Introduction to Waiora MLM Compensation Plan
Mount Saint Helens. Mount Vesuvius. Mount Kilimanjaro. Mauna Kea. Mauna Loa. Krakatoa. The Pacific Ring of Fire. A whole bunch of them on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Quite a few of them in Iceland. “Dance on a Volcano.”
I know what you are thinking. The last item on the above list might seem like a non sequitur, but it does a fine job of illustrating the difference between me and most of the other people who get drawn into one or another multilevel marketing (MLM) business scheme and then spend years recovering from it financially. You see, MLM companies, in their promotional materials and at their obnoxious conventions tend to play on people’s desire to be rich. If you ask most of the marks sitting in the audience of any MLM sales presentation (just so no one barfs, let’s imagine this MLM sales presentation taking place at a convention center hotel instead of at someone’s home) what they plan to do when they get rich, they will say that they plan to travel, even though about half of them do not have any definite idea of where they want to travel. MLM companies play into those desires big time, and for the unimaginative, their compensation plans even include trips to particular destinations, or at least pictures of travel destinations where you can spend the boatloads of money that you will probably never make through the MLM opportunity. These tend to be the most played out of travel destinations, such as Paris and Cancun, but every so often, MLM promotional materials will include a travel destination so off the beaten path that I have never given a thought to going there, and it piques my curiosity.
For example, there is an MLM company that sells Swarovski Crystal through a direct sales model (don’t ask), and it takes members who successfully jump through the requisite number of hoops to the Swarovski Crystal Worlds theme park in Wattens, Austria. Meanwhile, WellStar takes its lucky members to the Maldives to participate in an MLM training course. When I read that, I started thinking about how much fun it might be to visit the Maldives, although if I never again endure another MLM training course, it will be too soon. But these are the exceptions that prove the rule. For the most part, I am a dyed in the wool couch potato who thinks that the greatest place in the world is my home, right here in the Midwest.
If you have been following Notebook Crazy, you may recall that I have done quite well for myself by owning a series of my own businesses, the most successful of which operate as much on the Internet as they do in a physical space. I have nothing to complain about in the financial department, but I am not what you would call Crown Diamond Ambassador rich. If I ever do get that rich, I may travel occasionally, but what I really want to do is get back to writing my classic rock blog, like I used to do when I was in high school, before I had any real financial responsibilities.
I am sure that the volcanoes in Iceland are lovely, but nothing compares to hearing something new in songs you have listened to a thousand times before. My story of a summit attempt in the quest for financial freedom is connected to the song “Dance on a Volcano” by Genesis. This story takes place in 2009, in the deepest depths of the housing market crisis. I had just moved into a house that I had bought. I still had a mortgage, but the house was mine. (I have since paid it off, no thanks to the MLM industry.) To make a long story short, years of living within my means and always being open to trying new things in business had made me able to qualify for a mortgage, but if not for my years of modest spending and if not for how low housing prices were in 2009, I would not have been able to put such a big down payment on such a nice house. It is not an apartment; it is a house, and it is mine. The upstairs is mine, the downstairs is mine, both bathrooms are mine, and the basement is mine. Even the swimming pool is mine.
The first thing I did when I moved in was to set up the sound equipment in my basement. It took me all afternoon, but I chose to do this instead of putting my bed together in the bedroom, since this would be well worth sleeping on a mattress on the floor for at least one night. In the evening, I invited my two brothers and my friend the other Brad, the cofounder of Notebook Crazy, into my new basement. I cued the music and turned out the lights, and the four of us listened to “Dance on a Volcano” in total darkness. If you have ever heard that song, you know that it would lend itself very easily to a light show, but I am far too lazy for that.
When you listen to that song in complete darkness, you can hear that fraction of a second of anticipation before the whistles come in, which happens just an instant before the huge crash of percussion. It happens three times in the intro. (There are discussion boards online where drummers discuss how to recreate that crash of percussion, but it falls outside the scope of Notebook Crazy.) I had never really noticed it before. The story of that song is that it was one of the first ones Genesis recorded after Peter Gabriel left the band. They had auditioned over 400 singers to replace him, but none of them had his vocal range and his understanding of the band’s sound. Phil Collins, the band’s drummer, who would have been happy to continue as an entirely instrumental act, agreed first to sing one song on the new album, then another, and eventually all of them. Simply cutting their losses and calling it quits as a band was not something they wanted to do; they were too determined to silence their detractors and to pay off their debts. On that album (its name is A Trick of the Tail, in case you want to download it), you can hear Phil Collins trying out different personae on the different songs. It isn’t quite on the level of Peter Gabriel, who on several of the albums he recorded with Genesis, would sing virtually every measure in a different character voice, but he definitely channels quite a few characters other than the boring soft rock guy that the young generation has come to associate with Phil Collins. But I digress. All this is to say that, when you listen to “Dance on a Volcano” in pitch darkness with your brothers and a childhood friend, you can really hear how it is made up of so many parts. It sounds like, well, four dudes in their mid-twenties and their determination and creativity. (Phil Collins was not a day over 24 when that song was recorded, and the other band members were each 25.)
You may be wondering what this story has to do with my Waiora review. Well, it serves as an example of how volcanoes can lead us to do much more interesting things that just the usual grind of trying to sell nutritional supplements to our friends, but, of course, you cannot expect the MLM industry to see it that way.
Waiora: The Company and Its Products
Waiora is an MLM company based in Boca Raton, Florida. No surprises there. The Waiora website gives surprisingly straightforward and somewhat personal information about the company’s management team, such as how many children each of the company’s four leaders has. Waiora products are nutraceuticals, which, again, is not a surprise to anyone who has more than a passing familiarity with the MLM industry.
When you read the description of the ingredients in Waiora products on the Waiora website, at first they sound just like any other MLM nutraceuticals. They have the same goji berries and “sea vegetables” (for more information on that euphemism, see some of my other MLM reviews on this site) as the MLM nutraceuticals in your basement or in your next door neighbor’s basement, but if you read on, you finally arrive at the flagship ingredient in Waiora products, which is zeolite. Zeolite is a mineral found in volcanoes. Waiora claims that zeolite has health benefits, but the outcome of at least one Waiora lawsuit says otherwise, at least as regards the amount of zeolite that is actually present in Waiora products.
The Waiora Compensation Plan
I was able to locate a PDF file of the Waiora compensation plan document with just a simple Google search. The Waiora compensation plan document is five pages long, which makes it refreshing concise as MLM compensation plan documents go.
As is the case in many MLM companies, Fast Start bonuses are a big deal in the Waiora compensation plan. Every time you recruit a new Waiora distributor, you get a 50% commission on the price of the person’s starter kit. That sounds nice until you take into consideration how hard it is to recruit people for MLM, especially if the Waiora business opportunity is not your first MLM outing.
The leadership levels in the Waiora compensation plan are Silver, Gold, Ruby, Emerald, Diamond, Blue Diamond, Royal Blue Diamond, Black Diamond, and Royal Black Diamond. If it were up to me, I would name them Magma, Lava, Igneous Rock, Dormant Volcano, Mount Vesuvius, Krakatoa, and Major Extinction Event. Once you reach the Diamond level, there are bonus pools.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Writing this Waiora review gave me an opportunity to mention Kamchatka, my favorite territory in Risk: The World Domination Game.
- I realize that some people who read Notebook Crazy are probably so creeped out by reptiles that they cannot even stand to read about them. I guess this is your lucky day, herpetophobic Notebook Crazy readers. I made it all the way through a review of an MLM company that is based in Florida without mentioning a single reptile species by name. You’re welcome.
- The Waiora compensation plan document is quite handsomely formatted.
- Reading the leadership levels in the Waiora compensation plan makes me wish that there were such a thig as a royal blue diamond in real life.
- Some things get more interesting the more times you hear them. I would put the song “Dance on a Volcano” in that category, although I am well aware that there are lots of music bloggers out there who would disagree with me. I think we can all agree, though, that the story in which a company sells nutritional supplements, makes outsized claims about their health benefits, gets sued for it, and carries on, just gets old.
- Waiora products are nutraceuticals, and you know what nutraceuticals do. They pile up in your basement while you continue to be charged for autoship. You don’t want a basement full of volcano particles, at least not when they are in the form of overpriced nutritional supplements.
If you want to join the Waiora business opportunity, do so at your own risk, but I assure you, if you get mixed up with nutraceutical MLMs, you are playing with fire. Take it from me. I have had a mountain of MLM fungus coffee sitting in my basement for going on two years now, and it is the scariest mountain I can think of, save for one that might blow its top at any minute.
Hey, homeowners! What is the first song you listened to when you moved into your home? Schedule a call with me and let me know. While I have you on the line, I will tell you the story of how I achieved enough success in my own business to pay off my mortgage.