Lyoness Paraguay: WIN-WIN-WIN?
Lyoness likes to claim that its system provides a 'WIN-WIN-WIN' situation.
In the fairy tale scenario that Lyoness tries to sell to the world, the Lyoness members win (because they get discounts), the Lyoness loyalty merchants win (by gaining more customers) and the world wins through the Lyoness Child and Family Foundation. As regular readers of this blog know, we dare to doubt this claim - and so do a number of people in Paraguay who are not entirely satisfied with the services of Lyoness, to say the least.
In January, it was reported that 29 Paraguayans had paid an equivalent of 2000 euro to acquire a Lyoness 'business package'. However, due to legal problems, Lyoness is not entitled to 'open' Paraguay, i.e. the offices could not be opened and 'phase 2' could not be entered. In other words, these 29 Paraguayans have paid 2000 euro each to become a 'premium member' of a company that effectively does not exist.
Now, four months later, Lyoness Paraguay still does not exist and the 29 Paraguayian Lyoness 'premium members' still have not received their 'advance payments' yet. The following they have sent to the Facebook page of Lyoness:
"Lyoness Austria, I have visited your country, which seemed filled with nice and honest people. We have put our trust in your company and have invested our money in your company. You have promised us you would pay us back our investments as soon as possible. However, it has been two years now and we, 29 people, are still waiting. We are being humiliated by your silence and there are allegations of fraud. You should not forget that 2000 euro or 3000 Swiss francs is a huge amount of money for Paraguayan people. People have invested their entire life savings and have believed the incredible promises made by Lyoness. It remains scary for us until this situation is finally entirely settled."
Perhaps, the Paraguayans should be happy that Lyoness never opened in Paraguay - in this way, they 'only' lost 2000 euro.
The only one winning with Lyoness, are the instigators of Lyoness themselves.