Carbon Copy Pro MLM Report
CarbonCopyPRO was founded in 2004 by Aaron Parkinson, Alan Moore, and Jay Kubassek. The founders say that the company came about after they had all tried their hands at other network marketing types of businesses with varied levels of success. By combining their years of experience in the business and creating the CCPRO system, they hoped to provide their customers, called members, with a foolproof Internet marketing system.
CCPRO sells a system that includes the necessary software to start an Internet marketing business, a support staff including a call center to close sales, and extensive training including webinars, in-person events, and a CCPRO University.
The company is closely allied with Wealth Masters International, a network marketing company that sells training on wealth management and getting out of debt. In fact, it seems as though CCPRO was founded in part to be the distribution system for Wealth Masters.
However, the CCPRO website says that any entrepreneur can use the company’s system. There is evidence that this is true. In June 2010, CCPRO announced the winner of its first “Brick & Mortar Throwdown” contest “designed to encourage traditional business owners to share the impact the company’s marketing training and education has had on their businesses’ bottom line.” The winner was Kurt Kytonen, owner of a boat-covering business called Mills Canvas.
Kytonen claimed that, in 3 months using the CCPRO system, his business website received more traffic than in the previous 3 years combined.
CarbonCopyPRO Vision, Mission and Goals
The CCPRO Mission Statement website page says that the company’s mission “begins with the purpose of creating value. Not simply value in the sense of strictly quantifiable results, but value as an unequivocal respect for the customers, employees, leaders, and the greater community that we serve.”
The company calls itself a family and vows “to never compromise the integrity of its products and services . . . or the good of its members in the pursuit of monetary success.
CCPRO’s Mission Statement stresses community, communication, personal responsibility, and the company’s drive to help people become “solution driven, ethical, consistent, visionary, motivated, and financially independent individuals, whom are a benefit to themselves, and their greater community.”
Company founders Jay Kubassek and Aaron Parkinson seem to be living that commitment, at least in terms of benefiting their greater community. Kubassek’s bio states that he has given generously to organizations including The Salvation Army, The Name Campaign in Africa, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Parkinson’s bio says that he “currently feeds, clothes and educates 50 children around the world through the Christian Children’s Fund.”
CCPRO Company Management
Kubassek and Parkinson have remained with CarbonCopyPRO as CEO and President, respectively. Moore’s current affiliation with the company is unclear as some pages of the CCPRO web site mention Moore as co-founder while others give the credit strictly to Kubassek and Parkinson.
Kubassek’s background is an almost-classic American rags to riches story. Kubassek says that he and the other CCPRO founders came up with the idea for the company while Kubassek was earning $50,000 a year working for a muffler shop. Kubassek claims that at the time he had maxed out his credit cards attempting to crack the network marketing industry with mixed results.
But since founding CCPRO in 2004 and allying his company with Wealth Masters, Kubassek now claims earnings in the millions per year.
Parkinson is a former Mixed Martial Arts fighter who claims t0 have been a “seven-time ‘top producer’ in numerous direct sales organizations.” In his role with CCPRO, Parkinson trains members in subjects ranging from leveraging Google to personal development. According to his biography, in his spare time Parkinson still supports MMA fighting and regularly participates in the World Series of Poker.
Carbon Copy Pro Products and Services
CarbonCopyPRO’s core product is the BiB/Black Box, or Business in a Box, a kit including software and the basic instructions required to get an Internet marketing business up and running in approximately 5 hours. The company also provides new members with a new product called InsideOut II; however, the company’s website doesn’t supply any specific information about this product.
However, the BiB and InsideOut II are just the start of what CCPRO offers. In addition to the business basics, the company provides a call center so its member don’t have to be constantly available to answer the phone. Training includes everything from print and DVD materials to webinars, tele-conferences, and the ability to access trainers on Skype.
Finally, what becomes clear after just a while on the CCPRO website is that the company is selling a mindset and a dream. The dream is that anyone can become financially independent using the tools and methods that CCPRO offers. The mindset is one of independence but also one of building community with the entire CCPRO “family.”
While CCPRO does not provide specific cost information on its website, reviews of the company say that there is a $49 application fee before the company will send any specific information to people who want to check it out further. This is referred to as a “self-funded proposition” and is one of the ways that CCPRO members earn their income – reportedly members keep the entire application fee.
The BiB program reportedly costs $395 with a $150 monthly maintenance fee to have your business hosted as part of the CCPRO network of websites. Other reviews have stated that people spend up to approximately $2,000 for membership and training through CarbonCopyPRO.
CarbonCopyPRO Compensation Plan
CarbonCopyPRO does not explain its compensation plan on its website. Reviews of the company report that members keep the $49 application fee that prospects must pay to find out any detailed information about the company as well as $200 of the $395 price of the Business in a Box product.
Of course, CCPRO members who use CCPRO to market Wealth Masters products are tied into the Wealth Masters compensation plan as well, which is reportedly very lucrative for those who are successful in marketing it.
CCPRO Public Record
CCPRO is not a member of the Better Business Bureau or of the Direct Selling Association, which has established a Code of Ethics for the direct selling industry. There was no evidence of lawsuits against the company as of the date of the research for this review.
However, the one certain thing about CarbonCopyPRO is that people either love or hate this company. A quick google of the company reveals a somewhat heated online argument over whether CCPRO is a legitimate opportunity or a scam.
This controversy is fueled in part by the company’s policy of making prospects pay for specific information about its opportunity. While CCPRO claims that the policy is in place to prevent “tire-kickers” from wasting its members’ time, many people claim that this policy alone is reason to suspect CCPRO.
Another issue that has been raised about the CCPRO method of Internet marketing is that search engines are increasingly targeting and deleting websites that look or read like one another. While the CCPRO team claims to have created ways around being “Google-slapped,” it would seem that the work required to totally individualize your business website would negate the company’s claims of making it possible to set up a successful Internet marketing business in only 5 hours.
Ryan Nelson Notes: About CarbonCopyPRO
CarbonCopyPRO may be a great opportunity for people who don’t know much about either Internet technology or marketing to get a solid start either marketing their current business online or creating their own Internet marketing business.
However, this reviewer shares the concerns of others who have problems with CCPRO’s lack of transparency about its compensation plan, number of members, and other specifics about the company and its products. There is also a legitimate concern that CarbonCopyPRO may have already saturated its market.
On the plus side, though, CCPRO’s main product is much cheaper than hiring a professional Web developer to create your business site for you. And people who have used the system do swear by the company’s training and support.
The bottom line here is that CCPRO is worth checking out, but checking out cautiously. Read the articles and review of CarbonCopyPRO on MLM Files as well as other reviews thoroughly before committing $49 of your own money to get the official information from the company. And remember that, with search engine rules against putting up carbon copy websites, you may have to do much more work than CCPRO claims to launch your Internet marketing efforts and have them be successful.