Would you buy something from a person who never answered your questions?
Scientologists will never answer your questions. Not ever. Their “answer” is that you should buy something, a book or a course (or both!), and that “will answer your questions”.
Now why would you have to pay money to get your questions answered?
Well, you don’t. That is, you do pay money but you don’t get answers. It is highly unlikely that the books or courses will provide the information you wanted.
You see, that’s just a sales gimmick. They just say “Your questions will be answered in this book, or on this course”. It’s a lie to close the sale, get your money, your name, your address and your phone number.
After you complete the books or courses and still have unanswered questions, well, buy another book, or course!
Would you buy something from a person who demanded you never look at critical reviews of their product?
Scientology insists that you only look at their information, their glowing descriptions of what they sell, never at any information that might have a differing view.
It is built into the dogma of Scientology: Scientology is good and anyone who says otherwise is evil. No non-Scientology information is allowed.
Well, keeping people from knowing other information might be “good salesmanship” but it isn’t honest.
Would you buy something from a person who locked you in a room until you paid for something?
Believe it or not this actually is a common practice in the Church of Scientology. There are many, many stories (on those sites you’re not supposed to go look at) that chronicle just that kind of “sales technique”.
And, unfortunately, this often works. People will, in desperation, write a check just so they can get out of that room. Instead, they should call the police.
Would you buy something from a person who refused to provide any evidence of their claims for their product?
Scientology is big on claims, but completely lacking in any evidence. They claim Scientology will produce better communication, improved lives, better income, raised IQ, resolution of all sorts of problems — on and on and on. But there is absolutely no evidence that any of their claims are true.
Oh, they have anecdotal stories from nameless people about all sorts of “good things”, but that isn’t evidence. If Scientology could actually produce the fantastic gains they promise, it would be a walk in the park for them to provide actual evidence. If their results were true, they could prove them.
But they can’t.
Would you buy something from a person if you knew they were specially trained in mind-control techniques?
Yes, the “Registrar” (salesman) you are talking to in a Church of Scientology is specially trained in various techniques to get you to buy. They will “ruin” you (make you very upset). They will manipulate your “Tone Level” (control your emotions). They will use other tricks they have been trained in to make you say yes.
They are trained to make you say yes when you really don’t want to. They are trained to make you pay even when you can’t afford to.
Would you buy something from a person who, when you explain that you didn’t get what was promised, always said the solution was to buy more?
That is the sum total of the Scientology problem-resolution. When you don’t receive the gains and abilities promised by Scientology (and you won’t), their solution is never to give you your money back. Their solution is never to do whatever it takes to ensure you get what was promised — at no further cost. Nope, that is never their solution.
The Church of Scientology’s “solution” is for you to buy more — another book, another course, more auditing. And when that doesn’t deliver what was promised, why “buy even more!“
All Scientologists are on the endless treadmill of “your next level will handle that!”
Would you buy something from someone who offered a product that was too good to be true?
When a Scientologist is selling you Scientology, they will promise that Scientology will handle any problem you have, give you any abilities you desire and will make you rich. Yes, they will promise you anything — but certainly not in writing — to get you to buy Scientology.
Doesn’t that ring any alarm bells for you?
It’s just another sales gimmick. No matter what you want, they are trained to answer “Scientology can help you with that!” Scientology can’t do that, but the trick often gets a person to buy.
Do not check your good sense at the door when you talk to a Scientology sales person. When they try to sell you something, look at it like any other expensive purchase. If you look at it that way, you will see Scientology for what it really is.