Is Market America a scam?

United States
January 19, 2007 11:58am CST
i tried posting this question earlier, and didn't get any responses for it. i didn't know if anyone has ever heard of this multy level marketing company. and if they have, is it worth the investment? i would hate to lose out on it that is for sure.
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6 responses
• United States
10 Dec 08
Hi there, I work with Market America and its a great company! I have been with them for 4 years and quit my Corporate job 2 years ago and only work with Market America. Yeah! Its a great company. Just like anything that is worth it takes a little work. I have never done sales and never will...its sharing AMAZING products with people. We do that already when we like a conditionor or movie, so why not share and get paid for it! Just to clear up a few things said earlier by another poster: -you do not HAVE to sponsor more than 2 people. We are not like an MLM where you bring in as many people as you can. -you do buy products monthly, because they are items you are "already" using in your household and why wouldnt use what you share with others, so you know how good it is. Its a great company and great positive people working for Personal and Financial success. Its more than worth the investment! -Jennie
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4 Jan 09
Hi I am responding because I see how uneducated some people can be about MLM's, Direct Sales or Network Marketing. In fact Robert Kiyosaki the author of "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" wrote a book about Network Marketing and also has a great CD. He himself is not in Network Marketing but, understands the advantages of it. You can read any financial book out there, start your own business but, if you have no knowledge on how to go about the work and I do mean work you will never get anywhere !!!! Amway aka Quixtar, Mary Kay, Mona Vie, Avon, Shaklee, Market America etc. are all direct sales companies and are all doing well. If people were not making money than they would not be around anymore. Go onto DSA (Direct Sales Association) and look and see all of the Direct Sales, Network Marketing, MLM's etc. you see. There are many and all doing well and all legit with different compensation plans. And, if you work at the business you too can make money and learn on the way. I see people writing from other Network Companies, Direct Sales etc. and see them poo pooing other companies. They are all legit you just have to find the compensation plan and company that is right for you and WORK IT ! And, I mean work it. And, don't ever let people tell you you can make money overnight. Unless you are a real go getter it takes times, just like any other legit business out there. So go find out what works for you instead of putting companies down that you may not know about or that you have never worked hard enough and long enough to make it happen !
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4 Jan 09
And Jennie the response was for everyone out there not to yours. I am a true believer in Direct Sales. As with any business out there.
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• United States
14 Oct 08
I was allowed to register my business with this company, Market America, only after I was lead step by step through the process. My sponsor and his senior business partner worked with me and explained what to do. As I formed my lists for instance, they helped me formulate the best way to approach each person on the list and they did three way calls with me. You see, I was not a business person at all when I became interested in this Business Concept. After three months of being coached, mentored and learning how to coach and mentor other people as well, I had 2 people who were interested in the business and ready to register thier business. I had product presentations, Wellness Workshops, and Webinars that had helped me garner several (6)preferred customers. So when I was ready to put money down and qualify my business with $700 of products, I ordered what my preferred customers were already buying regularly from me. So in essence, it was already purchased when I bought it, I was just the middle person in the transaction---plus I made retail profit on that wholesale investment I made when I opened my business. I found that at that level, I was requred to purchase about $75 worth of wholsale products a month --- But, as a real business, I was required to sell $200 worth of product per quarter, so it worked out that I was actually selling what I was buying, so it was like no money was ever really out of my own pocket. After I earned my first $300 check, I was required to purchast about $150 worth of product a month, but I was selling way more than that to my preferred customers, so it was not a big deal. Then when I made my first $1500, going through one volume cycle, I was reqired to purchase about $200 per month of wholesale product. But you know, when first got to that point, I was making about $300 every 5 weeks in residual income and I was making at least 30% retail profit off the sale of the required purchases each month, so I figured I was doing pretty good. I think the key in any business is to know what you're doing before you put any money down. I don't let anyone come into my business until they have one person for each side of their sales organization and at least 5 preferred customers. You know why? Because that's the only way someone will know it works for them before they invest any money AND I don't want anyone in my organization to ever say that Market America doesn't work, because it does if you have someone to help you learn the ropes. I often find people that I work with for 2 or 3 weeks and they don't follow my instruction and they don't complete their assignments - I just simply let them know that they are not right for this business right now, and none of them has lost any money and none of them can say Market America does not "work". But they can say that they were not willing to work this business - and that is an honest statement. I mean, hey, I can't build a spaceship, but that doesn't mean the Space Shuttle doesn't work, right? Francie Smart
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• United States
13 Nov 08
MARKET AMERICA IS A SCAM like all other MLM'S -- Don't fall for any of these MLM businesses like I did! I wasted 3 years in an MLM business and I have to say it's was all a scam. As far as I'm concerned all MLM businesses are all the same in the sense that all you do is waste your time going to meetingS (which are only used to keep you motivated enough so you won't quit) and you wind up spending more money buying products and or crap you really didn't need, then you have to try to get people to join you. At the end you wind up failing, to top it all -- you wind up broke! All these Millionaires from Market America who do the meetings get paid BY YOU -- You have to pay Market America JUST TO BRING A GUEST TO A MEETING -- how RIDICULOUS IS THAT!! SO INSTEAD OF CHARGING YOUR GUEST -- THEY USE YOUR MONEY TO MAKE THE MILLIONS FROM YOU! WAKE UP PEOPLE BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE -- HOW DARE THEY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLE LIKE US!! -- They tell you, oh you can get that back, it's a write off, yes you will get some of it back but not ALL THE MONEY you put into it! I say this from experience, I took all this training and I am NOW an experienced sales person-- still I was not successful at making as much money as they claim. If your smart learn from my mistake -- DON'T DO IT !
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4 Jan 09
Mr. Money Master, Read Robert Kiyosake's book The Business School and the CD The Perfect Business. You may have a different understanding about Network Marketing companies altogether. Not everyone will make money it depends on how hard you work the business and maybe this one wasn't for you, but you gained the knowledge and you learned. Now you can apply what you learned somewhere else, possibly another Network Marketing company, you can look at DSA (Direct Sellers Association) and find the one that works for you. And, maybe this time you will make money.
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4 Jan 09
Hi there, No Market America is not a scam. In fact you can go to DSA (Direct Sellers Association) and see a list of Network Marketing companies and they are all legit but, with different compensation plans. You wrote this 2 years ago so, I hope you found the answer you were looking for.
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@totalguy (563)
2 Feb 07
with any thing like this you need to be good at promoting and making it very appealing. if you can do this it can be good to get into and you can make a lot of money possibly but if you cant do it right, and you dont know if you can until you try it, then your going to see it as a scam, basically it is a scam but it can be made to work and you can make money from it.
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@nilzerous1 (2435)
• India
20 Jan 07
No Idea about Market America but MLM is a very tricky affair and often turns out to be fraud or less rewarding than what is often claimed. Though I've generated few sales (not too many) but can't rely on any MLM where you have to refer others to get good money. I always look for straight method of earning, run few websites that generate some revenues. I have heard about PnP sites but never tried the same for simple reason I just do not like the idea of forcing others to do a certain task. May be I'm wrong in my approach but this is my own belief.
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• United States
24 Jan 10
My sister works for corporate Market America in North Carolina in the biochemical department helping to actually design the products so I know a lot about it. Me and all my family members are in it. There is a business plan and if you work it you can make a lot of money. My stepmother is making as much in 6 months that you are expected to make in a year. The products are good and if you believe in them you can sell them. Once you join, you have access to unlimited training programs, webinars, and conferance calls. Also, you use the stuff everyday anyway. It is better to buy it from yourself and earn a profit. My stepmoms big thing is that when Sam Walton opened Wal Mart he didn't shop at K-Mart. Just being your own customer is a help. If you need to know anything else let me know. It is my website on my profile and I also have ties to people at the corporate office so I am very familiar with the company. Good Luck!