TVI Express, fully known as Travel Ventures International are based in London, United Kingdom (apparently).
Their life began in January 2009 and there have been some outstanding income claims made by representatives involved in this company which is why I was intrigued and wrote a TVI Express review. Whilst looking through their website and watching the company presentation, I kept thinking to myself 'What are these guys selling?' Anytime this happens alarm bells go off in my head and I find myself asking 'Is this a Ponzi scheme?'.
Even after some more digging around I was none the wiser. The only 'product' I could find was a holiday voucher for 5 nights in a hotel which you get when you sign up (which costs $250) and the assurance of 'good deals' on travel & holidays as and when they become available
My biggest issue with this company is that they are not clear on what it is that they are actually selling.
So how do you get paid with TVI Express?
You will make money in TVI by getting other people to join the scheme. TVI has what is called a rotating matrix pay plan. When you get started, you will begin your journey on the Travel Board and will 'cycle' your way up to the top of the matrix at which point you will be 'pushed' out to the next level and be paid $500. You will then be promoted to the 'Express board' and repeat this 'cycle' and every time you do, you will be paid $10,000 (apparently). To join MLM with TVI there is a onetime only payment of $250. In order to qualify for the bonus payment you need to sponsor just 2 people.
Why is it possible to get such large rewards from sponsoring only 2 people? Because right now thousands of people are signing up in the hope of riches and paying their $250 fee and assuming that this keeps happening the matrix 'cycling' can continue. They then re-enter the matrix and can apparently keep doing it over and over again.
All of these matrix type systems have a limited life. As soon as people stop joining (or the company gets shut down) no-one will be able to cycle through the matrix anymore and as there is no actual product everyone will stop being paid. As a distributor of a traditional Network Marketing company, if saturation occurs then you would still make money because you are actually selling a product and people are buying it.
Is this a modern day Ponzi?
In these situations I always ask myself, does the product offered benefit the consumer. I also ask the question 'would the product stand up on its own?'. The company TVI fails on all counts for me.
Should you join TVI?
You would not be wrong for thinking that the matrix pay plan looked lucrative. Don't try and sponsor anyone that you value their friendship though. Beware, I have read in many different places online that payments are not guaranteed to be in cash, but rather in the form of a voucher that will get you a good deal on a holiday or some travel deal.