Haroon Qureshi Amazon Course Review
Over the last couple of months we have had a few concerned readers asking us about the Haroon Qureshi Amazon Programme that he is offering, you know, the one that sounds too good to be true! Their concerns varied from ‘Does it actually work’ to ‘How does it work’ to ‘How come it costs so much’ and so on. The usual common questions that anyone who was thinking about forking out a huge chunk of money would have.
Now although we are in no position to judge anyone’s intentions we are in a position to offer a view, an opinion, a ‘sitting on the fence perspective’ or whatever else you wish to call it, based on experience and insight. More so when the number of worried questions begins to head towards triple figures. As the saying goes there is no smoke without fire.
Luckily one of our readers has already been involved with Haroon and his Amazing Course so we will now hand this pedestal over to the relevant voice of experience to air his views.
Salaam to all and let me introduce myself. My name is Yasser and I first came across Haroon Qureshi whilst surfing the internet and landed on the Work For Jannah/Muslim Entrepreneur Group website, also known as Muslim Entrepreneur Network (not to be confused with Muslim Entrepreneurs Network – only one letter in it but a different organisation altogether). Haroon claims to be the CEO of this group although this particular website is nothing more than an advert with an enticing video getting you to provide your contact details.
This I did and was subsequently emailed acknowledgment followed by another email explaining how I would soon be making a tonne of money with this great Amazon Selling Programme. However the doors to this programme were not yet open so I had to wait a little longer.
The ensuing wait consisted of me receiving a series of emails building my excitement up to the point where I almost had my credit card out in anticipation. There were several emails with video testimonials of brother and sisters all claiming how they were making an amazing amount of money even in the first few months. It just sounded too good to be true. I couldn’t wait to start.
Luckily by the time the doors for registration finally opened I had come back down to earth a little. It was probably the £1500 (reduced price!) price tag that I was hit with that helped. So exactly what was I getting for my hard earned money? I needed to do some research before splashing out.
It turns out that our Brother Qureshi is offering nothing more than his version of the Amazing Selling Machine programme that has already been reviewed on this site. The basic process is the same. Learn about Amazon and how it works, find a suitable supplier in China to buy products from, buy these products (ideally in bulk) and get them sent directly to Amazon who will sell them. Amazon takes a cut and you receive a small profit.
It all sounded great and simple however I soon learned that it was all missing out some very, very important information too. In my annoyance I decided to contact Haroon directly with some questions. Here is what I asked.
Br Haroon I have a few questions:
Firstly how can you justify the cost of this course? £1500 for providing information that is already produced so no cost involved to yourself. And that is your reduced price so initially you were asking twice as much!
If, as you claim, you are doing this to help our brothers and sisters build a better financial future why not simply charge £50, £100 or even £500 to cover your admin costs and still leave you a little extra?
You already state how financially successful you are so why then charge £1500 for something that costs you next to nothing? Is this an acceptable, fair and halal margin?
Also can we have contact details of all those in your video testimonials please? If they are happy to be filmed about their success surely they won’t mind answering a few questions? Especially in the name of helping out our Muslim brothers and sisters.
Surely the best form of reference is letting your successful students talk to others right? And offer them guidance and motivation? This question was also asked by others on his Facebook page but never replied to.
Most importantly why is there no mention anywhere of the future costs involved after spending the initial £1500? These costs can be £3000, £5000 or even £10000 so why withhold this vital bit of information? Again is hiding this cost an Islamically acceptable way of doing business?
This is a vital part of this course. The £1500 is simply the joining fee and access to some online information products. You are required to spend a lot more than this to actually get started and even more before you see a return let alone any profit.
And finally… This course may well help a small minority earn a substantial income but please tell us how many have spent thousands and not even made even their money back let alone a profit? After all anyone about to spend a significant amount of money needs to be made aware of the risks involved and the statistics of success.
Not only did I not receive an answer I was also subsequently barred from his Facebook page! That made my decision not to join pretty final. Although to compensate my feelings there were a few others who dared to question banned too so at least I was in good company.
After my unanswered questions there was another video email sent out claiming to answer some common questions that were being asked.
On the question of price Haroon Qureshi states that it is great value for money but it needs to be high for buyers to take it seriously as a ‘budget’ course would not be taken seriously. If he really is helping the Muslim community as he claims then what difference does it make to him whether they take it seriously or not? Since when did we pick and choose who we decide to help?
A lower price would get a lot more people involved and therefore a greater percentage of success. Although this would also result in greatly reduced profit margins for Haroon. The cost of providing online information is minimal so therefore the majority of the £1500 is pure profit!
The question of on-going costs was also addressed. Haroon claims that this programme can be set up with £100-£1000 (over and above the £1500) to purchase products or inventory as they are referred to. In reality this will result in either very little or no profit.
Most Chinese suppliers are only interested in bulk orders to then offer a reduced rate. Spending £100-£1000 means you pay over the odds for the products meaning minimal profit margins and most likely end up with the less desirable products too. Your realistic spend to see a decent return needs to be around £3000-£5000.
He does go on to clarify that if you are already financially struggling then this course may not be for you. Yes I would give all credit to Haroon for this statement if only he didn’t then continue to add that to succeed in any business you need to take risks and spend money!?
On the question of how much money can you actually make he dances around the subject a little. There is some response on how any business takes time to evolve and how it depends on the product and how much you put into it and so on.
He goes onto to state that you should allow maybe 6 to 12 months or even more for any real success so how come all his video testimonials claim to be making thousands in the first few months. Are they really representative of the overall success rate?
The thing that really turned me off this brother was his comments on not wasting time trying to obtain a degree and then settling for a 9-5 job. Feel free to promote your programme Haroon but please do not belittle anyone else’s life choices.
I know plenty who have worked extremely hard to obtain their degree, have fantastic jobs and are truly happy. And not only that they also live their lives with a conscious.
Okay back to The Halal Foundation for your thoughts.
Thanks for the input Yasser your time is appreciated.
Firstly we just want to add that what Haroon Qureshi is offering is not a complete scam in our take on the word. In our eyes a scam is taking your money and offering you either nothing or something completely useless in return.
This course clearly can and does work however maybe not in the straightforward and simplistic way it is promoted as. Whether it is worth the huge price tag is another discussion. In our opinion definitely not but others may disagree.
To see how this course works in principle check out our review of Amazing Selling Machine. Haroon Qureshi actually enrolled on the Amazing Course run by the same guys that started the Amazing Selling Machine hence virtually the same programme.
These guys are very good at what they do, and what they do is teach you how to make massive profits by selling overpriced information products to those looking for a quick fix. Seeing as the ‘Get Rich Quick’ market in general is pretty saturated Haroon has simply (and quite cleverly) redirected the same principles to his niche market which is the Muslim community.
Yes it is entirely down to Haroon how he decides to promote this course and the price tag he wishes to put on it and there is also evidence that for a few, this course has worked. In the name of business this is all fair and good.
However if Haroon is looking at promoting this in the name of ‘helping the Ummah’ or whichever phrase he may choose then this is definitely a big No-No.
Milking the Muslim community out of a substantial amount of money while claiming to help them is not a compliant way of doing business. As Muslims we are programmed to trust certain types of individuals; having a beard, looking smart and throwing in a few religious references here and there seems to do the trick for most.
It is also pretty clear that Haroon Qureshi is missing out some very valid points here. The on-going costs are played down and the risk of failure totally missed out. If you are asking a premium price then ethically you also need to explain the risks involved and the chances of success/failure.
Brother Haroon Qureshi you need to be upfront about exactly what you are promoting, what it entails, all costs involved and the risk/success rate it incorporates, especially seeing as we are not just talking about loose change here. It is not easy to save up these days and we are also personally aware of students who have borrowed (despite your warnings we should add) the money to sign up to your programme and then gave up as they had no further funds to continue and neither received a refund.
On the subject of refunds one thing that Yasser failed to mention was the Money Back Guarantee that is included. The seven day no quibble money back option has to be applauded. We all know sometimes it is too easy to make a rash decision and regret it later; however this covers that particular risk. All credit for making this clear.
The 30 day money back option though is not as exciting. The claim here is that you will only receive this refund if you can prove you have followed all the steps in the course. This type of guarantee has been going for a while now and is something we personally do not approve of.
For this type of course especially, a month is nowhere near enough time to make a judgement. The likelihood is that those spending £1500 initially are probably already in a full time job so don’t have as much time as required to get their head around this course in the 30 day time-frame let alone put it into full practice. Then having to prove that you have taken all required steps is no more than a get out clause for the seller.
We came across this a couple of years back when Andrew Reynolds of Cash on Demand fame selected a few members for a special course and offered a full refund even after twelve months. Yes you guessed it, the member had to prove he /she had followed every step and carried out every instruction to claim.
Not only that but these guarantees also state ‘If you have made no money…’. In reality thismeans even if you have made just £1 or $1 then as far as the guarantee terms are concerned you have made some money and are therefore exempt from any refund. That fact that you may have spent a few thousand just to make £1 doesn’t even come into it!
If you really want to help our Muslim Brothers and Sisters why not extend this period to three months? Better still why not just offer a free trial in the first place and let everyone look over the course and decide if it is for them or not and indeed if it worth the asking price? That would be truly helping our Muslim community.
To sum it up this is a hugely overpriced course and is based on a business model that can work but involves some initial outlay, time, commitment, ongoing expenses and of course a bit of luck.
Don’t expect instant results as this is a progressive business and realistically you are looking at six months or so before you start seeing any significant profit and twelve months or more before you can really see its potential.
You have to seriously ask yourself if this is something you really want to invest your money in and can afford to lose your investment if it doesn’t work out?
As a suggestion if you are still seriously thinking of joining this or a similar programme why not join as a team. Split the cost between three of you and once established then help the second member set up and in turn help the final member. This may reduce the initial profit margins but the risk is also significantly reduced.
And finally in the interest of fairness we also invite Haroon Qureshi to respond to this review. We would also like to offer him some free advice; blocking people who simply have some questions they want answering is not a good look and only shows your true unprofessional-ism and promotes the view that you have something to hide.