A few months ago, MonaVie released “MonaVie Perks.”
Let’s investigate how MonaVie is marketing this release. On December 9th, 2011, it had this article Diamond Executive Marcy N. Shares MonaVie Perks Experience with Downline.
Before we dig into the details it is worth focusing on why MonaVie has highlights “Diamond Executive Marcy N.” when a simple search shows that the only Diamond Executive “Marci N.” is Marcy Negri. I understand anonymity and I’m anonymous myself.
However, if you want to be anonymous don’t try to pull rank as a Diamond Executive. In my view, you need to own the title if you are going to use your Diamond Executive title. Before he died (RIP), you never heard testimony from Steve J. about Apple, right?
So let’s look at what MonaVie is advocating that their top distributors spread through their downline. Here’s a quote from the article:
“The following is an email that Marcy N., Diamond Executive with MonaVie, sent to her organization. With permission, we are sharing this stellar example of downline communication, which effectively communicates the benefits of the MonaVie Perks program through personal experience.”
The email is this:
Dec 9, 2011
Diamond Executive Marcy N. Shares MonaVie Perks Experience with Downline
Thank you for the feedback many of you have provided us during the rollout phase of our MonaVie Perks Retail Rewards program. We’ve sincerely appreciated hearing your accolades and experiences in saving.
The following is an email that Marcy N., Diamond Executive with MonaVie, sent to her organization. With permission, we are sharing this stellar example of downline communication, which effectively communicates the benefits of the MonaVie Perks program through personal experience.
I am so excited about the new MonaVie Perks program. One of the reasons people quit MonaVie is because once they start to feel better or lose weight, they forget how they used to look and feel. Then their credit card bill comes, and they think that looking good and feeling good cost too much. Well, now, MonaVie has provided a perk that can save them significant money. In fact, it will actually cost them money to drop out!
We just enrolled in the new Perks program, and during the first week we saved $93.00!
How, you ask?
We have a $40 co-pay on our prescription plan for some prescriptions. They have some crazy formula—some prescriptions are $10, some are $20, and some are $40, go figure…I went to Walgreens and paid $40 for a prescription and then as I was walking out of the store, I looked at the fine print on the receipt and it said, “Your prescription plan saved you $2.49.” In other words, if I didn’t have insurance the script would have been $42.49, big deal! So I asked the pharmacist if he would try to run the prescription on my MonaVie Health & Happiness Card. He wasn’t too thrilled and thought that it wouldn’t save any money. But when he went to his computer, his eyes lit up and he said, “I will re-run your prescription on this card, and your co-pay will only be $15!”
I just saved $25
Later in the week, I had another prescription filled; this one saved $3.
I just saved $3
I went online before we went out to dinner on Tuesday night and looked at the MonaVie Perks site. I found a new Japanese restaurant that we had never gone to before and printed a coupon. We had a great meal with our friends and when the check came we saved $15 plus 10% off the check.
I just saved another $25
Yesterday I went to the Gap; prior to going, I printed a $15 coupon.
I just saved another $15
Last night we went to Bensi, an Italian restaurant that we frequently visit. Prior to going, I looked online, found a $10 coupon, and guess what…?
I just saved another $10
Today I received the actual Retail Rewards discount card and welcome kit booklet from MonaVie. There was another Gap coupon…
I went shopping, and today I saved another $15
Total savings on stuff I would have bought in one week: $93. If I do this every week, I will save $4,836 per year! That is more than my AutoShip costs me. MonaVie just found another way to reward me for being a customer. What a great company! I am making money 8 ways on the standard compensation plan, PLUS I am saving more money on everyday purchases than I am spending on the product. There are so many places to save money! Just log into your Virtual Office and click “MV Perks” to register and look at all of the great merchants in your area that are participating—you won’t believe your eyes!
It really does cost you money NOT to be with MonaVie.
The downline receiving this think that it is a fantastic opportunity to save money, right?
However, let’s examine the claims made.
Regarding the prescription part of the MonaVie Perks:
- Points #1 and #2 of Nancy Negri’s article relates to discounts for prescriptions being filled. Hey, I thought that people drinking MonaVie didn’t get sick. Oh wait, that was exposed as a scam here, MonaVie M(Mun), Dr. Paul Clayton, and Wellmune.
- Also there are similar health cards available for discounts on prescriptions here: http://www.medicationcard.net/
In short, the card has zero value. Also, MonaVie shouldn’t be representing it as a perk, especially when it flies in the face of what they’ve told consumers in the past.
The more egregious part of the MonaVie Perks program comes to the “deals.”
As “Marcy N.” says,
“Well, now, MonaVie has provided a perk that can save them significant money. In fact, it will actually cost them money to drop out!”
“The Retail Rewards program is a specially designed program for MonaVie distributors that is powered by Entertainment®. The special offers for MonaVie have been chosen from Entertainment’s database of hundred’s of thousands of offers focused on delivering relevant savings for MonaVie distributors. Entertainment also manages offerings for student and charity fundraisers. One of those offerings includes the Entertainment Book, which you may have seen used as a fundraiser for schools or other organizations.
The offerings for MonaVie have been put together especially for our distributors and may be different offers than those found in Entertainment Books used for fundraising.”
It turns out that MonaVie’s Official blog is pushing the fact that joining MonaVie is a cost savings. However further inspection reveals that MonaVie’s autoship requirements costs close to $1700 a year and anyone has been able to get the FULL DEALS (not limited as MonaVie’s representative says) for around $35 a year… and it get cheaper depending on the season.
This is deceptive marketing at its finest. I’m in appalled that MonaVie would post the following:
“Total savings on stuff I would have bought in one week: $93. If I do this every week, I will save $4,836 per year! That is more than my AutoShip costs me. MonaVie just found another way to reward me for being a customer. What a great company! I am making money 8 ways on the standard compensation plan, PLUS I am saving more money on everyday purchases than I am spending on the product. There are so many places to save money!”
It’s hard to know where to begin with topics like this. Marcy Negri extrapolates one week to an entire year. Does she get two prescriptions filled per week? If so… Wow, you why are you paying $40 a bottle for MonaVie?!?!
After that why is she pitching savings of a MonaVie program as an exclusive benefit when a non-member could get similar fantastic deals for $1700 less a year?
Poor form MonaVie.
Originally posted 2012-02-24 17:06:39. Republished by Blog Post PromoterThe above article is intended to be accurate at the time of its original posting. MonaVie may change its pricing, product, or other policies at any time without notice.
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