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USANA Scam? Are You Looking For The Truth About The USANA Business Model?

Usana ScamSince 1992, USANA has been manufacturing and distributing products all over the world.

It’s always interesting to me when I get questions from people who are asking whether or not an MLM company is a scam.

With USANA, the answer is definitely no, but before I continue in this article I just wanted to give you a quick disclaimer.  I’m not affiliated with USANA in any way, I don’t use their products, and I don’t sponsor people into a USANA downline.  However, I’ve been involved with the MLM profession for the last seven years and I can tell you from experience some things that you wouldn’t be able to see on the surface.

To people who are at all familiar with Network Marketing laws that have been established in the USA for more than 30 years, it becomes obvious quite quickly that USANA is not only an excellent Network Marketing company, but that they fall within all of the legal requirements of a legitimate home based business in every established economy in the world.

Not only does USANA meet with strict FTC guidelines, but they have won several international awards for their compensation plan, products, and how they treat their sales force.  Quite frankly, USANA is a positive force in the MLM profession world wide and many companies would do good to envy the work that they’ve done over the last 17 years.

This question generally stems from a lack of understanding of the legal parameters for MLM businesses in the United States, and mistaking a legitimate Multi Level Marketing opportunity with a Pyramid Scam.  Most people who don’t understand law haven’t taken the time to study the background behind the cases that took place in the early 70′s in the USA.  You just have to look at a few aspects of USANA to know that they provide legitimate value to the market place.

First of all, they have an excellent science based product.  This is one aspect of USANA that no one can touch.  There are more scientific articles written about USANA’s nutritional products than almost any other vitamin company on Earth.  I don’t even use their products (although I’m thinking about it), and I can’t deny this.

Second, their compensation plan has one of the most balanced payouts in the MLM industry.  While I don’t particularly like binary compensation plans (they’re just not my preference) they have been proven to work with excellent results in the MLM industry over the last 10 years, and USANA has a pay plan with higher average earnings than almost any company that exists.  This compensation plan has been tested against all international regulations and stands on it’s own.

Third, look what the actual distributors who have been with the company a long time are saying about it.  It’s a pretty rare phenomenon to run into a company with such raving reviews from even the people who aren’t earning the big checks.  The verdict is simple – USANA is NOT a scam. So it might be best not to refer to this as the Usana scam

If you’re going to become involved in the USANA business, rather than wasting your time wondering whether or not this business model is a scam, it would greatly benefit you to learn instead the critical skills that you need to understand to take your USANA business to the next level, and recruit your first distributors.

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ImGOODyeah
ImGOODyeah

USANA is the perfect business for a lifetime opportunity. If you're broke for a moment OR a long time. Most probably, this business can help you most of the way. Just be patient and positive. These "negative idiots" on this page are "sore losers" which they cannot lead themselves a good vibes of life. Some, even use the name of GOD just to told themselves that money is evil??? Really? So, you're not spending a single cent to buy your needs? oh! c'mon!! for those who were already involved in this business OR maybe, we're confused to start, its your BRAIN, HEART, and best of all, FAITH to do things way better for your life. Ask yourself. Are you worthed????

Abegail Ugaldo
Abegail Ugaldo

hahahaha just go in the office and see! be trained and watch all the presentations for free. then decide..

Lee Zimmer
Lee Zimmer

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Jomar F. Ramirez
Jomar F. Ramirez

A USANA business is both a direct selling and network marketing business. You could still earn from direct selling but that is just using your own time and effort. In network marketing, it's about growing your organization that moves the products directly from the manufacturer to the consumers. It is very similar to a traditional business that employs a lot for their sales and marketing team and gives commissions and incentives, the more sales the greater the income. The difference is that in traditional business you have to HIRE people, in network marketing, you get customers and business partners that help you grow your sales. It is all about leveraging. Even Bill Gates and Warren Buffet endorses network marketing - https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=404340956284502&set=a.404731409578790.103550.380689195316345&type=1.

Shahril Royza
Shahril Royza

A product which claims to be extremely above and beyond its competitors shouldn't have problem selling itself? A question with no straight answers.. Pyramid and nothing else!

Kevin Van Nguyen
Kevin Van Nguyen

you forgot about what the recruits have to do to get started. YOU HAVE TO PAY UP TO $380 at least to start getting paid. To some people that's a lot. So pay a lot to get a lot. Plus the people are unreliable. I'm experienced.

anna
anna

i have a friend who took usana essentiale and after 3 days suffered nausea and vomiting. she asked if she could return the product since she cannot tolerate it, the distributor advised her to increase the dosage?? hoolabaloo! the distributor didn't even bother to ask superiors for advise.  they must have trainings regarding the products which not only include their benefits but also their possible adverse drug reaction.. so they would know how to approach these situations properly.. any doctor would advise you to stop or decrease dosage if ADR happens..i know this can be an isolated case but i hope the distributors would show genuine concern to the consumers and not just concern on the increase of sales... friendly advise  to the distributors: if you do not know, ask... .. health 1st before wealth..  ^_^ but i applaud  the success stories for those who took the vitamins and had improvement. i'm planning to give my parents this vitamin so i had to do my research.. i cannot solely rely on the ref book: Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements since i learned that Gregg Gies who was responsible for research, editing and layout for the Comparative Guides editions 1 through 4, was a USANA distributor #285320.. hmmm.. i was also wondering why the company not train medical representatives to go to hospital clinics to introduce the products to the doctors if it's really effective like what known pharmaceutical companies in the country do?.. i asked several internists from the 4 private hospitals i worked with if they heard of the brand.. and nobody knows and so cannot recommend.. hmm.. (don't worry not all brands of multivitamins are known to doctors) .. friends, just be careful before giving drugs/supplements.. ^_^

Thanatos
Thanatos

Ok if USANA makes millioners and works why doesnt everyone join and quit there jobs? And i have a friend whos in this crap and from what ive been seeing its a freaking cult. There words were to my friend "you shouldnt hang out with him hes a bad influense to you". Yeah its a cult no matter what you call it.

Holly
Holly

I do agree with Ms Elizabeth Hill, before becoming an associate of Usana you must understand how things within the company. The fact that you invested your money and waste your time listening to the details from associates that have signed ahead of you and of course entailing and sharing those facts to other people (family, friends and neighbors) on those time alone you have grasp the rationale of the company. Me and my brother joined Usana primarily we knew that the products are high quality and more so we really need it for the reason of health because we cant return the time that we have clean environment and great food to fully nourish our system. Our era right now is very very different from before, alot of sickness is around us therefore we need to put our guard up from those things that will cause us disease. As for the complain of Mr Peter, on my opinion you failed as an associate it is possible that you did not understand the business you have entered maybe because the person who have asked you to joined usana was not able to explain the details to your thoroughly, you should have atleast read the materials that was with the package you purchased. Lastly, the website of the USANA once your were able to login there is knowledge base, all you have to do is navigate and understand. On my second thought, maybe your were blinded by stories of the associates who are successful with USANA, you should have reliazed that they were not in those position if they did not strive to reach that position. If only your were open-minded and have a positive attitude, you will love the benefits of being an associate of USANA not only for your health but also in your financial aspects. People will come and say more bad things about USANA in the coming days, one thing is for sure, you can never put a good company from your lies and false allegation. Before you say bad things about USANA first do your part to research and understand the vision of company. Secondly, ask yourself if what you will say is true , read and understand . Lastly, crab mentality wont give you an advantage, therefore "think before you speak"

Khristina Legaspi
Khristina Legaspi

Ive been in Usana for one week, and I'm getting paid this week! I LOVE USANA.

AshleyC
AshleyC

Elizabeth Hill, I just sent you a resquest to contact me on your Usana page- I would love to speak with you and would prefer a more private form of communication! Thanks so much!

Elizabeth Hill
Elizabeth Hill

Dear PETER: #1: If you want to appear credible in making comments on blogs online--and this is s general rule of thumb that applies to ALL blogs and bulletin board communities in general--you need to USE SPELL CHECKER and take time to construct posts that sound halfways intelligent?? You gross mispellings alone make one doubt the value and validity of what you say. Spellchecker really DOES WORK and is readily available in MS Word and other applications. I encourage you in the future to take time and draft your posts using MS WORD or some other similar program and then US SPELLCHECKER to correct all the mis-spelled words and this one change alone will help a great deal for people to take you seriously!!! :) That being said (and somewhat off topic I know) I will repreat that which I have already stated: USANA will totally cancel your Associate Number wtih one simple phone call. You must not have fully understood what they told you originally--or something? I don't know what happened, but I have had a number of people from my organization call up USANA and get their Associate number cancelled--NO HASSLE whatsoever. Once that number is CANCELLED, that is PERMANENT and they will NOT charge you the once-a-year fee of $20 US to remain an Associate after that. If you have such a big beef against them for "stealing from you" I encourage you to call them and tell them what you have stated here happened to you and, knowing USANA as I do, I can almost predict that they will gladly refund you your $20 US and make certain that your number is cancelled!!! I, however, strongly suspect that you have a "grudge" against USANA for some reason and, even though they have treated you fairly, NOTHING THEY DO NOW OR IN THE FUTURE WILL EVER LOOK FAIR IN YOUR EYES!!! You can return every product you have ever bought if the products have been a disappointment and are not 100% used up for a full refund. YOu can call and get your Associate Number cancelled and will NOT get charged again the $20 annual fee. If, in fact, they did for some reason charge you in error, I know FOR A FACT they will refund you that money! USANA as a company prides itself on ETHICS and will bend over backwards to be just and fair to people!!! But, for those who WANT TO HATE USANA NO MATTER WHAT THEY DO....will NEVER be SATISFIED!!! THis is the SAD TRUTH--but there is always ONE in every crowd!!! The number, Peter, in case you don't have it, is 1-801-954-7200. PLEASE CALL TODAY and get your REFUND so that you can stop complaining about being "ripped off" by USANA?? Although I am guessing you will ALWAYS KEEP COMPLAINING--because by complaining on Blogsites such as this one, you are able to JUSTIFY your OWN FAILURE as a USANA Associate--and I strongly suspect that this is the "real issue" here... YOu need to rationalize your own failure by telling "rational lies" to others because it galls you that other people are "out there" succeeding with USANA where you failed--and the LAST THING YOU WANT is for ANYONE ELSE TO SUCCEED WHERE YOU FAILED!! :) I just hate to to see people such as yourself constantly blaming USANA for their own choices NOT to succeed and representing their OWN POOR CHOICES as USANA's failures? This is NOT FAIR!!! USANA as a company is way up there in terms of success because of the amazing products they have and the truly ETHICAL and VISIONARY leadership that they have and they deserve accolades...NOT criticism!! You should check out USANA;s year end financials--in the midst of the WORST RECESSION since THE GREAT DEPRESSION, USANA ciontinually breaks records financially for growth! They have now officially reached the half BILLION mark in SALES worldwide and every quarter their numbers are HIGHER!!! A company WITHOUT STERLING ETHICS and with poor products would NOT have this kind of success in this type of world economy!!!

peter
peter

I NOW USANA IS NOT RIGHT DUE TO I CASELED MY MEMBER SHIP .AND ITIS INPOSABUL IT SEAMES.I CACEL LAST YEAR AND THY CHRED ME AGAINE THIS YEAR .AND I WAS TOLD BY THE PERSON THAT I TALKED TO IT WOULD BE DONE .SO THY ARE STEALING FROM ME THEN I WOULD SAY. THE STUFF I WAS ON DID NOT DO AS GOOD AS OTHERS COMPANY.I FEEL BETER WITH OTER HEARBS.AND IT IS ALLMOSE INPOSABUL TO FIND OUT WHO TO CALL.SO I AM UPSET AT USANA THY SHOUL CATER TO THE PEAPEL NOT JUST ALL FOR THEM MONEY IS NOT ESAY TO COME BY ME.

ong
ong

You will be amazed how they do it in the Philippines. Their office is located at the 24th floor Enterprise building or HSBC tower. Nice place. A lot of young people will promise you of life earning huge amount of money while you are sleeping. These young people who were 10 years old then when this sort of concept started. It is a pyramid concept where the people at the base of the pyramid will be bearing the brunt of enticing others to join. They talk about miracles in USANA in the amount of hundreds of pesos every week mixed dominantly with the symbol of $, but in three to four hours of briefing you will get tired and even a glass of water will not be served. There is no time out until you decide to join or your credit cards are ready for the P35,000.00 initial payment. I noticed that those people who are members are not really healthy. The one who presented the products to me has rashes on his skin. The other guy has acne. They should have had faces free of acne and skins with no rashes because they said the vitamins supplements claim it can do it to you. I pray to God that what you people are promoting are real. This things happened before and always the young people are the victims.

Critical And Smart Consumer
Critical And Smart Consumer

I just want to say that... haters gonna hate. That's just sad. I'm going to address many things that people commonly mention in this one post. Most of the time, people hate MLM either because: 1) They have a philosophical aversion towards the idea that they work and the people above them get money. 2) They failed in one MLM business (no matter the company), and they generalize that failure and unpleasant experience to the entire MLM industry. This is called stereotyping, if not brainless. If you're not happy about you working and your upline getting money, either you realize that your money is also your upline's money so that your upline should help you make money, or you quit the MLM industry. As for monthly purchase, nobody is forcing anyone to purchase monthly any amount of products. If you don't think you can make the purchase every month, you can STOP and QUIT! This business is meant for those who actually like the products. If you like the products, you won't feel FORCED to buy them because you USE them. If you don't like the products, DON'T DO THE BUSINESS. You won't last. The products work. Period. Only those who have tried them (for at least 3 months) understand the meaning of this. You say you don't believe the products work? You can just try them for 1 to 2 months, and you may very well feel the results (particularly if you're above 40, because things are growing old). And you don't have to be a genius to do this. The high standard manufacturing process isn't for nothing. The pharmaceutical GMP isn't for nothing. The rigorous research and partnerships with the Linus Pauling Institute, The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, University of Sydney, Utah, Colorado, and Boston aren't for nothing. The result of all these is the high quality products that work. And... There's also the pyramid-scheme saying towards USANA. Pyramid scheme?! Come on! You gotta be joking. Pyramid schemes usually do not have products. Yes, you can tell me some pyramid schemes disguise themselves by selling some kind of products. But I'm gonna ask you: why would USANA go through so much trouble to come out with its products just to "disguise itself"? (If it even was doing that, that is.) Why the numerous research and expansive equipments just to "disguise its scheme"?? And for those who say that the products cannot retain enough customers (and so needs the "dream of becoming rich" to do the trick), either you don't understand the products so you don't recognize their value, or you don't know how to do this people business (and don't know how to sell the products). Or both. Nothing else. If you're worried about the all-time favourite criticism against the MLM industry: "that the business cannot sustain itself because one day the world will run out of people to recruit", then you can just sit back and relax. Many people criticise USANA for its monthly required purchase, but this is exactly what makes USANA a sustainable business. The result of this is that your business can last by just selling products and getting people to be preferred customers (meaning, making the monthly purchase at discounted prices). Even if no one is there for you to recruit (to do the business) anymore, you can always just get people to use the products on a monthly basis. Yes, this is where the problem is: many distributors, especially in certain countries, join USANA for the money, not the products. So they sell "business opportunity", not the products. (And they sell it with all kinds of crap and nonsense and unrealistic promises.) If this is how you do the business, I would personally ask you to quit. You don't know how to do the business, and you're wasting time. Get people to like the products before doing the business. Not the other way around. Otherwise, you won't go far. (And then you will blame USANA for your own greed for money.) And there's also the majority-of-distributors-aren't-making-money thingy. Please, have you counted in those who aren't doing the business? There are numerous people who are recruited by distributors for certain specific functions. These people... are "asleep"! They're just being parked there. That's all. OF COURSE THEY DON'T MAKE MONEY!! Statistics don't lie about numbers, and ONLY about numbers. But they lie about reasons. Also, you wouldn't die if you don't go into the top few % of people who make millions. They joined early on. This is about timing. You can't blame USANA or the MLM industry for your own lateness. But as I said, you wouldn't die even if you don't make millions. Making 5 figures per month is already much, much better than many other jobs. And for those who don't know anything about nutrition and say that, for example, "Vitamin C is just Vitamin C no matter where I buy it!", GET REAL AND GO EDUCATE YOURSELVES!!! There are much more to Vitamin C than just Vitamin C. Most Vit C supplements are acidic and could worsen stomach problems, but USANA's Vit C isn't acidic. Other Vit C supplements usually use ascorbic acid, but USANA's Vit C use mineral ascorbates. Vit C supplements that use ascorbic acid are water-soluble (they're quick to exit your body through urine), so they only last 2 to 3 hours in the body, while USANA's Vit C can last 7 to 8 hours due to the mineral ascorbates. How many people on earth know these things (and much more)? Not many. That's why they go around saying USANA's products are overpriced and it's a scam. Seriously, nutrition isn't as simple as you think. Just because you don't understand something doesn't make it bad. Just because you don't like something doesn't make it bad. Once a skeptic, always a skeptic. But the skeptic misses the benefits. Too bad.

Len Venturero-Tomas
Len Venturero-Tomas

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Jules Barot
Jules Barot

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Elizabeth Hill
Elizabeth Hill

John Smith: I am not assuming at all that ALL jobs are bad!!! I fully realize that some people like their jobs: I just know that according to surveys and polls that have been taken in leading media publications, that the "majority" of people working in America would rather NOT be working at the jobs that they currently have and would rather be doing something else with their lives. They fail to make a change because of fear of their own ability to shine at the occupation they truly want to pursue. Not to mention the reality of the current double-dip recession we are in where there are now 12 UNEMPLOYED people for every 1 American that is currently working. These are not MY statistics, John Smith: they are the US Labor Force's stats. What I AM saying is that there are many UNHAPPY, UNPRODUCTIVE people "out there" working jobs they DO NOT LIKE---that could choose differently and fare much better overall economically. They tend to not try because their friends and people around them tell them that "MLM is a joke" or that "MLM doesn't work" based on an uninformed opinion they got oftentimes from someone who also did NOT have firsthand experience with a business like USANA--but who instead talked to a friend of a sister's cousin who "tried it one time and failed" and from that "opinion" they shut down on the idea of even trying anything new and different like a business of their own (irregardless of what that business is). Too many Americans believe they will ALWAYS be "broke and unhappy" and it is this very fact that could end up plunging our dear country into permanent socialism and the ONLY thing that gives our current president his edge. President Obama wants to create as many people who are 100% dependent on entitlement programs from the govt. for their very survival as possible---as FAST as possible--and if necessary plunge this country into a second "Great Depression" much worse than what we ever saw in 1929--because people would run crying to Washington and to him to take care of them. The irony is, it is at this very point where the rug will be pulled out from under all of them and they will find out who President Obama REALLY IS and what his agenda REALLY IS--and it will be too late to make any constructive changes at that point. The strength of USANA and these home-based opportunities is entrepreneurship and FREE ENTERPRISE--BOTH Of which made America as strong as it once USED TO BE as a country--and the ability we still have as Americans (at this point) to take control of our own destiny by starting and running a business of our own where WE (and NOT "the system") are in control of our own destiny. I sincerely hope for the sake of our country that Americans wake up sooner as opposed to later and start making some of these changes before we paint ourselves into a socialistic corner and end up trapped there!!!

John Smith
John Smith

Wow, I came here from researching Usana for a friend who was thinking of joining. It really blows my mind how the Usana people here can't seem to accept that there are people out there who aren't cut out for IM or sales. If you don't agree with them you "don't get it" and "want to remain broke and average". They somehow think that the working world outside Usana is bad. Not all of us work for Usana and some of us love our JOBS Elizabeth. Not all work for crazy or terrible bosses or bosses at all. Usana is a company where if you work hard and educate yourself you can make money, just like just about any other JOB or business opportunity. There isn't a US vs Them mentality here folks. It's one way to make money out of thousands. Get over it.

Elizabeth Hill
Elizabeth Hill

To "USANA From My Point of View" and Hopeful...I am sorry to hear that your family and friend did what they did with you. I am sorry to hear that it was hurtful to you!!! I DO NOT AGREE WITH what was done or said or HOW it was done or said to you. The thing I wish to point out here is that you were wronged..yes...but NOT by USANA the company or it's products. You were treated wrongly by your family (In the case of "USANA from MY Point Of View") and by your friend (in "Hopeful's case). This is the FUNDAMENTAL FLAW with ALL MLM businesses---the FACT that people mistreat people in presenting the opportunity--no matter what it is--and then people get hurt or wronged by the person presenting to them and blame that treatment that they received on the company and the products instead of placing the blame where it TRULY BELONGS--on the individual(s) who approached them and treated them UNPROFESSIONALLY in the first place. I realize that these are family members and friends--and it is more palatable for you to blame a faceless, nameless company and products than to actually face the fact that your family and friends were the one(s) who mistreated you!!! Truth be told--the USANA company and the products had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR SITUATION--now did it? BOTTOM LINE---people mistreat people. USANA has done nothing bad to you and neither has it's products. Your family members and friends have. They needed TRAINING as to how to be PROFESSIONAL in approaching you with USANA in the first place and HOW to handle their relationship with you forthrightly and honestly with regard to this opportunity. They wanted you to see and appreciate the opportunity and the products in the SAME way that they do. It is a PAINFUL REALITY that many people form a "pre-conceived opinion" that is NEGATIVE--usually without first hearing the individual out--based on some opinion that someone else shared with them about MLM in general in the past (not even necessarily the same company!) Your family member and friend needed TRAINING as to how to approach you honestly and forthrightly (giving you a clear choice about whether or not you wanted to hear about this in the first place and having absolutely NO CONNECTION WHATSOEVER TO YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM!!) Your family member or friend needed TRAINING UP FRONT about HOW to handle this PROFESSIONALLY and obviously no one taught your family member or friend in the right way how to be a "network marketing professional" with regard to appraoching YOU with this opportunity!!! My husband and I have been involved for 5 years with USANA and we NEVER approach anyone "indirectly" or with "stealth" as some really misguided upline PEOPLE will council new recruits to do (because of pre-conceived ideas floating around in the main population about what all "MLM" is, etc.) Many new recruits are counciled by misguided upline trainers and sponsors to avoid all disclosure up front because of the strong preconceived ideas floating around out there about what MLM is. They realize that most people (statistically 98%) have a NEGATIVE VIEW of what "MLM" is based upon what a friend of a friend of a friend has told them previously--gossip--NOT firsthand experience with an MLM opportunity. Please understand that your friend/family member wanted you to see (WITH AN OPEN MIND--NOT CLOSED) what they see in USANA. However, this being said, they were wrong to take you by surprise with it (in Hopeful's case) and I don't know what happened in the other person's family scenario--but I need to point out in your case that you had 100% CHOICE in purchasing the products--which are rated #1 WORLDWIDE with 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed--so you also had 100% CHOICE to RETURN THE PRODUCTS and get your money back if it were in fact the PRODUCTS that are the issue with you. However, it is obvious that the TRUE ISSUE is that it was "a family member" approaching you and you felt OBLIGATED to BUY and NOT RETURN once you had bought. Again though, it was 100% YOUR CHOICE to buy and NOT RETURN and you don't have any right to blame USANA or the products for your CHOICE (or in this case your failure to say "NO"). The negative floating around out there about MLM Companies is fully attributable to what PEOPLE DO in working with and handling other PEOPLE. PERIOD. Unfortunate in that if these new recruits were fully trained to be PROFESSIONAL in their dealings with family and friends and, if in turn most of these new people USED that PROFESSIONALISM in dealing with the people closest to them, that most of this negativity surrounding MLM opportunities would STOP. However, the difficulty here is HUMAN NATURE (a strong desire to pursue a dream can and will drive many people to DO and SAY the wrong things when dealing with the people closest to them. Many people feel that "the ends justifies the means" and that their family and friends will forgive them later on for "coming on too strong" once they too appreciate the company and the products in the SAME EXACT way that they do. The REALITY is that this is NEVER going to be the case and EVERYONE needs to be professional and practice "the golden rule" 24-7 irregardless. Treat others in the same way you yourself would wish to be treated ALWAYS--WITHOUIT EXCEPTION. If you are honest and forthright (as a new recruit) about your opportunity with family and friends and they turn you down flat, LET IT GO and MOVE ON to the millions of people "out there" who ARE in fact looking for what you have to offer!!!! Statistics also bear out the fact that, when handled with respect and honestly up front, that many of these same family and friends WILL, IN TIME, COME BACK TO YOU and JOIN YOU--when the timing is right FOR THEM---NOT YOU. BUT ONLY if they are treated fairly--and PROFESSIONALLY--BY YOU in the beginning!!! Many may watch you and you may have to build the foundation of your business with "strangers" and be "watched" by family and friends for a year or more and demonstrate some solid success before family and friends will even begin to "hear you out". That's OK!! You need to be "OK" with this fact and move on. MANY MANY people "out there" are looking and hoping and praying for an opportunity such as this one to come along!!! Get out there and find those people!! In time, "some" of your family and friends will join you--and some NEVER WILL (this type of opportunity is not everyone's "cup of tea" either). Some people would rather be stuck in the eye with a hot poker than have to pick up a phone and promote a product to someone or to try to "develop a customer" by being a "salesperson". That's OK. Some people only know and understand the word "JOB" and will remain happily "broke and average" ALL of their lives working a job that they hate--putting in their time 8 to 5 making their boss' dreams come true. if they are content living this way--then you are obliged to LET THEM. Different strokes for different folks. You can't "push a rope" nor should you ever try. Go find your REAL business partners and make your dreams come true that way--leave family and friends for later on and only time will tell if some of them will ultimately join you.

Julian
Julian

My sponsor used to be in USANA, and they were earning a 6 figure income in the company. They had a number of customers with chronic health problems that disappeared while using USANA's products. It's a good company with good products.

Howey
Howey

I know absolutely nothing about this company, however, i had been reading alot of these comments and found one thing that makes me somewhat skeptical. The simple fact that everyone replying and having the most answers all start off with "I'm not with the company." This makes me very scared that even Dave Wood stated to Mr. Ex that " i'm not with USANA." I'm just wondering why everybody that is sticking up for this company is not involved? I hope noone takes this as a judgement, it's not meant to do so. I'm just confused and would like some clarity.

Hopeful
Hopeful

I just got sucked into a presentation for USANA Fromm somebody who I thought was a friend. The whole point of this program is to get people to give those on top their money. I haven't seen this friend in like over 5 years when we run into each other at a coffee shop and then he friends me on facebook. Not 2 weeks later he is really pushing for us to hangout and I think "wow! This guy must have really valued our friendship and is really trying to reconnect". So he asks me what I am up to in life and I tell him I just got my masters in social work and he says "great that's kind of what I do". One thing leads to another next thing I know we are at a coffee shop and he is trying to connect me with his "director" (who by the way even if USANA is a legit business get rid of this guy total jerk and loser). Through the meeting I pretended to be interest (my friend insisted he pick me up now I know why) because I was afraid I would have to ride home. Once we got to my house i was direct with him. Im sorry I'm not trying to be a jerk or anything but this is a not very honest program. They build up everybody the same. My friend and his director sound exactly the same and by same I mean same words line by line even their jokes are exactly the same. But the real piece of info that sealed the deal was when I told the director I was broke and had to ask my family for the start up money he tells me "right now I don't want you to talk to your family about this program". Who does that?!?!? Somebody who knows to be careful and "frame" his words. My advice don't do this program but if you really want to test the people who are trying to get you in. Tell them to wait a couple of days (they will tell you "I don't want you to lose your spot just fill out an application). Drive there yourself ( when the person insist on driving you it's so that your stuck there). Ask them straight out "so basically I'm a sales person for vitamins? (they will say your not selling it your sharing it. Don't you want your family to have good health? If you love something your not a salesperson). Oh really so the person selling crack on the corner isn't an a****** because he loves crack so he's sharing not selling it.

Usana from my point of view
Usana from my point of view

I have family that sells Usana, they have hurt our family by convincing then to join and making them sign up for 100's of $$ on orders. i was very hurt and disappointed to find out the strategies used (mostly to ignorant, uneducated, and weak individuals) i feel sorry for those that join thinking is the $$$ dream. please think about it twice before joining or spending your $$ on this products.

Rick Fraser
Rick Fraser

Hi David, That was a great post. I am in no way associated with USANA, but I have some friends who used their products and had a tremendous results. This person suffered from Fibromyalgia and there is no "western medical cure".So instead of doctors putting her pain pills so she become a Zombi, she has gotten totally free from the aches and pains. Rick

Nora
Nora

I have been doing a lot of research on Usana, wanting to see if it is right for me. This site was very helpful. Thanks to everyone who posted. A couple of years ago I did the same research about Mary Kay and Avon. A lot of people said that they were scams too. People can make money in anything if they have passion for what they are doing. I had a friend who worked at a daycare center part time, did freelance photographer, Mary Kay, and sold video games on ebay. I don't know how well she did at Mary Kay, but she was able to buy a house and pay all her bills, plus, she loved what she was doing. If you love what your doing and able to pay your bills, isn't that what its all about?

Tracy
Tracy

"You can not put a price tag on your health" Usana products truly the best and results are amazing!

Jade
Jade

I guess the reason why people (esp. with negative comment) failed on MLM is because they did not do their jobs. Remember, it's a business, meaning you have to work for it. I does not mean to just sit back, relax, and wait for the money to come to your door. It requires ernest effort too, a couple of hard work and deligence. I'm not a Usana associate or distributor or anything, but i quite understand what it's business is all about and where it goes.

Elizabeth Hill
Elizabeth Hill

To Mario and MARS: I just wanted to respond to your bad feelings about having to spend money on the products to earn commission and alos your inability to earn commissions. I am sure this has been a frustration for you both and my heart truly does go out to you!!! I think there are probably some misunderstandings between you and your upline sponsors perhaps because there is absolutely NO REASON you should have ever lost money in this business!! USANA is set-up so ethically that the company even allows people to return product (100% Satisfaction guarantee) and even their sign-up pack (which is a total cost of $40.00 WITH shipping currently) and receive a FULL REFUND AT ANY TIME!!! You can return half-used containers of the products for a full refund!!! I have helped people to do this who were my customers or Associates who simply changed their mind shortly after joining. We tell people on our team that "this is a volunteer army and we don't want anyone joining our team if they are not 100% THRILLED to be doing so!!!" We want a strong, vibrant, excited TEAM--not people who have been pressured or coerced into doing something that they do not wish to do...what kind of team would it be if the team members are all unhappy? It sounds to me as though you somehow missed the online training about how to order and how to RETURN product? Perhaps you just assumed you could not return anything? I know that in some MLM opportunities this is indeed the case---but NOT SO in USANA!!! This is understandable that you might make this assumption--especially if you did not receive training from your upline leaders?? This is a shame if this is the case--because USANA has such OUTSTANDING training all available online too (you can go thruough it at your own pace and it teaches EVERYTHING you would ever need to know about being a USANA customer or being in the USANA business and how to advance forward in the USANA business0. It is called the E-Apprentice training and everyone gets full access to this when they sign-up for the $40 I mentioned above... I encourage you both to call USANA if you would like to do so and request help with returning product if you need to do so? The number (in case you need it) is (801) 954-7200 and give them your associate number and they will help you!!! I sincerely hope that this helps?? you should never have "lost money" in USANA--it is impossible to do so!!!

Critical and Smart Consumer
Critical and Smart Consumer

To mario silva and MARS, Do what the compensation plan says you have to do, and you'll get paid. It's just that. There is no way USANA wouldn't pay you if you follow the compensation plan. And there is nothing wrong with the monthly purchase to qualify for commission. If you like USANA, you believe in USANA products, you would use them. If you're going to use them, there is nothing wrong with buying the products. Don't do the business if you don't like USANA products. Furthermore, you SHOULD ALREADY KNEW that there is monthly requirement before you joined USANA.

Beth Hill
Beth Hill

No surprise here! We have been involved for 5 years and still going strong! The products have changed my LIFE and my health for the better and that is why I am as passionate as I am!

SpencerChen
SpencerChen

List of types of people who are not suggested or encouraged to do business.

1. Shortsighted, fail to see the trend

of future.

2. Unsocial, or has little social

connections

3. Selfish, only think for themselves

4. Lazy ( you know what I mean )

5. Pessimists

6. Uncomfortable with group working

prefer to do things alone

7. Limited time or super busy people

Estreelita Perez
Estreelita Perez

Because people are very narrow minded. And that is why very few are successful. What, you think coke is the best product? - NO!!! damn lots of health risks on coke.. but people BUY IT!

Kevin Van Nguyen
Kevin Van Nguyen

notice how only people from usana talk about usana. no opinion from the public. obviously they wil ltry to win outsiders over.

bwc
bwc

Hi Anna, If your friend has nausea and vomiting, there might be 2 reasons: 1) Your friend has a lot of toxins inside her body and thus the vitamins are strong enough to 'clean' house of the cells her body, and these are consider 'positive' reactions. Should go away after constantly eating the vitamins. Give it a 3 months period. 2) Every body is different so the vitamins might be really too strong for her. Reason number 1 might be the reason by your distributor is telling her to eat more because it is a positive reaction and it will go away after 1 week or even 1 month. But if they continue for 3 months and they still have that symptom, it's a side they have something very seriously wrong with their body because the vitamin cannot 'clean' and detox their cells enough. I know because 3 people I know ate them and they claim she gets headaches from them. But they continues and after 1 week and in other case 2 weeks, their headaches are gone and they felt better. I forgot exactly the reason but a nutritionist say it was something to do detoxify her nervous system and now since the detox is complete of course they felt better. In fact, one of those 3 people was my wife's upline and the other were my wife downline. Now they are all healthy and lost weight to their normal levels (2 of them were overweight before) Also here is a non-profit website about vitamins for your research. http://www.multivitaminguide.org/full-ranking.html Usana is rank 3rd. There are other 2 higher ones whom are just as expensive. In fact one of them requires a license health professional to prescribe. If your medical reps didn't hear of USANA, then ask them if they hear Douglas Labs. If they don't, you should think twice about their advise because Douglas Labs requires a license health professional to prescribe to you so they should hear them. But one thing is that medical and nutrition although are somewhat link, in the training field they are not. Medical Doctors and pharmacist are trained from school to think not to believe in vitamins whereas nutritionist thinks other wise. I know because that's what my MD relative told me. Plus all medical drugs and pharmaceutal are based on Profit making first, as bad as it sound. This is with everything. In fact, as being neutral as I can, even MLM's AMWAYS nutrilite on that website above scored higher than Centrium! And many people eat centrium which is on the bottom of the totem pole. No wonder why people don't believe in vitamins because they been eating crap! So at end, it's the product and not the distribution system (MLM, online, retail stores), which you have to research about.

bwc
bwc

I thought so, Thanatos... you cannot answer my question to your response. So this means it's not a cult..or either that the way you are looking at things, EVERYTHING is a cult..including Microsoft and Apple Fans.

bwc
bwc

The point is no one say USANA makes millionaires. it's an alternative to get passive income.. just like how being a landlord is another way to get passive income but no guarantees that the landlord will be a millionaire. Likewise, going into any business is no guarantee to be a millionaire, but just a chance to work for yourself and have a chance to be rich.. I know a lot of small business owners who are not millionaires, but getting passive income in one form or another. If your upline or someone who recruits you say that usana makes you a millionaire or something like that, then you should think twice as to join their team as that corruption.. speaking from past expensive with another MLM company. As if someone tell your friend that "you shouldn't hang out with him as a bad influence".... that someone is doing the whole MLM thing wrong and he is abusing the power of MLM by saying it.

bwc
bwc

Ok, let me ask you back this question.. If all business are known to make millionaires and works, why doesn't everyone go into business and quit their jobs?

wjkent4ster
wjkent4ster

12 unemployed people for every working American?? That is outrageous and grossly incorrect.  I think you mean the unemployment rate is at 12%  If your math is correct then there are hundreds of million people out of work.

boltman
boltman

The USA has a problem, today it has a major issue with fear, a fear of losing it's rightful place as the dominate power of the world, that is because of the amount of Gods laws being broken and abused, the spirit that was in America is dissipating, and is being replaced by a dominating spirit, GREED, and there is not much that can be done to fix it, other than have a war and restarting the human race again and hoping we can get it right the next time. I know I know you may not understand what I am saying, it's what I'm persieving of the world at this time.

boltman
boltman

Amen brother, I find they are very very protectionist of USANA, there is not one company in this world that can be trusted to be honest, these days, it's all about profits, and the only way to make a profit is to sell to gullible people. In the long run they won't be happy when they have everything and done everything, you have it for one minute and the next, it's gone. Life is not about making oodles of money, life is about growing up, maturing, being better than what you were yesterday, most people are stuck in the money level. I need more money to do the things that make me happy and what makes people happy, they believe having more money will make them happy. Going around in circles is what everyone are doing, and not moving on to achieve the spiritual things that life has to offer, because you can't take physical possessions with you when you die but you can take the spiritual growth of your life with you. When the lessons of life have been learned, you then go up to the next level, or year or grade, (whatever), elsewhere on another planet elsewhere in the universe, and start again. This is going to create some interesting feedback, hahahaha.

David Wood
David Wood

In short Howey - because I'm busy with other stuff and already earn a large leveraged income - I don't have time to be involved with every good opportunity - does that make sense?

Betteanne
Betteanne

oh my gosh!~ lol! You are intelligent and funny! Thanks for sharing this. I was thinking of selling and now ~NO WAY! . Thanks again!

nan
nan

i agree, 2 thumbs up jade!!!

garcestojr
garcestojr

@bwc because only few has the passion and a  burning desire to understand the true meaning of success.

boltman
boltman

What, you don't want to help this person, oh my, your too busy, sorry, not very helpful, aaa, USANA is good for you because you have the gift of the gab to influence gullible people. So sad, cause Jesus wants YOU, HE NEEDS SINNERS to be converted, with your abilities to touch the souls of the sick, homeless, downtrodden and to save those that have not felt LOVE, true love in their lives. CAN you do it Dave, can you because the world needs YOU.

ImGOODyeah
ImGOODyeah

Hey boltman!! when was the last time you believe in GOD? Or Are you?

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