Company Name: Juice Plus
Costs: $50 application, + cost of Juice Plus
What Is It
Juice Plus is a network marketing company with a kind of multivitamin as its main products.
There is a lot of typical “cure all” hype surrounding juice plus which I don’t believe for a moment. I also think there will be some real challenges selling this stuff without using deceptive marketing tactics.
However, the entire health industry is rife with misleading claims. I have some mixed feelings about Juice Plus products, and in general do not recommend this as a business opportunity.
I’m just going to come out right away and say that most claims made by Juice Plus are just not credible. It’s been cited in numerous articles online that the studies showing the benefits of JP were actually funded by JP.
There were also some adverse affects from taking the supplements, none of which seem to be mentioned anywhere on the website or labels of the products.
You also see a lot of snake-oil-like claims from consumers like
- feeling better
- having more energy
- getting rid of arthritis
- having clearer skin
- sleeping better
- not getting colds
- etc etc
Tell me that doesn’t sound like every other wonder-product out there. Imagine that someone walks up to your door right now and tries to sell you a pill that relieves arthritis pain and helps you sleep better at the same time. Are you going to believe him?
People do take multivitamins for no other reason that the belief that they aren’t getting enough nutrients. I can’t say that taking a daily Juice Plus pill versus a vitamin gummy is any different.
Also, I totally agree that a lot of people are just too busy or careless to fit in whole fruits and veggies each day. Although the fruit pill may not be as good as the real thing, it’s better than nothing.
If you try it, and feel better, then why not continue to take it. It doesn’t matter if it’s placebo or not, feeling better is what it is.
BTW here’s an in-depth look at the supplements and some positive looking results that I trust.
Juice Plus Fanatics
Please don’t turn into one of these MLM fanatic guys that just can’t stand to see their precious product negatively reviewed. There are so many examples of this online, where an independent reviewer gives these products a negative review, and the whole crew of IBOs come out of the woodworks to trash the reviewer.
I see a lot of junk in the comments, but most of what people say are things like:
- This is a fake review promoting another company
- What are your credentials?
- You are wrong, I tried this
- Where’s your proof?
- You didn’t do enough research
- You are an idiot
Here are some examples
This really common with most MLM companies, and it’s a topic I touch on a lot. If you believe in the product, who cares what other people are saying? By getting on Facebook comments and zealously defending it you sound like a cult member, not a business owner.
I would NOT feed this stuff to my kids or any any person with any kind of serious condition. I just don’t trust the network marketing industry or its independent distributors enough to actually believe in any health benefits.
MLM companies and sellers of their products have proven time and time again to promote stuff they don’t understand, under false claims of being “backed by real science”.
At the end of the day, YOU are responsible for the health of your family, and Juice Plus won’t be accountable if there are any problems as a result of taking these supplements.
Juice Plus actually has a bit of a unique compensation plan. There’s a $50 fee to join, which isn’t bad. After that, to participate in the most basic level of selling there are really no requirements.
Typically we see that to be an “active” seller you need to have X amount of personal volume purchases each month. This can be a quick way to get your business into debt rather than closer to profit.
Once you get to higher levels however, you *are* required to purchase some product for yourself. For example, to reach the Sales Coordinator level you have to purchase 100 points worth of products. To reach the Virtual Franchise level, you must purchase 500 points.
Of course, you’ll be making money at that point, but know that these costs are coming up.
Ways To Earn
As with all MLMs, there are a few ways to earn.
- retail sales – $ from selling product
- bonuses – $ from achieving ‘goals’
- commissions – $ from sales your downline makes
Examples From Comp Plan
- HLP Bonus (500 PVC/30 days) you + 2 = $100 bonus
- 2000+ Bonus (2000 PVS/60 days) = $250 bonus
- Commissions increase as you ‘level up’
This video has a lot of garbage in it, but the comp plan is spelled out pretty nicely between about 4:00 and 9:00.
On the Juice Plus website we’re told that we are buying a “virtual franchise”, but there seems to be no mention of actually getting a website. Unless you plan on being stuck selling this stuff to friends and family, or neighbors and people in Starbucks, you’d better get a website and start selling online.
MLM VS Affiliate Marketing
Instead of getting involved in an industry with such a negative stereotype and selling a product which has been under fire from numerous places, why not start a truly independent business?
You can start a website about whatever you want (including supplements), and promote ANY products you want based on your own personal views.
By setting up an affiliate marketing website about a topic of your choice, you can get paid from brand name companies to promote their products. Write your own independent reviews (positive or negative), sell ad space on your website, and sell to the 100 million+ people on the internet (instead of your immediate family).
I do not really trust the actual health benefits of this product, but it’s good that there’s no pressure to have monthly shipments of the product sent to you home in the beginner level of the sellers program. If you really want to be healthier, there are cheaper and more effective ways in almost every case, including a regular multivitamin and standard whey protein powder.
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