Tupperware Review – Scam Or Legitimate MLM Business?

| June 1, 2011 | 13 Comments

Tupperware Review imageWelcome to my Tupperware Review!

Tupperware Brands is a Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) company with a mission to make a difference in the lives of women around the world by offering an Independent Business opportunity, and they have been doing so for more than 60 years.

In this Tupperware Review, I will be providing a little history on this company, reviewing the products and brands that they distribute, and providing the facts concerning the MLM Business opportunity that they offer as a Tupperware Consultant.

This Tupperware Review will strive to answer one important question:  Does Tupperware offer a legitimate and promising MLM Business opportunity, or is this a scam or pyramid scheme?  This is my unbiased Tupperware Review.

Company Details & History

Tupperware Logo imageTupperware Brands products were first introduced in 1946, when inventor and founder Earl Tupper created his airtight plastic-like containers, a revolutionary breakthrough in those times.

Tupperware products were first introduced in retail outlets, but due to the fact that consumers needed product demonstrations to understand the benefits of this revolutionary seal, product sales were minimal.

Introducing Home Parties

It was not until 1948 when the very first Tupperware Home Party was conducted, allowing those in attendance to experience and see the benefits of these products.

Sales exploded through this Home Demonstration system, and Tupperware removed all products from store shelves in 1951 to be distributed exclusively through this Home Party atmosphere.

Product Line

Tupperware manufactures and distributes products related to:

  • Food Preparation
  • Storage
  • Serving Solutions

Expanding into new industries

In addition to that, Tupperware has expanded into the Beauty and Personal Care industries in recent years, offering products from popular brands such as:

  • Armand Dupree
  • Avroy Shlain
  • BeautiControl
  • Fuller
  • NaturCare
  • Nutrimetics
  • Nuvo
  • Swissgarde

Following their acquisition of these Beauty and Personal Care companies, Tupperware Corporation was renamed to Tupperware Brands Corporation in 2005 to more accurately reflect their expansion into other brands and markets.

MLM Business – How the opportunity works…

Tupperware Product Review imageThe cost to begin your business as a Tupperware Consultant is the price of a Business Kit.  There are two to choose from:

  • Business Kit – $79.99

Provides you with a retail value of $355.00.

  • Executive Business Kit – $119.99

Provides you with a retail value of $525.00.

Tupperware also provides you with an optional replicated website for either $7.95 or $15.95 per month.  The higher priced option provides you with some Google advertising.

Upon enrollment, new Consultants must generate $250 in personal sales within their first 4 months to remain active.

Compensation – How to earn…

As a Tupperware Consultant, you will earn 25% on all personal sales.  In addition to that, you will earn bonuses dependent upon your sales volumes in a four week period.

For example, if you generate $1,200 in a single month, you will earn a bonus of 5%.  Total earnings will be 30%.

If you generate $3,200 in a single month, you will earn a bonus of 10%.  Total earnings will be 35%.

As you enroll new Consultants into your organization, you will begin to profit from the sales volumes of your team members as well.

As you grow your organization, you will begin to progress through the various Leadership Positions within the Tupperware Compensation Plan, further increasing your earning potential as you qualify for larger commissions and more bonus opportunities.

Consultant Training & Support

Tupperware Party imageI have already briefly touched on the fact that the majority of company sales are achieved through Tupperware Parties (home parties).

Especially in the beginning stages of your business, you will be encouraged to schedule these parties in the homes of your friends, family members, acquaintances, associates etc.

Host Awards Program

Tupperware offers a Host Awards program, which will reward your hostess with discounted and free products, dependent upon the sales that are generated by you in their home.

As you are scheduling your parties, you will offer this program as an incentive to your friends and family members.

Tupperware Review Conclusion

In my opinion, Tupperware is a legitimate MLM Business, and is not a scam or pyramid scheme!  Tupperware has truly become a household name, offering products and expanding in nearly 100 countries around the globe.

Food for thought…

There are two things to consider:

1. While Home Parties can generate sales, consistently doing so is dependent upon your ability to maintain a full schedule of parties, month in and month out.  When limited to your small network of friends and loved ones, accomplishing this will never be as simple as Tupperware advertises.

2. Your sales will be limited to the immediate area of where you live, and dependent upon how far you are willing to drive to conduct a party.

Tupperware does provide you with the ability to conduct virtual online parties.  However, you will lose that social aspect and the benefits that fun and games can provide to your sales potential.  Socializing, eating, and playing games can go a long way to lower buyer inhibitions!

With that being said, if you are willing to invest the time and effort that this business will require, I believe that Tupperware offers a solid opportunity.

I hope that you have found my Tupperware Review to be informative and educational!  I wish you the best of luck in your search for a home business!

Category: MLM Company Reviews

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Dave Fennell is the founder and editor of Marketing Methods Online and BloggerGo. Learn more about him here. You can also connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+
  1. Dave Fennell says:

    Dave Fennell wrote this Tupperware Review for those who are researching the Tupperware Business Opportunity. I would love your feedback. If you have any experiences with this company, whether good or bad, please share them here to assist others in their research efforts.

    I greatly appreciate your feedback and expertise, and others will too!

    To Your Success,

    Dave Fennell

  2. tupper-beware says:

    I am a lover of tupperware products and I recently decided to join as a demonstrator. I was horrified to discover that everything they tell you to get you in is a lie!

    They will say that there is no cash outlay to start – which means you don’t have to pay outright for your kit but you do have to spend money on every other thing you need or use including catalogues, clip boards, games gifts, pens, ingredients and even montly fee to use their software system. It’s not a job you can start very easily if you’re looking to make money straight away.

    They say you can work as little or as much as you want – what they mean is you can work more and more if you want but there is a lot of work that is required behind the scenes in preparing, ordering, packing etc. This pretty much is a full time job and not something I found very easy to do as a full time student.

    They will also tell you that you will be able to pay your kit off in the first 2-3 parties – that is if your sales are $1,000-$1,500. That is after they tell you that most party sales averages are $600-$800 so let’s say you can’t manage to make above average sales in your first 2 weeks, it will more likely take you 5-6 parties to pay off your kit.

    As I said, I love Tupperware – even after the nightmare I’ve had being a demonstrator. I am really upset with my experience that I’ve had selling at parties but I know that it’s not the same for everyone. I just want to say, if you’re thinking of joining, be clear on what you’re getting yourself into. Be Tupper-ware!

    x

    • Dave Fennell says:

      Hi there,

      Thank you for sharing your experiences of becoming a Tupperware Consultant!

      Tupperware offers a solid opportunity. However, building a MLM Business like Tupperware will never be as simple as they advertise or sell you on to convince you to join. This is true in any MLM business opportunity! Especially for those who are attempting to build this business on a part-time basis.

      Again, thank you for sharing! This is great information for those who are researching Tupperware for a home business.

      Dave Fennell

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  7. The necessary items are provided for you when you start your business. The other items such as pens, etc are not necessary items to make money with Tupperware. After I had one party, I was able to order the other items for free with my party orders. I have sold so much Tupperware at this point that those items are free and come with every party order! I have had a wonderful experience with Tupperware and the 10% bonuses are great along with the multitude of prizes-new Tupperware, bags, tables, tablecloths, aprons, pens, other promotional items, and catalogs!!! Just takes a little work but it comes easily with a great product!

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  9. I LOVE being my own boss! Having a Director that is passionate about growing your business makes all the difference in the world! As an Independent Tupperware Rep since 2010, I can honestly say that I have enjoyed my job. I specialize in online sales, fundraisers and customized kitchens. As a stay at home mom, I don’t have time to pay a sitter to watch my kids at night, so I chose to not to specialize in Home Parties. I do present Home Parties occasionally from time to time, but you are not chained to holding parties. If someone wants to host a party and you don’t want to host Home Parties, you can let them know you specialize in Book Parties or Online Parties. With that being said, if someone wants to host a party and I’m without a sitter, I usually offer to host the party at my home or a local park where all the guests can bring their kids to play together. This usually ends up being a great way to connect with other potential clients as other moms not invited to the party usually come join us. Tupperware gives me a resource to bring in extra income to help with vacations, sports, etc. With any job, you only get returns on what you put into your business. You don’t have to host Tupperware Home Parties. You can specialize as a Tupperware Fundraiser Specialist or as a Professional Kitchen Organizer. You can also specialize in Bridal Registries or Online Sales. You don’t have to recruit your own team if you don’t want to. With that being said, you will miss out on additional incentives offered, but it’s not written in stone. Tupperware offers a payment plan to alleviate paying for the full cost up front. This allows the new consultant time to “Host A Party” and use that commission to pay off the remainder of their Kit cost. The kit is filled with Tupperware that is used during product demonstrations. I have been able to purchase items for my business very reasonable at the local dollar store. You can purchase items directly from Tupperware, but it’s not required. Bottom line, with any business: You get what you put into your biz.

  10. Amanda says:

    The information listed on this page about the business kit cost is outdated. You can find current information about starting your Tupperware business here: http://www.mamasteahouse.com/join-my-team/sign-up-tupperware-consultant/

    • Dave Fennell says:

      Thank you for the update Amanda. This review was written nearly two years ago so some information is bound to grow old.

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