Blue Bird Bids Review: Zeek Rewards Ponzi clone
I first looked at Blue Bird Bids back in early September and in the process of researching the company established links between it and Dwayne Golden’s ‘Green Apple Fridays’ penny auction site.
Presumably using the same backend Blue Bird Bids now appears to be a separately launched company, with Green Apple Fridays still running.
Curiously however Dwayne Golden’s name does not appear on the Blue Bird Bids website, with the company crediting a ‘Mardy Eger’ as being the founder.
Just a few short months ago in June of this year Eger, credited with being a ‘top 26 income earner in the home based business industry‘, joined MLM company “Chews-4-Health International”.
I’m not sure what happened there but it appears Eger has moved on with the launch of Blue Bird Bids.
Quite clearly through the source-code of Blue Bird Bids it’s clear that Golden has some involvement with Blue Bird Bids, however why this is not disclosed on the company website is a mystery.
In a post on his personal website, Eger writes:
“Mardy Eger’s Longstanding Association With Dwayne Golden”
Mardy Eger has association with industry professionals of the highest integrity within the Home Business industry.
One such association is with Dwayne Golden, who has maintained a reputation for high achievement and high success for those who work with him.
Mardy and Dwayne collaborate and Mastermind on a considerable number of projects and often spur each other on toward good things.
Mardy has consistently challenged Dwayne in the area of innovation and Dwayne has responded with higher levels of product development.
Dwayne has challenged Mardy in the area of higher powered success coaching and Mardy has responded with success programs that rival professionals that have been there for years.
Because of their Iron sharpening Iron relationship, both Mardy and Dwayne continually spiral higher toward more successful endeavors.
Given this “long-standing association” and the obvious links to the Green Apple Fridays penny auction, there’s a strong implication that Eger and Golden are working together on Blue Bird Bids.
One other point of note is that Blue Bird Bids initially launched with a corporate address in North Carolina:
Blue Bird Bids, Inc., 2302 NASH ST N, STE E. WILSON, NC 27896
For reasons unknown, this has now been changed to a virtual mailing address in the US state of Nevada:
Blue Bird Bids
3960 Howard Hughes Parkway
Las Vegas, NV, USA 89169
Meanwhile the company’s terms and conditions still states that
this Terms & Conditions Agreement and Your use of Blue Bird Bids shall be governed by the laws of the United States of America and the State of North Carolina.
Without in any way limiting the “Dispute Resolution” requirements set forth above, any court proceeding related to this website or these Terms & Conditions may be brought only in a federal or state court sitting in Oklahoma.
No idea what’s going on there.
Read on for a full review of the Blue Bird Bids MLM opportunity.
The Blue Bird Bids Product Line
With Blue Bird Bids being a penny auction based MLM opportunity, the primary product of the company is penny auction bids.
Within the Blue Bird Bids penny auction there are two types of bids, retail and “revenue share” bids.
Retail bids cost $1 each, are purchasable by both retail customers and affiliates and are available to purchase in packs of 10, 25, 50, 100, 250 and 500.
Revenue share bids are only available to affiliates and are sold in packs costing between $1000 and $25,000.
The Blue Bird Bids Compensation Plan
Blue Bird Bids offer members retail commissions, a series of mostly recruitment based commissions and the ability to earn monthly and quarterly bonuses via several revenue sharing pools.
Blue Bird Bids affiliates are paid a 20% retail commission on the purchase of retail bids by any customers they personally bring into the company.
When a new Blue Bird Bids member joins the company their upline receive a recruitment commission. How much of a commission earnt depends on what level of membership a new Blue Bird Bids affiliate pays for:
- Affiliate membership ($99) – $30 paid to the recruiting affiliate, $10 to their direct upline and $10 to their upline’s direct upline
- Super membership ($199) – $50 paid to the recruiting affiliate, $20 to their direct upline and $20 to their upline’s direct upline
- Pro membership ($299) – $90 paid to the recruiting affiliate, $30 to their direct upline and $30 to their upline’s direct upline
Note that whilst the membership fees are recurring, the recruitment commission is only paid out once.
Global Bonus Pool
The Global Bonus Pool is made up of 1% of the company revenue and is paid out quarterly.
Blue Bird Bids affiliates can earn shares in the Global Bonus Pool depending on which level of membership they buy in at:
- Affiliate membership ($99) – 1 share
- Super membership ($199) – 2 shares
- Pro membership ($299) – 3 shares
The residual commissions in Blue Bird Bids are paid out using a 3×8 expandable matrix. A 3×8 matrix places an affiliate at the top of the matrix with three legs branching out from under them.
In turn, these three positions branch out into another three positions and so on and so forth down 8 levels. Positions within the matrix can be filled either by direct recruitment of new members, or the recruitment of members by an affiliate’s up or downline.
Affiliates are paid out a percentage commission on the retail bid sales made by their customers and recruited affiliates. How much of a commission earnt depends on how many affiliates have been personally recruited:
- Affiliate (personally recruit 2 new members) – 5% on levels 1 and 2
- Regional Affiliate (personally recruit 4 new members) – 5% on levels 1 to 3
- National Affiliate (personally recruit 6 new members) – 5% on levels 1 to 4
- International Affiliate (personally recruit 8 new members) – 5% on levels 1 to 6
- Global Director (personally recruit 10 new members) – 5% on levels 1 to 6, 3% on level 7 and 2% on level 8
At the National, International Affiliate and Global Director levels, commissions are extendable past level 8, paid down an infinite number of levels. Qualification for extended level commissions is based on monthly sales volume within an affiliates matrix:
- National Affiliate (250,000 volume) – 0.5% down infinite levels past 8
- International Affiliate (500,000 volume) – 1% down infinite levels past 8
- Global Director (1,000,000 volume) – 2% down infinite levels past 8
Note that when counting sales volume, only 50% of the total qualifying volume can come from any one matrix leg (3 in total).
Finally at the International Affiliate and Global Director levels, the 3×8 matrix is able to be expanded to 4×8 and 5×8 respectively (an extra initial leg at the top of the matrix).
Matching Residual Matrix Commissions
Blue Bird Bids offer matching Residual Commissions of up to 5% on matrix earnings of an affiliates direct downline, paid out down four levels.
The matching bonus is calculated using a unilevel compensation structure. This structure places an affiliate at the top with every personally recruited affiliate placed directly under them (level 1).
In turn, if any level 1 affiliates recruit new affiliates of their own these affiliates form level 2. If any level 2 affiliates recruit new affiliates of their own these affiliates form level 3 and so on and so forth.
Using this commission structure, an affiliate is paid out a matching commission on the matrix earnings of their downline depending on how many affiliates they’ve personally recruited:
- recruit 4 affiliates – 5% on level 1
- recruit 6 affiliates – 5% on level 1 and 4% on level 2
- recruit 8 affiliates – 5% on level 1 and 4% on levels 2 and 3
- recruit 10 affiliates – 5% on level 1 and 4% on levels 2 to 4
Revenue Share Pool
The Blue Bird Bids Revenue Share Pool is made up of 50% of the company’s daily revenue ‘after operating expenses and charitable donations‘.
Payments within the Revenue Share Pool are calculated daily and paid out weekly. Daily payments are calculated based on how many shares an affiliate has, with shares allocated based on the amount of money affiliates spend on Revenue Share Bid Packs.
Revenue Share Bid Packs cost between $1000 to $25,000 and allocate shares in the Revenue Share Pool as follows:
- $1000 Revenue Share Bid Pack – 5 shares
- $2500 Revenue Share Bid Pack – 20 shares
- $5000 Revenue Share Bid Pack – 50 shares
- $10,000 Revenue Share Bid Pack – 125 shares
- $25,000 Revenue Share Bid Pack – 300 shares
Revenue Share bids can be given away to potential customers and provided an affiliate places a daily ad advertising Blue Bird Bids, they qualify themselves for a daily payout with shares expiring after 120 days (180 days for $25,000 bid pack purchases).
Business Builders Global Sales Pool
The Business Builders Global Sales Pool is made up of 1% of the company’s global sales and is calculated and paid out monthly.
Affiliates can earn a share in the Global Sales Pool by personally recruiting at least 10 affiliates and building an organisation of at least 250 affiliates in total.
Once affiliates reach specific recruitment goals, Blue Bird Bids reward them with a car of their choice.
If affiliates personally recruit 10 affiliates and have a matrix organisation of 500 affiliates (no more than 1/3rd being counted from any one matrix leg) who have all paid membership fees for at least three consecutive months, they can choose between three budget cars ranging in value from $46,000 to $50,070.
If affiliates personally recruit 10 affiliates and have a matrix organisation of 3000 affiliates (no more than 1/3rd being counted from any one matrix leg) who have all paid membership fees for at least three consecutive months, they can choose between three luxury cars ranging in value from $135,200 to $205,600.
Joining Blue Bird Bids
There are three membership options available for those considering joining Blue Bird Bids:
- Affiliate membership – $99 a month
- Super membership – $199 a month
- Pro membership – $299 a month
Aside from the amount of retail bids provided with each membership, the only other difference between the three membership options are the shares awarded in the Global Bonus Pool and recruitment commissions paid to new affiliate’s upline when they join.
The simplest way to analyse the Blue Bird Bids business is to break down the most important parts of the compensation plan.
Recruitment Commissions – This commission is pretty straight forward. Existing members recruit new members and along with their upline earn a commission based on how much money a new member spends on membership.
Global Bonus Pool – The more money a new affiliate spends on membership, the larger their cut of the bonus pool.
Residual Matrix Commissions – Recruit affiliates and earn monthly residual commissions off their earnings and the earnings of those your upline and downline bring into the company.
Matching Matrix Commissions – As above, but only applicable to personally recruited affiliates and their recruiting efforts.
Revenue Share Pool – the more affiliates spend, the larger their share of the daily revenues paid out.
Business Builders Global Sales Pool – recruit 10 affiliates, build an organisation of 250 recruited affiliates and get paid.
Car Bonus – recruit 10 members, build an organisation of recruited affiliates and Blue Bird Bids give you a car.
As above, the vast majority of commissions offered in Blue Bird Bids revolve around the recruitment of affiliates in one way or another.
This is of course because fundamentally at the heart of the Blue Bird Bids compensation is the Revenue Share Pool. This pool, which operates in a near identical manner to the Zeek Rewards daily profit share pool, effectively pays out affiliates a daily return directly proportionate to how much money they themselves have invested into the system.
Ranging from $1000 to $25,000, the more you invest the larger your share. With share expiry the idea here is that affiliates invest with the expectation they’ll earn a >100% ROI over 120-180 days and then be able to reinvest again to increase their overall ROI in another 120-180 days.
With Blue Bird Bids affiliates being required to publish a daily ad in order to qualify for their daily ROI and give Revenue Share bids away to customers, effectively the Blue Bird Bids offer a more simple version of the proven Zeek Rewards ROI Ponzi scheme.
Whereas in Zeek Rewards affiliates had “points” expiring daily over a 90 day rolling period, Blue Bird Bids simply replace points with a fixed number of shares and offer a much more traditional investment scheme with investments maturing in a lump sum after either 120 or 180 days.
Following months of investigation, after the SEC took down Zeek Rewards it was revealed that, despite having over one million affiliates advertising the Zeekler penny auctions, 98% of the money being paid out as a daily ROI was affiliate money.
In charging affiliates $1000 to $25,000 to participate in the Revenue Share Pool, I fail to see how things will be any different in Blue Bird Bids.
Furthermore the publishing of daily ads and giving of bids away to supposed retail customers is an already failed business model with the SEC revealing that just 0.25% of the bids given away in Zeek Rewards were actually used by customers.
The rest of the bids were just dumped on fake customer accounts because affiliates received a larger share of the daily ROI paid the more bids they gave away (dumped) on customer accounts.
Again, using a near identical business model in the Revenue Share Pool, I fail to see how the same will not happen with Blue Bird Bids.
Ultimately every aspect of the Blue Bird Bids compensation plan can be reduced to affiliates joining, paying monthly membership fees and then earning (either in part or wholly) commissions derived from fellow affiliates membership fees and investment in Revenue Pool bids.
A retail option exists but as demonstrated in Zeek Rewards is most likely going to be ignored and non-existent.
Zeek Rewards had virtually zero retail activity and allowed members to generate points off individual $1 VIP bid purchases, with Blue Bird Bids charging a minimum $1000 for Revenue Pool packs, they pretty much guarantee that the retail side of the business will never match the money coming in by affiliates.
With this same money being used to pay out affiliates on a day-to-day, weekly, monthly and quarterly basis, what you wind up with is a bog-standard Ponzi scheme that pays out on multiple levels.
Simply put, affiliates invest money with the expectation of earning a higher ROI than what they put in.
This made Zeek Rewards a Ponzi scheme and the same is true with Blue Bird Bids.