Shaklee Scam: Digging A Bit Further

by Martin Russell on January 18, 2011



When you hunt around for information about Shaklee you will inevitably come across a number of “Shaklee scam” results in amongs the reviews, product listings and distributor commentaries.

Is this a sign to avoid Shaklee? In this Shaklee review I will dig into this a bit further.

Before we cover the specifics let me give some background information.

Shaklee Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of natural health and home products, based in Pleasanton, California.

The origins of the company actually date back to 1915, when founder Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee, Jr. created “vitalized minerals” long before multivitamins were heard of. In 1956, when he founded the company along with his two sons, it was a deliberate policy to include an income opportunity with the environmental and wellness products and so this is when Shaklee officially began.

These days Shaklee has branched out into many different health product lines for nutrition, beauty, home, and of course weight. Their key products include Vita-Lea® Multivitamin/Multimineral, Energizing Soy Protein, NutriFeron™, OmegaGuard™, but some of their most well-known products are their Basic H2(R) (“a powerful, all-purpose cleaner”) and Vivix™ (“cellular anti-aging tonic” / “the world’s best anti-aging supplement” containing a compound from red wine, resveratrol) and Enfuselle® Spa Ultra Moisturizing Shea Butter Cream.

Shaklee has also expanded world-wide and claims to be a “$500 million dollar company” which is not only “the number one natural nutrition company in the United States” but also has “more than 750,000 Members and Distributors … in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and soon, in China.”

The Shaklee compensation plan enables you to buy their products 15% off their retail prices as an entry-level member. As a multi-level marketing company, it also allows you to earn commissions from sales of the products, as well as from sales of other people who join the business from your referral.

Be Skeptical Of Shaklee Scam Reports

Shaklee has certainly been around for long enough for a number of people to have issues with their products, their claims, and their income system. But behind the headlines is often something more.

People immediately focus on articles titled, “Is Shaklee a Scam?“, but often this is a writing technique to capture your interest. The article is actually from a distributor who is recommending the company, and recommending that you join them.

The Verdict?

The Shaklee scam idea is a myth. Sure what it offers isn’t for everyone, and neither is the business model, but that isn’t the way to know if it is a scam or not.

It is true that there are no guarantees of a return on your investment, but then again even with other start-up businesses, there is no assurance of success either. You are doing the advertising, marketing, and selling on behalf of the company so it is important to understand the value in the products, and how to get others to experience that value too.

You will need to begin with people you already know so you can practice safely, but to grow a big business with a steady, residual and growing income you will also need to expand your networks and connect with others who may be interested in your business too. Make sure you plan for your marketing to do this.

Here’s the plan I use, and recommend you take a look at too for generating MLM prospects that will actually buy from you.

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