Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The clown is a cartoon

I have been providing virtual tours for six years.

In the six years I've met some real strange people. Not so much of real estate people but people that also work in the virtual tour business. It's a few clowns that make the rest of us look bad, it's the same clowns that try to convince you to become part of their group.

Consider the equipment it takes to create a 360 photograph. 
Camera / digital
Lens / 8mm or 10mm or 18mm or 24mm or 35mm (they will all work-the angle of view will be different in each).
Software / there is free software and many others from $99 to over $1,000. Most everyone I know spent just under $200 for the really good software.

So lets add up the numbers:
Camera: $1,200 ( I prefer Nikon but any will do, the price is based on a low end model )
Lens: $300 ( Sigma has an 8mm for about that, I have done 360 images with a 35mm with great results)
Tripod: $300 ( Should be very stable, a used Bogen will be fine)
Software $200 

Total: $2,000

Why do I bring all of this up? There is a company that hooks you in for thousands of dollars for the equipment, charges you for training then expects you to pay a monthly fee for a website.  The website is their portal, takes you first through their sales pitch and you end up with one page that is built around their company. Total BS !!!!

The company is VPIX and the clown is BARTLEY, he changed his name because he burned so many of us with his promises that never came true. He is nothing but a liar, thief and gets rich off your hard earned money.

I can't believe that they are still in business. Everyone I've talked with that have been part of Vrip off PIX has had the same experience. They were lied to by the clown, the promises never came through and after thousands of dollars later, they came to realise that the clown was full of BS. Each and everyone jumped ship and went to real tour companies. 

I know I sound bitter, well I am. I was taken for a ride by the clown, lied to and when I called him out on his BS promises, he denied all of it.  My goal is to warn people of the deep hole they can get into with VPIX. The one company that has nothing to offer you - they make their money by overcharging you for what little you get.  Then clown boy will keep you interested by telling you lies, hooking you in with weekly phone calls and making you feel the win is coming. The rewards are out there and they will share them with you.  All LIES, the clown will never stop with the lies. 

Who calls himself "Bartley"???? He can't even tell you his real name, he is a CLOWN !
Beware - 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Virtual Tour Companies - Rated?

Are you thinking of becoming a virtual tour photographer?  You may be searching for a virtual tour company to join so you can learn how to provide the best virtual tour in your area.  Well let me say that there are many out there and the cost can be overwhelming.

You will get a lot of promises of fortune, you will make $thousands of dollars per tour once you get verified as a trusted photographer. The promises are many and the results are none.  At least with the tour companies that make all the outlandish statements and promises.

The only way you will make a living in the virtual tour business is to get out and sell yourself, don't depend on the tour company to send you any business. It just won't happen, I don't care how much they push you into joining their company.  I've been there and back!

Model homes - virtual tour

Take a minute, let me explain my experiences with you.

I joined a tour company about four years ago and learned how to make virtual tours and sell them. Things were going great until business slowed down. I wanted to continue growing and thought by changing tour companies I could make more money with their system.  Wrong!

I was told that I'd make $1,200 per tour, that they would sell for me in my area. They had hotels and night clubs that were begging for a virtual tour and if I passed the test I'd be making nothing but money.
Well that was just BS and when I confronted them, I got more BS. I had made the grade and was told that I became one of the trusted photographers and was on my way to making money.  It never happened.  I was told that I needed additional training, training at $150 per hour and if I didn't take the training I wouldn't get any business from them.

I had already invested $2,600 with them but got nothing but lies, BS and talked down to.  SO - now I'm back to the tour company that I can trust not to lie to me, not to fill me with BS and empty promises.  I had to learn the hard way, I hope you don't make the mistakes I have made that cost me a lot of money.
Do your search and listen close, don't buy into the hype. 

There are a few virtual tour companies: Real Tour Vision, VPixs, iPixs, Circle Pixs and a few others.  I am with Real Tour Vision, the best company of all. They train for free, they support for free, they are willing to help you be successful and provide a lot of great information to get you there.  They are on top of technology and they are a lot less expensive to join.  Buy the equipment or you may have most of the equipment already, and then learn the right way to create virtual tours.  The rest is up to you.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Black Bear Project

I volunteer my virtual tour photography to nonprofits from time to time, here is one that is a great cause.

Lynette Eddy founder sitting at the front door to the Black Bear Project home she provided.
Lynette also funds the project from her new restaurant Z-Pies located in Reno.  What a great person she is.