CEO: Bill Farley
Startup Cost: $499.95
I watched the presentation and dug into the facts of the Zrii business opportunity and it turns out there’s some good and bad. Here’s my unbiased review of this network marketing company…
Full Review Of Zrii
The company was founded in 2007 by Bill Farley and distributes health and wellness products globally through the mlm business model. They seem like a passionate group of people and have big dreams for this company’s growth in the coming years.
The company specialises in health and wellness products and also has a range of skin care products. The core ingredient in the products is a fruit named Amalaki, AKA Indian Gooseberry. As the name suggests this is a plant grown primarily in India and does appear to have some health benefits.
There hasn’t been any third party research published to substantiate some of the companies health claims though, which is very common with these kinds of companies. The website doesn’t really give people much information beyond the typical marketing claims and listing the ingredients.
That said, they do have the backing of a respected holistic medical Doctor named Deepak Chopra which does count for something. I guess I never buy into those endorsements too heavily
myself since (even though they are qualified medical professionals) they stand to gain by offering their testimony. Call me a skeptic.
I’m certainly no expert in this space and I’m not calling the products rubbish either, I’m simply taking an objective look at this company. It’s very easy to get caught up in the opportunity, the stories and the marketing hype with companies like this in my experience.
They might be genuinely great supplements, yes. But are they worth the price?
They don’t provide pricing info on their website but I managed to dig up the US price list through a Google search.
It appears they are much more expensive than any alternative in the market, another common story with wellness mlm’s. There’s also some discrepancies between this price list and other mediums online including their own comp plan. Anyway, these are best case and worst case prices based on the official price list above and I’m comparing them against similar products I found:
Amalaki Juice: Buying this product in a 4 pack costs between $120-$160. Each bottle contains 750ml so you are getting 3 litres total. Since customers are encouraged to consume 60ml per day this works out to about $72-$96 plus shipping and taxes for a 30 day supply.
Indian Gooseberry Juice from Amazon: This is the closest alternative I could find online, it has the same core ingredient but doesn’t contain some of the added ingredients like Tumeric and Ginger among others. Taking 60ml of this for 30 days will cost you about $37 as of writing this.
Achieve Weight Loss Shake: This is a meal replacement shake with 18 grams of protein, 6 grams of fibre and some vitamins and minerals. It costs between $80-$107 for 30 servings which would last one month if used as directed.
GNC Lean Shake: This shake contains 25 grams of protein per serve, 8 grams of fibre and plenty of vitamins and minerals. It also has a lot of good reviews online and is a well established brand. It works out to about $60 for 30 servings of this from Amazon.
Final Thoughts On The Products
While Zrii do have some great ingredients I am personally not sure if they’re worth that much extra cash. I wonder if consumers that are not interested in the business opportunity would feel the same way? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, it is important to have good products that people will buy regardless of the attached opportunity.
The Opportunity & ‘Prosperity Plan’ Explained
As I mentioned earlier, there’s a bit of conflicting information between a few different channels including the price list, the compensation plan, the representatives store I was at and even other places it was being sold online such as Amazon. To make sure I didn’t have outdated information I did some research and was lucky enough to find a resource listing ALL of the companies documents you’ll need and they appear to be fully up to date.
According to the US price list I showed earlier there are 3 tiers of pricing:
- Preferred customer
- Independent Executive (IE)
This kind of pricing is very common among mlm’s but the funny thing was that the comp plan didn’t say anything at all about how you would earn from retail or preferred customers, nor did their website. It only explained the ‘customer bonus’ which I’ll go over in a moment.
Here’s the other strange thing… it turns out that for absolutely no commitment or cost whatsoever I was able to get IE level pricing through one of the reps replicated websites I visited! I literally had no other option but to buy at wholesale which would be great if I was a customer but not so great as a business owner.
The following was a screenshot from that particular representatives replicated store:
I then went elsewhere to see if anywhere else was selling at retail but all I found was the company itself selling this product on Amazon.com at rock bottom pricing!
This is super strange and totally contradicts the company price list, not to mention the entire concept of making money selling products to customers. In fact with how expensive shipping is with the company I think it might even work out cheaper to buy through Amazon!
This is the first time I’ve ever seen this kind of discrepancy in any mlm I’ve ever reviewed. Am I missing something here? Anyway, now that we know this company’s documentation and pricing is all over the place let’s keep digging to see if it gets any better..
How You Can Earn
Customer Bonus: You can make money when any customer places an order through your replicated website, you’ll make a 20% commission on this. Remember, everyone is buying at the same ‘wholesale’ price as you so this is calculated on the lowest price. Apparently, this will soon be cut down to 10% according to the company.
Note: Incase someone corrects me here… to be technical, the commission will reduce to 20% of half of the purchase price instead of 20% of the whole purchase price.
Customer Performance Bonus: You are eligible to receive $500 for every $5000 of product you personally sell in blocks of 5000. There is no limit to this, sell $100,000 worth of product and make 10k!
Fast Start Bonus: You can earn 20% on every personally sponsored recruits first purchase with the company, this doubles to 40% during your first 4 weeks if you buy a ‘Premier Z Pack’ for $999.95 when you first enrol.
Star Bonus: You can also earn a bonus when you buy a ‘Z Pack’ and get others to do the same under you . This pays between $50-$100 per rep depending on what auto-ship you have in place.
Team Commissions: This particular aspect of income works on a binary structure whereby you only ever have 2 people on your first level under you and so on right throughout your organisation. In a nutshell, you’ll earn 10% on your lesser performing leg’s commissionable volume (CV).
Matching Bonus: To confuse things a bit, you also have a second downline structure called your ‘Enroller Tree’. This essentially puts the same people you’ve already got placed in the binary structure in this downline structure as well.
You are eligible to earn between 5-20% matching commissions on whatever your downline is earning themselves through the above ‘Team Commission’ binary structure. Whatever your people earn, you’ll get a cut. You’ll hit the next generation once a recruit in your enroller tree achieves ‘4 star rank’, this repeats until you reach all the way down to 7 generations.
Take some time to look at this illustration, it might make this easier to get a grasp on- it did for me.
Just think of the ‘enroller tree’ as the overall map of your entire organisation that can go unlimited people wide while your binary tree only has 2 legs. They both earn in different ways with the same people.
Subscription Bonus: When you reach 6 star rank you will start earning between $2-$10 for each person in your organisation with an active subscription.
Other Bonuses: There are various other bonuses including rank advancement, luxury car and leadership pool bonuses, see the comp plan link above for more info.
Getting Started & Staying Active
Getting started can cost anywhere from $29.95- $999.95 depending on how many bonuses you want to unlock in the comp plan.
The more you buy upfront, the more ways you can earn. You’ll need to buy at least a $499.95 pack to be eligible to earn several of the bonuses I’ve discussed. Staying active is a matter of purchasing $100 per month up to ‘star 3’ rank and from then on its a $200 p/m requirement. This can be offset by the purchase of your back office business tools ($29.95 p/m) and the purchases your customers make.
The Startup Costs
These are the typical costs in getting started with the company:
- Joining Fee= $499.95
- Staying Active= $100 per month
This may be more or less, it all depends on what you are trying to achieve and how dedicated you are in terms of selling products.
The Income Disclosure
It’s great that this company provides people with an income disclosure (thumbs up) but as you will see it’s not a pretty picture.
Unfortunately, this is the case all too often in mlm and it appears this company is no different. If you look at my cost estimate it can reasonably be concluded that on average 86.64% of all reps make nothing at all with this opportunity! Now, even though this is the case, your success really does depend on you and your efforts. The reality is, most people aren’t as motivated as you so I wouldn’t be too turned off by this.
What I Liked
- I like the company website for the most part
- The CEO has a successful track record and seems passionate about his company
- They provide an income disclosure
- The comp plan is fairly well put together, although it’s still a bit confusing at times
What I Didn’t Like
- They teach the warm market technique which is clearly not working for the majority
- Fairly costly just to stay active and build your business, personally I don’t want a garage full of health and wellness supplements
- Claims about an incredible ‘proprietary blend’ but where’s the unbiased research to back it up?
- Contradictions with their pricing between different mediums
- Very difficult to sell the products online given the pricing
One of the main things I find with opportunities like this is that they charge a premium for their products without credible proof they’re really worth it. Also, you’re made to buy this stuff just to stay active and try and get your business off the ground. I don’t mean to say the products aren’t good, I haven’t tried them so maybe they really are!
Either way, the real money is going to be made by building your team and relying on warm marketing techniques is not the best approach in my opinion. I think if you love the products and are happy to do the one on one marketing with people you know, then go for it! Otherwise, I really do think there are better opportunities.
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