Or some such drivel.

    Perhaps the Trolley Bag is made out of ground up Acai berry seeds, that have been crushed, ground, refined, then made into some sort of pulp by the hands of the children “assisted” by the MORE project…over a period of months, to achieve just the right texture to be molded into the Mona-Bot bag. That’s humor, of course, I have no idea if Acai berry seeds can be ground up by children. 😎

  5. Joecool permalink
    December 28, 2009 12:26 pm

    Seems these “awesome” leaders are shameless in their quest to empty the pockets of their downline.

  6. Burned Out With MV permalink
    January 4, 2010 11:46 am

    Typical overpriced junk, though my personal favorite is the pads of forms they sell for $8 to $11, they never bother to tell anyone they are a free download from your back office, another good one is the monster flip charts for $400 that they never tell anyone the DVD that comes in the $30 one works well in a DVD player on your television screen. What to do when you get fed up with it? You are lucky to get 10 cents on the dollar on E-bay for this stuff, at least it is a tax write off.

  7. Burned Out with Mona Vie permalink
    January 6, 2010 3:34 pm

    I normally don’t follow myself on blogs, however this tool thing really grips me, my MV sponsor who was and still is one of my best friends showed me the basic MV comp plan on a bar napkin, so much for high priced sales tools to someone in your warm market who is really interested in MLM. The only problem was both he and I really did not understand at the time how a binary really worked and how critical it is to be on the real outside leg early on of a heavy hitter like Brig or Steve.

    Lessons learned in life.

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