Company: Plexus Worldwide
The CEO: Tarl Robinson
Startup Cost: $34.95 +
Full Review of Plexus Worldwide
The company was founded in 2006 and specialises in weight loss and other health related products using an mlm business model, it is run by CEO Tarl Robinson. Promoting health and wellness products is pretty standard across the board for mlm’s, a lot of them specialise in this kind of thing.
I have to warn you that a lot of the companies pushing health and wellness products promote overhyped and unsubstantiated claims about the health benefits of their products. It is also worth noting that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) have not evaluated Plexus’ claims regarding health benefits of their products to the best of my knowledge at the time of writing this.
This does not mean they are not great products, but it is wise to be careful and research well before believing any marketing materials designed to promote the health related benefits of particular products. This goes for any company.
The Business Opportunity
This is marketed as an opportunity to sell high quality health and wellness products while making money at the same time.
You can focus on only selling the products themselves without recruiting which is nice but to be honest this won’t make you any real money doing this, you’ll need to recruit if you want to make a solid income.
How Does It Work?
Quite simply you pay $34.95 to join and $100 or more in the first month to get qualified as an ambassador, which gives you the ability to purchase products at wholesale, sell them at retail and also refer others into your downline.
There are two ways for a person to qualify as an ambassador:
- Buy $100 or more of Plexus products yourself with a mandatory automatic monthly re-ordering service
- You have a direct customers purchasing $100 or more from you each month
Essentially you are trying to obtain 100 PV (personal volume) each month by accomplishing one of these two goals in order to qualify for ambassador status. Think of it like $1 equals 1 PV, so when you OR your customer spends $100 you automatically get 100 PV, thus qualifying you.
Once You’re Qualified…
You will earn Plexus points (not the same as PV) based on how many people you recruit into your downline, these points equate to a fluctuating dollar value. To me this all seems pretty reasonable for an mlm and works on a system where you get paid per Plexus Point you have earned, whatever that dollar value equates to.
The dollar value of each Plexus point is determined by Plexus’ earnings and the number of ambassadors in the system. It ranges somewhere between $2-$5 per point. I’m not going to go into any more detail about this but it seems halfway decent to me.
There are also 11 different levels of status each having different entitlements, pretty standard stuff really.
To find out more I recommend checking out the Plexus compensation plan on their website, there’s too much ground to cover this in detail like most comp plans.
The Real Costs Involved
- $34.95 per year base membership fee
- $100 per month/ $1200 per year in addition to above membership fee to stay qualified, this is only if you don’t sell enough product though to your direct customers
- Like all MLM’s there are also the conventions that cost a bit of money too, while not mandatory most of them push this pretty hard so be prepared for this
Plexus Worldwide have had 246 complaints lodged with the BBB in the last few years which is reasonably high, but not extreme. Most of them seem to be customer service and product related issues from what I can tell.
They also seem to have some kind of action against them from the FDA which is worth noting in relation to misbranding and marketing. Nothing has been proven at this time though from my understanding. It might be worth the time to check this out for more information if you have any concerns.
Is Plexus Worldwide A Scam Or Pyramid Scheme?
Since you are making your money based on your qualified recruits and direct customers only, you are only earning when an actual product is sold. This means Plexus is not an illegal pyramid scheme.
Can You Really Make Money With This?
How much money you make really does depend on how bad you want it! Believe it or not the actual company has little to do with how successful you will be, provided it is halfway decent of course.
What you achieve depends on how much work you are willing to put in and how regularly, like I said above… how badly you want this is key. You are building a business that will take months and even years to get profitable. So you must be hard working, focussed and driven to make any money, plain and simple.
Why So Many Fail
One of the biggest reasons people fail is that they don’t have a plan to get fresh leads into their business each and every day. You can dream all day long about how great your opportunity is but without leads you may as well just forget about it.
You will not achieve success by harping on friends and family all day long, that will wear very thin very quickly believe me, I’ve been there. You also won’t get their by recruiting a handful of people and thinking your team will do the rest, in theory that is possible but believe me this will never happen unless you get extremely lucky.
Overall it seems like an ok company and I certainly wouldn’t call it a scam. That said, it does have quite a high number of complaints and it also requires an auto-shipping service which is a little concerning. These qualifying costs can really burden someone trying to build a business along with the warm market style recruiting they embrace. You could make money with Plexus but it’s not my top recommendation.