Monday, September 24, 2007

More on the YTB Scam

You know, there are REALLY scams out there- ones that are taking people's money every single day. What really makes me mad is when people try to lump legitimate businesses in with these other scams.If you are truly doing your due-diligence on YTB, you need to be armed with the appropriate information to make an informed decision. Don't just rely on "Scam sites" that automatically deem virtually ALL businesses "scams" except "miraculously" their one program.

You should also be hesitant to base your decision on the opinion of a business owner in a competing business. They do not have your best interest at heart.

Finally, the one thing that absolutely blows my mind is when people look at one Better Business Bureau bad "report" and judge an entire company. First of all the BBB is not a governmental organization, it is a private entity that sells "memberships" to businesses. Who gets favorable ratings? their members. There is much debate as to the BBB's impartiality.

So, sadly, they aren't the end-all-be-all judges of "scams" versus "legitimate business opportunities". Also involved are the competitors who want to tank the other business' reputation by filing bogus complaints.

Another problem with relying on the reports are that there are THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS of YTB Reps and RTA's. As hard as YTB may try, they simply cannot control all of the actions of every single one of their agents. Sadly, some people resort to hype and lies to get people into the business. If someone has told you that this business won't take any work, and the money comes quick and easy- talk to me first, I'll give you the real story.

One of the things that I tell people looking at YTB is that while it is a legitimate business opportunity, it does take work. This isn't the lottery where you put in $1 and get millions. It isn't a "get rich quick" scheme.This business, for most, won't get you millions in a short period of time, you've got to be willing to dedicate a few years, at least. But, unlike your 9 to 5, this business CAN set your financially free.

Another one of my pet-peeve YTB Scam comments is that YTB Reps get paid for signing up other Reps. WRONG.To sell travel stores- it costs nothing. This is known as a Rep or an Independent Marketing Representative/"IMR". You do not make commissions from getting Reps to join your business.Reps sell a product: travel stores. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. To check out a sample travel store click here.When you sell a travel store, you make a commission.

People who purchase travel stores are known as RTA's or Referring Travel Agents.Referring Travel Agents pay a one-time start-up fee of $449 and then a recurring monthly webhosting fee of $49.95. Some say the recurring fee is the YTB scam. This is completely ridiculous.YTB provides you with a fully-functional e-commerce website. They host your website. They offer customer service to your customers. They fulfill your customer's travel requests. They track all of your sales. They send out marketing pieces to your travel customers weekly. They offer you travel training. That is worth WAY more than a measly $49.95 per month. I have other websites, and I know that hosting and design, and order fulfillment can cost way more than the price YTB charges. More importantly, RTA's cannot sell travel stores. So, when you purchase a travel store, unless you decide to also be an IMR, you cannot make commission off of the sale of travel stores. RTA's sell a product: travel. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

YTB is not a scam. I have had more fun with this business, and I've definitely made money with it.


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