Is Plexus A Pyramid Scheme? 4 Things You Should Know Before Joining

Hey all, welcome to my Plexus Worldwide review!

Another MLM company selling weight loss products just like It Works.

Yes, Plexus is an MLM company but I’m sure if you have come across the brand and thought of joining them, you might be wondering “is Plexus a pyramid scheme?”

Well I’m here to answer that, just like my other MLM company reviews that I’ve done.

It’s also good to note that I’m not an agent or associated with Plexus in any way so you can be sure that my opinion will come from a 3rd party view.

I’m focusing on MLM company reviews at the moment because this is one of the first ventures I did to make money and I want to spread the cautions that people need to take before committing to any MLM company as a distributor.

So if you’re here to find out whether or not Plexus is a legit company that you can trust to make money with, let’s get to it!

Is Plexus a pyramid scheme? Here’s the ugly truths you need to know…

Plexus Summary

Product: Plexus Worldwide
Founder: Tarl Robinson
Product Type: Weight loss and skin care products
Price: $19.95 upfront + $99-$199 welcome pack + $39.95 annual fee
Rating: 20/100
Recommended: No
Summary: Plexus is a wellness company that sells mainly weight loss products that include slim tea as well as supplements. The company was founded by Tarl Robinson who is also the CEO of the company in 2008. They have expanded their product range from weight loss products to skincare.

The products are known to be made all using natural ingredients, gluten-free, vegan, and GMO-free. They operate under the MLM structure to promote their products and have been able to make millions in sales each year.

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What Is Plexus?

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Plexus is famous for its Slim Pink Drink – one of their weight loss products that is able to repress hunger and is to be taken before your meals.

Nowadays, that is not the only product that they are selling. They have expanded to different categories:

– Weight Management
– Gut Health
– Nutrition
– Skincare
– Personal Care

Even though they mentioned that their products are all natural and can help with multiple conditions, those claims are not necessarily true and have not been regulated by the FDA. You can see below that’s being stated on their own website:

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You also need to know that there have been deceptive health claims made by them or their agents. You can see the full list of Plexus’s claims here. There is also a list that is very recently updated in 2020.

And of course, in 2014, FDA has also been warning them when it comes to their health claims. I think that’s also the reason why they need to put the statement on their website. But it’s still up to us to do our due diligence – FDA hasn’t approved the health claims, so…will you?

There’s also an article written by Healthline on Plexus’s products. Even if the products are made with natural ingredients, it doesn’t mean that there will be no side effects.

To get more education on this, I recommend reading more on the article from Healthline.

On top of that, if you have some time to spare, give this video a watch, detailing more on Plexus’s ingredients claims made by a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Is Plexus A Legit Company?

Yes, they are a legit company and BBB accredited but that doesn’t mean you should join them.

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As you can see, it’s great that they are being A+ accredited but look at the reviews.

When it comes to health products, I would like them to be above 4/5. It gives me more confidence in putting those products into my body. They have also gotten 29 complaints in the past 12 months. Something that I don’t want to see in health products.

The thing that I have a problem with the most when it comes to these weight loss products and companies is that, the slim pink drink or supplements can NOT actually help you to lose weight for the long run.

Yes, they might be able to control your hunger and they might give you more energy during the day.

But when you take this daily, there are going to be side effects long term. You might not see it now after you take them, but there are studies when it comes to long term side effects of taking supplements.

You can read here on things you shouldn’t do to lose weight from Webmd.

And read below statements as many times as you want:

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My personal tips that I have made myself when it comes to losing weight have always been:

– Eat healthy food
– Don’t overeat
– Move your body for at least 30 minutes every day

You can add more exercise but just the tip to avoid overeating is already gold. You DON’T need a pink drink to control your hunger, you just need to control yourself.

Order less food, cook less food, only buy groceries for a week and cut the snacks.

Is Plexus An MLM Company?

Yes, Plexus is an MLM company. Even if you go to their website, the main call-to-action would be for you to join them as an ambassador.

Ambassador is the same as being an agent, distributor, seller.

You’re not going to be paid just because you promote the products, you are going to be paid when you get people to buy the products and when you recruit people.

The thing about MLM companies is that they don’t spend on advertising. YOU are their way to advertise.

It means that they save a lot of money from spending on advertising and actually make more money when you join them to become an agent, through enrollment and other miscellaneous fees.

I’m going to go through the fees in more detail below but for now, let’s see whether they tick the next checklist.

Is Plexus A Pyramid Scheme?

Plexus is not a pyramid scheme but they are to me, extremely close to become one. It’s like a pyramid scheme in disguise.

And I don’t say this lightly on many of my MLM reviews.

Only the companies that are extremely sketchy to me in terms of their compensation plan. I’ll explain more in the next section but if you’re not sure how to differentiate a “normal” MLM company from a pyramid scheme company, watch the video below:

And if you do have a bit more time, you can watch this video by John Oliver that really explains why MLM companies don’t really make sense.

Pyramid scheme is when a company is focusing on recruiting people instead of selling their products. And they make more money by recruiting people.

Many MLM companies still make some money when distributors join them but the upline (someone who asks you to join as a distributor) won’t get any kind of remuneration. This is a better way so that people won’t just being too focused on recruiting but actually promoting and selling the products.

This is not the case with Plexus though.

When someone recruits people under them, they can actually make money out of it. And that brings me to next section when I explain more on this.

How Much To Become Plexus’s Ambassador?

First thing first, you will need to know how and what you need to pay when you first join as an agent.

In order to join, you need to pay these:-

a) Enrollment Fee of $19.95 when you first join
b) Annual Membership Fee of $39.95

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c) Welcome Pack either $99 or $199 – you may purchase these welcome packs and your upline IS going to make money off this. When they are going to make money, they are definitely going to push you to get one. This is also pretty important to have in order to try the products yourself and promote them to customers.

d) $100 Monthly – you need to sell or purchase products at least $100 a month to be eligible for commissions.

This bring your total cost in the first year to be: $19.95 + $99 or $199 + ($100 X 12) = $1,318.95 to $1,418.95

Or $110 to $118.25 per month MONEY OUT.

If you couldn’t make it to get the $100 every month, Plexus has set up a standing order for you and so you will be charged for that. That being said, if you are not a fan of Plexus’s products, you are not going to like this system.

But when it comes to promoting products to make money, you should promote the products that you have tried and personally love.

And now that you know just how much you will need to fork out for your first year, it’s time to know how you will make those money back.

How To Make Money With Plexus?

There are several ways you can earn money with Plexus.

1) Retail Commissions – you don’t need a team, you can just promote the products. The more you sell, the higher is the commission’s percentage.

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Oh, the $100 to be eligible for commission? Yea…that’s not counted 😊

2) Retail Profit – you buy with their discounted price for agents and sell them for their suggested retail price.

3) Retail Rewards Override Commissions – you get a 5% cut from your downline’s PV.

4) Preferred Customer Bonus – get bonus when you get a preferred customer (customers on membership program)

5) One-time Achievement Bonus – you get bonus when you move to a higher rank.

6) Business Building Bonuses – when you or your downline recruits people under them and they bought the Welcome Pack, you will get some bonus 😊

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7) Plexus Point – depending on the value of a point, you will earn some bonus based on how many points you have accumulated.

8) Emerald Pool Bonus – 3% from 50% company’s commissionable volume will be distributed equally among qualified Emerald, Sapphire and Diamond Ambassadors.

9) Sapphire Pool Bonus – 1% from 50% company’s commissionable volume will be distributed equally among qualified Sapphire and Diamond Ambassadors. They will also get Emerald Pool Bonus.

10) Diamond Pool Bonus – 1% from 50% company’s commissionable volume will be distributed equally among qualified Diamond Ambassadors. They will also get Emerald and Sapphire Pool Bonus.

11) Diamond Re-entry Position – get another ambassador account and build the network again.

12) Plexus Car Bonus Program

13) Plexus Lifestyle Bonus Program – monthly payment but all is below $1,000.

If you want to see it in more detail and go through all 14 pages of the PDF, you can do so here.

You can get all excited for this, but just how much can you actually make when you’re first starting out? 😊

Let’s take a look at their income disclosure.

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They didn’t come up with tables like many MLM companies do – so you really have to pay attention on what they are saying here.

This income disclosure statement is really sketchy because they are only talking about the Top 10% of agents in the company. What happened to the other 90%?

My guess is that they are NOT making money or actually losing money.

It’s fine – we’re going to use whatever information that they give us.

If you’re lucky and get to the Top 10% of the company, you can either make more than $1,360 or less than that.

And if you get to make $1,360 for one year, you are already losing money with this program because you are spending more than you making buddy!

The fees that we have calculated above do no include your other expenses like buying more product samples, educational expenses, or your travel expenses to go and promote the products.

And obviously it won’t include the time and energy you will be pouring into this. Because with MLM, you need to work HARD to earn money.

It’s not something you can do part time after your day job. It’s not sustainable that way.

I like to create an income stream where I can work on it part-time after my full-time job and will be sustainable enough to constantly bring me money after 5 to 10 years.

What I Like About Plexus?

1. BBB Accredited

It’s nice to see they are accredited by BBB.

It gives a little bit confidence in terms of their company’s operation. But…

If you were to look at the number of complaints, as a user you can still have some doubts.

2. Money Back Guarantee

They have a 60-Day Money Back Guarantee so you can always create a ticket with their customer support if you have any problem with the product itself.

I like when companies give this option to customers.

That being said, however, as I do more research on Plexus, I found that even though they give this guarantee, you can still have some problems with their customer service..

Which I will cover more in the next section.

What I DON’T Like About Plexus

1. Expensive Products

Their tea and supplement products are not cheap guys. I can’t imagine buying a slimming tea for almost a $100.

Someone gave a review that even though the product is good, it’s still not worth the money to buy it because you can some alternative supplements that are a lot cheaper.

Check out the review below:

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2. Expensive to Join

It is definitely one of the more expensive MLMs to join.

I won’t recommend spending that much a year for very little return. And I’m not claiming you won’t be making money, I’m saying that you either will make very little or actually lose money instead.

And this is based on the actual income disclosure that Plexus has provided.

3. Bad Customer Support

Most of their negative reviews revolve around Plexus’s customer support – which stated that it was a hassle to work with.

So even though they do offer the 60-day money back guarantee, if it’s hard for you to get through them, then the guarantee doesn’t even make sense.

And some mentioned that it was very hard to cancel or close your account with Plexus. Even though they have cancelled, they are still being charged by the company.

When I read these kind of reviews, I’ll just hold on to my credit card dearly and won’t give out any of my details to them.

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4. Hard to Make Money

Even though they have a very detailed plan on how you can earn with them and they have come up with multiple ways for you to make money, I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s still going to be very hard for you to earn money with them.

Or any other MLM in that matter.

Because if you really understand the formula of each downline recruiting 5 more people under them and 5 people recruit another 5, up until a level (which is not even the 10th level), you will run out of people to recruit, in the whole world.

That’s why if you’ve been reading a lot on MLM companies, you will realize that you will need to get into the business before they bloom and mature so that you’ll have bigger pool of prospects.

But that’s not the case with Plexus. Check out the Google trend of Plexus below:

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Plexus is actually on decline…

And if you really go through the income statement that they have shared, the majority of them don’t actually make any money with Plexus..

Should You Go With Plexus?

I’ll give a hard no.

I’m not a fan of their products and I’m not a fan with their compensation plan. How come you won’t get commissioned for the first $100 sales?? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

If you’re a fan of a product and you want to promote the product because you have personally tried it, it changed your life and you want to make money at the same time, MLM is NOT the answer.

You might want to check out affiliate marketing.

It’s a lot more sustainable to do and you won’t need to be commission eligible to make money with them.

How I Make Money These Days

I too, make money promoting something that I love but I don’t need to be recruiting or become eligible every month to receive commission.

All I do is build online assets, get people come to me when they have a problem and I’ll recommend the products that I trust.

And I actually get paid for it.

I’ve been doing this for 3 years and all the assets I’ve built 3 years ago are still generating money for me until today.

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