Is MonaVie a SCAM? And how does MonaVie compare to Wealthy Affiliate?
Someone I know invited me to take a look at a Network Marketing opportunity. The company is called MonaVie. To be honest my first inclination was to say no but I strongly believe you should at least know what you are saying no to. And I must admit I have always been a little curious about this company that several people I know have joined.
When I look at an opportunity I try to get an answer to a simple question;
Is this something I would feel comfortable sharing with my friends and family, or is it something I would have to hide from my friends and family while I seek to recruit strangers using deceptive marketing practices?
In order to answer that question I have to find the answers to the following questions;
- What is it all about?
- What are people saying about it?
If I get positive responses to those questions I move on to the next set of questions.
- How much does it cost?
- Is training available?
- How good is the support?
- How does it compare to what I’m doing now?
Let’s take a look at each question in greater detail and see how far I go with MonaVie.
What is it all about?
According to the Monavie website, “…the most powerful marketing that exists is when someone you know and trust recommends a good product to you.”
They go on to say that the “community commerce” business model (aka direct sales, network marketing, MLM, multi-level marketing, etc.) takes advantage of word of mouth marketing by …”parlaying personal marketing into a business opportunity that makes sense.” That means MonaVie gives you the opportunity to purchase and consume high quality products and make money as you recommend these products to people around you (friends, family and even strangers).
Monavie, according to the company website, is the fastest growing company in the history of “community commerce” (aka direct sales, network marketing, multi-level marketing, etc.).
“As the fastest growing company in the history of community commerce, no other company offers a better business opportunity.” ~ http://www.monavie.com/en/company/community-commerce
MonaVie states they are “committed to producing premium nutrutional products from the rarest ingredients on earth that offer solutions to the most pressing health issues facing people today.” MonaVie claims that anyone can be successful selling MonaVie products “wherever you are and whatever your circumstances.” This, according to the company website, includes doctors, lawyers, educators, stay-at-home-moms, the unemployed, the underemployed, people in third world countries, and people who never had the opportunity for an education.
“When you purchase and consume MonaVie products, your health and well-being benefits. When you take it a step further and recommend these same products to others, you can create a residual income that has the potential to outlive you.” ~ http://www.monavie.com/en/company/community-commerce
What are people saying about it?
I’d heard so many great things about MonaVie from a few people I know and whose judgment I respect that I was surprised by the large number of MonaVie complaints I found online. I expected to see complaints from a few disgruntled former distributors and from pundits who make a living from bashing network marketing companies but what really surprised me were the complaints about the products (especially the price). Here are just a few;
“…go to Trader Joe’s and buy yourself a nice little assortment of some unsweetened, pure juices like blueberry, cranberry, pomegranate, black cherry and the like. Or better yet, make your own juice, or just eat a bunch of vegetables. For about 1/10 the price (and no annoying talk of Diamond Distributorships and Up With People narratives) you’ll get all the antioxidant power you need.” ~ Dr. Jonny Bowden http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-jonny-bowden/new-rules-no-more-claimin_b_106562.html
“I concluded that even though MonaVie is a good product, I didn’t want to gouge people. And in my opinion, the company’s multilevel marketing strategy preys on people’s ignorance (not knowing any better) and laziness (not making the effort to find out).” ~ http://thefount.hubpages.com/hub/Why-I-Quit-MonaVie
“What I’ve found is tons of irrefutable evidence supported by reputable third parties that MonaVie is a grossly overpriced product, with little nutritional value, wrapped in a poor business opportunity that appears to be illegal pyramid scheme, supported by nonsensical “scientific” studies and illegal medical claims.” – See more at: http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/monavie-scam/#sthash.RIMlsGw1.dpuf
I like to visit glassdoor.com to see what the MonaVie employees have to say about the company. Here’s what one former employee had to say;
“MonaVie is a good company to work for but the network marketing business model is semi-predatory in nature.” ~ Former Employee – Customer Support in South Jordan, UT
How much does it cost?
According to the distributor application I obtained online, the only financial requirement to become a MonaVie Distributor is a $39 application fee (plus any applicable tax). The optional basic startup kit costs $249 USD (other kits are available from $550 – $1,050). Any product purchase in connection with becoming a distributor is optional. But if you’re planning on making any money you’re going to have to purchase some product and go on auto-ship. Let’s say you decide to go with the MonaVie MX Health Juice. The auto ship price is $39 per 25 ounce bottle. The recommended serving size is 2 ounces twice a day. That’s 4 ounces a day for one person. That will cost you $180 per month. If you have a spouse on the product it will cost $329 per month. If you want you can also purchase training and motivational DVDs for $249 and you can purchase books, promotional materials, and apparel for more than a few dollars more.
$39 Application Fee
$249 Starter Kit
$329 One Month Supply of Juice for Two
$249 Training and Motivational DVDs
$866 First Month Investment
Before you say anything about the high cost of getting involved remember that MonaVie claims that anyone can be successful selling MonaVie products “wherever you are and whatever your circumstances.” This, according to the company website, includes stay-at-home-moms, the unemployed, the underemployed, people in third world countries, and people who never had the opportunity for an education.
Is training available?
See MVP, Training and Events
How good is the support?
MonaVie has a website with a FAQs and a Contact Us option. If you can’t find an answer to your issue in the FAQs you can use the Contact Us form to ask your question and someone will respond ASAP.
How does MonaVie compare to what I’m doing now (Wealthy Affiliate)?
Training: Monavie has a few DVDs and books for sale that might make you a better MLM salesperson but WA has a vast training library (FREE access) where the emphasis is on creating your own profitable online business by focusing on a profitable niche as opposed to learning to promote MLM which is incredibly hard.
Cost: Monavie is expensive. WA is FREE to get started and you can remain FREE forever or you can upgrade to PREMIUM for $49 and get access to a lot more training, more websites, and more tools. WA allows you to share training material as well. Here’s an example of one of the most popular training videos;
Complaints: Monavie has a lot of happy distributors but a lot of people have something to complain about. WA is 10,000 members strong and the only complaint is that WA has too much information — it can be overwhelming! My answer to that is stick to the task oriented training modules and stay focused. See it for yourself by Googling “Monavie complaints” and “Wealthy Affiliate complaints”.
Support: Monavie offers online support in the form of a FAQS page and ticket submission form. WA has live support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Conclusion: I think I’ve made up my mind and I don’t think this is something I would feel comfortable sharing with my friends and family or strangers for that matter. My main reason is that I think it will cost too much and too many people will quit to make this sustainable.
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