I thought it was time to write about My Shed Plans and Ted’s Woodworking Plans (advertised here on the right) because I’ve read a heap of vocal press about these products.
There is one major gripe about shed plans products and that is that some of the shed plans and other items offered in the package can be found elsewhere on the web! That would surely not be news to anyone who is even vaguely acquainted with the internet. So while some people complain about this, others recognize that not everyone wants to spend hours tracking the plans down. Some people are perfectly happy to pay for someone having researched it all and have created a package where all the plans in one place.
Another gripe is about the volume of shed plans. People are saying that no one can use thousands and thousands of plans. I’d say they are right, but it is also reasonable to assume that having a range and choice of plans gives just about everyone at least something they may like to make.
While someone may want free shed plans, perhaps someone else is looking for barn plans. It’s hard to imagine that anyone would want to build all of the items contained in the packages – but I may be wrong about this! Maybe there are incredibly keen people out there who spend all their time making things from wood. If so, it’s highly likely that those people are quite proficient at woodworking and perhaps are unlikely to need the assistance of shed plans, barn plans or any other plans.
A couple of people have had negative experiences with the payment process when they bought My Shed Plans.When I purchase anything on the web, I am cautious and make sure that a legitimate service like Paypal is used.
In this case though, both the woodworking products are sold through Clickbank and Clickbank has no problem with refunding – in fact they are known as being a great organization with respect to payments and refunds. So using Clickbank, purchasers should not have any problems. It seems to me that some purchasers wanting a refund may have gone directly to the company concerned and that is not the proper process to follow. When making a purchase it is important to keep the documentation from Clickbank for the very reason you may need to follow up later.
Check out these snippets from real people’s feedback and make up your own mind about whether you want to buy either of these products through this site. Some people are OK with this, and others are not. It really is a personal decision – just like all the other decisions we make when we buy something.
These following excerpts relate to My Shed Plans product:
There were several help documents included on download. These were pretty good for the most part. Unfortunately they looked like they had been ripped from reputable websites and are probably used without permission.John – Sugar Land Texas USA from ripoffreport.com
Oh, and perhaps the author has a suggestion for a better package I could get for the same money? Seriously, that is not a flippant comment but a real request. I am a real person / hobbyist woodworker and am always on the look-out for good deals. And if the author knows of any packages better than this, I am all ears…or ‘eyes’ as it were. Roger D, United States from ripoffreport.com
I ordered a trial membership. Ad stated my credit card would not be charged for one week and would not be charged at all if I wasn’t satisfied for any reason “No questions asked.”My card was charged immediately. Then I was asked if I wanted to upgrade to the Elite version which had complete plans another $29.99 I think( that’s what I thought I was supposed to be getting to start with). Then I was asked if I wanted to purchase a CD with the plans on it for another $19.99. Again ad never mentioned that for the first $29.99 all I was getting was access.Joe – (United States of America) from ripoffreport.com
I was reluctant to purchase at first and had decided that I was not going to purchase and then when the “free plan download” for a 8 x 12 shed was offered to me. I downloaded it and it was very precise all the information was there, materials, step by step instruction, etc…. I purchased the plans and was also guaranteed that if I was not completely satisfied I would receive a full refund and I was also told my card would not be charged for a week. Well, my card was charged before the 7 days was up and I was not satisfied.Adam T Madron – Enumclaw (United States of America) from ripoffreport.com
The above comments relate to My Shed Plans. There were not nearly as many comments out there for Teds Woodworking so I assume more people are happier with this product. The comments I did see seemed to be from people promoting the website so I haven’t included them here. But of course you can check the product out for yourself.
It is worth pointing out that in 2009 Teds Woodworking won The Woodworking Association’s Readers Choice Award (a huge American association for woodworking with chapters around the country).
Seriously though, when purchasing shed plans or anything from the web, it pays to do your research. If you research both these products you will be in a position to make up your own mind about whether you would like to buy or not. It’s totally up to you, no one is forcing your hand.