I have a secret love of Tupperware. Actually, who am I kidding – there’s nothing secret about it! A girl can never have too much Tupperware. I remember growing up in a household with Tupperware, and my mum loved it because if ever the lids broke or something happened to the Tupperware, it would be replaced. Mind you, it never broke, so we never needed to worry about replacing it. In fact, my mum still has Tupperware that is over 40 years old that she still uses and honestly, it looks like it’s still in pretty good condition! And we are talking about some high use containers here.
I have carried on the tradition of Tupperware in my own house. My kids have taken it to kindergarten, and now to school for their lunches and snacks every day. I use it for work and when we go on picnics. We’ve got icy pole molds that are awesome in summer, and a gazillion other handy little accessories that are used regularly. You just can’t beat Tupperware! It doesn’t leak, and the colours and styles are always changing and improving. Yes, I do love my Tupperware.
And for the last few years I’ve been friends with a Tupperware consultant, Laura, so whenever I need anything I message her and within a few days I have my new Tupperware!
I’ve also been to a few Tupperware parties in my time, and I have to say that every time I’ve been to one, I’ve made quite a few purchases … and also had some nice catch ups with friends at the same time.
Whilst becoming a Tupperware consultant has never been my thing, I’ve come into contact with quite a few over the years who’ve done it as a side earner. They’ve always seemed to enjoy what they do, and don’t seem to find it too hard to make sales because the product is so good, and is priced well based on the quality of the product and the excellent range.
Is Being a Tupperware Consultant Worthwhile?
In this Tupperware review we’ll find out if Tupperware is worth your time and effort.
Tupperware is a multi level marketing (MLM) company. In most MLMs, there are two main ways you can earn money:
- By selling a product that is not sold in retail stores. In order to obtain the product you must order through a consultant, or on a consultant’s website, and
- By receiving commissions from the sales of your downline (i.e. people you recruit into your network)
What this means is you need to able to sell products to people. If you genuinely want to be successful in a MLM company, you want to be recruiting new distributors who are also selling a lot of products. In the latter scenario, as well as selling products, you need to be able to sell the ‘lifestyle opportunity’ as well.
This is where Tupperware is different from most other MLMs. The Tupperware business model focuses on making retail sales. The goal of the Tupperware party is to sell Tupperware products to retail customers. This gives Tupperware a significant advantage over other MLMs who rely mostly on their members to buy their products.
There are lots of things I love about Tupperware. It is actually designed to last you a lifetime – and it does. It’s functional, so you can re-heat food in it, it’s also BPA-free, and recyclable (not that you ever want to recycle it!). However, just because they have awesome products (in my opinion), is being a Tupperware consultant worthwhile? Can you make money being a Tupperware consultant?
Let’s take a closer look at Tupperware.
Some basic information about Tupperware:
- Website: https://www.tupperware.com/
- Founded by: Earl Tupper
- In operation since: 1946
- Price to join: Minimum of $60
- Recommended: Yes, but only if you like MLMs and love Tupperware – this is one of the better ones. You’ll still only make some extra pocket money.
My Tupperware review will take you through the following sections:
- What is Tupperware and how does Tupperware work?
- How do you get paid with Tupperware?
- Is Tupperware legit?
- My recommended way of making money online
What is Tupperware and how does Tupperware Work?
Their product line covers several categories all designed to help you:
- Plan and prepare food – molds, kitchen tools, knives, choppers, spiralisers, graters, slicers, bowls, openers and various kitchen accessories
- Cook and bake – pasta maker, pressure cooker, various baking dishes, silicone baking ware, saucepans and pans
- Serve and organise – a range of containers and serving sets
- Store and conserve – a huge range of different sized, shaped and coloured containers. Their most popular products are the modular mates and if you’re slightly OCD like me you will WANT THEM ALL
- Kids and baby – water bottles, cutlery sets, lunch sets, bowls and feeding sets
- Pack and go – products for when you’re on the go – flasks, cutlery, bottles and lunch containers.
I have to tell you that looking at all those products made me want to buy several of them!! Lol.
Tupperware consultants are responsible for their own selling and marketing. Like other MLMs, Tupperware does not sell their products in stores. Consultants typically host parties or get their friends to host parties to both sell products and promote the opportunity. Consultants collect the money for products people are purchasing, and then place the orders for them.
Tupperware parties don’t always have to be face to face, they can also be hosted online, such as on Facebook, where you direct people to purchase through your replicated Tupperware website.
There are a couple of different options to get started:
Basic Business Kit
The Basic Business Kit costs $60 and gives you $260 worth of Tupperware products, including:
- A canvas tote,
- A selection of top-selling, eco-friendly products great for on-the-go demos,
- 10 catalogs,
- 20 brochures,
- 50 order forms, and
- 3 months paid of a Pro level my.tupperware plan.
The Business Kit costs $109 and gives you $410 worth of Tupperware products, including:
- A selection of best-selling products,
- Personal support from your local business leader,
- Two canvas totes,
- 10 catalogs,
- 20 brochures,
- 50 order forms,
- 3 months paid of a Pro level my.tupperware plan,
- A branded planner,
- Set of five host folders,
- Getting Started Guide , and
- Confident Start flyer.
The Tupperware Compensation Plan
Tupperware consultants can earn up to a maximum of 30% commission on their personal sales. That figure represents a 25% commission, plus a 5% volume bonus which is only payable if you meet volume targets. I had some trouble getting hold of a compensation plan. Here is the most recent one I could find:
Is Tupperware A Scam or Legit? It’s LEGIT! But…
MLM is a legitimate business model and Tupperware is no different. Whilst it isn’t for everyone, you can still earn a bit of money. It is all about moving as much product as possible for maximum income, and recruiting others to do the same.
I would much prefer if Tupperware (and all MLMs for that matter) was thoroughly transparent with their compensation plans, so it was very clear upfront exactly what is required.
Tupperware doesn’t have a rating with the BBB. However, there are 264 reviews on Glassdoor. Glassdoor is great to get an insight into a company from an employee’s perspective including company reviews, CEO approval ratings and salary reports.
Overall, Tupperware consultants have rated Tupperware as 3.6 out of 5, which is pretty good. Here’s the summary, together with both a positive and a negative review:
What you REALLY need to know about MLMs
It’s important to know a few statistics about MLMs.
Jon Taylor PhD, in “The Case For (and Against) Multi-level Marketing” published by the FTC, researched MLMs and his research found:
- In the first year of operation, a minimum of 50% of representatives drop-out.
- After five years of operation, a minimum of 90% of representatives have left the company.
- By year 10, only those at or near the top have not dropped out – approximately 95% of representatives have dropped out by then.
It appears that Tupperware follows this same pattern. Here is an income disclosure summary I found for Tupperware for the full calendar year of 2017:
The fine print is very hard to read, but here is a summary for you:
- Inactive Consultants are those that have earned some commissions from the sale of products, but have not reached the required minimum of $500 in personal retail sales within a four-month period.
- Active Consultants include Consultants, Managers, Star Managers, Executive Managers, Directors, Star Directors, 2 Star Directors, 3 Star Directors, 5 Star Directors and Executive Directors. They are’active’ as a result of achieving a minimum of $500 in personal retail sales during a four-month period.
- These results are for Canada during January 2017–December 2017.
The first thing to take note of in the chart is the number of inactive consultants, which is 21,332. This indicates that almost half (47.88%) of the people who joined the opportunity and didn’t make the minimum requirement of $500 in sales within a four-month period to be considered active.
Why is this? Well, because this opportunity is not easy. It involves trying to drum up interest for parties, and that is not easy. And even though Tupperware products have an excellent reputation and most people know about Tupperware, it’s not the kind of thing that people are buying all the time.
The next thing you might notice is that 94.09% of all active participants earned an average of $653.63 over the course of the full year. This means that 94.09% of the active participants were earning around $55 per month. That doesn’t even buy you a decent coffee every day.
The next thing I want you to take note of is the drastic drop in percentage of consultants who move to the next level of manager, or higher. We go from:
- Inactive – 47.88%
- Consultant – 49.04%
- Manager – 1.79%
Even managers only average $318 per month. And the percentages just get lower from there.
I’ve done enough research to know that whilst these figures are from Canada, the pattern would be replicated across the globe.
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Have you had any experience with Tupperware or with other MLMs? What did you think?
If you have any comments or questions please leave them below, and I’m always happy to help you out.