Is iBuumerang a Scam?

Have you seen an opportunity to offer travel package deals?
You have stumbled upon a company called iBuumerang and are wondering whether you can also make money as an affiliate or distributor?

You do realize that this is not a regular travel agency. iBuumerang works like an MLM company, and there is always something dodgy about that. At least in my opinion.

Is iBuumerang a scam?

Let’s find out;

Welcome to my iBuumerang review.
We are going to take a better look at this company. What is the price to join, whether there is a potential to make some money, and who is behind this new MLM company?

Actually, let me congratulate you, first.
You are doing your due diligence, which means you don’t want to be scammed or be dragged into some misleading product.

Just a note at the beginning: I am not associated with this MLM system, so it is going to be an honest and unbiased review of the iBuumerang.

Disclaimer:
Please note, that I am not a member or an affiliate of iBuumerang.

This review is based on research and information available online in the public domain. Any recommendations and conclusions are only opinions and may not apply to all persons or situations.

iBuumerang Overview

Name: iBuumerang
Website: www.home.ibuumerang.com
Price to Join:
$49.95 per month + the pack starting from $250 up to $1,000
Recommended:
Not as a business opportunity!

iBuumerang Review – Quick Summary

iBuumerang is an MLM company in a traveling niche.
The fact that this is an MLM company means that the one money one can make is via recruiting even though at the beginning you are told something different. 

That is the way how all these MLM companies work. 

I don’t recommend joining the iBuumerang.

99.7% of people involved in any MLM business don’t make any money, or worse – they lose the money. 

I understand that having an additional income stream, especially in the online world, becomes a necessity.
In 2020, we all have seen why.

First of all, it is important to realize that there is no such thing as “easy money”.
No one can make hundreds of dollars per day on autopilot.

In order to make a consistent income online, one must put effort into it, and also it is important to learn a few new skills.

I was fortunate to find one particular educational platform where I have learned the evergreen method.

What is iBuumerang?

Is iBuumerang a Scam

iBuumerang is a travel company that offers discounted travel packages for its members.

It operates as an MLM company. That means that instead of paying for advertisements, they recruit people who should recruit other people and these people then sell the travel packages.

How deep does it go?

iBuumerang has 6 levels and depending on what level you are on, you get also a different commission. But we will talk about that later.

The company was founded in 2019 as well as the website. (The company was officially founded in March 2019)

Is iBuumerang a Scam

(The reason why I check the company website registration date is, that sometimes it happens that the company claims to be founded in let’s say 2012, and the website is registered 5 years later. That does not make sense, especially with companies having their website as a “headquarter”.)

Obviously, there is not much we can say about the history of this company.
We will mention later who is behind and there is a bit more to say.

iBuumerang is based in Houston Texas (unlike the majority of the MLMs which are located in Utah, as I mentioned in another review).

The entire system is supposed to be based on the following:

“You Earn Money When Your Customer Saves Money”.
Sounds pretty cool, right?

Not so fast;

There is actually another company called Xstream.
This is travel is the company that provides all the benefits to iBuumerang customers.

It has a long history of cooperation with other MLMs (for example InteleTravel or Paycation).

You can form your own opinion about InteleTravel by checking the website glassdoor.com.

Let’s say you, as the iBuumerang member share the iGo travel booking portal with friends and family.

Customers should get a 50% discount and the remaining 50% of savings goes to you in the form of cash.
That includes savings on Hotels, Car rentals, Cruises, Week, and more…

Here is the statement of the Holton Buggs CEO:

Is iBuumerang a Scam

They want you to think that such cooperation is beneficial for all.

So again – this is how it works:

A member of iBuumerang sends people a request to visit a website with the best travel deals. In case someone books a trip through this site, the commission is paid to the member.

Well, I know it may sound tempting, but later we are going to check who is behind the iBuumerang and maybe we will understand that it is not as good as it sounds.

Who is Behind the iBuumerang?

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The founder of iBuumerang is Holton Buggs.

I have dedicated a whole section to the Holton since this guy deserves it 🙂

He was born in Florida and already as a teenage boy started recruiting people to sell candies for him.
He went to college and got an engineering degree. As an Engineer, he realized that the salary could not provide him with the lifestyle he deserves.

In 1996, Holton started his business, but apparently because of the economy he had to close it down and got himself in a debt.
It did not take long and his friend told him about a new MLM opportunity. Holton was doing all right, for a while.

Soon after he had to leave. This MLM was a pyramid scheme, and the only way to make some money was via recruiting.

He joins another MLM, this time a travel MLM called Your Travel Biz (or YTB International). Holton together with Edwin Haynes had created a large network of distributors with the YTB.

The YTB (Your Travel Biz) was accused of being a pyramid scheme. Here is the screenshot of the article from 2008:

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After the lawsuit, Holton left the company, he was broke.

Now, guess what Edwin Haynes does?
Does it sound familiar?

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You are right, he is the Global Master Ambassador within the iBuumerang.

iBuumerang being on the market for less than a year; I think it is safe to say that everyone who is thinking about joining the company, should be on alert.
What prevents these guys to crate another pyramid scheme?

They got away with one already, right?

I am not here to raise accusations, but who knows what is going to happen later down the road.
We shouldn’t be surprised if the company faces some lawsuits in the close future.

Is iBuumerang an MLM or Pyramide Scheme?

iBuumerang has not been officially accused so for time being it is a legit MLM company.
But let’s take a look at the difference.

It is important to realize what the Pyramid Scheme really means.
The best way how to distinguish between those two is to check whether the system has a product to sell.

If there is no product and the company heavily relies on recruiting pay close attention. Most likely it is a pyramid scheme.
On top of that, you are promised huge earnings – then you can say outright it is a pyramid scheme

On the other hand, a legitimate MLM has also a product to sell. So you have the possibility to earn money also by selling the products. Truth be told, most MLM distributors earn only from recruiting.

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These are signs of the typical pyramid schemes.

You can use this checklist whenever you want to evaluate a company that recruits new members and promises them huge monthly incomes, especially working from home.

What is the Price to Join?

First of all, you need to do is to purchase the standby enrollment kid.
You need this kid for whatever package you are going to choose.

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Once you have paid the $49.95 standby kid, you can go ahead and choose one of 3 following Packs:

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For example, if you choose the Business class, your total would be $549.95.
You see that depending on the pack, you earn a different commission. The more money you pay, the higher the commission you may get.

Products, That iBuumerang Offer

The products that are available are discount travel services.

They are called Boomerangs. As you see from the screenshots above you get the number of boomerangs depending on the pack you purchase.

Now, you send these boomerangs to your customers and they can access then the iGo booking portal.

The thing is that they have to be signed up with iBuumerang as well in order to get the discount.
If you run out of boomerangs, you’d have to purchase a new set of boomerangs. Unfortunately, the price for such a new set is not revealed.

How Can You Make Money with iBuumerang?

First of all, you need to join the company as an affiliate. There are different levels that you can join.

If there were no levels, you would be selling the products as a regular affiliate marketer.

Is iBuumerang a Scam

If you were looking for an income disclosure to see how people are doing, I must disappoint you. There is no such document on their website.

And it might be OK even legally (unlike Rain International, which has not made it available for almost the last decade). The reason being is that iBuumerang has been founded only in 2019.

I believe it should be available on their website within a year from the foundation date. I will keep an eye on it.

Here is a more than 30 min video about the compensation plan. You are welcome to watch it if you want to know more deeply about how it works within the iBuumerang.

Warning!
The video is almost 2 and a half hours long.

That just proves that the company has no intention to explain its compensation plan in a clear way.

That is a red flag!

Nevertheless, people usually do not make money with MLM companies. You can take a look at the “well-established” MLM company 4-life.

In their income disclosure, you see that 96.7% of members make less than $140 per week (that is about $6,576 per year).

And as I said 4life is one of the better MLM companies out there and thus the earning.

In most of the MLMs, people usually lose money and that is the case with iBuumerang as well.

What I like

  • User-friendly system for members when it comes to product promotion. That is due to the iGo booking engine, though.

What I don’t like

cons
  • High Price. It is not cheap to get in and if someone wants to have a higher commission he has to pay $1,000+.
  • There is no history of the iBuumerang. No income disclosure.
  • The history of the founder. There are quite a few records of MLM companies and lawsuits connected with Holton Buggs.
  • MLM in general – It is extremely difficult to make a living. Let alone this iBummerang company with the controversial founder.

Some Thoughts at the End

Just because it is new, you think it might be a good opportunity to jump in while there are not so many people involved.

I hear you and I understand such thinking. It is not a bad approach. What disturbs me though is the history of the CEO.
What makes him create a legit business, this time?

He was able to create a Ponzi scheme and not get punished.

Besides, this company is “artificially” attached to the other company Xstream.
It does not have any use for the customer, nor for a member. The price you need to pay to get in is too much and in the end, you are not saving a bit.

The only way how you can make money is by recruiting.
There are too many red flags.

Is there any legitimate business, that can help you how to make money?

I know that it may be frustrating no find out that “again, another system that does not work”. I was there as well.

What I have found out is that one needs to have a website. That is a must in this time and age.
Once you have a website you can choose what direction to go.

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For example affiliate marketing  – promoting amazon products – is just a start.
Need traffic? It is not so difficult to learn how to get free traffic to the website.

Actually, you can follow this link to check out one platform where they teach that.

Regarding the traveling;

I think you’ll be better off when you just go to the website hotels.com and sign up.

You can collect your nights and once you have booked 10 nights, you can book 1 night for free.
Besides, the prices are cheaper than through boomerang.

And I have mentioned just a portal for booking the hotel.

iBuumerang is basically attached on top of the Xstream Travel as a 3rd party.
If you want to go on vacation, you can spend a few more minutes searching and I am sure you will save much more, comparing what is promised at iBuumerang.

Hope it is not confusing. If you have any questions, let me know in the comment section below.
I will be more than happy to answer you back.

6 thoughts on “Is iBuumerang a Scam?”

  1. Thank you for this review on iBuumerang. I have heard of it before but was not sure about how the work. 
    You give great info for others to decide if this is right for them. Since this is a new company started in 2019 and with this coronavirus pandemic upon us, less people are traveling or making vacation plans. So I don’t see this as a worthwhile business opportunity at this time.  

    I prefer to book hotels through hotels dot com like you mentioned. Thanks for the info though. 

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    • Thank you for your comment

      – exactly – very bad timing for such a company. 

      But despite the events that are going on around I think iBuumerang is not a good business opportunity for people who want to become financially independent. 

      iBuumerang along with other MLM companies does sell just dreams. People fall for it and only a fraction of them will make it – assuming that the borders will be open again as in 2019. 

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  2. I would just like to say looking into it further I found customers get access to the site for free, and never pay a penny outside of travel. They also have a 110% price guarantee that customers can submit and get reimbursed. I dont see how helping friends and family save money on travel is a bad thing. Most MLMS are hard, not scams. People get fired everyday for not being good at their jobs, MLM u are ur own boss so u cant get fired, u just aren’t good at it. This looks to help everyone out because your not selling a product your sharing a product. Isnt that what Facebook does, and other social media apps. I have paid to advertise on there, and make sales, so what’s the difference of doing a $1,000 add on FB and making sales. Isnt that the same concept. Network Marketing and sports go hand in hand. You get paid to according how good you are In the company. If ur not good ur not gonna make a lot of money. If u are u will. But in regular 9-5 jobs, u get paid what they want to pay u for years u could be paid the same as the worst person ur office, and I dont think that’s fair. I played Pro Sports for 10+ years so I am speaking from experience

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    • Thank you for your comment.

      As a customer, you may get access to the site for free.

      My concern is about the affiliates or iBuumerang distributors.
      When a distributor wants to make money, he needs to give out a certain number of boomerangs. Now this costs money since the distributor (or iBuumerang affiliate) has to purchase the boomerangs.
      5 Boomerangs $49.95
      10 Boomerangs $$250
      and so on.

      But regarding the 9-5 I absolutely agree with you.
      No matter what kind of business a person chooses (whether online business or MLM, offline business) it is better than a regular job in the long run.
      There are many types of business and all of them require effort and time, though.
      Those who are persistent will eventually reach financial freedom.

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  3. Hi Mike,
    I read your review about ibuumerang and it was very interesting and good. Some questions I have left open and I would love for you to sharpen my interest:

    1. I realized you recognized too many red flags in this company (like most MLM companies), and I still didn’t understand what the company’s business model was. How does she actually earn besides recruiting new partners? Let’s say my client found a $ 400 weekend deal in London for $ 400 through booking and through the igo portal found a $ 300 deal.
    The customer is satisfied that the spare and the distributor receive 50% commission from the company. So the distributor gets a $ 50 commission from the savings and according to the company’s publications I saw that the company receives 35% of the savings. So who actually pays the company for the product? After all, what the customer paid goes to the hotel and if so, the company has no revenue from its product and its revenue is only affiliate marketing. I may have missed some point here, but I’m trying to figure out how the company actually makes a profit on its product, making it a legitimate network marketing company from that point of view? (And not only gain from new partners joining and joining)

    2. How can I be sure that the company tomorrow will not fall apart and pay me the fees that I am entitled to?
    It seems to be a lot more of a pyramid company based primarily on recruiting new distributors (as I understand most of their revenue from there) than a legitimate network marketing company that also benefits from the product (travel service savings, although I still didn’t understand how the company earns every deal and deal from a specific customer) .
    And in the end, according to what I read in your review, beware of high-income home-based promises in network marketing companies and it is very difficult to succeed there (other than recruiting new people) and even be careful.

    Thank you very much,
    Omer

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    • Hi Omer,

      Glad you like the review.

      You are asking very good questions.

      Maybe I was not clear enough.

      As iBuumerang distributor sends these “boomerangs” (or accesses to igo) a specific person or bunch of people. This distributor already has the name, surname, and his/her email address.
      So First of all, this client has to reveal this information to iBuumerang distributor or the website.

      But in my honest opinion, a person who found a deal on the booking doesn’t even bother to check some “deals” from travel agencies.

      So let’s say they are some people who find this iBuumerang’s deals attractive.
      They only get offers that are overpriced. In other words, if they dig bit more, I am sure they will find a better deal by themselves.

      How hotels make a profit in such a case?
      A company offering accommodation can have their “standard” prices and then higher prices – and they offer these to other agencies.

      For example, 5 years ago I had an agency offering special outdoor activities. I had certain prices, so if the client contacted me directly they pay for example $500.
      My costs were $400, so my profit were $100.

      Now for me in order to expand and to reach more customers I contacted other agencies. But they ask a 35% commission. No way I could payout 35% with my standard prices unless I set up higher prices.
      So this is one of the ways how the hotels might work.
      Again, if the customer does a bit more research and contacts the hotel (or similar institution) directly, sure he gets the best price (without paying the 3rd party).

      But let’s not forget that iBuumerang is still quite new, and considering the past of the owner, I would be careful to book the vacations via iBuumerang.

      And we are getting to your 2nd question – you are absolutely right.
      As most of the MLM companies go down within 1st 5 years, this can easily be the case iBuumerang as well.
      At the end of the day, it has patterns of the pyramid scheme, and I think it is matter of time until FTC will officially say so.

      Thank you for your valuable comments and questions.
      Have a good one
      Mike

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