Is Juice Plus a Pyramid Scheme? The Truth of It All

There is a lot of hype surrounding Juice Plus and much of it isn’t true. The reason all this extra hype exists is because Juice Plus distributors make money by recruiting other individuals into the company. So if you were fed a sales pitch by a distributor its best to take that with a grain of salt… on other words.. don’t believe everything you were told.

Because of this recruitment style business there are a lot of people wondering is Juice Plus a pyramid scheme, and that is what I really am going to be diving into here in this review. I’ll be going over how this company operates, how distributors make money, how much money you will realistically make, and of course whether or not I would recommend this business opportunity.

Disclosure: I am in no way affiliated with Juice Plus so this review is going to be as unbiased as possible. I’ll be going over what distributors and the company don’t want you to know.

juice plusOverview Of The Company

Juice Plus is a company that sells juice based products. They market their products with a lot of hype and do so as if these products are the fix to any health problem.

The products are definitely good, no doubt about that. Some of their products have blends of over 30 different fruits, berries, and grains. They are good quality and I can’t really complain much about them.

The shady side of the company comes from their marketing model. They operate under a direct sales model which means that anyone, including you and I, can join in and start selling their products for money. In addition to this, they use a mlm compensation structure. And what this means is that distributors can recruit others into the business and make money off of what they do. This is the “pyramid scheme” part of it.

Related mlm’s include Shaklee, Zurvita, and It Works!.

How Juice Plus Could Be a Pyramid Scheme

In order for this to be a pyramid scheme Juice Plus’ revenue would have to be overly dependent on recruitment rather than on product sales to the general public.

That this the difference between mlms and pyramid schemes, which are basically mlm’s that cross the line and depend too much on recruitment.

So in order to see if this really is a pyramid scheme you need to look at the compensation plan, which is what I’ll be going over now…

The Compensation Plan

The first way that you can earn money here is by getting commissions from direct sales. You will earn anywhere from $13 to $55 per sale depending on the products that you sell. When start out as a distributor this is the only way you will be able to make money. But as you recruit others into the business you will then be able to make commissions off of what they do.

There are 7 different ranks within the comp plan, and if you want to make take full advantage of the mlm structure and make as much money as possible off of recruits, then you need to move up the ranks.

The ranks along with the benefits of each rank are as follows…

  • Distributor
    • Direct sales profit
  • Direct Distributor
    • Direct sales profit
    • 6% commissions
  • Virtual Franchisee
    • Direct sales profit
    • 14% commissions
    • 5% performance bonus
  • Sales Coordinator
    • Direct sales profit
    • 22% commissions
    • 5% performance bonus
    • 4% promote out bonus
  • Senior Sales Coordinator
    • Direct sales profit
    • 22% commissions
    • 5% performance bonus
    • 4% promote out bonus
    • Business incentive bonus (up to $500/mo)
  • Qualifying National Marketing Director
    • Direct sales profit
    • 22% commissions
    • 5% performance bonus
    • 4% promote out bonus
    • Business incentive bonus (up to $1,000/mo)
    • Q school
  • National Marketing Director
    • Direct sales profit
    • 22% commissions
    • 5% performance bonus
    • 4% promote out bonus
    • Business incentive bonus (up to $3,000/mo)
    • Health, vision, dental coverage and more

Moving up the ranks is all about selling more products and recruiting more people in beneath you.

To give you an example of this, lets take a look at the Virtual Franchisee rank. In order to reach this rank you need to 2000 Points and to have one distributor beneath you that places an order.

These  “points” that I’m talking about are just a number that are assigned to every product that Juice Plus sells. So if you place an order to buy products that you will then go out and sell, you will earn a certain number of points. You will also earn the points that your “team members” earn, which are the people that were recruited in beneath you.

You can watch this short summary video if you want to. This is for educational purposes only and I do not own this video.

So Is This a Pyramid Scheme?

There is definitely a lot of incentive to recruit other people in. There is no doubt about it that you are somewhat pushed to recruit because this is one of the easiest ways to make money.

As I stated, making good money is all about moving up the ranks. And moving up the ranks is all about earning Points, which comes from selling products. Now you can go out and sell product and earn points or your team can sell products and earn you points.

Its obvious that the easier way to go about this is recruitment and building a team.

The thing is that its still all about product sales, and these products are good quality. So for that reason I cannot call this a pyramid scheme. They are a little on the shady side and all but that’s just not enough to call them a pyramid scheme.

The Reality Of This Business

The reality of Juice Plus, or pretty much any mlm for that matter, is that they are difficult to make money in. As I’ve said, you have to climb the ranks to make money and the way to do that is through recruitment. You need to recruit, recruit, and recruit some more to make it to the top.

Build up your downline and then make money off of what they do.

At this point I would like to show an income disclosure to show you how difficult it actually is, but unfortunately Juice Plus hasn’t released and official income disclosures that tell you much. This is probably because it would make them look bad and they wouldn’t get as many distributors to sign up.

The majority of people in most mlm’s fail to make decent money because of the core structure in place.

Final Thoughts & What I Recommend

All in all, I like Juice Plus’ products. They are all around good for you and they are something I could see myself taking. There is a little too much hype surrounding them but I look past that.

As far as the business opportunity goes, I don’t see this as a pyramid scheme. I see it as a shady mlm at most.

If you are thinking about getting into this business you need to know that there are certain types of people that can make it and there are those that won’t, the majority won’t. What I find is that with businesses like this you have to have that salesperson type of personality. You have to be able to go out and recruit people into the business and climb your way to the top.

If you are unsure if you have what it takes to be a salesperson like this, then chances are you don’t.

Personally, I don’t have anything even close to a salesperson type personality and there is no way I would make it in this mlm business. I just wouldn’t be any good at recruiting. If you are like me then I would recommend you take a peek at how I make money online.

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