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QNet has been around since 1998, and its headquarters may be located in Hong Kong.

It appears that QNet’s only presence in Hong Kong is a purely legal one; the company does not appear to do any actual business there.

Vijay Eswaran (right), who is located in Malaysia, is the company’s founder. For all practical reasons, QNet is a Malaysian firm.

In other words,

It was in the mid-1990s when Vijay Eswaran and Joseph “Japa” Bismark, two young men from quite different backgrounds, became business partners and friends.

Since the American firm was already doing well in the Philippines, the two decided to join forces, and the resulting group of bright, driven, and talented individuals, known as the V Team, quickly became the greatest revenue earner for the American company.

Eventually, the V Team and a few of their leaders gathered down at Vijay’s kitchen table to discuss the next actions after realizing that the Company had been dishonest with them.

Roughly 1,500 people who trusted the V Team’s leaders became members. They didn’t know what to tell them.

They might have avoided any blame by simply informing them of the actions of the company’s owners.

They didn’t take the logical route out of the situation, though.

With the future of thousands of team members in their hands and liability of over USD 250,000, the two young men and their core team members made the bold and crazy decision to start their own company, with the sole purpose of looking after the interests of the people who had trusted them and put their life’s savings into their hands.

The firm we now know as QNET had its beginnings on that fateful day in September 1998 at the Philippine Stock Exchange Centre (then known as Tektite Towers) in Manila, Philippines.

When it first launched, QNet was known as QuestNet, and it marketed precious metals such as gold and silver.

QNet has produced at least 76 associated shell firms, including GoldQuest and QI Limited.

QNet is a division of QI Group, which is responsible for the company’s worldwide operations.

We may probably attribute this to an effort to reduce the company’s legal risk.

QNet rebrands itself in a foreign nation. Although QNet’s headquarters are in Hong Kong, the company has avoided doing any business in either Hong Kong or China out of an abundance of caution.

For what reason, you inquire?

QNet has had regulatory issues in almost every nation it has a substantial presence in, with the notable exception of Malaysia.

QuestNet was served with a cease and desist order by the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (2003)

As reported by GoldQuest’s inquiry by the Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan, this business is a pyramid scam (2003)

GoldQuest has been barred from doing business in Nepal by the country’s Home Ministry (2003)

Currently, GoldQuest is illegal in Sri Lanka (2005)

GoldQuest was censored by the Iranian government (2005)

After three weeks in custody following their detention in Indonesia in response to an Interpol warning stemming from a probe in the Philippines, Vijay Eswaran and several GoldQuest personnel were freed and the allegations against them were dropped (2007)

QuestNet lost its business license in Afghanistan (2006)

QuestNet was labeled a pyramid scheme by the National bank of Rwanda, prompting the Rwandan Ministry of Finance to prohibit the network (2008)

A network called QuestNet was just blocked in Sudan (2009)

Due to violations of commercial registration requirements and pyramid scheme activity, the Syrian Ministry of Economics closed down QuestNet (2009)

Upon discovering that QNet was only a rebranding of the QuestNet pyramid scam, Turkey issued a warning against the company (2011)

Egyptian government’s educational institute Dar al-Ifta al-Misriyyah issued a fatwa calling QNet’s business model haram (2010)

QNet was prohibited by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Commerce and Industry due to allegations of fraud, theft, and failing to register (2010)

As part of a massive bust, the EOW in India blocked several QNet-related bank accounts (2013)

Withdrawal of QNet’s business license from the Philippines by the Securities and Exchange Commission (2014)

Despite having “elements of fraud,” the Chairman of the Fatwa Commission of the Indonesian Ulema Council ruled that the business model was not haram (2014)

Workshops and training sessions planned by QNet and its Indian affiliate Vihaan were canceled in Mumbai due to restrictions imposed by India’s EOW (2014)

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Internal Affairs has started a criminal probe against QuestNet due to allegations of money laundering (2014)

The Economic Offences Wing (Delhi) of India has lodged a First Information Report against Qnet and Vihaan Direct, saying that the two organizations are running a fraudulent multi-level marketing scheme (2016)

In Burkina Faso, QNet has been dubbed a “network of fraudsters” by authorities (2016)

Management and affiliates of QNet have been detained in India, Indonesia, Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Nepal, and Algeria due to the company’s fraudulent global commercial operations.

Founder of QNet Vijay Eswaran is now on India’s most wanted list.

The QNet website’s promotional content likewise reads as though it were written a few decades ago.

Although QNet bills itself as “one of Asia’s premier direct selling organizations,” the continent of Africa appears to be the primary focus of its current marketing efforts.

According to Alexa, visitors from Cameroon (8.2%), Morocco (7.5%), India (6.4%), Tanzania (5.5%), and Algeria (5.4%) make up the bulk of QNet’s website traffic.

QNet looks to have nearly failed across Asia, with the notable exception of India.

Consistent with the foregoing, African authorities have just lately begun cracking down on QNet. Following a series of arrests and asset seizures around the country, QNet’s activities in India are in disarray.

In this article, we’ll discuss all you need to know about the QNet MLM business opportunity.

QNet Merchandise

QNet sells a variety of items in many different markets, including those related to health and wellness, personal care and beauty, timepieces and jewelry, books and education, travel and tourism, electronics, and automotive maintenance.

Wellness and Health

Filtration equipment from HomePure for drinking water

Products from AirPure that clean the air

Olive leaf oleoresin

Vitamins and minerals from VitaNet

Natural health aids from LifeQuode

Products by Amezcua with “harmonized energy”

Green coffee brewed with roasted qafe beans

Body and Face Care

Collection of sensitive skin care products from Physio Radiance

Skin care for males that defies convention

Biosilver soap as a facial wash

What Colors Makeup

Bell & Belle Bath & Body Lotion

The Timepieces and the Jewelry

a group of Cimier timepieces with the QNetCity logo

Jewelry and timepieces by Bernhard H. Mayer

Jewelry from the Himalayan Crystal Collection


Electronic courses from the Swiss eLearning Institute (not accredited)

SMC University is home to three different accelerated business degree programs: the Master of Business Administration, the Accelerated Bachelor of Business Administration – Information Technology, and the Accelerated Bachelor of Business Administration (formerly Swiss Management Center)

Take note that this is what is mentioned in the QNet product description.

There are just three $620 “English for Beginners” courses available in the QNet online shop.


Travel reservations made through the Tripsaver website can be made at a reduced price.

Vacation packages at a discount from QVI Club

Q-breaks: Quick Getaways

The Value of Your QVI Points (can be put towards discounted accommodation, guided tours, adventure activities, car rentals, and cruises)


The BrilTime platform includes the BrilCloud cloud storage and the BrilNet web conferencing tools.

Sales and marketing assistance from the QNet Life Site

“Independent online video community devoted to network marketing,” Vtube+ (looks like a YouTube clone)

Maintenance of Motor Function

Titan Metal Treatment, formulated with Zero Friction Technology, is a high-quality metal treatment oil for a wide variety of vehicles and machines, including automobiles, motorcycles, lawnmowers, and even large construction equipment.

Its cutting-edge nanotechnology can reach even the tiniest engine pores, insulating them with a protective layer of low-friction material.

This low friction barrier can resist up to five times the weight and friction of conventional high-performance lubricants including mineral and synthetic-based engine oil and oil treatment.

Because there are so many different QNet items, we can’t possibly list them all here. However, you can find a complete retail catalog at the QNet online shop.

QNet’s Payment Structure

Affiliates in the QNet network can earn commissions through retail sales, product purchases, and/or the recruitment of new members.

Through binary and unilevel compensation plans, distributors can earn commissions both immediately (at retail) and over time (as residuals).

Rankings of QNet Associates

Within the QNet affiliate program, there are eight different levels of remuneration.

The following is a list of them, along with the qualifications needed to be considered for each position:

Join QNet as an Independent Representative (IR) now!

Produce at least 50 RSPs every month to get the Bronze Star (residual unilevel commission qualified)

To get a Silver Star, you must bring in three affiliates who each create 500 PV or two affiliates who each generate 1000 PV.

To achieve Gold status, you must individually create 500 PV, have your unilevel team generate 600 RSP, earn two binary step commissions, and still be eligible to receive residual unilevel commissions.

Earn forty binary step commissions, maintain unilevel residual commission qualification, and personally create at least one thousand PV to achieve Sapphire Star status.

Maintain 1000 PV every month, produce 5,000 RSP from at least two unilevel team legs (maximum 2500 GV from one leg), earn 120 binary step commissions, and stay qualified for residual unilevel commissions to achieve Platinum Star (requirement must be satisfied for two consecutive months).

It takes 2,000 PV per month, 15,000 RSP from at least two unilevel team legs (maximum 7500 GV from one leg), 200 binary step commissions, 30 Sapphire or higher ranked affiliates in your downline (at least one personally recruited Platinum Star), and continued qualification for residual unilevel commissions to earn the Diamond Star rank.

Earning 3,000 PV per month, 20,000 RSP from at least three unilevel team legs (maximum 7500 GV from one leg), 320 binary step commissions, ten Platinum Star or higher ranked affiliates in your downline (at least two personally recruited Diamond Stars), and remaining qualified for residual unilevel commissions over three consecutive months will earn you Blue Diamond Star status.

Qualification for MLM Commissions

An affiliate of QNet must “qualify” and “activate” to be eligible for MLM commissions.

The minimum required PV for a QNet affiliate to qualify is 500.

Sales earned through retail sales and/or the affiliate’s purchases of merchandise are referred to as “Personal Volume” or “PV.”

There are two methods for a person to become an active QNet affiliate:

produce a combined 500 GV in revenue from their binary team.

Find a minimum of two associates who can be considered “qualified.”

Group volume (GV) refers to the total PV produced by an affiliate and its team members.

Profits from Retail Sales

QNet offers retail commissions on all retail orders.

Retail commissions are defined as the “difference between the price paid by the consumer and the reduced price you received as an IR” under the QNet compensation scheme (Independent Representative).

Commissions Earned After an Attempt to Recoup Losses (binary)

There are two sides to a binary team, led by an affiliate, and each side receives a different amount of remuneration.

There are two spots on the first tier of the binary team. Those top two spots on the squad are then subdivided in half, creating a second level of the binary formation (4 positions).

When more members of the binary squad are needed, a new level is formed with twice as many spots as the previous level.

There are no open positions on the binary team at the moment, however, we are actively recruiting affiliates both directly and indirectly. Please be aware that there is no upper bound on the size of a binary team.

Among the binary team, GV comes from commissions on sales and retail purchases.

When 3000 GV is matched on both sides of the binary team, commissions are paid.

One “step” is equal to three thousand global units (GV) on both sides of the binary team.

A residual binary commission for every 3000 GV match is handed out at varying rates depending on the affiliate’s level.

Each level attained by a Bronze Star is worth $200. (capped at 40 steps a week)

Earning $225 for each performance is the Silver Star minimum wage (capped at 50 steps a week)

Those who acquire the Gold Star are compensated $250 for each achievement (capped at 60 steps a week)

Every single stride a Sapphire Star takes is worth $260. (capped at 65 steps a week)

Performers at the Platinum Star level receive $275 for each performance (capped at 70 steps a week)

The average step for a Diamond Star is $300. (capped at 80 steps a week)

Stepping on a Blue Diamond is worth $325. (capped at 90 steps a week)

The QNet affiliate program provides its members with three binary options upon joining.

An additional 1 is added for every 1000 watts of PV they produce (up to two per single product order).

Commissions Earned After an Attempt to Recoup Losses (unilevel)

With a unilevel pay plan, an affiliate is at the top of a team and each person they recruit is at the same level as them.

When an affiliate on level 1 recruits another affiliate, the new affiliate joins the original affiliate’s unilevel team at level 2.

Affiliates on level 2 who bring in new affiliates get promoted to level 3, and so on, perhaps indefinitely.

QNet’s “Repeat Sales Points” system generates residual unilevel commissions for its affiliates (RSP).

To be eligible for residual unilevel commissions, an affiliate must produce at least 50 RSPs on their own each month.

Retail sales to customers, affiliate purchases, and sales to downline affiliates all contribute to a network marketer’s residual sales volume (up to ten unilevel team levels).

Unilevel team RSP is given out weekly to QNet affiliates at a rate of 10,000 RSP = $400.

The produced RSP from a team’s unilevel is calculated based on the affiliate’s rank.

Gain RSP on the first five levels of a unilevel squad when you join Silver Star.

Six tiers of a team’s RSP may be produced by accumulating Gold Stars.

Seven team levels of uniform difficulty allow Sapphire Stars to produce RSP.

RSP is produced by Platinum Stars on eight team levels.

At each of Diamond Stars’ nine team levels, a different pool of accumulated RSPs is made available.

In all of the 10 available unilevel team levels, Blue Diamond Stars produce RSP.

Please be aware that the rate of return on the second level of the unilevel team is doubled.

If a QNet affiliate’s unilevel team does not create at least 10,000 GV in sales, the affiliate will be compensated on a pro-rated basis.

At a rate of 10,000 GV = $400, the payment for a unilevel team’s GV generation is 4%.

Compensation Received Before Expected Time

When a QNet associate generates 1000 GV on their lower binary team, they are eligible to get the Early Payout incentive.

To obtain the $50 incentive, you must create 1000 GV in weaker binary team side volume within 4 weeks of signing up.

Earn an additional $50 if you can earn 1,000 GV in weaker binary team side volume during the first six weeks of signing up.

Produce an additional 1000 GV in weaker binary team side volume (no time restriction) and get an additional $125.

Achievement Bonuses Based on Rank

QNet gives affiliates a one-time incentive of $10,000 and $30,000 for reaching the Diamond Star and Blue Diamond Star levels of achievement, respectively (new rank must be maintained for six consecutive months).

All-expenses-paid trips and other perks are promised to Platinum, Diamond, and Blue Diamond affiliates who keep their status for a full year.

Those who qualify as V Ambassadors or QNet Founders are given admission to exclusive events.

Celebrations with other high achievers, respected V Ambassadors, and QNet Founders at special events and other priceless experiences.

QNet Membership

QNet has an annual membership fee of $30 for its affiliates.


By the adage “where there’s smoke there’s fire,” QNet is a blazing forest fire that should have burned itself out long ago.

The only reason QNet is still operating, as far as I can tell, is because of its extensive use of shell businesses, whose sole purpose is to mislead authorities and make investigations more difficult, and because it constantly shifts from market to market as each one collapses.

There is no sign of QNet in Asia anymore, and it appears to be making inroads in Africa. Europe and the United States are still up for business, but if QNet hasn’t succeeded in those markets after 18 years, it’s highly unlikely they will start doing so now.

QNet’s PV standards are important to their credibility. Therein lies the pyramid scheme concern, as they can be earned through either retail sales or an affiliate’s purchase of merchandise.

Affiliates of QNet may amass a sizable income by recruiting just those who join, purchase only enough to PV qualify, and then make 50 RSPs every month.

In light of this, QNet places a premium on “repetition” in their advertising;

Your business strategy was built to be replicated, which increases the likelihood of your company’s success.

In other words, after you sign up and make a purchase (to earn commissions), you may then recruit other people to do the same and earn even more money.

Qualification through retail sales is the inverse of this, but the fact that QNet has been outlawed in several countries and its affiliates imprisoned for participation in a pyramid scheme is instructive.

Not including affiliate purchases for qualifying PV or requiring a 50:50 spread of affiliate purchase/retail volume would be a start, but the fact that QNet has had eighteen years to solve the likely lack of retail sales happening is revealing as well.

QNet’s international expansion strategy is a distraction from the company’s track record of financial destruction in every region where it has operated.

QNet’s selection of goods is something of a hodgepodge.

There is no unifying concept between the various product lines; rather, they appear to be whatever QNet’s management happened to be able to acquire at the time.

Some of these items are downright bizarre.

QNet’s Amezcua health and wellness collection is a prime instance.

Amezcua is an innovative range of Harmonised Energy products created to boost your sense of well-being and vitality daily.

To have “increased harmony levels,” what does it even mean?

QNet’s eccentric Amezcua line includes an “e-guard,” “bio lights,” a “chi pendant,” plastic discs, and glass discs (another plastic disc).

Take a look at the marketing copy for Bio Light 2 to get a feel for the Amezcua line in general:

The second generation Amezcua Bio Light is optimized for biophotons.

The biophotons needed to increase your energy and improve the flavor of your food and drink are generated when you shine the Amezcua Bio Light 2 through the Amezcua Bio Disc 2.

Improved-tasting food thanks to better lighting? Riiiiiiiiiiiight.

QNet asserts that the Amezcua items they sell are supported by “ongoing research and development,” but the company has yet to offer evidence of this.

There are some commercial research papers available, but none that even comes close to a comprehensive peer review from the medical community at large.

There is no way this trash could sell in stores. And there is the crux of the QNet issue right there.

If you want more information than what can be found in an evaluation of QNet’s goods and compensation plan, the individual seeking to attract you is an excellent place to start.

To earn MLM commissions as a QNet affiliate, one must first meet the requirements. The key question is whether or not the individual qualified only via recruitment or whether or not the necessary volume was created through retail sales.

Ask for evidence; any pyramid schemer worth their salt will know the proper response (obviously by not being truthful).

Next, to be eligible for residual unilevel commissions, every QNet affiliate must produce 50 RSPs every month.

Once again, you are likely curious as to the source of this RSP. Avoid it at all costs if you have to make a monthly self-purchase and there is no retail volume equivalent.

Both queries have obvious answers, considering the amount of regulatory attention QNet has garnered over the years. Even so, it doesn’t hurt to double-check on a personal level.

Then then, you’d have to be fairly down on your luck to even contemplate QNet, but I digress.

One reason for QNet’s seeming longevity (along with its many rebrandings) is that it’s a con that has been going on for quite some time.

There is little doubt that QNet has been very profitable for Vijay Eswaran and his pals, but for participants, the recognition that they have had is a slow process.

It takes even longer to reach critical mass and trigger regulatory alarms, by which point QNet’s executives have already moved on to the next nation.

The marketplaces in which a legal MLM company operates will have ebbs and flows. A regional launch of a pyramid scheme like QNet, which eventually collapses after reaching critical mass, is not uncommon.

The fact that QNet is nowhere to be found (or has failed to maintain commercial activities) in any of the jurisdictions in which it operates or has operated speaks volumes.

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