This post was updated on January 16th, 2010 after Mr. Kelly Williams contacted me with the following request…
After repeated promises from support staff that a decision maker would get back with me and even several calls setup by a founding distributor in India that ended up with no one even on the call, it was apparent my determination to help is simply landing on deaf ears. This left me with very unsettled feelings to their legitimacy and commitment to those in the trenches building their company.
Further research and investigating on various regulatory agencies sites added to my uneasy feelings and I increased my efforts to get their attention, to no avail, leaving me then with the following personal opinion.
Take it for what it is worth…
What appeared from the surface when I first researched TVI and then read your review, was an “outsider” looking in and taking shots at what appeared to me to be a great program, has now come full circle. Perhaps I and others should have been less critical of your stance and more diligent in our research and demanding of TVI.
I have since come to experience something so different from the inside. What appears, by the eye catching website and sensitive tag line, “Touching Lives Globally” is simply a mirror with deceit behind it’s reflective coating. With founders and decision makers nowhere to be found and office locations with no TVI representatives there, coupled with a promoted product that very few have
actually used, the reality behind their existence screams quite loudly to me.
They were created for one reason only and it is highly unlikely they will come out and tell us what that reason really is, but we all know.
The sad tale behind it all is the fact they did it all in the name of goodwill. I believe TVI has put so many wonderful
people simply trying to survive and help their families in today’s tight and turbulent economy and help others along the way
in jeopardy of damaging or even destroying their hard earned credibility.
It is simply an evil thing they have done!
Many are calling what I have chosen to do by sharing my experiences and opinion, evil.
I guess we are all entitled to our opinions but I feel when I see a train wreck, it is my responsibility to warn the passengers.
So I ask you to please remove the videos from your site so that I might put this ugly chapter behind me. I appreciate your cooperation on this matter.
If you would like to discuss this with me further over the phone, I would be happy to do so.
To Your Success,
“Make It A Pajama Commute”
I have always felt Kelly was a man of integrity, and although we disagreed with TVi, he did an excellent job of explaining the compensation plan at the time.
This public announcement is also the sign of a true Servant Leader. One who is willing to put his team first above all else.
Here are the concerns I still have on TVI…
1. TVI Express allows Stacking.
Inside of a MLM community Stacking is not allowed by legitimate companies. There are several reasons for this, with the main reason being, the FTC uses it as a benchmark when they are looking to see where the majority of commissions are coming from. The FTC can use it, to show more income is made form filling addtional positions, than there is moving products/services to the end user.
Here is a great definition of Stacking )Multiple Positions):
Stacking: “Enrolling more than one time into the same Direct Sales company, with additional Positions occurring in one’s own Personal Downline. Stacking can result in role confusion,because a Representative with Stacked Positions can hold Positions both upline to and downline from another Representative. Stacking usually results in earning multiple commissions on the same purchase and/or sale.” – Direct Sales An Overview – Keith B. Laggos, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.A., B.A. Copyright 1998.
Now the second fact Kelly Williams talks about, which caught me attention, is the fact he talks about using the eVoucher ($250 & $5,000) to buy the additional stacked positions.
This is a huge issue. Not just from a FTC, SEC and most State Business or Opportunity Laws, but from the actual mathematical equations used to design the TVI Express Revolving Compensation Plan.
The plan was not created for manipulation (except maybe by the creators). It is build on the fact there is a specific number of positions in the Traveller Board which will be filled at $250.00, and a specific amount of Express Board positions which will be filled at $1750.
When this doesn’t happen i.e. using eVouchers instead of cold hard cash, eventually the payout at all levels will not come from the Revolving Matrix, but from the company operating budget. Or worse yet, the company founders will see what is happening and close the deal, before everyone has a chance to get their money out.
Well… This sure brings up some interesting facts.
Now we know how some of the massive money is being generated. It also brings up a couple thoughts…
If everyone is doing this, then the compensation plan will collapse very quickly. Second, if only a few people know about this manipulation strategy, then, although everyone likes to say the “TVI Expess Revolving Matrix, is everyone helping everyone,” that statement would be a bold face lie. Either way, it’s not a pretty picture.
Something else which keeps bothering me, and no one has addressed yet.
If TVI Express is headquartered out of London, why is there no traffic from England hitting the site? According to everything I have read their biggest penetration until now has been India and China, not the easiest places to validate information. But lets take a look at what the facts are just to be sure.
Ok, from this snapshot we can see the site is privately registered at Network Solutions, and is hosted at The Planet. Why? Seriously, why would a foreign corporation register their domain in the USA, host it in Texas, launch their business in the Far and Mid East, and have their Head Quarters in London?
I’m open to listen, maybe I’m missing something. And yes, since I am looking at this from a Scam Alert standpoint, I could be missing something.
However, my logically side is saying…
1. They don’t have to worry about people coming by to visit.
2. Their phone line can be answered from anywhere (Just ask one of the many MLM Wireless companies)
3. London has several international Executive Services who act just like those in the USA.
4. They do not list the owners or officers.
5. To date not one TVI Express associate or corporate officer has come forward to say who the owners or corporate leaders are.
6. They want personal banking information to join.
7. TVI Express states “a part of TVI’s revenue is donated to UNICEF” How much? as this started?
8. TVI Express states in the online presentation “some of our associates are earning $100,000.00 per week, yet they do not have an “Income Disclosure Statement” anywhere on the website – WHy? When a company promotes specific incomes, they are to show the Income Disclosure Statement.
9. Why is all the information on the website USA directed, if they first launched in China and India? Where are those websites?
Now, I do understand there are several names mentioned on the TVI Express website of folks in China, India and even Iran who are on the Advisory Board. But where are their replicated websites? We have Goggled several of the Advisory Board and can’t find outside references, please help and provide sites for us to review.
Again, I’m open, and I celebrate the success of those who are making money. My concern is there are those who will get involved and not have the same opportunity to earn this money, because the deck is stacked against them, and/or the compensation plan will collapse because it is truly built on smoke and mirrors.
Living An Epic Adventure,
p.s. Here is are a couple of questions Rod Cook always asks folk to think about when deciding if an opportunity is legit or a scam.
1. Would you buy the product or service if there were no income opportunity attached? You would pay $250.00 for…?
2. Is there a certain number of people that you have to bring in to get a set amount of money? You must personal sponsor 2 people to qualify for a payout. (Some of you will say, “Troy you are wrong, we get spillover.” you are correct… So someone else did the work for you, but either way, two people must be placed under you to qualify.