The Money Is In The Package!

A story of why you pay more for the package than for the screws!

I haven’t been able to get this out of my mind for several days now so I have to share it with you.

The other day I needed two screws so I went to the hardware store. I found what I needed but only in a pre-packaged box. I only needed two at the right size and length.

Now I could have got the same screws from the bulk bin and bought them by the pound, but I only needed two. I picked up the package and took it to the checkout.

At the checkout, the girl said something to me that got me to thinking. She said, “This is over $2.00 a screw”. I looked at the price and she was right, it was over $2.00 a screw.

Now, I could have picked up the same screws from the bulk bin and bought several screws for the same price, but I only needed two screws, not a pound of screws.

So here I am paying $4.00 plus for 2 screws that probably only cost a fraction of a cent to manufacture even after all the machinery was in place.

So the screws are manufactured then sold in bulk to a supplier for a couple of cents per screw. The supplier then sells the same screws to a wholesaler for a couple more cents and the retailer then purchases them from the wholesaler.

But that’s not the end of the story.

How did it end up that I am purchasing 2 screws for over $4.00 a package?

When you trace the process of the screw, you have to remember this all takes place in bulk quantities. The manufacturer puts out thousands at a time and packages in bulk. He then sells in bulk to the sellers for his products and they in turn well to the store in case lots.

Except for the little packages that hold only two screws. Where did these come from?

These are the re-packers.

The suppliers sell the same screws in the same bulk quantities to another purchaser, not the retail store. They have a system whereby they take 2 screws out of the same case box they bought and put the screws in a little package they had made for them with their own name on.

They make a contract with a packaging manufacture to make little boxes for them to put the screws in and this adds another couple of cents to the cost of re-selling. But it gives them the opportunity to resell the same screws to the same retailer that the wholesaler does. But now the package is sold as if they are the supplier and contains two screws.

So let’s do the math. (This will not be accurate to the penny as we do not have the exact invoices to show, but it will give you an idea of the system that is used for this scenario). By the time the screws get to the customer, the cost of the screw may be anywhere from 4 to 5 cents a screw. Not even the retailer makes more than his share off the sale of the screw. He relies on bulk sales and expects to sell huge quantities.

However, the little box, which I purchased with the same 4 to 5 cents screw in it sells for over $4.00. Where did the mark-up come from?

So my purchase included 4 to 5 cents for the screws and I paid $4.00 for the box.

The majority of the profit from the purchase went to the re-packager.

So I have told this story to tell you the next story.

I have been studying Internet marketing for some time now and have come to the conclusion that where the money is, is in the packaging. There are many marketers who are doing essentially the same thing, but have their own brand on the products they sell.

They are all saying the same thing when it comes to how to do this business. Everyone has there own system and e-books that go with it and they have their own packaging.

It is in the packaging, or in Internet terms, the branding that determines the value. Who packages give the most value? Which brand gives the product the most value? How does the package add value to your particular product that you are sharing with others?

Nearly everyone is working with the same idea. You can’t patent an idea, but what you do patent is the method and the tools you use to promote that idea. The system you create to gain the results you are seeking is the tool, not the idea. I have seen that many have the same idea but use different systems to promote the idea in their own way, so that they can differentiate their product from someone else and call it their own.

Your branding is you packaging.

As affiliate marketers, your branding will become your re-packaging as long as you don’t tamper with the product inside and give great value to your content so that you are building up the value of the contents of the package.

Just like the screws I purchased, they were the quantity I wanted and the right size and length to do the job I needed them to do. So must the content of your package be the right system, the right advice to do the job you need to do and a top quality product from a reputable manufacturer.

So then we come to the cost.

We learned that the packaging has the most mark-up compared to the actual cost of the item. I look at branding to be the same way. Building your own brand or making a name for yourself is synonymous with who you are affiliated with. Your reputation will be dependent on whose product you are working with and so is the reputation of the product you are promoting associated with your brand so be sure and represent it with professionalism.

These are the possibilities I see. The repackaging of the product is where, not only the most mark-up is, but also where the most money can be made by the source of the new product line.

This is you and me. As affiliates of an online product and business partner, we purchase the product from the developer, but we stand the best chance to make to most money. This does not change the product, a screw is a screw; a nail is a nail. But as resellers through our own brand, web site, blog, e-mail campaign, and the like, I see no limit to possibility that anyone can do this.

This is why affiliate marketing has been set up and nearly every business that has products to sell, has set up this opportunity to others so that we will direct more people to them than they would ever find on their own. If it were not profitable, they wouldn’t do it. Smart people do smart things.

With as many people on the Internet such as Facebook, which is now the third largest country in the world, your market is limitless.

And no, I do not have a phenomenal success record to share with you. I have been struggling to get this thing working. But I would like some feedback to get your thoughts on the subject. And if you have some advice, I am always listening.

Leave a comment and let my know what you think.

How I lost weight and inches in a few months

I am posting this in the hopes that it may help someone and I am not posting to be judgemental or running down anyone who is over weight. God knows, I was there and I understand what it is like. I am only sharing some of my own experiences with weight loss problems and some of my ups and downs.

I have had weight fluctuation all my life. When I was 12 years old I was very overweight for my age. I was picked on and laughed at because of it and I suppose those emotional tramatic experiences have shaped my life so I can certainly associate with anyone with the problem.

Thinking back over my life, I have had several times when things changed. At the age of 12 we moved into the city and I received my first bike. I had to ride it to school which was several blocks away, and that summer I was on my bike all day, every day. I was cycling all the time.

Now, to fill in some more of the story, I had lived with neighbors on a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada for most of my 12 years as my mother was very sick at times and spent a lot of time in those years in the hospital. So I always said I was raised by neighbors and I appreciated what they did for me very much.

Well, the following summer after I had been biking for a year, my dad took me back for a visit. When we got out of the car we were making our greetings, when, to my surprize, the man of the house asked Dad who he had with him. Dad said, “Well, thats Robert”. He was shocked I had lost so much weight that he didn’t recognize me.

I never thought about it much except that it was the first time I had been in good physical condition.

The next time I had a weight loss expereince was after I had started working. I got back up to such a weight, after I started driving instead of biking, (and had put the bike away for good), it was hard for me to climb up one flight of stairs without stopping to catch my breath at the top. Then I lost that job and had to find something new.

I had a cousin in construction and he said he could get me on the job he was working on as they were looking for workers. I had never done any physical labor in my life but I said I would give it a try. After a few days I realized that I could do this and so I stayed at the job. It did not take very long I was buying a new wardrobe as all my clothes were literally falling off. I went down six inches in waste size and kept that size for years.

It was at this time that I began to realize that keeping my weight down was directly connected to my physical excersize. Now I never went to a gym or runing on a treadmill, just a lot of regular hard work and everyday activity. But it was while I was taking my eight weeks of apprentiship in school that I noticed the biggest change. I only took about four weeks when My clothes were getting to tight for my again. So I found I had to have one size pants for when I was working, and a larger pair for when I was a school just for those four years while apprenticing.

After being in construciton for twenty years,  my sife and I got into managing motels which we have now done for the last tweny-two years. And of course, you guessed it, sitting a a desk for tweny years does nothing for the waste line, so the weight came back on.

This time I did something different. I was encouraged to visualize the results I wanted, and not to accept what I saw in the mirror. Well, this was different but, without anyone knowing what I was doing, I thought I would give it a try. In my mind I saw myself looking just how I wanted to look like in weight and waste line, (there was nothing that could be done with the rest of the picture), and this was the only way I saw myself.

My son told me one day not long ago about a weight loss program he had gone on and how he was loosing inches off his waste line. I then realized that during the same time span, I had gone to my toolbox and had punched another hole in my belt to keep the pants up. He did his weight loss by starving, and I did my weight loss by thinking. I had heard of this happening for other people but this was the first time I had experienced it first hand.

So here is my summary:

  • All the time while riding my bike when I was young, I was thinking that if I keep riding I will get thin.
  • When I started driving a car and working at a desk, I was thinking I would put weight back on.
  • All the time while working heavy construction I was thinking I will loose this weight if I stay with it.
  • All the time in school I knew that without the physical excersize I would put weight back on.
  • After construction and while managing motels, I was thinking about not have the physical excersize any more and so I could not burn off the pounds and sure enough, they came back.
  • Then I mentally changed my paradigm and my thinking on purpose and I lost inches off my waste again.


The thoughts of what I looked like were always with me. It was the paradigm from when I was young and overweight that kept my thoughts on what it was like to see and feel due to the reacting of the situation I was in.

How many times have you said, “If I eat this I will put on weight”? And all the while you are trying to loose weight.

How many times have you said, “Why is it that he can eat anything he wants and not gain a pound? And everything I eat goes straight to my hips!”?

I am only giving you my own experiences and give you some if my ideas. I am not trying to promote a weight loss program or sell you on weight loss products, (although I have some very good products for this). Nutrition is all part of it, excersize is all part of it, but what I found in my life, that I realize now, was that my mental thoughts and images were all part of it also. You have all heard the saying, “You become what you think about”. Well, through my experience, I now realize that is absolutely true.

We do become what we think about.

And ninety-nine percent of the time we will not realize this at the time, but if you look back at how you thought over that period of time in your life and what your attitude was like, I am sure you too will realize I am correct. Even though we wanted to loose weight, in our mind we were thinking the opposite.

Tell me what your thoughts are on the subject and I give you a long and healthy life.


VitaMist Spray Vitamins and weight loss surgeries.

What weight loss surgeries would you recommend taking VitaMist Spray Vitamins?

  • Bariatric
  • Adjustable Gastric Banding (also known as the LAP-BAND)
  • Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (also called vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, Greater Curvature Gastrectomy, Parietal Gastrectomy, Gastric Reduction and even Vertical Gastroplasty)
  • Vertical Banded Gastroplasty (VBG)
  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RGB)
  • Biliopancreatic Diversion (BPD)
  • Gastric Sleeve

The reason is because your nutritional needs need to be met with out taking up voluble space in your pouch so you need a good bariatric vitamin (weight loss vitamin).

How does my nutritional requirements change?

Nutritional requirements change dramatically following bariatric surgery. During the first month, ingested foods progress through clear liquids, to opaque liquids, to pureed foods, to soft foods, and finally, to well chewed regular foods. Not only is that, but the amount of food a person is able to eat at one time drastically reduced. Consequently, it is virtually impossible to obtain adequate amounts of essential protein and vitamins from the diet alone. A firm commitment to a regular multi-vitamin supplement is required for most patients.

Following surgery, does the patient have to take vitamin and mineral supplements for the rest of their lives?

Yes! Following weight loss surgery, vitamin and mineral supplements are required to prevent nutritional deficiencies. Deficiencies arise due to both the reduced food intake and the malabsorption associated with the surgery. The majority of weight loss surgery patients will require a multi-vitamin supplement for years to come.

What’s the best way to take vitamins?

VitaMist Spray Vitamins are ideally suited to the bariatric patient. VitaMist Spray Vitamins are great tasting sprays that will not interfere with food intake. Simply spray VitaMist directly into the mouth – there is no pill to swallow, no fillers and binders to interfere with the dietary intake. VitaMist offers an easy, pleasant and effective way to take vitamins on a daily basis.

What should I take and how often?

It is important that you take vitamin supplements everyday for the rest of your life after having a gastric bypass. If you do not take your vitamin and mineral supplements after surgery you will become malnourished! This is because not only are you unable to consume enough food (quantity) to meet your vitamin & mineral requirements, but also because you will have a decreased ability to digest and absorb certain nutrients after having gastric bypass surgery. We recommend that you take a multivitamin, plus extra calcium, iron, B12 and Vitamin D supplements.

Begin taking a spray multivitamin threw out the while on liquids during the first 2 weeks. Add your calcium, iron, vitamin B12, and Vitamin D3 supplements when you progress to soft foods in the third week following your surgery.

To make sure you are taking everything you need, in the correct dose, and in the correct form, VitaMist spray vitamin supplements are specifically designed for bariatric patients and their specific needs.


Start taking spraying your multivitamin/mineral supplement throughout the day while on liquids. When you progress to soft foods, take them with meals.


There is typically only a small amount of calcium in multivitamins. Therefore, we recommend taking an additional calcium everyday when you progress to soft foods. At this stage after your surgery, you will need to Super Cal-Pro calcium and protein drink this way you will not miss out on the protein you body need. Because most chewable supplements are too large and difficult to swallow. There are different forms of calcium such as calcium carbonate and calcium citrate. Calcium citrate is the most efficiently absorbed form of calcium following gastric bypass,

We recommend taking your calcium supplements twice a day in 2 smaller doses rather than taking one large dose all at once because you will absorb the smaller doses better.


We recommend that you take an iron supplement daily you will find your iron you need in Super Cal-Pro you can all you need in drink.

Some people say, avoid taking the calcium and iron supplements at the same time, as they interfere with the absorption of each other. Not with Super Cal-Pro. Iron supplements may also be better absorbed when taken with something acidic. This can be a vitamin C supplement (ascorbic acid) and Super Cal-Pro takes that in to account by adding vitamin C,

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is digested and absorbed differently than most vitamins. After gastric bypass surgery, you will no longer be able to digest and absorb sufficient amounts of B12 to maintain health. You must take your B12 in a form that directly enters the bloodstream, not through the digestive tract. There are two ways to do this.

  1. Some patients opt for a monthly painful vitamin B12 injection at their primary care physician’s office after gastric bypass surgery. Some patients also give themselves their monthly B12 injection.
  2. Another option is to take Spray B12. We also have high potency spray B12 at 500 mcg supplement and it may be taken daily.

Vitamin D

In addition to the amount of Vitamin D found in your multivitamin and Super Cal-Pro supplement, begin taking VitaMist spray Vitamin D (cholecalciferol D3) a day.

Vitamins and Health

Gastric bypass surgery introduces a malabsorption condition to the patient’s digestive tract. To ensure the success of the surgery there are some dramatic and essential lifestyle changes – including a reduction in the amount of food that is eaten as well as ensuring the highest nutritional quality for this food. But however good the diet, it is almost impossible to process and absorb the essential nutrients from the food in the same way that was possible pre-surgery.

The malabsorption condition is part of the reason why weight is lost more quickly then by simply dieting alone. Malabsorption is a major factor in many types of weight loss surgery-such as Roux-en-Y and the Duodenal Switch to name just two.

This is a life long commitment. By taking vitamin supplements daily, bariatric patients can help avoid health complications due to malnutrition.

Click on this link: and follow this path to the vitamist weight loss page:

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Thanks and have a great day.

How the pro’s do it.

I have been studying social media network marketing for some time now. I has been my findings that, although million’s of dollars are possible to be earned from a internet marketing system, it does not happen just over night without a lot of study, training and setting it up. Just like any business, it takes time to get it off the ground. However, when you have everything in place, then the possibilities are unlimited.

It is also my belief that it probably won’t work right away and you will have to tweek your system and use a trial and error technique to get something that will work for you. Everything that worked for others may or may not work for you in just the same way, however, it is best to follow the stratagies that have been working for others and mould these techniques to fit your profile in our business. I will have more on this later as this is exactly the business I am in. I hope to help with what I have learned as I have been studying this for a long time now and I now understand how they do it.

Robert Dorsey

The First Step, Deciding What You Want

The Mind is Like a Drunken Monkey, Forever Jumping Around, Never Staying Steady ~ Zen Saying

The world and everything and everyone in it has a tendency to keep its conscious attention jumping from one idea or activity to another. The average individual has an ARRAY of unrelated subjects laying across the screen of his mind … the likes of which you’d have difficulty finding anywhere else outside of a common encyclopedia! There is no focus, no direction, and no stimulated, controlled thinking going on at all.

As Wallace Wattles mentions in this chapter, “You can never get rich or start the creative power into action by sending out unformed longings and vague desires.”

What Wallace is saying is this: Many of us are not sure what we want and so we get nowhere.

Here’s the problem:

Let’s say you decide you want to open a specific business, say a particular Internet home business. You’ve been dreaming about it – thinking about it – feeling the excitement at the prospect of being able to run your own profitable website.

Now of course as you’re experiencing these feelings and thinking about it, the Law of Attraction starts going into action and things begin to happen to bring you towards this dream.

But then you have a friend approach you with a different business idea, say to open a restaurant. You suddenly get excited at this prospect. You now start to question the Internet Business idea.

Of course, as you’re doing this, you continue using the Law of Attraction. But in the opposite way. The internet business that was coming your way…now gets pushed away. A whole new reality is being created – now a reality of you as a restaurant owner.

But it does not stop there. A few weeks later, your friend may decide that he no longer wants to go into that venture with you. Now you’re back to square one. Two businesses were on their way into your reality – but your indecision had pushed them back.

Every time you dream of a new goal – you plant a little seed in the Universe. Focusing and thinking of the goal is like watering that seed.
As you apply more thought to the goal – shoots finally begin to sprout and push out of the ground.

But way to often – it’s at this point that we suddenly change our minds. And when we do that we push the shoots back into the ground. No beautiful plant takes shape. And in terms of our goals – we move back to square one.

To overcome indecision – think carefully about what you want. And stick to it as long as your feelings about it stay positive.

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