Just what is it in 15th floor, Octagon Bldg., San Miguel Ave., Pasig City?
There are numerous incidental, abrupt, or seemingly strange phonecalls that are being made everyday all around the metro, a vaguely business opportunity “invite” pointing at this Office Address. Chances are, you may have come across this, and that you may have been “smart” enough to Google it in the net to satisfy your curiosity. And should I ask, did it? Or did you just stumbled upon a dead-end wall and that somehow felt safe that you were “saved” from the pangs of a seemingly ridiculous scam. Indeed, many people are curious enough to Google it, saving the hassle of being “victimized” by going all the way to 15th Floor Octagon Bldg. only, for some, to be skimmed off. But smart enough? We don’t know for sure. I am writing this post to lay down facts, not urban legends, about what is it really that goes on in that 15th floor Octagon Building in Pasig City. And when I say facts, not only do I know the experiences many of you have gone through, but facts because I was personally part of the system in 2005. Technically, I still am. And like many of you, I was curious enough to research it first, but was smart enough to REALLY know the deal and just what truly goes on in it.
And these are the facts:
15th floor Octagon Building, San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, is the official business office and address of Nu Skin Enterprises here in the Philippines, and has been operating legally up to the present day. Nu Skin Enterprises is a US based multi-level marketing company that’s been in operation since 1984, worldwide. Yes, it’s completely legit, and what they say about the company is true as the green color of the grass. They are publicly listed in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and has been featured numerous times in CNN and other world news. They are also the corporate owners of Pharmanex and Big Planet (yeah, what they say about owning 3 companies is a fact). Point is, Nu Skin and Pharmanex are legitimate businesses and real top brands and that 15th floor Octagon Building is their head office here in Manila, Philippines. I need not say more of the validity of these facts, many of you are smart, so Google it and find all the answers. You do the research. Now, you could have been smart enough to Google “Nu Skin”, but somehow, Nu Skin was not mentioned by the person who called you. Instead, they mentioned Synergy1 Global, Synergy1 International, Galvanics, or whatever business entities that doesn’t somehow show up when you do your curious search in the internet. This, is what makes the whole thing shady and questionable. Doesn’t it? And so you search for the office address “15th floor Octagon Bldg“, and what you get is a dozen blogs and forums of disenchanted, disappointed, ranting, bedazzled individuals who share their experiences with these “annoying” calls. So you get back to the one who called you…or “invited” you…and ask all these questions that they somehow can’t answer straight. True to form, they are only speaking what they really perceive and that they are not the ones to blame. Both the bloggers and the one who called you…And you.
If you are smart enough as you think, ask them. Challenge their claims. See it for yourself, after all, you know you’re smart enough not to get scammed, no matter what is presented or offered to you. But know this for a fact, being smart is different from a pessimistic ignorance.
The truth about it all, is that these people are not scammers. Really. Some, just don’t say the right things to say. And I believe that you can never really say the wrong things to the right people, or vice versa. Otherwise, the result is really a failure of communication, the purpose defeated. Nu Skin Enterprises (NSE) / Pharmanex, is bluntly, a Multi Level Marketing (MLM) company, otherwise known here as “Networking”. And with the likes of it, such business model is still alien and not widely acceptable yet here in our country (ironically in this day and age), but not in the case of other countries particularly in the U.S. or our other giant neighbors here in Asia, where MLM is openly practiced and accepted. Hence, even in its decade-long legit existence in the Philippines, Nu Skin has still yet to come into wide acceptance in our society/ local market, despite its huge successes overseas. That’s why it has developed a unique business model for its market. Suffice to say, it developed multiple marketing arms. And Synergy1, Synergy1 Global/ International (or any other entities out there) are part of the many independent distributors of Nu Skin Philippines operating in the same office at 15th floor Octagon Bldg in Ortigas.
Every known company, particularly the big ones, has telemarketing as the bloodline of their business. This should not be hard to comprehend, considering the call center / BPO industry the country is embracing right now. But not every one of us thinks in a business-like fashion, and so it would be really hard to chew these things at times. Think of it in a nutshell, that Nu Skin is the supplier of products and merchandize, and that several “groups” and entities have committed to market these products at the same time handling it as their own businesses. That’s what these people do. Too vague to understand? That’s why they call. People do not get invited with these calls, they are seeped…filtered out…like a funnel…from a dozen market leads that any other company in the world has. And what they say, is true enough in content that they are a US based company that’s currently expanding here in Manila/ Philippines/ South East Asia.. and right now they’re just looking for qualified individuals to handle sharing of the opportunity to those who are interested to venture in the business. Understand, that these things have to be vague. Why? Because they are not sure just yet if you’re really the one they’re looking for. They don’t want to sell on you, they want to know if they can do business with you, or not. And there is no utter scam in all that. Sure, there are a few rotten tomatoes out there who operates in a very “different” manner that eludes to a scam. That is inevitable, not to mention unfortunate.But what they really are, are legitimate operating groups and entities that does business Consultancy, training grounds for interested Entreprenuers who wants to start up their own businesses, and just looking for some key people to expand with them.
There are no promises in this business, and truly no commitments. If some say there are, then that’s the scam out there. A scam of the individual who may have called you, but not the scam of the company or the business they represent.
I for one, may be the skeptic of all the skeptics out there. And I am easily annoyed with telemarketers (who isn’t?). But the thing is, I was smart enough to look on deeper. I’m a skeptic but not a pessimist, those are completely different things. I don’t want to be annoyed, but when my curiosity is aroused, I give it shot. After all, I know I’m smart enough not to ignore something I don’t fully understand. There is a reason not everything is explained right then and there in that short phone call, otherwise, what’s the point. Like you, they do not intend to waste time, so it’s either you’re interested, or not. If you are, then talk business with them in the right place and not in the confines of a faceless phone call. If you’re wise to look at it in an open minded view, it is even for your own advantage.
If you are smart enough as you think, ask them. Challenge their claims. See it for yourself, after all, you know you’re smart enough not to get scammed, no matter what is presented or offered to you. But know this for a fact, being smart is different from a pessimistic ignorance. Nothing to lose, a potential of everything to gain.