Door to Door Magazine Sales

I recently quit my job as a door to door magazine sales agent.  Yes, I was the chic who knocked on your door and told you that I was trying to win a scholarship for college by selling $65 magazines.  It wasn't completely a lie though.  There was a scholarship part to the job.  But mostly, I was just selling the magazines to get paid.  Mag crews aren't as evil as many people think they are.  It's just like a regular job, except we lived with our co-workers, got paid in cash every night, and traveled around the country. 
What many people don't know (or believe when we told them) is that door to door sales really does help young adults get over public speaking fears better than most things.  We had to talk to strangers all day (people who did want to talk to us, along with people who would call the cops on us in an instant) and get them to buy at least one magazine (and people don't usually like magazines to begin with).  It's also very educational.  We got to meet people from all over the world and hear stories that you could never even imagine. 
And for those of you people who tell mag agents to "get a real job", door to door sales is a real job.  And to be perfectly honest, it's a job that you and many other people can't do.  It takes physical, mental, and emotional strength.  Besides, not many people can walk up to a complete stranger and start a converstion. 
Oh yeah, and just like you have a bad day at work, mag agents also have bad days.  The only difference is that when you have a bad day at the office, you get to go home to your family at the end of the day.  With mag crews, you get to go home to the same people you worked with all day. 
Unless you were on a mag crew before, don't tell an agent that you know all about mag crews and how they work...cuz chances are that you have absolutely no idea how mag crews really work.

loveyouforever1309 loveyouforever1309
18-21, F
3 Responses Feb 17, 2009

Sorry! I think the proper name of the company was "Playmaker Promotional Group" I believe there is a legit company in St Luis called Playmaker Promotions! Every office had it's own name, but Granton Marketing and DS-Max and Cydcor were the parent names. Funny how they had to have so many names. Maybe to cover their tracks?

I had a door-to-door magazine sales person come to my door yesterday. He was needing points to go to Hawaii, and it sparked an interest in this forum, because I too was once a door-to-door sales person not scamming others, but being scammed myself!<br />
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In 2002 (I had just turned 22) I sold pizza hut coupon books that included a free pizza ( through a group called "Playmaker Promotions") door-to-door, The incentive we were working toward however, was becoming a manager of our own door-to-door company. Basically a mgt. training program, as they put it. <br />
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It was a freaking cult! We lived with our co-workers who took every opportunity to end your contact with the outside world beyond your door-to-door ventures. I actually met some new friends from OSU (Ohio State) during the job and I asked the group if my new friends could come to the movies with them. They said "no, that's really frowned upon". So, I went and hung out with my new OSU friends instead! the group started shunning me. We started every morning with JUICE (join us in creating excitement) chants, and were not allowed to drive our own cars to the work sites. When we came back after a LONG 8 hours of walking in dress shoes, we were not allowed to lean against the wall. I was once pulled to the side and told not to lean because it was a sign of weakness and it would bring the rest of the group down. the group was taught to ignore people who leaned or showed any "negative" gestures.<br />
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I worked around a bunch of brainwashed robots. I don't care what anyone says, it is NOT a good job! You were lucky, and I mean LUCKY if you make $100/ 8 hr. day. Average was $50/ day. Everyone (except me) realized this job sucked! They were taken away from the outside world, never given time to realize that they had no $ to go shopping, and they lived with their co-workers so the need of finding their own place was out of the question- good thing, bc they would have found that they couldn't afford to buy their own place! And I already mentioned the car... didn't need one, bc we weren't allowed to drive! I am not a hair dresser, and I had to cut one of my co-worker's hair bc she didn't have time to get it done. They expected us to use our free time to create marketing strategies and morning huddle motivational speeches. If we didn't then we would not move up the ladder to become "managers". <br />
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In another person's defense, it did indeed teach me to be less shy knocking on random people's door. But, in the type of world we live in, we SHOULD be shy to knock on random people's doors! My first day in training, I was walking around with another girl and saw needles on the ground, and were in the projects. I expressed my concern for being there, and she laughed at me and completely blew me off, saying they NEVER send them in sketchy areas and that I shouldn't worry so much. Yeah...like it's normal and perfectly safe to be in a neighborhood where you find needles lying around and see people sitting on their porch drinking 40's in the middle of the day while watching their kids playing. <br />
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Three weeks later, I told the manager I was done. He told me I wouldn't be able to find anything better. HA! I have a college degree, and I am by NO means rich, but I do make enough where I can pay a mortgage and support a family on my own. That would not be POSSIBLE working with "Playmaker Promotions". <br />
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After I quit, they called me at my home asking me for my social security #! I didn't give it to them. They should have asked me for that before I started working. and, they were paying me in cash. <br />
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I googled them a few years ago. Found a blog stating that co-workers showed up one day to the office and it was locked up. the manager and another higher-up girl took off and were never heard from again. Interesting...

Hi. although your experience on a mag crew was a pleasant one, mine wasnt. and many others wasnt. not all crews are scams, but many are rife with abuse, exploitation and trafficking, if you would like to support abolishing the bad crews please become a fan or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Abolition-Movement-Against-Human-Trafficking-on-Mag-Crews/107046619347447. thanks!