Have you been introduced to the NuSkin products and opportunity and are now doing your due diligence research to find out if it`s legit or not.
If this is the case, then good for you for not just jumping right in.
Any ”opportunity” that will take time, money and effort should be well researched before making a decision.
NuSkin is a direct sales a Multi-Level Marketing (MLM)company that market and sell skin care products. With most of these MLM ”opportunities”, the real money maker is not in selling the products but to recruit people to join, and NuSkin does not seem to be different.
In this article, we dig deeper to see if there really is a real opportunity to make decent money with this company. This is our…
Nu Skin Review – Is NuSkin a Scam or Not?
The NuSkin Products
NuSkin distributes more than 200 products in both personal care and nutritional supplements.
Brands and products like ageLOC, spy systems, face targeted treatments, Nu Skin 180, body care, hair products and cosmetics are a few of the categories represented by NuSkin. Also, vitamins, nutritional and weight management are represented by this company.
If you are interested in trying their products out be well aware of their refund policy.
It`s a pretty impressive list of products but what are real users saying about them?
Well, when I scratch the surface and typed in ”Nuskin real user reviews” into Google I find some pretty interesting stuff.
The first thing that pops up is a user that spend $400 on a spa system and thought it was a total waste of time and money.
Weight management – One user bought the weight loss supplement system for $1500 and was promised miracles. She lost 5 pounds but gained it all back after she stopped using the products.
One user bought some products ”to help a friend out”. She wanted to return the but was told the return time was passed…
Monthly subscription – one user bought a sample or so he thought. Turned out he was signed up for a monthly subscription. He tried to call them to resolve the problem but they charged him for two more months…
The sad part is that the list of complaints goes on.
The Nu Skin Company
NuSkin has been around since 1984. Reviewing some of these MLM opportunities, you see them come and go. NuSkin seems like a company that will not close their doors tomorrow though.
They are globally representatives in 53 markets. Co-founded by 4 driven individuals.
But is it all good and glory? Not really, Nu Skin has been in trouble numerous times.
Here is an older charge from 1997 – NuSkin to pay $1.5 million to resolve FTC charges over fat loss claims for supplements. Source FTC.
2014 China fines Nu Skin. Source Reuters.
What Will It Take to Make Money with NuSkin
There is some money to make on the actual products, but the money ”opportunity” lays in getting family and friends involved, recruiting and building a downline. So it`s selling the ”opportunity” to family and friends not really the products.
NuSkin has a commission report from 2013 out. This is their own report, that they put out themselves. These are some of the numbers from the report:
14.19% – An average of US active distributes who earned a commission check on a monthly basis. Leaving 85% earning no money.
5.38% – Earned a monthly average commission of $30.
$176 – Is the average commission paid to US Active Distributors each month. That is a yearly income of $2112, according to their own numbers.
To me, that seems like a lot of hype for little money.
What Will Nu Skin Cost You?
Automatic Delivery Rewards (ADR) Program
It is recommended to join the automatic delivery rewards (ADR) program, to receive additional rewards. The ADR program is like a monthly subscription. All the monthly ADR packages that I found was over $100. So this means that you would spend + $100 each and every month.
FYI – You have to call customer support to cancel you can NOT cancel the ADR online.
Update – February 2016:
Commissions and sales bonuses are paid only to active Distributors. See Glossary for explanation of Active Requirements, including retail sales requirements. You must have sold or consumed 80% of your inventory before your next order.
DISTRIBUTOR AND QUALIFYING EXECUTIVE DISTRIBUTOR: 200 L1 VOLUME & 5 CUSTOMER SALES PER MONTH EXECUTIVE DISTRIBUTOR: 2,000 GROUP SALES VOLUME & 5 CUSTOMER SALES PER MONTH
So this means you have to have 5 customer sales + 200 L1 Volume sales (around $200 – 350 in sales) each and every month, to be able to qualify as an active distributor and earn commission and sales bonuses.
Ways to Make Money with Nu Skin
There`s six different levels that you can earn with NuSkin. They all have their own requirements, rules and kick backs. A lot of different rules and regulations. You can see the compensation plan here.
This is a compensation plan you have to study a bit. It is not 100% clear that if you recruit 2 people this is how much you will earn…
One requirement that I find kind of odd is that you have to consume or sell 80% of your inventory before your next order.
How to Get to $500 Monthly
When I do these reviews I like to check and see how you can get to $500 monthly. In this case with NuSkin, you have to get up to a Gold Executive level to reach that amount. According to their own numbers, 1.09% reach that level.
If you do reach Gold Executive you make $887. It is very unclear what you need to do to reach that level though. How many people do you need to recruit? What will it cost to get to that level?
The problem I have here is that only 1.59% make more money than that. It`s not impossible to make $500/month but not very many do.
It sounds like it will be very difficult to make any real money with this program. Not saying it can`t be done, but a very few are doing it.
Who Is NuSkin For?
I would say that if you support the following, then this might be for you…
- If you are comfortable with the MLM model where you recruit family and friends.
- If you are ok with a program that relies on the ”opportunity” instead of the product itself.
- If you know the compensation plan and the recorded earnings and are fine with that.
- If you have tried the products and love them.
If you agree with the above statements then NuSkin might be for you.
One of the members over at WA shared his Nu Skin story with me. This is his story…
Dennis NuSkin Story
A good friend of mine at work said he was leaving the company to join his wife full time to work their MLM business (NuSkin Intl). I joined my friend at a couple hotel meetings and bought the start-up kit so he would get credit.
It didn’t take me long to realize I was not comfortable with the 3-foot rule … always share the business with anyone who was standing within 3 feet of you (at the mall, in the grocery line, etc).
I used the NuSkin products for a while … was mostly interested in their vitamin supplements. That was my first experience with the benefits of “anti-oxidants”. The main product line was personal care products.
I did not make a dime … but admittedly I did not actively “recruit” even family and friends. I remember being mostly embarrassed about getting involved.
The focus of the organization was definitely “recruiting” … building the down line. The focus of the company (NuSkin) seemed more about the products.
In those days marketing was pretty much focused on in-home parties and if your upline was big enough staging Hotel Meetings. What turned my off the most was the “flashiness” of the upline folks…
Thank you, Dennis
Nu Skin Pros and Cons
- The company was founded in 1984, it`s been around for a while.
- The products are hype with little to back that hype up.
- The money seems to be in building a team, not in the products.
- 85% earn no money.
Final Verdict – Is NuSkin a Scam
This is not focused on the products, it`s focused on selling the “opportunity” to family and friends with the chance of earning no to very little money.
To me, NuSkin is not worth MY time or money. Is NuSkin a scam? That will be up to you to decide.
What`s Your Options Now?
I like beauty products but are not into Nu Skin
If you enjoy skin products and beauty products why not start your own website for free. You don`t have to bug family and friends to buy from you but you can recommend products that you truly enjoy.
Creating a website for yourself, you have control over your own time and your own site, you are in charge. You can find out more about that here.
Nu Skin sounds like it`s for me
If this is for you then I wish you good luck. You might want to read this article here – 10 tips before joining an MLM opportunity.
Either way, having a website where you promote your business is the way to go. You can find out more about that here, my number 1 free way to make money online.
What do you think about Nu Skin? Do you have a personal experience with them? Feel free to share in the comment section below.
Have a productive day,