Image via WikipediaAn article written by Robert L. Fitzpatrick in 2004 warned all about the "non-retail" direct selling company.
And that's exactly what TVI Express is, a non-retail direct-selling company, except I used a different name... a pseudo-MLM scam.
A non-retail direct selling company can be summed up as a direct selling company that doesn't sell anything. That's truly an oxymoron, isn't it? Yet that's exactly what TVI Express does. That's what TVI Express webpage says:
"Network marketing -- also Direct Selling of Multi- Level Marketing... is the business model that TVI Express chose from the beginning." -- http://www.tviexpress.com/financial.php
But their own FAQ says very clearly...
"Q: Do I need to sell any products?
A: No. You don't need to sell any products. "
Even TVI Express themselves admit they are a non-retail direct-selling company...
So what are the warning signs of a non-retail direct-selling company? Here are the factors:
You can buy discount travel all over the Internet, directly from the airline websites, or from your local travel agent and more. Why buy from TVI Express at all? DEFINITE YES
As there is no retail, PERIOD, it doesn't matter. It's all recruiting, all the way. DEFINITE YES
Recently a lot of TVI Express reps are claiming that TVI Express sell travel, specifically discount hotel vouchers. However, there is no explanation ANYWHERE in TVI Express website that says you CAN earn money by selling vouchers. Combined with "you do not need to sell any products" answer from TVI Express FAQ, this means that there is NO retail sales in TVI Express at all.
Even the term "residual income" was actually defined as "earn a certain percentage of amount on every person joining your worldwide team" (TVI Express FAQ #7) DEFINITELY YES
TVI Express tries to weasel by answering the question in a roundabout way:
How does my matrix commission raises from 5% to 10%?
Your commission increases with increase in your rank. When you cycle out of the Express board, you automatically become a Gold Associate and start receiving 5% of the group sales. When two people in any two different legs of your organizational structure reach the 5% level, you become a Diamond Associate and the percentage commission upgrades to 7%. Similarly, it goes to 8.5% and 10% finally entering you into the power pool where you earn lifelong royalty income from the Global Revenue of the Company.When you cycle out of the 2nd board, you're at 5%. (That's when you got the $10000) When people below you cycle out, your level get raised, and you get a bigger share of the cut.
But how do you cycle out? By recruiting, and filling the 1-2-4-8 pyramid (i.e. the 2x3 forced matrix) below you. So the MORE you recruit, the more money you will make. You don't need to sell anything at all, because there is NOTHING to sell.
There's not a single reference to selling ANYTHING on TVI Express website, other than selling the TVI Express "opportunity" itself. DEFINITELY YES
TVI Express fits EVERY SINGLE WARNING SIGN of a non-retail direct selling company.