Good Juice Plus reviews are hard to find!
This article was last UPDATED on 7/3/2016
If you are thinking about joining Juice Plus, you should read as many Juice Plus reviews as you can find. Be sure that the reviews that you read are not written by current members of the Juice Plus opportunity. They are just there to try to recruit you into the business and may not give you an unbiased review.
My review of Juice Plus will be an independent review. I am not, nor have I ever been a distributor of Juice Plus products or the business opportunity.
Whether you are thinking of joining Juice Plus or any other network marketing company, I would urge you to do your own due diligence. People frequently lose money while trying to build any network marketing company.
Juice Plus Reviews – the company and its history
I was surprised by the history of this network marketing company. It’s rather colorful. Juice Plus is more properly referred as NSA. No, not the governmental agency. NSA is an acronym that stands for National Safety Associates.
The company, NSA, was started in 1970 by Jay Martin. Mr. Martin still serves as the CEO of the company.
In 1970, NSA was selling fire protection equipment. My understanding is that NSA was, at that time, a direct sales company. Later, during the 1980’s they switched to a multilevel marketing compensation structure. Also, during the 1980’s NSA became known for their water filtration products and later added in air filtration products.
In the early 1990’s, NSA, according to Wikipedia, started selling educational games for children.
It was in 1993 that NSA found, Juice Plus. Again, my understanding is that NSA does not manufacture the Juice Plus products, they are only sold through the NSA network marketing company.
Although the company is now referred to as Juice Plus, the paperwork to join the company still has the NSA logo on it and throughout the document it refers to NSA over and over again.
I don’t see that as, necessarily, a bad thing. It’s just an interesting fact to keep in mind.
NSA has been selling the Juice Plus brand for over 20 years, now. The company has gotten through the first 5 years of business. This is an excellent sign, as most MLM companies go out of business in their first 5 years.
Juice Plus reviews and their Better Business Bureau rating
Juice Plus is listed with the Better Business Bureau. They have an A+ rating. I like to see a company’s rating be at least an “A.” It tells a lot about their integrity and how they conduct their business.
Keep in mind that the BBB just resolves problems between a company and its clients. This, in no way describes the quality of their products.
Here is the link to the Juice Plus rating on the BBB site.
Juice Plus reviews – their products
Juice Plus currently has 13 products for sale. All of the products are considered to be whole foods. They are not vitamins. I’ve heard it described as getting the nutrition of 17 fruits, vegetables and grains in a capsule.
There are nutrition capsules, chews, shakes and nutrition bars available. Most of the products are meant to be taken by adults. However, they do offer chewables for children.
The prices for the products range from $24.50 to $76.75. Those are monthly prices that are based on buying a 3 month supply.
If you would like to sample the products, you can go to Amazon and order from there. The prices are a little more expensive then buying the products from a distributor. This may be due to the fact that you are only buying a 1 month supply.
The customer ratings for Juice Plus products on Amazon is between 3.5 stars and 5 stars. I would suggest reading as many reviews as you can. Try to distinguish the reviews about the products from those about the seller.
Juice Plus reviews – how to get involved
Juice Plus costs a mere $50.00 to join. However, this is payable on a yearly basis and is paid on January 1st, regardless of when you actually joined the company. I actually like this aspect of the company. Many people might say, “Why can’t I just pay $350.00, once, and be done with it?”
Since the vast majority of network marketers, approximately 75%, will quit in their first 90 days of business, they will only lose the $50.00.
If you happen to stay in the business for 10 years, sure you’ve paid them more money, but you’re only staying in the business that long because you’re making money.
It also seems that the distributors are not required to buy the products for themselves, as a requirement of making money in the Juice Plus business. There are no autoship requirements.
Juice Plus Reviews and the compensation plan
There are 7 levels in the Juice Plus compensation plan. You would start out as a Distributor and you can advance all the way to being a National Marketing Director.
They offer an interesting way to advance through levels in their compensation plan. There are a certain number of sales points that are required at each new level. You get points for each sale that you make. You also get points from the sales of the distributors that you have brought into the business. All points are cumulative and permanent. This means that once you are promoted to the next level, you are there to stay.
Juice Plus offers a fast track to each level. If you are able to meet half of the regular, cumulative sales points, in the first 3, 6 or 12 months, respectively, of being in the business, you can be promoted to the next level. Otherwise, you can meet the sales points requirement over any time period you choose.
As with most network marketing companies, there are bonuses that are paid for reaching certain sales goals.
This cumulative point system ends as you get to the Senior Sales Coordinator level. The Senior Sales Coordinators and above must maintain a sales level each month.
There are added perqs for becoming a National Sales Director.
If you are able to reach the National Marketing Director level, then you are given health, dental, vision, disability and prescription insurance. As well as a tuition reimbursement program.
Here is a brief overview of the compensation plan.
You can also watch this video for a more in depth view of it.
Juice Plus review – Income Disclosure Statement
I have not been able to locate an Income Disclosure Statement (IDS), for Juice Plus, as of this writing. I do have a call into a current distributor to see if they have access to it.
My guess is that after being in business for over 20 years that their IDS will be virtually the same as most other network marketing companies. Most Income Disclosure Statements, that I’ve read, show that about .16% of “active distributors” have reached the top level of the compensation plan.
“Active distributors” are being defined as distributors who are earning a commission check each month.
This does not include anyone who has joined the company in order to buy the products at “wholesale” prices and it doesn’t include people who have quit the business.
Juice Plus review – Is this the right company for you?
They do have a very “colorful” past. That being said, they have a very nice, 20 year, track record selling the Juice Plus brand.
If you are, seriously thinking about joining Juice Plus, I would recommend that you talk to as many current and former Juice Plus distributors as you can. Try to get their honest opinions of the company and their products. Ask former distributors why they left the company.
Find people who have used the products and find out if they do what the company says that they will do for them.
As with all network marketing companies the person who sponsors you is probably more important than the company and their products.
In the end, it will be up to you to sell the products and find people to sponsor into the business. It helps if you are enthusiastic about both!
Whether you decide to join Juice Plus or another network marketing company, keep in mind that 97%+ people never make any money n the business and most of those actually lose money.
Whatever you decide to do, I wish you the best of luck!
UPDATE #1: 3/21/2016
I have a friend who is a distributor for the Juice Plus opportunity. She has been in the business for approximately 18 months. Here is the story that she told me.
She tells me that she just rank advanced, a week ago or so. I congratulated her! She says that was the good news of the conversation. The bad news is that her sponsor just demoted her. I had to let that sink in for a few minutes. I said, “What?” From my research into Juice Plus, all rank advances are permanent and can never be taken away. Apparently, I was mistaken.
She goes on to tell me that her sponsor demoted her so she could go back and get that promotion as a “Fast Track” promotion. My friends would get $250.00 bonus for requalifying for that promotion.
I’m thinking that it is a good thing, then! About 5 weeks later, she was able to get that bonus and she was also able to get back to her new rank.
Then she goes on to tell me a second story.
Apparently, sponsors can promote, demote and ignore rank advances. Let me repeat that last part.
Sponsors can ignore rank advances!
If a Juice Plus distributor recruits another distributor who turns out to be a discount product buyer only, then the sponsor doesn’t ever have to promote the other person. That might be a bit confusing. Let me tell you how this works.
In Juice Plus, distributors accumulate points from their sales. Once you get to a certain number of points, they rank advance.
The product buying distributor has bought enough products, for themselves and their family, to rank advance. They have enough points from their own purchases to move up. The problem is that when a recruit rank advances it costs their sponsor money. Again, this may be confusing.
I’ll try to explain it.
Let’s say that the sponsor, in this case, is at the top commission level of 22%. The brand new recruit is at a 0% commission level. They only get retail sales profit from their sales. Once the recruit gets 500 points they qualify for a rank advance and they would move up to 6%. My understanding is that the sponsor drops to getting 16% of the recruit’s sales. Basically, it costs the sponsor money.
Normally, you would think that having a recruit rank advance would be a good thing. In this case, when you have a distributor, who is only buying the products for personal use, the sponsor doesn’t have any real upside potential. The sponsor can just ignore the fact that the recruit qualifies for a rank advance, thereby keeping that 6% of sales for themselves, that the recruit qualifies to get, for themselves.
To me, that sounds like bad business.
UPDATE #2: 7/3/2016
I have confirmed the information from the Update #1, above. Your sponsor doesn’t have to promote you even though you’re earn the rank advancement.
I heard the story about a woman who earned her next rank advancement, but she is having a rough go of it lately. She hasn’t been participating in the business for the last 6 weeks or so. If you heard what she’s going through, you’d understand why she is taking the time to regroup. The upline, in their infinite wisdom, decided that since she isn’t currently building her business, that they weren’t going to promote her. They said that she could and would get the promotion once she comes back to the business.
I can see their point. Is she really just taking time off or is she gone for good? If she is gone, then a promotion doesn’t really mean anything and will cost someone in the upline some money. However, if she is coming back and there is no real reason to think that she won’t, then how mad will she be that they just arbitrarily, denied her promotion? The promotion would have given her a decent raise. I’m sure she could use the money.
There is a caveat to all of this that really solves the problem. A distributor can promote themselves. Yes, a distributor can go into their back office and put in their own promotion. Now, that changes everything. A person, whose upline has denied their promotion, can actually promote themselves.
In the case of the woman whose upline is refusing to promote her because she isn’t actively building her business, at the moment, can and should promote herself!
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