Introduction to Volishon MLM Compensation Plan
Welcome to Notebook Crazy. My name is Brad, and this blog is my ongoing project to review as many multilevel marketing (MLM) business opportunities as I can. If you have ever been to an MLM sales meeting in a hotel convention room, or worse, an MLM home sales party, you know that MLM sales pitches can be a colossal bore, but my task of reviewing MLM companies is never boring. While writing this blog, I have learned a whole lot about a whole lot of things. In researching this Volishon review, for example, not only did I find out what the fourteenth power of two is, I also found out that there are 19 sovereign states in which the capital city has fewer than 32,000 inhabitants. I set myself the goal long ago of becoming the world’s most knowledgeable college dropout, and this blog is certainly helping me make progress toward that goal.
Here is how Notebook Crazy works. I find out about an MLM company, and I read its website, as well as reviews of the MLM company on MLM review blogs and comments and blog posts by current and former members of the MLM. I compare its product line and compensation plan to those of other MLM companies. Finally, I discuss the advantages and disadvantages of joining this particular MLM company, and finally I offer my assessment of whether you should join. So far, I have yet to find an MLM company that compares favorably to non-MLM opportunities.
Volishon: The Company and Its Products
For much of the information in this Volishon review, I am indebted to the Volishon review published on Behind MLM, a multilevel marketing (MLM) review website that has a very good track record of unraveling the various threads of the story when things get complicated, and the story of the Volishon business opportunity does have the characteristics of a juicy MLM saga. Some MLMs are so boring that in order to make my reviews of them interesting, I have to pad them with personal narrative, tales of deadly reptiles and SEO-friendly rock band names, alphabetical lists, and rants about nutrition and personal finance, but the Volishon story practically tells itself.
Let’s start with the name. Volishon is clearly an intentional misspelling of “volition,” which is a word you don’t see much in the blogosphere. I would not have put it past the late, great Roger Ebert to use the word “volition” in his blog (his blog does, after all, include a scathing take-down of an edition of The Great Gatsby with all the advanced vocabulary words edited out), but most of the rest of us bloggers are happy to make up our own 10-cent words. Take it from an old-time blogger like me. When I wrote my first post of my first blog, Classic Rock Ragnarok, blogs were still called “e-zines.” Where you would expect to heard the word “volition,” however, is in a word-association activity conducted with a focus group, chosen from a list of words that people associate with self-confidence, self-determination, and all these other goals that lead people to chase increasingly desperate MLM dreams.
The Volishon business opportunity is based in Georgia, and its CEO is Joel Santiago. Other people listed as “partners” in the Volishon business opportunity include SankieBeukes, Daniella Le Roux, and Joseph Otis. The author of the Behind MLM Volishon review concludes, based on the presence of videos promoting these MLMs on his YouTube channel, that Santiago has previously been affiliated with Dream Life Vacation Club, EPIQ Energy, EPX Body, Fantasy Draft, Pro Travel Plus, RE247365, and Xplocial. The only one of those MLM companies that I have reviewed here on Notebook Crazy, is RE247365. I encourage you to go back and read my RE247365 review, but in case you cannot tear your eyes away from my Volishon review, I will summarize. The best thing about I could think of to say is that, thanks to the presence of a number keypad on my keyboard, it is considerably easier for a one-finger typist like me to write about RE247365 than about other MLMs, but other than that, I was not impressed, first because RE247365 is a deregulated energy MLM that encourages its distributors to rely on their warm market (selling products and distributor memberships to friends and family), and second, because its product line is a grab bag of MLM clichés; in addition to energy services, it sells discount club memberships (I think of these as virtual coupon books) and an energy drink called Fabu. Before researching this Volishon review, I had heard of RE247365, but I had not known that Joel Santiago had been associated with it. The Volishon review on Hot MLM Companies also gave me the impression that RE247365 has folded, which I did not know.
Several of the Volishon reviews I read had a lot to say about Pro Travel Plus, a travel club MLM (spoiler: theVolishon business opportunity is also a travel club MLM) with which Santiago was associated. (He was not single-handedly responsible for Pro Travel Plus; the Volishon review on Behind MLM also mentions Ben Glinsky, Seth Fraser, and Charles Vest as Pro Travel Plus leaders.) According to these Volishon reviews, the Pro Travel Plus business opportunity burst onto the scene in April 2015 in fizzled in less than eight months. Pro Travel Plus had planned a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for October 2015, and 60 people signed up for it. A few weeks before the trip, it was discovered that no hotel rooms had been booked for the travelers, leaving Pro Travel Plus to pay for rooms out of pocket. The original rooms had been booked so far in advance that it was not possible for the guests to get refunds. What one Volishon review describes as the “Cabo San Lucas disaster” (although I can certainly think of more disastrous fates for MLM companies) seems to have spelled the end of Pro Travel Plus. But no seasoned MLM reviewer is really surprised by this. Travel club MLMs tend to come and go pretty quickly.
The Volishon website has a picture of a palm tree and lawn chairs on a beach. It says it offers discounts on “airfare, hotels, condos, cruises, and even local discounts.” It doesn’t offer much more detail than that, mostly just an online contact form. Volishon reviews fill in a few more details, though, saying that Volishon products, if we can call them that, include both travel discounts and the usual discount shopping club type of discounts. The Behind MLM Volishon review says that Volishon products take the form of “access to over $300,000 discount providers.” The Volishon website offers almost no information; it doesn’t seem to have an About Us page, a Products or Services page, or an Opportunity page, like most other MLM websites. Some MLM websites are easier to navigate than others, but the Volishon website doesn’t even have a site map. The only thing that convinces me that I even found the right website is that it has the same logo as the one pictured on the Behind MLM Volishon review. The Volishon website also has a message at the top that says, “This site belongs to Kevin Carwell,” although he is not listed in any of the Volishon reviews I read. To further complicate matters, there is another Volishon website with an even SEO-friendlier domain name. That site belongs to Amanda Statzer Marketing, and it claims to offer online marketing tools.
Another thing that got my attention while researching this Volishon review is that even Hot MLM Companies cautions readers against joining the Volishon business opportunity. I have read a lot of MLm reviews on Hot MLM Companies while researching my reviews for Notebook Crazy, and almost none of them are negative. Jesse Singh, the author of Hot MLM Companies, starts his conclusion by saying, “Honestly, I don’t like being negative, but this company has nothing to do with real travel. It’s more of a recruitment scheme.”
Another caution that the Volishon reviews I read raise is that, while the Volishon business opportunity is open to people from all over the world (the Volishon website says that you can join the Volishon business opportunity in 170 countries), its discounts are mostly applicable, and some are even exclusively available, to people in the U.S. This means that, in 169 countries, the only way you can possibly make money through the Volishon business opportunity is by recruiting more Volishon distributors.
It costs $50 to join the Volishon business opportunity, and following the initial payment of $50, there is a monthly charge of $34.95 per month. The $50 buys you a subscription to the discount club; it is the equivalent of a business starter kit in other MLMs, since travel discounts and thousands of other unnamed discounts are the only Volishon products. I guess it beats having a basement full of vitamin supplements or costume jewelry.
The Volition Compensation Plan
Behind MLM has published two Volishon reviews, reflecting two different versions of the Volishon compensation plan. The first Volishon review was published in December 2015, when the Volishon business opportunity was in pre-launch, describes a Volishon compensation plan so needlessly complex, it would make Rube Goldberg blush. The new Behind MLM Volishon review was published earlier this month, and the Volishon compensation plan it describes is not much better. There are only four leadership levels in the Volishon compensation plan, and you can attain them either by meeting certain recruitment goals (including requirements about which “legs” of your downline team the Volishon distributors belong to) or by paying a fee. A 1 Star Volishon membership costs $84.95, a 2 Star membership costs $249, a 3 Star membership costs $449, and a 3 Star Elite membership costs $1499.95.
The part of the Volishon compensation plan that makes the biggest impression on me, however, is the 2 x 14 matrix. It is based on recruiting two people, who each recruit two people, who each recruit two people, and so on. What stands out to me the most about this matrix is that it explicitly mentions two to the 14th power, which is 32,768. It says that you can get really rich if you recruit 32,678 Volishon distributors.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Volishon products will not pile up in your basement.
- Writing this Volishon review made me think more about the powers of two than I have in a long time.
- $1499.95 is enough to pay a security deposit and the first month’s rent in some parts of the Midwest. It is enough to make a sizable down payment on a gently used car. It is enough to make a big enough dent in your credit card debt to reduce your minimum payment substantially. It is enough to buy iPhones for your whole family. It is enough to buy 200 burritos at Chipotle. Why would someone who has $1499.95 spend it on an MLM membership?
- Once you realize that 32,678 is more than the population of the capital cities of Kiribati, Seychelles, Brunei, the Marshall Islands, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Tonga, Belize, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, the Federated States of Micronesia, Grenada, Malta, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Tuvalu, Nauru, Vatican City, and Palau, it is easy to figure out how slim your chances are of getting rich through the Volishon business opportunity. And don’t get me started on how many of those countries you can afford to visit for $1,499.95.
Travel club MLMs are a losing proposition. If anything, the Volishon compensation plan provides a strong argument against getting mixed up with MLM. If someone tries to convince you to join the Volishon business opportunity, tell them there must be an easier path to financial freedom than recruiting downline team members more numerous than the inhabitants of the capital of Liechtenstein.
Hey, Notebook Crazy readers! How does the population of your home town compare to the population of Kiribati, Seychelles, and Brunei? Schedule a call with me and let me know.