Global Resorts Network Review
What Is Global Resorts Network?
Global Resorts Network is a company that I was personally involved with for almost 1.5 years and it was my first real direct sales business opportunity. I was fortunate enough to enjoy some success there especially considering that it was my first real attempt at direct sales opportunity I was pretty happy.
As of mid-2012, I encourage you to look elsewhere (if you are looking for a home based business opportunity) because of a couple of really important reasons:
1) You will be on your own attempting to sell a product without any upline support. Without Mark Hoverson’s personal help (Mark Hoverson was my sponsor), I probably wouldn’t have made much if anything at all. You need a sponsor in a business opportunity, otherwise you’ll be left by yourself and have no one to call for guidance. **Mark Hoverson has been a personal friend and has helped me tremendously over the years. I say this more to help avoid potential trouble for newbie marketers or those who are expecting regular upline support.
Major Changes For GRN in 2012
In early 2012 the new owner of Global Resorts, Mark Hoverson announced that they were ceasing operations as a business opportunity, changing their pricing structure dramatically, and becoming purely an affiliate marketing product only. What does that mean for those looking at joining the company as someone who wants to make money from home, make money from the commissions of your team (downline) and get regular support from an experienced sponsor?
It means that those criteria are no longer part of the GRN biz opp because it isn’t a biz opp anymore.
How Much Does Global Resorts Network Cost?
The price to join Global Resorts has changed a lot. When I bought the Platinum membership back in 2008, I paid $3095. Today, there are 3 options listed in the image just below:
Based on what I see available today through other timeshare wholesalers like RCI, is not a whole lot different than what Global Resorts used to offer and still does. As far as the price of their memberships, they do appear to be overpriced but I have been out of that business for almost 2 years. Personally, I think $12,500 for a lifetime membership is too high considering the fact that when you take a vacation with the membership, you still have to pay between $299 and $799 for the 7 days trip on top of it.
Personally, I think there are much better options if you are seriously looking to start an online business especially in this economy and considering the fact that more than 95% of all new businesses (including home based businesses) fail in their first 60 months. You need every ounce of help you can get if you expect to sell Global Resorts Network memberships for $4995 or $12,500 (think about marketing, promotion, website design, sales and more).
Even though their commission structure is very high, you must look at more than the commissions if you want to succeed in this business. Even though there are 5,000 resorts in the GRN network and they pay high commissions for affiliates who help make sales I don’t know of too many people who would jump on that opportunity very quickly.
I wish the company hadn’t changed their structure because it was a good product for a reasonable price, with great leadership.
GRN Strong Points
- Lots of resorts to choose from
- Good availability of timeshare units (based on my experience)
- Fun product (if you’ve got the time or money to travel)
Global Resorts Weaknesses
- No longer a business opportunity/network marketing company
- No sponsors or upline to help you
- Pricing went way up (current the Platinum Plus membership costs $12,500, which used to cost $3095)
My rating? On a scale of 0-100, I rate this opportunity at an ’51’ which is very low.