Classifieds That Pay Review: Paid affiliate chain-recruitment
There is no information on the Classifieds That Pay website indicating who owns or runs the business.
The Classifieds That Pay website domain (“classifiedsthatpay.com”) was registered on the 28th of October 2015, however the domain registration is set to private.
Further research reveals Graham Frame conducting beta launch webinars for Classifieds That Pay on YouTube.
Frame (right) claims to have been involved in MLM since the 1980s. He states he “retired” his offline businesses in 2013 and now focuses exclusively on online business ventures.
Frame first popped up on BehindMLM’s radar as the admin of Simple Fast Cash. Launched in 2013, Simple Fast Cash saw affiliates pay $5 and get paid when they recruited others who did the same.
Simple Fast Cash affiliates were also funneled into Frame’s Empower Network downline.
Prior to Simple Fast Cash Frame was an affiliate with Pure Leverage. Other opportunities launched by Frame include YourCashCow (2006) and Cash4Sure.
YourCashCow was a matrix-based recruitment scheme that collapsed in 2008. Cash4Sure was launched around 2008, with affiliates promised ROIs on invested funds.
Those ROIs were never paid out and the scheme also collapsed.
Marketing videos on Frame’s YouTube channel suggest he was also an investor in Achieve Community.
In a video titled “Its Happening – Beta Launch”, Frame explains he came up with the idea for Classifieds That Pay after having a “strange dream” in 2014.
Frame claims he initially didn’t understand the dream, and that it was only after meditating for “many days, many hours” that he began to figure it out.
Gradually it was revealed to me that I should set out to create an opportunity that would initially
-directly help 5,000,000 people to improve their lives
-and so create an income that would allow donations of $2,000,000 a month to charity; especially to help starving children.
Read on for a full review of the Classifieds That Pay MLM business opportunity.
The Classifieds That Pay Product Line
Classifieds That Pay operate a classifieds website, on which affiliates and free members can list products for sale.
The Classifieds That Pay back-end provides access to a dropshipping service, through which “over 1.5 million products” can be listed for sale.
After a seller has set their minimum sell price, Classifieds That Pay calculate admin fees which are added to the sale price of the item.
The Classifieds That Pay Compensation Plan
The Classifieds That Pay compensation plan sees both paid and free affiliates earn from sales generated on the Classifieds That Pay website.
Listing fee commissions
Every item listed for sale on Classifieds That Pay generates admin fees.
The seller of the item receives whatever they listed the item at, with admin fees used to pay out commissions.
These commissions are paid out down two levels of recruitment for free members, or three levels of recruitment for paid members:
- level 1 (personally recruited affiliates or free members) – about 25%
- levels 2 and 3 – about 8%
Note that I couldn’t find exact percentage payouts, and so had to reverse-math dollar figures Frame presented in his two-hour long Classifieds That Pay beta launch video.
Also note that, according to Frame’s video, the above amounts are paid out on both the seller and buyer end.
Paid Classifieds That Pay affiliate membership is either $27 a month, $217 a year or $379 for life.
These fees are commissionable, with commissions paid out down two levels of recruitment:
- 40% on level 1 (personally recruited affiliates and
- 30% on level 2
Note that dynamic compression is applied to Classifieds That Pay recruitment commissions, with free affiliates skipped over till a paid affiliate is found.
In this way paid affiliates may receive passed up recruitment commissions if free affiliates recruit paid affiliates below them.
Founder Affiliate Profit Share
Founder affiliates qualify for a share in Classifieds That Pay’s company-wide admin fees and paid affiliate membership sales (30% of each membership).
To qualify as a Founder affiliate, Paid affiliates must recruit at least one hundred paid affiliates and pay a $997 fee.
Once qualified, Classifieds That Pay Founder affiliates receive a share in the Founders pool.
Joining Classifieds That Pay
Free Classifieds That Pay affiliate membership restricts an affiliate to earn only listing commissions.
Paid Classifieds That Pay affiliate membership costs either $27 a month, $217 a year or $379 once-off, and qualifies an affiliate to earn all payable Classifieds That Pay commissions.
Founder affiliate membership requires paid affiliate membership, recruitment requirements and an additional $997 fee. There are purportedly only two hundred Classifieds That Pay Founder affiliate positions available.
In addition to recruitment commissions paid out to paid affiliates, Founder affiliates also receive a share in the Founders pool.
Is Classifieds That Pay going to enable Graham Frame to help 5 million people improve their lives and generate $2 million a month for charity?
The classifieds part of the business opportunity is well-intentioned, but it’s not very attractive to the general public.
Regardless of whether personal or drop-shipped items are being sold, the main killer value-wise are the admin fees tacked onto each sale.
In traditional classifieds sites it’s the seller that bears this cost. In Classifieds That Pays it’s the buyer.
One example Frame provides for a $100 product is a $12 admin fee. How realistic that is I have no idea, but who is going to be paying that premium?
The paid affiliate side of Classifieds That Pay is pretty much just chain-recruitment. Affiliates pay a fee and then get paid to recruit others who do the same.
Recruit enough and for almost a thousand dollars, you can then earn a cut of every paid affiliate’s fees.
That drags Classifieds That Pays into pyramid scheme territory, rendering whatever legitimacy might exist in the classifieds irrelevant.
What you’re left with is a classifieds platform that’s unattractive to the general public (your retail customers), with the only users of the site likely to be paid affiliates.
And the only reason they’d be willing to pay premium seller fees? Well, that much should be obvious.