Work at Home Assembly Jobs: What to Expect

Of all work at home jobs, few produce as many complaint as assembly jobs do. There are thousands of complaints online about these jobs, and the common denominator is real anguish. The typical assembly job is the "craft" job, putting together a commercial item. The job begins with the job offer, assembling X amount of articles. The theory is that these articles, things like bunnies, are resold to the company.

The work environment

You pay for the kits, read the assembly manuals, and settle down to what has been variously described as different forms of personal misery trying to assemble these horrors. Eventually something resembling a finished product is produced, which is then sent to the provider for purchase. Unfortunately, they're usually rejected, and the outlay and time is completely wasted. At least one report online refers to an entire batch of perfectly assembled pieces being refused.

There's a reason for this lack of enthusiasm. The provider makes money through selling assembly kits, not buying them back. Some people claim to have been actually yelled at on the phone by these scam artists because of the assembler's "low standards" of work, despite hours of sincere, frustrated, work. The most common complaints are:

  • The materials provided for assembly are invariably inferior.
  • The economics of assembly on this basis don't make any sense, particularly repurchasing. Most sellers of these materials outsource to Asia, where they're assembled in millions.
  • The sale prices of things like baby booties, bunnies, novelty objects, etc, are about 50c maximum to wholesalers. Any attempt to resell assembled items for distribution would lose money, and a lot of it.

Is it a good idea?

Most of these "jobs" are apparently targeted at female respondents. Many ads are actual lists of opportunities, all based on the same basic deals. The merchandise is usually pretty similar, cute looking deco-domestic types of things that seem very innocuous, "things for kids" and don't generate any suspicion. This type of merchandising is called "positive reinforcement", supplying positive images for sales.

We can't say categorically that any assembly jobs are scams. We can say that from what we've seen they're definitely not worth your time. We can also say that you can seek advice on your circumstances from a Better Business Bureau or a pro-bono lawyer if you have a complaint. 

Real jobs in work at home assembly

The only employers that provide this type of work are factories and some craft businesses. The economics in their cases make it worth their while to outsource jobs like sewing, painting pieces, and other simple, but necessary tasks locally. They don't pay enormous amounts of money, and it's usually occasional work, but they are bonafide jobs.