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I'm sure by now you've seen some of those advertisements for an immense amount of plans for one low price. Well, as you've probably guessed, most of these are scams! Like your mother always said, if its too good to be true...
Now, with most of these offers, you do get the plans ... But, they don't included instructions, some aren't full plans, and some are just duplicates. Many have been poorly scanned from magazines and some have just been lifted from various websites.
This has been becoming a real plague on You Tube, were affiliates of these woodworking plans are spamming anything related to woodworking just to try to make a sale.
Meet Ted "Woody" Mcgrath
Ted "Woody" Mcgrath of tedswoodworking.com is one of the largest offenders in these scams. TedsWoodworking 16,000 Plans scam is by far the largest woodworking plans offer spammed across the internet.
Who is Ted? Well, as you've probably guessed, there is no Ted Mcgrath. Ted is just another character of fiction created to sell products. Teds Woodworking is really owed by Richard Butler of Gosport, HAMPSHIRE UK. Richard has probably not done a day of woodworking in his life and probably spends his days finding ways to rip honest people off.
How to Avoid and Prevent these Woodworking Plan Scams.
- Make sure you only buy plans from legit sources. If you're not sure of a source, do a Google search for reviews or just ask in our forums.
- Have a look at the purchase page of the plans, if it goes to Clickbank domain, its more than likely a scam product. Clickbank is a market place where anyone can add their products for affiliates to promote. Affiliates get a large revenue share for selling the product and unfortunately most turn to spamming to do so.
- You can help remove Woodworking plans scams from the internet by reporting them when possible. For example, in YouTube you can "flag" the video, on Facebook you can "report page" and on Twitter you can report the user as spam. Many other social networking sites offer similar features that let you report spammers and scammers.