Introduction to Pink Papaya MLM Compensation Plan
My name is Bryce Kartoffel, and this is my brother Brad’s multilevel marketing (MLM) review blog, Notebook Crazy. I decided to jump on the guest posting bandwagon after I read my other brother Brian’s guest post, and since this is the Pink Papaya review, and of all of us brothers, I am the one who knows the most about papayas and their uses, I decided that today would be the day for my guest post. I thought it would be appropriate for me to write this Pink Papaya review because Brad has a huge chip on his shoulder about most healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, so I thought that if he wrote it, a big part of this Pink Papaya review would just be him kvetching about how much he hates papayas and how he would rather eat garlic knots or some other kind of empty carb instead. To be honest, I haven’t read every post on this blog, but Brian has, and he says that Brad takes every opportunity to complain about health food.
I guess I can take partial responsibility (or credit or blame, depending on how offensive this blog actually is) for the existence of Notebook Crazy, since it technically started at my New Year’s Party. I am sure there are some award winning chefs in Chicago who would like to challenge me on this, so until they do, I can say that I am the best cook in the Midwest. I love a cooking challenge, and one of my favorite challenges is to try to cook something that both my brother Brad and his business partner, the other Brad, will eat, since one Brad does not eat healthy food (with very few exceptions), and the other Brad does not eat carbs, although he will drink them if they are called beer. I guess I could just serve them bacon and airline peanuts, but where is the creativity in that? I did read the post where Brad said that he and the other Brad were sitting at the appetizer table eating hummus dip when they had the conversation that launched this blog, but that is only part of the story. There were plenty of other appetizers on that table besides hummus dip. The one that disappeared first was the feta cheese and jalapeno dip.
So, about papayas. Before I volunteered to write this Pink Papaya review, I probably knew more about papayas than most people do out here in the far reaches of the Midwest, but I actually learned a lot of new things about them from researching this Pink Papaya review. Before I wrote this Pink Papaya review, I knew that papayas grew in tropical climates, but I did not know where their original home was. I associate them with the Caribbean islands and also with Southeast Asian cuisines. I did what any millennial blogger (or at least guest blogger) would do and consulted Wikipedia, and I found out that papayas originated in southern Mexico, but they are now grown almost everywhere that has a suitable climate. The biggest papaya producing countries are India, Brazil, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Mexico. One of the most interesting parts of the papaya article on Wikipedia is about the diseases that can affect papaya plants. Most of these papaya diseases are caused by fungi. When Brad finds this out, he is going to be so mad that he ceded control of this Pink Papaya review to me, because he would love to write about the battle between a superfood and a fungus.
I have had enough MLM products and business opportunities pitched to me in my life that I know that claiming that your MLM product has some kind of amazing health benefit is part of the deal, so I was curious to find out what people would have to say about the health benefits of papaya. The “traditional medicine” section of the Wikipedia article about papaya is a lot shorter than I would expect it to be for a fruit that has an MLM company named after it. (Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, though. MLM representatives seem to have a great talent for spinning odd bits of anecdotal evidence into huge claims.) It links to an article on the National Institutes of Health website that talks about 26 plants, including papaya, that are used to treat malaria in traditional Cameroonian medicine. The author’s names are Titanji, Zofou, and Negemenya, in case you want to look it up. The article summarized how 26 plants, including papaya, are used as malaria treatments in Cameroon. It says that a tea made from the mature leaves of the papaya plant is given as a remedy for malaria. No peer reviewed studies have been done on the levels of antimalarial compounds in the leaves, but an in vitro study in 2001 by Bhat and Sarolia showed significant antimalarial effects from an extract taken from papaya seed rinds. All of this is to say that people in Cameroon treat malaria with papaya-derived medicines, but so far almost no one has described the chemistry of how they work. In order for papaya-derived antimalarial drugs to be approved by the FDA, for example, they would have go through a lot more studies, including testing the drugs on live subjects. I think I once heard somewhere that papaya fruit has diuretic effects, but Wikipedia did not mention that. I didn’t investigate that claim, either, because (spoiler) the Pink Papaya business opportunity is not really about papaya.
Since (spoiler) papayas are so much more interesting than MLM, I want to say one more thing about them before I get into all the details about the Pink Papaya business opportunity. Wikipedia also said that, if you eat enough papaya, it is possible to develop carotenemia, which is when your skin turns orange from eating foods with a lot of beta carotene. The chances of getting carotenemia from eating papaya are quite low, however; carrots have more than ten times as much beta carotene per pound than papayas do.
Pink Papaya: The Company and Its Products
It turns out that the Pink Papaya business opportunity has very little to do with papayas. The Pink Papaya business opportunity was founded in 2006 by two sisters named Susan Huneke and Karen Woller. There is a picture of Susan and Karen on the About page of the Pink Papaya website, and you really can see the family resemblance. (I mention this because siblings, or the illusion thereof, can be an effective marketing gimmick; the rumor circulating around the time of their major label debut that Jack and Meg White of the White Stripes were brother and sister certainly added to the band’s mystique. If my brother Brad were wise to this trend, he would have had Brian and me start writing guest posts for this blog long ago. And while we’re on the subject, the girls in The Shining aren’t twins.)
Pink Papaya products are personal care items like lotions and shampoo and stuff. Like most dudes in the Midwest, I tend to buy these sorts of things at places like Target, Wal-Mart, and Meijer, maybe Costco if the idea of a huge bottle of shampoo sitting in my shower doesn’t seem too ridiculous. I guess I might buy them at a drugstore or gas station if I ran out of shampoo in the middle of the night and really needed to wash my hair before showing up to work in the morning. I guess I might buy some kind of shampoo or aftershave from my barber if the shampoo or aftershave was really special. One place I would never buy personal care products is a party. If I could go back in time to high school and get invited to a hotel after party on prom night, I would definitely help myself to some of those complimentary travel sized shampoo bottles that they put in hotel rooms, but that is the closest I would ever come to buying shampoo at a party.
Guess where Pink Papaya wants you to sell their products. That’s right. Pink Papaya distributors are encouraged to host “spa parties” to sell Pink Papaya products. Can you imagine how mad you would be if someone invited you to a spa party and you expected to get a professional massage or just chill in the hot tub, but instead it was just a friend of a friend pressuring you to buy toiletries that you could have gotten for much cheaper at Kroger?
The Pink Papaya Compensation Plan
I did not exactly find a Pink Papaya compensation plan document, but the Frequently Asked Questions page of the Pink Papaya website is pretty informative. Depending on which package of Pink Papaya products you buy, it costs either $99 or $199 to join the Pink Papaya business opportunity. The website then says that you can earn that money back in one or two parties, respectively, and when I read that, I understood why writing this blog has made Brad even grouchier than he was before he started writing it. I have hosted enough parties to know that no one hosts a party with the intent of making money, or even hoping to break even. If you do, it isn’t a party. It completely goes against the spirit of opening your home to your friends and offering them food.
Upon further inspection, the FAQ page of the Pink Papaya website isn’t that informative. It has lots of questions that potential Pink Papaya distributors might have, but it doesn’t answer them. It just says they will have to talk to a Pink Papaya distributor to find out. For example, I don’t know whether you are required to recruit more Pink Papaya distributor or whether you can just sell Pink Papaya products, and I don’t know if you can sell Pink Papaya products online. Phooey.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- It is possible to participate in the Pink Papaya business opportunity without hosting home sales parties.
- Pink Papaya does not sell nutritional supplements, so at least you do not have to make a whole bunch of unverified health claims in order to sell Pink Papaya products.
- The fact that the phrase “Pink Papaya Parties” gets thrown around so much (it is even the domain name of the Pink Papaya website) gives me the impression that there is a lot of pressure to host MLM home sales parties if you are a Pink Papaya distributor.
- I know that the Pink Papaya website was not exactly designed with me in mind, but I still find the site’s catalog of Pink Papaya products less than intuitive. It took me quite a few clicks to figure out what was meant by “color” on the menu bar of Pink Papaya products. I eventually figured out that it meant “color cosmetics”; I only knew that term from working in a department store years ago, and I am still not sure of its exact meaning. Color cosmetics as opposed to what? Are there colorless cosmetics?
I haven’t read every post on Notebook Crazy, but I have read enough of them to know that some MLMs are really sleazy. Pink Papaya is definitely not the worst MLM out there, but I seriously doubt that you will make any money by investing in the Pink Papaya business opportunity. If you have money burning a hole in your pocket, you would be a lot better off buying some papayas and a bunch of little glass jars and making papaya preserves to give to all your friends for Christmas. Better yet, you could even put the money towards research for new antimalarial drugs.
I have better things to do than sit around all day and wait for the phone to ring. My brother Brad, on the other hand, does not. Schedule a call with him, and he will talk your ear off about how I did not do justice to how un-fun MLM home sales parties are and about his suggestions for making your online business successful.