Introduction to Synergy Worldwide MLM Compensation Plan
Almost every music lover, and even some people who can think of lots of things that would chose to do before they would choose to write about music, has had this experience: You hear a song on the radio, and it catches your ear. It has a memorable melody and maybe evening identifiable, repetitive lyrics. It is catchy enough that it runs through your head a few times over the years, but, at least in the days before search engine optimization (SEO) and before music-identifying apps like Shazam, a few remembered details were not enough to help you identify the song. Songs whose titles are not repeated ad nauseam in the lyrics of the chorus (or if they are, they are low enough in the mix that it is difficult to pick them out when you hear the song in passing) were elusive. Finding them was a quest; the moment of reunion between the melody, the title and artist information, and you, the listener was magical.
An ice cream truck drove past my house today, and I remembered how long it took me to figure out the name of the song that almost all ice cream trucks play, and it got me thinking about songs with which I had this experience, songs that passed in and out of my life quickly, fading into the distance and leaving only a craving for more of their sweet melodies. I first heard the last minute of “Solsbury Hill” by Peter Gabriel when I was in third grade, and my dad flipped past it on the radio during a road trip; it was not on the playlist of any of the radio stations in my town, and I did not discover it again until I was in high school, when I borrowed all of Peter Gabriel’s albums from the public library, over the course of my high school career, and taped them onto some low quality cassettes I got from the dollar store. Another such song was “Your Love” by the Outfield, which the lunch ladies at my elementary school were listening to on the radio one morning as I walked past, on the way to a morning assembly. (I know that, to people born after 1990, I did not know that song’s identifying information for so long, since your generation has heard it countless times, with its title and artist info displayed, on 80s pop music stations on music streaming apps, or if you happened to overhear it, you immediately whipped out your smartphone and Googled “I don’t want to lose your love” and settled the matter once and for all.) “Eminence Front” by The Who played on radio at a Fourth of July party I attended in the summer before 5th grade, at the house of one of my Little League teammates. It played in the very late afternoon as my dad and the host’s dad were standing by the grill discussing the boat that the host’s dad was thinking about buying, while I waited the obligatory 30 minutes after eating before getting back into the swimming pool. I matched that song to its title similarly to how I did “Solsbury Hill”.
The first time I heard “Synchronicity II” by the Police was in the summer before eighth grade. I was at the bowling alley with my brother Brian, the other Brad (the cofounder of Notebook Crazy), and a few other friends of ours. The guy working at the shoe rental counter had the song playing either on the radio or on a CD. It was enthralling, at once invigorating and creepy. It was as though I had been feeling, somewhere deep down, that the world needed a pop song about the Loch Ness Monster, but I had never been able to put that feeling into words, and now here was such a song. I deliberately stayed within earshot of the shoe rental counter while I tried on my bowling shoes, and I made sure to make the shoe selection process last the entire length of the song.
That song stayed on my mind enough that I would sometimes think of looking for it (which was much harder pre-Wikipedia), and on the few occasions when it did play on the radio, I always hoped that the DJs would identify it, but they never did. I am not such a fan of the Police that I would have been able to identify Sting’s voice without being told whose voice I was hearing. For reasons that are outside the purviews of Notebook Crazy, teenaged boys in the Midwest in the 1990s just didn’t go around asking their classmates “Hey, does anyone know the name of that song about the Loch Ness Monster?” (Actually, there is one situation in which such a question would naturally arise, but when I was a teenager, it was many years away from being legal.)
When I was in high school, and borrowing CDs from the public library and reading the liner notes was my hobby (my older contemporaries would just buy used CDS, listen to them, and sell them back if they didn’t like them, but my 15-year-old self did not have that kind of disposable income), I decided to borrow the Synchronicity album just because it got my goat that my high school classmates thought of “Every Breath You Take” was a love song, but I was perceptive enough to realize that it is about a stalker, and I was curious about what other creepy fun the album might contain. Indeed, there is plenty. It has been over a decade since I listened to that album in its entirety, but its creepiest moments have stayed on my mind. Sure, the album’s politics are 80s stadium rock self-righteousness, but there are also quite a few unsettling flourishes. “Synchronicity II” is definitely my favorite song on the album, with its parallel stories of the guy who has had enough of his soul-sucking job and family life and the Loch Ness Monster ready to prove its existence once and for all. I have always enjoyed “Wrapped Around Your Finger”, if for no other reason than that it is the only pop song I know of that mentions Mephistopheles, but I came to enjoy it even more when my friend Trevor explained the mythological references in it to me during a slow night at our job at Wendy’s. Several of the songs have enjoyably unsavory narrators, the stalker in “Every Breath You Take”, the deranged mama’s boy in “Mother”, and the tyrant in “Murder by Numbers”, but the song that made me think of this album while researching my Synergy review is “Tea in the Sahara.”
The song is a retelling of a story within a story in the novel The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, who was one of the Americans who made Morocco a popular hangout for Americans whose weirdness was not appreciated here in these United States. In the song, three sisters have a tea party in the desert with a prince, who then tells them to wait for him in the desert and promises to return soon. To make a long story short, the sisters die in the desert, still waiting.
Synergy: The Company and Its Products
One thing I can say in support of the Synergy business opportunity is that it has an origin story. In the late 90s, Dan Higginson was hiking in the four corners area of the Southwestern United States. He got sick, and a family took him in and nursed him back to health. This experience gave him the idea to start the Synergy business opportunity. At least, that is the story that appears on some of the Synergy reviews I read while researching this Synergy review. It does not appear on the History page of the Synergy website.
Synergy products are various types of nutritional supplements and personal care items. A lot of them look like powder sachets that you mix into beverages. There is an acai berry drink called Mistica, which is packaged in quite a handsome bottle, and there is another beverage called Liquid Chlorophyll. The name sounds off-putting, but the packaging is so pretty that I had to click “product info” on the Synergy website to see what is in it. I have reviewed so many multilevel marketing (MLM) companies that sell products made of algae, sometimes going by its stage name “sea vegetables” that I clicked on Liquid Chlorophyll fearing the worst. I was pleasantly surprised that Liquid Chlorophyll derives its chlorophyll from actual plants. Its main ingredients are mulberry leaves and alfalfa, neither of which I would go out of my way to ingest, but I would definitely choose them over algae.
As you can reasonably expect in the MLM industry, the Synergy website contains some inflated claims about the health benefits of Synergy products. They are probably not worse than the health claims on the website of any other nutraceutical MLM company, but they still kind of make me roll my eyes.
The Synergy business opportunity is available in quite a few countries. The Synergy website lists the United States, Canada, Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, and Singapore.
The Synergy Compensation Plan
The Synergy compensation plan document is available for download on the Synergy website, and it is 16 pages long. The Synergy compensation plan includes five ways to earn money: retail profits, Fast Start bonuses, Elite Rebates, basic commissions, Mega-Match bonuses, Leadership bonuses, and Global Share bonuses.
The Synergy compensation plan document does not say what the percentage of profit is for the sale of Synergy products. It may be up to the discretion of the individual Synergy distributor to decide the retail price, but I am not completely sure about this, because the Synergy compensation plan document does not say it directly.
The leadership levels in the Synergy compensation plan are Star, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Team Leader, Team Manager, Team Director, Team Elite, Pearl Executive, Emerald Executive, Diamond Executive, Presidential Executive, Double Presidential Executive, and Triple Presidential Executive.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- The packaging of some of the Synergy products does look rather snazzy.
- If push comes to shove, I think I would rather drink alfalfa than, say, plankton or algae, or Heaven forbid, some kind of fungus.
- The Synergy compensation plan documents contains talk of “legs” of your downline sales team. That is almost always bad news, as it means that you the Synergy distributor, have to scramble around like a caffeinated millipede to keep track of all those different legs of your team in order to make any money. In the case of the Synergy compensation plan, you earn a measly 10% commission on sales made by your weaker leg. Presumably, you earn jack squat on the sales made by your stronger leg.
- If you have ever read any of my reviews of nutraceutical MLMs on this site, you know how I feel about nutraceuticals. The price tags are big, and the hype is bigger. You have to forget everything you know about honesty and personal boundaries in order to sell nutritional supplements, and for that reason, I think it is much better not to sell them.
I seriously doubt that you will make significant amounts of money by being a Synergy distributor. The company is not unique enough. It is just the same old nutritional supplements, the same old fast start bonuses, and the same old bonus pools, which are extremely elusive, by the way. A much better strategy for increasing your financial well-being would be to keep the job you have now while taking on side gigs and gradually decreasing your discretionary spending. Remember, it is free to Google lyrics and to click on music on YouTube.
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