Introduction to Zyn Travel MLM Compensation Plan
Welcome back to Notebook Crazy, the grouchiest multilevel marketing (MLM) blog in the Midwest. My name is Brad, and until a few minutes ago, I was in a really foul mood. You see, this is my Zyn Travel review, and travel MLMs, almost without exception, are really bad news. I am on a quest to review every MLM business opportunity available, and I have run across quite a few travel MLMs in my day, and the story never ends well. Travel MLMs are a bit like those coupon books you used to have to sell for school fundraisers, useless, except that, at your age, you are not cute enough to sell useless things based on your charm. (I am not calling you old; I am not even suggesting that you are old enough to buy alcohol. What I mean is that, if you are old enough that your reading level is sufficient to read this Zyn Travel review, you are no longer cute enough to sell discounts on things people will never buy.)
In researching this Zyn Travel review, I read several other Zyn Travel reviews that agreed that Zyn Travel products are overpriced travel packages to what one Zyn Travel review described as “less popular tropical destinations” or something along those lines. Now, I may be a grouch, but imagine how grouchier I would be if I had to spend every word of every post lamenting about how much money you aren’t going to make at all of these MLM business opportunities. That is why I have chosen to lighten the mood with stories of various things I have learned on my quest to become the world’s most knowledgeable college dropout. If you read all the way through this blog, you will learn more than you ever wanted to know about the Nile monitor lizard, the Beanie Baby bubble of the 1990s, and the I, Libertine hoax conducted by the great Midwesterner Jean Shepherd and the night people who listened to his radio show. A few days ago, I reviewed another travel MLM called Volishon, and I found out that, in order to get rich with Volishon, you have to recruit over 32,000 people, which doesn’t sound so bad until you realize that there are 19 sovereign states on Earth that do not even have 32,000 people living in their capital cities. Less popular tropical destinations, indeed.
One thing I have learned while writing Notebook Crazy is that this planet contains a great many underrated travel destinations. It is now on my bucket list to travel to Burkina Faso and pet a modern day Petsuchos, for example. But of these 19 capital cities where you could recruit the entire population to sell discounts (that aren’t even valid in their country, to add insult to injury) and still not have a big enough downline sales team to get rich with the Volishon business opportunity, which one would I choose as the featured underrated travel destination to sweeten the bitterness of my Zyn Travel review? Somewhat arbitrarily, I chose Funafuti, the capital of Tuvalu. The Wikipedia article on Funafuti was the beginning of a Wikipedia adventure that cheered me up, because it gave me a story to tell that involved both underrated travel destinations and business decisions, and those are my favorite kinds of stories.
This is not a story about Tuvalu or Maldives or any of the other island nations so small that you can barely see them on a map. No, this is a story about the remote islands where no humans reside. These islands are home only to seabirds, and because of this, these islands contain a valuable natural resource, namely guano, the droppings of seabirds. (While researching this aspect of my Zyn Travel review, it came to my attention that there is some debate as to the species the dung of which can be called “guano” in English. Seabirds definitely produce guano; the droppings of bats, seals, and non-seagoing birds may or may not qualify as guano.) Guano is a highly effective fertilizer, because it contains minerals such as nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium. In ancient times, the Incas would sail to small islands off the coast of Peru to collect the guano of species like the Guanay cormorant, the Peruvian booby, and the Peruvian pelican and use it for agriculture on the mainland.
In the early 19th century, the international demand for seabird guano grew. The agricultural practices of the industrial revolution, including three-crop rotation, had created a demand for stronger fertilizers in Europe, the United States, and the British Empire. The manure of local farm animals was no longer sufficient to replace the soil nutrients that were used up in industrial-scale agriculture. At first, Peru became the go-to place for this potent fertilizer. In fact, revenue from the sale of guano was sufficient for Peru to pay off its national debt.
But the islands off the coast of Peru are not the only place where there are seabirds and therefore not the only source of guano. Sailors began sailing around the world in search of guano islands, and they found them in the Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Indian Ocean. Some guano islands had mountains of guano over 100 feet high. At least one war was fought over islands where there was nothing except birds and their guano. In 1856, the U.S. Congress passed the Guano Islands Act, which authorized U.S. citizens to take “peaceable possession” of any “rock, island, or key” containing guano. The act set a precedent for the idea of U.S. territories that were not part of any state and would not eventually become states.
Of course, all economic booms must come to an end. Guano is a finite resource; the mountains of guano on the guano islands accumulated over centuries. Yes, there are still birds, and birds still do their business, but they could not replace the guano as quickly as humans could mine for it. By the early 20th century, the demand for guano had greatly decreased, as synthetic fertilizers had been developed that worked just as well as guano. Guano is still a sought after fertilizer for organic farming, though, but even then, there is still cause for concern about the supply of guano. Because of overfishing, the fish that make up the diet of guano-producing seabirds are fewer, and some species of the birds are less numerous.
The Guano Islands Act, however, remained on the books, and Leicester Hemingway (who is less famous than his brother Ernest) used it to attempt to found his own nation in 1964. He anchored a barge just outside the territorial waters of Jamaica, and claimed it according to the provisions of the Guano Islands Act. The plan was to have the raft become an independent nation, which Hemingway named the Republic of New Atlantis. The economy of the Republic of New Atlantis was to be based on the sale of coins and stamps, the proceeds from which would go to marine research. The project did not get very far, though, as it only took one tropical storm to destroy the barge, two years after Hemingway had anchored it.
Zyn Travel: The Company and Its Products
The Zyn Travel business opportunity is new as of 2016. One of its founders is Anthony Powell, who was part of Herbalife until the big Herbalife lawsuit of 2012. After leaving Herbalife, Powell founded the energy drink MLM company Vemma, which also attracted its share of controversy, even before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) shut it down in 2015. Seeing the same individuals be associated with several MLMs in sequence does not surprise me, and if you have been an MLM distributor or live in a place where MLM is a big deal, it probably doesn’t surprise you, either. That is not what disturbs me about the Zyn Travel business opportunity. What sets off red flags for me, as well as for many of the Zyn Travel reviewers whose reviews I read is that there is such a big focus on recruiting new Zyn Travel distributors. It is as though no one is even trying to pretend that the Zyn Travel products themselves are the selling point.
To make matters worse, recruitment for the Zyn Travel business opportunity started in pre-launch. Paying money to become a distributor for a product that does not even exist yet is the very definition of speculation, and it is not a sound business strategy. You might as well invest in Bradonium, the rare mineral that I may or may not discover below the surface of the earth here in the Midwest. One Zyn Travel reviewer pointed out something that truly gives me the creeps, namely that the people who stand to gain the most from joining the Zyn Travel business opportunity during pre-launch are the ones who are bringing their downline sales with them from other MLMs.
The Zyn Travel Compensation Plan
The Zyn Travel compensation plan is all about recruitment. You earn bonuses and advance your rank by completing “cycles” of recruitment. If my memory serves me correctly, one cycle involves recruiting 15 Zyn Travel distributors.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Zyn Travel products are not nutraceuticals, so no one will try to tell you that they cure cancer.
- One nice thing about travel MLMs like the Zyn Travel business opportunity is that their merchandise does not pile up in your basement like so much guano.
- As Internet troll names go, Pigeon Blood is virtually unbeatable, but writing this Zyn Travel review has me thinking that, if I decide to become an Internet troll, I might name myself Guano Island Pete.
- The Zyn Travel compensation plan, and for that matter, the Zyn Travel business opportunity in general, depends almost entirely on recruitment of Zyn Travel distributors. The more an MLM relies on recruitment of new members as a source of income for its current members, the more it becomes a pyramid scheme.
- Let us assume for a minute that you do decide to join the Zyn Travel business opportunity specifically for the purpose of selling Zyn Travel products. Much as you have done at so many MLM meetings, I am asking you think of the people in your warm market, the people you know and interact with. Has even one of them taken a vacation that was purely for recreation and that cost a substantial amount of money? Do you know anyone who has taken a plane trip that was not for a business trip or to visit relatives? I don’t, and I hardly even have any debts. (I am including attending out of town MLM meetings as business trips.) With the exception of a shoestring budget road trip to Ebertfest, I haven’t taken a vacation in years. Considering that more than half of the population of the United States does not have $400 to spare, why would they spend their money flying to Kiribati or St. Kitts or wherever the Zyn Travel discounts send you, and why, pray tell, would they spend it on becoming Zyn Travel distributors?
- If a recruitment only MLM isn’t creepy enough, this pre-launch speculation, with people bringing their existing downline teams with them is MLM at its worst.
Do not join the Zyn Travel business opportunity. I am not trying to discourage you from travel. I am not even trying to discourage you from getting your family and friends to fund your travels. If that is your goal, there are more straightforward ways to do it than through recruitment-heavy MLMs like Zyn Travel. You would have much better luck getting your travels funded by starting a crowdfunding campaign or having a years-long bake sale. At least with a bake sale, you can eat the unsold merchandise, which you cannot do when you are only selling opportunities for discounts on travel to places your customers weren’t planning on going, anyway.
I’m serious about this opportunity to invest in Bradonium. Schedule a call with me, and get your Bradonium before everyone else does. If I ever actually find any Bradonium, you will be the first to get rich. I promise.