Today’s Opinion: Global Wealth Trade

POSTED: 06/7/11 2:22 PM

The so-called luxury consultants of Global Wealth Trade have a bit of trouble swallowing the criticism their activities received in St. Maarten. The reactions we receive from several of these consultants are amazing and – we think – inconsistent.
Take for instance Robert Elsinga, a consultant linked to St. Maarten. In May, we published Mr. Elsinga’s estimated income as $180,000 per year.
Ah no, Elsinga wrote in a reaction to our web site – I never made that much money. He suggested that we go to the source before we make such figures public.
We thought that was kinda funny, because the figure was already made public. By whom? By Global Wealth trade of course.
If you present yourself as a successful company – and we are not arguing that point – and you want to attract new luxury consultants, you have to show them a perspective. Global Wealth even encouraged us to check out the company on a web site that tracks multi level marketing companies and their sales.
We did.
And what did we find on that web site? Updated figures.
And to be fair to Mr. Elsinga, he seems to have dropped out of the list of top earners. lists GWT founder Reza Mesgarlou still as the top earner with an estimated income of $840,000. Elsinga has dropped for some reason from $180,000 to just $60,000, while St. Maarten’s own Florencia Williams, based in Simpson Bay, ranks as the eleventh highest earner with an estimated annual income of $168,000.
If it is possible to make that much money with a home based business shoving jewelry down people’s throat, who would still want a real job?
Elsinga complained about the publication of his Global Wealth Trade income, but these figures are the lubricant that keeps the business going. There will always be gullible people who fall over backwards when they see those numbers. When they get up, they have only one thing on their mind: they, too, want to give their boss the finger, slam the door behind them one more time and become a luxury consultant.
When Global Wealth Trade came to St. Maarten, where the company claims to have had an office for two years running, the company reps from Canada told immigration that they were here for a vacation. In reality they were here to do a job training.
So, to cut a long story short, these people lied to immigration. Why would a company with, as it claims, an excellent reputation do something like that? Why would it publish fantastic incomes together with the names of their luxury consultants who earned all that lovely money? And why would one such consultant, Mr. Elsinga, suddenly deny that he made what was initially posted?
We suspect that the tax office has been calling, but maybe that’s just our wild imagination. Global Wealth Trade has attempted to soften the blow in the meantime by toning down Mr. Elsinga’s estimated income by about two-thirds. We wonder if the inspector is going to fall for that one.

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