People of YTB, hear the truth! People of YTB, you're being bamboozled! YTB was started and was supposed to be a TRAVEL company! Your TRAVEL Biz! What has happened? Loss of income, loss of members and they brought in Aisle 19. More loss of income, more loss of membership, so it was switched to ShopYTB. More loss of income, more loss of members, loss of directors. Just look how many directors have left in the last 6 months, and the word was not even spread by the people that should have been spreading it, but by those outside of YTB!
This whole Zam Zuu stuff is just to draw your attention away from what is really going on. YTB couldn't make it as a travel company, so they had to do something. Sure, they say that travel will still be a part of the "new" company, but to what extent? Hell, even Doug Bauknight, a member of Coach's Corner and seeming "insider" says that "Travel will be included with the new e-commerce sites - but with limitations. A fixed commissin split of 60% on travel products, no training required (or offered), no ability to book directly or group offerings - and no type of travel industry credentials to speak of. However, the new E-commerce sites will have a stronger emphasis on retail products such as Best Buy, Macy's, Home Depot, and the like to offer consumers cash back on their shopping experience." (http://www.justpictureitnow.com/)
What? A fixed commission split? No training offered? No ability to book directly with the vendors? No ability to offer group bookings? No type of any travel industry credentials, not even CLIA? What kind of TRAVEL company is that? Coach states on his Facebook page "Our Travel Agent Program is still functioning as it has been and will always be a main focus. (Note here that he says it will be "A main focus", not THE main focus.) In fact, we have several people who are always working on new things for travel. There are several things in the works. Also if you notice, there is travel functionality in ZamZuu...What we're doing is expanding our goals to help our people expand their customer base!"
Who are we to believe? Coach and his postings (http://www.yourtravelbiz.com/TravelPortal/Misc/Zamzuu/Q&A_PDF_color.pdf, http://www.yourtravelbiz.com/TravelPortal/Misc/Zamzuu/CompensationPDF_Color.pdf) or a seeming "insider" like Doug? Conflicting information here, folks! Doesn't that cause you concern? If you're any kind of business person, it should!
Ladies and gentlemen of YTB, I submit that you re-examine why you joined YTB, and compare it to this "new" offering. Think about what you're getting for the money you're spending. If your reason for joining was to be a travel agent, just know that there are legitimate travel hosts out there that don't cost you a penny. If your reason for joining was to save money by shopping online, know that there are companies (E-bates for example) that allow you to join without spending a dime, and gives you money back. If you're reason for joining was to be a recruiter, then more power to you. But for those that claim that they don't want to recruit, there are other, and better options!