Xtreme Green Review: Mandatory purchases & recruitment
There is no information on the Xtreme Green website indicating who owns or operates the company.
Xtreme Green does have an “our story” section on their website, but only a vague marketing spiel is provided:
We have been working in the lubrication field, developing and marketing our patented state-of-the-art lubrication to the industry for a very long time.
The Xtreme Green website domain (“xgopportunity.com”) was registered in April 2013. A “Peter Corel” is listed as the domain owner. In his LinkedIn profile, Corel credits himself as the Director of Operations and Information and Communication Technology Services (two roles) since 2011.
Credited as CEO of Xtreme Green in a compensation plan presentation is Stuart Graves:
Research reveals Graves credited as the Director of Operations for New Vision International, after which he went on to launch his own company, Pure Health International.
New Vision International was the predecessor of Vemma. The two companies ran simultaneously after the launch of Vemma in 1994, but New Vision was ultimately merged into the Vemma brand.
There is a surprising lack of information regarding Graves’ subsequent company Pure Health International. I’m going to assume it didn’t last long.
I also noticed a “Elton Alderman” credited as the original Xtreme Green Founder and CEO in affiliate marketing presentations (Graves was initially credited as President).
I’m not sure what happened there but I was unable to find any information explaining why Alderman stood down. Ditto on whether or not he still owns the company.
In any event, why no formal corporate management information exists on the Xtreme Green website is a mystery.
Read on for a full review of the Xtreme Green MLM business opportunity.
The Xtreme Green Product Line
Xtreme Green operate in the fuel enhancement MLM niche and claim their products are “eco-engineered for todays vehicles with tomorrows environment in mind.”
Products listed on the Xtreme Green website include:
- Fuel Max Plus – a “super concentrated fuel catalyst” that ‘helps break down large hard-to-burn fuel particles, capturing more energy from the fuel, resulting in maximum fuel economy with reduced emissions.‘ ($24.99)
- Engine Life Treatment – “effectively turns an ordinary lubricant into a super-lubricant” ($24.99)
- Super Duty Oil Stabilizer – a “proprietary formulation” that is ‘scientifically designed to provide extra protection and enhance the performance of motor oils for vehicles with diesel engines and older gasoline engines which are burning or leaking oil, smoking, have worn seals or are running rough.‘ ($24.99)
- Waterless Wash & Shine – “an environmentally friendly, citrus-based formula which saves, time, money, and the planet’s most precious resource, water!” (8oz can = $10.99 and 16oz = $15.99)
- XPL101 – a “penetrating spray lubricant” ($9.99)
The Xtreme Green Compensation Plan
Update 2nd July 2018 – Note that the compensation plan analysis below is out of date.
BehindMLM published an updated Xtreme Green review on July 2nd, 2018. /end update
The Xtreme Green compensation plan is weighted towards the recruitment of affiliates and their purchase of products to qualify for commissions.
Various bonuses are offered, with residual commissions offered via a unilevel compensation structure.
The Xtreme Green compensation plan states that in order for an affiliate qualify for commissions they must either
- sign up for monthly autoship of at least 45 PV or
- purchase at least 90 PV worth of product each month
PV stands for “Personal Volume” and is sales volume generated by an affiliate’s own purchases or sales to retail customers.
Note that for the purposes of commission qualification, only an affiliate’s own product purchase volume is counted.
Xtreme Green Affiliate Membership Ranks
There are ten affiliate membership ranks within the Xtreme Green compensation plan.
Along with their respective qualification criteria, they are as follows:
- 1st Gear – pay $150 to sign up as an affiliate
- 2nd Gear – sign up for autoship or purchase 90 PV worth of products, and have a downline generating at least 45 GV a month
- 3rd Gear – have a downline generating at least 300 GV a month
- 4th Gear – have a downline generating at least 900 GV a month
- 5th Gear – have a downline generating at least 2700 GV a month
- 6th Gear – have a downline generating at least 8100 GV a month
- 7th Gear – have a downline generating at least 25,000 GV a month
- 8th Gear – have a downline generating at least 75,000 GV a month
- 9th Gear – have a downline generating at least 225,000 GV a month
- 10th Gear – have a downline generating at least 575,000 GV a month
Note that GV stands for “Group Volume” and represents sales volume generated by recruited affiliates.
When a new Xtreme Green affiliate signs up and pays their $150 joining fee, the company pays a $40 commission to the affiliate who recruited them.
An additional $10 is also paid to the recruiting affiliate’s upline (the affiliate who in turn recruited them).
Once an affiliate has recruited three affiliates, they are paid a separate $30 bonus.
The Accelerator Bonus is a recruitment commission that pays out $20 when a fourth affiliate is recruited.
It also triggers a $20 commission when this fourth affiliate recruits their first three affiliates ($20 is paid out per each recruit).
This continues down and continues to pay out $20 when each newly recruited in the fourth leg recruits their first three affiliates.
Residual commissions in Xtreme Green are paid out using a unilevel compensation structure.
A unilevel compensation structure places an affiliate at the top of a unilevel team, with every personally recruited affiliate placed directly under them (level 1):
If any of these level 1 recruited affiliates go on to recruit new affiliates of their own, they are then placed on level 2 of the original affiliate’s unilevel team.
If any level 2 affiliates go on to recruit new affiliates, they are placed on level 3 and so on and so forth down a theoretical infinite number of levels.
Xtreme Green cap payable unilevel levels at 10, with how many levels an affiliate is able to earn on dependent on their affiliate membership rank:
- 1st Gear – no unilevel commissions
- 2nd Gear – 10% on level 1
- 3rd Gear – 5% on levels 1 and 2
- 4th Gear – 5% on levels 1 to 3
- 5th Gear – 5% on levels 1 to 5
- 6th Gear – 5% on levels 1 to 6
- 7th Gear – 5% on levels 1 to 7
- 8th Gear – 5% on levels 1 to 8
- 9th Gear – 5% on levels 1 to 9
- 10th Gear – 5% on levels 1 to 10
Note that at the 3rd and 4th Gear ranks, affiliates are paid an additional 5% on their unilevel level with the most generated volume.
The Elite Bonus pays out an additional 5% bonus on volume generated within each individual unilevel leg.
The Elite Bonus begins at the 5th Gear affiliate membership rank, and pays down as many levels past level 5 until another 5th Gear (or higher) ranked affiliate is found.
Remember that each unilevel leg is treated individually of the others. If no 5th Gear or higher ranked affiliate is found, the Elite Bonus pays down until the end of the unilevel leg.
This bonus continues on each affiliate rank, paying out bonus volume in addition to the last regular payable unilevel level.
6th Gear for example pays out till level 6, so the Elite Bonus would begin from level 7 of every individual unilevel leg.
The 6th Gear rank also pays out an additional 2% second generation bonus. This second generation is counted as the affiliates after the first 5th Gear ranked affiliate is found. The generation ends when another 5th Gear ranked affiliate (the second) is found.
Finally, from the 7th Gear rank, the initial 5% first Elite Bonus doubles to 10%. The 2% second generation bonus remains the same.
The Xtreme Bonus kicks in once an Xtreme Green affiliate has recruited five affiliates.
It pays out $20 when an affiliate purchases an optional $50 “Business Builder Add-on Pack”. The Xtreme Bonus is paid out whenever any affiliate in a downline purchases this pack.
Joining Xtreme Green
Affiliate membership to Xtreme Green costs $150.
Affiliates must then either sign up for monthly autoship or commit to purchasing a minimum amount of product each month to qualify for commissions.
This is an ongoing monthly cost which will vary on how much product an Xtreme Green affiliate decides to purchase.
There is a plethora of information available on the subject of fuel enhancement products, so I’m not going to dive into it.
What I will comment on though is one of Xtreme Green’s offered products, the Super Duty Oil Stabilizer.
Specifically, the product description offered:
If it smokes, burns or leaks oil.
The carefully engineered components of this proprietary formulation are scientifically designed to provide extra protection and enhance the performance of motor oils for vehicles with diesel engines and older gasoline engines which are burning or leaking oil, smoking, have worn seals or are running rough.
Now I’m no mechanic but even I understand that old engines that are burning or leaking oil, smoking or have worn seals need to be serviced. The fact they might run rough is a symptom of this.
Running a liquid product through such an engine can’t “reverse” this. I’d even go so far as to say it will have little to no effect stalling inevitable engine failure.
If your engine is displaying any of the above symptoms, get it looked at. By neglecting the engine you might even be causing further damage to otherwise unaffected parts.
On the compensation plan side of things, Xtreme Green is obviously set up to as a chain-recruitment scheme.
Much emphasis is placed on the recruitment of affiliates through the various bonuses offered, with the idea being an affiliate then earns on their monthly autoship via the unilevel.
I see absolutely no reason to force affiliates to sign up for autoship or purchase a minimum amount of product each month (the former is favored due to lesser volume requirements), other than to encourage affiliates to focus on recruitment of autoship affiliates over retail sales.
This is evidenced in an official Xtreme Green compensation plan presentation, in which CEO Stuart Graves goes over the recruitment bonuses and then states they are ‘the simplest easiest way to introduce someone to Xtreme Green, and do it in a way that gives them a target goal to work to.‘
Retail is possible but unlikely. With mandatory affiliate product purchases sampling is likely to be used to market Xtreme Green’s products, with a focus on signing people up as affiliates.
Any prospective Xtreme Green affiliates are encouraged to check with their upline as to how much monthly retail volume they generate. Bear in mind to ask for actual retail volume, not products an affiliate has bought and then claimed to have resold.
If an affiliate’s company-paid commissions are wildly tilted towards recruitment (which I suspect they will be), then that will give you an idea of what to expect if you sign up as an Xtreme Green affiliate.
Update 2nd July 2018 – Owing to Xtreme Green changing its compensation plan, BehindMLM published an updated Xtreme Green review on July 2nd, 2018.