Welcome to this Kirby Review!
The name of the company is Kirby but, for some weird reason, they disguise the opportunity as a Vacuum Salesperson job position.
I hadn’t heard about Kirby until I got the following email some days ago…
First of all, I would like to thank you for the work you do on your website. I can’t imagine it’s easy but I’m positive you have saved a lot of people from fake opportunities.
I was hoping you could tell me something about the company, Kirby. I was offered a job at the company that guaranteed $2000 but when I went for the “interview”, I learned the position was commission-based and it’s not an actual job.
Something about this just wasn’t right so I took the time to read detailed reviews. The reviews I read had unconfirmed and conflicting information and I would like to get your view on the company.
My first thought after reading this was “this is definitely a scam”. But because I wanted to be somewhat diplomatic, I replied with this:
If the company had to resort to deceitful techniques to get you there, they are not worth joining in my opinion.
Of course, this is just my initial view of the company and I will try to write a comprehensive review as soon as possible.
Even after doing some research on the company, my initial view still remains unchanged.
Kirby is an MLM. The “position” is the opportunity to become a Kirby salesperson. It is certainly not a job. Their conscious decision to promote their opportunity as a job is enough reason for me not to recommend the opportunity.
The truth is the MLM industry is extremely controversial – largely due to the shady practices of many MLM companies. Add to that the unfortunate reality that over 90% of participants do not make any money.
Because of how controversial the industry already is, it is imperative that MLMs try to prove their legitimacy from the get go. Masking an opportunity as a job is not the way to prove you are not a scam in a pre-dominantly sketchy industry.
In the email I received, the sender says most review have “unconfirmed and conflicting” information and I’m not surprised by that at all. Kirby barely gives out any information on the opportunity on their website.
I’m afraid this review is hardly going to be any different. A lot of things in this Kirby review will be based on what I think happens at the company. I’ll leave it to any current or former Kirby Vacuum salespeople/distributors to make their arguments in the comments section below.
I think this is the longest introduction I have written and if you’re tired already, I would like you to please stick around for a minute to read a summary of the company from my own point of view:
- Kirby is a real company that sells vacuum cleaners exclusively through their distributors
- The opportunity operates an MLM business model
- Even though it is sometimes advertised as one, it is certainly NOT a job!
- The company claims there is no sign-up fee required to become a salesperson but frankly, I have my doubts about this
- As a salesperson, you will primarily be doing door-to-door selling and word of mouth promotions
- It’s hard to say how much you can earn since there isn’t a fixed commission structure. You are supposed to earn a commission per sale but the amount is at the discretion of your distributor
- The company barely provides any information on this opportunity
- The secrecy and deceptive nature of the company is one reason I cannot recommend this business opportunity
What is Kirby?
Founded in 1914, the Kirby Company is a direct selling company that has been producing and selling vacuum cleaners. Direct selling implies the use of distributors or salespeople to reach customers but most direct-selling companies use an MLM business model. This is the case with Kirby.
To be honest, I think their products are good. They look good and I found raving reviews about the quality of Kirby vacuum cleaners.
Typically, the company produces one vacuum cleaner model at a time. At this moment, the latest is the ‘Avalir’ system.
I think everything is perfect with the product except….the price!
The company does not give an official price for the vacuum cleaner. At least, they do not make the price public. However, used ones on Amazon go for $1000 and that would count as a risky investment because it doesn’t come with any form of guarantee.
If I had to guess, I’d say distributors would push a brand new one for about $2000. That’s insane money for a vacuum cleaner, no matter how good. To me, that’s 4 times the amount anyone should have to pay for a quality vacuum cleaner.
Ridiculous product prices are never a good thing for a salesperson, trust me. It drastically reduces your chances of making a sale and that’s always a bad thing, regardless of how much you might make per sale.
The Business Opportunity
We have established that their product is great but the price is ridiculous. Now how about we talk about what this opportunity means to a prospective salesperson?
The email I shared above is from one person that was sucked in by the deceptive tactics of Kirby, pretending it was a job. Even though it might not necessarily have been the company itself but a distributor, I strongly feel companies have a responsibility to try and control the promoting behaviour of their distributors.
If many of their distributors are doing the same false method of promoting and the company isn’t doing anything about it, they need to take responsibility for it.
The way the Kirby opportunity works is there is a distributor. The distributor aims to make as many sales as possible to make the highest possible amount of money. In order to reach as many people as possible, they hire salespeople. The “position” you are applying for is to become a salesperson for a distributor.
The distributor really has nothing to lose by hiring salespeople. When salespeople make sales, they earn a commission from the sale. If they do not make sales, they do not earn anything.
How much salespeople make from each sale is totally up to the distributor. Typically, they should let you know their rules before you sign up. Stuff like how much you get paid per sale, their sales requirements to keep you as a salesperson are some of the things I’d expect them to tell salespeople. Some might even offer incentives to motivate their salespeople to make more sales.
My feeling is the distributor buys the products at wholesale pricing from Kirby and sells it to customers at whatever price they choose to set. They keep all the profits from the sale.
As a salesperson, expect to go knocking from door to door. Kirby has a lot of positive reviews about their product but there are many negative reviews about the aggressive sales tactics of their pushy salespeople.
Like I said before, a lot of the things I’m saying in this review is assumption and pure speculation. But could you really blame me? I was asked to write a review and the company has decided to keep their info under lock and key.
What I Like
Despite everything I have said about this company, there are a few things I like about the company:
The products are high-quality and that’s always a good thing for a salesperson and a customer.
Another thing I like is the uniqueness of the niche. I have reviewed a lot of MLMs but this is the first one that sells vacuum cleaners. It’s nice to review something different.
It’s free to join
The company claims it’s free to become a salesperson and I haven’t seen any proof that shows otherwise. The skeptical part of me is still suspicious but if it’s really free, then that’s a good thing.
The Company’s age
It’s admirable for a company to last over 100 years. No matter how I feel about the company or its practices, they must be doing something right to last over 100 years.
What I Didn’t Like
Listen, I don’t head into any MLM company with optimism. Maybe it’s because of what I do, maybe it’s because it’s how it should be. I don’t know but it’s just how it is for me.
When I head over to an MLM company’s website and I see they are not open with the details of their opportunity, they all but seal their fate in my eyes.
In Kirby’s case, it’s even worse. Not only is the company not open with the details of their opportunity, but the distributors are luring salespeople in by tricking them that they’re coming in for a job.
The Product Price
Some might argue that high prices would mean higher commissions per sale for salespeople and they’re probably right.
My counterargument would be that with this kind of high price, you would be lucky to make a sale at all. Of course, you might make regular sales if you’re a natural salesperson. However, I don’t think there’s any chance on God’s green earth that anyone would persuade me or hard-sell me a vacuum cleaner for $2000.
I know for sure the product is overpriced. I’ve seen numerous comments from customers saying the salespeople drastically brought down the price when they refused to buy and asked them leave. If the vacuum was really worth $2000, why would they bring it down to as low as $800?
There are some complaints about the deceptive tactics to get salespeople but the largest proportion of complaints is about the aggressive sales tactics of Kirby salespeople.
Here are some complaints from the Consumer Affairs website:
Now here’s a paragraph from Wikipedia:
I’m not saying all the salespeople are aggressive but they seem to have a reputation.
Is Kirby a Scam?
Kirby is certainly not a scam, but there are many areas of this company you should be careful of. The secrecy of the company, the deceptive promotions by the distributors and the aggressive selling nature of a lot of their salespeople.
The company is not a scam. However, I do not recommend them at all.
My Final Thoughts
I’ve said a lot about the Kirby business opportunity in this review but one thing I haven’t said is you can actually make money as a Kirby salesperson. It’s possible but it’s going to be difficult, especially if you’re not a natural salesperson.
I cannot recommend you join this opportunity for reasons I already mentioned within the review. There’s too much dishonesty and secrecy all across the board. If you’re hell bent on joining an MLM, look across this site and find a better one. Kirby is a no-no from me!
My real recommendation is that you stay away from MLMs all together. There’s a whole lot of baggage that comes with MLMs and distributors would never tell you about them before you join. Build your own online business and promote whatever the heck you want.
When I say your own business, I literally mean your own business. It’s free to get started, you work at your own pace, you promote whatever you want and you do not recruit anybody. If this sounds appealing to you, check out the program that taught me.
I hope you found something useful in this Kirby Review!
If you have any questions or would like to add or correct something, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.
Kirby Vacuum Job Review
Company Name: Kirby
Advertised Price: Free
Founder: James Kirby
Overall Ranking: 30/100