Perhaps you have heard of World Ventures or seen their marketing ads of people that post pictures of themselves holding blue signs with the words, “You should be here,” on them. I know I have. I actually do have a friend on Facebook whom is a childhood friend that tried to rope me into going to a World Ventures “party” with him. Of course I declined the offer, but as any normal person I wondered how he managed to travel and what the signs were all about.
Apparently there has been a lot of buzz about this company and so that got me interested in finding out more, but I wasn’t even sure what that “company” was, as those little blue signs do not seem to say the name of their benefactor (so to speak). Like many other bloggers who have been plagued with questions and solicitations I did some digging on my own. I have read many reviews, blogs, and especially comments from people who feel as though they were scammed. So let me share some of this information with my readers…
World Ventures is an MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) type of business…most people prefer to call it a pyramid scheme. The top people make all the money and very little of that money trickles down too far on the pyramid to the little guy. Essentially someone is recruited by someone else, and then they are to recruit more people and unless you recruit and maintain at least four travel consultants you are paying World Ventures a $61.00 a month membership fee. That is not including the over $300.00 it costs to join. Supposedly some of this cost will go as a credit for your future travel but from what I have seen it really only applies to the most expensive of travel destinations in Asia.
Even the BBB has something to say about this company as far as ratings and it says it is a C- which is less than reputable. Now I will say that it seems that World Ventures has refunded most complaints it took several days to weeks to do so. I couldn’t imagine paying so much money on something that I was unsure about. Many promises are made about the success you will have in the company but it seems that most people find out that it is near impossible to achieve those goals. I don’t know many people that have almost $400.00 to blow on potential travel and then an additional cost per month on something that isn’t guaranteed. The two page contracts seem really sketchy to me as well.
Although I have read numerous complaints about this company, here is my biggest pet-peeve…I am all for supporting businesses, mostly small local companies, indie authors and musicians, artists and the like, but when a friend or a supposed friend is trying to rope you into these things it isn’t really to benefit you, but to benefit them. It isn’t just W.V. it is a whole lot of companies floating around out there, but I would urge you that before you get roped into anything you do your research extensively. I have found several blogs that can help with your decision making if you are even tempted to partner up with World Ventures and I will post them below, including a picture of a Facebook exchange between a W.V. member and World Ventures themselves not wanting to release some information about a lawsuit they are involved in.