What Is Usana? A MLM Scam? Dr. Oz Says No!
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110 Million – 60 Billion – 300,000 to 3 Million!
The latest statistics are in and Eddy with a Y wants you to know what these impressive numbers mean:
- 110 Million Americans are obese (34.5% of the U.S. population)
- 60 Billion Dollars per year spent in the USA on Diet/Nutrition products
- $300,000 to $3 million paid to celebrities endorsing these products
Now we understand why there are so many different products saturating this market niche, brought to us by companies claiming that their product is above and beyond of all others.
Most of these companies peddling their goodies through damn MLMs, which I am not very fond of, as you all know by now. I reviewed a few of them in recent weeks, among them Jeunesse, LifeVantage, Vfinity and It Works Wraps. Lately, I was getting many requests to review the company Usana and their products, and I am glad to oblige.
What Is Usana?
USANA Health Sciences, Inc., or USANA, is a Utah-based multi-level marketing company that produces various nutritional products. It's listed with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and founded by Dr. Myron W. Wentz, the company stock is traded on Nasdaq.
What Are The Usana Products?
First off, Usana offers over 150 products which are way too many to list here. But here is the break down of the categories you can choose from:
Here you find the usual assortment of vitamin supplements and a number of ‘special formulas‘ for:
- Bone Health
- Acute Memory Function
- Prostate Health (for men only)
- Joint Health
- Eye Health
- Nutrition for total Body Health
Diet & Energy
This category carries the main dieting stuff so you can shed some unwanted pounds
- A variety of food replacement shakes which give you a sated feeling, for a short while at least
- A selection of Snack bars to carry you over to the next Shake time
Here you find everything for Skin, Hair & Body Care (sorry, no toilet paper though)
- Skin Care includes: Cleaners, Moisturizers, Skin Renewal Cr?me
- Skin Treatment offers you: Concentrated Refining Serum, Age Defying Gel, and Purifying Mask
- Hair & Body Care: In this section you find everything from Shower Gel, Shampoo, Hand & Body Lotion to Toothpaste
Are the products good or even better than others?
To be honest, I don't know because I have not tried any of them myself, except for one meal replacement shake given to me by someone trying to pull me into the Usana dingy.
So, I have to rely what other folks have to say about Usana products. I read about 120 user reviews and there were only 2 (two) that were negative. As hard as tried to find any complaints about the products on the internet, I was not able to find negative comments. So that's a good thing.
What About The Usana Business Opportunity?
To become an associate, you will have to pay a $29.95 start-up fee, and a renewal fee of $20 every year there after.
In order to create “Your Business Center” and start building your own downline, you can choose from 3 business models:
- Basic Business Pack – Preferred Price: $305.00
- Entrepreneur Pack – Preferred Price: $625.00
- Professional Pack – Preferred Price: $1,250.00
If you cannot afford $300 – $1,300 bucks, but still want to go ahead and create your business center, you need to purchase at least 200 points of USANA products, roughly $240 bucks to get started, and then $120 every 4 weeks.
I am done with getting a migraine headache trying to figure out the rest of their messed up compensation plan, but if you want to learn more about ‘the opportunity to make your life the best it can be‘, you can look it up right here.
This seems like a pretty typical MLM set up. However USANA has implemented another level which is called a ‘5 customer rule‘ – where an associate has to make sales to 5 different people during EVERY 4-week period, before he is eligible to receive a commission. Presumingly this was set up to avoid being labeled a pyramid scheme by the FTC. So you better be able to meet that quota consistently to be an associate of the company.
What About The Endorsement By Dr. Oz?
Did you really have to ask me about that? Ok, here it is in a nutshell. Dr. Wentz/Usana donated roughly a quarter million dollars to Dr. Oz in 2014. I'm not really good at math but that's about 250,000 reasons that Dr. Oz has to endorse the product.
And on top of it….
“According to USANA's president Kevin Guest, USANA pays Dr. Oz an annual fee to advertise USANA products on the show”.
So what? There are a lot of legit companies I endorse on this site that happily pay me and I'm not ashamed of that. But there are a lot I turn down because I just don't believe in the company or their product. So I'm not attaching my name to it regardless of how much money I can make. I would hope that Dr. Oz actually believes in this product as well and it's not just about the Benjamin as Biggie would say.
What Are The Complaints Against Usana?
Surprisingly, there are no complaints about the products. Period. I couldn't find any on the Internet, the BBB or even on Amazon, which sells Usana products. That's a good thing in my book. But there are some other complaints or concerns.
Products Are Too Expensive!
I did a price comparison with similar products and found that Usana products are on the high end of the price scale, but they are not the most expensive products out there. Fort example, Usana Toothpaste is $10 retail, a competitor's tube of toothpaste goes for $12 bucks.
I find it strange though, that you can buy Usana products on eBay and Amazon, and that they sell for less than buying from a Usana associate:
Ok, the difference is just 5 bucks, but price conscious retail customers may not buy from Usana.
The 5-Customer Rule Is A Ruse!
Well that's according to some of their own reps. Several Associates of Usane claim that the 5-customer rule is in place only “so that Usana does not have to pay commissions“. I've tried to get an answer about this from Usana support, but have not received a single response to numerous requests. Not good, not good.
Usana Associates Can Not Make A Livable Income!
The 5-Customer rule and the fact that Usana products sell cheaper at other places may have something to do with that. According to the latest shareholder report, Usana had over 180,000 associates on their books, and even if Usana should gross 500 million, the average per associate is a meager 2,778 buck per year. And this, my friends, is the sad but true fact about the MLM system.
So Is Usana A Scam or Legit?
First off, Usana products ARE good and better than most comparable products out there. The founder of Usana, Dr. Myron Wentz holds a B.Sc. degree in biology from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, a M.Sc. degree in microbiology from the University of North Dakota, and a Ph.D. degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of Utah. This may be the reason that Usana products do not contain any of the harmful ingredients found in most dieting/nutrition products (source: wikipedia).
The business opportunity is what it is. I'm not big on MLMs because some of their reps are shady, they tend to have complicated compensation plans and usually over priced products that people don't want to pay for. Although Usana tries hard to rid itself from the bad reputation MLMs do have with their 5-customer rule. On paper it does look great that they want their associates to focus on selling the products rather than just recruiting associates. But from the associates perspective it's hard enough to make sales without being required to do so. So I think it's an unnecessary stress placed on the associate.
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So give it a look but with that said the reason I've been so successful at making money from home is that I have multiple streams of income and you can too. I teach you how with my Work At Home Courses here. In any event, I hope you enjoyed reading my Usana review and I would love to hear your opinion about it. Please, let us know what's on your mind, and chime in down below.
That's it for today. Like always…..thanks for stopping by
Eddy with a Y