It’s essential to understand that even though doTERRA has had some criticisms, it operates under a multi-level marketing (MLM) business model, which is entirely legal. MLMs rely on a network of independent distributors who earn commissions based on product sales and the sales of those they recruit into the business. However, some MLMs have been accused of being pyramid schemes, which is illegal, because they prioritize recruiting new members over selling products.
To determine a legitimate MLM from an illegal pyramid scheme, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides guidance. According to the FTC, a legitimate MLM should primarily focus on selling products to the general public, rather than just recruiting new members. Additionally, a legitimate MLM should compensate its members based on product sales, rather than solely based on recruitment.
It is crucial for individuals to conduct their own research and make an informed decision about participating in an MLM, such as doTERRA.
As with most MLMs, doTERRA has an aggressive approach to recruiting, with bonuses and higher commissions only being paid to those who build a large downline. However, it’s worth noting that doTERRA doesn’t pay its members directly for recruiting people. Instead, they offer bonuses for building a structure and enrolling others into the opportunity. This is one way doTERRA avoids being classified as a pyramid scheme by the FTC.
While it’s possible to earn money selling doTERRA products, retail sales alone will not get you to the higher commission ranks or earn you any bonuses.
According to Wikipedia the Distributor has faced multiple allegations over the years. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an FDA Warning Letter to doTerra in 2014 for violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by marketing products as possible treatments or cures for various conditions including Ebola, cancer, and autism. Additionally, some distributors have made claims about the benefits of essential oils for air purification and protecting against the health effects of smoke. Reports have also emerged about distributors making false claims related to COVID-19 and exaggerated earnings. In 2020, the Federal Trade Commission warned doTerra to stop making unfounded health claims. Furthermore, doTerra’s frankincense supplier, Asli Maydi, has been accused of sexual abuse, poor pay, and unhealthy work conditions by more than a dozen women, with reports that the abuse continued after victims contacted doTerra.
Please note that PBC does not offer any creams, lotions or oils for sale and is not associated with doTERRA. It is important to understand that any purchase of doTERRA business cards from our website is not considered as property of doTERRA and should not be directed to them to resolve any issues. In the event of any issue with an order made through our website, we strongly advise that you contact us directly. We are committed to providing prompt and efficient support to our valued customers.
According to Wikipedia, Paparazzi refer to independent photographers who capture pictures of high-profile individuals such as actors, musicians, athletes, politicians, and celebrities, usually in their daily lives. These photographers earn their livelihood by selling their images to media outlets that specialize in tabloid journalism and sensationalism, such as gossip magazines.
However, for Paparazzi Accessories, the company enforces a stringent clause in their terms and conditions, clearly stating that a Consultant cannot use the names “Paparazzi” or “Paparazzi Accessories” in their business name, as outlined in Section 5.3. Although exceptions are permitted for social media pages, watch parties, and email addresses, the Consultant’s name must be personalized with the words “Paparazzi” or “Paparazzi Accessories” only. Additionally, Consultants can incorporate these names into their site name, but only when combined with their individual, personal name. For instance, “Jane’s Paparazzi” is an acceptable name, whereas “$5 Paparazzi” is not, as it fails to distinguish itself from Corporate Paparazzi. The use of the names “Paparazzi” or “Paparazzi Accessories” is allowed only if personalized with a Consultant’s name. The name must not include these words, or words indicating rank (Fashionista, Elite, A-Lister, Maven A-Lister, Jetsetter, Luxe Jetsetter, etc.), to be considered compliant.
Please note that PBC does not offer any jewelry or accessories for sale and is not associated with Paparazzi Accessories. It is important to understand that any purchase of business cards from our website is not considered as property of Paparazzi Accessories and should not be directed to them to resolve any issues. In the event of any issue with an order made through our website, we strongly advise that you contact us directly. We are committed to providing prompt and efficient support to our valued customers.