This post is part of a series of posts about THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance), pyramid schemes and MLMs. Read more here: THRIVE Life: Is it a pyramid scheme, MLM, or something else?
Concern #5: Don’t all MLM products cost a LOT?
It is true that many products are sold through MLMs at very inflated prices. Lotions, cleaning supplies, candles, vitamins etc can all be found at the grocery store for significantly less than what you’d pay for a similar item through a MLM. For example, I LOVE NuSkin products: especially their face wash. I get it for free because my sister in law works there. But if I were to buy them, I’d pay nearly 500% more than face wash at the grocery store ($7 vs $38). Many companies claim that this is because their product is far superior (see concern #4 ).
Even so, that limits your market at a distributor. Regardless of if the product really is superior, there are only a handful of people who can afford it!
In addition, part of the reason for the inflated prices is the commission plan. Oftentimes, people will tell me something along these lines:
“Such and such company pays 40% in commission instead of the 10% that THRIVE Life pays. I’d much rather join that company.”
Well, the reason they can pay you that high of a percentage is because their product prices are so inflated. So, you may get more when you do sell, but you will sell less.
I did not want to have to convince people my product was worth the money and feel guilty asking them to spend 500% more on something they could get for less at the grocery store in this tough economy.
Another great idea from my trainer with THRIVE Life:
If you LOVE cupcakes (they are worth gold to you), then would you rather get 40% of this cupcake: