In this review I’ll be looking into a company named PartyLite which sells candles, home decor & various other things – but alongside that it also operates a home based business opportunity.
I’ll admit it’s a little different to the companies I usually review on my blog but it seems to have become really popular because I’ve been getting asked a lot of questions about it so I wanted to make sure people are well informed about the opportunity before they part with their cash & try it for themselves.
Therefore if you’ve came looking for information on PartyLite or you’re possibly considering getting involved then you can rest assured that you’ve landed in the right place to find out everything you need to know about the company (and most importantly whether or not it’s a scam).
Oh and before I get started I just want to make it clear that I’m not affiliated with PartyLite in any way shape or form so you can also rest assured that you’ll finally be getting the honest truth about the company from an outsider (unless you were lucky enough to land here first).
I know that there’s a LOT of reviews about PartyLite which have clearly been written by their distributors but frankly in my opinion most of those reviews are flat out BS & the reviewers intentions are clearly just to get you to sign up onto their team. Basically they’re super biased!
So no bias jazz here, just the truth… and I’m NOT interested in getting you to sign up with PartyLite (nor am I receiving any kind of commissions).
What Exactly Is PartyLite Then?
As mentioned above PartyLite is a company that primarily sells candles & home decor – they sell a few other things too but their main focus definitely seems to lie with sales of candles. That’s certainly what they’re most renowned for anyway.
PartyLite itself is actually a subdivision of a company named Blyth Inc which back in 2001 was actually the largest candle manufacturer in the United States of America & in 2012 alone their total turnover topped a whopping $1.179 billion. It’s therefore definitely safe to say that the company is well established.
PartyLite is as per my suspicious an MLM – aka network marketing or direct sales company. This basically means that whilst you can make money from sales of the products themselves the bulk of the money will come from recruiting other people into the scheme.
Network marketing companies typically have a bad reputation & lie very close to being classed as pyramid schemes – the only difference is that in a “legit” network marketing company there are tangible products being sold, but there’s often a very fine line between the two. With that being said getting involved with a network marketing company can be very risky & you could actually find yourself on the wrong side of the law without even knowing about it.
Personally I’m against network marketing but each to their own – yes you can make money with them but it’s also worth making it clear that very few people do. In fact if you take a look at many of the popular network marketing companies income disclosures you’ll see that often only less than 1% of the distributors actually make any money. Unfortunately I can’t comment on PartyLite’s specifically because for some reason I can’t find their disclosure which is very strange.
Anyway PartyLite has been around for a lot of years as it actually launched way back in 1973, so I guess they’re doing something right at least as network marketing companies typically don’t have a very long lifespan (usually they bite the dust in a few years).
So, The Important Part…
If you do decide that network marketing is for you & that you want to try & go against the odds of succeeding in a network marketing company then there are few things you want to consider about the company you’re thinking about promoting (since the company will play a big part in your chances of success)…
Firstly you want to consider it’s reputation as a company with a strong brand & very positive reputation will be much easier to promote. If a company has a negative reputation then most of your time will be tied up trying to convince people about the company as opposed to actually selling products.
The worrying thing here is that when I Googled “PartyLite review” here’s the first result that came up:
2 stars & 129 complaints certainly doesn’t make for a very good start! I for one always Google a company before I purchase anything from them & I’m sure most other people do too so you could find it very difficult to make sales of PartyLite products regardless of how good you think your sales skills are.
Secondly you’ve got to think about the products themselves as good products sell themselves whereas bad products need pitching, pushing & even sometimes begging to get rid of (three things you definitely don’t want to be doing)…
Now it’s clear that candles are the flagship products of PartyLite, but the issue for me is the price. In Asda here in the UK you can pick up a set of 3 LED candles for around £8 – whereas if you were to buy the similar candles through PartyLite they’d set you back a whopping $48. That’s a BIG difference.
They try and justify they’re exaggerated prices by claiming their candles (the GloLite candles) are the worlds brightest candles. On top of that they claim the other reason their candles are so special is because they use food-grade paraffin wax & pure cotton wicks (which doesn’t produce any smoke).
Does this justify prices almost 3-4x that of a regular similar candle?
In my opinion no – and again in my opinion I believe these candles have been priced with the distributors in mind. After all the higher priced the candles are the more enticing the program is going to seem for distributors because it gives them the potential to make more money…
But most people get caught up on the money as opposed to actually thinking about how hard it would to try and flog $40+ candles onto people!
And thirdly you’ve got to consider the compensation plan, because it doesn’t matter how great the company is if the compensation plan sucks then you ain’t gonna be making any money anyway.
Now remember when I said I couldn’t find PartyLite’s income disclosure? Well I struggled to find any information on their compensation plan which is super weird – I mean they heavily promote their business opportunity & signing up with it, but they don’t actually provide much of the important information about it at all. Odd!
All I take from that is that it certainly can’t be all that great, otherwise they’d be promoting how awesome it is (in traditional network marketing fashion).
Anyway I did some digging elsewhere and I managed to find out that in order to become a distributor you’ll need to purchase a starter kit will set you back $99. This fee is waived if you host a party & make over $350 (but IMO that’s unlikely).
Basically as a distributor when you host parties you get “PartyLite host credit” & discounted items from their range (up to 50% off). The amount of host credit you earn depends on how many sales you make – it starts at $50 credit for hosts that make $200 in sales, and ranges up to $250 for hosts that generate over $1,000 in sales.
As far as I’m aware the credit can’t be withdrawn in cash, it can only be spent on PartyLite products.
Aside from that you’ll also have the opportunity to earn 25% commissions on the sales of their products, but don’t get blinded by the percentage as you must factor in the initial $99 it will cost you to get started. At 25% commission you would need to sell almost 40 $10 products to just break even & get your initial buy-in fee back.
Then on top of all that you can earn extra income from the efforts of your downline members – so if you then begin selling the business opportunity onto other people you can make 7% on their sales too (50% in their first month of joining). This part of the compensation plan could be potentially lucrative but recruiting isn’t easy & getting people to the point where they can actually make sales is even harder.
My Personal Verdict On The PartyLite Business Opportunity
As I said a little earlier in this review I’m personally against network marketing companies as I believe there are much better opportunities out there for people to make extra money without having to pay crazy “buy in fees” & without being part of something that many people would class as a borderline a pyramid scheme.
However I know that despite the negativity surrounding network marketing there’s several people who are still attracted to these types of opportunities and are willing to take the risk in the hope they can beat the odds & become successful. It’s true that you can potentially make a lot of money with network marketing but it is certainly not easy (despite many of the top distributors making it out to be in an attempt to get you to join).
I would say that if I was really set on joining a network marketing company then PartyLite seems to be one of the more legit ones – albeit overpriced (in my opinion) they do have genuine products to sell and there is a good focus on the retail side of things as opposed to being one of them network marketing companies that solely focuses on the opportunity.
Unfortunately though I won’t be recommending PartyLite and I’m going to put that down to 2 main reasons which I’ll outline below…
The first reason is because the company has had a lot of negative reviews/complaints online & I think this would make sales of their products/building a downline quite difficult.
And secondly is the sheer price of the products – maybe they do produce the worlds brightest candle as they claim, and maybe the wick is pure cotton but is this really enough to justify their high prices? In my opinion it’s not & in my opinion it’s another thing that’s going to make them very hard to sell.
So whilst the PartyLite scam claims aren’t entirely true as it does have the potential to be quite a lucrative opportunity if you can get a whole bunch of people making sales on your downline I think that in reality it’s going to be very unlikely to happen. It’ll be more likely that you pay the $99 for the starter kit & end up finding yourself stuck with a bunch of candles you can’t shift.
That’s just my personal two cents – but as always I do like to be honest & give you my genuine opinion of a company as I know sometimes it’s easy to get blinded by the numbers (or by hype being dished out by distributors trying to get you to buy in). So anyway on that note I was hope I was able to provide you with the answers you were looking for about this company but if you do happen to have any further questions or comments don’t hesitate to leave them below.