SHAM scams

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Very readable take on the SHAM (Self-Help and Actualization Movement) scam, where speakers like Tony Robbins and Mark Hansen (of Chicken Soup fame) sell the same drivel over and over, making themselves rich at others expense.   Some pretty funny stuff, and some sad stuff too.

extensive market surveys revealed that "the most likely customer for a book on any given topic was someone who had bought a similar book within the preceding eighteen months."
Science & Technology at Scientific American.com: SHAM Scam -- The Self-Help and Actualization Movement has become an $8.5-billion-a-year business. Does it work?

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Nice article. The line you quoted:

"extensive market surveys revealed that "the most likely customer for a book on any given topic was someone who had bought a similar book within the preceding eighteen months."

reminds me of the usury-oriented section of the credit card industry,
whose best customers are those who can not pay, and especially
those who have already had a personal bankruptcy (as they won't have another)

-mm- (who is looking forward to seeing "Maxed Out"

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