There is a lot of controversy surrounding Valentus as to whether it is a pyramid scheme scam. This Valentus review does a good job of describing the ins and outs of this company.
Valentus in a nutshell
Did someone walk up to you or hit you up on Facebook to tell you how this company would change your life?
If that is you, Congratulations on doing your due diligence. You are certainly not alone. Someone shot me an email describing how Valentus reps have been bugging them to join this opportunity and they wanted to know if the opportunity is a good one.
In this review, I will be giving you the ins and outs of this business – including the parts representatives choose not to tell you. I will also be sharing what you have to do to succeed as a representative of the company and why most reps fail.
You are in for a treat if you stick around…
I understand that might not be able to stick around for this long detailed review due to a lack of time or patience. If you are one of such people, sit tight for a minute and read through a point-form summary of some important things to know about the company:
- Valentus is a real company that sells functional beverages
- This company operates a Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) business model
- To become a representative, you need to purchase a product pack (from $59.95-$499.95)
- The cycle of this company relies on reps signing up with monthly auto-ship and recruiting others to do the same
- In order to qualify for commissions, reps must maintain a 50PV monthly volume. This PV includes both personal purchases and retail sales
- There is an emphasis on recruiting rather than actual product sales in this company
- From an analytical point of view, Valentus looks to be a pyramid scheme
- This is certainly not a work-from-home opportunity.
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What is Valentus?
Valentus is an MLM-based company that sells functional beverages as its products. The company was founded in 2014 by Dave Jordan.
For those who are not familiar with what functional beverages are, basically, they are drinks with nutritional or dietary supplements in them.
At the time of writing this, Valentus offers 4 products. They are all powder mixes and, according to the company, they are 100% natural.
The products are:
- Prevail SlimRoast: This is a Brazilian dark roast coffee that supposedly helps you lose weight.
- Prevail Energy: An energy drink which they claim “works in minutes” and “lasts for hours”.
- Prevail Immune Boost: A mix rich with anti-oxidants and apparently, an immune system booster.
- Prevail Trim: A drinking mix that is supposed to detoxify your body.
The product prices are not listed on their website, and this says a lot about the company.
It shows that Valentus are not all about customers purchasing from them but instead, they are big on representatives joining the company.
It also tells me that, as a representative, you will not really be selling the products but instead, you will be selling the business opportunity (i.e recruiting).
Without having to look at the compensation plan, I already knew Valentus was a product-based pyramid scheme.
To get an idea of the price of the products, I jumped on eBay to see if there were any representatives trying to sell and here’s what I found:
eBay listings are usually a sign that distributors/reps are struggling to make physical product sales.
I have not tried the products personally but I did some digging into the products and found mixed reviews.
Some people swear that the products taste good and helped them lose weight, while others said the products taste horrible and they, in fact, gained weight.
Conveniently, 99.9% of the people that said the products taste good and helped them lose weight are also Valentus reps. So please tell me why the products don’t taste and work the same for non-Valentus reps?
From all indications, the products are simply not marketable. Period.
If you do become a distributor and intend to try and sell the products, you are going to have to find people to sell to other than your family and friends. You will have to come up with a system of getting leads.
The Business Opportunity
We already established that the products are crap from a marketing perspective and if you want to be successful as a Valentus rep, your focus shouldn’t be on the products.
Like most MLMs, the real business opportunity lies in how many people you are able to recruit to become representatives of the company.
The cycle is the same: Start by recruiting friends and family because you are not taught a better system of getting leads. Keep your fingers crossed and hope that these people will now go on to recruit more people and so on.
The continuous cycle is how the pyramid grows, your group/downline expands, your rank increases and consequently, your potential income increases as well.
In fact, there is a good chance a representative pitched this business opportunity to you before you came to read this review. They are selling you big dreams in order to recruit you and hope you will do the same thing to recruit more people.
The whole process seems easy to describe on paper but it still comes down to something I mentioned earlier: getting leads!
Recruiting your friends and family might seem convenient at first but relying on this method is why most representatives fail. What happens when you don’t have any more friends and family to recruit?
Your so-called “business” comes to a complete halt. And remember there is a minimum 50PV requirement to remain a rep at the base level. If you cannot fulfill this requirement through retail sales, you will have to fulfill it by purchasing products worth 50PV with your own money.
Valentus charges a one-time fee of $20 for a duplicate website/back office. This is good only if you know how to get a consistent flow of people to the site. They don’t teach you how to do this.
If you want to learn how to get a constant flow of leads to your business right away, you can skip to the end of the review.
Instead of having me put the Valentus compensation plan into words, I will let a representative explain it to you in the video below.
**I do NOT endorse this video. I am sharing this solely for educational purposes.
- Your earnings and rank are dependent on the sales volume of your downline
- The attitude and participation of members in your downline is what determines your success or failure in this business
- Recruiting is necessary but not sufficient to make a killing in this business. To remain successful, you have to follow up on your downline and make sure they remain active representatives
- While you might know your own direct recruits, you might not know their own direct recruits personally. Therefore, your fate largely depends on people you might not know personally
- The video stops short of describing the auto-ship requirements. You are required to a minimum amount of monthly business volume (BV) associated with your rank, either through auto-ship or by making equivalent retail sales through your website
- Since you are not taught how to get leads in person or to your website, most reps end up achieving their BV by having to pay for the auto-ship
- This means the company is actually exploiting you as a representative
What I liked
- If the products are truly 100% natural, that’s a good thing
- There is a possibility for a web-based business if you know how to get leads
What I didn’t like
- No visible product prices
- Representative monthly auto-ship means the company continues to exploit people who simply want to promote the company
- This is as close to an obvious product-based pyramid scheme as you are ever going to see
- There is a far greater emphasis on recruiting than actual product sales
- This is a fairly new MLM operating a similar business model to MLM companies that have been shut down in the past
- The weight loss market is already saturated with many MLMs
- They do not offer in-depth training on how to get leads
- No income disclosure statement
Is Valentus a Pyramid Scheme?
From a legal standpoint, they are not a pyramid scheme. At least not yet. Until they publish figures showing they make more from representatives purchasing product packs and auto-ships than they make from retail sales, they will remain on the good side of the law.
From an objective point of view, they are an obvious product-based pyramid scheme and I would think twice about joining this company.
The fact that the prices are not listed on their website shows that this is not a company for the regular customer. Reps purchase product packs to join the opportunity and on top of that, they get charged monthly for products they do not need.
Unless figures are presented to prove otherwise, I stand by my initial claim that Valentus is living off the money they make off their representatives.
I am not a fan of MLMs in general but I have reviewed some legit ones on this website. There are some borderline ones that have existed many years that are a far safer option than Valentus. This company is operating a similar model to some MLMs that have been shut down and there is nothing to suggest their fate will be any different.
Even with legit MLMs, there is still a very high chance of failure for reasons that may not necessarily be down to you. The commitment of your downline, most of whom you might not even know, is what will determine your success or failure.
If you are not comfortable with the idea of going out to talk to random people about a product or opportunity, you probably should not be considering network marketing at all.
If you are looking to build your own successful online business or get consistent leads to any business without recruiting, cold-calling or hard-selling, check out the program that taught me.
Product Name: Valentus
Price: $59.95-$499.95 plus monthly auto-ship payments
Owner(s): Dave Jordan
Overall Ranking: 30/100