Introduction to Oriflame MLM Compensation Plan
Looking for alternative interpretations of movies is a lot of fun. The most enjoyable movies are the ones where, every time you watch them, you see something new, and it is fun to discuss with your friends what kind of hidden references the director may have included in the movie as an inside joke or as an homage to another movie. That is why some of my favorite movies are ones that are full of ambiguity. I have previously mentioned on this blog my appreciation for the movie Barton Fink, not only because the character that John Goodman plays in that movie is such a great example of a 1940s Midwestern salesman (or, at least, that is what he seems to be in the first half of the movie) but because every person who watches it has a slightly different interpretation of what exactly happens and what it all means.
I have also mentioned on this blog that it has always been my dream to go to Ebertfest. I tried my best to get tickets this year, but all of the movies were sold out by the time I was able to click on them to try to buy tickets. I am still planning on going to Chicago for Ebertfest weekend, though, and, as per the instructions on the Ebertfest website, I plan to stand in line outside the box office half an hour before show time in the hopes of snagging a seat that was left empty by a no-show. If you will also be in Chicago that weekend, we should hang out.
In anticipation of a weekend where everyone is full of ideas about movies, I have recently been reading fan theories about The Shining, the terrifying Stanley Kubrick movie based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. I saw the documentary Room 237, which is all about fan theories about The Shining, some of which are more compelling than others. For example, the theory in Room 237 that I find the most interesting, even though it gets discussed outside the movie a lot less than the genocide theories or the moon landing theory (the moon landing theory sounds, to me, too much like the kind of conspiracy theory you would hear from a relative that you intentionally only ever see on Thanksgiving), is the theory that The Shining is a retelling of the Minotaur myth from Greek mythology, in which young Danny is Theseus and his father Jack is the Minotaur. Fan theorists support this theory by the fact that in the movie (but not the book), there is a hedge maze where Jack meets his fate, and the hotel itself is laid out like a labyrinth. (My buddy Trevor, who made my attempts to become the world’s most knowledgeable college dropout look pathetic by comparison, would have loved that theory, since he was such a big fan of mythology and used to notice subtle mythological references in movies all the time.) But today I read some fan theories that were not even in that movie. For example, Rob Ager has made some videos in which he interprets The Shining as being full of references to the abandonment of the gold standard for U.S. currency. (With all the people in my little corner of the Midwest who believe in conspiracies, are nervous about the abandonment of the gold standard, or both, I am actually a bit surprised I had never heard that theory before.) A blogger named Mary Katherine Ham came up with a truly fascinating theory that Frozen is nothing more than a remake of The Shining, except with a happier ending in order to appeal to younger audiences.
Discussing alternative interpretations and hidden references in movies was one of the few things I enjoyed about college. It’s fun because the questions can never be answered in such a way as to close the discussion for good. Even if the director has come right out and given an authoritative interpretation of the movie or quashed rumors about hidden references, it is about how believable your arguments are, not strictly about whether they are true. In fact, you can advance the most off-the-wall theory in the world, but as long as you give evidence to support it, you have still successfully played the game of alternative movie interpretations.
On the other hand, arguing about health and wellness is not fun. No one calls you a fat slob, a blind sheep, or an androgyne if you say that the figure on the ski poster in The Shining looks like a Minotaur or if you speak up to point out that the actresses who play the girls in the blue dresses in the hallway are not twins in real life. Ask to see a published study on whether turmeric kills cancer or point out that, at the very least, a study on live people or live animals instead of cells in a petri dish in a lab is necessary before we can start trumpeting about the anti-aging properties of this or that super-fruit, and everyone tells you in no uncertain terms that they are convinced you are working for Big Junk Food.
That is what I hate about the nutritional supplement industry, which is a big part of the multilevel marketing (MLM) industry. You are probably surprised to see nearly a third of an MLM review on an MLM review website devoted to the analysis of a movie, but I figured that it is the least I can do. By that I mean that, if you are doing research online to see whether or not you should join the MLM business opportunity that your cousin or neighbor or hairstylist is trying to talk you into, you have probably already heard enough exaggerated claims about how this or that supplement will make you young and healthy and how modern medicine is a lie. The least I can do is start my Oriflame review by showing you that I am, in fact, a real human being just like you and that my brain has not been switched with a device that promotes MLM business opportunities at varying levels of intensity depending on how much of a fight you put up.
Oriflame: The Company and Its Products
Oriflame was founded in Sweden in 1967 by Jonas afJochnik and his brother Robert afJochnik. The company has its own page on Wikipedia, as do both of the afJochnick brothers, but none of these Wikipedia articles contain very much at all in the way of concrete or useful information. I guess they meet Wikipedia’s criteria for notability, though, because there are no banners at the tops of the pages saying that these articles have been flagged for deletion. One of the pieces of information Wikipedia does give about the company, however, is that the company is named after the Oriflamme, which is the flag flown by the French army during the Hundred Years War in the 14th and 15th centuries. The original oriflamme was the flag of the monastery of St. Denis near Paris. According to legend, Charlemagne flew this flag in battle, and it is mentioned in the medieval poem The Song of Roland.
The original Oriflame products were cosmetics, but the product line has since expanded to include skincare products, accessories, hair products, fragrances, and even a few nutritional supplements. It is worthy of note that Oriflame has more products specifically geared toward men than other MLM companies of a similar nature tend to have. There are men’s fragrances and shaving kits, and some of them look pretty nice.
The Oriflame Compensation Plan
The Oriflame compensation plan does not appear to be available on the Oriflame website, but it appears that someone (perhaps a current or former Oriflame distributor) was kind enough to publish a slide of it. The Oriflame website just talks about how Oriflame distributors can buy Oriflame products at wholesale prices and how they can earn a profit by selling them for retail prices. It also says that you can get rewards for signing up new Oriflame distributors, but it does not really go into any more detail about it tha that. I was able to find out a few more details, however, by reading the slide of the Oriflame compensation plan.
The leadership levels in the Oriflame compensation plan are Consultant, Elite Consultant, Senior Consultant, Group Manager, Senior Group Manager, District Manager, Senior District Manager, Regional Manager, Senior Regional Manager, Regional Director, and Executive Director. If you get any cash rewards at all for sales and rank advancement, the Oriflame compensation plan slide I found online does not say much about them. Instead it talks more about how, the higher your leadership level, the more discounts you can get when you order Oriflame products. At higher levels, you get increases numbers of catalogs, window cards, and business cases. (I am not quite sure what window cards and business cases are, nor would it make sense why Oriflame distributors would need catalogs, since anyone can view the product catalog in almost any language on the Oriflame website.) Once you get to the really high levels of the Oriflame compensation plan, there are car allowances and travel allowances, but the Oriflame compensation plan does not say how much they are. It is nice that Regional Managers get a laptop computer, but it almost ruins the fun that, when they get promoted to Senior Regional Manager, they also get a projector, as though that laptop is not for watching YouTube videos of fan theories about movies, but rather just for sales presentations.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Only a few of the Oriflame products are nutritional supplements, and the Oriflame website contains virtually no hype about how much these improve your health.
- The products section of the Oriflame website is well organized and easy to read. The thin black font on an off-white background is easy to read.
- It is refreshing that the Oriflame compensation plan does not seem to promise its distributors huge amounts of cash in exchange for recruiting new Oriflame distributors. Perhaps this is finally the sane MLM business opportunity I have been looking for all this time.
- Despite the handsome website, Oriflame products look a lot like the stuff you find at other MLM companies, especially when it comes to costume jewelry. They look like the same kind of stuff you could buy at Claire’s, except at a tremendous markup.
- The fact that you have to meet certain sales goals and achieve certain ranks in order to win free catalogs seems like a bit of an insult. Everyone knows that MLM distributors sink tons of their own money into MLM business opportunities, but are Oriflame distributors out there really paying for their own catalogs of Oriflame products? That sounds like a bit much, if you ask me.
- It is just common courtesy for an MLM company to publish its compensation plan document on its website, and, as far as I could tell, the Oriflame compensation plan document does not appear on the Oriflame website.
All work and no play makes Brad a dull boy, indeed. I don’t know where my mind was when I decided to include Oriflame among the top 10 money-making MLMs. There is nothing to set it apart from all the other MLM companies where well over 90 percent of the people who join end up in the red and where you have to hope against hope that none of the people you are trying to sell the stuff to have the slightest research skills. The only reason I can think of for including it is that it does not appear that the Oriflame business opportunity is available in the United States, meaning that it cannot bother us here.
What is your favorite alternative interpretation of a famous movie? You can come discuss it with me outside the box office at Ebertfest, or you can schedule a call with me.