The ARIIX Bill Of Rights: The Greatest WRITTEN (not just talk) Protection For You In The MLM/Network Marketing/Direct Sales World. PERIOD.
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“Can’t Touch This!” I will spare you my MC Hammer dance routine…but Hammer’s lyrics ring true in only one company in all of the Network Marketing Industry. You see not one company can “touch this” Bill of Rights that ARIIX put together to protect you.
Welcome To My “Mini” MLM Policy and Procedures Guide
I love MLM and have personally made a full time income in MLM for over 12 years. But here is what typically happens.
We sign up with a company. Start making money. Get excited. We begin to think we have the greatest business in the world, best company, best products, best comp plan! “Dude It is unfreakinbelievable!”(We are #1! Whoo Hoo…Rah Rah Sock ‘Em In The Jaw!”) And that is how we should think.
But sorry this is not 3rd Grade soccer and not everyone gets a trophy…and NO not everyone is #1
Everyone is patting us on the back as we are growing but ultimately we start to see how things really unfold and how the company has policies and procedures that protect the company but don’t really protect the distributors. It is a very one-sided agreement.
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Three areas you need to be aware of so you don’t get surprised one day when you are making $850,000 a year and something bad happens to you.
- Rule Changes
In case you don’t believe me, I have included actual copies of current MLM company’s policies and procedures.
I looked up the 2014 Direct Selling News Global 100 List Of Top Revenue MLM Companies. I Googled Some Of The Companies’ Policies and Procedures to see what they said.
I did not include their names for obvious reasons. But here is what I found:
Below you will find actual real world MLM Distributor Policies and Procedures and what they say:
You Build It. The Company Can Take It. You Can Appeal But The Company Is The Judge And Jury. You Really Have No Say And If The Company Suspends Your Check, Then You Most Likely Have No Money To Fight The Big Company In Court. Company Wins Almost Every Time.
I know many people who have been terminated from different companies. Some justified and some not justified.
I recently met a person who made over $800,000 in MLM in 2013. They were just terminated. The company owner did not even call them. They were informed over email (as per their policies). Poof $800k a year gone.
Company keeps all the distributors and all the customers. And will sue the terminated distributor if they talk to anyone from their former downline for at least a year.
$718 Million Dollar Nutrition MLM
(X Company) may terminate the Associate Agreement at any time by giving written notice to the Associate.
(Need I say more?)
$219 Million Skincare MLM
One of hottest companies in the marketplace right now. Here is how they treat you:
When a decision is made to suspend Brand Partner, the Company will inform Brand Partner in writing that the suspension has occurred effective as of the date of the written notification, the reason for the suspension and the steps necessary to remove such suspension, if any. The suspension notice will be sent to Brand Partner’s address on file with the Company pursuant to the notice provisions contained in the Policy Manual. Such suspension may or may not lead to termination of Brand Partner’s position as so determined by the Company in its sole discretion. If Brand Partner wishes to appeal, the Company shall receive such appeal in writing within fifteen (15) days from the date of the suspension notice. The Company will review and consider the suspension and notify Brand Partner in writing of its decision within thirty (30) days from the date of the suspension notice. The decision of the Company will be final and subject to no further review. The Company may take certain action during the suspension period, including, but not limited to, the following:
$1.2 Billion Energy Deregulation Company
A Consultant’s violation of any of the terms of the Agreement, including any amendments that may be made by (the Company) in its sole discretion, may result in any of the sanctions listed in Section 9.1, including the involuntary cancellation of his or her Consultant Agreement. Cancellation shall be effective on the date on which written notice is mailed, faxed or delivered by an express courier to the Consultant’s last known address (or fax number), or to his/her attorney, or when the Consultant receives actual notice of cancellation, whichever occurs first.
Rule Changes And You Have No Say
$3.1 Billion Skin Care/Nutrition MLM
The Company expressly reserves the right to make any modifications to the Contract upon 30 days notice by publication on the Company’s websites, normal channels of communication with Distributors, or as provided in Section 1.6 of this Chapter 8
(I know of companies that have completely changed their compensation plans without consulting their leaders. The leaders learn about it at the company convention sitting in the audience with a confused look on their faces. “The New Comp Plan” impacting and changing the level of income that the leaders were earning. One day you are earning this much. Next day you are not.
Companies completely changing the rules. This includes companies going retail and shutting down their MLM operations and thus getting rid of the distributor force that built their company.
This happened to a leader in my team. A couple of years ago…after spending the weekend with the owners of the company…he headed back to Europe all pumped up…he went to login to his back office on Monday and the company had a message on the website saying it had ceased MLM operations but would still would sell products to the customers.
Poof. Six figure income gone. The company keeps the customers and the distributor is left with nothing.
But the problem with all of this is that is it is 100% completely legal. And the worst part is we all signed off on it when we agreed to become distributors.)
What ARIIX Policies say about stopping direct sales and becoming a retail company selling in stores: (Read Blue Highlights)
7.3 – Involuntary Cancellation
…We are committed to you and the direct selling distribution channel. Furthermore, ARIIX acknowledges that the relationship with its Members is fundamental to our business model. Hence, under no circumstances will ARIIX terminate Member and Rep Agreements because ARIIX decides to leave the direct selling distribution channel.*****(Boom! Not just talking but putting it in writhing! This is Industry changing!)
$3.1 Billion Skin Care/Nutrition MLM
As a Distributor with a Ruby or higher pin level, you are reasonably expected to exclusively sell Company Products, train Distributors in your Downline Organization, and promote the Company’s business. Therefore, as a condition to receiving ongoing breakaway compensation on Executive Levels 3 through 6 in your Downline Organization, and recognition as a Ruby-level or higher Distributor leader at Company events, you may not be engaged in any Business Development Activity for any other Direct Sales Company.
(A Friend of mine signed up in a company in 1989. He retired in like 5 years making a six figure monthly income. Stopped working the business. He retired. Collecting six figure monthly checks for over 20 years. Sounds like the Dream right?
What he didn’t know is that the company changed his original agreement…How did he agree to it? By cashing his checks, he agreed to the changes.
He decided to join another business 24 years later…mind you he has not recruited or signed people up in his business for like 18 years…maybe an occasional customer but nothing active.
His company changed their policies and because he cashed his checks…he agreed to it.
He would no longer earn on levels 3-6 (where all the income was in his check) if he “joined another business” So let’s see. So he didn’t get terminated. He just got reduced. Reduced from $100K a month to now making like $2,500 a month… $100,000 a month to $2,500 a month! Wow!
So the business that he built was basically taken away from him…BTW the company didn’t build it. MLM companies don’t build their businesses. Distributors/Reps do.
Does that sound fair to you?)
What ARIIX Policies and Procedures say: (Read Blue Highlights)
3.3 – Changes to the Agreement
The realities of business and law sometimes require changes to the way ARIIX operates. Because of this, the Company may be required to make changes to this Agreement. When required to make such changes, ARIIX will provide its Representatives with the maximum possible notice of the changes. Representatives will have the right to remain bound to their original signed version of this Agreement except under the following conditions:
- By MUTUAL AGREEMENT;
- As necessitated by the laws of jurisdictions worldwide that govern this Agreement;
- As necessitated by any affiliated industry trade groups;
- As necessary for the welfare of all Representatives due to a change in the business environment of direct sales; and
- To maintain the viability of ARIIX as an organization.
The network marketing industry is so dynamic that it is not possible for ARIIX to foresee all the reasons that may cause the Company to amend this Agreement. ARIIX has the sole discretion to make changes to this Agreement that are necessary to protect its customers, Members, Representatives, and the Company. ARIIX, therefore, may amend this Agreement, but only under the conditions specified above, at the Company’s discretion. By executing the Agreement, Representatives agree to abide by all necessary modifications allowed in the situations identified above. Amendments will be effective 30 days after publication of notice that the Agreement has been modified. Notification of amendments will be published by one or more of the following methods: (1) posting on the Company’s official website; (2) email; (3) posting in “back office” software; (4) inclusion in Company periodicals; (5) inclusion in product orders or bonus checks; or (6) special mailings.
ARIIX will not force Representatives to accept any changes to this Agreement. Rather, the Company will give its Representatives the opportunity to accept or reject the changes in the back office. Thus, Representatives may have different versions of this Agreement. But should a Representative reject the changes that are necessary as outlined in the conditions stated above, ARIIX reserves the right not to renew that Representative’s Agreement at the end of its current term.
Let’s Say You Want To Join A Different Company. You Can’t Even Talk To Your Brother About Another MLM Even If He Is Just A Preferred Customer.
$400 Million Dollar 30 Day Cleanse MLM
However, to protect the integrity of the (Company Name) business and to support and protect your business interests and those of other Associates, during the term of your relationship with (The Company) and for one year thereafter (collectively, the “Non-Solicitation Period”), you agree that you will not solicit or encourage, directly or indirectly, any Associate or Preferred Customer to join or work another network marketing or direct selling company. You further agree that, except as otherwise authorized by (The Company), during the Non-Solicitation Period, you will not introduce, promote, or sell other business ventures, goods, or services to any Associate or Preferred Customer.
$3.1 Billion Skin Care/Nutrition MLM
…as a Ruby-level or higher Distributor leader at Company events, you may not be engaged in any Business Development Activity for any other Direct Sales Company.
What ARIIX Policies and Procedures say: (Read Blue Highlights)
7.3.1 – Non-solicitation
ARIIX Representatives are free to participate in other multilevel marketing or network marketing business ventures or other marketing opportunities (collectively “network marketing”). During the term of this Agreement, a Representative may speak directly to his or her Customers, Members, and Representatives whom the Representative has personally sponsored in ARIIX. Such communications are limited exclusively to those individuals whom the Representative has personally sponsored.
Representatives may not directly or indirectly recruit other ARIIX Representatives, Members, or Customers whom they have met, or obtained contact information from but not sponsored, for any other business including network marketing.
In addition, a Representative may not entice, solicit, or encourage any Customer, Member, or Representative to cancel his or her Agreement with ARIIX regardless of whether or not the Representative sponsored them….
(Now if you ask a leader from one of these archaic companies…they will convince you that “this is how it should be”…etc. But that is because they are stuck in that archaic company. So you mean…if I enroll my brother in a company…then I can’t have him join another? You mean if I have my mother buying vitamins from me as a Preferred Customer…I can’t turn her on to some new and amazing product that I found? Really? – It is just so ridiculous.) When did these companies become so arrogant?When they hired a bunch of lawyers and changed the rules in “closed door” sessions…you and I were not privy to.)
Just an FYI – In ARIIX – if I enroll you in ARIIX, I can also enroll you in other businesses. Now you are not suppose to talk to people in the company who are not your direct sponsorships about another business. There has to be protection at some level. But ARIIX allows you. Their theory is that ARIIX wants to have the best opportunity in the world and if you think it is not and want to do something else…then ARIIX believes that they should get better and provide you (within reason) that #1 opportunity.
Don’t believe me? Just click on the audio (lower left on this link) The ARIIX Bill Of Rights Explained
Visit the ARIIX Policies and Procedures Document – one you can actually understand.