As more a scammer is in need of earning some money as more unbelievable are coming their offers. One of this scammers is Mel Puleo from cmpuleoconsulting.com. Everybody should know that the margin in the electronics industry are very tight. As more vendors are coming up on the market as lower coming the average prices and margins. That happens in each industry and not only in the electronics and solar industry.
Some background information about prices and margins are getting found by a Google search. For example is written at CleanTechnica from February 2014:
However, prices vary tremendously by region. “Common residential system prices ranged from less than $3.00/W to just above $7.00/W,” the Solar Energy Industries Association wrote in 2014 regarding 2013 figures. The story hasn’t changed much since then, even though prices on both ends have come down.
Woodlawn Associates shows the possible margins a little bit better in their article The Economics of Residential Solar Installation:
The average dealer in our most recent project had revenue of $4.60 per Watt DC ($5.54 per Watt AC) over the past 12 months. The typical dealer had a cost to install of $3.71 per Watt — 80% of revenue. Earlier this year, we found dealers spend an average of 17% of revenue to acquire customers. This leaves only 3% for general and administrative expenses and profit, suggesting typical installer profits are slim. Consider that over the past year Real Goods Solar, the only publically traded firm in the residential installation industry, had G&A expenses alone that averaged 6% of revenue. (Real Goods also lost money during this period.)
The above example shows that not more than 15% - 17% from the complete costs of a solar system can get used for acquiring customers. Don't forget that the costs from Mel Puleo and her C.M. Puleo Consulting company are already included in these costs as he is nothing else running than a consulting company and the trading company makes already no earnings by paying these commission rates. Who will work for free?
By observing the facts from above you need to take a look at the spam offer from Mel Puleo - C.M. Puleo Consulting:
From: Mel Puleo, Solar [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, March 11, 2016 7:33 PM
Subject: Re: Highest Payout for Solar campaign up to 7K/sale
To whom it may concern:
Our company is seeking experienced Telemarketing center in sales. The solar energy industry is growing rapidly in CA and we are building our sales team to meet the demand.
Compensation for each sale can range from $4K to $10K and beyond.
This is the most competitive Compensation in the industry bar none.
$500.00 commission is paid upfront the following week on every sale, the rest gets paid out on install [30/35 days out from the date of sale]
Our Floor commissions include “NO Adders”, this means you keep 100% of your earned compensation, no other Company offers this, and can typically eat away at your overall commission by 30 to 60%.
We will only entertain nothing less than 10 agents to start.
If you're 100% confident, you have killer closers & you feel that your center has what it takes to close over the phone, we have the best trainer in the industry “BAR NONE” that will walk you by the hand until you can fly on your own.
We are also looking for Appointment Setters, call for comp plan.
Feel free to contact us via skype or thru the phone listed below.
I hope to hear from you soon.
C.M. Puleo Consulting
Contact #: (305)-527-8085
The scam gets already shown in the above sentence "Compensation for each sale can range from $4K to $10K and beyond", because a typical solar energy installation for house has less than 5kW and has a usually price range of less than US$ 20,000. If we calculate from this price the maximum from 17% total paid commission than we get including the earnings from C.M. Puleo Consulting only US$ 3,400 and not US$ 4,000 like written in the email offer for the center.
If we take a look at the site Recruiter about the average income from a solar sales representative, than we'll find there the following statement:
A Solar Sales Representative or Assessor gets a compensation ranging between 64000 and 96000 depending on experience and domain knowledge. Solar Sales Representatives and Assessors earn a compensation of Eighty Four Thousand Four Hundred dollars each year.
An average income from US$ 84,400 per year equals to US$ 7,033 per month. Such a sales person needs only to sell two solar systems per month to be a profit for his company if the commission for each sale is US$ 4,000.
As the salary from the sales representative cannot get replaced with telemarketing agents how many sales such a sales representative needs to make per day that the telemarketer and the sales representative are able to earn their income?
Don't forget that from the before calculated total possible commission of US$ 3,400 per sale has to get paid the telemarketer, the sales representative and C. M.Puleo Consulting Company. I hope everybody sees now the scam in the offer above.
Real companies are going offshore for increasing their earnings by lowering their cost per sale and not to spend more. Especially in the technical industry are the margins very tight and each company tries to reduce their own costs. For this reason is already the offer from C.M. Puleo nothing else than a big lie. Under these circumstances are coming the complaints about C.M. Puleo Consulting believable which get found at:
- Complaints List - December 16, 2014 - A Warning To All ESCO’s
- USA Complaints - December 12, 2014 - C. M. Puleo Consulting LLC, Mel Puleo, C. Mel Puleo Carmelo Puleo is a pathological liar and commits fraud / slander
- USA Complaints - December 14, 2014 - C. M. Puleo Consulting LLC, Carmelo Puleo, C. Mel Puleo, Mel Puleo turns in Fraudulent Sales and causes DNC / PUC complaints
- Ripoff Report - September 10, 2014 - c.m puleo consulting energy suppliers they broker for resold customer accounts causing loss of funds to callcenter,taking sales from callcenters. north miami beach florida
- Ripoff Report - August 2, 2012 - Complaint Review: D&D Energy Solutions David Hjorth
- Complaints Board - December 11, 2014 - M. Puleo Consulting LLC, Mel Puleo, Carmelo Puleo
- Outscam - October 10, 2015 - C.M. Puleo Consulting LLC
- At PissedConsumer.com we'll find in a comment from calvin the sentence: "mel puleo is also scammer i was with door to door energy he never paid us our dues.". This comment is dated on Feb 08, 2015.
A few from the complains listed above got written by the same person, but that does not make them unbelievable. Combined with the other complaints they are making sense. Especially the Ripoff Report from August 2, 2012 where Mel Puleo complains David Hjorth shows the fails and/or scam history from Mel Puleo:
All the above facts are showing what C. M. Puleo is understanding under business: Having an idea and the earnings, others should risk their hard earned money, doing the work and cry for their earnings because they will not get paid and the investment will never returned. I call such a behavior scam.
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Update March 12, 2016: A Mel from using the IP address from Costa Rica 126.96.36.199 sent the following message using the contact function of my blog:
Remove this immediately!! or my lawyer will be contacting you on monday morning!!! This is ridicules!!!! My wife and I work ungodly hrs, and for someone who clearly has just way to-much time on their hands to sit behind a PC and make up all this bullshit is beyond what words can describe! I need to know who was the person who placed this as we will spare no expense to go after them legally!!
IP address: 188.8.131.52
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Already the content of the message shows the character from the person. Instead of explaining where I'm wrong with my opinion, he is threatens only with legal action. The only problem is that he needs to show some evidence in front of the law court. He should also read the full legal disclaimer from this site for knowing my address too. He will need it for selecting the court and in front of the court.