Hey there sea changers, today we are going to delve into the potentially lucrative world of weight loss and health supplements with my Plexus Worldwide MLM review. As with the likes of essential oils and cosmetics, when we look at starting ourselves a little business selling supplements – be it online or under the good ole party plan model – one option we have is Multi Level Marketing. In this review I will cover:
- What is MLM?
- Who is Plexus Worldwide?
- MLM Program outline
- Final thoughts
Note: I am not a member of the Plexus Worldwide MLM Program (and hence make no commissions from any of the links included within this post). The reason for this is that I prefer to write these posts based on what a newbie would be seeing if they were interested in joining – that way I feel I can make a better judgment on what it is that these companies are offering within their programs.
What is MLM?
Multi-level marketing (MLM) programs are the mainstay of the ‘party plan’ world of products such as Tupperware, Mary Kay and Amway etc. and within the supplements market. The multi level aspects of MLM come from its hierarchical nature in which you make commissions based not only on those that you sell to, but also the sales of those whom you ‘sign’ into membership arrangements as well.
In short, the process works as follows:
- You join the program, either via referral from another person (known as your up line) or directly through their website.
- You promote the products of the company via parties, workshops or online.
- As you make sales, you offer incentives to your customers to sign up as a member of the program (there are different names for this but they all mean the same thing).
- That new member is then placed ‘underneath’ you in a hierarchical arrangement (known as your down line).
- You, and a number of levels of your up line, then gain extra commissions for everything they sell as well.
- If they manage to refer their customers into memberships, they also become a member of your down line allowing you to make up line commissions as well.
The number of levels of your up and down lines will vary depending on the program you have joined. Commission rates will also change as your down line grows or contracts and many will also offer other incentives such as total company sales percentages and/or access to membership prizes as your own business grows.
Who is Plexus Worldwide?
Plexus Worldwide promotes itself as being on the “cutting edge of health science, with a range of products focused on every aspect of your health and happiness”. They are based in Scottsdale Arizona and were established by Tarl Robinson and Alec Clark. They pride themselves on the quality of their products which aims to be non-GMO, 100% vegetarian, and gluten free wherever possible.
Niche wise, they would classify themselves as being in the health and wellness industry.
What do they Sell?
Plexus Worldwide offers a large range of products including:
- Weight loss supplements
- Nutritional supplements
- Skincare products
- Body creams
The product price range is on par with its competitors and for those looking to sell their products under the MLM structure, they also offer a good range of combo, sample and trial packs of all shapes, sizes and cost levels. They also offer a 60-day money back guarantee on all products – they promote this quite heavily – which allows you to give your own customers piece of mind.
And for those of you who like to promote companies and products that are community minded, Plexus runs a program called “Sunny and Share” – get it? haha. Anyway, this program focuses on such things as Hunger Action Month and programs to empower women. And for every meal purchased via this site, 1 meal is donated to children in need.
MLM Program outline
The Plexus Worldwide MLM program is known as its Ambassador program. The base details are as follows:
Commission rate: Tiered by sales amount as follows:
- 0% – $0 – $100
- 15% – $100 – $499.99
- 25% – $500 +
Note: No commissions are paid on the first $100 of any sale.
Down line commission rates: Downline commissions are earned via the allocation of Plexus Points for up to 7 levels. (See below)
Minimum monthly spend to qualify for commissions – A minimum monthly spend of approximately $100 is required to earn commissions
Payment terms: Weekly and Monthly
Application required?: Yes, basic personal information and promotion strategy.
Marketing materials provided: Text links, banners, training videos, documents, and resources.
How much is it to join?:
As with most other MLM programs, to become a member you will need to purchase a starter kit. There are numerous kits available costing $199 each.
You will also need to pay an annual membership fee of $39.95. And as stated above, you will be required to maintain a personal purchase volume (PV) of around 100PV per month to qualify for commissions – you generally get 1 PV point per $1 spent.
The ranking structure for Plexus worldwide is quite straight forward in that the more ambassadors who accumulate within your down line, the higher you move through the ranks.
What it did take me a while to get my head around however is the structure of actual commission payments. As your down line makes sales, you are awarded Plexus Points which determine the commissions you are paid.
At the end of each month, the value of a Plexus point is determined by dividing the total number of Plexus Points earned by all Ambassadors in that month into the total amount of money in the Ambassador Pool for that month (50% of total company sales). Hence, the value of a Plexus point will vary from month to month depending upon the total sales made by all ambassadors within the program.
Rank bonus payments
As you achieve a new rank, you are paid a once off bonus once you reach it for the first time. Payments are as follows:
Emerald, Sapphire and Diamond bonus pools
As is common practice in many MLM programs, the higher ranking ambassadors are awarded percentage bonuses. Out of the 50% of the company’s commissionable volume, 3% is set aside for the Emerald Pool and is divided
equally among qualified Emerald Ambassadors. Sapphire Ambassadors qualify for a share of 4% and Diamond get a share of 5% of the total commissionable value.
What else do you get?
Unlike many other sites of this type, there is no discernible rewards programs for monthly purchasers. There are however a number of bonus programs for the small percentage of Ambassadors that make it to the higher tank levels. These include:
- Lexus program – $600/$750 (Emerald/Sapphire) or $1200 (Diamond) per month (for a period of 36 months, or the length of your lease, whichever is shortest) is paid towards the lease of a Lexus motor vehicle for those who maintain their rank levels.
- Lifestyle Bonus program – As per the Lexus program however a lesser cash amount is paid per month in lieu of lease of vehicle.
What is good about it?
So, after a good look around the site and looking at all the options I could find, I do like the following:
- There is plenty of information in regards to the MLM Ambassador programs.
- Commission rates for entry level sales are quite good.
- The company gives back to the community.
What is no so good about it?
There are also some things to be aware of including:
- The website is not as easy to use as others – and the products pages are harder to find as there is a big blurb on the 60-day money back guarantee that gets in the way.
- The whole Plexus Point thing is a little confusing.
- There is no reward platform for lower ranking ambassadors who make constant monthly sales – most MLM programs have these.
Can you make money with the Plexus Worldwide MLM program?
Look, MLM programs are generally hard to make money with at the best of times and like most others, until you start building your downstream, paying the $100 per month to maintain your PV is actually going to cost you money. And again, like others, only a small percentage of Ambassadors will actually make ant decent money from this platform as illustrated below:
That said, if you are passionate about health and wellness products and like this brand, then to be honest, with hard work and some good networking skills then there is no reason why you cannot make money with this brand.
Reviews for this program were mixed and in general fairly standard for MLM type platforms. Those who have made money love it and those who have not, don’t. The products themselves also have mixed reviews with some raving about how good they feel and others warning off as they were made sick.
I did not however find any reviews that questioned the ethics or transparency of the company – I mean apart from those who hate MLM platforms of course.
My final thoughts
As I have said above, MLM is not an easy platform to make money in, however I have not found anything within this program that would cause me to warn you off. My only advice, and I say this about all MLM programs, is to make sure that you fully understand your products and have a clear plan as to how you intend to promote them.
So there you have it, my honest review and appraisal of the Plexus Worldwide MLM program. I hope it has been of assistance but as usual, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out by commenting below.
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