Vector Marketing is a company that hires independent representatives to sell their product—CUTCO kitchenware and knives. These representatives demonstrate the product to the consumer during scheduled appointments. There are several conflicting opinions on whether Vector is a scam or not.
According to the Vector website, the company is “not a ‘get rich quick’ company,” and representative success comes from their strong work ethic and ability to sell.
Why the Controversy?
Although Vector Marketing is a legitimate business, many claim they have several characteristics of a pyramid scheme. Many have also slammed some of the company's marketing practices and employment/recruiting side of the business.
Despite the negative claims against Vector Marketing, the company operates legally and does sell quality products to consumers.
No Experience Needed
Vector mainly hires high school and college students because the company doesn’t require years of experience. Instead, the company provides all the necessary training. On Glassdoor, a website where you can find career opportunities and rate your current or previous employers, many people have commented on their experiences with Vector. These reviewers include people who tried working for the company at one point or currently work for them.
In one of the Glassdoor reviews of Vector, a current employee addressed why Vector mainly hires high school and college students, stating the company’s product is so easy to sell that even a college student could do it. Yet, several former employees have submitted reviews complaining about how difficult it was to sell the product, mainly because knife and kitchenware sets are so common.
CUTCO Products Not Exclusive to Vector Marketing
Some have claimed that Vector Marketing is a scam because CUTCO products are not sold exclusively by Vector.
These items can be bought directly from the CUTCO website or even on Amazon. So, one can argue that there's no need for sales representatives.
No Base Salary
One person who went for an interview with Vector published a short article about their experience on SlideShare. The article, titled “7 Secrets Vector Marketing Scam Didn’t Tell You,” explains their 90-minute interview with Vector. The author reveals the company doesn’t advertise how people make money as a representative.
Vector does offer a base pay for representatives, but this pay is dependent on how many customers appointments you book. According to this anonymous author, an appointment takes place when someone agrees to watch the product demonstration. Yet, representatives could work all day trying to get an appointment but only successfully book one. Even after a full day of work, a representative would only receive payment for one appointment—which is more similar to commission than a base salary.
Once you've booked an appointment, Vector states that you're highly likely to make a sale, which is why you make money for an appointment alone (even before you've sold any products).
Buy Before You're Hired
According to the anonymous interviewee, Vector requires potential representatives to purchase a training kit before being accepted into their company. Other reviews on Glassdoor back up this claim. In addition to having to pay before you can start working, many former employees also complained about having to attend mandatory training and meetings without pay.