What is bUnited, and Is This Legit, or Is It a Pyramid Scam?
I received the following message on my LinkedIn profile recently.
Now if there’s one thing I’ve learnt from my time as an affiliate marketer and blogger, it’s summed up in one sentence. Believe Nothing, Trust No-one, Check Everything! (Actually, that’s three things, but you’ll get my drift) In fact I even have a sign on the wall near my desk with the letters BCT in large, bold text.
Here’s the sign, I just snapped it with my iPad.
Having never heard of bUnited before, and being the skeptical soul I am, I assumed it was some sort of scam. Nevertheless, I thought I’d check it out.
Before using the link, I googled bUnited and quickly found their webpage. Here it is if you want to take a look.
Is bUnited a scam? Actually, I don’t believe it is. Read on and I’ll tell you why.
The whole idea behind bUnited revolves around the concept of bulk buying power. Not bulk buying as individuals, but by forming a collective where the sheer volume of members will be enough to convince sellers or suppliers to offer discounts. This will shift the balance of power away from the large corporations and towards the customers. It sounds simple, and in fact the whole concept really is.
As bUnited members, we will become a part of one of the largest consumer groups in the world. The bUnited goal is to enlist millions worldwide and use the buying power to wrest control away from greedy multinationals and direct it back to us, the customers.
But it’s not just for financial gain. bUnited is also committed to protecting our environment from the high polluters in our society. Many corporations are so adept at Greenwashing that it’s hard for the average consumer to really know who the real environmental vandals are.
Not all corporations, large or small, fit this description. bUnited is committed to dealing only with companies who are able to show they are doing the right thing by our planet.
bUnited will put the power back in our hands and show the high polluters that we will no longer do business with them.
Its no good relying on our governments to pressure big businesses into ethical ecological behaviour. Governments worldwide are constantly bombarded with a combination of misinformation and “political donations” by professional lobbyists. Money talks, and when it says “we will only buy from you when you can prove you have adopted a sound ecological policy” businesses will listen.
bUnited is currently approaching companies worldwide and indeed, companies are also making the approaches themselves in order to be included. Mark my words, I believe this will be BIG!
What Does it Cost to Be a bUnited Member?
Here’s the good news. Not only is it totally free to become a bUnited member, but members will actually get to share in bUnited’s success.
Sound too good to be true? That’s what I thought too.
So Where Does All The Money Come From?
From the Companies that do business with bUnited.
Companies partenered with bUnited have been paying huge amounts to FaceBook, Google, Yahoo and others to promote their products. They pay for the ads you see at the top of your search results page, and these ads usually cost regardless of whether users click on them or not.
With the bUnited system, these companies pay bUnited every time a member makes a purchase and in turn, bUnited pays out to their members.
If that’s not a win-win situation then I don’t know what is. As of February 2019 the latest company to sign on to bUnited is Vodafone, and many others are in the negotiation process.
Is it worth joining? Well considering that it costs you nothing to join, and has the potential to earn good money while at the same time getting us discounts on things we were already going to buy, I’d say that’s a no-brainer.
Who is Behind bUnited?
bUnited was founded by Jim Jorgensen, the Chairman, with the assistance of Johannes Pohle and Ozan Taner.
You can read about Jim Jorgensen here.
You can read about the entire bUnited team on their website, along with relevant information on each member. There are far too many for me to list everyone here, but feel free to check them out with the above link.
Not all of the companies Jorgensen founded went on to be hugely successful. In fact, some of them even failed. What caught my attention however, was an internet infomediary community for which he was CEO, called AllAdvantage.
It came and went within two years, from 1999 to 2001. It was based on a similar concept to bUnited. Members were paid a portion of the advertising revenue generated by their online viewing habits.
Despite the fact that it ultimately failed, it’s a matter of record that AllAdvantage actually paid out over $160 million to its members in its short lifespan. To me this shows that Jim Jorgensen is in fact a trustworthy person with an entrepreneurial spirit.
How Will bUnited Members Benefit?
1. Firstly, by receiving discounts on goods and services. The sheer buying power virtually guarantees this. Members will gain from the discounts, while participating suppliers will benefit from access to the customer base. What sort of goods will be included? Just think of anything you have purchased recently and it will probably find its way onto the list. Phones, motor vehicles and services, computers, club memberships, etc etc. I’m sure you can think of many others.
bUnited should not be confused with a Buying Club, where members are required to pay ongoing membership fees. There will never be any fees to be a part of bUnited. They will pay their members instead.
2. You will also be paid for referring new members. As the group grows, and sales volume grows, bUnited will begin to pay out commissions to members who have referred new members. This continues for five levels.
AHA! I can hear you saying, bUnited is just another Pyramid Scheme!
No, it’s not. A pyramid scheme involves a new member buying into the scheme through compulsory purchases of a product of some sort. They then have to sign up new suckers who also have to buy the same overpriced product in order to recoup what they’ve paid. They, in turn, do the same to their ‘friends’ and on it goes.
Remember, with bUnited you pay NOTHING to become, or to remain, a member.
How Much Will I Be Paid For Each bUnited Referral?
bUnited will pay $10.00 for each and every referral you bring in. In addition, you will get another $10 for each of their referrals, and each of theirs, and so on through the five levels.
When Will I Get Paid?
Just to be transparent, this money will not be paid all at once. That would be economic suicide for any such scheme. The funds will be credited to your account and will be available over time.
Withdrawals will take place after participating companies have paid bUnited. In all honesty, this may take as much as two years, but will probably take a few months. Since we never have to pay anything to be part of the team, I still say that’s a good deal.
bUnited estimate that the discounts offered to members by participating companies will be around 20% to 30%. That alone will make membership very attractive.
What About the Accountability of Partner Companies?
bUnited will monitor partner companies to ensure they are providing the best deals for members. In addition, as a part of the agreement, companies will be obliged to show proof of their environmental credentials. Companies win, Members win, and best of all the Planet wins.
The more I look into bUnited, the more convinced I am that this is a legitimate opportunity. It is well set up, has an active FaceBook page, and offers good support. All my queries in the initial investigations were dealt with swiftly and efficiently. The founders and their team are accessible through their web site, and not one of them was leaning on a rented Lamborghini! LOL
A company that offers to get me good discounts on my purchases as well as earning me money. What’s not to like about that?
I hope you will join me in helping build this group into a truly supportive and profitable business.