The Company: Ariix
Current CEO: Dr. Fred Cooper
Startup Cost: $368.95
Full Review Of Ariix
The company was founded in 2013 by seven people including Deanna Latson, Fred Cooper, Riley Timmer, Jeff Yates, Wenhan Zhang, Ian Chandler and Mark Wilson. Some of these founders were apparently former executives in another mlm company called Usana.
They distribute various health and wellness products through a multi level marketing business model and have a pretty good reputation with a number of accreditations and awards. They apparently hold 4 core values which are the backbone of everything they do: health, wealth, generosity and personal development.
The Wellness Products
I have to admit I am quite skeptical of health and wellness mlm companies because I've seen a ton of them claiming to have the greatest products known to man, without a shred of real evidence to substantiate this. Ariix seems a little different though, at least from what I can see. I am no health expert but this company has gone to great lengths to ensure the quality and credibility of their product range.
They have 6 main brands that each specialise in a different solution or aspect of a persons health and wellbeing.
Each of these have their own product website that clearly explains the benefits and what goes into them.
They produce these products through a company called 'Advanced Laboratories' in Utah and apparently meet or exceed some of the loftiest standards in the industry. They claim that all of their products are independently tested and meet or exceed USP standards, which is actually a legit third party organisation.
I have to say that this is probably the first time I've come across an mlm company that goes to great lengths to adhere to third party standards, rather than just using endorsements from doctors or scientist on the payroll.
A Look At The Weight Loss System
I came across the 'Slenderiix and Xceler8 weight loss system' and read the guide (shown below) that outlined the dosages and recommended products to use along with it. I decided looking into this might help people get a handle on whats involved and the price of this system in comparison to others in the market.
To learn more about the cost of the products you read the US and Canada price list here.
Essentially there are 4 products that are recommended to be used in conjunction with each other to achieve proper weight loss goals when doing this weight loss system.
- Slenderiix- homeopathic drops
- Xceler8- homeopathic drops
- PureNourish- meal replacement shakes
- Optimals- vitamins and minerals for optimal health
The first two products above in bold come together as one package but they are separate products. The following links will take you to the product PDF's where I am basing my information from.
The Slenderiix and Xcelere8 products have 59 mls in each bottle and you are recommended to use (based on the above guide) about 2ml out of each bottle each day. That would mean that you'd use these up in approximately 30 days if you followed their recommendations. This comes to $161.36 at retail.
The PureNourish system contains 28 servings per packet of $85.64 at retail. You are encouraged to have 2 servings per day which means you need to buy double that in a 30 day period to follow this programs recommendations. This works out to $171.28 retail each month.
According to the Optimals PDF it contains 56 servings per bottle and it comes in at $110.71 at retail. They are encouraging you to take 2 servings of this each day, so this is roughly a 1 month supply.
So if I wanted to follow this weight loss system according to the companies recommendations it would cost me $443.35 per month at retail or $310.35 per month as a representative with an automatic monthly shipment in place. I don't know about you but I think that's pretty expensive just to try and lose weight!
Here's my idea... eat healthy, do regular exercise and avoid consuming sugar filled products! If you have a serious health issue as to why you can't lose weight, go and see your doctor. At the very worst case there are comparable products in the market for a LOT less than this. You could join a ritzy gym and buy high quality sports supplements for way less than this each month.
But... maybe the products really are worth that kind of money and who am I to judge right? At the end of the day, price is only an issue in the absence of value so it really comes down to how valuable they are to you. In any case I think it's important to understand the basics of the products themselves as part of the decision making process which is why I dig into that aspect, but let's move onto the opportunity and see how it stacks up!
The Business Opportunity & Compensation Plan
The opportunity in these kinds of companies is simple, but the more you look into the details it can be quite difficult to understand everything involved.
In a nutshell this opportunity is about buying some products, achieving awesome results and then sharing this with others you know and meet so they can do the same. The idea is to sell this product to people and recruit them so they can do the same, potentially creating a life changing residual income in the process. One of the things I like about this company is the amount of information they provide people with on their website. The company claims to have a revolutionary compensation plan, so different in fact they even slapped a patent on it!
Here's some of the key features of their comp plan:
- It has an algorithm to automatically balance volume in your organisation for maximum profit
- Commissions increase as per a reps location and according to inflation to help with cost of living
- It allows for unlimited width and depth earnings potential
Those do seem like some reasonably cool features but there's more to it than that.
Ways You Can Earn
There are various ways you can make money within this company based on your efforts and those of your downline. I'll break these down for you now.
The first way you can earn money with this company is through retail sales. This really does vary though according to what the customer decides to do when they order, which option the customer chooses will directly affect what you can earn. There are three levels of pricing for the customer to choose from:
Retail= Full retail price
Member Or Auto-ship= Join for $25 OR agree to an auto-ship and get 15% off
Auto-ship AND member= Pay $25 to become a member AND agree to an auto-ship and get 30% off. This is what a rep does but anyone can become a 'preferred customer' without becoming a rep and get this same discount.
Anyone at all can jump onto the corporate website and purchase product at the same price as a fully qualified and active rep. All they need to do is pay $25 to join and agree to a monthly auto-ship. With the discounts on offer I find it hard to believe most people buy at full retail, so earning by selling products is not really the best way to go. This is about recruiting just like any other network marketing company.
Building Your Downline
This particular aspect of the comp plan is probably the most confusing I've ever come across and the website summary really doesn't explain it much at all, the reason they have the summary is because the real plan is pretty damn confusing!
Anyway, digging into actual pdf it's my understanding that there are 2 main vertical lines: a 'power line' and a 'pay line'. The power line is the strongest performing team and the lesser line is deemed the pay line, which is where you earn this base commission from to the tune of 15%.
Every time your pay line reaches $2000 in any given week it becomes 'optimised' at which point you earn an additional pay line which is a good thing. It also gives you the option 're-enter' and start a whole new income position under that optimised pay line which essentially starts the whole process over again.
At this point you're probably as confused as I was when I was trying to get my head around this, watch this video it makes a lot more sense because it's illustrated. If you are considering joining this company I highly recommend watching this in full because it will make a lot more sense.
The 'matching bonus is another way you can earn on your downline's overall purchasing 7 levels deep, you can earn a commission on what your referrals and your referrals referrals earn each month, depending on what status you have reached. To earn just 3 levels deep you need to achieve either Gold or Silver status.
Gold status is achieved within the first 8 weeks if you sponsor 4 people who each qualify straight up a 150PV (discussed below) and you maintain your monthly auto-ship for the first 8 weeks. This unlocks 3 levels. Silver status can be achieved after the first 8 weeks by simply sponsoring and maintaining 4 people in your downline each month.
To unlock all 7 levels requires various requirements to be met as shown above.
There are various bonuses on offer depending on what level you reach and your performance within the company.
Getting started will cost you $150 for an IIX membership. You are also going to need to accumulate 150PV to get qualified which equates to US$218.95 wholesale product spend. Optionally, you can also purchase a start pack which unlocks greater levels of earnings (more pay lines) and they range from $764.95 to $2088. Personally I wouldn't go for these unless you really want the products yourself and want to immediately unlock the most earnings potential.
Staying active is a matter of 75 PV worth of auto-ship each month, which works out to $109.95 wholesale each month, this can be fulfilled by your own purchasing or that of your retail or preferred customer orders. There is also a $25 renewal fee each year.
Average Earnings Of Representatives
The company is operating very transparently in providing an average earnings for people to consider before joining this company. Just to be clear, 'part time' representative does NOT mean they are putting in a part time effort. This is just how they have classified it. Someone could be working their ass off just to maintain 'director' level and they are deeming them as only working 'part time' which is not always the case, not by a long shot!
This seems slightly better than most earnings disclaimer I've seen though and either way, your success really does depend on you. I am only showing you this to point out that this will take work and effort just like any other business and you shoud be prepared for this moving forward to increase your chances of success.
What I Liked
- The company has a great website with a lot of information
- They provide links to their compensation plan and an earnings disclosure
- They have credible third party recognition for their products
- The sales video was very ethically put together and I think it explained things well
- They have very little complaints online
- They have a bill of rights which gives reps a greater say in how the company is run
What I Didn't Like
- I find the products, packs and opportunity quite expensive
- They teach warm market techniques to grow your business
I have to admit, this is definitely one of the better companies Ive come across and they seem to be doing some great things. In case you are wondering, I am not an Ariix distributor! Good or bad, I just tell it like it is.
One of the flip side, one of major drawbacks to this company is how they are teaching people to build a business by chasing after your friends and family, also known as the 'warm market' approach. This can work but after a while it will inevitably come to an end, there's only so much product your family and friends will purchase. Then what? If your primary goal is to make a decent income, I strongly recommend learning how to attract targeted leads beyond your warm market if you want to see results.
Whatever you decide, hopefully this review has given you some worthwhile insights and will help you make a more informed decision about joining!