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betty32084 03-19-2014 06:01 AM

a pyramid company taking our town by a storm
I've always been told pyramids are a scheme and don't work, we have one circulating in our town that people are seeing amazing results - I won't name the product but it is a health drink , a friend has already returned back to work after suffering for 2 years with fibromyalgia ,and bought into the company 3 weeks ago. the problem I have ,is the only way to get the product is by getting 3 other people (and almost $200.00 start kit )to sign up too. I have a problem with that. We live only on Social Security. ,and don't have a lot of money to spend extravagantly. I have seen what's its doing for these people ,and its amazing.One friend's $200 .00 starter kit has already made her 800.00 , in 3 weeks. So I'm torn on this decision. Would you buy into a company that's a pyramid ,knowing this product can help your health.?

nativetexan 03-19-2014 06:08 AM

I still don't believe it. Take your time and wait a bit.

carolstickelmaier 03-19-2014 06:10 AM

NO! Please do not jump into this. Do a whole lot of background checking on this one and others. I have never heard of a pyramid scheme that was legit. Soon there may be many people doing this pyramid and then who would need to buy from you. If the product was that good it would be sold to all. And there would be no charge to get it. After all selling retail would bring in more money for the company selling it.

KalamaQuilts 03-19-2014 06:11 AM

buy a couple of bottles from your friend to satisfy your curiosity. Let the rest of the sheeple follow the herd.


Verve ingredients

omacookie 03-19-2014 06:18 AM

Consult with your Doctor before taking this product. I do not go along with this type of scheme. Watch your money.

pocoellie 03-19-2014 06:23 AM

I wouldn't do it.

Tartan 03-19-2014 06:26 AM

Have the ingredients for the health drink been approved by the FDA? You don't have any idea what is in it and I am always cautious about so called "herbal or natural" remedies. Foxglove is natural too but it can kill you because it is what they make digitalis from.
As for getting other people to buy in so you get your money, how many people in town are there left to join? With all pyramid schemes, only the first few actually get money.

tessagin 03-19-2014 06:34 AM

I agree with everyone else. Check out the ingredients and definitely check out this company. The BBB will/should have information on this. Your friend may be back to work for right now but for how long. What are the side effects down the road and can this drink be taken with any of your friend's other meds. If this has grapefruit in it and he/she's on meds for cholesterol, the drink will kill the effects of the cholesterol meds. There are many natural herbs that people are allergic to also. Do your research first. Usually, it's the first few at the bottom who make the money and that's where it stop's.

Doggramma 03-19-2014 07:10 AM

No I wouldn't. Almost got sucked into Amway once. The products may be decent, but the bottom line is that you need to keep recruiting more people to make any money. It's a racket, in my opinion.

Jan in VA 03-19-2014 09:18 AM

Noni Juice? I personally tried it a decade ago, enjoyed the juice's taste, didn't particularly see *instant* health changes, and found the way/price/effort to buy it totally off-putting. Not for me.

There's a reason we don't hear much about these products after the initial push and hullabaloo.

Jan in VA

adamae 03-19-2014 09:23 AM

Google it!

quiltingcandy 03-19-2014 09:33 AM

I always wondered about Amway - 35 years ago a friend of mine sold it and tried like crazy to get me to sell it. I really liked several of the products and would buy them from her but I cannot sell a bleeding man a bandage. And it seemed crazy to me that if everyone becomes a salesman, who will be left to buy the product? So as the years went buy, she quit selling it and I was never able to get the products. The about 15 years ago I met another person and he was more interested in making me a salesperson than selling me the product. I could not convince him it was better to put me in touch with someone that wanted to sell the product, than ask me the sell it. I have not had any Amway products in my home for over 15 years.

Pollytink 03-19-2014 01:06 PM

I think you should name the product! Someone here may have had some experience with it or know more about it. I think it's a good suggestion for you to buy some of the product from a friend and try it or check it out to see what's in it? Maybe ephedrine?

Skyangel 03-19-2014 03:24 PM

Sounds like a scam. If it was a good product, they would sell it. Since all the hype is about recruiting more people, count on it running it's course in 6 months, running out of new people to recruit, and they will be gone.

ILoveToQuilt 03-19-2014 04:38 PM

If these so called "health" drinks are really so wonderful and can cure so many things, the drug companies would be all over them. The big drug companies would be buying these pyramid companies. Remember what they say, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't true.

I sold Shaklee products for years and loved them! Amway is still available in my area. Look in your phone book, quiltingcandy or google Amway to see who in your area is selling the products.


Phyllis nm 03-19-2014 05:25 PM

I attended a scam program once, no one could tell me what the product did only how to sell it! All the men fell for it, I left early.

Phyllis nm 03-19-2014 05:30 PM

Once years ago I had a slick salesman stop by the motel to sell me a product to remove water spots and scale from the stalls fast and easy. Well I asked him to demo the product and we would talk. 1 1/2 hours later he came back from the room I put him in and gave up. It was not quick or easy and he was tired and sweaty.

0tis 03-19-2014 06:29 PM

I would save your money - these things that "seem to good to be true" usually are - and I would question whether your friend really made $800.00 that quick - if it was that easy we all would do it. I think you will see soon that this isn't working and your friend will be out his money.

ChrisDee 03-19-2014 06:44 PM

Do not get involved with this pyramid scheme. If you think you need a wonder tonic, consult a doctor or a nutritionist before spending any money. You worked too hard all your life to be giving your money to some snake oil salesmen. Remember what Barnimun Bailey used to say "There's a sucker born every minute".

hopetoquilt 03-19-2014 06:45 PM

Run away from his as fast as you can, laughing at all those who got sucked in!

oleganny 03-20-2014 03:23 AM

the only way to make money with those schemes is to recruit more people - RUN - don't walk to the nearest exit

moonrise 03-20-2014 03:35 AM

If it's Spark or Plexus (sp?), everybody and their brother is selling it around here. I can't speak as to the effectiveness of either, but I can't use Spark anyway due to having a bad reaction to sucralose, one of its ingredients.

From what I've seen in other pyramid schemes (aka "multilevel marketing"), only the handful of people at the top actually make any real money. Unless you get lucky, you'd have to get in quick and do your thing before the competition floods the market. Bad thing is, you usually have to recruit your competition! Ugh!

I sometimes sell my quilts at local events, and you should see the MLM vendors trying to beat each other to get a spot in the event. Usually the event organizer only allows one vendor per company, and the competition can get downright ugly.

My vote is to stay away, especially if there is already competition in your area.

granny64 03-20-2014 04:53 AM

These schemes are designed for the initial investor to make the bulb of the money.

institches33 03-20-2014 04:58 AM

You are posting because you have serious doubts. SS money is precious and there aren't any get rich quick schemes. In our area the Acai Berry pyramid scheme was popular a few years ago - many people got suckered.

Onebyone 03-20-2014 05:09 AM

Buy a package of Boost Plus. It is very good for you, tastes great, and you can usually find a coupon for it! The Plexis craze is going strong in my town. When I hear the spill about any miracle product I pop open a Boost and keep my money in my pocket.

Crqltr 03-20-2014 05:11 AM

Not a good investment IMO . A drink pyramid company flew threw here, took friends money and then crashed. Check and see if they have been around and if they have changed names of the product!

nativetexan 03-20-2014 06:15 AM

From what I understand of these type of things, people make money in the beginning so that others will join. but the more, the merrier for the upper ones. Others will fall by the wayside and end up with nothing.
Good luck on your decision.

yonnikka 03-20-2014 06:22 AM

One of the links above gives the information on ingredients of "Verve". Note the high caffeine. So many people on medications are told by their doctor to NOT use caffeine with medications. Beware!

duckydo 03-20-2014 06:35 AM

Stay away from pyramid schemes, you will only end up losing money. Don't do it. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

Jingle 03-20-2014 07:34 AM

Sounds like it is best to sit back and watch. It is a scam, greed usually causes old people to get suckered and lose all their money. Nothing worth anything falls from the sky.
Remember the saying "A fool and their money is soon parted"? You don't want to fall into that category.

Stitchit123 03-20-2014 07:46 AM

I agree with every one here. I worry about the long term affects. It's just like all the medications they advertise on TV. The side affects are worse then the supposed ailment you are taking them for. I'd call the Better Business Bureau and then the prosecutors office.

cathyvv 03-20-2014 07:53 AM

Don't bother. This SCREAMS scam to me! The first ones in do well, the rest of us do not. Save your time and money. See how your friend does in 3 months, 6 months. If it's the real deal, you can get in on it later.

Also, how do you know the product will help YOUR health? Fibromyalgia is sort of a 'come and go' disease. It can be very bad for weeks, months or years, and then you have a good week, month or year. At least that's been my history with it. (I'm one of the "lucky" fibromyalgia people as I finally found a good medication regiment that keeps me in functional shape most of the time. Even so, there are days, weeks, etc.)

In any event, you should always check with your dR or pharmacist before you start any new supplements or medications. Please check with your local Better Business Bureau to see what they know about the company and it's products.

As others have suggested, google the company and the supplement. There will probably be many sites to go to, so look through a lot of them.

madamekelly 03-20-2014 08:02 AM

Quick translation for diabetics out there. Organic glyconutrient=sugar!

katiebear1 03-20-2014 08:17 AM

Originally Posted by Doggramma (Post 6634456)
No I wouldn't. Almost got sucked into Amway once. The products may be decent, but the bottom line is that you need to keep recruiting more people to make any money. It's a racket, in my opinion.

I agree. It seems no one actually sells the stuff, just corral more suckers in. It is true. If it is too good to be true STAY AWAY.

justme CA 03-20-2014 08:17 AM

Absolutely not. Only the first in the scheme make anything and then the Pryamid topples into bankruptcy as more and more join so it kills itself. What about Bernard Madoff and his long prison sentence? THINK!

Quiltinjay 03-20-2014 08:18 AM

I would never participate in a scheme like that...just don't trust that sort of thing.

jothesewer2 03-20-2014 09:38 AM

Several years ago in Florida there was a pyramid scam of buying into popular motels. My father-in-law bit, dumped a bunch of his savings in it. He got payments for a short while, after that there was no money coming and his investment disappeared. This was a big lesson on greed, IF IT SOUNDS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE, RUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

MarleneC 03-20-2014 11:33 AM

Originally Posted by Jan in VA (Post 6634646)
Noni Juice? I personally tried it a decade ago, enjoyed the juice's taste, didn't particularly see *instant* health changes, and found the way/price/effort to buy it totally off-putting. Not for me.

There's a reason we don't hear much about these products after the initial push and hullabaloo.

Jan in VA

I agree-- tried Noni and didn't see any benefits. The only ones making the money are the people who sell you on the idea.

gramma nancy 03-20-2014 12:06 PM

Save your money and talk with your doctor. Better get information from a trained professional than from somebody reeling out a line of yahoo.

NikkiLu 03-20-2014 01:24 PM

Just got a Facebook request from a friend to watch a video on VISI - some sort of drink. Must be the same kind of thing.

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