This is the first company I’ve ever reviewed. I wrote this review for a couple reasons:
- From my first impression, it looks like it could be a great company to help people make extra money while also contributing to many great causes
- Full transparency: my mother-in-law started working as an affiliate for this company, so I was already going to do the research to make sure it was legit
Since my mother-in-law is working with them, I am using her affiliate link when I link to the company to help her out, but I am still going to be brutality honest in my review to make sure people know everything they need to know about this company before joining.
Believe me, if I thought this was a scam or a bad deal, I wouldn’t be linking to them at all.
And I’ll be the first to admit I don’t like MLMs or network marketing. Before the MLM nazis come out of the digital woodwork, I understand these businesses are usually legit… technically. But I’ll explain below why I don’t like them. I’ll also explain how DVTD is different.
If you are interested in partnering with this company or you know someone else who is, this guide will tell you everything you need to know to help you make your decision.
So let’s get started…
What is DVTD?
With today’s popularity of dropping vowels in business names, DVTD is derived from the word “devoted,” and pronounced “devoted” as well.
DVTD is an umbrella company over several other companies.
These are the companies and their causes:1
- Bless This Little Nest – Baby product company, like towels and blankets. Every product purchased helps support Living Hope Solutions whose mission is to present the living hope of Jesus Christ by providing pregnancy & prenatal care, alternatives to abortion, and housing and education to single-mother families.
- Calyan Wax Company – A candle company. 5% of all Calyan revenue is donated to the nonprofit, Traffick911. With your help, Calyan is supporting their work and empowering young survivors of human trafficking to dream again.
- Caus – Stainless steel drinkware. They donate 25% of all profit to multiple charities to promote positive change throughout the world.
- Double Edged Notes – A journal company. For every journal you purchase, Double Edged Notes will print and distribute a Bible to someone in a country closed to the gospel.
- Elegantees – A clothing company. They provide hope to overcomers of sex trafficking with positive source of income that reinforces independence, a healthy self-image, and confidence.
- Gobena Coffee – A coffee company, if you didn’t guess. They are a proud partner with Lifesong for Orphans, a leading no-profit organization with the mission of bringing joy and purpose to orphaned and vulnerable children around the world. 100% of Gobena’s profits go to Lifesong for Orphans.
- Hand in Hand – A soap company. They are strategic in their donations of soap, working in schools and orphanages to provide consistent and long lasting partnerships. Since 2011, over 8 million bars of soap have been donated to children in need through two non-profit partners, My Neighbor’s Children and Eco-Soap Bank.
- Hippie Feet – A sock company. As of January 2020, Hippy Feet has been able to provide jobs to more than 100 young people affected by homelessness.
- Jenessa Wait – A home decor and apparel company. 1.5% of their annual profit will be given to missionaries around the globe to help take the gospel to the ends of the earth. (I admit that percentage is a little weak)
- Joy Paper Company – A note card company. 10% of proceeds are donated to support mental health research as well as awareness.
- JOYN – A purse/bag company. They create opportunities for marginalized people in the foothills of the Himalayas by selling unique, hand-crafted artisanal bags sourced and created entirely within the local community.
- Premier Designs – A jewelry company. Since 1985 Premier Designs has been placing people before profits, enriching lives and supporting ministries in America as well as across the globe.
- Soapbox – A soap company. Each of your Soapbox products donates a bar of soap to someone in need and often these bar donations are also paired with proper hygiene education. Sustainability is key and they practice it by working with local soap makers when available for the bars that are donated.
- Sudara – A clothing company. Every Sudara purchase supports living-wage employment and skills training for women in India who are at high risk or survivors of sex trafficking.
They plan to continue adding brands, so I’m sure you’ll see more soon. In fact, if you have a company that donates to a cause and you think it would make a good fit for DVTD, you can apply to become a vendor.
DVTD’s slogan is, “marketplace with a mission,” because it’s not just about the products. The idea behind the company is that with all of the sales, different charities and organizations benefit and you’re helping people in one way or another depending on which company you buy from.
Here’s a quick intro video to DVTD:
Is DVTD a Scam, MLM, Pyramid Scheme, or Something Else?
Is DVTD an MLM? Is it a pyramid scheme? Is it direct sales? Is it network marketing?
People tend to be scared of some, if not all, of those words.
Well, let’s see what those things are and decide. Since these aren’t really words in the dictionary, Investopedia can help with this.
Multilevel Marketing (MLM) is defined by Investopedia as, “a strategy some direct sales companies use to encourage existing distributors to recruit new distributors who are paid a percentage of their recruits’ sales. The recruits are the distributor’s “downline.” Distributors also make money through direct sales of products to customers.”2
Network marketing is defined by Investopedia as, “a business model that depends on person-to-person sales by independent representatives, often working from home. A network marketing business may require you to build a network of business partners or salespeople to assist with lead generation and closing sales.”3
So what is direct selling? Inc.com says it’s, “primarily done one-on-one, at product demonstrations, or home shopping parties—the most widely recognized sales method where friends and family gather for a few hours to learn about and sample the product.”4
Finally, a pyramid scheme—this one is actually illegal—is defined by Investopedia as, “an illegal investment scam based on a hierarchical setup of network marketing. The most famous kind of pyramid scheme is, perhaps, the Ponzi scheme.”5
So if a pyramid scheme is based on network marketing, what actually separates the two?
Investopedia goes on to say, “New recruits make up the base of the pyramid and provide the funding, or so-called returns, in the form of new money outlays to the earlier investors/recruits structured above them in the scheme. A pyramid scheme does not usually involve the selling of products. Rather, it relies on the constant inflow of money from additional investors that works its way to the top of the pyramid. This means that multilevel marketing schemes are not classified as pyramid schemes and are not necessarily fraudulent.”
Basically, the first sign of a pyramid scheme is either no actual product or an extremely flimsy product.
So What Type of Business is DVTD?
I gave you a lot of information above. Now what in the world is DVTD, based on all that info? Well, they’re not a pyramid scheme. There is some direct selling involved, but only if you want to. Likewise, if you treat it like a network marketing company, it can be ran that way, but again, it doesn’t have to be.
Finally, is it an MLM? Not really, but kinda. An MLM is typically based on a model where you recruit new sellers and you build a “downline,” like mentioned above. In an MLM, if you get enough successful people under you, they build your empire for you. DVTD doesn’t really work like that, because there isn’t much of a downline.
With DVTD, if you choose to become an affiliate, you earn a commission off people you directly recruit, and it goes one more level to earn commission off the people that person recruits. That’s it. There’s not a huge downline.
I’ve expressed my dislike for MLMs before, elsewhere on the internet, and the main reason I don’t like them is twofold:
- When you are part of a typical MLM, you tend to be known as “that guy or gal” who sells “that product”
- With MLMs, it only takes one person making one wrong move at the top to make the entire thing illegal, and this isn’t overly rare
Plain and simple, DVTD is an affiliate marketing company. When you become an affiliate, you make money the same way the majority of bloggers are making money: by being an affiliate.
Don’t get me wrong, some of the companies under the umbrella of DVTD, such as Premier Designs, are or were MLMs, but as long as you’re just working with DVTD, you’re an affiliate. DVTD is not really an MLM. I guess you could make the argument that they are since you have two levels under you, but then you would have to classify several other affiliate companies as MLMs, so really, since it’s an affiliate marketing company, it’s at minimum not a traditional MLM.
DVTD: An Affiliate Marketplace
So the verdict is: DVTD is an affiliate marketplace.
That means when someone signs up under you, you get a percentage of their sales. If someone signs up as an affiliate under them, you get a small percentage of their sales as well. But it ends at the second level.
Being an affiliate, or getting cut of product sales, is nothing new. Again, it’s the main way a lot of bloggers make their money. I primarily use Amazon Affiliates, so if I suggest a book or product and you click the link and buy it, I get a small cut… and with Amazon, I do mean small. DVTD is a little more generous, as you’ll see below.
How You Make Money With DVTD
How you make money with DVTD depends on how you sign up.
Earning as a Customer
The most basic way to join is to become a customer. You’ll get a referral link and when people buy through your link, you get rewards — a basic affiliate partnership.
You don’t really earn money as a customer, but you do get rewards that translate to credit for purchases on DVTD. So you kind of do earn money, but in the form of credits. Think about it like a rewards card that gives you points to spend with specific merchants.
If you like the companies in DVTD’s marketplace, and you want to support their causes, this is a good option.
To give you an example, my wife is a customer, so she has a link and gets rewards, but my mother-in-law is an affiliate so she earns commissions.
Earning as an Affiliate
So if you want to take it a step further and potentially turn this into a full-time job, you can become an affiliate and start earning commissions on the sales of those up to two people below you.
This is where it turns into a type of MLM, but not quite like the other sketchy MLMs you may have heard of.
Here’s an intro video to becoming an affiliate:
The commission is pretty high. You earn a minimum of 25% commission from the customers you sign up. When you sign an affiliate up, you’ll earn 5-7.5% commission on them and the people they sign up.
As an affiliate, you’ll also earn free products, trips, and other prizes and bonuses.
While it’s free to become a customer, there is a fee to becoming an affiliate. You pay $95/year, but this does also get you a professional website, like the one you can see if you click my mother-in-law’s link.
Additionally, you get 25% off when you purchase products as an affiliate. This is like getting 25% of your own sales basically, which makes sense since you get 25% commission from your customers’ purchases.
Verdict: Is DVTD Right for You?
Personally, I think it’s a good company. I love that you’re contributing to so many causes by being apart of the company.
Like I said, my mother-in-law is an affiliate, and I fully support her with this venture. My wife is a customer so she gets rewards, and she happens to love several of the products and causes, so it works out.
I think DVTD is great for a stay-at-home spouse or anyone looking for a part or full-time job with a purpose.
It really does give you a purpose, because you’re selling products that contribute to all kinds of great causes.
If you don’t like the selling part of it, you could always become a customer, and then you can still share your link to earn some rewards. If you want to be an affiliate, but don’t want to get into the selling part, you could always get into online marketing.
Part of the reason my mother-in-law does this is to get out and connect with others, and meet new people, so she likes that aspect. She has small gatherings to explain what DVTD is and to get others involved, but you don’t have to do that unless you want to.
With online marketing being so popular now, you could do this as a blogger. If you don’t already have a blog, we have a guide to help kids start a blog, but the information applies to everyone. As a blogger, affiliate income is a great way to begin generating passive income. DVTD makes doing that much easier and you’re supporting great causes at the same time.
At the end of the day, I’m not promoting or not promoting DVTD, as I am not an affiliate. It’s your decision, but if you’re interested, I would suggest learning a little more about the company and trying it out. If you decide to become an affiliate, and don’t like it, you’ll only be out the first $95/year and if you get any affiliates or customers while you’re doing, you’ll likely earn that back anyway.
But if you do end up liking it, you’ll be part of a company that contributes to causes all over the world, so you can feel good about being part of this company.
If you’re interested in learning more, head over to DVTD’s website and let me know the results in the comments!
Further Book Reading
- Zig Ziglar’s Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar
- The Next Millionaires by Paul Zane Pilzer
- The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy
Further Bible Reading
- Descriptions and donation information taken from DVTD.
- E, Tarver. (2020, September 13). Multilevel Marketing. Investopedia.
- W, Kenton. (2020, July 19). Network Marketing. Investopedia.
- C, Brown. (2010, July 19). 8 Things You Should Know Before Becoming a Direct Seller. Inc.
- W, Kenton. (2019, September 17). Pyramid Scheme. Investopedia.