You all know that I am not very fond of MLM opportunities; especially those that don't sell tangible products, but a dream of getting rich by selling the same dream to other folks.
When The Empower Network, the largest ‘Dream Machine‘ ever on the internet, came to a screeching halt, tens of thousands of big dreamers got a rude awakening. They all of a sudden realized that their dreams turned into nightmares.
The pool of victims to recruit into their game had dried out and the money flow stopped abruptly. Most of the top earners near the tip of the pyramid jumped ship, while the minions on the lower floors were left to count their losses.
But like a villain in a horror movie some evil just won't die. Apparently Empower Network is back and reincarnated in a different product known as ‘iPas2' which is the topic of my review today.
What is iPas2?
iPas (Internet Prospect Acceleration System) is a software app that supposedly automates some back office tasks of online marketing businesses. This includes:
- Create multiple streams of income on complete autopilot
- Create high volume traffic to bring in more leads
- Campaign tracking ( so you don't waste time on what's NOT working)
- Integrates your resources into a customizable website
The iPas business system was developed by Chris Campbell and Chris Jones and launched in 2011. By their own admission, the system was flawed and they went back to the drawing board to fix the bugs.
What they came up with and what they call ‘The Best Internet Marketing System in the World‘ is iPas2
How does iPas2 work?
Heck if I know. It's impossible to find any detailed product specifications, or any sufficient explanation how this darn thing is supposed to work. There are literally hundreds of videos on Youtube, and also so called reviews on the web, but these are over hyped clips from EN affiliates trying to solicit new members.
They tell you that online marketers anxiously awaiting the new iPpas system, that there are several tools, including a pre-built sales funnel, and a bunch of comprehensive educational videos to educate users on the basic fundamentals of marketing their business online.
So it remains a mystery how iPa2 works until you actually buy one. Being the persistent type, I want to know and I tried to purchase one. Guess what? You cannot buy iPas2 WITHOUT joining Empower network.
Now we know the functionality of iPas2. It's not a product, but the platform to funnel traffic towards EN, recruiting new members and earning commissions from their entry fees.
How much does it cost to join iPas2?
They say that you are NOT paying to join, rather buying into a ‘franchise-like business‘ and pay for your website, sales staff, customer support reps and other perks.
Their bait is a Seven-Day $7 Trial offer:
This gives you a brief peek behind the curtain, so to speak. You can watch one short info video and look at certain training materials. That basically is all you can do. If you do not cancel, your credit card will be charged with a monthly membership fee of $47.
At this level you can sell some of the EN products which are basically useless ebooks or other cheap digital products and earn commission between 10% and 50%.
In order to be able to make real money, iPas2 sells different levels of membership.
- iPas2 Bronze Level: $144.95 plus $25/month
- iPas2 Silver Level: $644.95 plus $25/month
- iPas2 Gold Level: $1,644.95 plus $125/month
- iPas2 Black Level: $5,144.95 plus $222/month
Each level comes with a different set of trainings materials, coaching and webinars. The Black level includes a Black Membership Card for VIP events and certain discounts.
How do you make money with iPas2?
You can make money two different ways:
1) Receive commissions from the sales of EN products (10%-50%)
2) Receive Commissions from fees of your recruits (100%)
Their compensation plan looks very simple and straight forward. However, it does not show the cost of EN ‘products' you are able to sell (You can take a look at the plan here).
What are the Ipas2 Complaints and Concerns?
Why can't I buy just iPas2?
You have to understand that iPas2 is not a product you could use ‘stand-alone‘. It is the sales funnel for EN to generate traffic and find new victims for their scam.
It is very difficult to receive a refund
There are hundreds of complaints saying that it is almost impossible to get a refund. Ipas2 and Empower Network have 14-day money back guarantee which is quite unusual. Many folks say that 14 days is not enough time to sort through all the mess and realize that they had been scammed. They try to get a refund maybe after 3 or 4 weeks, but their requests are denied.
Even people that cancel within the 14 days seem to have trouble getting their money back. Here is just one example, filed with the BBB which, by the way, issued a stern warning about EN.
iPas2 & EN are way to expensive!
Its one thing to invest money in a legitimate business opportunity or training that will help you make money online. I'm totally fine with that. You shouldn't have to pay an employer to work from them. But it is expected that you will probably invest money in a business opportunity or training. The problem here is IPas2 is over priced considering the lack of value it provides and it's tied tied to the Empower Network which has proven to be a shady business.
Your income stream can disappear overnight
The original Empower Network (EN) Platform was their alleged ‘Viral Blogging System‘ which was rendered useless practically overnight. Google realized the spammy and scammy nature of EN and updated its search algorithm to wipe out all of these sites on their search engine. Facebook also considered EN pages and forums being spam and took all EN related sites down. This can and will happen again, and you would lose your main sources of income.
Testimony from a former EN Top Earner
“My Name is James Bonadies, and I used to be a top producer in Empower Network. Although I have a lot of respect for this business, I feel and felt extremely uncomfortable selling something that I learned is impossible for the average person to succeed at.
It is true, most of the time, the average person doesn't do what is necessary to succeed online whether in iPas, Empower Network, MTTB or any other “how to make money online” programs. The average person I say as if I am above average. Which I am not. Not even close. However, my results are far from average.
I got sick of shoving lies down the throats of innocent people, at the time I didn't know they were lies, and got sick of selling the system so other people can sell the system. I call it the “revolving door to hell!” That is what it is…the revolving door to financial ruin”.
Mr. Bonadies posted this on his website and the article speaks for itself!
So, is iPas2 a Scam?
Well, I am not a lawyer and can't say if they operate within the law or not. It may well be that their ‘no-product products‘ qualify as tangible products, and if that is the case, I cannot call iPas2 a scam. However, common sense tells me that the whole thing is a typical pyramid scheme and serves only to keep the Empower Network in business. Personally, I look at it as a scam.
I am sorry if you had the impression that iPas2 could be a good opportunity for you to make real money and I busted your bubble, but unless you are an experienced network marketer and like pyramid schemes, I suggest you look for something else.
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I hope you liked my iPas2 review. I would love to hear your opinion. So please, let me know what's on your mind by posting a comment down below.
That's all for today and like always, thanks for stopping by.
Eddy with a Y