The Company: Truvision Health
Founder & CEO: Travis Martin et al.
Startup Cost: $35
The company claims to give you 'next level supplements to help you achieve your 'next level goals' and also provide a network marketing business opportunity. They say all you need to do is try the product, share it with those you know and repeat the process. It's not quite that simple.
The company was founded in 2014 and specialises in health and wellness products distributed through the mlm business model. They claim to be 'leading change' in the industry with incredible products and an awesome business opportunity so let's first look at the products to see how they stack up. The website notes Travis Martin, Derek Bailey and Shawn Gibson as the founding partners but I am not sure if they are the original founders according to some research I did. Whatever.
If I had a dollar every time an mlm company claimed to have the 'secret key' to a persons ultimate health and wellbeing I'd be doing extremely well! After seeing so many claim this I stick to looking at the facts about their health claims based on credible third party resources.
It's super easy to get swept up in the hype of the business opportunity and the money you could make and forget about the actual facts of the products themselves.
Some concerns about the product range:
- They have no credible third party endorsement
- They have zero verifiable proof for any of their claims
- They are expensive in comparison to similar and more reputable alternatives
- The health claims have not been evaluated by the FDA
I also found an article by weightlossfraud.com that goes into some technical detail on one of their core products 'TruWeight and Energy' and some of the key ingredients. The article clearly shows that this product contains some alarming ingredients designed to give people energy in a 'quick fix' kind of way that is potentially hazardous to a persons health.
Apparently now the company has changed it's formula to 'Gen 2' which seems to do away with some of these ingredients although it does still contain one of those listed in the above article called Dendrobium.
The company website has a section on their '4 core principals' in producing products and to me the whole thing seemed like some defensive statement about how they really are legit, despite what other people say. Despite what actual credible and legitimate health organisations say to be precise.
Here's a snippet I took from their website:
At any rate I think it's wise to research the products well before making any decisions. I am not saying they aren't at least good but I really don't see how revolutionary they are.
Let's see how it stacks up on price in comparison to similar products made by well known companies that have good reviews online. I am not a health expert so I am not saying these products are exactly the same or even super close in the ingredients, but they are all caffeinated weight loss pills.
TruWeight & Energy: A one month supply of this comes in at $58.95 or $51.95 if the customer signs up to become a preferred customer. To become a preferred customer requires the customer to agree to an auto-ship every month of 100PV (personal volume), which equates to about $121.93 or per month or more at preferred customer pricing.
Irwin Naturals: One month supply of their 'Triple-Tea Fat Burner' costs $16.49 from iHerb.com and it has good reviews and quality ingredients.
Pro Clinical Hydroxycut: One month supply of their weight loss formula would cost between $30-$44.98 depending on how much you take. This has a lot of quality ingredients, good reviews and some research to back it up.
Now before I go any further I know some people will probably slam me for comparing these given they are different products. I am not claiming that these products are any better or worse, simply that they are similar and are certainly no less credible than TruVision's weight loss formula in the eyes of most consumers.
If you are looking to sell these products in the open (and insanely competitive) market then it really comes down to how the consumer perceives the product, the reviews and third party validation. The consumer is the one buying it so it matters what they think and how they perceive these products more than you might think.
To me, they seem unsubstantiated and overpriced. Maybe you agree, maybe you don't... I think a lot of consumers that do their homework would be very skeptical at best.
The Business Opportunity
Now that we've looked at the products I want to turn your attention to the business opportunity itself. In particular the costs, the different ways you can earn and methods they are teaching people to build a business.
What the 'gurus' tell you this is about: Buy a bunch of amazing products yourself then convince others to buy them and join under you. If you share your great experience with people that you know then they'll join under you and buy product, they will then recruit others who do the same thing and you'll eventually build an empire.
But is this really how it's going to work out? I think you'll be interested to understand the real story which I'll explain at the end of this review.
For now let's take a look at the details of this business.
The Compensation Plan Explained
The first red flag for me is that they do not provide people with the compensation plan or an average earnings report anywhere on their website. Legitimate mlm companies always do this to show transparency and explain things clearly to people, heck even the not so legit companies do this so I was surprised that these self proclaimed 'change leaders' were being so secretive.
The most they give on their website is a series of videos and a detailed guide (that leaves a ton of detail out) that explain different aspects of the compensation plan. While it is good the way they break everything down and make it easy for people to understand in the videos I would rather look at the official document to understand fully what is involved.
How You Can Earn
Selling Product: This is where you can earn a commission based on what a customer buys from the company website after putting in your sponsor ID. There are 3 levels of pricing:
- Preferred customer pricing
- Associate pricing
If someone buys at retail you'll earn the difference between retail and associate pricing, if they buy as a preferred customer you'll earn the difference between preferred customer pricing and associate pricing. Using the example of TruWeight & Energy you'd make $12.50 off a retail sale or $5.50 if they buy as a preferred customer sale.
Uni-Level Team Overrides: You can earn a commission up to 7 levels deep and infinitely wide depending on your rank within the company. This is based on the total volume of the products being purchased from all retail customers, preferred customers and associates.
Fast Start Bonus: You can earn a percentage if one of your recruits purchase a 'fast start pack' in their first 60 days. To be eligible you need to have purchased one of these packs yourself and they range in price as the screenshot below shows.
Matching Bonus: You are eligible to earn 10% on all of what your directly sponsored people are bringing in each month.
To get started will cost you $35 and if you ant to unlock the full income potential you'll need to purchase a starter pack.
You need to get qualified with 100PV worth of product which most starter packs will accomodate you for the first month as you can see above. If you don't purchase a pack then you'll need to buy product to the value of 100 PV to get qualified, which is about $107.30+ as an associate- see screenshot below.
Staying active requires you to have a 100PV auto-shipment of product each month which again, would equate to a minimum of about $107.3o per month for a couple of core products.This can be reduced by your retail and preferred customer orders though so this is only if you are not selling enough product.
1st Year Cost Estimate
This is where I put in a general estimate on what I think it would cost me being in business with a particular company in the first year. It is based on my own research and opinion and for this reason (and since prices change), I recommend doing your own research before making any decisions.
Basic Starter Pack= $160
Staying Active= $1180.30
Other= This includes training seminars, conventions and associated travel/ accommodation, samples to give to prospects and any other business related tools. This has not been put in as an actual price, it is just to give you an idea of the potential costs involved.
Total= $1375.30 +
This is about the average cost of most mlm companies I review and of course this could go up or down depending on a range of factors. As you can see it's going to cost a lot more than just $35 if you want to start earning any money.
What I Liked
- The videos explaining the comp plan were easy to understand
- The joining cost is low
What I Didn't Like
- Make big claims about health benefits with little tangible proof to support this
- Don't provide the compensation plan or average associate earnings chart
- I'm not a fan of the warm market approach
It's not a scam but in my opinion they make too many unsubstantiated claims about their products like many other health and wellness mlm companies. The thing about health products is that the market is beyond saturated with them and to sell these is going to be one heck of a battle for a number of reasons.
- You are competition against well known brands
- There are better priced quality alternatives readily available
- Your market is very limited to friends and family
After looking into this it appears the emphasis is very much on recruiting and unless you have a way to drive tons of fresh leads into your business you'll be hustling your family and friends and convincing them to sign up under you. This is a very limited and ineffective way to build your business and unfortunately won't get you very far.
If you love the products and want to make some money promoting these, no doubt you could do ok. To make a full-time income will require more than chasing family and friends. Whatever you decide, hopefully this has given you some useful insights to help you make a more informed decision.