1. Is WorldVentures a pyramid scheme?
WorldVentures is not a pyramid scheme. WorldVentures is a legitimate network marketing (also known as direct selling) business focused on travel and lifestyle products. Pyramid schemes are illegal, do not deliver on any product or service being sold, and are a form of fraud. This article
by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers a very comprehensive explanation.
WorldVentures passes the "pyramid test" primarily because the company does not pay commissions based on recruiting new Representatives. Rather, commissions are paid solely on the sale of retail products: the DreamTrips Memberships, Luxury DreamTrips Memberships, and the Leisure Travel Consultant package. These products are not sold at inflated prices and since they are not physically tangible items, Representatives do not carry any inventory.
In 2009, WorldVentures launched a new B2B division that markets the DreamTrips Membership as an employee benefit directly to companies, with no mention of the Leisure Travel Consultant opportunity. To date, thousands of customers have already enrolled as members through this employee benefit program.
WorldVentures is not an opportunity where you make millions of dollars in income overnight. It’s a viable business similar to other direct selling companies such as Mary Kay, Pre-Paid Legal, Tupperware, Avon, and many other successful companies utilizing a home-based business distribution model. In fact, noted industrialists and corporations utilize the network marketing model as well. For example: Warren Buffet (Berkshire Hathaway) owns The Pampered Chef; Sir Richard Branson, of Virgin fame, also owned Virgin Vie, which distributes cosmetics and skincare products in Europe; and banking giant CitiGroup owns Primerica Insurance Company. Even clothing giant Jockey owns and operates Jockey Person-to-Person.