What’s Legit About
If you really want to answer your own question, then let me offer some questions you can ask of any of those MLM Travel groups.
They can’t kill you. (and if they do, they certainly can’t eat you; or is that what Dahmer scratched on his cell wall?)
Now, certainly not everything that has sales from friends or family is a scam; and not all MLM travel groups are scams…they just might not deliver on their promises to more than 3% of their recruits (that being true, if you’re led to believe almost everyone succeeds, then that’s bordering on prevarication, if not deception)
You and I both know wonderful people who get into a MLM Travel group for the potential of vacation savings. They don’t seek to enlist anyone unless a friend or family simply want to save on their own vacation as well. Discounts are discounts and they are not counting on you selling them anything else.
The hope of a travel agency is to find or custom the travel package you are searching for; get a lower price than you can get on your own; sell for a margin of profit for them, gained for them because they have exerted the effort (labor) to discover it and provide a savings to you and an income for them. If the travel agency can connect the dots of travel tighter than you can (make sure the fees and taxes are included in the pricing; make sure the transportation is provided and not just an add-on at the last minute; consider travel visas and other necessary documents and the lead time for approvals prior to travel, help you with any notices of quarantine or lead time for immunizations prior to travel, etc.) then the travel agent has proven a value to the customer as well. These are the reasonable, fair, and marketable services of a travel agency.
MLM travel would best be understood as travel services being the product and MLM being the marketing. It’s only reasonable that if a satisfied customer shares his experience with friends, and those friends are interested because they already travel or they want to begin traveling, that the customer could be rewarded for, in effect, marketing the travel service. The reward in a MLM travel experience could easily be the commodity that brought everyone together in the first place: travel. A legitimate MLM travel exchange could provide deeper travel discounts to the satisfied customer who then sends business to the MLM travel business.
If you find yourself making purchases beyond your own needs in order to “position” yourself for something more; and, if you realize you just have to enlist 3 others to do what you originally wanted to do, and then you get your reward; well, run away!
The next step in the adventure of turning this love of travel into a lucrative income stream invariably includes recruiting others. The catch is, the recruiting becomes focused not on the travel, but on the commissions that come from the fee, dues, and/or initial memberships purchase. It’s no longer about travel, it’s about people paying money to get money.
You discover the company’s fast track to benefit you requires you to turn over fast money to the company and get others to pitch in as well, just to get you to the level of higher benefit.
Where did the travel go? It becomes a secondary thought at best, or an initial bait and switch at worse. It’s the original excuse to visit with friends, family, coworkers and neighbors, but it soon gets to be about, “don’t you need a little extra cash, and don’t you know people who would like to travel at discounted prices? If so, you need to do what I did. It’s only an initial cost of $xxx and monthly or annual dues of $xx.” When you hear yourself talking to others with those phrases, that’s your time to take a breath and think for a minute.
Scam alerts can be detected with these questions:
1. If I don’t recruit anyone else, do I still get my discounts and the potential payoff you are promoting?
If you are expected to do any more than share the good experience you’ve had in your lower price, high benefit vacation packages, then the emphasis is on you recruiting others, not merely encouraging someone else to be a customer, too. If gaining recruits is more often measured than gaining customers, likely as not, you’re headed to a terrible experience and you are being encouraged to load your friends and family on your own wagon to doom.
2. What training will you provide for free and will I be successful if I don’t take the fee-based training you have?
If the answer reveals the training to be an additional cost to you; if it appears to be more centered on how to recruit others, how to build your structure of recruits, and how to answer opposition from family and friends, then you may be looking at a sad experience for everyone.
3. When things don’t develop along the “sale path,” do you offer “fast track” “quick steps” or “preferred plans” for those of us who don’t see the results you say we’ll see?
Just listen to the response. If you must pay extra for such experiences, or you must enlist even more people who pay more, if you have to buy an expensive package in order to give others a discount, or they must do the same for you to get discounts, then the structure is all about the company’s bottom line, not yours. This convention, that mastermind, this training event, all costing you more, is not a way to go.
4. So, if I don’t buy tonight, then all the good stuff goes away, right?
A legitimate business is going to allow you time to consider or a chance to get some critique from family or friends. If the advantages they say are contingent upon an immediate decisions, then do what a friend of mine does. She says, “I have immediate answers for immediate decisions. I have strong, committed answers for strong, committed decisions. Which answer would you like?
Those are the questions that when answered will separate the MLM Travel groups from others you are mainly about commissions and fees to yield a supposed income, far from a focus on travel.
I got off that ride when I met Brad.
You need to listen to Brad (the guy in the video up there). I did and I’m so glad I did!