A funny thing happened on the way to the YouTube studio. As soon as MailPound realized YTB was using them to further "legitimize" the alleged pyramid scheme, they insisted that the video be pulled down. One has to wonder if MailPound is ashamed of their relationship with YTB. Maybe they are concerned that the relationship may affect their own credibility with the true professionals who sell travel? Ya think?
Mailpound appears to be backing off from their YTB podium and this blog has obtained an April 1, 2009 email from Bob Maier (President of SMART Travel Technologies, Inc. and CEO of MailPound.com) addressing the infamous video. Included in his comments, Bob has some less than kind words for YTB--contrary to what another blogger has said:
First, MailPound and certainly no Travel Trade, has "partnered" with YTB. We are not stupid. If you check, the YouTube video you refer to has been taken down. As soon as we heard about it we contacted YTB and demeaned it be taken down. Also, they should also have removed any reference to MailPound on their website.But is Bob REALLY sincere? Or is this just more spin? Is MailPound partnered with YTB or not? Well when you go to the "new and improved" YTB Marketing site with which MailPound purports to have no "partnership", you see this. And lo and behold, not a single mention of MailPound. But dig a little deeper and you will discover that while MailPound claims they are not "stupid enough" to partner with YTB, apparently they are stupid enough to buy a domain for them. And in one of the most strange coincidences imaginable, Bob Maier seems to be the administrative contact for this YTB domain that has nothing to do with MailPound--complete with a MailPound email address. So, you tell me--is this a partnership? To me, if it looks like a partnership, smells like a partnership and talks like a partnership--seems like a partnership to me. What do you think? And if you are still not convinced, check out the latest Biz Report from YTB where they talk about the new and exciting video produced by MailPound's own Debbie Maier!
However, it is gratifying to us that so few agents have responded to the bogus information and thought that MailPound would be stupid enough to enter into a partnership with YTB. For eleven years we have supported all travel agents with a host of free services. Most agents appreciate that support.