Devour Chemical Co.

From Kook Science

Devour Chemical Co., Inc. was a cleaning supply distribution franchise company based in Alma, Arkansas, founded in the late 1960s by Otis D. Powell, Jr., which operated under a pyramid scheme model similar to more well-known outfits like Bestline Products. As with the businesses that inspired it, Devour Chemical was eventually shut down by Federal Trade Commission (FTC)[1][2] and state-level actions.

Devour Chemical product line

  • Glasshine
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Ruff & Tuff
  • Carpet Shampoo
  • Poodle Kleaner


  1. "PYRAMID MARKETING PLAN SUBJECT TO FTC ORDER AGAINST ARKANSAS FIRM", Federal Trade Commission News Summary (FTC) (17): 437, August 1972,, "The complaint alleges that the marketing program used by the firm contemplates a virtually endless recruiting of participants and that the program violates Secton 5 of the FTC Act because it 'is organized and operated in such a manner that the realization of profit by any participant contemplates, and is necessarily predicated upon, the exploitation of others who have virtually no chance of receiving a return on their investment and who have been induced to participate by misrepresentations as to potential earnings."" 
  2. FTC vs. DEVOUR CHEMICAL CO., INC., ET AL. Docket C-2294. Complaint, Oct. 2, 1972 — Decision, Oct. 2, 1972.,