Major Sale on Bill and Janet’s book! “It’s a Disaster, and What are you gonna do about it” Not only am I going to offer this sale over the next week, I’m also going to do it retroactively for all the sales we’ve made in the last week! Meaning some people are going to get some money back! I’ll put my money where my mouth is on this one. For the first time ever you can get this book at cost for only $3.50 per copy plus shipping! But first, you gotta read this post.
I just got a rather amusing comment from a very disturbed individual. Someone who is a socialist no doubt, and certainly no prepper. You see at first I was steaming mad, and then I was going to go on a major Anti-Socialist rant and then I realized that this person is nothing more than a sheeple who’s been so used to getting things handed to them for free that they’ve come to expect it. This is one of the major fallacies of socialism. People get so used to free stuff handed to them that they actually “Expect” it to be free without any regard to the time and effort it takes for someone to do the work that goes into a project or production of a product or service. In this case it happens to be about a book written by a couple of great friends who I’ve come to respect. But rather than go on a rant and rip this socialist a new one, I thought I’d turn this into something positive with the sale we’re going to have.
Now this person has absolutely no clue for the time and effort that goes into research for a thorough, comprehensive and well written manual, a manual that even the city of Washington DC uses as an Emergency Preparedness guide for their own employees. No, they think that information just comes out of thin air and that it should be free….They “Expect” it to be free. If you are a blogger, they expect you to preform and provide them with free content at your expense of time and effort. These kind of people even hate it when you have ads on your site too. Oh, they do talk about donations, but they never make any.
This commenter is actually so disturbed that they even took the time to post a long whining and complaining comment about the ad for Bill and Janets book that I posted. Most likely assuming that I would have never published their comment….They actually wasted their own time to post something that most bloggers would have canned in a heartbeat. This definitely sounds to me like a socialist who has a lot of time on their hands to do nothing but complain.
See what’s funny, is that not only am I publishing their comment, I’m going to build an entire post around it, just to show how stupid of a comment it actually was. I’m going to Call Their Bluff and have a sale!
Here is the comment, (notice the vile hatred that this person has for people who actually work for a living)
I would rather APN start asking for donations rather than them making one affiliate dollar off of people selling information that in the true preppers spirit should be free. In fact most of the “stuff” in these enlightening books has, is, or will be available free from APN and various other prepper type groups. I also don’t mind paying for “costs” on a worthwhile publication plus a reasonable mark-up. But $14.00 for a 268 page paperback. This fellow is not in the prepper community he is in the entrepreneur community and probably making about 80% on this book alone. That’s OK but if your gonna be a whore, be a whore and don’t dress in Mother Theresa garb so we’ll all know where not to spend our money. Even his ads remind me of the ones selling miracle diet pills and guaranteed wealth building on the Internet. Let him sell his snake oil elsewhere and keep APN pure, PLEASE!
Now if this comment seems as stupid to you as it does me, then I can tell you what you can do about it towards the end of this post…read on, because I’m going to dissect this piece of trash comment.
First off, some figures.
Personally I’ve donated several hundred hours of my own time to this organization since its’ inception building websites, forums, graphic arts, promotions and more without so much as asking for compensation of my time. What have you done commenter?
Personal out of pocket expenses of my own to this group total over $5,000, including domain registration, web hosting, trademark, legal fees, and more.
APN has received less than $500 in cash donations from fewer people than I can count on both my hands. Most of that money came from my good friend Kymber over at CPN
Total ad revenue from sponsors and affiliates equal less than $1,000 for the last year and a half.
So APN has a total net loss of a negative…that’s negative with a “-” of $3,500. So commenter, put your money were your mouth is and kick in a $3,500 donation for APN. You can paypal me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can shut your trap and we’ll earn it through sponsorships.
So why are we in the hole? Because I don’t beg for money and because I rarely ever push products. The only time I’ve promoted a product is when it’s for a friend or a product that I trust and believe in which happened to be Bill and Jantes book that I promoted this time. But you know what, with light of this stupid comment I just might start doing more ads.
“I would rather APN start asking for donations rather than them making one affiliate dollar off of people selling information that in the true preppers spirit should be free. “
Should be free? Who says?…I’m sorry socialist, but the only people with any credibility who should be saying information should be free are those who actually work to contribute that information, and only free because they are kind enough to provide it for free, not someone sitting on their butt “Expecting” it to be free. Did you bother to even ask nicely for a free book? A “please” and a “thank you” would have sufficed. If you had said that, I might have sent you one. But with your lousy comment, I don’t think I’ll do that now, because you aren’t entitled to anything. What, do you think people should just work for you and write for you so you get free stuff?
“In fact most of the “stuff” in these enlightening books has, is, or will be available free from APN and various other prepper type groups.”
A socialist comment no doubt with that sense of entitlement. Why would anyone even bother wanting to write information for people like this? Doesn’t that make our “good” readers and contributors out there feel like closing shop and not providing content anymore to anyone?
I also don’t mind paying for “costs” on a worthwhile publication plus a reasonable mark-up. But $14.00 for a 268 page paperback.
Well commenter, that book “IS” at cost plus a very, very small markup on Bill and Janet’s part. APN gets the books from them at wholesale cost of $3.50 a piece. The Markup goes directly to benefit APN. So before you criticize the author, then take it up with me personally, because that $10.50 Markup was my choice. So the 4 or 5 books that we’ve sold in the last month total us about $50 or so….oooh APN is sure getting rich selling books now aren’t we?
See what you don’t realize by living in this Volume priced world is that where you assume everything should be dirt cheap or free, is that virtually nothing American made, such as this book for example, is sold at value anymore…when as a matter of fact, everything American Made is sold below value just to compete with all the made in China crap that people like you expect in order to get things as cheap as possible. $14 is a damn good deal for a manual considering what it would cost in ink and paper for 268 pages, not to mention the binder and the time it takes to punch the holes so that you can have your own copy to carry for when SHTF and you don’t have access to the web anymore for that “free” information.
“This fellow is not in the prepper community”
Janet most certainly is in the prepper community and has over 500 posts in our forum and has provided plenty of free content to people. How many posts have you done in our forum commenter?
“he is in the entrepreneur community” I see nothing wrong with that…only a socialist would have a problem with that.
“and probably making about 80% on this book alone.” Nope, but APN is making 75% on the 4 or 5 books a month we sell, like I said no one getting rich off this. Even with Bill and Janets several 100,000’s of thousands of books that they’ve sold, they aren’t rich either. They sell their books at very very deep discounts to companies and non-profits for fund raisers so that those organizations can make the money. In this case that would be APN…so like I said, if you got problems with people making money, take it up with me personally because I set the markup for the fundraiser on those books.
“That’s OK but if your gonna be a whore, be a whore and don’t dress in Mother Theresa garb so we’ll all know where not to spend our money. Even his ads remind me of the ones selling miracle diet pills and guaranteed wealth building on the Internet. Let him sell his snake oil elsewhere and keep APN pure, PLEASE!“
So you’re going to dictate to me how APN should be run? Again socialist, what have you contributed?
You see, what’s really chapped my hide is that not only are Bill and Janet very good personal friends of mine (yes, I spend a great deal of time emailing with Janet and discussing prepping topics unrelated to their book, so I know these people very well) and I’d be more than happy to give them free sponsorship to sell their books, but I also believe in the value of their book and what they are trying to accomplish. $14 is a bargain and I think they deserve more than the $3.50 that they are getting from us. I sincerely believe that this book should be in every household in America, and I’m going to make it one of my life long ambitions to make it happen, now more than ever after reading that stupid comment.
So here’s the deal. To prove that APN isn’t in this to get rich, I’ll spend, yet some more of my personal out of pocket money, and make a sale out of this….I’m going to turn my built up rant and rave into a positive thing….not just to sell some books, but to also piss off this commenter.
I’m going to give away 5 free books of my own to the first 5 bloggers who link to this post and tell your readers about our sale.
I’m going to also give away 10 free e-books valued at $2.50 a piece to the next 10 people who ask for one.
I’m going to sell Bill and Janets book for $3.50 a piece for the next week, plus get a partial refund out to everyone who’s ordered since I posted that ad so that they can get the same great deal.
But it doesn’t stop there. If you value hard work, Small business, American Made products, the Entrepreneurial spirit that built this country, and if you want to help piss off that commenter, then I want you to have the opportunity to earn a little extra money from Bill and Janets affiliate program. Click the banner below and then click Affiliate signup to join and earn a 50% commission on every book you sell!
If you want to take advantage of the $3.50 book sale, then place your order today and I’ll have Janet make the price adjustment and credit you back the $10.50 balance.
Small Business and Entrepreneurs is what built America, not free handouts and entitlement programs.