Quixtar's 6-4-2 plan versus a two-legged plan
(Depth versus Width)

This page takes a look at the concept of depth versus width with two different Quixtar business models.. Two different models or structures are being taught in the various lines of sponsorship. Some groups are emphasizing depth, like the two-legged model to the left. While others still show the classic Amway/Quixtar 6-4-2 model, shown here above. There is a saying in the business that "width is profit" and "depth is stability". The process of making long, deep lines is called stacking. Quixtar discourages stacking, especially when people are sponsored by people they do not know just so a long line can be made. I have seen no official rule saying that stacking or sponsoring other you do not know it is not allowed. There are some important ramifications with each structure. This analysis will ignore for now that the two-legged model has 75 IBOs and the 6-4-2 model has 79 IBOs. For all examples, 100PV per IBO will be assumed. All figures are monthly.

Quixtar awards lapel "pins" for attainment of various PV levels. Shown below is the number of "pins" in each structure.

Two-Legged 1-50,1-25 Model
1 - 7500 PV IBO
10 - 4000 PV IBOs
16 - 2500 PV IBOs
20- 1500 PV IBOs
10 - 1000 PV IBOs
8 - 600 PV IBOs
6 - 300 PV IBOs
4 - 100 PV IBOs

6-4-2 Model
1 - 7500 PV IBO
6 - 1000 PV IBOs
24 - 300 PV IBOs
48 - 100 PV IBOs

The first thing that shows up in the two-legged model is the "pin inflation" associated with the stacked model. The stacked model has many more "pin" winners than the non-stacked model (see above). The stacked model appears to be more successful since there are more "higher" pin winners. However what is gained in the number of "higher" pins is offset by lower profitability for those at the pin level. The two-legged stacked model has 10 IBOs with 1000 PV pins, who average just $44 in bonuses. Two of these earn $98 and the other 8 earn just $30. Because of the four-leg width in the 6-4-2 model, the earnings of the 1000 PV pins are almost three times ($210)  the average of the two-legged model. The platinum in the 6-4-2 model makes twice that of the platinum in the two-legged model.

Pin Level

1-50, 1-25
Monthly Income
Bracketed IBO

$1286 - 1 IBO
$345 - 1 IBO
$225 - 1 IBO
$143- 2 IBOs
$98 - 2 IBOs
$60 - 2 IBOs
$30 - 2 IBOs

1-50, 1-25
Monthly Income
Non Bracketed

$53 - 9 IBOs
$45 - 14 IBOs
$38 - 18 IBOs
$30 - 8 IBOs
$23 - 6 IBOs
$15 - 4 IBOs
$8 - 4 IBOs

Monthly Income
$2598 - 1 IBO

$210 - 6 IBOs

$30 - 24 IBOs
$8 - 48 IBOs


Average earnings: $63

Average earnings: $63

In the end the two-legged model does not increase average IBO profitability. Each IBO still earns on average $63/month. The money however is communally distributed in the two-legged model.

It would appear there are two psychological benefits to the two-legged model. The first is the bragging rights one gets from being able to claim so many people downline. In the stacked structure the average IBO can claim a downline of almost 21 IBOs. This only because each downline IBO is counted again and again be each IBO upline. In the 6-4-2 structure the average IBO can only claim a downline of 2.5 IBOs.

The second benefit is the magical increase in income when a new IBO starts buying products. IBOs doing nothing, besides shopping on Quixtar will have more people stacked underneath them by their upline. IBOs in the stacked structure also get the periodic random boost in income as they cross bonus brackets. The 100PV self- consuming IBO could in theory see this income progress from: $8 to $30 then down to $15 and then up to $60, $23, $98, $30, $143, $38, $225, $45, $345, $53. IBOs not knowing how the bonus plan work will be drawn in by the random psychological reinforcement created when they jump brackets (noted above in bold type). However as new IBOs are added below him his income falls back to just his bonus percentage on his own purchases.

Assuming one new IBO is added downline each month, the IBO will see 6 months with abrupt jumps in income, and 6 months with an abrupt fall in income from the previous month. There will be 28 times when his income does not change from month to month. When the IBO brackets his income, the income jumps almost 4 times, only to see his income drop 2/3rds in the next month, as another IBO displaces him from the bracketed position.

See the implications of stacking at the 7500 PV level.

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