Archive for June, 2012

It’s a privilege to work in a prestige company, a company that can provide security and welfare to its people. Working in CleverBuy Inc. or CleverBuy Marketing Inc., or simply CleverBuy is just a one company managed and run by German people headed by our CEO CHRISTIAN GORG BAYER who is also the CEO of J2 Discount Travel and Tours and the CEO of Webix Business Solutions Inc., is simply a dream come true for me. It has a good intention and good objectives, good salary which is basically the bottom line why I am working. The goals are very clear. CleverBuy provides me a good office, generous boss, friendly officemates, challenging job that’s what I after in this company. DO I HAVE TO REJECT THIS KIND OF JOB?

Today if I have to define CleverBuy, what’s on mind is a FIRST CLASS ONLINE SCAM and I’m sure that’s also the definition of our customers who were victims of this Group Buying online site. Millions of pesos are coming in to this group buying site, 22 Million for the month of August 2011, 11 Million for the month of September 2011, 7 Million for the month of October, 15 million for the month November, 7 million for the month of December, 16 Million for the month of January, 12 million for the month February, 10 million for the month of March, unfortunately I was not able to keep a record for the month of April and May. Based on the figures I have it looks good, definitely a good number for the business but the biggest question is…WHERE ARE THOSE MONEY?

Running this kind of business is not that easy, we need to coordinate with partner merchants to give us a good deal or a good package which will run on the website of CleverBuy. One of our partner merchant is J2 Discount Travel and Tours, owned by Christian Gorg Bayer. They provide us package deals like Coron tour package, Boracay tour package, Puerto princesa tour package and Bohol tour package in a very low price, no, in a negative price. The costing of 1 package will reach up to 15,000 pesos including the airfare and accommodation but CleverBuy is selling it for only 9,900 pesos. You may ask me why CleverBuy is selling this kind of service in a negative price. According to Mr. Bayer this is only to generate more income, to have an enticing look and to have instant cash. DOES IT SOUND LIKE A BUSINESS?

Thousands of customers purchased from CleverBuy. Well, Mr. Bayer may be right, there’s instant cash from this kind of business, million of cash in an instant. J2 was able to send customers to their preferred destinations, they even rented private planes, chartered flights just to accommodate our customers’ needs and we are able to generate funds and we live in a luxurious lifestyle. High budget events, prestige launching, expensive marketing strategies, online advertisement from different online platforms, high priced online games, facebook advertisement which reaches up to 45,000 per month…not in pesos but in EUROS for facebook advertisement alone, new office with the rental of 400,000+ pesos in a month and sad to say we are not able to use the new office since January until today but we are paying the rental of the said office. CleverBuy expanded in other countries like Thailand and Indonesia; hiring new people in these countries, paying too high for these people cause they were pirated in other group buying sites. These are some of the activities of CleverBuy and all these activities were approved by our General Manager David Staudigel and our CEO Christian Bayer. IF YOU ARE A GOOD BUSINESSMAN, WILL YOU SPEND TOO MUCH FOR ALL THESE THINGS?

The recent year, based on the figures given above it seems like CleverBuy is slowly taking it slope down. The first quarter of 2012 shows that CleverBuy is not doing well. Same with J2 discount Travel and Tours, they are not doing well due to a lot of complaints against them, they are not answering phone calls, they are not replying to customers’ emails primarily because CleverBuy is not giving them anymore enough funds for the redeeming customers. Many of our customers who purchased from the previous year want to redeem their voucher from J2 Discount Travel and Tours this summer. They want to grab the opportunity of enjoying vacation this summer using the services offered by J2 Discount Travel and Tour in a very low price. CleverBuy fund starts to deplete, chaos starts to rise from J2 and another travel agency who offers the same problem to our customers, the Trip Toe Travel and Tours. CleverBuy paid the total amount of more or less 5 million pesos to Trip Toe Travel and Tours for the service that is supposed to be for our customers; unfortunately they were not able to provide the services they offer. DO YOU THINK THIS IS THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM?

First week of May 2012 Mr. Bayer wants to shut down J2 Discount Travel and Tours because of the never ending complaints against them and the never ending bookings, new bookings, new reservation and the never ending liabilities to different hotels and tour operators. Costumers are running to CleverBuy because they can’t reach J2 anymore, it’s already closed and most of the staffs resigned from their positions. CleverBuy management wants to take the responsibility from J2, as manager we have foreseen the future that it will cause more chaos if we will not take charge of what’s happening with J2 because we from CleverBuy has the responsibility and liability for our customers. CleverBuy staffs were assigned to entertain customers of J2, handle new bookings, make new reservation, coordinating with some of the customers, updating customers with the previous commitments made by J2. We took the responsibility from J2 of hoping that everything will be okay as promised by the top management that they will do their best to save the company; because of that promise that they always be there behind our back we are able to get back the confidence of our customers. We made promises to our customers and it’s not our intention to lie to them, it’s not our intention to give them false hope because we are still holding on to that promise that everything will be okay, that they will provide us a new fund, that they will support us. WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE THEN IF WE DID NOT TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF J2?

Taking charge of the new responsibilities, we forget our previous job responsibilities, our very own job. The fund of CleverBuy is completely depleted because we are paying not only our merchants, not only our own employees, not only the company expenses but the company expenses of Webix Business Solutions Inc., the company expenses of J2 Discount Travel and Tours and CleverBuy is also sending fund to Intermax AG (company owned and managed by Christian Bayer in Czech Republic that provides adult dating sites in European countries) amounting to 25,000 EUROS per month. All these expenses came from the payments made by our customers here in the Philippines. HOW CAN THEY BE A HELP TO CLEVERBUY PHILIPPINES IF THESE GERMAN PEOPLE ARE TAKING MONEY FROM US INSTEAD OF SENDING NEW FUND FOR CLEVERBUY?

“The boat is sinking!” Those are the serious words we got from Mr. Edgardo S. Garcia who happened to be the President and the dummy owner of all these companies created by Christian Bayer. He is simply manipulated by these German people to run the business in the country. Because of that serious joke from Mr. Garcia, our Project Manager in the persona of Mr. Christoffer Aranez who is supposed to be responsible for the entire operation of CleverBuy quits in his position in the middle of crisis in the company. Managers were left behind together with the rank and file employees. We want the company to survive, we are still holding on because we are afraid that we might be losing our job. We are holding on to the promise they made, new fund is coming, new investor is coming, we can generate more funds but we have realized that no one is coming to save us, no more funds for CleverBuy, no more salary for the employees, no commissions, pending and filing up liabilities, no more payments for the merchants, refunds are getting bigger and bigger it’s because some of our partner merchants are not accepting the voucher of CleverBuy anymore because we have not paid them. Irate customers coming to the office complaining of the services of our partner merchants, complaining of J2 services, complaining the process of the refunds, merchants are coming to the offices asking for the payment for the services they have provided to our customers but our employees and staffs absorbed all those things from our customers and merchants despite of the harassment, the threat and the verbal abuse, we understand the situation it’s because we can feel how difficult it is to spend a hundred thousand of pesos for nothing. It’s not our job to face these people; it was just assign to us because they have seen the potential from us to work well and to pacify these people. CAN YOU BLAME US IF WHAT WE WANTED IS SIMPLY TO HOLD ON WITH THE SITUATION?

Despite of what we have experience from our customers and from our partner merchants we are not losing our hope that our employer will help us. We remain calm; we still keep the diplomacy between our customers and CleverBuy. The most painful thing is that we keep our customers to believe in us despite the fact that something might not happen anymore. We have built friendship from some of them, some of them were so good to us, they have entrusted us the fate of their vouchers, and some of them consider us as heroes from their bad experience with J2 and Trip Toe. No matter how hard we try to push through the promises we made but we are just simply an ordinary employees, helpless and are just contented of what we got from our employer. We have not fulfilled our promises to them and that’s the heaviest burden we are carrying right now, the guilt inside us. WILL YOU CURSE US BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT FULFILLED OUR PROMISES DESPITE OF ALL THE EFFORTS WE HAVE DONE?

First week of June 2012, our CEO Christian Bayer arrived here in the Philippines. We are hoping that he will bring good news for all of us. We are hoping that he will solve all these problems but our hopes shattered when he wants to declare bankruptcy for CleverBuy, for J2 and for Webix Business Solutions Inc. This is not what we are aiming for. We have our own families who depend on us. We gave our lives for this company, we risk our names and we gamble our future in CleverBuy and in just one snap he disowned us. He has the guts to say that he is NOT the owner of CleverBuy. He has the guts to tell us all that we will not expect anything from them anymore. Even our salary, we can’t have it anymore. Customers are cursing us, threatening us, throwing hurtful words for us, we have a boss who disowned us, did not support us anymore, partner merchants who are filing case against us, pending complaints at DTI and NBI against us. WHO ARE WE AND WHERE ARE WE NOW?

As of this writing Mr. Bayer is preparing to build for another company. No more CleverBuy, no more J2 Discount Travel and Tours and no more Webix Business Solutions Inc. A new company is coming out under his power, unknown yet but this company will still provide services for adult dating sites, pornographic sites for European countries. He will be using the talent and skills of Filipino people but he will not give security for them just like he did for us.