Website: The LAH Journal
There are a number of red flags with this website and it's safe to say not much (if anything) it claims can be trusted. The underlying product is 'Coffee Shop Lifestyle' which is just a re-branded version of an old and pretty much dead product. I do not recommend this.
What Is The Life At Home (LAH) Journal?
This is supposedly an opportunity to create a 'significant part-time income' through Amazon quickly and easily. Wow I haven't heard that before, sign me up! Rather than make outlandish income claims themselves, they essentially 'tip toe' around this by letting the 'testimonials' do the talking for them.
They personally say you could make $500 per week which is pretty reasonable, but then spend every second after that showing you so called 'examples' of folks earning in excess of $13k per month with this system. This is likely for legal reasons and/ or to make the whole thing more believable.
Either way, this is nothing more than a fake 'journal' website used to promote a product. When you click on literally any link on that site you'll be taken to the sale page and if you buy, they make a commission. There's nothing wrong with that in itself for the most part but the marketing tactics they employ are highly unethical in m opinion. Who's behind the LAH Journal website? I can't say since there is no information on the site about who owns it and it's been registered anonymously.
Exposing The Deception
The very first thing I noticed was how the website (www.lahjournal.com) uses a generic news video clip about 'online business' that was actually aired over 3 years ago. This was a massive red flag and something I see used all the time amongst some of the worst scam websites. Whenever you see this, run the other way.
They also present news network logos at the top to try and pass off some kind of endorsement which is a total crock. This is nothing more than a sneaky trick used to gain your trust so you whip out your credit card. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page they actually admit it's pure fiction.
The website consists of 3 'testimonial' videos that (while not directly stated) clearly implies that these folks are having massive success with the program the website is promoting. Normally these are just videos made by actors from freelance websites like Fiverr for under $10. But after doing some digging I was surprised to find that these were actually real people!
It appears as though the people below are totally legitimate and have absolutely nothing to do with the making of this website.
Kat McDivott is a successful entrepreneur who motivates others to pursue their personal best
Derek Pankaew successful entrepreneur who's been responsible for some cool looking products
Michael Rockwell I was unable to find any information about other than a LinkedIn profile which doesn't confirm much
The point being, whoever is behind this has probably just snagged one of their videos and pasted it onto the site to make it look like they are endorsing the product. Pay attention to how general in nature the video clips are and how they don't specifically mention any product name. This is a dead give away. More importantly, each of the 3 videos talk about success with e-commerce or Amazon which is NOT what the underlying system the site is promoting is about.
The written testimonials are no better, they are nothing more than canned text and stock images.
Stock Image Location: http://www.bigstockphoto.com/image-91337948/stock-photo-hispanic-woman-working-in-home-office
What About The Product Itself?
The thing about these kinds of pages is that it's difficult to pin them down to a single product because they are always changing whatever they promote. In fact, they are always changing just about everything from the URL, site name, text, images and more just to keep people from catching on. As you can see, the LAH site started out promoting some kind of Amazon product but switched to promoting the 'Coffee Shop Lifestyle' product it does now.
The website for this products is located at www.coffeeshoplifestyle.today and is registered to Trisha Hawthorne. I did some digging and it turns out that this is an exact copy of the 'Coffee Shop Millionaire' product that was launched back in 2013 by a guy named Anthony Trister.
Everything is the same. The core product is a local marketing training course that (despite a ton of guru hype) contains some useful insight into making money with local marketing. I haven't officially reviewed this but the biggest complaints I've found from people are that it lacks the practical step-by-step training needed to start making money, and a lot of people have had issues getting a refund.
That brings me to perhaps my biggest concern with this 'spin off' version of the original CSM, they take orders directly instead of using a reputable third party processor. When CSM originally launched it was available for purchase through a marketplace called ClickBank which has a reliable 60 day refund policy. The CSL version however, takes orders directly. It also doesn't accept PayPal and requires that you call them in order to get a refund. This is somewhat concerning.
The real question for me is whether this is a legitimately authorised 're-branding' of the original CSM product or if it's just some kind of con game? It seems the original CSM is pretty much dead in the water in terms of interest so maybe this is a way for them to 're-ignite' a once popular product.
I do know that Anthony is not listed as the owner of the new website so this is somewhat concerning. I personally do NOT recommend buying the re-branded CSL version. Period. If however, you are desperate to buy it either way then you can get it cheaper ($27) directly from www.coffeeshopmillionaire.com. I don't recommend this product but at least this way you'll get it cheaper and it comes with a reliable 60 day money back guarantee.
What I Liked
- The original CSM product does provide some value for the price (quite outdated though)
What I Didn't Like
- Very misleading (yet careful) marketing tactics being used
- Talk about makign money with Amazon when that is NOT wat CSL/ CSM is even about
- Use generic news videos and videos of (probably) unsuspecting people to legitimise their BS website
- Potentially an unauthorised re-branding of the original product which means good luck getting a refund
- The LAH Journal site claims they won't spam you, but later confess they'll share your info with 3rd partiy marketers
As far as the so called 'journal' website is concerned, I have nothing good to say whatsoever. It's just a generic promo website delivering a carefully worded and misleading sales pitch for 'whatever' they are promoting at the time.
The CSM product does appear to contain some worthwhile insights to a beginner looking to get into local marketing. But you'll probably need to spend a fair chunk of extra cash to really make it work, like most products online. I definitely don't recommend buying into the 'quick and easy' riches hype the video goes on about.
Making money online is possible and very achievable but it won't happen by sitting around "sipping coffee and watching the money roll in" as Anthony from CSM suggests. As someone who makes money online, I can safely say that kind of sales hype is designed to get you spending money, nothing more.