Is SkinnyBodyCare.com A Scam?
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If you are one of my loyal subscribers who is currently getting paid to click on ads at Clixsense.com, you will know why I am writing about this company. It's because we've all seen the ads for this Skinny fiber stuff. As a marketer I know if someone keeps advertising the same thing over and over again for a long period of time, chances are they're making money. So I wanted to see how and why we're reviewing this company. Because for all we know, it may be a great opportunity for you. Let's dig deeper and see if this is the case.
So what is Skinny Body Care about?
Basically It's an MLM that is promoting a ‘diet miracle pill' called Skinny Fiber. I probably lost some of you when heard that dirty word MLM. It gives me the heebie jeebies too. Unfortunately Multi Level Marketing opportunities don't have the best reputation out there for good reasons. But just because there are a few rotten apples in a given industry doesn't mean all the apples are bad. It's a just a matter of keeping this in mind and doing your research accordingly so you can avoid those bad apples. The same applies for the work at home industry, affiliate marketing, car shopping, lawyers, etc. Even if this wasn't an MLM you should always do your research which is easy to do when you follow the steps in my scam video.
The fact of the matter is there are many companies who sell a real life useful physical product who use the MLM model legitimately to help build their business. Amway, Avon, Melaleuca and others have been doing it successfully for years. So an MLM can work and be very profitable for the right people. An MLM goes bad when you don't have a solid product or service to sell people and the only way that seems to bring any income in is by referrals only.
That's what we call a Pyramid Scam and there are a lot of MLMs out there that are cleverly disguised pyramid scams. Hopefully this isn't case here.
What is Skinny Fiber and how does it work?
Here's the information straight from the horse's mouth:
"Skinny Fiber ingredients include ‘three cutting-edge', fat burning, all-natural ingredients called Glucomannan, Caralluma Fimbriata, and Chá de Bugre. Skinny Fiber also includes a blend of seven digestive enzymes that are considered to be a hidden factor in fat loss."
They go on to provide details about each of these ingredients and their effect on weight loss. They even try to validate these ingredients with references of Dr. Oz and clinical studies.
You can read more about the ingredients and claims here.
How do you make money with Skinny Body Care?
To start off, you must sign up through a referral, that you get through an ad, or someone sends to your email or on a review page for the program online. At the time of this review, you must buy a Skinny Fiber bottle each month with an automatic order, which is around $60 a pop ($720 a year). Occasionally there will be a ‘free trial' offer, but eventually you will have to buy a bottle each month in order to earn commissions or bonuses.
The payment plan is a 3×8 matrix which means 3 people are under you and eight additional people can be added under each of them. The people above you can add people to your matrix, so one of your first three might come from them. The largest % of commissions come from these three, and from anyone who buys the product from you via an online order. Each level the % will go down.
Then there is some other stuff about how you make money that you're free to make sense of if you want. My simple simon mind didn't even want to attempt to rephrase it so I've linked to it here. I never understand why these MLMs have all these extra payment scenarios. I personally think it just makes things more confusing than need be. But at the same time it does give you more ways to earn higher amounts with the company.
How and when do you get paid?
Damned, if I know. I used all of my investigative powers, as did my research team, and we could only find that some members on forums saying they got paid. They never really got into details about how or when. Not surprisingly no one has provided any proof of payment either. So take the claims of being paid with a grain of salt. In any event you would think they have an easily accessible FAQ page that tells you all these details!
What about start up costs and those websites we see?
As far as I can tell the main start up cost is the $60/month you have to cough up for a bottle of miracle fiber pills. Obviously, they must have resources for you to use, as all those ads on Hits4Pay etc have the exact same format, only the referral name differs. The websites I read seemed to use different formats, but the material, graphics were just about the same, so they do have resources for new members to use.
Where's the FDA approval? Even on their main company website they have the following disclosure in nice bold print which I appreciate:
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
So um without the FDA giving this an approval, do you feel comfortable taking this pill or worst still promoting it to others? I don't know about you but that doesn't sit right with me.
Why does this company remind me of Egypt? With a Pyramid scam, the people at the bottom pay to get in, which pays the money to the people on the top. The people on the bottom have to bust ass and recruit people below them to get paid and the cycle continues until the pyramid collapses. There is no real product with a pyramid schemes. Or if there is one there isn't an emphasis on selling it.
Well if you take the time to watch the whole video on one of their sites, about half way through you see a matrix that looks and smells a lot like a pyramid scam. You'll notice the real push is in getting people to sign up and not the product! Seems weird considering how they claim this product is a miracle diet pill. Shouldn't the focus be pushing the pill?
Some folks over at Scam.com uncovered the owner of the company is a man name Ben Glinksy who apparently is a successful marketer who's loyal followers say is great. While others don't feel this way and have listed the failed programs he has sponsored before. Apparently this Skinny Body Care is set up very much like the others which have failed. I think that is a red flag to anyone. I don't know enough to say one way or the other, all I can do is follow my own advice and try to find a balance between what complaints and praises. Then I take this information and look for a pattern. Judging on what I've learned there is enough information to make me pause.
So Is Skinny Body Care legitimate?
This whole thing reeks to me and I would advise staying away from it. I can't say outright it is a scam, but I could probably pay for a gym membership for the same $720 you would spend on a years worth of those pills and probably have a better chance of losing weight without the worry that a product may hurt me because it's not approved by the FDA. The fact that promoting the product isn't the big push is highly reminiscent of a pyramid scam. So with that said, I just wouldn't want to risk my time or money with this.
As always I would love to hear your input about this company. Feel free to correct anything I got wrong or add to anything I may have missed. If you've actually been paid by this company for promoting the product I would love to hear from you as well.
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