Jamberry Nails Review v2.0: Nail wraps with retail focus
BehindMLM first reviewed Jamberry Nails back in March 2012, three and a half years ago.
Since then several changes have taken place within the Jamberry compensation plan, so today we’re comparing what’s currently in place with how the plan looked in 2012.
Read on for an updated review of the Jamberry Nails MLM business opportunity.
Not much has changed on the company or product side of things with Jamberry. If you’re interested in some background story on the company itself or more info on Jamberry’s product line, check out BehindMLM’s original Jamberry Nails review.
Otherwise, let’s get stuck into the compensation plan.
To qualify for commissions, Jamberry affiliates must generate at least 200 PV a month.
PV stands for “Personal Volume” and is sales volume generated by an affiliate’s own purchases and that of their retail customers.
Note that the above qualification criteria does not apply to retail commissions.
Jamberry Nails Affiliate Ranks
There are thirteen affiliate ranks within the Jamberry Nails compensation plan.
Along with their respective qualification criteria, they are as follows:
- Consultant – sign up as a Jamberry Nails affiliate
- Advanced Consultant – generate at least 200 PV a month and recruit and maintain one affiliate
- Senior Consultant – generate at least 300 PV a month and recruit and maintain least two affiliates
- Lead Consultant – generate at least 400 PV a month, maintain two recruited affiliates and have a downline generating at least 1500 TRV a month
- Senior Lead Consultant – generate at least 500 PV a month, recruit and maintain at least three affiliates (one must be an Advanced Consultant or higher) and have a downline generating at least 3000 TRV a month
- Premier Consultant – generate at least 600 PV a month, recruit and maintain at least four affiliates (two must be Senior Consultants or higher) and have a downline generating at least 5000 TRV a month
- Team Manager – generate at least 700 PV a month, recruit and maintain at least five affiliates (two must be Lead Consultants or higher) and have a downline generating at least 8000 TRV a month
- Senior Team Manager – generate at least 700 PV a month, maintain at least five recruited affiliates (two must be Senior Lead Consultants and one a Premier Consultant or higher) and have a downline generating at least 8000 TRV a month
- Executive – generate at least 700 PV a month, maintain at least five recruited affiliates (two must be Team Manager or higher ranked), and have a downline generating at least 8000 TRV and 30,000 GV a month
- Senior Executive – generate at least 700 PV a month, maintain at least five recruited affiliates (one a Team Manager and one a Senior Team Manager), and have a downline generating at least 8000 TRV and 50,000 GV a month
- Lead Executive – generate at least 700 PV a month, maintain at least five recruited affiliates (two must be Team Managers or higher and one an Executive), and have a downline generating at least 8000 TRV and 100,000 GV a month
- Premier Executive – generate at least 700 PV a month, maintain at least five Team Manager or higher recruited affiliates (two must be at least Executive ranked), and have a downline generating at least 8000 TRV and 200,000 GV a month
- Elite Executive – generate at least 700 PV a month, maintain at least six Team Manager or higher ranked affiliates (one must be Exectuvie and one Senior Executive or higher ranked), and have a downline generating at least 8000 TRV and 400,000 GV a month
Premier and Elite Executive affiliates must also have at least one personally recruited affiliate qualify as a Team Manager every 12 months.
Note that PV stands for “Personal Volume” and is sales volume generated by an affiliate’s own purchase of product and retail customer orders.
TRV stands for “Team Retail Volume” and is PV sales volume generated by an affiliates in a downline, up until a Team Manager or higher affiliate is found in each unilevel leg (each leg is treated independently of the others).
GV stands for “Group Volume” and is PV sales volume generated by an affiliate’s entire downline.
Rank Achievement Bonus
When a Jamberry affiliate first qualifies at specific affiliate ranks within a specified time period, they are awarded the following Rank Achievement Bonuses:
- Lead Consultant (within 4 months of joining) – $100 to both the qualifying affiliate and their immediate upline (affiliate who recruited them)
- Senior Lead Consultant (within 5 months of joining) – $100 to both the qualifying affiliate and their immediate upline
- Premier Consultant (within 6 months of joining) – $200 to both the qualifying affiliate and their immediate upline
If an affiliate fails to qualify within the specified time limits above, then the following Rank Achievement Bonuses are awarded instead:
- Lead Consultant – $50
- Senior Lead Consultant – $50
- Premier Consultant – $100
Note that no upline bonus is paid if an affiliate qualifies outside of the specified time limits.
Qualifying at the Team Manager ranks is the only exception, with it paying a $400 commission to both the qualifying affiliate and their immediate upline.
$200 is paid upon first qualifying as a Team Manager (no time limit), and $200 is paid again if an affiliate maintains the rank for two consecutive months thereafter (three in total including the first qualifying month).
The upper Jamberry affiliate ranks are more straight-forward, paying a $400 matching bonus at each rank and the following to the qualifying affiliate:
- Senior Team Manager – $500
- Executive – $1000
- Senior Executive – $2000
- Lead Executive – $5000
- Premier Executive – $10,000
- Elite Executive – $15,000
Retail commissions of up to 40% are available to Jamberry Nails affiliates, with the exact percentage paid out determined by an affiliate’s monthly PV:
- 0-199 PV = 30% retail commission
- 200-499 PV = 33% retail commission
- 500-1499 PV = 35% retail commission
- 1500-2999 PV = 38% retail commission
- 3000 or more PV = 40% retail commission
Residual commissions in Jamberry Nails are paid out via 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 affiliates 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.
Unilevel commissions in Jamberry are capped at three levels, with how much of a percentage an affiliate earns determined by their rank:
- Consultant – 3% on level 1
- Advanced Consultant – 5% on level 1
- Senior Consultant – 7% on level 1 and 3% on level 2
- Lead Consultant – 10% on level 1 and 5% on level 2
- Senior Lead Consultant – 12% on level 1, 6% on level 2 and 3% on level 3
- Premier Consultant – 12% on level 1, 7% on level 2 and 4% on level 3
- Team Manager or higher – 12% on level 1, 7% on level 2 and 5% on level 3
The Generation Bonus allows a Jamberry affiliate to earn beyond the first three levels of their unilevel team.
This is tracked via “generations”, with a generation defined in any given unilevel leg once a Team Manager or higher ranked affiliate is found.
The first Team Manager found in a unilevel leg caps off the first generation, with their volume up until the next Team Manager or higher ranked affiliate is found capping off the second.
Generational volume for the Generation Bonus is paid out on volume generated by all downline affiliates in the generation.
Jamberry Nails pay out the Generation Bonus down a total of six generations, with how many an affiliate is able to earn on determined by their rank:
- Senior Team Manager – 2% on the first generation and 3% on the second
- Executive – 2% on the first generation, 4% on the second and 3% on the third
- Senior Executive – 2% on the first generation, 4% on the second and third and 3% on the fourth
- Lead Executive – 2% on the first generation, 4% on the second to fourth generations and 3% on the fifth
- Premier Executive – 2% on the first generation, 4% on the second to fifth generations and 3% on the sixth
- Elite Executive – 2% on the first generation and 4% on the second to sixth generations
Fast Start Bonus
Jamberry Nails’ Fast Start Bonus rewards new affiliate for meeting specific qualification criteria.
This criteria is time sensitive spread out over a new Jamberry affiliate’s first four months with the company:
- first two months (host one 150 PV marketing party, generate at least 500 PV in total and recruit one affiliate) = $75 product credit
- third month (host two 150 PV marketing parties, generate at least 600 PV in total and maintain one recruited affiliate) = $100 product credit
- fourth month (qualify as a Lead Conusltant, generate 400 PV, maintain two recruited affiliates and have a downline who generate 1500 TRV or more that month) = $100 Lead Consultant Rank Achievement Bonus
If an affiliate qualifies for all three Fast Start Bonuses an additional $100 product credit is awarded.
When I first saw the terms “Personal Retail Volume”, “Team Retail Volume” and “Downline Retail Volume”, I initially thought Jamberry Nails had retail sales qualifiers in place.
I was then disappointed to discover that these were just your standard PV and GV renamed, that being an affiliate’s own purchase of product counts towards both.
I get the distinction required for TRV, but PRV and DRV are otherwise just renamed PV and GV.
Despite there being no retail sales volume qualifiers in place though, the Jamberry Nails compensation plan is still structured around a strong retail sales base.
An affiliate can focus on paying their own PV quota in personal orders and then recruiting others who do the same, but as they progress in rank this approach quickly becomes defeatist (PV requirements and attrition will eat into paid commissions).
It’s far more profitable for a Jamberry Nails affiliate to focus on retail customers sales, which is what we like to see.
Compared to Jamberry’s 2012 compensation plan, the current one sees retail sales enhanced by up to 10%, with the bonus applied as an incentive to drive retail sales themselves.
Make more retail sales, earn a higher retail commission – it’s that simple.
The unilevel has been restricted to three levels, which causes affiliates to focus on their immediate downline.
That downline’s personal purchase of product will generate some commissions, but the real earnings don’t kick in unless retail sales are made (personal PV pays peanuts, even with a large downline due to the three level cap).
Hosting parties is still the apparent marketing method of choice within the company, with it actually being a requirement for the Fast Start Bonus.
Given the product this makes sense, but don’t discount other marketing ideas you might have.
And bear in mind with the parties, you’re going to probably be stocking up in samples to entice those attending. That will help towards your monthly PV requirement but should even out with retail orders over time.
If those retail orders aren’t there, then you might consider revising your marketing strategy.
All in all Jamberry Nails offer a solid retail-orientated MLM opportunity, which makes for a refreshing change.
Up to 40% retail commissions upfront, with a residual that’ll pay off as it’s built over time as retail sales increase for you and your downline.
That said, this is a niche market – so take care evaluating how you’re going to market the nail wraps and to whom before you make that final decision to sign up.
Check out what the competition offers in your area and who you’ll be going up against.
Also upline support is particularly important here, seeing as outside of the Generational Bonus a Jamberry affiliate’s downline activity is only spread out down three levels.
Be sure as to enquire about the sales activity of other affiliates in your potential upline’s downline, so as to gauge what level of activity is taking place and identify any support issues that might exist.
Update 30th June 2018 – In June 2018 Jamberry Nails collapsed.
Initially announced a proposed merger, M.Network has since acquired some of Jamberry Nails’ assets.