The Truth About Envelope Stuffing Jobs
There seems to be a new trend cropping up lately on Jobcase. In the past week I have seen no fewer the six people inquiring about envelope stuffing jobs.
For those not in the know, this type of work is promised by "companies" as a work-from-home opportunity simply making money to mail out advertisements.
The question begs to be asked though; "Why would a legitimate business want to pay humans to stuff envelopes when they have automated machines that do this already?"
The short answer is, they don't.
Back in the 50's, local and big businesses used home-based employees to stuff mailers with coupons. Not too dissimilar to the Valu-Pak type coupon packets you get in the mail today. However, as automation came to fruition, businesses found that automatic sorting of these types of mailers could best be handled by machines that could literally stuff thousands of envelopes an hour and far surpass any level of productivity a human could do.
Today, any advertisement you see for envelope stuffing jobs falls into the MLM category, although it might be more accurate to call this a scheme.
The modern version of the envelope stuffing job requires that applicants purchase a starter kit that runs anywhere from 40-100 dollars. Let that sink in. What legit business would ask you to pay them so that you can do a job for them? That is a huge red flag.
The job now entails stuffing envelopes with offers to join your work from home team stuffing envelopes. The envelopes you mail out have your ID number on it. When people respond and purchase a starter kit from you, you get a few cents. Not dollars...cents. The more people you can rope into the envelope stuffing scheme the more pennies you can make. There are no products or services you are soliciting. You aren't providing marketing for any reputable company, you are simply a cog in a MLM scheme. The products and services included in the envelopes you mail out either don't exist or of such crap value that no one would actually buy them. But, should you find someone who has maybe been in a coma for the last 50 years, they may purchase something from you..and you get a few more cents.
It is not sustainable income, it costs you money as you have to keep buying mail kits. The more people you bring on the more saturated the "pyramid" becomes which means you are literally scouting yourself out of money.
This scheme is featured on the Federal Trade Commission's website as a known scam/scheme.
To be clear and concise:
THERE ARE NO LEGITIMATE ENVELOPE STUFFING JOBS