YTB/Zam Zuu is a network marketing company founded in 2001 that has made a mostly bad name for itself since that time. Begun as YTB, the company has been cited by California’s attorney general as an illegal pyramid scheme and is currently under investigation by the Illinois attorney general as well.

While YTB itself started out claiming to be a travel agent business, the company’s compensation plan seemed to be entirely focuses on selling travel agent businesses, not on actually selling travel.

After losing more than half of its agents between 2008 and 2009 and falling for a while under an auditor’s warning that the company may not be able to stay in business, YTB has started a subsidiary, ZamZuu, which seems to be becoming something of an Internet mall business. However, the ZamZuu compensation plan looks suspiciously similar to the YTB compensation plan, which earned the company a $1 million fine in California.

YTB/ZamZuu was founded by J. Lloyd “Coach” Tomer, his son Scott Tomer, and Kim Sorensen. “Coach” Tomer is reportedly a former minister turned insurance salesman who convinced his flock to purchase one half interest in Elvis Presley’s personal plane after the singer died with the idea of recouping the cost by giving tours of the plane. Complete with a pitch to sign up to sell a gasoline additive.

J. Lloyd Tomer left the company during the turmoil of 2009. Scott Tomer and Kim Sorenson have stayed on, heading ZamZuu and YTB, respectively.

YTB/Zam Zuu Products

YTB’s only product appears to be its business websites, which the company sold to new agents for roughly $500 plus a monthly $50 maintenance fee. In return, agents were supposed to be able to make money selling travel services as well as by recruiting new agents. In addition, agents were supposed to be able to take advantage of their travel agent credentials to receive fantastic deals on their own travel.

In reality, however, more than 80% of the typical agent’s income came from selling agent websites. The “profit” from a typical international travel sale, for example, was only $6.

Today, ZamZuu’s “new product” is “fully-functioning business centers,” which seem to be websites where customers can purchase insurance, tech products, or (again) travel. In addition, this reviewer found a ZamZuu site that claimed to be a shopping portal that visitors could use to visit their favorite national outlets and earn cash back for shopping. The site requires visitors to sign up and exchange personal information for any further information.

YTB/Zam Zuu Opportunity and Compensation

As stated, ZamZuu’s compensation plan looks a lot like the same plan which YTB was using, just on a somewhat different scale. Representatives are compensated for selling the business centers for $249.95 plus a $49.95 per month maintenance fee. However, the actual value of the “products” themselves is hard to determine at this time.

YTB/Zam Zuu Recommendations

YTB/ZamZuu has a grade of F from the Better Business Bureau. Several former agents have filed a class action lawsuit against the company alleging that it is an illegal pyramid scheme and that corporate officers were misusing corporate funds. The company lost more than half of its agents in just one year and reportedly just missed filing bankruptcy or being liquidated.

To put it simply, at the moment almost all of the news about YTB/ZamZuu is bad.

Most network marketing opportunities are legitimate. They aren’t for everyone, of course, and it’s necessary to do a great deal of research to find the right opportunity based on your passions, your strengths and your weaknesses. But despite the fact that most people do not make a huge amount of money with network marketing, they are still solid companies offering valuable products and services.

By all available accounts, YTB/ZamZuu is not among these companies. Unless new information comes to light, all we can say at this time is not to waste your time or your money on these companies.

However – and this is a big “however” – the YTB/ZamZuu situation is also definitely in flux. It was obvious during the course of research for this review that ZamZuu is still in its formative stages in many ways. While the fact that two of the three original founders are still with the company is a reason to stay very cautious, there is still a chance, if even a small one, that in a year or so we may be hearing good things about this company.

About This Author

 YTB/ZamZuu Review Ryan Nelson is the owner and operator of MLM FIles. His current focus is helping MLM / Network Marketing and Home Business Entrepreneurs have success with the Internet... He has generated over 7-figures using the online space. Learn More About -> Ryan Nelson




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  1. Dave Fennell Says:

    April 18th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Hello,

    This is an excellent YTB/ZamZuu Review. You have done a great job of pointing out both the positives (if there are any) and the negatives concerning this company. And I agree, I believe ZamZuu to be a waste of time and money.

    This was truly an unbiased review, and I thank you for that. Great Job!

    Dave Fennell



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