Jay Joined a MLM Opportunity

Last Update: April 07, 2017

Hi Folks,

Today I joined an MLM opportunity called Isagenix.

They offer a variety of health related consumable products for weight loss and a healthy lifestyle.

I was attracted to Isagenix based on their high quality products and have seen proof of results. Here’s an image of what I personally ordered.

But here is the interesting thing...

I DID NOT WANT TO JOIN THEIR MLM PROGRAM!

I was drafted into it.

See when you order their products, to get the 'wholesale' pricing, there is an annual fee of $29. Similar to co-op type of business or like Costco.

But what I didn't know is that is also a fee to enroll you in their 'Business Opportunity'. So, the within this giant box I received, was a binder selling me about the amazing business and congratulating me for joining! WTF!?

Within this binder were 3 catalogues that pitch the MLM business and that I can run a thriving online business in 5 simple steps..

#3 is my personal favorite. Just share it on social media! lol

So, the big question is..

Will Jay pursue this MLM Opportunity!?

Hell no!

The fact that I was drafted into this product when I merely wanted to order their product for personal use tells me that this forced online business is not for me AND I want to keep my friends.

Be careful out there folks..
because there are MLM Opportunities lurking about.

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MozMary Premium
I'm aware of some good products being sold this terrible way, eg Young Living is supposed to be high quality essential oils but boy it's horrendous trying to buy it, and those selling it need chased around so much that I gave up - oh - to top it all they have to charge hell of a lot extra to make up for the terrible sales channel - when will they ever learn - just make an affiliate program for us ;)
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NWTDennis Premium
Does this go on your product review list? Probably not, since it's the business model that is a scam, as Kyle describes:

http://waystoavoidscamsonline.com/i-confidently-can-say-mlm-multi-level-marketing-is-a-scam

I've known some really great people that have gone from one MLM to another. Not sure why. Is it the lure of an easy income stream ... the vision of a down line empire producing a passive income?
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BabyPhoenix Premium
Ha! Yes, I have a post on my website about this crap, but more on the "every mom in my frickin facebook feed trying to sell crap like this ALL THE TIME" side of it. That's ultimately who my site is aimed at. I'm tired of seeing so much brilliance wasted selling SOMEONE ELSE'S dreams. They should be bringing their own to life because crap like this is booty-doo.

Here, if you'd like to read it -

https://mommadreamsrealized.com/mlm-tactics-why-some-just-suck
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wendyg53 Premium
I wanted to buy some eye cream from another teacher at work. It was really good eye cream. But...in order to buy the eye cream, I have to jump through hoops, register, give them all my info and pay a membership fee. I just wanted some eye cream.

I guess I won't look as pretty, but that's a consequence I'm willing to face - because the alternative is to get sucked into something I'll spend the rest of my days trying to get out of. No, no, no, nope.

I just wanted some eye cream.
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DaltonTberry Premium
Hahahahah, the same exact thing happened to me a couple years back. Found a really awesome sounding energy drink, tried one, loved it....

Bought a case to last me a while and when I received it they were all about "promoting it to your friends and receiving commissions and driving a cool new BMW"... I was confused... Naturally I drank all the energy drinks but when the cases started to pile up I cancelled and finished them off as they were filling up my garage

Thanks for the comedy,

Dalton
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jrashaad Premium
What energy drink was that?
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DaltonTberry Premium
Haha it was called Verve. Came through Vemma.
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ownonlboss Premium
hahaha... oh dear. Yeah it sounds typical. I think everything that says wholesale pricing is generally an MLM. Also those that advertise with wholesale pricing generally tend to price higher than an actual wholesale deal.

That said, the product might be good. That I don't know. I have bought some massage oil from doTerra. Similar structure. I didn't realise I had to pay extra for getting in there until I did. Also the wholesale pricing at doTerra was based upon returning automatic orders.. nope...not happening here..

Apart from over priced products, the transport costs were huge for me too.

So I am feeling with you there Jay!
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SowAndReap Premium
I've seen MLM Companies do this and I find it quite insulting when people just want the product and not be apart of the business opportunity. They use this free business opportunity as some sort of ploy to make it appear like a lot of people are buying into this MLM Opportunity. Well Jay I guess you're in the downline pyramid scheme, Lol.
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zolt Premium
There are definitely some MLM`s to avoid but lets not paint all MLM with the same brush. I am with a company that could be considered an MLM that sells healthy beverages such as coffee and teas.

This company is legit and stands by their products and associates. You must do your due diligence before joining any MLM company.

One reason why some products are expensive is because you cannot get them anywhere else, its all about supply and demand.But I also agree that you should be able to purchase products without having to join, which the company I am involved with does.

Just my thoughts...
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onebluemoon Premium
Thanks for sharing your opinion, I do know some people who are promoting mlm products because they themselves benefitted from it, so there are gems out there somewhere.
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DShensky Premium
I wasn't saying it's a bad company just that I know of the product line and company---sometimes distributors will mislead someone because they make their money when they have customers who pay full price for a product, when the company drop ships to their customer. If they're desperate to build a team and they mislead someone into signing up as a distributor and then start pushing them to tell their friends to buy the product because there's more financial gain. But, all company need a balance between people who are just customers and those who want the business opportunity to meet the SEC guidelines
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RichBrennan Premium
The fact that you were automatically enrolled into the opportunity seems to break a lot of rules. It may not actually be illegal but it is certainly unethical and the many genuine MLM companies out there would have nothing to do with that sort of thing.
Definitely one to avoid!
Cheers
Rich
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MarkBa Premium
I used Isagenix when it was just launched. I can't say I experienced much value. The MLM part of it wasn't for me though.The good thing is you only have to use the products not promote the business. The problem with MLM products is that they are usually very over priced.
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AStauffer22 Premium
Interesting. Didn't know that's exactly how they did it. It should definitely be separate. People that want to purchase products should be able to do just that. I'm with It Works Global and been really successful with it for 2 years now. But, only because we have quality products PLUS a one of a kind customer program just for wholesale customers. No annual fees, no luring people into selling. No nothing. Huge reason I love the company.

So many other MLMs out there just make me shake my head and roll my eyes. I've wanted to try a lot of products from other companies before and couldn't due to having to actually join as a distributor to get wholesale pricing. Not cool.
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BBrandt Premium
I am a member of Youngevity which gets me the wholesale price as well. As with your Isagenix, I can earn money by sharing the information and helping them to buy wholesale. I do not push the business because it gives me enough to do trying to get them healthy.

Bruce
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DShensky Premium
from what you're saying you only wanted to be a user of the product and to get the wholesale price you signed up as a distributor and didn't realize you were signing up for the business opportunity at the same time is that right?

If that's true, than your sponsor misled you. I'm familiar with that company
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Mark1957 Premium
You could create and lead a team called "CREST" as in "on a crest of a wave" and use it as an acronym....

Consume the product.....
Recommend it to others.....
Expose them to the opportunity......
Sponsor them into the business.......
Teach them to do what you do......

What could possibly go wrong!!
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LindaF Premium
Not much different then most of them out there. Have come across a few and was pulled in. The only one that really showed was Skinny Fiber. I didn't have success with it as a business...... But personal success yes great product and a very good opportunity. But I am not a sales person and I didn't have the passion behind it. I have met many successful people in MLM marketing. There passion is sometimes overwhelming. I can feel that passion in what I am doing know.
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Bizkid55 Premium
Yes been there and done that and I have a hard time forcing things on my family and friends it's not my style and i know myself that I don't like things forced on me. I even get tired of all the nonstop emails I get daily on how to make a million dollars in no time at all but i'm smarter now through trial and error that to start a good business it takes time and effort and patience to do it right that is why I joined WA. I really wished I had known about WA before I wasted a lot of hard earned money before I did my research but that was then and this is now. Thank you Jay for all that you do and keep up the good work!
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DianneBee Premium
You bet! I have used those products and I think they're very good. I know peeps who signed up to get the dealer price. But you have to buy a certain amount every month! Which, is tax deductible I'm quite sure, if you're selling. Or even writing reviews on it. Cost of business.
A friend and I did a long study on cults and one interesting thing that was revealed is that a training template used for cult mind conditioning was made into a template training for MLM groups. The MLM's buy the training or send leaders to training programs to indoctrinate their managers. Ugh.
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DSL Premium
I made that mistake with Nerium. They are definitely a cult! Some of the scariest people I ever met!
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Loes Premium
Doesn't have to be that bad at all Jay. I became a distributor of health products from FLP, just to get the stuff for purchase prices, it saves me 30%-35% and the products are superb.

I call myself a smart customer. There is no obligation to buy or sell, however, I am allowed to sell it as well, so a double win-win.
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