Advocare- MLM Scam Or Great Money Making Opportunity?
Hey There, Friends!
Welcome back to another review!?
Today I’ll be going over the in’s and out’s of a company that provides nutritional, weight-management, and sports performance products – as well as giving individuals the opportunity to become distributors and (possibly) make money from the ever popular multi-level marketing model.
?Let’s take a look at AdvoCare. What products they offer, the opportunity being a distributor brings, and the amount of money you stand to make from signing up.
Ready, set, go!
Company Name: AdvoCare
Founder: Charles E. Ragus, in 1993
Overall Rating: (3 / 5)
So, What Is AdvoCare?
AdvoCare is a company, founded in 1993, that distributes products that assist with weight-loss, help athletes to perform, and provide general nutrition. They provide products such as this:
The company has a very large, thorough website – and I have to tell you, where this can be confusing…it isn’t really in this case. I was pretty impressed with the amount of information and the ease of navigating through the website.
There are many companies out there that are completely unphased by the fact that their website provides LITTLE to NO information that is helpful for newcomers…which is baffling to me?. This is not one of those companies.
First of all, I noticed that the company values, listed below, are actually very nice, and seem to be well-thought-out and not generic and ridiculous.
Also, there is a very nice little brochure that you can view on the website called DebtBuster.
This brochure contains a short plan that you can follow to help you to begin to manage your debt, and then knock it out little by little. It resembles the Dave Ramsey method, but I think it is quite nice that they provide you with a cool tool to that will help you to assess how much you will end up paying on your credit cards to pay them in full if you ONLY PAY THE MINIMUM amount. See below?
We are already off to a good start, folks. And if you have read my reviews, you know that that’s not a statement I use lightly ?
I think it is very encouraging that there are services provided on the site, such as the DebtBuster, that you don’t have to pay for.
As you and I both know, when you are looking into the prospect of making money online, there is a big chance that you aren’t doing it for the fun of it. There are debts to pay off, bills piling up, and you need a good source of income now!
Another interesting tidbit: The list of athletic endorsers for this company is seemingly large, especially for a company of this type. In fact, the main spokesperson is Drew Brees.
Granted, unless the products work it doesn’t really matter WHO endorses them, so we will check up on customer reviews in just a moment.
How To Be A Customer Vs. Becoming A Distributor
**Note- a couple of years ago, AdvoCare redesigned their compensation and business plan. It is no longer possible to earn money from people that sign up under your sponsorship. Which means that you can only earn money from selling products.
As per usual with these types of companies, there are several ways to purchase and to sign up.
When you choose to simply buy product, you would select “check out as guest” at checkout, and the product is delivered to you and the process ends there.
? Preferred Customer
You sign up for $19.95, and will receive a 20% discount on product. Preferred Customers differ from Distributors in that they will use AdvoCare products for their own personal use, and do not sell to others or participate in the compensation plan. Your membership will annually renew at the rate of $19.95, and you will receive a free product in your next order. If you prefer, you can sign up for auto-renewal and not have to worry about remembering to each year. I advise against this however, until you’re sure you like the product. With all of our memberships and subscriptions these days, things can get out of hand very quickly!
The Preferred Customer Membership is for you if you only want to use the products, and you have no intentions of taking it any further than that.
As a former faithful consumer of YoungLiving, I gotta say, it is definitely worth it to sign up for Preferred Customer if you KNOW that you will be using the products on a regular, monthly basis. These products aren’t cheap, and a 20% discount makes a big difference.??
So this is where things start to differ a bit from other MLM type companies.
When you sign up to be a distributor for AdvoCare, you ONLY MAKE MONEY when you sell products. You will not benefit at all from recruiting people to join and sign up under you.
While the pressure of having to send those embarrassing Facebook messages and getting turned down by countless people who have no real interest in signing up is removed by this??, there is also the question whether this hurts your ability to make a decent amount of income with the company.
They state themselves in the Income Disclosure Statement that building a successful business “takes significant time, dedication, and hard work.” And, “Like all businesses, success is not guaranteed.”
Guys, while you probably know that I am very disgusted by most MLM companies and I do these reviews to call them out on what they are doing to innocent people, I really can’t hate on the fact that they are very honest about the chances of success.
In fact, in 2017, the average annual income…and this is ANNUAL and not MONTHLY…was $125. That’s completely fine if you aren’t looking to build a lucrative business and just have some free time to fill, but you also have to consider the costs of startup, which are:
- $59.00 plus tax and shipping for the distributor kit
- An annual renewal fee of $50.00
Okay, they’ve got me here again,
That’s really not much considering the fact that you do not have to carry inventory.
They state in the compensation plan that, basically, you can earn a profit of 20-40% depending on the amount that you decide to charge the customer after you have paid for product. See example below
They also provide a chart of the average payout in the year 2017 – note the difference between what the vast majority made, compared to what the small .02% made.
As disappointing as it seems, this is actually the reality of signing up to be a distributor for just about any MLM company.
Because the products you sell are the money you make while signed up as a distributor, it’s important to first know what people think of the products – and guys, I’m sad to say that the average was about 3 stars. People don’t seem to love the products.
Final Thoughts And Verdict
- A crazy amount of honesty. I love this about this company. They certainly don’t tell you that you will make a million dollars in a month like most companies.
- Large list of endorsers
- Been in business for a long time
- Great list of values that they seem to follow
- Very easy compensation plan.
- Don’t have to carry products
- You choose how much of a profit to make by how much you charge your customers
- Though it doesn’t have the typical MLM structure, you are still at the mercy of your customers and sales skills.
- Not a great financial gain
- Not to be a lucrative business
- Not approved by the FDA
- Have to get out there and sell
Overall, I am pretty impressed by the honesty of the company, and the amount of support they seem to have.
There is no false promise about making a ton of money, and the compensation plan is super easy comparatively.
HOWEVER…the product reviews are overall not good, and that is the basis for your entire business. If you endorse something that doesn’t work, don’t expect to make it.
The amount of money that you probably stand to make is so trivial that it won’t even make up for what it costs you to sign up.
If you are looking to begin a lucrative business, this is not where I would advise you to go.
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Well, thank you all for stopping by. I hope this review has been helpful for you in your search for financial freedom and sustainable income.
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