Introduction Xyngular MLM Compensation Plan
Welcome back to Notebook Crazy, where I review multilevel marketing (MLM) business opportunities. The original goal of this project was to help readers decide which MLM business opportunity to join, but it has become increasingly clear that the best choice is to avoid the MLM industry entirely. In some cases, there is something outrageously shady about the MLM company in question, such as business starter kits being exorbitantly expensive or the founders of the business opportunity having been sued for fraud in connection with numerous business projects. I even once reviewed that MLM company that sells opportunities to invest in a virtual currency (virtual currencies are things like BitCoin) the existence of which is not supported by any evidence. Even when there are no egregious red flags about the company, almost all MLM companies sell products that you can get for much lower prices at stores in your local area. This is especially true when it comes to MLMs that sell nutritional supplements. The sheer number of nutraceutical MLMs out there boggles the mind. One such nutraceutical MLM is the Xyngular business opportunity, which I will be reviewing today.
I research my reviews by reading the website of the MLM company itself, as well as product reviews written by customers who have used to products, news stories related to the MLM company, its products, and any lawsuits in which it has been involved (there are more lawsuits in the MLM world than you would expect), and finally other MLM review blogs which, like Notebook Crazy, have the purpose of comparing MLM companies against each other.
The first few Xyngular reviews and new stories that I found while researching this Xyngular review were enough to surprise even a seasoned MLM reviewer like me, and they reminded me of a few anecdotes I wanted to share with you, but first I want to begin this Xyngular review on a serious note. Xyngular products are nutritional supplements, many of which are geared toward weight loss. Using suppleents for weight loss is almost always a road to disappointment, since it is much easier to regain the weight you lost than it is to regain the money you spent on supplements. Xyngular offers a few product packages that contain pills and powders geared toward various aspects of the weight loss process, but the ones the Xyngular reviewers had the most to say about were the appetite suppressants. I have never taken an appetite suppressant, but when I read what the Xyngular reviewers had to say about the appetite-suppressing Xyngular products, it reminded me of the few times that I have been in the presence of appetite suppressants.
When I was in high school, there were some kids in my school who took Ritalin for attention deficit disorder (ADD), but I never heard of Adderall until I went to college. (It had only been on the market a few years when I went to college.) At final exam time my first semester, kids in my dorm would buy Adderall from the kids who had been prescribed it in order to stay awake and concentrate on writing term papers. I am no stranger to staying up late and writing, so the night before my final English paper was due, I drank lots of Jolt cola and stayed up and wrote until 6:00 in the morning. (When I was in high school, I used to drink Jolt cola all night and write a blog about old rock music, but that is a story for another day.) When I got back to my dorm room from the computer lab, my roommate Tyler was sitting at his computer, playing computer solitaire. (This was the year 2000; playing computer solitaire was pretty standard.) Tyler lasted about as long in college as I did, three semesters. We weren’t really friends, but we tolerated each other. That morning, we compared notes on our paper writing experiences. He had taken some Adderall from another kid on our floor; he had finished his paper but was still wide awake, hence why he was playing solitaire at 6:00 on a Tuesday morning. I briefly boasted about how efficiently I had BSed my English paper. I asked him if he wanted to come to breakfast with me. He said something along the lines of, “No, my stomach is still [messed] up from the Adderall.” That was the first time I ever heard of stimulants suppressing someone’s appetite. Jolt cola, for what it’s worth, never suppressed my appetite. I went to breakfast and ate pancakes and bacon and tater tots and did not have a single other thought about appetite suppressants for over a decade.
I have previously mentioned on this blog that my parents are teachers, which means that I have been to more graduation brunches even than the most well educated among you. My parents always invite me because I enjoy brunch so much that it makes me forget all about being a night person. I also think that my mom harbors suspicions that I will one day meet that special someone at a brunch, but that is a story for another day. At one of the graduation brunches I attended this year, my mom and I were sitting at a table with some teachers who were about her age and a little younger. The conversation turned to dieting and, specifically, skipping lunch on school days. The teachers’ consensus was that meal replacement shakes are completely ineffective at taking one’s mind off of food. Then they started talking about this over the counter diet pill called Dexatrim that they used to take in the 80s. They said that they used to take it before school and grade homework during their lunch period. Dexatrim suppressed their appetite, they said, but it did not necessarily make the time pass quickly and painlessly. Rather, it made them nervous and ill-tempered, except that they used a less polite word than “ill-tempered.” Between this and the Easter dinner where my female relatives would not stop talking about the miracle of birth, I will definitely think twice before I attend another event where ladies of a certain age have access to enough alcohol to unleash the veritas.
Always the researcher, I looked up Dexatrim on Wikipedia to find out what its ingredients in the 80s were. I found out that it used to contain ephedra, which is quite a powerful appetite suppressant, but which has been banned by the FDA because it is so similar to amphetamine. I clicked links on Wikipedia until I found out that amphetamines were popular with the mod subculture in London in the early 1960s. The mod subculture was made up of young people who worked for a living but spent their disposable income on expensive clothes and motor scooters. The mods favored amphetamines because they had a “clean” imagine; they just made it easier to stay awake and dance all night and then go straight back to work in the morning; amphetamines were legal in England in the 1960s. The Wikipedia article on the mod subculture goes into great detail about music, clothing, amphetamine use, gender roles, and even the difficulty of defining the term “mod”, but it does not say anything about food, so I do not know whether the mods of the early 1960s in London prized the appetite suppressant effects of amphetamines.
What has this to do with my Xyngular review? Well, in the reviews I read, there was a recurring theme about the stimulant effects of appetite suppressant Xyngular products. One reviewer said that the products she took contained geranium root, although I did not find that ingredient listed in any of the products on the Xyngular website. It is possible that the formula has changed since this reviewer took the products. In fact, the comments sections of reviews of Xyngular products had lots of people commenting that the products had made them jittery, so much that they had not been able to complete the 30-day course of supplements and therefore could not say one way or another whether Xyngular products were effective for weight loss. It made me think back to the conversation at the graduation brunch, about stimulant diet pills.
Xyngular: The Company and Its Products
When you look at the Xyngular website, Xyngular looks just like any other MLM company. Its products can be bought individually or in packaged kits to be used as part of a 30-day diet. I looked to see if there were any controversial ingredients in Xyngular products, but I couldn’t really find any. No ephedra. No geranium root. In fact, the products that contain caffeine have less caffeine than a cup of coffee. One of the products that the Xyngular website describes as an appetite control supplement has the powder of a fibrous vegetable as its active ingredient. Fiber makes you feel full; this is true outside the nutritional supplement world, as well. Most of the other active ingredients in Xyngular products are pretty standard nutraceutical ingredients like tea leaves and ginseng. One of the Xyngular products contains kola nut extract, which I think contains caffeine.
One of the more interesting Xyngular reviews I read was a deconstruction of a weight loss diary posted online by a lifestyle blogger named Jennifer McKinney, who had taken Xyngular products as part of her weight loss plan. The Xyngular reviewer demonstrated that McKinney had lost more weight when she was only modifying her diet and exercising, before she started taking Xyngular products, than she was with the supplements.
The Xyngular Compensation Plan
A PDF file of the Xyngular compensation plan document is available on the Xyngular website. It says that the Xyngular compensation plan pays commissions on eight levels of downline sales. That is good news for people who can actually recruit eight levels of downline sales team members, which is a virtually impossible feat.
The leadership levels in the Xyngular compensation plan are Manager, Silver Manager, Gold Manager, Platinum Manager, Director, Silver Director, Gold Director, Platinum Director, Executive, Silver Executive, Gold Executive, and Platinum Executive. Each of these leadership levels has its own bonus pool, equal to 1% of the company’s net income. Once you reach the Gold Executive level, there are also huge, six-figure bonuses, which are paid out over the course of 12 months.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- It does not look like the ingredients in Xyngular products are anything scary. They are not anything that you could not find at your local supermarket, though.
- It is nice that the bonus pools in the Xyngular compensation plan are not reserved exclusively for Xyngular distributors at the highest levels of leadership.
- Although autoship is an option in the Xyngular business opportunity, it is not a requirement for earning commissions.
- The About Us page of the Xyngular website is utterly uninformative.
When I read those first few Xyngular reviews, I wanted to hate Xyngular. I have a pretty big chip on my shoulder about the nutraceutical industry that sells people false hope about losing weight and charges them exorbitant prices for that false hope. But the more I read, Xyngular doesn’t sound so bad. It lists its ingredients, and while there is no reason for them to cost what Xyngular charges for them, they probably will not hurt you.
But the best new of all was the fine print at the end of the Xyngular compensation plan, the part that says that autoship is not required. I am so used to MLMs requiring distributors to get autoship deliveries of their products that I almost take it for granted. Hats off to Xyngular for its lack of autoship requirement. The Xyngular business opportunity will probably not make you rich, but it will not ruin you financially unless you let it.
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