Introduction to Inbox Dollars MLM Compensation Plan
Thanks to the Internet, it is possible to be famous for almost anything these days. For every person who achieves fame for decades of accomplishments in business, political leadership, social reform, writing, the sciences, or the performing arts (RIP Prince), there are hundreds who are famous just for making fools of themselves in response to someone else making a fool of himself or herself on social media. All this has me thinking about what might be the source of my 15 minutes of fame. If you are reading Notebook Crazy just because you Googled “My dear Watson Internet troll”, “iguana restless tail syndrome”, or “is Weird Al from the Midwest” and found some compelling reading material, you might think that my claim to fame is that I hate lousy multilevel marketing (MLM) business opportunities, but if you keep clicking (not that I am advising you to click away from Notebook Crazy), you will find out that there are a lot of MLM review sites and a lot of people who hate MLM sales parties and the social dynamics of the MLM industry as much as I do.
No, if I am going to be famous for something, I am going to be famous for sitting on my keister until the Midwestern winter melts into spring. I enjoy the great outdoors as much as anyone else in the Midwest does, but only if the weather is warm enough that, even if there is a wind chill, it will not be cold enough to snow. Here on this blog, I have previously described my adventures in Paintball and fly fishing. My family does like to go camping, even if we sleep in our RV for most nights of our camping trip. I know I have hardly said anything good about my college experience, but I did rather enjoy playing Frisbee with my fraternity brothers during final exams week in the spring semester. I did not play Frisbee during final exams week of the two fall semesters I was in college. The first year, I sat on my keister (surprise, surprise), and the second year, I packed my stuff and got ready to move back home and begin my quest to become the world’s most knowledgeable college dropout.
At the complete other end of the spectrum from me are the people who participate in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which I only found out about for the first time today. (My quest to become the world’s most knowledgeable college dropout has instilled in me the habit of reading constantly, so I am always finding out about things I didn’t know. If colleges could instill that habit in young people, maybe I would not have dropped out.) I was aware of the fact that there was such a thing as traveling by dog sled (I have played enough Risk to know that there are some places in the world where, until recent times, dog sled was the most efficient way to travel), but I found out today that people who travel by dog sled are called mushers. Frankly, mushing does not sound like my cup of tea. I love hiking in the woods in the summer with my dog Floyd, and I thoroughly enjoy taking him on road trips, but in the winter, taking Floyd for a walk is something I do only out of loyalty.
The participants in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race travel 1,049 miles across the Alaskan wilderness, through blizzards, forests, marauding moose, and wind chills that reach -100 degrees Fahrenheit. (The exact length of the race varies slightly from one year to the next, as the route is adjusting according to where there is enough snow for the dogs to be able to pull the sleds. 1,049 is a symbolic number, since it is 1,000 plus 49, Alaska being the 49th state.) The exact amount of the prize also varies from one year to the next, but it is usually about $25,000.
Tell me, then, Notebook Crazy readers who are thinking about joining the Inbox Dollars business opportunity, if in 2016, mushers risk life and limb to travel 1,049 miles across the Alaskan wilderness for a $25,000 prize, what makes you think that you can get $25,000 just by clicking?
Of course, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race relates to the MLM experience in another way, also. Before the invention of the snowmobile, when mushing was the only way to get to Nome, Alaska in any month other than July, August, or September, the Iditarod trail was as much a source of death and frostbite as it was a source of regional pride. These days, mushers rarely suffer serious injury on the Iditarod trail. During the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, the government of Alaska sets up 27 checkpoints along the trail, where dogs are examined by veterinarians and also tested for performance enhancing drugs. Injured people and dogs are attended to promptly. Mushers who compete in the race have supplies sent to every checkpoint, including special high energy kibble for the dogs, a replacement set of booties for every dog and even replacement batteries for the musher’s Walkman. (I assume that factoid comes from the 80s; perhaps all the mushers need these days is a phone charger so they can keep listening to their favorite tunes until the next checkpoint.) Entering the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race sounds a bit pricey. I wonder if you actually end up in the black if you win.
The moral of the story is that, when people enter the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, they do not do it to make money. They do it as a test of skill or to honor a part of history. They do it as a fun challenge, not as something that will make them rich. And that is how you should regard the Inbox Dollars business opportunity, except with sitting on your keister and clicking instead of braving whiteout conditions and angry moose.
Inbox Dollars: The Company and Its Products
When I started doing research for this Inbox Dollars review, it took me a while to find out whether to consider the Inbox Dollars business opportunity an MLM scheme or not. I ultimately decided to consider it an MLM because you can get a 10% commission on any money made through the Inbox Dollars business opportunity by Inbox Dollars members recruited by you, but the Inbox Dollars business opportunity puts refreshingly little emphasis on the recruitment of new Inbox Dollars members. Thus, plenty of Inbox Dollars reviews say that Inbox Dollars is a scam, but none of them say that it is a pyramid scheme.
The Inbox Dollars website does not give you very many details until you actually create and account and log in, so I have found most of these details by reading other Inbox Dollars reviews. There seems to be an Inbox Dollars review on almost every major MLM review website, which indicates to me that it has attracted the attention of a lot of the people in the MLM community. The Inbox Dollars website is fairly similar to some of those other task websites, like Swagbucks, Amazon Mechanical Turk, and Slice the Pie. It has a few aspects of those “clicking for pennies” websites, actually. You can earn pennies (and I mean pennies) by reading emails. You can earn slightly greater amounts of chump change filling out surveys, and you can even earn money by playing GSN games (but only if you have a paid account with GSN). And then you can earn (very small) commissions on the money earned by the members you recruit. Some Inbox Dollars reviewers have suggested that the real way Inbox Dollars makes money is by making you a captive audience for ads by various companies, such as Netflix, that sell subscriptions. Some of the tasks involve signing up for trial memberships of various services, and the hope is that you do not remember to cancel your membership until after it stops being free and starts collecting payments.
You can withdraw money from your account on the Inbox Dollars website once you have earned $30, which can take days, if not weeks, even if you treat the Inbox Dollars business opportunity like a full time job. Inbox Dollars reviewers prefer Inbox Dollars over other penny task websites because it gives you payouts in real money instead of just giving you gift cards or discounts on particular products. It is pretty standard with penny task sites that it is very hard to build up enough money to be able to collect your payout, but in this regard, there are two especially insidious things about the Inbox Dollars business opportunity. First, while the penny task sites that pay actual currency tend to pay by PayPal, Inbox Dollars sends you a check by snail mail, further adding to the time it takes before the money you earn through Inbox Dollars actually gets to your bank account. Considering that some banks have a delay before funds become available, especially when the checks are for meager amounts like $30, that just makes the wait even longer. Another issue that the Inbox Dollars reviews I read mentioned is that, once your account balance gets closer to $30, it gets harder and harder to find tasks that are available to you.
The Inbox Dollars Compensation Plan
The only MLM part of the Inbox Dollars compensation plan is its affiliate program, in which you can get a 10% commission on the money earned by Inbox Dollars members you recruit. In practice, if you are lucky to recruit someone who does tasks all day on the Inbox Dollars website, you might get a quarter at the end of the day, thanks to that person’s efforts.
Oh, and Inbox Dollars cancels your account if you go ten days without logging in. It hooks you in terms of time, like other MLMs do. The only difference is that the financial costs are lower.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Since I have experienced firsthand so many MLM companies where recruitment is everything, it is a pleasant surprise that recruitment plays such a small role in the Inbox Dollars business opportunity. Somehow, having Inbox Dollars members sitting quietly, clicking away at the Inbox Dollars website seems less offensive than having them make a nuisance of themselves on Facebook or pressuring their co-workers, their neighbors, or people at their church to attend MLM home sales parties. An opportunity that entices people to waste their time is a lot better than one that entices them to waste other people’s time.
- Inbox Dollars members do not sell nutraceuticals. Inbox Dollars might waste your time, and your hand might get sore from clicking, but at least the Inbox Dollars business opportunity does not require you to look your cousin in the eye and tell her that cheese fruit cures cancer.
- Likewise, the Inbox Dollars business opportunity does not require you to host home sales parties.
- I guess you can let your kid play GSN games on the Inbox Dollars website during summer vacation if you think it will bring you less financial ruin than if you just hand him your phone and let him make in app purchases on whatever games he plays on your phone.
- Every Inbox Dollars review agrees that it is almost impossible to build up enough money in your account to where you can withdraw it, and to add insult to injury, when you do withdraw the money, Inbox Dollars sends you a paper check in the mail. It is the very antithesis of getting rich quick.
If you have a really boring job, then I guess doing tasks on the Inbox Dollars website is a less financially ruinous way to spend your free time at work than playing poker online for real money or shopping online, but I still agree with the other Inbox Dollars reviewers who say that it should be called Inbox Pennies.
Hey, Notebook Crazy readers in Alaska! Did I get my facts wrong about Iditarod? Schedule a call with me and set the record straight.