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do you tell your relatives about your ecommerce site?

     
3:34 am on Feb 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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1) do you tell your relatives about your ecommerce site? and why?
if yes, what happens after that? does it cause you harm or good?

2) i ask such question coz i m considering whether i should tell my relatives and my parents' friends about my ecommerce site
p.s. the city i live in is not the country which my ecommerce site wish to target

6:25 am on Feb 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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funggorgor, how old are you?
6:43 am on Feb 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I can understand that reaction.

When I say im involved with ecom I get weird looks followed by a shed load of silly questions, you know I keep it quiet now and dont mention to anyone about my online sites.

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Yeah, I understand the question as well.

It's annoying because there are a load of silly questions.

I tell them about one website which makes little to zero money but is easy to explain to people and is pretty cool.

It's a little hard on my wife, because she knows where I'm making the money and doesn't understand why I do it. But then, she doesn't try to explain to everyone how it all works, either..

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It's a little hard on my wife, because she knows where I'm making the money

:)

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if you get known as the family internet 'expert' you end up getting called at all odd hours with computer problems (to them computers and the internet are the same thing)

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just dont tell them too much or how well you are doing

in my case certain family members got the green eyed monster and copied cerain bits of my business model :(

they do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. so i should be flattered shouldnt i?

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My brother wanted an ecom site after he found I how much I made last Xmas with Toys, so I set one up for him.

You know what? He gave it up - its hard work isnt it, dont know how you manage.

Peopel think you just walk around picking up money off teh ground with an ecomm site, they just dont realise the hours of study and work you put in.

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I agree, I mention that I have a few sites, but I don't tell them the domains. I mentioned AdSense to a neighbor who was looking for a way to make a little money with a blog, and the reaction I got was, "Tell me what your site is and I'll click the ads for you." - YIKES!

(She still doesn't know my domain name)

I have to admit that the looks you get when you say you have an e-com site are pretty funny. I don't know if it is a 'you look too dumb to do something like that' or a 'I wouldn't waste my time, it can't possibly make any money' look. Or maybe it's just me.

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I have a PPC Management site that I use to "show" the curious what I do and discourage further questions from non-techs.

It is purposely wordy and full of techno-babble. I don't get any more questions about the internet, after they get a gander at that.

I may not make much money off the actual management services, but it's worth the hosting just as a diversionary measure.

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>> funggorgor, how old are you?

I almost spit soda on my screen.....

The reaction is always mixed based on whether the people are real internet users or just login to play games on Yahoo and forward jokes.

Here's my favorite answer when people ask:
"What does your site do?"

I reply with something like:
"It's making money while we're having this conversation! Better yet, it'll be making more money while we're having dinner out tonight, even more while we're at the movies, still earning when I'm driving home and making even more money when I'm sleeping. Heck, most days I already made as much money by the time I wake up than I used to make all day long at the old 9-5."

That will get you a gaping jaw stare every time.

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Ya, the first question people always ask me is "oh, can you actually make money selling stuff on the internet?"
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Do people still meet others that are still that net-unsavvy? Heck, my 74-yr old Mom is teaching otheres how to use the net and a PC at her local library.
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oh yes, like my aunt...

<heavy drawl>
"I just get on to check my mail and play a game or two, don't trust those web sites"
</heavy drawl>

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Ahh, ignorance, sweet ignorance. It's like a ripe peach just drooping with potential revenue for the plucking.
6:44 pm on Feb 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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That sounds like a Mr Burns qoute from teh Simpsons
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I don't think I would have got to where I am today without the help and support of other people. To be successful, you should be enthusiastic about what you are doing and want to tell people about it! OK, you'll get lots of stupid questions, but amongst the stupid questions can be some very useful help and information.
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an amusing thread
 

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