Pet Protector Review: Magnetic and Scalar wave pet parasite discs?
Pet Protector is owned by the GoldStar company. A corporate address in the UK is provided on the Pet Protector website.
The Goldstar Company was founded in 2011. It is the only official owner to the manufacturing and distribution rights of the original anti-parasite disc – Pet Protector. The company’s founder is Steven Williams JR.
Other than what’s provided on the Pet Protector website, details of the company’s corporate structure are scarce.
I wasn’t able to find any third-party information on Steven Williams (right) outside of Pet Protector’s own material. This suggests that through Goldstar, Pet Protector is William’s first MLM venture.
Read on for a full review of the Pet Protector MLM opportunity.
The Pet Protector Product Line
Pet Protector market a disc that protects pets against external parasites (ticks, fleas and mosquitoes).
On their website, Pet Protector claim to have ‘over 36 million satisfied customers‘.
Pet Protector claim their discs are non-chemical and effective for up to four years.
It’s effective on different types of animals (dogs, cats, horses, sheep, etc.) regardless of any medical conditions they may have (convalescent, pregnant, nursing, etc.).
As to the disc itself, Pet Protector claim they are
made of high quality steel alloys.
It is charged with a specific combination of Magnetic and Scalar waves, which after being triggered by the animal’s movement (blood circulation), produce an invisible energy field around the entire animal’s body.
Pet Protector’s Scalar waves are totally harmless to people and animals (they go absolutely undetected by humans and animals alike) and they are only effective against external parasites, repelling them from the shielded area.
Pet Protector claim their discs represent ‘the greatest scientific discovery in the Pet Care Industry.‘
By using Pet Protector to repel ticks and fleas from your pet, you receive twice as much – the Pet Protector Disc is 96.97% effective and 100% safe for your pets, your family and your environment.
Pet Protector’s discs do not appear to have been independently tested. A single study is provided on the Pet Protector website, funded by the GoldStar company (owner of Pet Protector and manufacturer of the discs).
Pet Protector’s discs retail for $59.90 each plus shipping.
The Pet Protector Compensation Plan
Pet Protector do not reveal their compensation plan to the general public unless they provide the company with personal details:
For a detailed explanation regarding earnings and Terms under which you receive commissions, please sign up on this page and access our Compensation Plan.
What Pet Protector do with this information is unclear.
The Pet Protector compensation plan pays affiliates to sell the company’s Pet Protector product.
Pet Protector affiliates are also paid when they recruit new Pet Protector affiliates.
Commission rates in the Pet Protector compensation plan are determined by how much an affiliate spends when they sign up.
For reference, the four affiliate membership options in Pet Protector are:
- Representative – free (15 day trial)
- Senior Representative – $119.80 (monthly earnings capped at $2000)
- Manager – $499 (monthly earnings capped at $5000)
- Senior Manager – $1899
In order to qualify for commissions, each month a Pet Protector affiliate must purchase one or more of the following:
- one or more Pet Protector discs
- one or more packages of “targeted website visitor packages” ($48)
- a marketing tools and software package ($19.90)
Pet Protector Pro affiliates can also purchase annual commission qualification for $199 (twelve months access to the marketing tools and software package).
Pet Protector affiliates earn a retail commission on product orders made by retail customers.
How much of a retail commission is paid out is determined by how much a Pet Protector affiliate spent when they signed up:
- Representative – 20%
- Senior Representative and Manager – 30%
- Senior Manager – 40%
Pet Protector affiliates are paid a direct commission when they recruit new Pet Protector affiliates.
- recruit a Representative affiliate and get paid $10 (upon condition the affiliate pays for membership after their free trial)
- recruit a Senior Representative affiliate and earn $15
- recruit a Manager affiliate and receive $20
- recruit a Senior Manager affiliate and receive $100
A Welcome Bonus of $50 is paid out if Pet Protector affiliate recruits two affiliates within ten days of signing up.
Residual commissions in Pet Protector are paid out via a binary compensation structure.
A binary compensation structure places an affiliate at the top of a binary team, split int two sides (left and right):
The first level of the binary team houses two positions. The second level of the binary team is generated by splitting each of these two positions into another two positions each.
Subsequent levels of the binary team are generated as required in the same manner, with each new level housing twice as many positions as the previous level.
Positions in the binary team are filled via direct and indirect recruitment of new Pet Protector affiliates.
At the end of the month Pet Protector tally up sales volume (including affiliate package fees) on both sides of the binary.
Pet Protector affiliates are paid a percentage of volume generated on their weaker binary side.
How much of a percentage is paid out is determined by how much a Pet Protector affiliate paid for their membership:
- Representative – 2%
- Senior Representative – 5%
- Manager – 7%
- Senior Manager – 10%
Note that to qualify for residual commissions, a Pet Protector affiliate must personally recruit at least two paid affiliates (one on either side of the binary team).
Rank Achievement Bonus
There are seven affiliate ranks within the Pet Protector compensation plan.
Upon qualifying at these ranks, Pet Protector award affiliates with the following bonuses:
- Sales Star (sell or buy twenty Pet Protector discs in a calendar month) – receive an additional 3 Pet Protector discs
- Bronze Leader (recruit at least four affiliates) – no bonus
- Silver Leader (recruit at least two Bronze Leader ranked affiliates) – no bonus
- Gold Leader (recruit at least two Silver Leader ranked affiliates) – no bonus
- Director (generate at least $6000 in weaker binary side volume for two consecutive months) – receive a Pet Protector Director badge
- Executive Director (generate at least $10,000 in weaker binary side volume for two consecutive months) – receive a Pet Protector Executive Director badge
- Diamond Director – generate at least $20,000 in weaker binary side volume for three consecutive months) – receive a Mercedes Benz CLA car
Note that recruited affiliates required for rank qualification must be commission qualified.
Joining Pet Protector
Pet Protector affiliate membership is available in four options:
- Representative – free (15 day trial)
- Senior Representative – $119.80
- Manager – $499
- Senior Manager – $1899
Membership upgrade options are available if a Pet Protector affiliate signs up at a lower tier and wishes to upgrade.
The primary difference between the four option is income potential through the Pet Protector compensation plan.
As an owner of two dogs and a cat, Pet Protector’s disc product piqued my interest.
I tend to run a non-toxic household for my pets, which sees me only use parasite protection if there’s a problem. I’m pretty careful about where my pets go and other animals they interact with, so we’ve been flea and tick free for over three years now.
If parasites were a problem for my pets though, would I shell out 50 bucks for a metal disc.
The answer to that would be whether or not there’s scientific evidence to prove magnetic and scalar waves have any effect on parasites at all.
Scalar waves themselves seem pretty controversial, if not entirely rooted in pseudo-science.
As for magnetic waves, assuming that the Pet Protector disc even generates these waves, who came up with the idea that said waves repel fleas, ticks and mosquitoes?
Aside from the lone study funded by Goldstar, that’s where my skepticism kicks in. So if you were pitching me Pet Protector’s product, you’ve have a hard time closing a sale.
With respect to their business opportunity, Pet Protector claim their MLM opportunity
has been rated as one of the most exclusive and most profitable opportunities on the market today.
Like the disc study, I couldn’t help but wonder if this was Goldstar simply rating themselves.
From a compliance perspective, the Pet Protector MLM opportunity is a disaster.
For starters, pretty much every aspect of the compensation plan is “pay to play”.
Pay more for affiliate membership, earn more. Commission rates in MLM should always be determined by sales performance, not how much an affiliate spends to join the company.
Then there’s the recruitment commissions. Pet Protector affiliates are directly and indirectly paid to recruit new affiliates, which alone makes drags the company into pyramid scheme territory.
Throw in a monthly sale/purchase required to qualify for commissions, and Pet Protector sets itself up as an autoship recruitment scheme.
You sign up, purchase a disc each month and get paid to recruit others who do the same.
That’s not to say Pet Protector affiliates might genuinely be focused on retail customer sales, just that there’s an awfully big financial incentive to focus on recruiting affiliates who pay thousands of dollars in fees instead.
I’ll leave you with one component of the Pet Protector compensation plan, which was conveniently not mentioned in any official compensation plan documentation I cited.
Launched on September 1st, 2016, Pet Protector’s Global guarantees affiliates who pay $1899 to join the company a minimum monthly $100 ROI.
Don’t believe me?
Here’s how Pet Protector themselves announced the bonus;
Starting on September 1st 2016, Pet Protector is offering an additional bonus exclusively for members at the Senior Manager level.
There are NO quotas, NO autoships, and nothing else to purchase. Ever.
The only conditions are that you join as or upgrade to Senior Manager and maintain Active membership each month in order to receive this bonus.
According to the company’s current estimates, this bonus will never dip below $100 per member per month.
Sounds like a great little investment, doesn’t it?
Quite obviously, this is a securities offering being made by Pet Protector.
Invest $1899, pay a monthly fee and collect a passive $100 or higher ROI every month.
A search of the SEC’s Edgar database reveals neither Pet Protector or Goldstar are registered to offer securities in the US.
This should be of concern, because Alexa currently estimate that the US account for 69% of traffic to the Pet Protector website.
Pyramid recruitment commissions, securities fraud and a pseudo-science product that may or may not work.
In terms of MLM opportunity analysis, there’s not a lot to like with Pet Protector’s business offering. Approach with caution.