Ariix was born from the vision of six leading minds in business and nutritional science who wanted to create a unique company based on the “golden rule” of helping others as they help you.
Taken from the Ariix company website, their description of themselves paints a rosy picture of a group of MLM heavyweights coming together to form a company with a strong focus on distributor help and a solid product base in nutritional science.
Whilst some or all of these aspects of the image Ariix presents of itself to the world might be true, digging a little deeper it’s revealed there’s a bit more to the story then Ariix let on.
Read on for a full review of the Ariix MLM business opportunity.
Launched in July 2011, Ariix is headed up by founder Brent Jorgensen, CEO Fred Cooper and Mark Wilson as President.
Both Fred Cooper and Mark Wilson came from the MLM company Usana, along with a lot of Ariix’s corporate staff.
From the looks of it, Ariix was in planning whilst a lot of their current management were still working for Usana at a corporate level.
Make of that what you will.
The Ariix Product Line
With a lot of corporate management having come from Usana, not surprisingly Ariix’s product line is pretty similar.
Specifically, Ariix’s nutritional supplements come in capsule form and cover minerals, vitamins, increased energy, immune function and the heart and brain.
Ariix’s Chief Product Officer is Deanna Latson, who was supposed to head up Wealth Masters International’s nutrition division PURE, but quit suddenly in mid July (approximately two weeks after Ariix launched).
Ariix also cites Robert Allen, Tim Sales, Dr. Ray Strand and a mystery woman as their nutritional experts.
The Ariix Compensation Plan
The best way to describe the base commission component of the Ariix compensation plan is to think of it as a binary hybrid.
Whereas in a traditional binary you’ve got two arms competing against eachother (and usually you’re only paid on the weaker arm), with the Ariix model this is how you start your binary organisation.
After joining Ariix, with you at the top your organisation will start to branch out underneath you in two legs. Each leg then sprouts two new legs as additional members join your team.
As your organisation starts to grow, it will look something like this;
Within the Ariix compensation plan, these two legs have separate names. One is called your Power Line (the strong leg product volume wise) and your Pay Line (the line you are paid out on).
Commissions wise, you are paid out a flat rate 15% on the product volume earnt by your Pay Line team. At the end of each month, whatever you’re paid out on in product volume (PV) on your Pay Line, is subtracted from your Power Line and the process repeats itself the next month.
This continues along until you earn $2000 from your Pay Line. At this point the hybrid aspect of the Ariix compensation plan kicks in.
Upon your Pay Line paying you out $2000, you are given an additional Pay Line. This happens each time one of your Pay Lines pays you out $2000 in any given month.
Effectively, what then happens is your Pay Line is split into 2 teams. At the end of each month, whichever leg has the most product volume becomes your Power Line, and the remaining two legs from your Power Lines.
Note that from month to month your Pay Line is not static. At the end of each month, the PV you’re paid out on from your Pay Lines is deducted from the balance of your Power Line.
Eventually, you’ll end up with something that looks like this;
Again, with you at at the top in blue, the red line in the above example represents your Power Line, whilst the green, orange and purple lines combined represent your Pay Lines.
Any new Pay Lines would extend off to the right of your organisation, branching out directly from you.
As your organisation grows, it’s quite possible that the combined PV of your Pay Lines will reset your Power Line to 0 (it can’t go into the negative), resulting in a different Power Line (another leg) for the next commission month.
Apart from the retail commissions offered by Ariix, there are also several other bonuses and commissions offered that make up the rest of the compensation plan, they are as follows;
Team Lead Bonus
The Ariix Team Lead Bonus rewards members who recruit new members to Ariix.
To qualify for the bonus, all you have to do is make sure you’re at the Team Lead or above membership level, and have four personally sponsored Ariix members in your organisation.
Qualifying Ariix members receive a monthly $33.75 bonus if they meet these requirements.
The Matching Bonus is paid out up to seven generations deep and is a percentage commission of the base commission income of those you personally sponsor.
The Matching Bonus pays out
- 15% on your first generation (people you directly sponsor)
- 10% on your second generation (people your 1st generation sponsor)
- 5% on your third to seventh generation
Additionally, the levels you are paid a matching bonus on must unlocked;
- Levels 1-3 are unlocked by enrolling four new members to Ariix
- Levels 4 and 5 are unlocked by earning $500 and $1000 in base commissions respectively
- Levels 6-7 are unlocked by adding an additional Pay Line to your base commission organisation (one for level 6 and one for level 7)
Pay Line Optimized Bonus
The Pay Line Optimized Bonus is made up of 1% of the total company volume for any given commission period.
Each Ariix member is awarded one share in the Pay Line Optimized Bonus by creating an additional Pay Line within their Base Commissions organisation.
Each additional Pay Line created thereafter entitles the member to an additional two shares for their second created Pay Line, three for the third and so on and so forth.
Income Position Bonus
The Income Position Bonus acts in much the same manner as the Pay Line Optimized Bonus, however it kicks in once a member reaches $2000 in their first Pay Line.
The Income Position Bonus is made up of 2% of the total company volume over any given commission period and pays out in shares, depending on how many Pay Lines you have.
Members receive one share once their first Pay Line reaches $2000 (1), two shares for the second (3), three shares for the third (6) and so on and so forth.
Luxury Car Bonus
Once an Ariix member has reached the rank of ‘Director’ ($250 a week in base commissions), they are entitled to the Luxury Car Bonus.
After maintaining Director status for six months, a downpayment is made on a luxury car and each month a further payment is made towards the car.
Those wishing to join Ariix do so as a member. Member’s are able to enjoy a discount on the retail prices of Ariix products but are unable to participate in the Ariix compensation plan.
Members then have two options if they wish to participate in the Ariix compensation plan;
1. Upon generating $30 in product credit (via the purchase of Ariix products), members are able to sign on as representatives and participate in the Ariix compensation plan.
Note that in order to do so, representatives must maintain 75 personal product volume a month. This qualification acts as an autoship component of the Ariix compensation plan.
2. The other option for members is to pay Ariix $150 and sign on as an IIX member.
IIX members receive an additional 15% on their own product orders (over 15% as a representative) and effectively double all bonus commissions paid out within the Ariix compensation plan.
If a member signs on as a representative, they are not permitted to later upgrade to IIX membership.
Although the exact reason many of Usana’s executives bailed on the company to start up Ariix, having survived the first few months of operations it seems that the company has thus far avoided falling apart.
I’m not a big fan of companies started by plundering other companies, but it is what it is.
Compensation plan Ariix offers a strong retail focused offering. The IIX club seems a bit silly as you’re penalised for not buying into it.
I know the idea is to appear to have a free joining option that only requires an autoship order to participate in the compensation plan, but with double commissions on the bonuses and a further 15% discount on your own product orders, I can’t see anyone not buying into it for $150.
If you’re wanting to stick with Ariix for the long term it’s pretty hard to pass up the extra commissions and autoship discount, so why they didn’t just go ahead and make it mandatory I’m not certain.
Practically speaking, entry into the IIX club might as well be a mandatory.
The hybdrid binary system is interesting, in that it still forces you to give up your product volume on your stronger leg, but the splitting of Pay Lines into multiple streams means that for those able to grow their organisations (with either preferred customers or Ariix members), that they’re looking at some healthy projected commissions.
Most importantly of all, these are commissions paid out on product volume, which means product sales.
No silly gimmicks or recruitment requirements… just retail commissions. I do note that Ariix does have membership ranks within the compensation plan, but as far as I can tell, with the exception of the ‘Team Lead Bonus’ and Matching Bonus, these additional ranks (of which there is a staggering 18 ranks in total), don’t seem to really mean anything.
Certainly they don’t appear to have any bearing on your commissions at large.
Perhaps the biggest stumbling block of marketing Ariix would instead come from trying to convince people that the company is here to stay.
Obviously something that can only be proven as time goes by, for those new to MLM and home based businesses, I imagine they won’t care too much about the Ariix management backstory.
For those already in the industry or any experience in it, the frustration and annoyance of having downlines and management pillaged from one company to another might strongly deter them from participating in Ariix.
Obviously something you’d have to approach on a case by case basis as an Ariix member.
Other than that, if you’re into marketing nutritional supplements and have a strong focus on retail, Ariix might just be the MLM company you’ve been looking for.