If you are like me, as soon as you heard about YTB, you rushed to Google to type in YTB scam. Then, you were fortunate enough to find entire boards dedicated to telling you why YTB is a scam. Heck,the boards are even dedicated solely to telling people about scams so they must be legit, right?
Besides the stray person such as myself trying to infuse a bit of reality into the posts, the authors in the forum are typically two kinds of people:
1. Representatives from competing companies
2. People who despise MLM and all things Network Marketing
Neither one of these two types is looking out for your best interest. Here's why:
Type 1. Representatives from competing companies
These people have one thing on their mind and one thing only- to get you into their business at any cost. They'll trash talk all competitors of their company, and say whatever it takes to get you to join their business over their competitor- even by fudging the facts. They'll throw out fancy figures and technical terms, and make you think that they are legit, but if you do the slightest bit of due diligence, you'll discover that more often than not, the YTB scam they are preaching about just isn't true.
Believe me, you do NOT want to get into business with these folks. As a person with a degree in advertising, I can tell you that psychological studies have shown that negative campaigns are not effective marketing tools. Plus, they've just shown you how it is that they do business- maliciously bash the competition. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't sign up for that style of marketing.
Honest, ethical business owners don't market their business by talking badly about their competition. Don't get me wrong, they will make comparisons and distinguish themselves from the competition, which is fine, but they never degrade the competition.
When was the last time you heard a McDonald's commercial telling you that Wendy's was going bankrupt, that Wendy's corporate leadership was a bunch of crooks, and that you better get to McDonald's as fast as you can? Oh, you didn't hear them say that?
Well, I just read those comments pretty much verbatim on a message boards written by a rep from a competitor of YTB. This is why you should be wary before putting your faith in these posts. You need to research the YTB opportunity for yourself to determine if the business is right for you.
The second type of people you encounter on message boards are the MLM-haters. These people are of the opinion that MLMs are only out to take advantage of people, and that they prey on unsuspecting victims.
Pull back the fluff, and look at what these people are truly saying, which is: People are too stupid to make up their own mind about what to do with their money. People shouldn't be allowed to make their own decisions, because they aren't intelligent enough to make the proper decision on how to spend their time and money.
I've actually read this same philosophy in my college political science classes...
when I was studying the works of the most famous socialist out there- the Father of Communism, Karl Marx, who believed that the people are too stupid to determine how to spend their money or make decisions, so the all knowing government must step in to help them.
The real reason why people fail in this business is not that it is a scam, rather it is because they have unrealistic expectations about what it takes to actually build a business, and/or they do not have sufficient time or money to properly build a business. I don't care what anyone else tells you: to make money, you need money. Period. There isn't such a thing as a free lunch. If someone tells you to join their business because it's free, easy, and they'll build the business for you...run for the hills...fast.
If it is so easy, and they build the business for you, why do they need you? Better yet, why would they need to PAY you? Not a legitimate opportunity, so move on.
In short, YTB is not a scam. It offers entrepreneurs a legitimate business without the exorbitant start-up costs inherent in a brick and mortar travel business.
People like to say that the YTB scam is that the company focuses on representative sign-up fees. This is not the case. In fact, as an Independent Marketing Rep (Rep) you can sign up with YTB for free and start selling travel stores. YTB is in the business of selling travel, and the way we do that is by setting up thousands (102,000 to be exact) travel stores, and have 102,000 people referring their family, friends and coworkers to their travel website.
YTB is no scam. I was making travel commissions my first month. It was that easy. YTB is a legitimate home based business opportunity.