Tupperware, now that’s a household name from way back. I have Tupperware in my cabinet from my mom and my mother-in-law, but that’s from 30 years ago. In this Tupperware MLM Review, let’s take a look at the Tupperware company of today. Can you make money, and is it worth the time and effort you put into it?
I mean, who doesn’t need kitchen storage containers? Nice compact food storage looks good in the fridge and meets every organizational freak’s need like mine. Stackable containers, individual containers, and pretty containers all have appeal.
But what about making money selling Tupperware? Can you make money? Is it worth the time and effort you put into your business? There are so many questions that we need to look at and find answers to.
Earl Tupperware developed the plastic for Tupperware in 1938 and made the first bell Tupperware in 1942. He didn’t distribute the full line of Tupperware publically until 1948. After the invention of Tupperware, Earl designed a direct sales plan that he marketed as the “Party Plan.” It focused on women talking about the product at large parties.
Earl went along with the times and helped to keep women domesticated and at home selling Tupperware. But today, women still sell Tupperware, and they do this to stay home with their kiddos. Oh my, how things have changed from women’s rights to women wanting to stay home.
Earl sold his company to Rexall in 1958. But before he sold, he had to fire his party manager, Wise. He had companies interested in buying his product but didn’t think they would make an offer if he employed a female manager. I know I feel that way too, but it was back in the 50s when women were not considered an integral part of the working force. Well, at least not after the war ended.
Tupperware is a multi-level marketing company in some countries and distributed through stores in other countries. They have operated as an MLM structured company for 63 years, which is a very long time. I personally have not had good luck with MLM-based business, but some do very well, so, without delay, let’s take a closer look at what Tupperware has to offer and can you make money with the process.
What Does Tupperware Offer?
Tupperware makes all types of storage containers for foods and other household items, in addition, they have bakeware and even toy storage containers; equally important they continue to launch new products to stay up with the demands of consumers today.
Tupperware has recently come out with the Fridge Smart containers in varying sizes. These are containers for fruits and vegetables with a vent in the lid to allow just the right amount of air to keep the food at optimal freshness for longer. But they are quite expensive, ringing in at $94 for a 4 piece set including lids.
Tupperware says their products are not plastic how ever they are environmentally safe and BPA-free.
Tupperware MLM Review
The truth is that most MLM reps lose money. The Tupperware income disclosure shows that 97.3% lose money.
I searched high and low to find out what the real investment is to become a Tupperware distributor and came up with a statement that says you have to sell $600 worth of Tupperware every 6 months.
Remember you will have expenses also in the first year. So if you add the $600 x 2 plus the $60 o join your total is $1260. Then on top of that, you have additional expenses such as training, packaging, marketing, and the age-old conferences to attend.
Tupperware states that you can be a part of something big; to put it differently, they help to empower your life. They promote balancing your work and home life while you earn money. As a matter of fact, you don’t work for them, but rather they work for you and support you all the way.
Tupperware sells food storage containers that are very pricy; with that in mind, anyone can go to Amazon or their local discount store and purchase much more affordable containers. Some are healthier and more durable.
So as a rep, you are promoting an expensive product that is in some cases subpar in comparison. No wonder 97% + never make any money as a Tupperware Representative.
Most of the information on the internet regarding compensation plans and income disclosure is from years past and is poorly updated.
There are lots of complaints against Tupperware, according to the Better Business Bureau. They range from warranties not honored to incorrect product shipped to refund requests for products received that were different than advertised. There were so many complaints against Tupperware that the Better Business Bureau gave them just a one-star rating.
One thing that could turn people off from becoming consultants for Tupperware is the outrageous shipping costs. Customers pay 10 percent for shipping costs plus another five percent fee if they choose direct shipment.
How To Become A Tupperware Distributor?
You can search Tupperware on the internet and sign up as a Tupperware Representative through their website, or you can sign up under a friend. Either way, you are placed under another person. This is the MLM way.
Price To Join
It looks like it cost around $60 to join Tupperware which, isn’t a huge amount of money, but I don’t get it. If you are selling for them, why do you have to pay them to sell and advertise? Yet they say you don’t work for them, but they work for you. I don’t understand this concept.
A Tupperware representative has to meet a $600 requirement of sales every 6 months to earn their 25% commission. If they don’t meet it, they make $0 an hour and lose their commission.
Tupperware MLM Compensation Plan
Tupperware has its MLM representatives believing that they are not an MLM company. They tell them this by saying that they do not make a commission from their downline, so they can’t be an MLM. Instead, they are paid a bonus for training and coaching their units. NOT true! An MLM is an MLM no matter how you present it.
Representatives get a thing called pool money. When they buy samples from Tupperware, they get the equivalent of the entire purchase into a fund. This pool money fund is used to fund a party, so the representative does not have to use any of their commission to pay for a party.
Sounds a bit odd to me. If they spend money on Tupperware, they can have money for a party. But if they don’t buy Tupperware, they have to pay for the party from their proceeds. It’s a win-win for Tupperware for sure.
A Tupperware Representative makes a 25% commission off of each party sales they host. For instance, the party I had was $300 in sales, so a representative made $75 from my party. She was up early every morning, posting on the group party page not to mention, she ran contests and engaged with the people in the group. The party was 5 days long.
I would estimate she worked an average of 3 hours a day, including the time spent on ordering and all of the paperwork she had to do after she finished the party. That calculates to a whopping $5 an hour for her work to host a party.
The representative does get a 25% commission from the sales of a party, but they do not make money from the people they sign up for.
I don’t know if I am ever willing to work for $5 an hour. What do you think?
Video Of The Tupperware MLM Compensation Plan
Pros And Cons Of Tupperware MLM
So now that you have the most relevant information, let’s examine the Pros and Cons and determine what the potential truly is.
The fee to join- The fee to join is not a huge one and is affordable for most at $60.
Support- The representative I know told me the company is supportive and helpful in solving issues.
Strong Reputation- Tupperware has a reputation for well-made containers with a lifetime guarantee that are now BPA-free.
Strong Reputation- Tupperware has a strong reputation with 63 years of knowledge behind them.
No downline commission- You do not make a commission from your downline. You only get a bonus for the units you train. It’s a one-time bonus.
Misleading their representatives- A representative is told that Tupperware is not an MLM company. Tupperware uses this information so they won’t have to pay their representatives a downline commission.
Financial troubles– Tupperware is having financial troubles. Their stocks dropped from $90 6 years ago to $3.11 last year. They say it is because the public just doesn’t understand them. Well, whose fault is that? Maybe the brand Tupperware or the fact that their competition is more affordable?
Personal experience of poor support- My experience is a poor support system. When I had a party, the company did not keep me updated on backorders or delayed shipping.
Tupperware Income Disclosure
The income disclosure image is from 2017 although the number of distributors and the income may be higher or lower it will give a great idea of how many people can make money with Tupperware.
The Problem With MLM Companies
According to an FTC Government file, an MLM operation does not have a clearly defined definition. It calls MLM’s a “product-based pyramid schemes” and compares it to an illegal chain letter. You know the letters you receive in the mail, it says to put a dollar in an envelope with a copy of the letter and send one to 10 people. Then if you do this, you will make a ridiculous amount of money.
The FTC Government document also states that MLM “is inherently flawed, unfair, and deceptive.
Video Overview Of Tupperware MLM Review
My Recommendation Regarding Tupperware MLM
I have mixed feelings about the Tupperware MLM company. They had a wonderful reputation years ago. I remember how exciting it was to own Tupperware and know it would last a lifetime. But I don’t know that is true today.
I DO NOT recommend this company. It is an MLM company that gains off of the inadequate compensation for its representatives. They mislead their representatives and tell them they are not an MLM company. They are in financial trouble and stated it is because the people do not understand them. It is the place of a branded company to help the public understand. A company can not run on the coattails of the past.
Although Tupperware is not a scam, it is an MLM company. It does feed off of many and depend on the few, just like all MLM-based programs do. I do not believe Tupperware is worth your time and effort.