Dave Espino’s auctions for income, fraudulent?

I recently created a podcast based on Dave Espino’s auctions for income. From the commercial, he guarantees the success of making a profit regardless of the skills which brings a lot of criticism from the consumers.

Auctions for income system appeals to many consumers with the ease of how you can make quick cash with eBay auctions. Dave Espino guarantees that his strategy will lead you to succeed in drop shopping buisness to make thousands of dollars on eBay. The target market of this product is any eBay consumers, people that want to make money at home or online as well as who desperately needs money.

Dave Espino tries to convince consumers by mentioning how easy it is  to follow his strategy and make profit. To motivate the consumers, he offers a variety of sales promotions such as giving out free videos, a year free support center for first 250 callers, discounted price of the product, money back guraantee, and gurantee sucess of  at least $500 profit in first 30 days.  He also consistently provides short video clips of consumers who are successful with his product and their success stories strongly encourage others to pick up the phone and make purchases. Dave repeatively mentions about the down economy and how struggling people in difficult job market could secure their financial challenges by using his guidebook.

AlthoughDavid confidently guarantees the success to consumers, this guide book has both positive and negative reviews because in reality, the drop shipping business is highly competitive. Moreover Dave Espino is offering the benefits he mentioned in the commercial to everyone who signs up for his program which drastically cuts the profit margin. With everyone having access to each source, you are forced to compete with all his customers to sell the same products. Dave Espino’s biggest criticism on the internet is that he slices up the eBay to look like a very easily digestible pie but that is not the case. Making money on eBay is deemed to be difficult and that is where a lot of Dave Espino’s criticism comes from. In particular, the success of this infomercial rests with the poor economic situation and the need for people to make money.



Foster Farms believes that consumers should know the real deal when buying chicken. To protect the chicken fanatic consumers including myself, Foster Farms is engaged in a campaign against plumping.

Say no to “plumping,” an admittedly made-up term that describes the “all-too real practice of injecting salt water, chicken stock or seaweed extract or some combination thereof into chicken, to increase weight and price, while simultaneously increasing sodium content by up to 700.”


Regardless of the fact that consumers these days are paying more attention to what they eat and how the food is prepared, producers ignored the fact and have been injected chickens with saltwater solutions to help make them taste juicier.

Foster Farms’ “say no to plumping” campaign takes the battle to a new level.

With its new campaign, Foster Farms hopes to distinguish itself from rivals Tyson and Pilgrim’s Pride and alert consumers to the fine print on chickens labeled all natural. (Foster Farms is not the only company that sells chicken without saltwater injections, so the campaign could benefit other producers as well.) The USDA permits producer to label enhanced chickens “natural,” reasoning that saltwater is a natural product even though it’s not naturally found in chicken.

Foster Farms also collected more than 50,000 signatures from consumers as part of a petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ban the word “natural” from poultry containing saltwater or preservatives.

While the bulk of its efforts have been in TV and PR, Foster Farms is now turning to social media as a way to make marketing dollars work harder while building a robust base of online brand devotees. The sweepstakes, for example, is a very costeffective way to bring some people to a Facebook home page and draw more attention to the consumers.

Its campaign highlighting the injection of saltwater in chickens has resulted in media coverage in The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times, an uptick in sales and proposed regulations governing the use of the term “natural” on chicken products.

It seems obvious that adding saltwater to chicken may make it easier to cook, but none of us needs extra sodium in our diets. And we certainly don’t need to pay more for it.





Blast or Bust?

It definitely wouldn’t be hard to lure kids to any product with a campaign that combines Snoop Dogg, alcohol, and sugar.

The rap star Snoop Dogg is promoting a new alcoholic drink, which is expected to be very controversial. Not so long ago, an alcoholic drink (Four Loko) with crazy effects on the body was banned from sale. Now, a similar fruit flavored alcoholic drinks having the same effects are going to be promoted by Snoop Dogg. It’s called “Blast” by Colt 45, is produced by Pabst Brewing Company and is going to be released on April 5. A video that promotes the drink, features Snoop Dogg posing with young women without many clothes on them, in a photo shoot. (http://youtu.be/uyiMB7VKiKY)

About the ingredients of Blast, well about 12 percent is alcohol and it contains caffeine. Caffeinated alcohol drinks are very dangerous and often threats health. That’s why brands like Four Loko were banned in the past. The new thing about the drink promoted by Snoop Dogg is the variety of flavors, they are all fruited and you can choose between blueberry pomegranate, raspberry watermelon, strawberry-lemonade or grape. John Challis, senior vice president of Daytop Treatment Services said: “You look at this product, and you think it’s a fruit drink.”

Promoting campaign of this drink seems to be encouraging young drinkers. New York City Councilman Robert Jackson already called for Blast to be banned in New York stores. “Blast, along with similar drinks, is specifically targeted to younger people.” he said.

Politicians and advocacy groups are outraged over its 12% alcoholic content level, urging the product to either be taken off shelves or changed. State officials led by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wrote a letter to Pabst Brewing Company, the maker of the fruit-flavored beverage, claiming the product glamorizes alcohol abuse and binge drinking.

“Alcohol abuse among young people is a serious and alarming epidemic,” Madigan said in the letter.

But, of course, the beer company responded to all of the criticism. Pabst told CNN:

“Blast’s target market is aimed at above legal drinking age. As with all Pabst products, our marketing efforts for Blast are focused on conveying the message of drinking responsibly. To that end, the alcohol content of Blast is clearly marked on its packaging.”

And to the put the alcoholic content in perspective, consuming the 23.5-ounce can is equivalent to drinking an entire six-pack of beer. It’s no wonder an ad for the brew featuring Snoop claims, “What a blast, huh!?”

For now, the fate of the drink is unknown, but this controversial commodity will be drawn with big attention and I am very eager to see how Pabst will overcome the obstacles.




Zhang Xin’s opinions about the relations of social problems and religion in China

As our dynamic world is changing essentially, it is not so surprising to see female winners in today’s modern-capitalism world. One of the female leaders who amazed and impressed me is a Chinese  billionaire property magnate, Zhang Xin. She has been named one of the world’s most powerful women and has played a large role in transforming Beijing’s architectural landscape. Zhang Xin is even a member and Young Global Leader of World Economic Forum, Davos, as well as a trustee of China Institute in America and a member of Asia Business Council. Over the hard-working last two decades, she was able to accumulate  the wealth of $3.8 Billion USD up to date.

Certainly, I am not here to summarize her accomplishments or how she was able to become a person who she is today. Recently, I read an article about her and she was talking about the relationship between religion and social problems of China. She also claimed that she values the religion more than money as emphasizing she is a non-materialist now. But I was not fully convinced by her comments and opinions because how can you consider yourself as a non-materialist when you have over billions of dollars worth of wealth? I wanted to understand the perspective of one of China’s richest people in a society that is suspicious, even scornful, of some of its wealthiest citizens.

At age 45, Ms. Zhang is reinventing herself as a moral and modest Baha’i convert who has transcended materialistic pursuits and now wants to focus on charity and education. “Baha’i has transformed me,” she says.

She hopes that religion, and Baha’i in particular, can help China to bridge the gap between fast economic growth and spiritual development that lags behind. A new religion with about six million believers globally, Baha’i emphasizes the spiritual unity of all humankind.

It’s curious to hear Ms. Zhang, of all people, lament the results of materialism in modern China. After all, she’s lived the China Dream more exuberantly or abundantly than almost any other woman in the country.

Ms. Zhang never lets her musings on religion stray into the realm of politics. She claims to be apolitical, and doesn’t believe that changing the political system will lead to a better society. She says that the revolution in Egypt didn’t really change its society, citing the sexual assault on CBS correspondent Lara Logan immediately after Hosni Mubarak stepped down as president. It doesn’t make any difference if it’s a democracy or a dictatorship, she says. “The real change comes when people’s hearts change. When everybody has a better heart, the whole society will change.” ( which I learned from a leadership class. lol)

Ultimately my question goes how much of strong positive impact can the religious beliefs leave to China’s citizens to help the economic growth?






Modern-day slavery

Human trafficking in North Korea is the fastest growing criminal industry and a serious problem that remains unsolved.

Conditions inside North Korea are dire. The awful country provides its citizens  a severe food shortage, a lack of basic freedoms and a system of political repression that includes a network of government-operated prison camps. The approximately 200,000 prisoners in these camps are subjected to reeducation and slave-like conditions. Under these conditions, it is little wonder that many North Koreans choose to flee across the border into Northeast China, where tens of thousands may be residing illegally. It is estimated that more than half the refugees are women.

 The North Korean women and children who have fled into China find themselves in a vulnerable position with no legal status. As a result, they are often sold into prostitution, marriage, or forced labor. The trend of North Korean women trafficked into and within China for forced marriage is well-documented. A potential factor in the trafficking of brides, among others, is the gender imbalance in China caused by the government’s one-child policy. There is an imbalance in the number of Chinese men relative to the number of marriageable women.

The U.S. believes an effective anti-trafficking strategy must focus on the protection of victims. Unfortunately, China classifies North Korean refugees as “economic migrants” and forcibly returns some of them to North Korea, where they face severe punishment, including execution.

But China has taken some steps to address trafficking. Non-governmental organizations are working with local officials on trafficking prevention and education projects. And in December 2007, the Chinese government agreed on a national plan of action to combat the criminal activities of trafficking women and children.

The American people, said U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, “are major proponents of the North Korean people.” The United States is determined to help those who are vulnerable to human trafficking in North Korea and when they flee North Korea. The goal is to foster regional cooperation to end this violation against human dignity and to abolish modern-day slavery.



McDonald’s unstoppable growth.

The world’s biggest burger chain is even bigger now. According to Forbes.com, McDonald’s said first-quarter sales grew to about $6 billion. That’s nearly 10 percent higher than the first quarter of last year. The company pointed to strong sales of new products, like lattes, smoothies and oatmeal. And it cited efforts to modernize its outlets. McDonald’s has been updating lighting and seating, and more of its restaurants are open 24/7.

Shareholders may also be smacking their lips: McDonald’s net income – that’s profits – for the latest quarter grew nearly 11 percent over last year. Although McDonald’s is not providing the healthy meals to the consumers, at least they opened up more job opportunities to positively impact the economy growth in US.

“McDonald’s hiring spree is underway. The fast-food chain plans to hire 50,000 workers — or roughly four people per restaurant — in a one-day jobs blitz that spans all 50 states.In midtown Manhattan, restaurants saw a slow but steady stream of applicants flowing in all morning. Job seekers ranged from high school students on spring break to the long-term unemployed.” (http://money.cnn.com/2011/04/19/news/companies/mcdonalds_jobs_hiring/index.htm?hpt=C1)

World’s first Billion dollar home in Mumbai, INDIA

The world’s most expensive home is complete and the owner of this marvelous place is India’s wealthiest man, oil and retail mogul Mukesh Ambani. Recently he has moved into his 27-story tower block with his wife and three children.  Yeah. That’s right; His house has 27 floors. It’s pretty audacious, especially in a country already famous for its stark division between rich and poor. Mr. Ambani made a great contribution to make India’s economy healthier by creating 600 jobs in his home building. Maybe that’s the ticket to solving the U.S. unemployment crisis…

It is difficult to know what to call it. It is far too big and grand to call it a house, the fact that it has more floor space than the palace of Versailles and 600 staff would ordinarily make it a castle, or Mansion, but can you call a skyscraper a mansion?

The family quarters are understandably on the top floors, where they enjoy an incredible view across Mumbai and the Arabian Sea. Experts say there is no other private property of comparable size and prominence in the world.

So what is it like on the inside? The home contains a health club with a gym and dance studio, a swimming pool, a ballroom, guestrooms, a variety of lounges, and a 50-seater cinema. Three helicopter pads have been installed on the roof, and a car park for 160 vehicles sits on the ground floor. Clearly more space than a housekeeper, or full hotel staff can handle, Antilia is currently the biggest and most impressive family home in the world.