Company Name: Neways
What Is It
A MLM focused on reducing the amount of ‘controversial ingredients’ in products.
The products from Neways do have their fans, and do seem somewhat better than many grocery store alternatives. Yet, the company itself has a concerning history, which doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the business opportunity. Overall, making money is possible, but there are a lot of criteria and restrictions to work around if you are going to.
The products at Neways are focused around the idea that they are healthier versions of what is available in traditional products. Specifically, they focus on avoiding what they term ‘controversial ingredients’.
It seems like the company is focused on removing as many ingredients that have been subject to any form of debate – regardless of the actual evidence for or against those ingredients. Specifically, the site claims to avoid more than 3,000 different controversial ingredients.
It sounds like it could be a good idea. My first problem is that the company doesn’t actually disclose what this list is. This makes it very different to work out whether the products from the company are actually any healthier or safer than products from the store – especially as there are a lot of brands out there trying to avoid artificial additives.
There is a small list on the site, and I’ve been able to find snippets of lists elsewhere, but there simply isn’t enough information to know whether the ingredients the company is avoiding are actually bad. I suspect the company intentionally includes the most controversial ingredients on the list that everyone sees while the rest of the list probably isn’t as bad.
I mean, that fact that an ingredient is controversial, doesn’t actually mean that it’s unhealthy. Yes, there are some questionable ingredients used in products, especially products from big name brands, but that’s certainly not true of every product and ever brand.
The marketing for the company implies that the products are as natural as possible, but the actual wording on the site suggests something different:
That’s… pretty much what every company does.
Honestly, it’s pretty hard to tell whether the products are healthier or not! Being a truly health-focused company starts with transparency, and Neways does NOT do that in my opinion.
However, if you were worried about the ingredients in products, there are product ranges in grocery stores and in specialty stores that try to be as natural as possible. These would let you get the same type of benefits without the complexity of a MLM.
The actual products for the company cover a range of categories and subcategories. This includes health and wellness, personal care and household items.
One good thing about the company is that their products are reasonably priced for a MLM.
You are still paying more than you would for this type of product at a grocery store. However, if you were trying to buy a brand that had very few chemicals, the price is roughly on par. This is true for many other products from the company. I will admit that not every product you buy has to be the cheapest of the cheap, and some brands are better, or at least look better, which is part of advertising.
Despite this, I would still recommend being careful. MLMs in general have a habit of hyping the advantages of their products, often though questionable sales tactics. For example, this is what one forum member had to say about her experience with a seller:
The truth is, the products will never be as good as any distributor claims and there are many other options available if you are really worried about the chemicals in the products you buy. Also, in my opinion, using scare tactics to get people to buy your stuff is not cool. I know that other companies do this as well, but it's just not something I go for.
One the site, the company starts off by talking about their business opportunity as being unparalleled.
The phrasing really makes it sound like the company has a better opportunity and compensation plan than others out there. Yet, just about any MLM makes a similar claim. Unparalleled essentially just means that there is no identical company or plan out there – which can really be said about any company.
The company promotes making money as being simple – saying “just get three who get three”.
Of course, actually doing this isn’t as simple as it looks. The company is specifically talking about recruiting. So you have to recruit three people into the company and they recruit three. As with most MLMs, most of the bonuses for the company come from recruiting others. So, the idea is that you recruit as many people as possible, while also trying to sell the product.
The approach is frustrating. Even if the company has the most amazing products in the world, recruiting others into a company is never easy. People have their own lives, jobs and priorities, and most won’t believe the hype about how much you can earn through Neways.
This is the catch with MLMs. There is a lot of potential to make money, but actually achieving this is another thing altogether. Most people end up stuck on the lower rungs of the company, never really getting anywhere.
The requirements with the company also end up getting more complicated as you go through the company. For example, there are multiple different ranks to progress though, each with their own set of requirements to meet. In particular, many of the ranks require you to have recruited a certain number of others and for these others to have a certain amount of autoship and success in the company.
At the same time, you also have to make a certain amount of sales across all the people under you, and those sales can’t come from a single leg (i.e. a single person you recruited). This means that you have to recruit multiple successful people into the company – which honestly is a pretty major challenge on its own.
Personally, I hate the idea of having to rely on others for my profit. When you rely on people you recruit and on companies like Neways, there are simply too many things that can go wrong.
The cost with this type of company isn’t really the money you pay to sign up. Instead, it’s the ongoing costs that you really need to watch out for. To make the most from the company, you really have to get involved in the autoship.
This means that you have to get 150 PV worth of product delivered to you every single month, regardless of how much money you are (or are not) making. You have to dig around a little to figure out what this means in money, but here’s one product that gives 150 PV.
This setup means that you end up accumulating product from month to month, while paying upwards of $200 for the privilege. That’s fine if you end up selling that product, but most people won’t. It also means that if you have a bad month or two with selling, you can quickly end up spending more than you gain.
Neways is one of the more well-established MLMs in the United States. The company was founded in 1992 and is active in 23 different countries. This does suggest that the company is reliable, but it has also had a somewhat shaky history.
MLMs force you to rely heavily on the company, and Neways is a good example of how this can backfire. The company has been through some dramatic changes, including criminal charges for their products and for tax fraud.
For distributors an even worse case is the way that the company dramatically changed its commission approach in 2014. This change greatly reduced how much money distributors earn from their downline. This change acted to dramatically cut the income of many distributors, especially those who had been successful with the company for many years.
This means that you could spend years building up a downline through the company and find that a change in approach or policy dramatically decreases how much you can earn. In fact, if the firm had any financial trouble or even stopped selling their products, there is a chance you could suddenly end up with no income altogether.
Realistically, if you are going to rely on a MLM as a way to make money, at least make sure it is one that has a good history and is likely to stay consistent.
Even though they’re overhyped, the products for the company are decent and relatively low priced (for a MLM anyway), so this part does make it a little easier to be successful with the company. If you like the product buy it. If you want to sell it, sell it. But getting into recruiting for this company does not mean that you'll earn a ton of money. The cash you earn through sales alone is low, which means that you have to rely on the challenges of MLM recruiting.
MLM VS Affiliate Marketing
MLMs involve a lot of work and a lot of restrictions. You also have to rely far too much on other people and in this case, on a company that doesn’t have the best history. All of this makes it a risky approach for making money.
Why even go in this direction?
Making money online through affiliate marketing is a very viable alternative to MLM. This gives you the opportunity to promote products that you are passionate about (even products like what Neways offers), without having to worry about the complex MLM structure. You also don’t have to worry about recruiting or buying any stock. It’s a win-win and is surprisingly easy to get into.
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