FiveDollarFunnel Review: $5-$421 a month matrix positions
Identified as the founders of FiveDollarFunnel in the company’s terms and conditions are Tom Cellie and Bill Ebert.
No corporate address is provided, however the US state of Missouri is mentioned.
On his Facebook profile, Tom Cellie (below, with Ebert) lists his current living location as Kansas City in Missouri, so this is likely where FiveDollarFunnel is being operated out of.
On the MLM history front, Cellie was involved in the Ponzi scheme Bidify:
Cellie also runs a website where he offers MLM software and “web services”.
Bill Ebert on the other hand appears to be involved in a marketing co-op named “Unlimited Profits”. This company is tied to Gano Excel training (ganoderma coffee), but whether or not Ebert himself is a Gano Excel affiliate is unclear.
I also found some Gano Excel training calls featuring Cellie. Again not sure if he is/was an affiliate with the company but Gano does serve as a link between FiveDollarFunnel’s two founders.
Read on for a full review of the FiveDollarFunnel MLM business opportunity.
The FiveDollarFunnel Product Line
FiveDollarFunnel has no retailable products or services, with affiliates only able to market affiliate membership to the company itself ($5).
The FiveDollarFunnel Compensaton Plan
The FiveDollarFunnel compensation plan sees affiliates sign up and then pay $5-$421 a month for matrix positions.
Commissions are paid out when new affiliates are recruited who also purchase positions.
Level 1 in FiveDollarFunnel is a 3×5 matrix. A 3×5 matrix places an affiliate at the top of the matrix, with three positions directly under them:
In turn, these three positions branch out into another three positions each, making up level 2 of the matrix.
Level 2 positions again branch out into three positions each, and so on and so forth down a total of five levels.
Commissions are paid out as the matrix is filled, with how much of a commission is paid out determined by which level of the matrix a newly filled positions sits on:
- level 1 – 25 cents a month per filled position (75 cents total)
- level 2 – $2 a month per filled position ($18 total)
- level 3 – $1.50 a month per filled position ($40.50 total)
- level 4 – 50 cents a month per filled position ($40.50 total)
- level 5 – 50 cents a month per filled position ($121.50 total)
Note that these are monthly commissions, paid out as long as affiliates continue to pay their $5 monthly fee.
Also note that the first $20 paid out to a FiveDollarFunnel affiliate is withheld by the company, and used to “pay” for entry into Level 2.
Level 2 in FiveDollarFunnel operates in much the same manner as level 1.
Affiliates are charged $20 a month (taken out of Level 1 earnings or paid by the affiliate), with commissions paid as follows:
- level 1 – $1 a month per filled position ($3 total)
- level 2 – $4 a month per filled position ($36 total)
- level 3 – $4 a month per filled position ($108 total)
- level 4 – $4 a month per filled position ($321 total)
- level 5 – $4 a month per filled position ($972 total)
Level 3 in FiveDollarFunnel uses a 3×7 matrix. Same format as the 3×5 matrix used in levels 1 and 2, except that this one extends down 7 levels (more positions to fill).
Affiliates are charged $99 a month (taken out of Level 2 earnings or paid by the affiliate), with commissions paid as follows:
- level 1 – no commissions
- level 2 – $9.90 a month per filled position ($89.10 total)
- level 3 – $4.95 a month per filled position ($133.65 total)
- level 4 – $4.95 a month per filled position ($400.95 total)
- level 5 – $4.95 a month per filled position ($1202.85 total)
- level 6 – $4.95 a month per filled position ($3608.55 total)
- level 7 – $19.80 a month per position filled ($43,302.60 total)
Level 4 in FiveDollarFunnel uses the same 3×7 matrix structure as level 3.
Affiliates are charged $297 a month (taken out of Level 3 earnings or paid by the affiliate), with commissions paid as follows:
- level 1 – no commissions
- level 2 – $29.70 a month per position filled ($267.30 total)
- level 3 – $14.85 a month per position filled ($400.95 total)
- level 4 – $14.85 a month per position filled ($1202.85 total)
- level 5 – $14.85 a month per position filled ($3608.55 total)
- level 6 – $14.85 a month per position filled ($10,825.65 total)
- level 7 – $59.40 a month per position filled ($129,907.80 total)
Affiliate membership with FiveDollarFunnel costs between $5 a month (one matrix position in the first level) to $421 a month (four positions across all four matrix levels).
FiveDollarFunnel offer what is basically a four-tier matrix cycler.
Affiliates buy in for $5 and then set about recruiting others who pay their $5. Recruit enough of these affiliates and get paid.
The scheme isn’t strictly dependent on recruitment, but rather the $5 each recruited affiliate pumps into the system each month.
At the base of FiveDollarFunnel are $5 payments entering the system, with these funds distributed throughout the compensation plan.
Under the guise of “free positions”, a portion of these payments is retained by the company. Naturally the more recruits (matrix positions) under an affiliate, the larger the payments withheld by the company each month.
Random internet marketing tools and products (digital) are provided with purchased FiveDollarFunnel matrix positions, but given they are only bundled with the positions, these are neither here nor there.
It is the matrix positions themselves being purchased here, with whatever FiveDollarFunnel bundling with the positions being entirely irrelevant.
Mathematically speaking, when you consider each affiliate is only contributing $5 of their own funds into scheme, the advertised payments of $100,000+ a month give you an idea of the sheer number of recruiting that will have to take place.
$129,907.80 (matrix level 7 of level 4) divided by $5 is 25,981 payments alone. When one considers all the other payments leading up to this level, and that $5 payments are shared across multiple matrices, the recruitment numbers required become truly mind-boggling.
And considering that all that’s happening is new affiliate money is being funneled through the matrix to those who have the largest amount of affiliate matrix positions under them, that qualifies FiveDollarFunnel as a pyramid scheme.
As with all pyramid schemes once the recruiting dies down so too will commissions. This will manifest itself by those at the bottom of the scheme ceasing to continue to pay their $5 a month fee.
When that happens, those above them will also stop paying their $5 fee, and so on and so forth until the entire four-tier matrix system comes to a grinding halt.