Juice Plus Review — Is it a scam?

Juice Plus is an MLM in the health supplement niche.

It sounds weird that a company with the word “juice” in the name, that they don’t actually sell, well, juice. The main product is actually a tablet (both capsule and chewable) that contains juice powder concentrates from 30 different fruits, vegetables and grains.

Nobody eats the way they should and the company wants to (according to their site) bridge the gap between what you should eat and what you do eat, and provides the starting point for a healthier way to live.

There are other products here, but they’re all health food related. No skin care, no seemingly unrelated stuff. Just nutrition.

Juice Plus has been around since the 90’s, but the parent company (National Safety Associates) came on the scene in 1970, making it one of the older and long-standing network marketing companies in the world.

If you want something that offers more products to sell, try EvolvHealth.

Products

The signature products are the supplements.

All three of them have a different blend of fruits and veggies and they are called the Orchard, Garden, and Vineyard blends. The vineyard blend can be purchased by itself, but the other two are sold as a monthly bundle.

There is a chewable version of all three blends, but again only the Vineyard can be purchased separately. Not exactly sure why that is and the site doesn’t seem to have the answers.

While Juice Plus doesn’t have any actual juice, they do have a couple of drink-based products. There are Dutch chocolate and french vanilla shakes available called “Juice Plus Complete”. These drink mixes don’t really have a lot of information about them.

The company does say that it is made from whole foods and a potential positive are all of the uses for the product. The site claims it can be used for a healthful “on-the-go” breakfast, pre-exercise energy drink, post-workout recovery drink, or a late night snack.

In addition to the supplements and drink mixes, there are two different snack bars available.

First up is the “Tart Cherry + Honey” bars. It’s not just a normal bar and has been filled with protein and fiber. The bars are also perfect for any diet—gluten free, vegetarian, low-glycemic, just about any diet you can think about.

Similarly, the other bar “Dark Chocolate + Fig” has similar attributes with a completely different flavor. One benefit is the cost. The bars come in packs of 60 and ring in at just over 50 cents each. It pays to buy in bulk.

The last product is a bit different. It’s still definitely a healthy product, but it’s not edible. At least not at first.

Juice Plus calls it the Tower Garden. This vertical gardening product is a completely unique product to the company. It uses the technique of aeroponics which allows growers to cultivate plants without using soil and a crazy little amount of water.

It’s good for the environment and that seems to be a decent-sized push with the company.

Tower Garden doesn’t come cheap, but it’s kind of an all-in-one type of thing. There are some accessories that you can purchase to make your tower bigger, or grow the plants indoors (grow lights). If you’re not into the gardening scene, it’s not a critical element to the business and it seems a bit separate from the rest of the company.

But with so many health food buffs getting into the organic gardening niche, it could be a really good product to get people interested in the supplements (or vice versa).

If you want a health food network marketing company and love coffee, Javita combines the two.

Compensation Plan

Juice Plus has a fairly simple compensation plan that may not seem as glamorous as others. You will have to move a lot of product to get the commissions here.

There are seven levels from “Distributor” to “National Marketing Director”.  Commissions start at the second level which is called a “Direct Distributor”, but the numbers start at only 6% and you have to be earning at least 2000 points to be considered this level.

To put that in perspective, a case of supplements will get you 101 points.

Commissions and bonuses get better the higher you go (obviously), but the points seem to be the way to get higher positions, at least for the first three levels. Commissions top out at 22% at the “Sales Coordinator” level.

From there, you’ll have to concentrate on building your team to advance in the ranks.

The biggest downer about Juice Plus are the nickel and dime fees. Every month there are maintenance fees and upkeep fees. Even the sign up fee is an annual $50 fee. Loosely adding them up, it looks like you’ll pay $20-30/mo for a few different things. And some higher levels even cost more per month.

You don’t see this very often. There is usually a lot of money in the cost of the goods and the company is more than happy to do everything they can to see it moved out of the warehouse..

Recap

Juice Plus isn’t high on the list of MLMs we’d recommend.

The products seem ok and the tower garden seems cool, but there just doesn’t seem to be enough here to warrant a bonafide business opportunity. Add that to the crazy, unorthodox monthly fees and it’s definitely one that we would be weary about spending your hard-earned money on.

Other companies exist in the network marketing space that seem way more legit than this one.

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