Watkins 1868 Overview

Founded
1868
Est. Consultants
50,000
Commission
15% - 35%
Downline Commission
3% - 12%
Startup Cost
$29 - $150
Products Sold
Food Mixes, Extracts, Seasoning Mixes, Spices, Body Care
Category
Food & Cooking
Home Office
150 Liberty Street Winona, MN 55987 US

Watkins is a direct sales business that focuses on top-quality, natural-based products. It has a rich history and was founded in 1868. In addition to the original pain relief liniment, Watkins offers over 100 products. Consultants help their friends provide healthy and environmentally friendly products to their families.


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  • Company Overview

    A Walk Through History

    Scrolling through the Watkins website is like taking a walk through time. The Minnesota based company was established in 1868 by Joseph Ray Watkins. He created a pain-relieving liniment for hard working women with tired, aching muscles. This liniment is now 96.5% natural, and is still sold today. Today, Watkins has over 100 products, and they have been manufactured in the same Minnesota factory for over one hundred years. Watkins is committed to continue making hard-working products from high-quality natural ingredients.

    America’s First Guarantee

    In 1869, Watkins was the first American company to offer a money-back guarantee on their products. They introduced the “Trial-Mark Bottle.” Watkins gave customers a risk-free way to try the products by adding a molded “trial mark” to each bottle. Customers who used the products and stayed above the mark could get a full refund. Currently, if customers are not satisfied for whatever reason, Watkins offers a 60-day guarantee for a refund or replacement.

    The Watkins Man

    From the beginning, Watkins relied on door-to-door sales throughout Minnesota via its trusted team of Watkins Consultants. “The Watkins Man” was a household name. Now, Watkins Consultants are home-based business owners in North America who share a passion for natural and environmentally friendly Watkins’ products. They share the products via website sales, wholesale sales, catalog sales, party sales, and booth sales.

    Lights, Camera, Action

    A 2002 Emmy award-winning television movie, “Door to Door” portrayed the inspiring story of Bill Porter. Bill Porter was a Watkins Man, walking door-to-door for over 50 years in his Portland, Oregon sales territory despite crippling cerebral palsy.

    Over 100 Products

    The original pain-relieving liniment was just the beginning for Watkins to provide top-quality, natural-based products. Today, Watkins offers over 100 products including: distinctive gourmet food products free of fillers and additives, natural-based apothecary products, environmentally friendly home care products, and personal care products.

  • Starter Kit

    There is not a traditional direct sales Starter Kit for Watkins’ consultants but consultants can get started for a $29.95 plus tax membership fee. Consultants can choose to build a home-based business, sign up as a nonprofit organization for fundraising, or take advantage of the discount themselves. The membership fee is required yearly and benefits include wholesale discounts on everything they purchase, a Watkins e-Consultant website to facilitate online sales, and an official consultant training and support website.

    After enrolling as a consultant and paying the membership fee, consultants have everything needed to refer orders from their website and receive commission. Consultants can start building a business while taking pride in the company’s rich history and products made with high-quality natural ingredients. All they will need is a computer, tablet, and/or smart phone and they will be ready to go!

  • Compensation Plan

    Watkins’ consultants earn income on personal purchases and on retail sales. Consultants can sell the products to customers, use them in their own home, or give them as gifts all at a discount. Free shipping is available for orders over $100. The retail discount is 15% off monthly sales over $150, 20% off monthly sales over $500, 25% off monthly sales over $1,000, 30% off monthly sales over $5,000, or 35% off monthly sales over $10,000.

    This plan allows consultants to build a team of sales professionals for additional income. Team-building is available to consultants in the form of achievement level bonuses. These bonuses are based on the overall team points, not just on the consultant’s sales efforts for the month. Points are approximately 1 point for every $1.10 USD in team sales. The achievement level bonus is 2.5% for over 500 points, 5% for over 1,000 points, 7.5% for over 1,500 points or 10% bonus over 2,000 points. This allows consultants to form a sales team for passive income on their recruits’ sales.

  • PROS / CONS

    • 1 - PROS
    • • Offers over 100 products
    • • Rich history – founded in 1868
    • • Recipe catalog on website
    • • Low start-up of $29.95 plus tax
    • • Made in America
    • 1 - CONS
    • • Products are available in retailers across the U.S.A. and Canada
    • • Compensation plan details were difficult to find online
    • Unclear if compensation plan “team” includes multiple levels

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Watkins is a direct sales business with a rich history. It was founded in 1868 and it focuses on top-quality, natural-based products. In addition to the original pain relief liniment, Watkins offers over 100 products. These products include: distinctive gourmet food products free of fillers and additives, natural-based apothecary products, environmentally friendly home care products, and personal care products. These products have been manufactured in the same Minnesota factory for over one hundred years.
Products from Watkins are high quality and reasonably priced. Prices are comparable to retail stores. Watkins offers over 100 products so the prices vary a great deal. In general, products are under $20 with the majority of products being under $5. Free shipping is available for orders of $100 or more.
Watkins’ products are very accessible. Products are available in a wide range of retailers across the U.S.A. and Canada, through the Watkins corporate website, and from Watkins’ Consultants. Some products are exclusively available from Watkins’ Consultants. For the best personal service, simply get in touch with a Watkins Consultant. They will help select the best products for you and guide you through the shopping process. Your purchases will be delivered right to your doorstep.

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