It’s Easier to Scam People Than to be Legit and That Sucks

You can easily make $1000 today. Get a bucket and grab your little brother, nephew, or cousin (preferably age 3-6) and take him to the closest nursing home. Hand him the bucket and tell him to go up to the seniors and ask for money for your sick mother. Walk out with $1000. 99.999% of you won’t do this. Why? Because it’s a despicable business plan. It preys on the weak. It manipulates with emotion. It’s flat out stealing. But it’s a really easy way to make money. Most of us won’t do it because it’s clearly unethical, but ethics is a funny thing. There are no black and white answers. Ethics has infinite shades of gray.

What about stealing from a large corporation?

When Wal-Mart first installed the self-checkouts, I found a loophole in the weighting system. I could basically steal anything and not get caught. But I didn’t do it. Why? Because of how I was raised. It was against my ethics.

As a part-time eBay seller, I can tell you how messed up the system is. eBay and PayPal favor the buyer so much that if I wanted to, I could easily rip off sellers for thousands of dollars today. And I could do it in a way that would barely be noticeable. Even Amazon’s return policy is easily exploited.

COMPANIES SCAM US ALL THE TIME

Someone who steals from granny is a thief, but a corporation isn’t? Bank of America illegally foreclosed on homes during the housing crisis and received a measly fine. Wells Fargo just got caught stealing billions and setting up fake accounts. Pharmaceuticals raised the price of Epipen and other life-saving drugs, basically extorting billions from people who had no choice but to pay. How is this not stealing?

BUT CAPITALISM

Land of the free. Buyers make their own choices. Free market. Blah, blah, blah. To me it’s all BS. Companies use psychological manipulation to sell us things we don’t need at ridiculous prices or force us to pay for things that are basic necessities or life-saving needs. Bottled water is over 1000% price increase for tap water just for a little convenience. Supplements are a billion dollar industry built on incredibly faulty science. The list goes on. There’s thousands of examples.

SO WHAT IS OKAY?

Some people are flat out scammers and know it. Some people simply believe the crap they are pushing. And there’s everything in between. You have a decision to make. Where are you going to sit on the line of ethics?

There’s no right answer for this. I can’t and won’t make any judgements on you. You have to decide what’s best for you. But it’s easier to make money if you scam people. It just is. However, there are ways to succeed if you want to hold onto your ethics.

USE SHORTCUTS

I use shortcuts. I believe in the power of shortcuts. This is where my ethics lie. It’s a choice I had to make. I believe in doing what’s best for the customer. I believe in providing a solution. And sometimes that involves lying, misleading, or deception. It involves shortcuts.

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Josh Reif

Josh Is a productivity hacker. A business person. CEO of TheHustleHacker

1 Response

  1. Douglas says:

    You are right Josh. These days, people tend to scam alot. Laziness pays more than being legit.

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