Quick Summary of Easy1Up
Rating: 1.5 Just another MLM to avoid
The Good: It does offer products in return for your money.
The Bad: It's an MLM that focuses on recruitment over product. There are no refunds, the terms make it clear the owners have no liability, and the likelihood of making money is low.
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Easy1Up is the latest MLM system to hit the internet, so if you’re looking for more information about this system, you’ve come to the right place.
What is MLM?
MLM or Multi-level Marketing is also sometimes referred to as Network Marketing.
The basic premise of MLM is to compensate people for both the products they sell and the people they get to sign up to the system.
MLM systems are legal but often controversial, and some of them are borderline, or even fully fledged, Pyramid schemes.
Most MLM systems offer some sort of product to promote and sell, those that don’t are highly risky, and even the ones that do offer something to promote often only do so to add a veneer of legitimacy to their operations.
As the FTC states:
If the money you make is based on the number of people you recruit and your sales to them, it’s probably not. It could be a pyramid scheme. Pyramid schemes are illegal, and the vast majority of participants lose money.
Does Easy1Up promote a product?
Easy1Up does offer products in return for paying its membership fees. The products consist of training videos that cover a wide variety of topics related to internet marketing, from MLM related videos to Affiliate Marketing.
However, if you read through the blurb on the site, very little focus is placed on this training, instead you’re told more about how getting other people in will make you a boat load of cash.
In fact, as a general person viewing the site, you can’t just buy the training without providing a sponsors affiliate link! Now to me, that smacks more of pyramid scheme than anything else!
How do you earn money with Easy1Up?
Like a true MLM product, you earn money by recruiting other people to sign up to the system.
For every person that signs up, you get their membership fee, except the second one and of course the admin fees.
The second membership fee gets passed up the chain to the person who recruited you, so long as they qualify for the payment (more on that in a moment).
The admin fees of course go to the person behind Easy1Up: Peter Wolfing.
There are 4 membership levels in Easy1Up, each of which will cost a different amount:
- Elevation – $25
- Elevation Elite – $100
- Vertex – $250
- Vertex Elite – $500
Each of these membership levels also charge an admin fee between $5 to $50 depending on the chosen level.
The commissions you will get from the passed up membership fee depend on the level of membership you buy. E.g. if you buy the $25 membership you will only get fees if the second sale of the person below you is also the $25 membership level.
To combat that you are encouraged to buy the top level membership as that will qualify you for all the other membership levels.
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There’s one thing I haven’t been able to figure out yet: if the second payment only goes up the chain if the sponsor is “qualified”, what happens if they aren’t?
There’s nothing clear about that so my guess, and it is only a guess, is that it still goes up the chain, but instead of the sponsor, it goes straight to the top. I could be wrong of course, but there’s no confirmation either way.
The blurb surrounding this states that “it’s designed to be SIMPLE!”, yet it adds unnecessary complications that effectively force you to buy the most expensive membership.
Also note that all the membership fees (and admin fees) are non-refundable.
Who’s behind Easy1Up?
I’m not certain about this, but from what I can tell the person behind Easy1Up is a guy called Peter Wolfing who has a history of making MLM products.
The reason I’m not certain is that there is no company data provided on the Easy1Up website. There’s no company name, or address and their support is done by Skype. Their contact email is a Gmail address.
All of this means that when, not if, the system collapses, everyone involved can just walk away.
Back to Peter, both National Wealth Center and Ultimate Cycler are two of his MLM products still doing the rounds and the only reviews for them are either negative of from people involved in the system as affiliates.
His own website doesn’t mention any of his products either.
As well as this, the Easy1Up website was also previously an MLM pushing a web scraper system. In fact some of the elements from that site have been recycled into the “new and improved” easy one system, including the FAQ.
All in all there’s something rotten here.
Is Easy1Up a scam?
In the eyes of the law it probably isn’t, but may be considered borderline due to its focus on member recruitment over all else.
The real issue with this type of system is that once the people signing up to the program dry up, there’s no money being earned. With no money, the system will collapse. The terms of the system basically wash the owner’s hands of everything if the program does collapse and he will still walk away with a fat bank account.
Already there are around 1,000 people signed up to the system** which means Peter has walked away with anywhere between $5,000 to $50,000 with very little work.
Will these 1,000 people walk away with anything close to that amount? No, they won’t.
Sure, some of them will make their money back, some will even make a profit, the vast majority won’t make a penny.
** This is of course an approximate. It’s based on a Google search of the site revealing 4,990 pages. Most of these have affiliate links, and there are 4 or 5 pages per affiliate link. Doing some napkin math gives a rough figure of 1,000 sign ups.
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This sort of program targets people who are after making a quick buck or who are desperate. The problem with this is that this sort of people doesn’t have the skills to make money with network marketing.
In order to make money with these programs, you have to be really good at both marketing and sales and to get in there quickly and not give a damn about whether anyone else you sign up to the system will make money or not, so long as they sign up 2 people.
The Bottom Line
Easy1Up is on paper a legitimate system. However, I can’t in good conscious say that you should try this system.
There is the possibility of making cash, as there always is with MLM systems, but the chance of you making a decent cash before the system crashes and burns (and it will, they all do) is low.
More likely you will pay your fee, struggle to get people to sign up and then give up while taking a loss. The person above you in the system profits nicely off of your failure.
There are much more legitimate business opportunities out there.