Associations Debt Relief Industry

What’s The Point of USOBA?

In an era when it seems there is little need for multiple trade associations in a post-FTC TSR debt settlement world I’ve asked the question before what is the need for USOBA.

Yesterday there was a conference call held by USOBA for member that was described as, “The call will be in presentation form by Robby Birnbaum on sales and marketing as it relates to the new debt relief rules and TSR.”

You see the ironic thing is that the person giving the detailed information to USOBA members is the president of TASC. So if USOBA members need to be instructed by the president of TASC on the new rules, what is the purpose for USOBA?

What do you think, is USOBA becoming less relevant now and what purpose does USOBA serve other than a place to get a badge?


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8 Comments

  • Badges? I don’t have to show you any badges! We don’t need no stinkin badges!

    Steve, I would have asked the question. Why do we need either of them? My opinion is they both do more harm than good. If TASC and USOBA want to be a trade association fine. But if they are just going to kowtow to their members, regardless of the harm they are foisting on consumers, then cut the crap with this consumer protection BS.

    In my opinion, these two organizations lead by example and show their members what true deceptive marketing is all about. Let’s spend millions telling consumers that you can only Trust a TASC or USOBA member because we secret shop and all that jazz, and then spend millions more blocking any regulatory efforts to protect consumers.

    Let me ask the question. How many TASC and USOBA members that were “vetted and secret shopped” by them, now or have been in trouble with regulators for ripping off consumers? Hmm, what happened to the strict consumer protections that are supposedly in place at these trade associations? Oh, that’s right, the consumer protections are a joke at best, and it takes a small miracle to get them to ever enforce them to kick out a member and lose their monthly stipend.

    One word, FreakinHypocrites

  • Steve you should’ve ended that last sentence “What do you think, is USOBA becoming less relevant now and what purpose does USOBA serve other than a place to get a badge?” with that audio of that guy saying “Badge?, what badge?, I don’t need no stinkin badge!” lol

  • Steve you should’ve ended that last sentence “What do you think, is USOBA becoming less relevant now and what purpose does USOBA serve other than a place to get a badge?” with that audio of that guy saying “Badge?, what badge?, I don’t need no stinkin badge!” lol

      • Badges? I don’t have to show you any badges! We don’t need no stinkin badges!
        Steve, I would have asked the question. Why do we need either of them? My opinion is they both do more harm than good. If TASC and USOBA want to be a trade association fine. But if they are just going to kowtow to their members, regardless of the harm they are foisting on consumers, then cut the crap with this consumer protection BS.
        In my opinion, these two organizations lead by example and show their members what true deceptive marketing is all about. Let’s spend millions telling consumers that you can only Trust a TASC or USOBA member because we secret shop and all that jazz, and then spend millions more blocking any regulatory efforts to protect consumers.
        Let me ask the question. How many TASC and USOBA members that were “vetted and secret shopped” by them, now or have been in trouble with regulators for ripping off consumers? Hmm, what happened to the strict consumer protections that are supposedly in place at these trade associations? Oh, that’s right, the consumer protections are a joke at best, and it takes a small miracle to get them to ever enforce them to kick out a member and lose their monthly stipend.

        One word, FreakinHypocrites

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