ByDzyne Review: A $428 smartwatch. Really?
ByDzyne operates in a number of MLM product and service niches.
The company fails to provide a corporate address on their website. ByDzyne’s Terms and Conditions however state that ‘all arbitration must occur in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada‘.
That said, ByDzyne’s executives appear to based out of the US. I’m not sure what the connection to Canada is.
Another point of confusion is ByDzyne opting to hold their “Grand Opening Event” in Bangkok, Thailand.
Listed as co-founders of ByDzyne are Nat and Chanida Puranaputra, Sophia Wong, Henry Marsh and Chad and Nattida Chong.
In 2016 the Chanida Puranaputra was appointed World Global Network’s Master Distributor.
After a series of hype promises regarding its products that World Global Network failed to deliver on, the company began to collapse around mid 2018.
Nat and Chanida Puranaputra bailed in October 2018.
To the best of my knowledge neither World Global Network or the Puranaputras have issued a definitive public statement clarifying the reason for their abrupt departure.
There is no mention of World Global Network in the Puranaputra’s ByDzyne corporate bio.
In late 2017 Chad and Nattida Chong were boasting they were earning $450,000 a month in World Global Network.
Nattida Chong is the daughter of the Puranaputras, and so seem to have followed them into ByDzyne.
Sophia Wong founded YOR Health with her brother back in 2008. I wasn’t able to pinpoint when or why she left the company.
Unlike the other ByDzyne executives, Henry Marsh doesn’t hide his MLM background. He’s openly cited as a co-founder and former Vice-President of Monavie.
Monavie was acquired by Jeunesse for an undisclosed sum in mid 2015.
In late 2017 Marsh re-emerged as an “Ambassador of Goodwill” and Board Director for Wealth Generators.
At the time of his appointment, Marsh is quoted as saying;
The most valuable skill I will bring to this company is to attract and attend to great leaders, which in turn will drive top line revenue.
This helped MonaVie and I believe it will do the same for Wealth Generators.
Read on for a full review of the ByDzyne MLM opportunity.
ByDzyne markets products across the technology, personal care, wellness and travel niches.
ByDzyne’s technology product is the TUW smartwatch.
Discover the stylish tůw Smartwatch from ByDzyne – an innovative, intelligent device specifically-designed to monitor your daily lifestyle, helping you improve your overall wellness.
ByDzyne markets the TUW smartwatch retail at $428.
ByDzyne’s personal care range is branded Xceler8, and comes as a “personalized mixer kit”.
One size does not fit all. With over 6.3 Million unique formulations available, Xceler8 targets your unique skin needs with formulations personalized for you and your environment through the Xceler8 Skin Survey.
The Xceler8 mixer kit retails for $185.72. Ongoing costs are not provided.
A range of CBD products branded Allur heads up ByDzyne’s wellness range.
ALLUR is a high quality, whole‐plant hemp extract containing naturally occurring cannabinoids.
It is made from 100% organic, non‐GMO ingredients.
- Allur CBD Tincture – ‘a full spectrum hemp extract oil formulated for daily oral use’, retails at $171.43 for a 30 ml bottle
- Allur Relief Balm – “a full spectrum hemp extract salve specially formulated for external topical use”, retails at $185.71 for a 1 oz tub
Travel ByDzyne is marketed as a “travel rewards program”.
How would you like to travel at deeply-discounted prices? With Travel ByDzyne you can.
When you purchase any of the ByDzyne product packs as a Preferred Customer or Distributor, we’ll reward you with a travel savings gift equal to the dollar amount spent on your product pack.
Travel ByDzyne doesn’t appear to be so much as a product as a marketing incentive for the rest of ByDzyne’s product range.
The more products you buy, the more travel rewards you earn. For every dollar you spend on a product kit receive an equal amount as a travel savings gift.
ByDzyne do mention a “booking portal” but don’t specify who travel is actually booked through.
The ByDzyne Compensation Plan
ByDzyne rewards affiliates for selling its products and services to retail customers.
A retail customer is a ByDzyne customer who purchases products and isn’t an affiliate.
Preferred customers are retail customers who pay a $19.95 annual fee ($9.95 for non-US customer), in exchange for wholesale pricing on ByDzyne’s products.
Residual commissions are paid through a binary team. A Matching Bonus and several other commissions are paid via a unilevel team.
Note that for commission calculation, unilevel and binary teams are built and tracked simultaneously.
ByDzyne Affiliate Ranks
There are sixteen affiliate ranks within ByDzyne’s compensation plan.
Along with their respective qualification criteria, they are as follows:
- Affiliate – sign up as a ByDzyne affiliate
- Builder – recruit at least two affiliates who each sign up and purchase at least 150 BV worth of product
- Pro-Builder – recruit at least six affiliates who sign up and purchase at least 150 BV worth of product
- Elite-Builder – recruit and maintain at least six Pro-Builders, placed three each on either side of your binary team
- Supervisor – generate 1250 GV a month in weaker binary team side volume
- Manager – generate 2500 GV a month in weaker binary team side volume
- Director – generate 5000 GV a month in weaker binary team side volume
- Diamond – generate 10,000 GV a month in weaker binary team side volume
- 2-Star Diamond – generate 20,000 GV a month in weaker binary team side volume
- 3-Star Diamond – generate 35,000 GV a month in weaker binary team side volume
- President – generate 50,000 GV a month in weaker binary team side volume and maintain at least two personally recruited Diamond or higher ranked affiliates
- 2-Star President – generate 100,000 GV a month in weaker binary team side volume and maintain at least two Diamond or higher ranked affiliates (each in separate unilevel team legs)
- 3-Star President – generate 250,000 GV a month in weaker binary team side volume and maintain at least two Diamond or higher ranked affiliates (each in separate unilevel team legs)
- Crown – generate 500,000 GV a month in weaker binary team side volume and maintain at least four Diamond or higher ranked affiliates (each in separate unilevel team legs)
- 2-Star Crown – generate 1,000,000 GV a month in weaker binary team side volume and maintain at least four Diamond or higher ranked affiliates (each in separate unilevel team legs)
- 3-Star Crown – generate 2,500,000
- GV a month in weaker binary team side volume and maintain at least four Diamond or higher ranked affiliates (each in separate unilevel team legs)
BV stands for “Business Volume” and within the context of ByDzyne affiliate ranks, is sales volume purchased by recruited affiliates.
GV stands for “Group Volume” and is sales volume generated by a ByDzyne affiliate and their downline.
MLM Commission Qualification
In order to qualify for MLM commissions, each ByDzyne affiliate must generate 60 PV a month.
From the President rank, this increases to 120 PV a month.
Note that it is possible to qualify for 12 months or more if a retail customer or recruited affiliate places a 720 PV or higher order.
Customer orders of 720 PV will be divided by 12 months (60 PV per month).
PV stands for “Personal Volume” and is sales volume generated by sales to retail customers, a ByDzyne affiliate’s own orders and orders placed by their personally recruited affiliates.
ByDzyne affiliates earn commissions when they sell products to retail customers.
Retail commissions are calculated as the difference between the retail and wholesale price of products ordered.
ByDzyne affiliates earn a 20% recruitment commission on the first order placed by personally recruited affiliates.
Pro Builder and higher ranked ByDzyne affiliates earn a 25% recruitment commission rate.
Note that when a ByDzyne affiliate qualifies as a Pro Builder, they also receive the 25% rate applied retrospectively to the previous pay cycle (2 weeks).
Strong Leg Commission
New ByDzyne affiliates qualify for a 5% Strong Leg Commission.
The Strong Leg Commission is paid out on PV generated by first and second level recruited unilevel team affiliates, who are also placed in the stronger binary team side.
ByDzyne affiliates earn Strong Leg Commissions for their first six pay cycles.
Each pay cycle runs for two weeks.
ByDzyne pays residual commissions via a binary compensation structure.
A binary compensation structure places an affiliate at the top of a binary team, split into two sides (left and right):
The first level of the binary team houses two positions. The second level of the binary team is generated by splitting these first two positions into another two positions each (4 positions).
Subsequent levels of the binary team are generated as required, with each new level housing twice as many positions as the previous level.
Positions in the binary team are filled via direct and indirect recruitment of affiliates. Note there is no limit to how deep a binary team can grow.
At the end of each two-week pay cycle, ByDzyne tallies up new sales volume on both sides of the binary team.
Affiliates are paid 10% to 20% of volume generated on their weaker binary side, based on the following qualification criteria:
- recruit a Basic Kit affiliate or sell 150 BV worth of products = 10% residual commission rate
- recruit an Advanced Kit affiliate or sell an accumulated 600 BV worth of product = 15% residual commission rate
- recruit a Premium, Promo or Founders Kit affiliate or sell an accumulated 1250 BV worth of product = 20% residual commission rate
Once qualified for, the above residual commission rates are locked in.
After weaker binary team volume has been paid out, it is matched on the stronger side and flushed.
Leftover stronger side volume is then carried over into the next two-week pay cycle.
Note that leftover volume is capped at ten times the weaker binary side BV required at an affiliate’s applicable rank.
ByDzyne pays a Matching Bonus on residual commissions earned by downline affiliates.
The Matching Bonus is tracked and paid out via a unilevel compensation structure.
A unilevel compensation structure places an affiliate at the top of a unilevel team, with every personally recruited affiliate placed directly under them (level 1):
If any level 1 affiliates recruit new affiliates, they are placed on level 2 of the original affiliate’s unilevel team.
If any level 2 affiliates recruit new affiliates, they are placed on level 3 and so on and so forth down a theoretical infinite number of levels.
- Builders to Elite Builders earn a 10% Matching Bonus on level 1 (personally recruited affiliates), capped at $500 per two-week pay cycle
- Supervisors to Directors earn a 10% Matching Bonus on level 1 and 5% on level 2, capped at $3000 per two-week pay cycle
- Diamonds to 3-Star Diamonds earn a 10% Matching Bonus on level 1, 5% on levels 2 and 3 and 3% on level 4
- Presidents to 3-Star Presidents earn a 10% Matching Bonus on levels 1 and 2, 5% on level 3, 3% on levels 4 and 5 and 1% on level 6
- Crown to 3-Star Crowns – earn a 10% Matching Bonus on level 1, 5% on level 3, 3% on levels 4 and 5 and 1% from levels 6 to 8
3-Star Crowns earn a 1% Matching Bonus from level 6 of each unilevel team leg, up until another 3-Star Crown affiliate is found in that leg.
If no such affiliate exists in a leg, the 1% Matching Bonus is paid down the full depth of that leg.
Global Pool Vault
ByDzyne takes 3% of company-wide sales volume and places it into the Global Pool Vault.
There are three smaller Global Pool Vault Pools, corresponding with the Diamond, Presidential and Crown affiliate ranks.
- Diamonds receive 1 share in the Diamond Zone pool
- 2 Star Diamonds receive 2 shares in the Diamond Zone pool
- 3 Star Diamonds receive 3 shares in the Diamond Zone pool
- Presidents receive 1 share in the Presidential Zone pool
- 2 Star Presidents receive 2 shares in the Presidential Zone pool
- 3 Star Presidents receive 3 shares in the Presidential Zone pool
- Crowns receive 1 share in the Crown Zone pool
- 2 Star Crowns receive 2 shares in the Crown Zone pool
- 3 Star Crowns receive 3 shares in the Crown Zone pool
Rank qualified ByDzyne affiliates must maintain rank qualification for twenty-six consecutive pay cycles, after which the Global Pool Vault is paid out.
Upon being paid out, Global Pool Vault qualification begins for another consecutive twenty-six pay cycles.
Luxury Home & Supercar Bonus
President to 3 Star Crown ranked affiliates qualify for the Luxury Home & Supercar Bonus.
The bonus is tracked via points, which are awarded to President and higher ranked affiliates each pay cycle.
Every time you qualify in the Presidential Zone (PZ) or the Crown Zone (CZ) at the end of the Pay Cycle, you earn 1 point* for that Zone.
Once you accumulate 5 Presidential Zone points, you may claim $50,000 towards a Luxury Car or Home.
Once you accumulate 5 Crown Zone points, you may claim $250,000 towards a Supercar or Luxury Home.
One of each the Presidential Zone and Crown Zone Luxury Home & Supercar Bonus can be claimed.
Earned but unused Luxury Home & Supercar Bonus points are valid for 18 months and then expire.
Travel Voucher Bonus
When a ByDzyne affiliate signs up with a kit, they receive corresponding travel booking vouchers.
- Basic Kit affiliates receive a $300 voucher
- Advance Kit affiliates receive $1000 and $200 vouchers
- Promo Kit affiliates receive $1000 and three $200 vouchers
- Premium Kit affiliates receive two $1000 vouchers and one $500 voucher
- Founders Kit affiliates receive three $1000 and four $500 vouchers
An affiliate can use one voucher and use the rest as marketing tools.
When a voucher is used to book travel through ByDzyne, the affiliate who used/gave the voucher away receives a 10% Travel Voucher Bonus.
Basic ByDzyne affiliate membership is $39.95 a year for US affiliates and $19.95 a year for international affiliates.
New ByDzyne affiliates can also sign up with an optional affiliate membership kit:
- Basic Kit – $300
- Advance Kit – $1200
- Promo Kit – $1600
- Premium Kit – $2500
- Founders Kit – $5000
In addition to bundled products, financial incentives are a key component of convincing new affiliates to spend money on kits.
I can’t say I’m a fan of alternative spellings, even for company names. Either use real words or come up with another name.
And evidently I’m not the only one, with ByDzyne’s own web designers having a hard time too;
Branding issues aside, ByDzyne’s apple hasn’t fallen far from the World Global Network tree.
2018 was a pretty bad year for World Global Network. So much so that following the exodus of top affiliates, the company rebranded as Vyvo.
One could look at World Global Network’s continued failure to live up to product functionality hype, but a glance at the business model provides a far stronger reason.
Nat and Chanida Puranaputra made their millions in World Global Network selling overpriced health bands to affiliates.
These were marketed and sold in bundle packs.
Due to the ridiculous price being charged, retail is believed to have been virtually non-existent.
The problem with World Global Network is that comparable bands were available for far cheaper from sources like Alibaba.
When I saw ByDzyne was selling a health and fitness orientated smartwatch, my first inclination was to hit up Alibaba again.
I ran a few searches that returned quite a few similar looking watches, but a search of TUW’s chip (nrf52832) narrowed things down.
Two comparable models of note, the LEMFO LT03 and Rundoing Q8.
Admittedly they aren’t 1:1 clones of the TUW watch, but they’re pretty damn close.
Note the price of the watches, the LEMFO tops out at $29.13 and the Rundoing Q8 is just $24.68.
ByDzyne are asking $428 for the TUW smartwatch.
To illustrate just how retail unfriendly that is, Apple’s latest Series 4 watch tops out at $429.
That’s a basic Walmart search and you could probably find it cheaper with a bit of hunting around.
Samsung’s Galaxy watch is currently $279 to $299 on sale from Best Buy.
If you think ByDzyne has the brand recognition of Apple or Sony, you’re nuts.
Yet here they come, asking $428 for an obviously “sourced in China” smartwatch.
Even if ByDzyne spent some money on custom app development, that still doesn’t explain or justify the ridiculous cost.
As for their Xceler8 makeup kit, it’s made by Prodigy Skincare. They have a separate website set up to market Xceler8 but it’s sparsely populated.
No information about the company is provided. I found an abandoned Facebook profile dating back to 2012 but I’m not 100% sure it’s the same company.
In any event, is mixing your own makeup really that attractive? Wouldn’t it be far simpler to just premix whatever people need and ship it out?
Instead your sending everyone kits, with a formula they’re supposed to mix up. Time consuming and you’re going to inevitable wind up with wasted unmixed product (which you’re paying for).
Without speaking to the quality of the makeup, this just seems like a really inefficient way to sell cosmetics.
That and there’s no indication as to how long one of these kits is supposed to last, or what it costs to replenish. Someone please tell me ByDzyne aren’t expecting people to shell out $175 a month for a new kit.
As for ByDzyne’s CBD products, Amazon’s 1000 mg listings for 30 ml bottles starts at $85. ByDzyne are asking $171.43.
So yeah, ByDzyne’s entire product range seems priced to guarantee retail failure. Which leaves only affiliates stumping up.
They can’t claim value, leaving the attached MLM income opportunity as the sole purchase motivator.
From there’s it’s the same old “sign up, pay a kit fee and recruit others who do the same” World Global Network model.
The crux that differentiates ByDzyne’s business model however is this:
Remain Active by selling 60 BV worth of products to RC or PC every 30 days and you can continue earning commissions from products sold by you and your team.
The one thing ByDzyne has going for it is mandatory monthly retail volume quotas.
The only problem is that, as detailed above, ByDzyne has zero retail viability.
Where does that leave affiliates? I have no idea.
What I’d advise prospective ByDzyne affiliates to ask for though is at least three months of retail receipts showing 60 PV or more a month in retail orders.
If your potential ByDzyne can’t provide you with this, then run.
Oh and don’t accept any “I signed up my sister / brother / daughter / wife / husband / cat / dog / horse to order through” either.
They have to genuine retail sales, otherwise it’s as good as not having them altogether.
Taking a step back and looking at the meta of ByDzyne’s launch, the initial focus seems to be a big push into Thailand.
Notably, Thailand is the market Nat and Chanida Puranaputra made their World Global Network millions in.
Reading between the lines, the aim seems to be to capture as much of their World Global Network downline as possible.
I can’t think of any other logical explanation for ByDzyne to be holding a launch event in Thailand, when their executives are all US based.
And Thailand of all places? Sure if you’re from Europe and scamming people through cryptocurrency – but ByDzyne is neither.
For his part Vyvo owner Fabio Galdi doesn’t appear fussed over ByDzyne’s targeting of Thailand.
Although that could be because World Global Network in Thailand had completely collapsed by the time the Puranaputras abandoned ship.
Still, it’s rare for an MLM company to let former Master Distributors start up their own competing company and go after their affiliates.
The only explanation that came to mind is the Puranaputras having something on Galdi. Which would also explain their awkward public amicability.
It’s regrettable that recruitment to their next venture, the preparation of which has been in progress for many months now, is based upon misrepresentations, distortions and outright lies rather than focusing on the merits of solid business concepts that might support a new opportunity.
I’ve never agreed with the practice of intentionally tearing someone else down in order to make an unsuccessful attempt to boost oneself to a higher level.
One of the most outrageous claims, in support of cross-recruiting efforts, which has been falsely peddled is that WGN is insolvent.
This is a most interesting claim coming from four people who received over $17 million in commission payments and other bonuses and assets, from WGN in a mere 2-year period.
Given the extremely generous pay plan of my company plus some extraordinarily beneficial side agreements that provided a financial windfall for these individuals, it has been difficult to understand that these levels of greed would damage one of the most lucrative partnerships in network marketing.
I have been very grateful to Nat and Chanida and their family for their amazing contributions to our success.
These side agreements, over and above what was provided by the pay plan, contained performance requirements that would justify the payment of these extra and enormous sums of money.
Even with their failure to meet these performance requirements, I continued to perform at the highest levels of generosity because this is my style and the way in which I believe you treat great business partners.
It is true, as I have acknowledged, that in our normal business cycles, we have recently experienced some temporary cash flow challenges.
These challenges, however, have not even remotely come close to any form of insolvency, bankruptcy, or any other similar financial catastrophe.
Galdi issued the above statement, purportedly after the Purnaputras and Chongs ran around telling people World Global Network was insolvent.
Whether they did or not I can’t say but let’s be honest, Master Distributors who made millions in a company don’t abruptly abandon it unless something went horribly wrong.
With retail viability non-existent it’s highly probable that ByDzyne will be full of affiliate customers.
As stated, monthly retail volume requirements are mandatory for commission qualification – practically guaranteeing the majority of affiliates won’t get paid.
At least not after their first few months of convincing family and friends to cough up.
Long-term I can see ByDzyne changing the retail requirement to allow affiliates to self-fund qualification, or widespread gaming of the system.
Neither of which is what you want to see in a legitimate MLM opportunity.
One last thing I want to touch on is this clause regarding ByDzyne’s Luxury Home & Supercar Bonus;
Earners of this bonus are required to publicly market (example: social media) their new home or new car at least once a month for 12 consecutive months after receiving the bonus.
Breach of this agreement will result in being inactivated in the Financial & Lifestyle Rewards Program.
For the most part anyone who qualifies for a home or supercar (nobody is buying either for $50,000 though), is probably going to use it in their marketing.
Forcing qualifying affiliates to do so just seems tacky.
Do your own research on World Global Network and approach ByDzyne with an abundance of caution.