If you have landed here it probably means that you are contemplating buying Teds Woodworking Plans but still on the fence because you are not sure if it’s a scam or not.
Well to make this post short, I can tell you that in my opinion Teds Woodworking is legit. This is based on my own research and for having bought the product.
Here is the thing: a scam is defined as a trick or deceptive scheme used to cheat a prospect out of money or something else (1).
I bought the product, got into the membership area and had access to the plans and other products Ted promised on his sales page. From that perspective I was not tricked out of my hard-earned money.
Are The Plans Legal?
Well some bloggers question for good reasons, the legality of Teds Woodworking Plans. The main argument put forward is the fact that most of the plans he shares can be found all over the web.
This is probably true for the most part but what baffles me is knowing that Teds Woodworking has been around for 7+ years and still doing well from what I can tell.
I can argue that Ted is likely a marketing genius given that he had the idea of bundling these plans into a finished product for his audience.
I am no lawyer and certainly not saying whether what Ted did is legal. I am just highlighting the fact that this is a common marketing concept and practice.
Look at it this way: if Ted had illegally obtained all these plans, why is he still in business and the original owners of the said plans have not sued him yet?
Why would a company like Clickbank still associate itself with Ted? Like I said, I am no Lawyer just putting some of the facts on the table.
The one thing that kind of surprised me is the fact that they would charge you a fee if you would like to have the CD-DVD set of his products. Looking at the sales page you could think the CD/DVD is included in what you are purchasing.
Is Ted even real?
This is another one that has been abundantly discussed by some bloggers. Indeed, they found that Ted McGrath is not a “real” person. He is apparently using a stock photo to represent himself.
Again, this is nothing unusual as big companies have always used personas to represent their brands. It does not necessarily make it illegal!
My only guess is that the creator of this product wanted to protect their privacy therefore decided to use a persona.
Remember the Marlboro Man in the tobacco industry? Just a character. What about Tony The Tiger used by Kellogg? Also, not real!
I can understand that some people may feel uncomfortable or cheated by this practice, but it seems to be a fairly common one.
You can read my detailed review of Teds Woodworking Plans here.
Again this is the outcome of my own research so I would encourage you to do your own homework before buying Teds Woodworking Plans but I as far as I can tell there are legit and worth a try for woodworking enthusiasts.
(1) Definition of Scam