Nerium product based pyramid scheme?
Nerium Business Opportunity Review
I am writing this review just for you. I neither have other MLM or Pyramid systems to recommend nor was I ever involved in one or will I ever be involved. I just don´t like when people get ripped off.
What I noticed about Nerium is that they must have a very efficient marketing and sales approach. Even people who rarely fall for every scam feel the need of endangering friendships by going after their “warm market.”
A few people have bugged me about in the last weeks.
Their promoters defend them with claws and teeth in full ignorance of any facts. Most don´t stay for long, though.
It will be a hard sell
People pay premium prices for premium products. They also pay premium prices for premium marketing bubbles and a sophisticated brand image. With an excellent brand image, you can be overpriced – but you still have to bring it. Even Apple would not succeed if they started selling Nokia phones from 2010 with their logo on it.
Nerium is way overpriced for what it is. A generic cream with everyday ingredients (besides one I will discuss further on).
The problem Nerium’s promoters will face is that the price they are paying (even with the auto-ship program) is significantly higher than the street price the cream sells for on eBay and Amazon. And it sells on those sites.
Most people never make their money back (investment for the starter package and other costs I will outline below) … when they kiss the “business opportunity” goodbye, they sell their stock dirt cheap.
Another factor is that those who still believe in the oleander dream have to reach a certain point level to qualify for bonuses.
As is common with product-based pyramids: You either need 200 points from selling the product to others or 80 points from buying it for yourself to qualify.
Just read the income disclosure for yourself.
Is Nerium cream even safe?
- The primary seller, the cream, is an utterly generic cream. Aloe and “the usual suspects” that are common in average low price creams. It’s not organic or anything else worth mentioning. None of the ingredients have been proven to have any lasting anti-aging effects whatsoever. The only element that stands out is oleander.You do not find oleander in many creams. Ummm…you do not find oleander in any other creams. That is probably because oleander is toxic. Oleander is one of the world’s most toxic plants – toxic in all parts. It can be deadly – especially for children.
Pushing and pressuring
A simple, proven system?
Update 2020: They removed the document that was linked above. The Bisuness Recource ….
However, here’s a FTC complaint for your enjoyment: https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/1623099_nerium_complaint_11-1-19.pdf
Fake promotion pictures
Fake from A to Z
- Nerium is intelligent enough about their photoshopped fake “before” and “after” picture and other adventurous claims to make sure that they never publish it themselves. When things go wrong, it will the partners who posted false information on the web.
- Nerium encourages people to write fake positive reviews. They promote the use of words like “scam” and such in the titles. What a speaker said (at a training event) is that they want to dominate the first three pages of search results. So when people are looking for honest reviews, they will have a hard time finding them. Nerium partners write fake “scam reviews”. Nerium partners also go to amazon.com and write fake reviews.Excellent business opportunities and companies with good products do not feel the need to plaster the market with fake reviews.
- Customers have reported they were trying to return the product because they were allergic or did not see any difference. When they contacted Nerium for an RMA, they were told they need to continue using it for at least 30 days. When they called after 30 days, they were told that the return winow closed after 30 days.
Is Nerium a scam? Maybe not regarding the legal definition as you have overpriced toxic products (primary product is still the night cream) to sell – regarding moral they sure are. False promises, overpriced, unsafe products and many other features I would call shady at best.
The company is on the market since 2011, carefully surfing the gray zone in between MLM and illegal pyramid.
From the number of people who have bugged me about Nerium, I would think the pyramid is already of a size where starters cannot make real money (at least in the States),
They clearly are a product-based pyramid scheme, and I suggest staying away. There are enough good creams out there to sell (without toxic ingredients), and there are probably enough decent MLM around.
Also, once you know that over 90% of the people you gain just lose their money – why would you even do that.
If you already invested in them – do yourself a favor and don´t bug your friends and family. They will not love you for it when they lose their money or get allergies from your cream.
If I had to sell Nerium, I’d put on a wig and black glasses and prospect in areas as cold as “I/ll never go back to that town”.
Related read: Differences between Pyramid and MLM