Why Doesn’t Travelhost Magazine Have Any More Associate Publishers? Did They All Leave For A Better Business Opportunity?

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Evidently Travelhost doesn’t have ONE SINGLE Associate Publisher left.

Take a look:

http://love.travelhost.com/love/associate-publishers/

To quote, directly from the Travelhost Magazine website:

“Our independent business representatives, formally known as Associate Publishers, yet better known as Travel Hosts, are entrepreneurs who are the experts in their local communities on travel and tourism. They LOVE what they do and that is to introduce travelers to those businesses that they would recommend to their family and friends.”

Independent business representatives?  Travel “Hosts?”

Not Associate Publishers????

Why the change, after 43 years?

I wonder if the 40 or so “Travel Hosts” that Travelhost has left know about this change?

Better yet, I wonder when a new “Travel Host Independent Business Representative” agreement is coming down the pipeline?

I guess the old “associate publisher” agreement is so riddled with (less than helpful) language, that they just don’t feel like their hands are clean without restructuring the “business opportunity” to read better…better for Travelhost Magazine and Jim Buerger?

(Hardly what one would call an opportunity, with a 98% failure rate, by the way.)

I’d be worried, if I were a “Travel Host Independent Business Representative” right about now, especially if I saw a new agreement in my in-box.

I hear that people are looking closely at the old agreement…people like judges, the FTC, and even Associate Publishers and their legal councils.

Travelhost is on the brink of a whole heap of trouble…

And they know it.

~THE PUBLISHERS ADVOCATE~

PS> Has anyone out there ever heard of “Hidden Values” Magazine?  If not, take a look…it’s another interesting business opportunity.  It’s also run by a guy named Jim, out of Dallas:

http://www.hiddenvalues.com/become-a-publisher/

Funny how they have a similar record in the Dallas court system…

http://www.justia.com/search.py?cx=001017683474852908061%3Aoct7h3tcday&q=hidden+values&cof=FORID%3A11

I wonder if both “Jims” meet at the local Rotary Club to discuss their business model?

PPS…I know another similar “Jim.”

I’ll talk about him in my next post?

2 Responses to “Why Doesn’t Travelhost Magazine Have Any More Associate Publishers? Did They All Leave For A Better Business Opportunity?”

  1. can't hold my tongue any longer! Says:

    Potential Buyers of Travelhost Beware!

    According to the FTC website in offering advice on how to spot clues on a business opportunity scam, they say it well: “What the ads don’t say is that the people behind these so-called business opportunities really aren’t interested in helping you run a successful business. That’s because they’re running a scam. To get you to buy in, they may mislead you about the business opportunity’s earnings potential and promote a “phantom” opportunity that has little chance of succeeding — for example, a business with little or no market. They may doom your chances of success by providing cheap, low-quality, or out-dated merchandise; offering supposed “experts” with no expertise; or ignoring your questions and concerns.”

    Here’s the link for those doubting Thomases:
    http://business.ftc.gov/documents/inv02-looking-earn-extra-income-how-avoid-bogus-business-opportunity-offers

    Sound familiar? Let’s see –
    1. mislead you about the business opportunity – how many of the current Assoc. Publishers were told the wonderful stories of the Fort Lauderdale market earning $1 million plus and that Branson had a three-year minimum contract term and a waiting list to get into the magazine? Did they share with you these are not typical results for an average market? Did they share with you that they aren’t supposed to give you this type of information at all without the disclosure requirements by real franchises?

    2. promoting a “phantom” business opportunity – well, that one’s easy! How many Assoc. Publishers have sold a national ad in the last five years? Maybe two or three. Well, that represents a less than 1% success rate. I think that qualifies under “little chance of succeeding”, don’t you?

    3. they may doom your chances of success with “cheap, low-quality, or out-dated merchandise.” How do you feel about those national ads for bartering and selling gold? How about the printing issues with color and low-grade paper? Best yet, how about the unusually high printing prices that essentially put you at a competitive disadvantage in your market the day you purchase it from Travelhost? And they know it does. Problem is that they don’t have any incentive to care because they can just resell the market. But isn’t a tainted market that has been resold multiple times also a cheap, low-quality product?

    4. and lastly, ignoring your questions and concerns – how about all the fuss over the abominable covers? Did you feel ignored? Ever have a printing quality issue that took months to get resolved – even though there are only 20 or so employees at Travelhost?

    Well, it looks to me like Travelhost qualifies on all fronts!!!

    If you’re a current Assoc. Publisher, I am so sorry for your position. But you can do something! The FTC will take your complaint right on their website. It just takes a few minutes of your time and could help countless others from making a grave mistake. If enough people tell their story to the Federal Trade Commission, Travelhost will be issued a cease and desist order and will be open to investigations of not only their past practices but current ones, too.I think we all know that they don’t want that to happen!

    Here’s the link to file your complaint: http://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/

    It doesn’t cost you anything but certainly helps you feel better you made an effort to right a wrong.

    Best of luck to you all!

  2. I'm done! Says:

    You’ve just described the Travelhost business model to a tee. I’m a current Associate Publisher, or Travel Host, or whatever it is they call us these days who’s about to pull the plug on my lifelong dream of being in business for myself. It’s been a long and rocky road since I signed on with Travelhost and my losses are immeasurable at this point.

    The amazing thing is that they know how much I’m struggling with this business yet they have made no attempt to help me in any way whatsoever. They keep telling me it’s my fault and that I just need to stay focused. This “issue” always comes up whenever it’s time to print another magazine edition and they want to make sure I print and pay them. But, once they get their money and ship my “cheap, low-quality, and out-dated merchandise” (i.e. my magazines) I don’t hear from them again for weeks or even months.

    Of course, there’s really no one left there to hear from anyway. You’re right about there only being around 20 employees left at Travelhost. Down from over 100 a few years ago when their evil empire was at it’s peak. However most of those 20 employees left work out in the production plant and they only have 3 left in their so-called “marketing department” (which I understand is little more than a tiny closet/storage area adjacent to Buerger’s office which is larger than the entire first floor of my house).

    3 people- that’s it. No wonder I never hear from them or that they don’t return calls. And they promised me a world of support and assistance when I was considering Travelhost initially. I did consider several other business opportunities along with Travelhost originally, but I was blind sided by Travelhost’s lies and misrepresentations.

    All I can do now is cut my losses, pick up the pieces of my life, and move on. But I do plan on spreading the word. Thank you, Brian, for providing this information in the name of honesty and integrity. If you’re considering purchasing a Travelhost FRANCHISE, please do your research. Don’t be fooled. And don’t let what happened to me and countless others happen to you.

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