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Free Life International MLM Compensation Plan Review 2.0

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Introduction to Free Life International MLM Compensation Plan

When you work in the multilevel marketing (MLM) industry, you find no shortage of opportunities to throw your head back and laugh about the ridiculous pseudoscientific claims made in the MLM industry.  You often find these opportunities in the product descriptions of the flagship products of MLM companies.  Forever Living would have you believe that the secret to health is ingesting bee pollen and aloe vera gel, while Forever Green holds that the key to well-being lies in drinking phytoplankton.  And then there is CieAura, which is, for all practical purposes, a nicotine patch, except with holograms instead of nicotine.  It is the most ridiculous thing this side of the now defunct AM Wand, which massages your cytoplasm into homeostasis.  You might as well sit in on a meeting of cryptozoologists and listen to them argue about who took the most flattering pictures of Bigfoot.

But then, every so often, the pseudoscientists win.  When Henry Morton Stanley explored the Congo region of central Africa in 1887, he heard stories in the region’s folklore about a mysterious horse.  When he returned to England and told of these reports, zoologists, weirdos, and everyone in between became intrigued.  In the first years of the 20th century, several English explorers caught sight of the animal and published illustrations of the horse-shaped animal with striped legs and small, hair-covered horns, and Harry Johnston even sent a hide of the mysterious creature to England.  Named the okapi, it resembled a cross between a zebra and any of several African antelopes.  It was not until 1986 that the okapi was unambiguously identified as the only living relative of the giraffe.

Thanks to the okapi, cryptozoologists could point to an example of an animal once thought to be purely mythological but now familiar enough that you can see it in almost any zoo.  The International Society of Cryptozoology, which operated from 1982 to 1998, adopted the okapi as its symbol.  (The Society ceased to exist after it ran out of funds, but that is a story for another day.)  The okapi is not the only example of a cryptid that had its reputation redeemed and is now recognized as a real animal.  Almost as soon as European explorers and traders arrived on what are now the islands of Indonesia, they heard reports about an enormous lizard, but they wrote it off as a terrestrial cousin of the Loch Ness Monster and Jormungandr.  In 1912, the Komodo dragon was given its genus and species name, and now you can go to any zoo and look one in the eye, if you dare, but I don’t recommend it.  It is like going face to face with an alligator, with the difference being that you have a good chance of avoiding an alligator if you stay away from the water.

Of course, whereas cryptozoology is, for the most part, harmless fun, the economic pseudoscience perpetuated by MLM companies is capable of doing real damage.  Many more people have had their bank accounts invaded by MLM ideology than have had their nightmares invaded by Komodo dragons.  If your friend invites you to go on another camping trip with him where one of you keeps vigil all night with your iPhone camera in order to take pictures of Sasquatch, who, according to your friend, is certain to pass by your campsite even though he didn’t show the last three times you went looking for him, you have my blessing to join him on the camping trip.  Tracking Bigfoot with your buddy isn’t going to leave you with maxed out credit cards and a basement full of expired Bigfoot chow.  You might come back a little bit sleep deprived and smelling of insect repellent, but helping your friend pursue his hobby is unlikely to have lasting negative consequences.  If your friend asks you to sign up for autoship with yet another MLM, it is my duty to tell you, in almost every case, to run like hell.  This brings me to my current project.  While other people who can’t stand the 9 to 5 rat race are carefully collating maps of all the locations where cryptids have been sighted, I have devoted myself to reviewing every MLM business opportunity that I can be reasonably certain exists.  My research is leading me to the conclusion is that good MLM opportunities are as rare as the okapi and the Komodo dragon among the hundreds of cryptids rumored to exist, but in case the financially equivalent of the majestic okapi or the terrifying Komodo dragon is out there, I press onward with my quest.  Today, you have arrived just in time for my Free Life International review.

Free Life International: The Company and Its Products

Free Life International was founded in 1995 by Ray Faltinsky and Kevin Fournier.  It is headquartered (where else?) in Arizona, where the Gila monsters and monitor lizards aspire to be Komodo dragons when they grow up.  For some reason, the states where the climate is most hospitable to reptiles also tend to be the ones where MLM companies thrive.  It started out as just a generic MLM nutraceutical company, selling weight loss supplements, vitamins, and such, but it really hit its stride in the early 2000s, when it decided on its signature ingredient.  Forever Green may have plankton, and Forever Living may have aloe vera and bee pollen, but Free Living has its very own signature ingredient, the Himalayan goji berry.

The goji berry has all the hallmarks of a trendy superfood.  Like its superfood sorority sisters (I cannot consider them biological sisters, since they come from vastly different families of plants) the pomegranate and the acai berry, the goji berry is dark red and rich in antioxidants.  It also represents a distinct region of the world in the Miss Universe pageant of superfoods.  The goji berry is to the mountainous regions of China what the pomegranate is to the Persian-speaking world and acai is to the Amazon rainforest.  As is the case with so many beauty queens, the closest biological relatives of the goji berry are nothing special to look at.  It is a member of the nightshade family, a family of plants that we have discussed before on Notebook Crazy, in large part because I plan to stuff my face with them this spring at Ebertfest.  That means that the goji berry is a close relative of such boring denizens of your kitchen as the tomato, the bell pepper, the chili pepper, the eggplant, and the potato, and even tobacco.  You might be asking yourself why you would pay lots of money for the goji berry when you can eat half of its family during a single meal at Chipotle, and if I had not been involved with the MLM industry long enough to become so jaded, I might be asking the same thing, too.

Free Life International Goji Juice enjoyed a dazzling 15 minutes of fame in the early to mid-2000s, but it appears that Miss Superfood China had to return her crown at the Miss Universe pageant of superfoods.  A number of Free Life International lawsuits and controversies led to the company admitting that it had made several unverified claims about the health benefits of its products.  Free Life International spokesman Earl Mindell took the fall for most of these exaggerated claims, and the company cut ties with him and went right back to its usual business of charging your credit card for autoship and sending more bottles of goji berry juice to your house to join the multitude of other bottles of goji berry juice.  Of course, there were plenty of other gorgeous red super-fruits waiting in the wings to take its place.  Miss Superfood Persia still has her partisans, and so does Miss Superfood Brazil, and so does the disgraced goji berry.  If you can find them, you have a chance of making some money with the Free Life International business opportunity.

The main Free Life International products are the Tai line of meal replacement shakes and chewable candies designed to suppress your appetite, and, of course, the GoChi line of goji berry drinks.  Then there are the usual vitamin supplements and, for completists, an orange-scented household cleaning fluid.  The Free Life International products page reminds me a lot of the products page of almost any other MLM site I have ever seen.  There is nothing so weird on the Free Life International products page so weird that I can foresee writing about it in another post in the context that another MLM company’s flagship product is less weird than it.

The Free Life International Compensation Plan

Of course, I am not naïve enough to think that you would choose Free Life International over another MLM company just because you think the goji berry is prettier than the pomegranate.  The real difference between MLM companies lies not in their merchandise but in their compensation plans, and the Free Life International compensation plan has some pluses and some minuses.  For one thing, the starter kit for Free Life International is only about 30 dollars, which is a bargain compared to the several hundred dollars you have to shell out to join some other MLM companies.  The retail profits you make starting out with Free Life International are only about 10%, but considering that most people don’t even break even with MLM, cutting your losses and admitting you aren’t going to get you 30 bucks back is easier than cutting your losses and accepting that you are out the equivalent of a car payment.

Of course, the Free Life International compensation plan has all the usual bells and whistles of the usual MLM compensation plan.  There are bonuses for signing up new members.  There are commissions for downline sales.  There are even bigger bonuses for people who reach the higher ranks in the company.  There are promises of payments on luxury cars.  It’s nothing I haven’t heard before.  I’m sure you have heard it all before, too, unless this really is your first time reading anything about MLM and you just ended up on this page because you Googled “okapi real cryptozoology” while trying to convince your parents to fund your next Bigfoot tracking expedition.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages

  • Some people are like the botanical equivalent of sugar daddies. They like to blow their money on pretty fruits just because they can afford to.  If you can find such people, you might be able to convince them to buy Free Life International products.
  • Likewise, if you can get yourself invited to a meeting of your local chapter of the Cryptozoological Society of America, you may be able to convince the members that goji berry juice is the most effective known yeti bait, and you might be able to convince them to sign up for autoship of Free Life International products.

Disadvantages

  • Goji berries might be pretty, but it’s still nutraceuticals, and it’s still MLM. Nothing about the Free Life International business opportunity really stands out from the crowd.
  • Free Life International’s time as the latest trend was in the distant past. Goji berries are just a fruit.  People have been drinking fruit juice for millennia.  The real health nuts these days are chugging aloe and plankton.  Goji berry juice is a trendy food that isn’t even that trendy anymore.

Conclusion

I have nothing against goji berries.  They’re pretty and red, and I imagine they taste OK, and they’re related to some of my favorite burrito ingredients.  But Free Life International is not going to do for the reputation of MLM what the okapi and the Komodo dragon did for the reputation of cryptozoology.  If you’re still trying to get rich from selling Free Life International products, you’re a sucker in most people’s eyes, just like you’re still a weirdo in most people’s eyes if you’re still looking for Bigfoot.  So the conclusion is this: nothing to see here.  Let’s continue our quest.

It’s way too cold outside to go looking for Bigfoot, so if you were going to ask, the answer is no. On the other hand, if you would like to call me and strategize about ways to make money through MLM, I am eagerly awaiting your call.

 

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