Norwex MLM Review: Pyramid Scheme, Scam or Legit & Worthy?

Norwex MLM Review: Pyramid Scheme, Scam or Legit & Worthy?

Very recently, Norwex and its “business opportunity” whereas you can build an income by selling eco-friendly cleaning products as well as through recruiting other people to do the same was brought to your attention.

Maybe someone you know told you about it… Maybe you saw a post on social media about it or maybe you happened to attend a home party thrown by another Consultant…

Whatever the case, chances are that you heard things such as:

  • “Join our Eco Family”
  • “Be your own boss and set your own hours”
  • “Make a difference while making an income”
  • “Join our movement”
  • “Help your friends and family create safe havens”
  • etc

Sounds like such an amazing opportunity, huh?

However, you are not a fool… You know that when something sounds too good to be true, it probably is indeed too good to be true, especially when the MLM business model is involved…

So, you decided to conduct your research (kudos)!

Well, you couldn’t have landed in a better place.

In this review, I am going to cover every single aspect of Norwex, such as

  • What is Norwex about?
  • Is Norwex a scam? A pyramid scheme maybe? Or a legit MLM company?
  • How to join Norwex as a Consultant?
  • How much does it cost to join Norwex?
  • Pros and cons of joining Norwex
  • Norwex’s compensation plan
  • Can you really make money with Norwex, and if yes, how much?
  • and much more

In addition, I am going to reveal to you a couple of alternative money-making opportunities.

This way, you’ll have every piece of information you might possibly need to make an informed decision about whether Norwex is worth your time and attention or if you’d better invest in a more legit and promising program.

Let’s get cracking!



Norwex MLM Overview

Name: Norwex

Owners:

  • Bjørn Nicolaisen (Co-founder, Chairman)
  • Debbie Bolton (Co-founder, Global Chief Sales Officer)

Price: 

  • Starter Kit: $200 one-time fee
  • Silver Kit Builder Package: $150.63 one-time fee (optional)
  • Gold Kit Builder Package: $260.71 one-time fee (optional)
  • Platinum Kit Builder Package: $428.84 one-time fee (optional)
  • Office Suite: $9.99 per month (optional)
  • Office Suite Plus: $11.99 per month (optional)

The Starter Kit and the Builder Packages come with a $9.99 additional fee for shipping & handling.

You might also have to pay for customs duties & taxes where applicable.

Official Website:

  • norwex.biz
  • norwex.com

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  • Replicated Website
  • Established Company
  • Money-Back Guarantee

Jump to the Pros Section

  • MLM Business Model
  • Complicated Compensation Plan
  • Pricey Enrollment
  • No Income Disclosure Statement
  • Unrealistic & Misleading Claims
  • Reliance on Hosting Parties

Jump to the Cons Section

Before I move on to the actual Norwex MLM review, I want to reveal to you some statistics about the MLM business model that will probably SHOCK you to your very core.



10 Shocking MLM Statistics

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  • According to FTC, 99% of all MLM participants lose money
  • The chances of profiting by running your own small business are 38% more than by joining an MLM
  • The profitability rate of running an online business is 10% - 20% higher than the profitability rate of joining an MLM
  • The odds of winning from a single spin of the wheel in a game of roulette in Las Vegas could be as much as 300 times higher than actually profiting in an MLM
  • According to AARP Foundation, 47% of MLM participants lose money and 27% make no money whatsoever
  • Among the 26% who actually earn a profit, 53% of them earn less than $5000 a year
  • 39% of MLM participants quit because pitching crappy products and services to friends and family jeopardized their relationships
  • At least 50% of MLM reps quit within 1 year after joining an MLM and 95% quit within 10 years
  • 75% of those who have joined and left an MLM state that they would never join another MLM in their life
  • A 2018 poll of 1049 MLM reps across various companies found that most of them make less than 70 cents an hour, 20% of them never made a sale, 60% of them had earned less than $500 in sales over the past five years, and 32% of them acquired credit card debt to finance their MLM involvement

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What is Norwex About?

Norwex is an MLM company operating within the cleaning & household supplies industry.

The company was founded in 1994 in Norway by Bjørn Nicolaisen after he discovered a microfiber cloth that could effectively clean a very dirty windshield full of bugs using just water.

Bjørn came up with the approach of using such cloths to effectively clean homes without using chemicals and opened Eidsvoll Miljøprodukter in order to materialize it.

At that time, this was a cutting-edge approach to cleaning which the Norwegian population really embraced.

Eidsvoll Miljøprodukter was brought to Canada in 1999 as Norwex Enviro Products by Debbie Bolton who now leads the company’s global sales.

Since then, the company has expanded to Australia, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, England, Sweden, and the USA.

Before establishing Norwex, Bjørn Nicolaisen used to work as an attorney with the Norwegian Ministry of Environment. He was an associate in the Attorney General’s office, representing the country of Norway. In 1988, he established his own law firm.

Despite the fact that Bjørn doesn’t seem to have any experience in the MLM industry prior to Norwex the company seems to be operating smoothly, growing and expanding year after year.

The company’s mission is to “Improve the quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in homes.”

You can discover a lot more about Norwex’s founders, leadership team, products, policies, opportunity, etc on the company’s official website.

Norwex's Products & Prices

Norwex manufactures and distributes a variety of products, such as:

  • Microfiber Cleaners
  • Household Supplies
  • Products for Kids & Pets
  • Personal Care
  • etc

According to Norwex, out of more than 80.000 chemicals that are being used in house-cleaning products today, only a few of them have actually been tested and deemed safe for humans.

Most of those chemicals contribute to indoor air pollution which is one of the top five highest-ranking environmental health problems in America, with chemical levels up to 70 times higher than outside.

The purpose all of Norwex’s products serve, is to reduce those harmful indoor cleaning chemicals in people’s lives and help them live more sustainably.

Norwex’s flagship product is called “EnviroCloth” or “Little Red Cloth”.

EnviroCloth is a cleaning cloth that has the ability to remove up to 99% of bacteria from a surface, dry or in conjunction with water, completely eliminating the need for chemical-laden, all-purpose cleaners.

The Little Red Cloth is created with microfiber (at 1/200th the size of a human hair) combined with an antibacterial agent called “BacLock” (a micro silver-based antibacterial agent built into the microfibers) and costs $18.99.

Besides the EnviroCloth, there are plenty of other products created with the same microfiber and BacLock technology, such as:

  • Hand & body towels
  • Sheets
  • Mops
  • Window cloths
  • Pet towels
  • Dusting mitts
  • etc

Norwex Microfiber Products

In addition to all the microfiber products, Norwex manufactures and distributes several household supplies and personal care products such as:

  • Stain removers
  • Hand lotions
  • Detergents
  • Spray bottles
  • Toilet sprays
  • Mattress cleaners
  • Facial serums
  • etc

All those products can add up to dozens so I am not going to list every single one of them separately right here for obvious reasons.

The prices of Norwex’s products range from a couple of bucks up to $200+ depending on the product.

You can find all about Norwex’s products and their respective prices on a Consultant’s replicated e-shop.

Norwex's Compensation Plan

The majority of MLM companies have so extremely complicated compensation plans that it feels like you need to have a rocket scientist doctorate to understand just their first paragraph.

Norwex is no exception.

Nonetheless, to make things easier for you,  I’ll try my best to get you up to speed.

Norwex compensates its Consultants in 7 different ways…

  1. 4-Star Free Host Program
  2. Personal Retail Sales Discount
  3. FreshSTART Rewards Sales Plan
  4. FreshSTART Rewards Team Building Plan
  5. Qualified Recruit Bonus
  6. Uni-Level Commissions
  7. Monthly Car Bonus

1 • 4-Star Free Host Program

Receive free products based on the number of people who purchased Norwex products during your party as well as based on the total amount of money made through those sales.

Norwex 4-Star Free Host Program 1

2 • Personal Retail Sales Discount

Earn 35% discount on all your personal purchases.

In additon, earn 35% commissions on all your retail sales both online and face to face.

3 • FreshSTART Rewards Sales Plan

Step 1: 

  • Make $400 in sales during your first 15 days and receive $140 in free Norwex products

Step 2:

  • Make $1000 in sales during your first 30 days and receive $190 in free Norwex products

Step 3:

  • Make $2000 in sales during your first 60 days and receive $235 in free Norwex products

When a new Consultant you recruited achieves the 1st Step, you’ll earn an additional $150 in free product.

4 • FreshSTART Rewards Team Building Plan

Step 1: 

  • Recruit a new Consultant during your first 45 days as a Consultant and receive a custom Norwex Demo Bag.

Step 2:

  • Recruit 2 new Consultants during your first 60 days as a Consultant and receive a custom Norwex Mop Bag.

Step 3:

  • Recruit 3 new Consultants during your first 90 days as a Consultant and receive a custom Norwex Carry-on Bag along with the opportunity to be promoted to Team Coordinator

Please note that in order to qualify for the FreshSTART Rewards Team Building Plan, you’ll have to sell $250 worth of Norwex products to retail customers during the month you join.

5 • Qualified Recruit Bonus

Earn $300 in free product of your choice for each new Qualified Personal Recruit of yours.

Qualified Personal Recruit = A Consultant you personally recruited who earns $2000 in retail sales during their first 90 days.

6 • Uni-Level Commissions

Uni-Level Commissions are paid based on the sales of Consultants in your downline, up to 5 Levels deep, through a uni-level compensation structure.

  • 1st Level = the Consultants you have personally recruited
  • 2nd Level = the Consultants your 1st Level Consultants have recruited
  • 3rd Level = the recruits of the Consultants on your 2nd Level 
  • and so on…

The higher your rank the more levels of Consultants you can earn those Uni-Level Commissions through.

Consultant:

  • No Uni-Level Commissions

Team Coordinator:  

  • 3% on Level 1

Sales Leader:

  • 2% on personal recruits of Team Coordinators in your team
  • 5% on all groups sales except for those of personal recruits of Team Coordinators in your team
  • 1% on Level 1

Executive Sales Leader: 

  • 2% on personal recruits of Team Coordinators in your team
  • 5% on all groups sales except for those of personal recruits of Team Coordinators in your team
  • 2% on  Level 1

Senior Executive Sales Leader: 

  • 2% on personal recruits of Team Coordinators in your team
  • 5% on all groups sales except for those of personal recruits of Team Coordinators in your team
  • 2% on Level 1
  • 1% on Level 2

Vice President Sales Leader: 

  • 2% on personal recruits of Team Coordinators in your team
  • 5% on all groups sales except for those of personal recruits of Team Coordinators in your team
  • 2% on Level 1
  • 1% on Level 2
  • 1% on Level 3

Executive Vice President Sales Leader: 

  • 2% on personal recruits of Team Coordinators in your team
  • 5% on all groups sales except for those of personal recruits of Team Coordinators in your team
  • 2% on Level 1
  • 1% on Level 2
  • 1% on Level 3
  • 0.5% on Level 4

Senior Vice President Sales Leader: 

  • 2% on personal recruits of Team Coordinators in your team
  • 5% on all groups sales except for those of personal recruits of Team Coordinators in your team
  • 2% on Level 1
  • 1% on Level 2
  • 1% on Level 3
  • 1% on Level 4
  • 0.5% on Level 5

7 • Monthly Car Bonus

Once you reach the rank of Vice President Sales Leader or higher, you can qualify for a Monthly $500 Car Bonus.

You can study Norwex’s full compensation plan right here.

Please note that Norwex’s compensation plan might undergo changes from time to time so by the time you read this review, some of the info, the commission rates, the rank qualifications, etc that I shared with you right above might not be that accurate.

If you still have questions about Norwex’s compensation plan, you can contact the company’s support team through the telephone number 1-866-450-7499 or fax number 1-800-694-1604

Or you could email me at xaric@dearboss-iquit.com and I will do my best to help you out.

Norwex Consultant
Ranks & Qualifications

Active Consultant:

  • Maintain a minimum of $250 in cumulative personal retail sales in a rolling three-month period

If this requirement is not met for 6 consecutive months, your account is considered Dormant, and you’ll have to pay a fee to reactivate it

If you have $0 in retail sales for 12 consecutive months, you’ll be removed from the organization

Team Coordinator:  

Qualifications:

  • Have at least 3 Engaged Personal Recruits
  • Earn a minimum of $250 in personal retail sales in the qualifying month

Maintainance:

  • Earn a minimum of $250 in personal retail sales during each calendar month to receive Commissions on the sales of personally recruited Consultants
  • Maintain a minimum of 3 Personally Recruited Active Consultants

Sales Leader:

Qualifications:

  • Have at least 5 Engaged Personal Recruits
  • Have a minimum of 10 Engaged Consultants in your downline
  • Earn a minimum of $250 in personal retail sales in the qualifying month

Maintainance:

  • Earn a minimum of $300 in personal retail sales during each calendar month to receive Commissions on the sales of Consultants in your downline
  • Maintain a minimum of 10 Active Consultants in your downline 5 of which must be your Personal Recruits

Executive Sales Leader: 

Qualifications:

  • Have at least 10 Engaged Personal Recruits
  • Have a minimum of 25 Engaged Consultants in your downline
  • Earn a minimum of $300 in personal retail sales in the qualifying month

Maintainance:

  • Earn a minimum of $400 in personal retail sales during each calendar month to receive Commissions on the sales of Consultants in your downline
  • Maintain a minimum of 25 Active Consultants in your downline 10 of which must be your Personal Recruits

Senior Executive Sales Leader: 

Qualifications:

  • Have at least 25 Engaged Personal Recruits
  • Have a minimum of 75 Engaged Consultants in your downline
  • Earn a minimum of $400 in personal retail sales in the qualifying month

Maintainance:

  • Earn a minimum of $550 in personal retail sales during each calendar month to receive Commissions on the sales of Consultants in your downline
  • Maintain a minimum of 75 Active Consultants in your downline 25 of which must be your Personal Recruits

Vice President Sales Leader: 

Qualifications:

  • Have at least 45 Engaged Personal Recruits
  • Have a minimum of 200 Engaged Consultants in your downline
  • Earn a minimum of $550 in personal retail sales in the qualifying month

Maintainance:

  • Earn a minimum of $750 in personal retail sales during each calendar month to receive Commissions on the sales of Consultants in your downline
  • Maintain a minimum of 200 Active Consultants in your downline 45 of which must be your Personal Recruits

Executive Vice President Sales Leader: 

Qualifications:

  • Have at least 65 Engaged Personal Recruits
  • Have a minimum of 400 Engaged Consultants in your downline
  • Earn a minimum of $675 in personal retail sales in the qualifying month

Maintainance:

  • Earn a minimum of $1000 in personal retail sales during each calendar month to receive Commissions on the sales of Consultants in your downline
  • Maintain a minimum of 400 Active Consultants in your downline 65 of which must be your Personal Recruits

Senior Vice President Sales Leader: 

Qualifications:

  • Have at least 85 Engaged Personal Recruits
  • Have a minimum of 600 Engaged Consultants in your downline
  • Earn a minimum of $750 in personal retail sales in the qualifying month

Maintainance:

  • Earn a minimum of $1000 in personal retail sales during each calendar month to receive Commissions on the sales of Consultants in your downline
  • Maintain a minimum of 600 Active Consultants in your downline 85 of which must be your Personal Recruits

Engaged Recruit = A Consultant you personally recruited who makes $250 worth of retail sales (monthly requirement).

How to Join Norwex as a Consultant?

In order to sign up as a Norwex Consultant, you need to head over to norwex.biz and click “Shop With a Consultant” on the top right corner of the website.

Fill in the name and last name of your Consultant, click “Search” and then “Shop With Me”.

If you don’t have a Consultant, you’ll have to locate one.

On the same page under the “Need a Consultant?” section, fill in your language, postal code or city, and click “Search”.

A number of Consultants will come up in the results so locate the one that you would like to sponsor you and click “Shop With Me”.

Now, click “Join”, scroll down a bit and click on “Join Now“.

Agree to the Contract Terms & Conditions, Policies & Procedures, and Media Policy of Norwex and hit “Next”.

On the next page, fill in the requested personal information and hit “Next”.

Then, fill in your mobile phone number and choose if you’d like to receive updates and notifications from Norwex regarding your business, shipments, recruits, etc.

Once you are done, hit “Next”.

After that, you’ll be prompted to subscribe to Office Suite and Office Suite Plus which are basically platforms that allow you to launch and manage your personalized website, host online parties, analyze reports, send a newsletter, etc.

If you don’t want to sign up for any of them choose “I do not wish to enroll in Office Suite at this time” and then “Next”.

On the next page, choose the Starter Kit of your preference (if there are more than one), and then hit, well, you guessed it, “Next”.

Afterward, you’ll be prompted to select and purchase a Starter Kit Upgrade. You can opt-out of this purchase by scrolling down the page and choosing “I don’t want to Upgrade”.

“Next” again…

Lastly, fill in your payment information, click “Submit Application & Order” and voila!

You are a Norwex Consultant.

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How Much Does It Cost to Join Norwex as a Consultant?

In order to enroll as a Consultant for Norwex, you’ll have to purchase at least a one-time fee of $200 for a Starter Kit.

If you generate $2000+ in retail sales during your first 90 days you will get that Starter Kit for free (you will only have to pay $9.99 for shipping & handling plus taxes where applicable).

Chances that you’ll reach that goal are very slim so you’ll probably have to purchase your Starter Kit anyway.

This Starter Kit contains several products that you can personally use, resell, or give away as samples to potential customers as well as training materials and business supplies.

In addition to the Starter Kit, Norwex gives you the option to purchase one of the Builder Packages below:

  • Silver Kit Builder Package: $150.63 one-time fee (optional)
  • Gold Kit Builder Package: $260.71 one-time fee (optional)
  • Platinum Kit Builder Package: $428.84 one-time fee (optional)

The more expensive the Builder Package, the more products you’ll get.

Furthermore, if you want to run a website for your business as well as market it online through hosting virtual parties, you’ll probably have to purchase either Office Suite at $9.99 per month or Office Suite Plus at $11.99 per month.

And believe me, if you want to stand a chance of becoming one of those very few Consultants that actually make a profit in an MLM venture, you’ll want to run a website for your business as well as market it online.

As Bill Gates said:

“If your business is not on the internet, then your business will be out of business”

Lastly, be aware that in order to qualify to earn commissions through the retail sales of your downline, you’ll have to personally sell $250 – $1000 (depending on your rank) worth of Norwex products per month.

What do you think happens if you don’t manage to meet this requirement?

Well, you

  • either lose all the commissions earned from your downline’s retail sales and get demoted
  • or you personally purchase products in order to maintain your rank and earn your commissions

For instance, a Senior Executive Sales Leader needs to earn at least $550 in retail sales each month to maintain his rank and earn team commissions.

If he makes only $200 in retail sales during any given month he will 

  • either lose all the commissions earned from his downline’s retail sales and get demoted to an Executive Sales Leader
  • or purchase $350 worth of Norwex products himself in order to maintain his rank and earn his team commissions

As you can see, expenses can add up pretty quickly without even realizing it.

Is Norwex a Pyramid Scheme

Most of the time it’s very hard to distinguish between a legit MLM company and a pyramid scheme.

Make sure to watch the video below to discover how to spot and avoid pyramid schemes in general.

The main difference between a legit MLM and a pyramid scheme is that your income potential with a legit MLM is mostly based on selling the company’s actual products or services to retail customers while your income potential with a pyramid scheme is mostly or solely based on recruiting other people into the scheme.

Not all MLMs are legitimate. If the money you make through an MLM is based on your sales to the public, it may be a legitimate one. If the money you make is based on the number of people you recruit and your sales to them, it’s not legit. It’s a pyramid scheme. Pyramid schemes are illegal, and the vast majority of their participants lose money. – Federal Trade Commission

Norwex’s compensation plan is kind of like a mixture between a legit MLM and a pyramid scheme…

Although the company seems to be encouraging retail sales through throwing parties, at the same time, 4 out of its 7 compensation bonuses are based on recruiting other Consultants.

In addition, recruiting other Consultants is mandatory in order to advance through the company’s ranks.

For instance, in order to reach the rank of Senior Vice President Sales Leader, you’ll need to have at least 85 Engaged Personal Recruits and at least 600 Engaged Consultants in your downline (which is not that much if you consider that this is the company’s highest rank).

However, Sponsor Consultants don’t seem to be earning any commissions based on the Starter Kits, Builder Packs, or personal product purchases of their recruits so Norwex cannot be considered a pyramid scheme.

Norwex Pros

  • Replicated Website
  • Established Company
  • Money-Back Guarantee

1 • Replicated Website

Upon signing up as a Consultant, Norwex gives you the option to purchase a replicated website.

When people purchase Norwex’s products through your replicated website, a 35% commission will land in your pocket.

In addition, if someone signs up as a Consultant through your replicated website you automatically become their sponsor, and they become part of your downline.

If marketed the right way, this replicated website could help you maximize your retail customers, recruits and thus your income.

In order to get your replicated website, you’ll have to purchase the company’s “Office Suite” or “Office Suite Plus” which cost $9.99 and $11.99 per month respectively.

2 • Established Company

Norwex has been in business for 25 years which is exceptional considering that most MLM companies burn to the ground before they even hit the 5-year mark…

Not many companies, MLM or otherwise, can pull such a feat off.

The downside of Norwex being so established is that its target market will probably already be way too saturated so you might have great difficulty breaking into it and finding people to recruit or purchase the company’s products due to the sheer amount of already existing Consultants out there.

3 • Money-Back Guarantee

Norwex will fully refund, replace or exchange any products that are not to a customer’s complete satisfaction within 60 days of the purchase.

Research shows that money-back guarantees and refunds increase customers’ feelings of satisfaction with their purchases.

In addition, people are much more likely to buy products that have money-back guarantees as well as make more purchases from the same seller that offers those money-back guarantees.

To make things even better, Norwex provides a 2-year warranty on all its microfiber products. If a customer is not pleased with how a microfiber product has worn or performed they may contact their Consultant to have the item replaced, at no additional charge.

You can take a look at Norwex’s Product Guarantee right here.

Norwex Cons

  • MLM Business Model
  • Complicated Compensation Plan
  • Pricey Enrollment
  • No Income Disclosure Statement
  • Unrealistic & Misleading Claims
  • Reliance on Hosting Parties

1 • MLM Business Model

As mentioned earlier, I am not at all fond of the MLM business model in general for many reasons…

First of all, the percentage of MLM participants who never actually make a profit is awfully high (74% – 99%).

In addition, the majority of those who do manage to make a profit, don’t earn more than $5000 per year.

Secondly, I hate selling and recruiting…

And thirdly, I’ve heard so many stories of people losing all their friends, family, and money due to the pushy and sleazy practices they were being taught by their “mentors” that I have become repulsed by the MLM business model in general.

Being involved in an MLM company is just not worth the trouble in my mind.

Especially when there exist other much more legit ways of building a substantial income without having to turn into a sleazy salesperson jeopardizing your relationships with those around you because you can’t stop perceiving them as walking bags of cash.

And truthfully, besides the fact that Norwex has been operating for 25 years, there isn’t a single indication that it’s any different from your average MLM in any way…

2 • Complicated Compensation Plan

Stars, host programs, FreshSTART, sales plans, uni-level, qualified recruits, various percentages, steps, monthly qualifications, different ranks and levels, yadda yadda yadda.

A person who is newly introduced to the MLM business model doesn’t stand a chance of really grasping exactly how Norwex is going to compensate them as a Consultant.

This is no random occurrence though…

MLM companies make their compensation plans so complicated on purpose to “confuse” people into joining them.

It’s called “Complexity Bias” and it’s the tendency of people to trust complex concepts more than simple ones.

Marketers use complexity bias all the time to boost the sales of a product/service by incorporating confusing language or insignificant details into its packaging or sales copy.

MLM companies do the exact same thing with their compensation plans to get more people to join them.

And no, I am not making things up..

You can read all about complexity bias right here.

3 • Pricey Enrollment

While enrolling as a Norwex Consultant is not as expensive as enrolling in many other MLM companies, it’s still pretty pricey.

The mandatory Starter Kit alone costs $200 + $9.99 for shipping & handling + taxes if applicable.

The Builder Packages cost $150 to $430…

Yes, they are optional but chances are that you are going to be left with no choice but to purchase one.

First of all, the products the Builder Packages contain cost twice as much if purchased separately and chances are that you will purchase most of them anyway at some point.

Also, Builder Packages are available for purchase only during your enrollment.

Most Consultants will suggest pressure you to purchase the Gold Kit Builder Package which costs $260.

That’s way too expensive!

4 • No Income Disclosure Statement

The fact that Norwex has been operating for 25 years and it hasn’t released a single Income Disclosure Statement is kinda unacceptable.

It’s fairly obvious that Norwex tries to keep the extremely low income that its Consultants make under the radar in order for potential Consultants to not be discouraged from joining.

On the other hand, all Income Disclosure Statements I’ve come across until now reveal the exact same thing – that the vast majority of MLM reps never actually make any profit and those who do make a profit, would have to throw an additional couple of bucks on top of it to buy a pizza.

Chances are that if Norwex published an IDS tomorrow it would tell the exact same story…

5 • Unrealistic & Misleading Claims

Just like 99.99% of MLM companies do, Norwex and its Consultants make some pretty unrealistic and misleading claims in order to convince people that the company’s products work and that its business opportunity is worth joining.

The first misleading claim that truly made me kinda angry takes place on Norwex’s official website…

Norwex claims that you can get the Starter Kit for free, only paying $9.99 for its shipping.

However, what it doesn’t actually mention is that to actually get it for free you’ll have to make $2000+ in retail sales within your first 90 days as a Consultant.

If you don’t meet this requirement, you’ll get billed $200 for it normally.

This is a really sneaky and unethical way to get people to join as Consultants, misleading them that it’s free only to charge them $200 later on.

I disagree 100% with such tactics.

The second unrealistic claim Norwex makes, is that the EnviroCloth removes up to 99% of bacteria from any surface when used in conjunction with just water.

Many of the company’s consultants will claim that this is actually the work of micro silver that is contained within the cloth.

Despite the fact that I have never used EnviroCloth myself, I suspected from the get-go that such claims must be bogus.

So I conducted some research and as it turns out the micro silver the cloth contains doesn’t kill bacteria in any way… It just inhibits bacterial odor, mold and/or mildew that could grow within the actual cloth.

In addition to that, I came across a number of articles, reviews, and testimonials of people actually claiming that not only EnviroCloth doesn’t kill bacteria but it actually grows more bacteria than any regular cleaning cloth (see one of those instances below).

Norwex Amazon 1-Star Testimonial

Furthermore, according to bestcompany.com, a study performed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by the pharmaceutical science division revealed that exposure to micro silver, which is found in Norwex products, either severely mutated or killed zebrafish embryos.

The researchers also discovered that micro silver had negative effects on the microbes used at waste treatment plants.

Moreover, according to this Reddit post, a science teacher used EnviroCloth to clean a plate.

He washed the cloth and let it dry for 24 hours. He then took a sample from the cloth and cultivated it in a petri dish.

As it turns out, bacterial colonies were formed normally which means that the EnviroCloth contained bacteria even though it was cleaned and left to dry for a day.

Now, despite the fact that I can’t really know if all those claims against Norwex and its EnviroCloth are legit and credible, given the fact that Norwex is an MLM and knowing how misleading MLM companies can be, I wouldn’t be surprised if every single one of its claims is false.

6 • Reliance on Hosting Parties

Norwex teaches its new Consultants to focus all of their efforts on organizing home parties whereas they will demonstrate the company’s products to potential customers and recruits.

For some of you, this is going to sound like a great idea…

“Whaaat? Making money by throwing parties? Count me in!”

Despite the fact that the whole process might sound fun, marketing your business through throwing parties is a very outdated and ineffective marketing method for many reasons.

First of all, your audience is going to be very small most likely consisting of your friends, family, and maybe some acquaintances.

After throwing 3-4 parties, you’ll run out of people to invite… Then what?

The fact that the EnviroCloth is not supposed to be disposed of after a few uses is bad for repeating business. It’s not like people will need to purchase a new EnviroCloth every week or month.

One of the reasons that the EnviroCloth costs 20 times more than an average cleaning cloth is because it is supposed to last a lot longer.

Furthermore, consider the fact that throwing parties is going to be costly.

What? Did you think that you are going to sit your invitees down on your couch without putting out a snack or drinks, pitch them a couple of products and then start magically making money off of their orders?

Yeah right…

A party of 20 people is going to cost at least $100.

What do you think happens if none of those 20 people you invited purchases a product?

You just lost money!

Lastly, I personally find the whole concept of inviting people to your house in order to pitch them products they might not even need or want extremely distasteful.

And chances are that many of your invitees will think so as well.

So be prepared that in addition to costing money, those parties could also cost you a few relationships.

Norwex MLM Review Summary

Income
Potential

0/5

No Income Disclosure available. 74-99% of MLM reps never make money with an MLM.


Resources

3/5

Replicated website, personalized back office, training, marketing materials, samples.


Price

3/5

Starter Kit costs a one-time fee of $200 + $9.99 for shipping & handling + taxes where applicable.


Legitimacy

4/5

Norwex is not a pyramid scheme.

Overall Rating

2.5/5

Is Norwex Suggested?

Joining Norwex’s MLM opportunity isn’t really suggested.

Yes, the company might have a couple of pros such as

  • being well-established
  • providing a replicated website to its Consultants
  • and offering money-back guarantees

but its cons just can’t really be ignored.

First of all, the fact that it hasn’t released a single Income Disclosure Statement in 25 years is highly alarming. Usually, MLM companies avoid publishing an IDS when they try to hide the extremely low income their reps earn.

Joining an MLM company that doesn’t have an IDS in place is like taking a job without knowing how much you are going to get paid… Would you?

The unrealistic claims Norwex and its Consultants employ, further decrease the company’s credibility and trustworthiness.

Many people who have used Norwex’s EnviroCloth claim that it isn’t different than a regular cleaning cloth in any way and yet, Norwex claims that it can kill 99% of bacteria on any surface. Based on that claim Norwex charges 20 times the cost of a regular cleaning cloth for it.

In addition, the fact that Norwex tries to trick people into thinking that they can get their Starter Kit for free is pretty appalling.

The Starter Kit can be acquired for free only if a Consultant manages to sell $2000 worth of Norwex products during their first 90 days which is something that’s extremely unlikely to happen.

Anyone who doesn’t meet that requirement automatically gets charged $200 for the Starter Kit.

Norwex doesn’t mention that anywhere on their website so people end up joining as Consultants only to find out about the $200 charge when it has already taken place.

The company does mention the requirement on a very small corner of its compensation plan with very small letters.

However, Norwex’s compensation plan can’t be found anywhere on the company’s official website – it’s available only to those who have already joined as Consultants.

That’s very sneaky.

Lastly, the business marketing tactic of throwing sales parties that Norwex teaches is highly outdated and ineffective, not to mention that it could potentially jeopardize your relationships with family and friends who will grow tired of you pitching them random products that they don’t even need every time you invite them to your house.

Would you really want to invest your time and money in such a “business opportunity”?

If so, then well, you have my blessing!

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