Business ToolBox Review: Multiplex Systems cycler scam #3
Business ToolBox launched in the first quarter of 2014 and operates out of the US state of New York.
The company was launched under the umbrella of Multiplex Systems, which is owned by Peter Wolfing.
Wolfing (right) has a long history of launching short-lived matrix cycler recruitment-driven pyramid schemes.
Past examples of Wolfing’s schemes reviewed here on BehindMLM include Turbo Cycler (2012) and Ultimate Cycler (2014).
Read on for a full review of the Business ToolBox MLM business opportunity.
The Business ToolBox Product Line
The Business ToolBox has no retailable products and services, with affiliates only able to market affiliate membership to the opportunity itself.
Bundled with Business ToolBox affiliate membership are a series of marketing tools.
The Business ToolBox Compensation Plan
The Business ToolBox compensation plan revolves around the recruitment of affiliates and their ongoing payment of a $39 monthly participation fee.
As is common with Peter Wolfing’s other schemes, a series of matrices are also used to pay residual recruitment commissions.
Affiliate Fee Commissions
Business ToolBox charge affiliates $39 a month to participate if they have positions in the $100 or greater matrices.
These fees are recycled through a 3×16 unilevel, rewarding those who recruit the most and/or have the largest fee-paying downlines.
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 the affiliates on level 1 go on to recruit new affiliates, they are placed on level 2 of the original affiliate’s unilevel team. If any level 2 affiliates recruit new affiliates, they are placed on level 3 and so on and so forth down a theoretical infinite number of levels.
Business ToolBox cap payable unilevels at 16, with payment on levels 14 to 16 only achievable if an affiliate pays an additional $300 fee.
Commissions in the unilevel are paid out per recruited affiliates in a unilevel team, with how much paid our per affiliate depending on which level they fall on:
- level 1 – $13
- level 2 – $3
- level 3 – $2
- level 4 – $1
- level 5 to 16 – $2 (must pay $300 fee to earn on levels 14 to 16)
Business ToolBox unilevel commissions are paid monthly, as long as affiliates in the unilevel team continue to pay their monthly $39 affiliate participation fee.
Business ToolBox’s residual commissions are paid out via a series of 2×2 matrices.
A 2×2 matrix places an affiliate at the top of a matrix with two positions directly under them (level 1):
These two positions then branch out into two additional positions each, with each matrix having six positions to fill.
Once all positions in a matrix are filled, the affiliate who owns the position at the top of matrix “cycles” out and is paid a commission.
How much of a commission depends on which level matrix the affiliate is cycling out of:
- $25 matrix – $25 cycle commission, re-entry into a new $25 matrix and entry into a $50 matrix
- $50 matrix – $40 cycle commission, re-entry into a new $50 matrix and entry into a $100 matrix
- $100 matrix – $90 cycle commission, re-entry into a new $100 matrix and entry into a $200 matrix
- $200 matrix – $190 cycle commission, re-entry into a new $200 matrix and entry into a $400 matrix
- $400 matrix – $390 cycle commission, re-entry into a new $400 matrix and entry into an $800 matrix
- $800 matrix – $790 cycle commission, re-entry into a new $800 matrix and entry into a $1600 matrix
- $1600 matrix – $4800 commission and entry into a new $1600 matrix
Note that subsequent positions created at the same level do not upgrade to the next level matrix (they do however re-enter into a new matrix at the same level).
To make up for this, a higher cycle commission rate is offered:
- $50 matrix – $150
- $100 matrix – $300
- $200 matrix – $600
- $400 matrix – $1200
- $800 matrix – $2400
Joining Business ToolBox
Basic affiliate membership to Business ToolBox is $25 for a matrix position.
Business ToolBox affiliates can buy positions at any level of the matrix which, depending on the matrix level chosen, can add additional expense to Business ToolBox membership.
If an affiliate has positions in the $100 matrix or higher, they are charged an additional $39 a month participation fee.
As with every other Peter Wolfing opportunity, Business ToolBox focuses relies on the recruitment of affiliates over selling a product or service to retail customers.
The membership fee unilevel is a straight-up pyramid scheme, with participants charged $39 a month to qualify to earn commissions out of the fees of those who joined after them.
Those who joined earlier naturally stand to make the most money.
The matrix commissions are dependent on affiliate’s purchasing positions. Once position purchasing dies down the matrices begin to stall and money remains trapped in the system.
Along with the $10 fee Business ToolBox charges everytime an affiliate qualifies at a new matrix level without having bought in first – this is how Wolfing makes his money.
Once the matrices are stalled, people at the bottom of the monthly fee pyramid are unlikely to keep paying their fees. Once this happens those above them stop paying their fees and before long the entire scheme suffers an irreversible collapse.
why does an owner of a network marketing business need to open up multiple network marketing businesses???????
every new cycler promises this is the last opportunity you need LOL!
The cycler / pyramid / ponzi scheme biz ain’t what it used to be.
_Multiple Streams of Income_, blah blah blah.
I’ve been following Behind MLM for a quite a while but this article is quite disturbing because even if you nailed many facts you’re missing one of the most important informations.
There is $39 monthly membership in BusinessToolBox BUT it is required ONLY for business centers $100 and MORE. You can purchase ONE-TIME position $25 and $50 (+$10 fees), cycle unlimitted number of times and withdraw your money without paying EVER again.
I got my information from the Business ToolBox FAQ:
Is the $100 thing stated on the website? I might have missed it but I don’t recall seeing it.
And what’s a “$100 business center?”? A $100 or more matrix position?
Multiple sites owned are like Sir Richard Branson owning hundreds of businesses or Donald Trump doing the same. It’s the American way and called entrepreneurship.
Business Toolbox $39 monthly is only required at the $39 or higher levels. People can join at the $25 or $50 w/o such a requirement.
As far as the $10 admin fees, they are one time as members upgrade to a higher purchased product businesss center. It is not per month. The admin fee supports the overhead of the company.
People get product credits to be used in a library of choices in the back office so yes product is sold.
Due to the fact of a one time payment to join and no monthly requirement in most cycler style programs, they do have the tendency to slow down over time due to members joining not selling the product/membership.
Isn’t that the same with any affiliate program? You stop selling, you stop making money. Ultimate Cycler is still running and closing in on 2 years. With the incredible amoutn of new programs launching every other day, people seem to now jump from program to program. This effects every MLM program and not just cyclers.
It’s not that cycler programs have a problem. It’s the dedication and commitment of many of the members. Due to the low cost to enter, it is also easy to leave at the first opportunity that someone says no or a new program opens up. It just is what it is yet it doesn’t make it a scam. The word “scam” is so overused.
News flash: not everyone is out to scam people.
Oh good grief. Every matrix or cycler only pays out about 14% of the money they take in. The rest goes to the house. Trying to spin this as the best ever and you will never, ever have to join another matrix or cycler is a joke. They all say that.
This one will flash for a spell and then go bust like Peter’s others and all the others that have crashed and burned.
But I do like the effort to put new lipstick on the same ole pig, but the new dress was a nice touch though.
Multiple sites is not the problem, multiple opportunities (often combined with the same irrelevant product libraries) are.
Let’s not pretend Branson or Trump have a history of running cycler scam after cycler scam online. You attempt at name-dropping to evoke legitimacy by association is pretentious.
Thankyou for the clarification. Why is this not mentioned on the website?
Products are bundled with matrix positions, which is what is actually being sold. Cut the crap.
recruitment slowing down and a lack of new matrix positions being bought. This is a hallmark of matrix cycler pyramid schemes.
And why you continue to launch them over and over again.
No. With your cycler bullshit it’s “you stop recruiting, you stop making money”.
You and your bullshit scams are entirely the problem. Pyramid schemes are guaranteed mathematically to fail.
All pyramid schemes are scams, including the cycler variants you use.
No, but your churn and burn approach to cycler scams indicates you certainly are.
Just got an invite to this scam in Serbia. I’ve posted the link to this article to the guy inviting me.
He didn’t follow up 😀
Don’t look now, but this scamming admin is launching Business Toolbox Version 2.0!