Introduction to Sisel MLM Compensation Plan
When I made the decision, right before New Year’s, to review every multilevel marketing (MLM) business opportunity I could find, I had no idea how many foods there were in the world that people claim have health benefits far beyond the ordinary fruit or veggie. If you are a loyal reader of Notebook Crazy, you will remember the praises that have been heaped on the humble goji berry, the gorgeous pomegranate, the lovely Miss Mangosteen, the quite unsightly cheese fruit, and the just OK looking Ganoderma fungus. If you are not a loyal reader of Notebook Crazy, and you just ended up here by accident after Googling “Nile monitor lizard Valhalla”, “Mary Kayfabe”, “is Bradonium real”, or “is Weird Al from the Midwest”, then you are in for a treat. As you know, I hate nutraceuticals; you probably do, too, if you have any previous experience with MLM. I especially hate nutraceutical MLMs that are nondescript; my reviews of those nondescript MLM companies usually just consist of me ranting about what a waste of time and money it is to deal with MLM in general. But today is not one of those days. The company I am reviewing today has tied its reputation to a particular ingredient at least to the extent that it makes sense to begin my Sisel review with a discussion of the ingredient that has brought a lot of publicity to Sisel products.
Researching this Sisel review made me think more about seaweed that I ever had before. I have eaten seaweed before on a few occasions, always at Japanese restaurants. I have eaten sushi, of which the outer layer is made from a type of seaweed called nori, and I have eaten miso soup, in which one of the ingredients is a type of seaweed called wakame. As I shall discuss later on in this Sisel review, there is yet another type of seaweed in some of the most buzzworthy Sisel products. One of the first things I found out while researching this Sisel review is that the term “sea vegetable” is sometimes used to refer to the various types of edible seaweed. I will be the first to admit that I am not really much of a vegetable person, but I must say that “sea vegetable” has kind of a nice ring to it. If everyone called seaweed sea vegetables, I might eat it more often. After all, the difference between a weed and a vegetable is one of perspective. Take the dandelion, for instance.
I had never thought about this at all before I set about researching my Sisel review, but it did not take me long to find out that seaweed is neither a weed or a vegetable. (If you Floridians are shocked to hear me say that, please remember that I have lived my entire life in a landlocked state.) Every type of seaweed is actually a type of algae. You know how algae are usually classified by color, so that there are red algae, green algae, brown algae, and some other colors? (I am almost sure there is an MLM company, probably one I reviewed on Notebook Crazy, that sells its distributors the fantasy that they can get rich by convincing their family and friends to eat blue-green algae.) Well, that is exactly what red seaweed, green seaweed, and brown seaweed are.
It is not hard to find health food enthusiasts who sing the praises of edible seaweed. Sea vegetables have non-trivial amounts of vitamins A, C, E, and K, and they are high in protein and dietary fiber while containing only trace amounts of sugars and fats. The particular type of edible seaweed found in one of the most publicized Sisel products is a type of brown seaweed called limumoui, which is found off the coast of the islands of Tonga in the Pacific Ocean. If you know me, you know that I am not the sort to get excited about the fact that limumoui contains lots of vitamins and minerals, but the MLM industry certain is. In fact, there once was an entire MLM company based on the stuff. It was called Royal Tongan Limu. The company was based in Florida (surprise, surprise). As you can probably guess, it made all kinds of huge claims about how limumoui can improve your health, and after enough lawsuits, the company got shut down. Unless you really did just arrive on this page by Googling “I hate vegetables will I like seaweed”, you have probably heard stories like that one a hundred times before, but the fall of Royal Tongan Limu was more spectacular than the collapse of most MLMs. What usually happens is that a legal decision or a series of legal decisions forces the company to close, but people continue to sell its leftover products on eBay, and more often than not, its leaders go straight to founding a new MLM, or else serve their prison sentences and then start a new MLM after they get released. As for Royal Tongan Limu, its demise involved many gallons of its health drinks being destroyed in a scene I imagine as being quite similar to burial of the millions of unsold Atari cartridges of the infamous ET game in the New Mexico desert in the early 80s.
But you know me. I couldn’t care less about the health benefits of Tongan limu seaweed. What interested me was that Tonga, an island nation (actually an archipelago of over 100 islands) located very near to where the Equator intersects with the International Date Line, is the only member state of the Commonwealth of Nations that does not recognize Queen Elizabeth II as its monarch. Rather, Tonga has its own monarch, King Tupou VI.
Sisel: The Company and Its Products
It pleases me to report that the story behind the name of the Sisel company is easy to find; it is displayed on the “about us” page of the Sisel website. (The website also informs us that the company’s name is pronounced “sizzle”.) According to the Sisel website, Sisel is an acronym for Science, Innovation, Success, Energy, and Longevity. To me, those all sound a bit like empty MLM buzzwords, especially when used in combination, but it is a lot better than having a name that is completely meaningless.
I cannot, however, take issue with the “international” part of the name Sisel International, and the Sisel business opportunity is truly international. According to the Sisel website, the Sisel business opportunity is available in the United States, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic (if the Czech Republic does decide that it would prefer to be called “Czechia” in English, I am sure that freelance writers all around the world who write for word count quotas will be sorely disappointed), Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Guyana, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. That includes most of the usual countries where MLM companies expand when they go international. I am a bit surprised not to see Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates on the list of countries where the Sisel business opportunity is available, as those countries seem to show up fairly frequently on lists of countries in which truly global MLM companies operate.
The Sisel business opportunity was founded in 2006. Its founders are a father and son, both named Tom Mower. The company is based in Utah, which is very typical of MLM companies, especially the nutraceutical ones, and especially the ones that have flagship ingredients. At the top of the list of Sisel products is FuyConDol, a health drink made of limu seaweed. The range of Sisel products is quite wide, eincluding health drinks, nutritional supplements, coffees, and skincare products. Except for the fact that the products have somewhat snazzier packaging, the more I read of the Sisel website, the more it looks like any other nutraceutical MLM website.
The Sisel Compensation Plan
The Sisel compensation plan document is readily available for download from the Sisel website. It is 36 pages long, but some of these pages consist entirely of photographs of people enjoying their ostensibly copious leisure time. What I can say in favor of the Sisel compensation plan is that it does offer Sisel distributors some flexibility in how they market Sisel products. The truly sadistic ones can subject their friends to home sales parties, where everyone pays tons of money to drink seaweed instead of having fun. Others can market the products at a mall kiosk or through a website. If they do not have a website but they want to sell the products online, the company will provide them with a Sisel website. The Sisel compensation plan includes autoship, but it euphemistically calls it “auto purchase”.
The leadership levels in the Sisel compensation plan are called Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. The compensation plan lets you earn commissions of sales made by up to eight levels of downline distributors. There is mention of various “legs” of your downline sales team, which always raises red flags for me. There are also bonus pools, one that consists of 5% of global sales volume and one which accounts for 1% of global sales volume. The higher your leadership rank, the more shares of the bonus pools you get. There is also a luxury auto bonus, which is a payment the company makes toward your purchase of a luxury car. The amount of this bonus ranges from $200 to $1,500, depending on your rank. The Sisel compensation plan document does not say which luxury cars you can choose when using the bonus to make payments on them. If you really are a new visitor to Notebook Crazy, this is a good time to warn you that MLM compensation plans very often sound attractive, but you have to invest so much money to become eligible for the commissions and bonuses that almost no one breaks even, and fewer people end up getting a reliable income from it.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- It is possible for Sisel distributors to sell Sisel products through a company-provided Sisel website or through their own websites.
- The packaging on Sisel products, especially the limu seaweed drink, is quite handsome.
- The descriptions of Sisel products on the Sisel website include actual citations of actual scientific studies related to the ingredients in the products. Whether there is a big leap from the conclusions of these studies to some of the health claims on the Sisel website is another matter, but at least there are citations of real published articles that readers can look up.
- The Sisel website is quite readable and neatly organized.
- The prices of Sisel products listed on the Sisel website are quite steep.
- In order for me to recommend an MLM opportunity, it has to be really, really special, and the Sisel business opportunity is not.
- The Sisel business opportunity does, in fact include home sales parties.
- It just does not seem intuitive to pronounce the company’s name “sizzle”. Maybe if you join the Sisel business opportunity and you hear it enough times, you get used to it.
If you want to eat sea vegetables, be my guest, but there are plenty of better ways to get them than by investing in the Sisel business opportunity. Whether you are dealing in super-fruits, fungi, bee pollen, plankton, or one or another type of algae, a nutraceutical MLM is just a nutraceutical MLM. If you join the Sisel business opportunity, I strongly predict that you will end up with a basement full of algae drinks in rather elegant containers. There are worse things to have in your basement, but it is a better idea just to hold onto your money and skip the Sisel business opportunity.
Hey, foodies! What am I missing out on by not eating more seaweed? Schedule a call with me and let me know.