Growing Circle International Review: 7-tier matrix cycler
On their website, Growing Circle claim they’re ‘not like other network marketing companies‘.
We’re committed to having the best compensation plan, affordable and effective services, systems that keep our customers coming back, and the best culture of any company.
When you join growing circle, you get much more than our outstanding services. You’ll experience our culture of fun, family, success, growth, passion, and integrity that will bring out the best in you and inspire you to help bring out the best in others.
In addition to providing a corporate address in Colorado, US (a residential property), Growing Circle International also provide addresses for offices in Nigeria and Ghana.
Heading up the company is Ben Mueller (right), who serves as Growing Circle International’s CEO.
On his YouTube channel, Mueller has been promoting Fuxion, a health and wellness MLM opportunity.
The last Fuxion video uploaded to his channel was three days ago, suggesting Mueller is still active in the company.
Prior to Fuxion Mueller was an affiliate with LifeForce International, a nutritional MLM company.
Over the past four years Mueller has been uploaded internet marketing training videos to his YouTube channel. He doesn’t seem to have much of a following however, with most videos having a viewcount under thirty.
Growing Circle International would appear to be Mueller’s first MLM venture as an executive.
Read on for a full review of the Growing Circle International MLM business opportunity.
The Growing Circle International Product Line
I’m not sure if Growing Circle International’s product page is supposed be a joke or not, but here’s what’s currently listed:
- filming tools – “these are tools to enhance your graphices view!” for $1100
- sterio (sic) – “cool sterio!” for $153
- unique (???) – “this will be nice on you!” for $333
- Chrysler – “whether you’re looking for fuel efficiency or legendary power, you’ve got them all here” for $28,000
- Chevrolet – no description provided, $33,000
- saterlite (sic) phone – “this is Test only” for $3060
- computer – “best desk top” for $367.50
- hazoo (represented by a picture of a magic lantern) – no description provided, $525
- VitaLife, VitaCaffe and VitaBrew – a coffee blend, ginger drink and “organic drink infused with slimming components” for $20
The Growing Circle International Compensation Plan
The Growing Circle International compensation plan pays affiliates to recruit new affiliates.
Residual commissions are paid out through a seven-tier matrix cycler, along with matching and cycle bonuses.
Growing Circle International affiliates are paid to recruit new affiliates.
For each new Growing Circle International affiliate recruited, the recruiting affiliate is paid $15.
Matrix Cycler Commissions
Residual commissions in Growing Circle International are paid out via a seven-tier matrix cycler.
The sizes of the matrices used in the cycler are 2×2 and 2×3.
A 2×2 matrix places an affiliate at the top of a matrix, with two positions directly under them:
These initial two positions form the first level of the matrix. The second level of the matrix is generated by splitting each of the two first level positions into another two positions each (4 positions).
A 2×3 matrix adds an additional level, splitting the four positions on level 2 into another two positions each (8 positions).
In total a 2×2 matrix houses six positions and a 2×3 matrix fourteen positions.
Commissions are paid when positions in the matrices are filled, with positions filled via the direct and indirect recruitment of affiliates.
This is referred to as a “cycle”. How much of a cycle commission is paid out is determined by what tier matrix a Growing Circle International affiliate is cycling out of:
- Starting Point (2×2 matrix, positions cost $15) – pays out $30 and cycles into Bronze
- Bronze (2×3 matrix) – pays out $140 and cycles into Silver
- Silver (2×3 matrix) – pays out $325 and cycles into Gold
- Gold (2×3 matrix) – pays out $1100 and cycles into Platinum
- Platinum (2×3 matrix) – pays out $2200 and cycles into Sapphire
- Sapphire (2×3 matrix) – pays out $16,500 and cycles into Diamond
- Diamond (2×3 matrix) – pays out $55,000 and re-enters into a new Diamond matrix
Matrix Cycler Matching Bonus
When a personally recruited affiliate cycles out of one of the seven matrices, the following matching bonus is paid to the affiliate who recruited them:
- Bronze – $24
- Silver – $62.50
- Gold – $220
- Platinum – $620
- Sapphire – $3150
- Diamond – $8500
The following non-cash cycle bonuses are rewarded to an affiliate the first time they cycle out of one of the following matrix-tiers:
- Bronze – a “mini Android phone”
- Silver – a “7 inches Android phone”
- Gold – “brand new laptop and all expensis (sic) local trip”
- Platinum – “5 night trip to South Africa worth $2500 and 5 night trip to Dubai worth $3000”
- Sapphire – “brand new Ford Focus worth $15,000 and brand new Ford Escape worth $25,000”
- Diamond – “brand new Ford Edge worth $40,000 and house award worth $80,000”
Joining Growing Circle International
Affiliate membership with Growing Circle International is tied to the purchase of a $15 matrix position.
The purchase of any additional matrix positions will increase this initial cost ($15 per position purchased).
If you look at Growing Circle International’s offered products, they make little sense. That is until you go over the compensation plan, at which you point you learn they’re intentionally not meant to.
The products listed on the Growing Circle International website have nothing to do with the offered MLM business opportunity.
Commissions in Growing Circle International revolve around affiliates paying $15 for a matrix position and then recruiting others who do the same.
Boiled down to its simplest form, Growing Circle International offer a $75,295 ROI on a $15 investment.
The ROI is paid out of subsequently invested funds, making Growing Circle International a Ponzi scheme.
The direct recruitment and matching bonus are recruitment incentives, adding an additional pyramid layer to the scheme.
On the math side of things at least 5020 $15 payments are required for one $75,295 ROI. The actual number is higher once the non-liner nature of matrix cyclers, recruitment and matching bonus commissions are factored in.
It’s likely that the only positions to make it to the upper-tiers of the matrix cycler are those that Ben Mueller created when he launched Growing Circle International.
Everyone else will get stuck somewhere in the middle, with the majority of participants losing funds when the scheme inevitably collapses.
That someone involved in MLM for so many years has decided to launch an MLM cycler is certainly depressing.
Here’s hoping Growing Circle International isn’t the sum total of what Mueller learnt about MLM in LifeForce International and Fuxion…
Great job OZ.
I wonder why nothing was mention about the commission paid on the products listed on Gcircle website except the recruiting commissions.
I wonder how people will put in money on such rubbish money games.
It is important to know how many affliates required to fill up from starting ponit to Diamond before recycling.
By this I mean the total individuals that completes the circle.
The fact that you have to recruit to get paid is the problem, not how many people you have to scam.
(Ozedit: This isn’t scam tech support…)
knowledge is power and there is need to develop proper and accurate answers to qestions you may be asked by people.
At this level development you will not just tell someone, ‘Recruite and get paid’. To some individuals it is well, by just telling them the matric but others you may require to explain more.
Uh, it’s not my scam. The hell do I need to answer questions about it?
Congratulations, you just took entitlement to a whole new level.
Based on one of the comment stated above concerning the commission on products listed. It’s state there: 90% of the sales go to product owner, 5% is shared among level 1 to the 7, 2% goes to upline of the seller while the remaining 3% goes to the company.
It’s always proper to check out facts before posting. Thanks
It’s a matrix cycler, the breakdown of funds outside of the ROI paid to a position holder is irrelevant. And in any event, certainly doesn’t legitimize Ponzi fraud.
Please, take a closer look at the program and stop your bias.
*hold up binoculars*
…Nup, still a 7-tier matrix cycler scam. And don’t think I’ll be changing my bias towards facts anytime soon.
Assuming you join the network but could not get any body easily to join under you, how will your fate be like?
You’re basically waiting on others to recruit.
I got your perception here. However, is important to note that the products you see on that site basically belongs to Growing Circle registered members.
So one could be there for MLM or direct marketing of his or her product(s) using Growing Circle platform as a member.
Affiliates aren’t retail customers.
What you bundle with cycler positions is irrelevant. It’s just new affiliate funds being used to pay off existing affiliates.
when a prospective customer shows intention to buy a product online, is it the g-circle member that will be the one to deliver the goods and also who will the customer call to make enquiry and how many days will it be to deliver the goods?
Typically all that stuff is handled by the company.
Products don’t mean anything in a cycler though so who knows.
I so agree with you. Growing circle is a scam. The Company makes @ least 60% of every $50 dollars that comes in.
I recently heard from a friend of mine that the company blocked her account and those of her two downlines because they were no longer recruiting.
@Ndiwe Mofunanya. 1,048,576. That is the number of people you need to complete all cycles.
I am currently bringing a lawsuit to behindmlm for defamation of character. The author obviously has no idea what my Company is all about and this article is affecting the growth of both of my Network Marketing businesses.
Growing Circle is a LEGAL and LEGITIMATE Network Marketing company that pays out 85% of revenue back to distributors.
The 90% back to owner is a complete lie as I have not taken one distribution from the Company. ALL profits are reinvested into the business and we are launching more products within the next month.
Remember, the internet is full of lies, especially people that have no idea what they are talking about.
Owner and CEO of Growing Circle
Hi Ben, recruitment commissions in MLM constitute a pyramid scheme. A cycler is Ponzi fraud.
Both are illegal in the US.
As for defamation, feel free to clarify how running a scam with no genuine retail sales (within the cycler) and elements of a pyramid and Ponzi fraud is legal in the US. Infact hey, feel free to point out any inaccuracies in the review and I’ll happily address them.
This review is based entirely on Growing Circle’s compensation plan.
You can’t run a Ponzi cycler, whack on a unilevel product-based commission structure and call it a day. It’s still Ponzi fraud and any competent lawyer will have advised you as much.
What a generous admin you are. What, not even one cycler position you’re personally profiting from?
Pull the other one Ben. And consider this a reply to the same email you sent.
You obviously have not looked into our business model. You wrote this article on March 22nd of 2016 based on what information?
Growing Circle started in January 2016 as an online sales platform, meaning members, with a one time fee, could have access to the product. Added on as products were financial training, and business financial assistance once a person hits a certain rank.
The online sales platform is an advertising platform allowing members to sell personal products or other products through the medium.
In terms of commissions, I have paid out 80-85% (depending upon breakage). ALL monies, from the profit of the business, have been reinvested into the Company 100%!
Those monies have been used for expanding into other countries, the Growing Circle store (see below), as well as building a manufacturing facility to create more branded Growing Circle products. There will be two new products, centered around natural health and production should start within the next month or so out of our own manufacturing facility.
We also have Growing Circle stores with our first one opening about 4 months ago in Lagos. The GC store is a convenience store where we sell an array of products, all which run through the compensation plan.
Therefore, your definition of “Ponzi Scheme” is quite offensive and a misrepresentation of my Company.
Furthermore, you are not representing the basic compensation method used either. There is NO Uni-Level aspect in this comp plan, it is a forced matrix.
Finally, I have ZERO positions in the Company “Oz”. Nothing. In my eyes, that is not ethical, nor a smart business move for any MLM to have positions at the top of the tree.
To summarize, you have no idea who I am or the type of person I am. I have spent 14 years in Network Marketing (after 20 years of Corporate Accounting), and have, at EVERY turn of my career, been an ethical man and have done the right thing.
I am sure you find people, out there, that are scumbags, and need to be called out. That is a good service you are doing, but you are calling out the wrong person. I have 5 children and a wife that I support through my businesses (also own an accounting business), and this type of misrepresentation, has not only affected the people in Africa trying to build their businesses, but has also affected my relationship with the other Network Marketing business I have been building, my consulting efforts, and relationships with others in the Network Marketing Profession.
Point being, I am a very honest man, sometimes too honest and have never intentionally, or unintentionally, created anything that would be perceived as what you have painted above.
As I suggested in my email, I would appreciate a call from you to discuss, to have this removed from the internet.
I can prove each and every one of these points discussed above if you need that.
Based on your information on the Growing Circle website.
Like hell it is. I invest in a $15 cycler position on the promise of a $75,295 ROI. You pay that ROI from subsequently invested funds, making Growing Circle a Ponzi scheme.
There was a multi-level commission structure attached to product sales (external to the cycler). It was there when I checked last night.
You’ve pulled the Growing Circle website offline in the last 12 hours so I can’t go into further detail now.
So how are you making your money in Growing Circle then Ben? You’re not living on air alone.
Well you’re running a Ponzi cycler and unfortunately it seems I’m the guy who has to point that out to you.
You can either accept it and make changes to Growing Circle’s business model, or continue on in denial.
Mark my words though, soliciting $15 investments on the promise of an advertised ROI, paid out of subsequently invested funds is a Ponzi scheme and you are committing Ponzi fraud.
So, you or your lawyer are quite prepared to stand up in front of an experienced judge and explain just how legitimate and completely legal Growing Circle is.
How excellent. Make sure you let us all know the intended trial date, so we can arrange as many media representatives as possible can be there.
This should be fun.
You will be receiving a demand letter from my lawyer. You have completely defamed and misrepresented me and my Company, with no facts backing you up.
You have no access to the financials to create any type of legitimate claims. As I have stated above, everything that I have put on thread is complete truth.
If the article is not down within the next 24 hours, I will be serving you with a lawsuit. End of discussion.
FYI-Must be really fulfilling to take people’s lives and try and turn them upside down based on pure opinion.
So you’re not going to address the fact that I invest $15 in Growing Circle and receive a $75,295 ROI, paid out of subsequently invested funds?
Mate if you can’t even explain how that’s not a Ponzi scheme here, good luck in court.
Everything in this review is the truth, based on Growing Circle’s own compensation plan. How that equates to “no facts backing you up”, who knows.
But you provided the Growing Circle compensation plan on the company website, which is what this review is based on.
Don’t want to be known as a Ponzi scammer? Don’t run Ponzi schemes. Simple.
Oh and a lawsuit opens you up to discovery. So unless you’ve not made a cent running Growing Circle, I’d stop making that claim.
Yeah, that includes using whatever money you might have made to keep the cycler going a bit longer…
Where are you getting these numbers? Are you calculating them off of the comp plan? How many distributors do you think we have? Do you have the knowledge of how much revenue is coming in from the Growing Circle store? Or the sale of products? No, you have none of it.
You do not have the information to be able to, even close, estimate what the hell you are even talking about! All you are doing, at this point, is throwing BS out because you have no basis to stand on.
Quite the mathematician you are and, I hope you understand, that every time you type something, you are digging yourself into more and more legal trouble.
Furthermore, Growing Circle is a legal entity in the countries we operate in. It has been reviewed by all necessary authorities where we had and have to show them the financials so they are able to see what is truly going on.
Again, with your last statements, you are ASSUMING I have made money. Again, you are blasting your opinion, which is based on, your opinion.
As I have stated, I can back up everything I have said in this thread. The Company lawyer will be contacting you.
(Ozedit: Attempt to take discussion offsite removed)
From the Growing Circle compensation plan. $15 goes into the cycler and if enough affiliates subsequently invest $15, a $75,295 ROI is paid out.
I checked when you stormed in here last night if the cycler was still part of the compensation plan. It was.
You’ve since pulled the Growing Circle website offline so I’m not sure what you’re playing at.
A cycler position costs $15. It is pushed through seven tiers as new and existing affiliates also purchase $15 positions.
Subsequently invested funds are used to pay the ROI, making Growing Circle a Ponzi scheme. What happens outside of the cycler is irrelevant – it alone makes Growing Circle a Ponzi scheme.
Sure I do, it’s basic math mate. Compensation plan states positions cost $15 and provide a $75,295 ROI in commissions. Again, this is from your own Growing Circlecompensation plan material.
1. There is nothing legal about Ponzi cyclers.
2. Authorities do not approve individual company’s business models.
And a reasonable opinion at that. MLM company owners do not run charities.
Forensic accounting will no doubt confirm you have indeed profited one way or another as the owner of Growing Circle.
Cool. Seeing as you can’t answer it, the first thing I’ll be asking is how soliciting $15 investments on the promise of a $75,295 ROI, and paying the ROI out of subsequently invested funds, isn’t a Ponzi scheme.
I hope you’ve hired someone who’s at least remotely familiar with MLM regulation in the US.
Oh and just for anyone who’s following along, here’s what Ben Mueller said in comment #21:
This is from the Growing Circle website itself:
Then there’s a chart that shows commissions paid out (external to the cycler) via a seven-level deep unilevel compensation structure.
But um yeah, totally no unilevel in Growing Circle.
As for the cycler, you can do your own calculations on “earnings per member” recruited into the cycler:
You buy a cycler position, others buy positions after you and you get paid a ROI from their invested funds.
Nothing to see here folks, just another Ponzi admin upset at being exposed…
scammer meltdowns = always funny.
and who didn’t see the lawyer card coming? I mean really……
Please what’s the outcome of the lawsuit?
There was no lawsuit.
So Growing Circle is still growing all the same. I’m proud to belong. Great health products developed.
Alexa is barely hanging on at 722,000 and 75% traffic from Nigeria.
Once Growing Circle is done scamming gullible Nigerians, sorry for your loss.