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Max International MLM Compensation Plan Review 2.0


Introduction to Max International Compensation Plan

Welcome back to Notebook Crazy.  To my first time visitors, welcome to Notebook Crazy for the first time, and I hope you will stick around for a while.  I am Brad, and you have arrived in the middle of my tireless pursuit of reliable information about multilevel marketing (MLM) business opportunities.  I have been reviewing as many different MLM companies as I can find.  My research methods include reading the websites of the companies themselves and, when possible, the company’s own document detailing its MLM compensation plan, as well as reviews of the business opportunity written by former associates of the company as well as by third party reviewers.  If you are a long time reader of Notebook Crazy, you may have noticed a few recurring themes running through my reviews.  One of them is that I hate nutraceuticals.  There are a whole lot of nutraceutical MLM companies, more than you would ever guess that there would be unless you have ever undertaken an MLM reviewing project like mine.  You can probably guess that when I discovered, a few clicks into my research for my Max International review, that Max International products are yet more nutraceuticals, I was in a foul mood indeed.

More recently on this site, however, we have visited the subject of optimism and how occasional stints of sustained optimism can be beneficial.  A spoon full of optimism makes the scientifically unverified medicine go down, or some such.  I’m not just talking about the brief burst of optimism that naturally occurs in the cycle of grumpiness that is the Grouch’s Paradox (“Being miserable makes me happy, and being happy makes me miserable,” to quote the immortal words of Oscar the Grouch), I mean actively looking on the bright side, actually putting effort into finding reasons to be happy.  So let’s start by trying to look on the bright side of this Max International review.

Well, Max International products are nutraceuticals, which I hate, but some nutraceutical MLM companies have a flagship ingredient in most, if not all, of their products, and it can be a lot of fun to read all the far-fetched claims about what goji berries or aloe vera or the lovely Miss Mangosteen or even humble plankton can do to improve your health, and it can be even more interesting to read about how this ingredient is used in cooking in various cultures or what folklore beliefs are associated with it.  When researching other MLM reviews, I have found out about the great lengths to which people have gone for the pure pleasure of ingesting Mangosteen in the continental United States, and I have found out that, for several centuries, coffee was regarded as the beverage of Sufis (Muslim mystics), and that increased some people’s desire to drink it while making others want to avoid it.

To the extent that Max International products have a flagship ingredient at all, it is not a very photogenic one.  It would probably be disqualified immediately from the superfood beauty contest, because it isn’t even really a food at all.  Max International styles itself “the glutathione company.”  What is glutathione?  Well, it doesn’t have much cover girl potential, unlike the shapely pomegranate, the pulchritudinous mangosteen, the winsome goji berry, or even the just OK looking Ganoderma fungus or any of the other contestants in the superfood beauty pageant.  In fact, if it sent you a head shot, there wouldn’t even be anything to see.  You would have to look at it under a microscope.  Glutathione is an antioxidant; it is just a chemical, and this chemical occurs naturally in plants, animals, bacteria, and certain types of fungi.  If I am interpreting the Wikipedia article on Antioxidants correctly, then it isn’t even possible to ingest glutathione.  The statement on the Glutathione article on Wikipedia that says “glutathione is not an essential nutrient for humans, since it can be biosynthesized in the body” further strengthens the case for disqualifying glutathione from the superfoods beauty pageant.  I am not a nutritionist, so I will leave it to the expert nutraceutical debunkers like Dr. Harriet Hall to give a sound explanation why it is silly to buy nutritional supplements based on a sales pitch that features glutathione, but what I have read on Wikipedia is enough to make me feel disheartened about Max International products and to give me the feeling that my Max International review is going to reach a similar conclusion to the conclusions reached in my other nutraceutical MLM reviews.

So I have two choices.  I can either grump and grumble for the rest of my Max International review about how silly it is for anyone to buy Max International products or to imagine that they can make significant amounts of money by selling them, or I can find another ingredient in Max International products to nominate as a contestant to represent Max International in the Miss Superfood beauty pageant, and today I have chosen to be optimistic, so I choose the second option, nominating another comely superfood to stand out in ways that glutathione does not.  If you read the list of ingredients in any of the Max International products, you will find a laundry list of superfoods, many of which are also present in the nutritional supplements made by other companies, so I have chosen among them, and I nominate the milk thistle (Silybummarianum).  With her delicate purple flower heads and her marginally edible roots and stems, the milk thistle deserves a place in the beauty pageant of superfoods.  Furthermore, whereas the name “Max International” sounds like it could refer to everything and nothing (this is a very common problem among MLM companies, as will be apparent to you if you read my other reviews here on Notebook Crazy), the milk thistle has enough different names to give an army of SEO writers carpal tunnel syndrome, and each name is more descriptive than the last.  This handsome nutraceutical ingredient is known variously as the Marian thistle, the Mary thistle, Saint Mary’s thistle, the blessed milk thistle, the variegated thistle, the Mediterranean milk thistle, and the Scotch thistle.  I don’t know about you, but to me, “blessed milk thistle” sounds like something your pious aunt, who dares utter neither oaths nor terms of abuse, would call you when you try to hit her up to order nutritional supplements on autoship for the tenth time this year.  The Wikipedia article on the polynonymous milk thistle also has many edible parts.  If you are enterprising and adventurous enough, you can boil its shoots (but only in the spring), or you can eat its roots raw, boiled, or roasted.  According to Wikipedia, even the leaves make a “good spinach substitute”, provided that you remove the prickles, and true foodies can even soak the stems of the milk thistle until they are no longer bitter and then boil them, and the foodiest foodies of all can even ingest the spiny parts of the flower head as a substitute for the globe artichoke.  (This only works if you are the kind of person who would eat a globe artichoke in the first place, so it probably wouldn’t fly in most parts of the Midwest.)  For all of these reasons, I nominate the charming purple milk thistle as a contender for the superfood beauty pageant crown.

Oh, but there are a few things I did not mention yet about the lovely milk thistle.  First, the milk thistle is listed on Wikipedia’s “list of ineffective cancer treatments”, like so many other ingredients in the nutritional supplements I have reviewed here on this site.  Second, a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed that, of all the plant-based nutritional supplements studied, milk thistle supplements contained the highest proportion of mycotoxins.  Mycotoxins are a peer-reviewable way of saying “mold”.  Mold, you may recall, belongs to the kingdom of fungi.  I don’t know about you, but the reason I am still bothering with MLM business opportunities is because I want fewer fungus-filled nutritional supplements in my basement, not more.

Max International: The Company and Its Products


I wish I could tell you that, if you have read about the glutathione and the milk thistle, you know everything there is to know about Max International products, but unfortunately that is not the case.  The Max International website mentions several different product lines.  Cellgevity is the product line that focuses on antioxidants, Switch is the brand name for the weight loss supplements, and Max International products also include glutathione-based skin lotions.

The Max International Compensation Plan

The Max International compensation plan is not really that different from the compensation plans of the other nutraceutical MLM companies I have reviewed on this site before, the ones that have filled my basement with allegedly welcome fungus and have brought me to my current grouchy state.  The Max International compensation plan begins with you earning profits on your own sale of Max International products and then goes on to include recruitment bonuses, commissions based on team sales volume, and of course the elusive luxury trips and other such prizes.  The good news is that the Max International compensation plan is available on the Max International website, but it takes rather more clicks than average to find it.  The Max International compensation plan is 25 pages long, including a fair number of graphics but also some small fonts.  It is a good sign that it goes into so much detail, but more complex compensation plans do not always mean more money for you the MLM distributor.

Another piece of good news is that the Max International compensation plan lists the names of the leadership ranks.  Behold: Associate, Senior Associate, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Double Diamond, Triple Diamond, and Crown Diamond.  They’re not that interesting, but it is better than just leaving us to our own devices to guess what they are.

Advantages and Disadvantages


  • Researching and writing this Max International review made me consider eating parts of the milk thistle plant much more seriously than I ever have before, and if you have read enough Notebook Crazy posts to know about my love of Steak ‘n’ Shake and garlic knots, you know that milk thistle roots and stems are much healthier than most of the things I eat. This marks the closest I have ever come to a nutraceutical MLM improving my health.
  • The Max International website contains no mention of home sales parties.
  • As part of my optimism experiment, I decided that I would list three “advantages” in my Max International review. This is the third.


  • The Max International compensation plan includes a “binary tree” structure. It is my observation that binary structures in MLM are just another hoop for you to jump through before getting your money.
  • The fact that Max International products are nutritional supplements is reason enough to stay away for so many reasons. First, the Max International website does not provide you with a way to read the studies on which it bases its research.  Making it harder instead of easier for people to do their own research on your products is just a small step above saying that your products are based on a “science-based formula” and leaving it at that.  Second, the market is already saturated with nutraceutical MLM business opportunities.  MLM nutraceuticals simply are not recession proof.  People who want to take nutritional supplements can find a less expensive way to get them.


Your body already has all the glutathione it needs, and if you are reading this, there is a good chance that your basement already has enough fungus in the form of enough nutritional supplements.

Want to share your favorite milk thistle recipes with me?  Didn’t think so.  How about sharing ideas on how to make your work from home business successful?  I am full of ideas about that.  Schedule a call with me, and I will let you know how to make your Internet business profitable.


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