Remember back in June 2009 when YTB was fined $1 million by California for operating an endless chain scheme?
We questioned the Direct Selling Association about this and the violation of their own Code of Ethics. Their response (first reported here) was
The issues addressed in the judgment, injunction and accompanying statements made by California Attorney General Edmund Brown are serious in nature and require review by DSA with regard to possible violations of the DSA Code of Ethics.Well it seems with little fanfare, YTB International has indeed been delisted by the Direct Selling Association. You can search for yourself here. Was this fact reported to all the RTAs and ZamZuukeepers who are currently paying monthly dues to the company? If you are in direct sales, doesn't it make sense to affiliate with the organization that leads the direct sales industry? Sort of like when you are in travel, you affiliate with the leading suppliers and organizations.
So, we have IATAN, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Azamara Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Perillo Tours, Qantas Vacations, and now the exalted DSA has all thrown YTB to the curb.
Does anyone remember back in 2007 when the Travel Pro was crowing about the DSA listing for YTB? Here it is if you need to be refreshed. My what a difference three years makes.
Oh, and while I was looking for the Travel Pro's DSA post, I came across this odd warning from Paradise Network. I believe this was Ron Head's or Rick Rickett's side company. Not sure the date or implications, but just some more food for thought.