I have gotten quite a bit of negative feedback about my previous post on World Ventures/ DreamTrips, and I wanted to make another post just to clear the air a bit and explain my thoughts a bit better, since everyone seems to think that I'm an insufferable, google-abusing idiot.
I would also ask that if you do disagree with my opinion, that you express that in a respectful way, because so far, all of the comments I've been getting have been rather rude, and their writers have been insulting me personally. So please, if you want to voice your opinion, do so respectfully rather than lashing out because you end up looking like the coward when you anonymously attack someone on the internet.
First off, I've noticed that every single angry comment has been from someone who is a member of World Ventures. I feel like, in any situation, people on the inside fail to be able to identify and admit to problems around them, whereas someone on the outside is able to see the bigger picture and see things more objectively. I can see where people who are a part of World Ventures might have very subjective feelings about the business. People on the inside probably feel like they need to protect World Ventures, and therefore are seemingly lashing out at me for telling the story of how I was approached about it. I'm actually very interested in hearing what people OUTSIDE the company have to say about my last post and this one. I want to know if you find my comments to be out of line or baseless. Please let me know in the comments.
Secondly, Google is one of the main ways that we, as an internet-savvy society, learn information, is it not? I'm sure that you, as well as the people who called me "Mr. Google-researcher" (I'm actually female, just by the way) actually found that post and this post by looking it up on Google or a similar search engine. My information about World Ventures came from my personal experience, as well as the experiences of other people who have been approached about World Ventures. These people, like me, felt the need to tell people about what they experienced, because we felt like there was a problem. At the very least, this needs to be a wake up call to World Ventures, because they're coming off as completely non-authentic by having this model of recruiting people.
Third, my post was, in no way, saying that World Ventures was not really a travel company. Clearly, they are, and people with memberships take trips with them. The point that I was making is that they have a shady business model. If they want to come of as a legitimate company, why do they have a system that can so easily fall into the "Pyramid Scheme" category, which- like it or not- is a huge red flag to consumers? As I said in my last blog, because I'm not a member, I can neither confirm or deny their claims of saving money on trips, and I will freely admit that. However, I have read many different "DreamTrips Stories" from people who were a part of it, and found that the company did not save them money at all.
Fourth, I have found that people who want you to buy a membership in World Ventures are very sneaky, and this bothers me quite a bit. From my own experience, as well as other first-hand experiences, people have been approached by others under false pretenses and then have been pitched the whole World Ventures/ DreamTrips shebang. People have compared this to Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, etc. but there are some distinct differences. People with Mary Kay and Pampered Chef don't approach you under false pretenses. You know that you're buying a product from a person. Along the same lines, World Ventures has been very clever about not "really" making DreamTrips an actual pyramid scheme, because they don't give commission or pay their members for recruiting people. Kinda. The members' incentive is getting fees waived. So technically, they aren't being paid, they just aren't being charged. World Ventures wants people to recruit you so that you can recruit other people, who can recruit other people, and so on down the line. Mary Kay? They want to sell you a product. You buy it, you're done. No $200 dollar membership fee with an incentive to make more people buy things, you're just DONE. Can you join up and sell Mary Kay? Sure! But purchasing something from them doesn't automatically involve a membership that you're constantly paying for. That's the difference.
So there you go, a bit of an explanation for my post. I would ask that you not send me hate comments, as these are my own opinions and observances, as well as a summary of many other people's experiences that I have read. As just an interesting note, the girl who approached me actually posted on Facebook that she didn't have enough money to go on a trip and that she needed to learn to be smarter with her money. If that doesn't reinforce my point, then I don't know what does.
The following was posted as a comment at the beginning of December, but I'm putting it on the main post so it's more visible.
As you all can see, I have stopped responding to comments, both positive and negative. I honestly just don't have the time to go through each and every comment and give feedback. To those of you who have voiced your opinions in a polite and respectful manner, thank you! I sincerely appreciate feedback, even if you disagree with me. However, if your sole intent is to be rude, to bash me, or to make me look stupid, don't waste your time typing out a hateful comment. It only serves to make you look brainwashed and desperate to save a company that you're too tightly woven into to recognize a single flaw. Honestly, I find it funny that half of the people who try to insult my intelligence can't even manage to put together a single grammatically correct sentence. This blog post is based upon my experiences, and the experiences of others. I have never claimed that anything I learned about the company could be considered "research." Those who aim to bash me have used that term, but I literally just googled it in search of other people's experiences. I have never claimed to be a business expert. I have simply stated my experience with a member, and have discussed concerns that others have had. The vast number of unhappy members/former members and the many people who have been approached in the same way as I was should ALL be signs of a failing business model, scam or no scam (although I do still stand by my "scam" belief). If you can't see that, then I fail to see how I'm the ignorant and illogical person in this situation.