Scam – Ted McGrath Woodworking Plans – Affiliates Beware

Costume jewelry and Ted McGrath Woodworking Plans are both fake.
It’s hard to tell some fake jewelry from the real thing just like the scam Teds Woodworking Plans


Scam? – Ted McGrath Woodworking Plans

I’m sure you have all come across websites with unbelievable promises on the internet. We all have to be careful and not get sucked in with their fantastic promises. For example, Ted McGrath  Woodworking Plans (more about his later).

Affiliate marketers need to be aware of scams on the internet also, but for a different reason. The last thing you want to do as an affiliate, is to promote a scam. Some times its hard to tell if something is a scam or not. What should you do if you’re not sure if something is legitimate? I am going to give you some tips to help you spot a scam and not be tricked into promoting them on your website.

And now back to Ted’s Woodworking Plans I was very intrigued by – Ted’s Woodworking Plans.

Ted’s Woodworking Plans

I came across Ted’s Woodworking Plans on a website that was reviewing it. I have done some woodworking and built some things and this product sounded so good I decided to go and have a look. He has a very good promotional video. It really sucked me in. (If you wish to view his video just type in “” in your browser)

He is offering over 16,000 plans with details, schematics. cutting and materials guides. The website page also shows example pictures of the plans and some very attractive completed projects.

Ted's Woodworking Plans video is very professional is
Ted’s Woodworking Plans has a compelling video to get you to buy their plans.


And that’s not all – you also get:

  • Free lifetime updates
  • Custom Plans
  • Lifetime Support
  • Guides and Knowledge Portal
  • Free Woodworking Videos
  • And it’s Mobile Friendly


But wait! There are also four FREE bonuses:

  1. A DWG/CAD plan Viewer (reg price $97)
  2. 150 Premium Woodworking Videos (reg price$77)
  3. Book “How to Start a Woodworking Business (reg price $27)
  4. Book “Complete Woodworking Guide” 200 pages (reg. price $37)

The website states that the plans are on sale “Today:” marked down from $67 to $47 “Order Now” “Hurry up! Offer expires in: 8 hrs, 21 min. and 45 sec”

This is a very well thought out and professional landing page  and it does just what it is designed to do. It makes you want to buy, even though you know it too good to be true.

Some impossible things look real
You KNOW it’s impossible

       I wanted to buy it!

       I wanted to promote it and sell it as an affiliate!

       I wanted it to be real!

       I mean it was just so fantastic!

I checked out their affiliate information and they were affiliated with ClickBank. At ClickBank I found that Ted’s Woodworking Plans has been #1 in the Home and Garden category for 5 years and paid a 75% commission. No wonder so many people are promoting it.  .

It Looked Too Good to Be True

I wanted to promote it, but like I said, it just looked too good to be true.

Clues on the Website

When you visit the website there is a picture of a box with a  DVD in front of it. You would think that you’ll be  getting a DVD or a set of DVD’s, right? Wrong! Read the fine print at the bottom of the website page and I quote:.

NOTE: Ted’s Woodworking Plans(TM) is a downloadable e-book. No physical products will be shipped. After you order, you will get INSTANT ACCESS to download the e-book and all the bonuses. The e-book format is adobe acrobat PDF, which can be viewed on Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, Android or Kindle


Why put a picture of a DVD if it is an e-book?

Well that is pretty much the way the whole website is. It’s all make-believe. In fact Ted (Woody) McGrath is not even a real person. He is a stock photo. He is not a member of AWI. His address is not a real address. He is totally made up. It turns out the plans are copies of free plans off the internet or copied from books and magazines. And the “how to” videos are also copied from the internet. All these copies are being sold  without giving the actual creators any credit. If you shared something on the internet for free would you like someone taking it, selling it and not even giving credit where credit is due? There were a lot of hints that are warning flags in Ted’s website. How many did you notice? Some of them are listed below.

Hints to Avoid Promoting Someone Else’s Scam

  1. Is it too good to be true?
  2. Can you contact a real person, is there a real address, phone or email?
  3. Do the claims sound legitimate or do they promise you the moon?
  4. Do they ask for money up front before they let you see the product?
  5. Do they tell you to buy now or it will go away?
  6. How is their support? Send an email to check. How quick did you get a reply:?
  7. Do they have a 60 day guarantee? Probably a ClickBank product and not very good
  8. Do they have a video only sales page?
  9. Do they promise instant riches?

These are just a few warning signs that should make you go “Oh Oh”. If you are suspicious,

Scam warning, beware!
Heed the scam warning signs
  • Check reviews, scam reports and complaints – in videos and on websites peut on prendre du viagra sans ordonnance.
  • Try the Better Business Bureau
  • Use your common sense.
  • If you can afford it and you think it’s legit, buy the product and give it a try.

As an affiliate, if you are going to recommend a product or service you have to know if its real. Your website’s credibility and reputation depend on it. And remember don’t believe everything you see on the internet. There’s a lot of scams out there.


Thank You for reading this post I hope you found it interesting. I welcome any comments or scam avoidance hints. Please leave them below.




6 comments on “Scam – Ted McGrath Woodworking Plans – Affiliates Beware

  1. Hmmm I don’t really know how to say this…but I have the product and its not a scam – it’s exactly what he promises it to be? As a matter of fact it’s one of two woodwork business products I promote on my site…and they both have excellent feedback.
    Sorry to burst the bubble but it is what it is….it’s an extremely popular clickbank product with really high gravity and low refund rates?

    • Chris
      I have found people on the Internet who are very much against this product. I am posting your comment and people can decide for themselves it they wish to buy this product or not.

  2. Thanks for the review. Sometimes things like this is really tricky in the sense that there are so many opportunities on the internet and there isn’t a lot of coverage on these opportunities so it’s best to find it out from a their party source so that people know what they are getting into. Keep it up.

    • Hi JP,

      I’m glad you found my review helpful.

      Sometimes you really have to dig to find out the truth. Anybody can write anything on the Internet. If we a going to invest time or money on we need to check things out carefully so we don’t get burned. And as an affiliate marketer we have to be twice as careful not to perpetuate a scam .

      Thanks for the comments,


  3. Hi there Pat,

    I chuckled when you mentioned “Why put a picture of a DVD if it is an e-book?”. Sometimes, scammers can over look certain details in their plots 🙂

    I am actually baffled by this product. Woodworking is an artistic skill and it’s a shame that some people take advantage of this and turn it into scam. Now, anyone who’s searching for woodworking courses online need to be careful. I am pretty sure it wasn’t this scary before.

    My next question is – how come ClickBank doesn’t check the legitimacy of this product before listing it on their network? Does this mean that they condone these scammers to operate like a normal business online?

    This can be very misleading for new affiliate marketers.

    • Cathy,

      Thank you for the comment.

      I don’t know why ClickBank is allowing this. This product has been on ClickBank since 2010 and has been one of their best sellers for the last 5 years in the Home category. Maybe this has something to do with it.

      I have heard that affiliate marketers need to check out clickBank’s products carefully as they are know for having some that are questionable. ClickBanks should try to weed out scammers on their network. I would think this is hurting their business in the long run and scaring away potential affiliates.


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