If you ended up here, my guess is that you have come across Nu Skin from a friend or a friend’s friend who will not stop pushing you to come and listen to one of Nu Skin’s presentations that will change your life forever.

Prepare for a change for the worse!

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Is Nu Skin A Scam? Hear It From My Own Experience!

“Achieve financial freedom and live your dream-life”.

Yes, this is how it sounds when attending one of Nu Skin’s “hype” company presentations. The event is meant to inspire and get your hopes up of living the dream.

 

“The representatives at Nu Skin know exactly how to encourage people and get their hopes up. Usually, by telling the incredible success stories from the “top dogs” of the organization.”

 

Who would not want to become a successful business owner and create a residential income, not having to lift a finger (IF reaching Team Elite level so to speak)? The Team Elite level is the highest of levels as a Nu Skin distributor.
 
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Well, let me tell you how it really works based on my personal experience trying to become an independent distributor with Nu Skin.

First, A Look Into The Company Nu Skin And Their Business Model


I want to start by saying GOOD that you are doing your research before making any decision whether to join or not.

Every business opportunity that requires your commitment in the form of time or money should be well researched before jumping in.

Nu Skin Enterprises was founded in 1984 by Blake Roney, Sandie Tillotson, and Steve Lund in Provo, Utah. The company originated in the U.S. and began its first foreign operation in Canada, the year 1990.

The founders of Nu Skin decided to build a company that would combine innovative personal care products with ingredients that subscribed to the philosophy of “all of the good, none of the bad”.

I can no longer count the times I have heard this sales pitch. I used it numerous times like you were encouraged to.

I am not trying to go against Nu Skin and its statement because the skincare products are pretty good after all. I used them for about a year and was happy with the results.

However, the products are over-priced and there are many products on the market that TOP the Nu Skin products for a MUCH LOWER cost.

 

Let Us Talk More About The Actual Nu Skin Business

Nu Skin has been around for quite some time now. The company is global with representatives on 53 markets Worldwide.

Nu Skin Is Built On The Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) Business Model     

Nu Skin is a direct sales multi-level marketing (MLM) company that markets and sells skincare products and nutritional supplements.

 

What Exactly Is Multi-Level Marketing?


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In multi-level or network marketing, individuals sell products to the public, often by word of mouth and direct sales.

Typically, distributors earn commissions not only from their own sales but also from sales made by the people they recruit to work beneath them (source: FTC – Federal Trade Commission).

The most recognized Nu Skin product is the ageLOC skincare line. An anti-aging series with everything from skin creams and serums to home spa equipment.

Is Nu Skin A Scam? Hear It From My Own Experience! 2018 Update - Make A Living From HomeThey also offer Nu Skin 180 body care, hair products, and cosmetics. I purchased a spa system for cellulite removal but I never saw any results. I have to admit I did not have the patience to use it every day for 20 minutes like you were supposed to.

More products are home spas for face rejuvenation, Pharmanex vitamins, nutrition supplements, and weight management products in the form of shakes and tablets.

The ageLOC skincare series and the Pharmanex nutrition supplement brands are currently bought and marketed by 950,000 distributors. The ageLOC line was responsible for 43% of the total profit in 2012.

The representatives of the company do not like to call Nu Skin a multi-level marketing company. They know it does not ring well in peoples’ ears, so instead, they are using the somewhat less provocative wording of a network marketing company.

Many people associate the MLM business model with pyramid schemes.

This Takes Me To The Next Question –
Is Nu Skin A Pyramid Scheme?


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With Nu Skin’s business model you earn an income from the sales you make, as well as from the people you have recruited to become distributors, also known as your downline.

The more people you can recruit to your organization – your downline – the more money you will make.

Most Nu Skin’ers are hoping to recruit remarkably good entrepreneurs who will build big organizations. This, in turn, gives the upline residential income without hardly any effort.

If you recruit several people with an entrepreneurial mindset that are also great salespeople, you can make residential income without lifting a finger.

Your earnings do not come from selling products but more from recruiting people to do the actual business. The more people, the bigger your downline will become, and the more money you will make.

 


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⇒ This Is A Warning From The Federal Trade Commission Which Regulates
Multi-Level Marketers:

“Not all multilevel-marketing plans are legitimate. If the money you make is based on your sales to the public, it may be a legitimate multilevel-marketing plan. If the money you make is based on the number of people you recruit and your sales to them, it’s not. It’s a pyramid scheme. Pyramid schemes are illegal and the vast majority
of participants lose money”.

Robert Fitzpatrick who operates the website Pyramid Scheme Alert insists that more than 99% lose their money with the turnover rate at some companies exceeding 90% every year.

Fitzpatrick is explaining it like this:

“If you have to recruit and then the ones you recruit have to recruit. Now you’re in a chain letter. And in a chain letter, most people are going to lose. Most, being 90% to 99%.”

It is difficult to get any concrete evidence if Nu Skin – like many other multi-level marketing companies – is based on a pyramid scheme because often Nu Skin makes their reports too complicated and just too long for investigators to go through.

I would claim they certainly are since the upline makes more when the downline grows its organization.

The Nu Skin representatives always protect themselves on the recruiting events by saying it could not be considered a pyramid scheme because the downline only goes 6 levels deep.

Another MLM giant I have been a victim of is Amway:

⇒ Why Amway And Other MLM Companies Give Me Shivers!

This Is What Nu Skin Tells Their Distributors

“Illustrations that show a person’s downline organization as a pyramid are prohibited. Nu Skin will not allow illustrations that show the structure of an organization without including customers in that structure. The illustration itself should not extend more than two levels deep”- Source: NuSkin.com.

It sounds like a cover-up to me!

Nu Skin is very well aware of the fact that it is operating as a pyramid scheme when having to write a disclosure like this. No matter levels or pyramid schemes, the vast majority of distributors end up losing thousands of dollars joining Nu Skin, including me.

To hear my story, continue reading.
 

 
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6 Things To Consider Before Joining An MLM Company


The Federal Trade Commission Recommends You To Ask These 6 Questions Before Joining Any Of The MLMs:

#1. Can you make a sustainable profit from just selling products without having to recruit a single person?
#2. How many products are sold to pure retail customers (customers who are not also distributors in the network)?
#3. Does the company’s compensation plan recommend you to buy large amounts of products to qualify for a more senior position in the network and bonus checks?
#4. How long does it take to start earning an income and how many distributors do you need to recruit to make money?
#5. What are the failure rate and average compensation for both a part-time and full-time commitment?
#6. Are the expenses of promoting and running the business higher than the average distributor compensation?

I can answer question #3 from experience. Yes, they do encourage that you invest in a large number of products to be able to create an organization.
 


 
This is where things get worse…To make any money whatsoever with Nu Skin, you have to be part of their monthly automatic delivery rewards (ADR) program. You have to continuously order products for a certain amount. They are forcing you to purchase from them while also getting free marketing from new and “old” recruits!

How could I fall for this voracity?

To defend this, they say: “Hey you have to buy products from somewhere anyway right?!”

True, but I would not choose a shower gel for $35 when I can buy it for $5 at the local grocery store. Oooor for $1 at the Dollar Store if I am lucky.

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However, when you are attending one of their “hype” meetings and are eager to fulfill your dream of being a business owner and achieving financial freedom, you want to believe it all makes sense.
 
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How My Nu Skin Experience Started


This is me visiting Tucci Nail Spa during my Nu Skin days. The owner, Anthony Martucci, is a friend of mine.

I met a friend from my home country, Sweden, who I used to work with at a local gym in Stockholm (the capital city of Sweden). I met her in Miami, Florida. She had also left Sweden for sunny Miami so that was quite a coincidence.

She introduced me to Nu Skin and took me to one of their meetings. They made it sound like an amazing business opportunity and so easy to make a big income in no time.

Financial freedom is just around the corner, wihooo!

So they say at least!

I left the meeting convinced Nu Skin would be my thing. I was also happy to be able to work with my friend from back home.

She recommended me to go BIG if I was going to invest efforts in doing the business. She convinced me to start with buying the large inventory package, and so I did.

Remember now…this is where she also got her cut since I became her downline. Of course, she would recommend investing in all those products!


I Threw Away $1500 For Nothing!


Maybe not for “nothing” since you get products for the money but I did not really need them, so for me, the money was wasted. Even today, 3 years later, I still have products left.

You have to come up to 2500 points in order to qualify for starting an organization as an independent distributor. Every dollar is translated into points – so $1 is 1 point.

My friend told me I would earn 1000 points when buying this package and that it would give me a head start collecting the points. She also said it would not take long to collect the other 1500 points.

That was not the case!

I trusted her and went for it. I bought products for $1000 while sweating a bit. It is not every day you buy skincare products for $1000.

I did try hard reaching the 2500 points! We were running around to company after company related to the skincare industry and tried to book meetings with the store manager to sell products or convince them to do the business.

It did not go well!

Nobody wanted to pay for the over-priced Nu Skin’s products.


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I Was So Frustrated To Have Invested Full-Time Efforts (More Or Less) For 3 Months And Lots Of Capital And Only Got One Sale! Are You Kidding Me?!

 

Three months seems like a LONG time when trying to promote a business with the same sales pitches over and over and you are not getting through to anybody.

The typical answer: “Let me think about it” or “No, I do not want to get involved in those pyramid schemes”….and so it went on.

After months of regular meetings that took time away from loved ones (they were always at night when people had finished their regular jobs), I threw in the towel and gave up.

The Lie And Rule I Never Approved Of


Another way of fishing people in, is how they tell you to start small on the side of your regular work. This is exactly how they are cashing in money by the monthly subscriptions from people trying to do the business besides their job.

Nu Skin knows that you do not stand a chance to build an organization on the side of a full-time job.




It takes a 100% commitment and a portion of good luck to succeed. Nu Skin is using people and is making them believe they can build a business from only buying a few products each month.

Nu Skin also has this 3 feet rule I never approved of. Namely, to always share the business with anyone who is standing within 3 feet from you at the mall, in the grocery store, at the gym, etc.

No matter where you were at the time, you were told to apply this rule. I tried it a couple of times but was never comfortable with it. Instead, I tried to book real meetings with spa salons, hairdressers, and nail salons to try selling Nu Skin’s products and possibly also make them do the business.

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Presenting Nu Skin’s Commission Plan

“To qualify for commissions and as an active distributor, you have to generate 100 PSV (personal sales volume) and have to purchase or sell a minimum of $100 in products every month.

$2,000 in monthly sales must be made by their team, accounting for the majority of Nu Skin’s sales. Most of them will lose thousands of dollars in this scheme and have unsold products in their basements” (source: Fortune).

The commission data below are taken from Nu Skin’s report from 2013:

14.19% – An average of US active distributes who earned a commission check on a monthly basis. Observe that 85% of active distributors did not earn a cent.

5.38% – Earned a monthly average commission of $30.

$176 –  Is the average commission paid to US Active Distributors each month. A yearly income of $2112 according to their numbers.

These are NOT the numbers they show you at the meetings! No, no…. at the meetings they make sure to bring lots of success stories to wow you. They bring people from high up the chain that makes millions.

There are a FEW people who are making millions with Nu Skin but to get there, you need lots of luck, know how to recruit people and be good at bending the truth more than a little.

I am saying “be good at bending the truth” since it is such a low success rate, and still, you are trying to convince your friends to invest time and money in the business.

Nu Skin claims it is so easy and their business is the solution to financial freedom.

Nu Skin means anyone can do the business just from being a user of their products. Well, I could not, and I ended up spending way too much on their products!

The few people that do make a decent income are doing it from fooling their downline into investing in more and more products. Not morally right to me. But hey.. you have probably heard of ’em people walking over corps to get what they want.


Let Me Break It Down Further –
What Will It Cost To Join Nu Skin?

 

Product Package Cost

Like you read in the summary of my experience with Nu Skin, you first have to purchase a product package. The product packages start from $475 up to $1519.

I did not purchase any prepared package. I hand-picked the products I wanted to purchase for $1000.

 

Automatic Delivery Rewards (ADR) Program

You will also have to sign up for a monthly automatic delivery rewards (ADR) program.

No packages are less than $100 so it will cost you, at least, $100 per month to do the business. Money that will add up pretty quickly.

 

This is what it says on the website:

You Have To Be Enrolled In The ADR Program To Qualify For LOI, Commission, And Bonuses

Then they make it even more difficult to get your commissions by saying:

“Commissions and sales bonuses are paid only to active Distributors. See Glossary for an explanation of Active Requirements, including retail sales requirements. You must have sold or consumed 80% of your inventory before your next order” – Source: NuSkin.com.

This is very odd. Why do they care about this? As long as you are continuing your monthly orders it should be okay right?!

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It used to be 6 different levels you could earn with Nu Skin but Nu Skin seems to have increased it to 10 levels. They all come with lots of different rules and regulations.

It is very difficult to understand the actual compensation plan.

Just To Earn $500 Extra Per Month, You Have To Reach The Gold Executive Level And Only 1.09% Of All Nu Skin Distributors Reach This Level

Also, from the commission plan, only 1.59% actually makes more than $500 per month.

If Nu Skin would skip all success stories on its meetings and only focus on “real” numbers, you would soon realize that NO ONE should invest time and effort into this business.

Nu Skin knows this and is smart enough to invite the same two couples as speakers, an American couple and a Japanese couple that has made an incredible success with Nu Skin.

After trying to do the business, I cannot understand HOW they did it?? But I take my hat off for them and their successes.
 


 

Nu Skin Has been In Legal Hot-Waters More Than Once


Important to add is that Nu Skin has been in legal hot-waters numerous times. For example in 1997, Nu Skin had to pay $1.5 million to resolve FTC charges over fat loss claims for supplements – Source: FTC.

In January 2014, the Chinese government announced it was investigating Nu Skin following a People’s Daily newspaper report calling it a “suspected illegal pyramid scheme – Source: Reuters.

Recently in 2016, Nu Skin settled $47 Million for operating a pyramid scheme after being sued by China in a Utah federal court. Nu Skin was also forced to pay another $750,000 for bribing a top Chinese official with funds from Nu Skin’s charitable division after a US Securities and Exchange Commission probe –  Source: Wikipedia.

 


 

Nu Skin Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Nu Skin is a reputable company that has been around for quite a while after it started back in 1984.
  • They have a solid background and offer good quality products. Nu Skin’s products and the skincare niche are recessionproof.
  • No matter fluctuations in the economy, there is always going to be a high demand for products that keep you looking young and healthy.

Cons

Why don’t we start with this incident:

One of the co-founders of Nu Skin, Nedra Roney, was deleted from the website in an attempt to hide she is a co-founder because she has been involved in several lawsuits. She also pleaded guilty to prescription-drug fraud in 1996 – Source: Fortune.

This is only one of several outrageous stories with Nu Skin founders involved.

  • With this being said, 85% of distributors earn NOTHING with Nu Skin!
  • You have to bother friends and family or in fact everybody in your network and try to get them to join.
  • You are becoming the black sheep that wants to fool people into a pyramid scheme.
  • The money is in recruiting people into the business. Not in the actual products.
  • You have to spend +$100 per month and sell or use 80% of your inventory to be eligible to earn any commission at all.
  • You have to earn 2500 points to be able to qualify as an independent distributor which often forces you to purchase expensive starter packages.
  • Pay extra attention to this con: The products are difficult to sell since they are quite pricey. Yes, this was always the issue when trying to sell. The products are ridiculously expensive so it is almost impossible to sell them

 

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Who Is Nu Skin For?


  • Nu Skin is for the person who is comfortable with recruiting (mostly bothering) family and friends to get them to join in order to grow the downline and make an income off of it.
  • Nu Skin is for the person who has tremendous sales skills and can convince people to join a pyramid scheme.
  • Nu Skin is for the person who does not really care about selling products but wants to focus more on the “business opportunity”.
  • Nu Skin is for the person who wants to keep paying the monthly ADR program to have a 14.9% chance to make a full-time residential income.

Well, how does this sound? Not too good right!?



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Final Summary Of My Nu Skin Experience


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I now realize I was blindfolded when stepping into the Nu Skin business because I believed in my friend and her success story.

She claimed she had made such a good residential income (from doing the Nu Skin business back in Sweden) that she was able to buy a spa and live off the money she made from it.

When I asked her why she stopped doing the business (she had taken a break from Nu Skin when we met), she answered she got tired of it and wanted to do something else.

Why getting tired of residential income? You never get tired of money in this consumer society. Something was fishy about that story but I wanted to believe in her.

 

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Since she recruited me, she automatically became my coach (upline). When experiencing the tough reality of constantly getting turned down and only making one tiny sale, I was tempted to ask her for proof of income from when she did so well.

She never showed me anything testifying she had made an income from Nu Skin. I did not want to disrespect her and our short friendship. I did not want to appear like I did not believe what she was telling me and offend her.

I am saying a short friendship because this situation strained our relationship. I could not help feeling a bit fooled by her since I had invested in all products for nothing.

Not to mention the time I spent that I could have used for other money-making endeavors.

Remember that she made a commission from my initial $1000 investment and also from being in the ADR program for three months. I was in her downline.

That is how the business model works.


My Final Advice:

If Someone Is Approaching You And Is Trying To Recruit You To Nu Skin Or Any MLM Company – Run!  

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You will end up investing more money and time than you will earn. It is such a small percentage that actually makes a good profit from MLMs.

I believe you have to have a huge network in the form of business contacts or a comprehensive email list to be able to succeed. You cannot just turn to family and friends or people crossing your path in the streets to make money with MLM.

You may also have to pay for other marketing efforts such as Google Adwords, Facebook ads, etc., to spread the word and get people to buy products from you.

You will not sell enough products to benefit financially without help expanding your network. Take my word for it.



 

A Proven Strategy To Make Money Online

There is a proven strategy to make legit money online which is called Affiliate Marketing. I am working the business model as you are reading this and especially if you are clicking on any of the ads in this blog post. I make a small commission from every click from Google Adsense.

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How To Start As An Affiliate Marketer?


It is easy!

Choose a niche you have a passion for and start creating quality content that you post regularly. The more effort you put into writing relevant content, the more money you will make.

You can also market and sell other companies’ products or services and make a commission from the sales – all from your blog, website, and/or social media.

You do not have to invent the wheel yourself. Instead, you can jump on it and sell products that are already selling.

You can read more about affiliate marketing in a prior article:

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I personally wanted to learn from the person who could show proof of REAL earnings. I was amazed by John Crestani, the founder of Super Affiliate System 3.0, who actually lives up to making affiliate commissions of $1,000,000 per month!

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The course is easy to follow and offers 50 hours of fundamental marketing training on how to make money with advertising networks.

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Do Not Let Fear Stop You – Anyone Can Do This!


You do not have to be Einstein, have technical skills, or experience to become a successful affiliate marketer.

This is one of the few businesses that ANYONE can do, no matter school degree or prior experience.

Do not worry if you never built a website before. You can operate this business model without a website.

Although a website or blog will get you results faster. An easy and quick solution is to use the Shopify Platform. Shopify offers already designed templates that you can implement text and pictures into. You will create a professional website in no time!

Before I go, I have to inform you that affiliate marketing/blogging is NOT a get-rich-quick solution. It can take months until you earn enough income to live off. This is a long-term business. A REAL business.

However, it can be as profitable as you make it. There are no limitations to how much you can make.

As soon as your blog/website is gaining authority online, more and more companies will contact you about advertising, link insertions, etc.

It is snowballing from there, which is really great.

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If you already have capital that you want to invest, and especially now in a financial crisis, I would recommend digging deeper into precious metals investing and Gold IRA’s.

Unlike stocks, bonds, and mutual funds that are all tied to the dollar, precious metals stand on their own. When the stock market tanks, the price of gold and silver is not affected, but often rises during these times.

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I gladly accept feedback and comments on this article. You may have a different perspective or have another experience from being a Nu Skin distributor.

Remember this: The Future Is Your Creation!

Sincerely,

Stina Pettersson
The Future Is Your Creation
Email: [email protected]
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About The Author

Stina Pettersson - The Future Is Your CreationStina Pettersson is an aspiring entrepreneur who is working on achieving her goals as an online marketer.

Stina Pettersson is originally from Sweden but has resided in the U.S. for the past 6 years. She started her American journey in Miami, Florida, and recently moved to Austin, Texas.

Stina was active as a professional dancer for 21 years but she was forced to slow down her dancing after ACL surgery in both knees. She is still dancing as a hobby and enjoys daily nature walks with her two adorable dogs, Max and Abigail.

Stina has the gift of being able to receive communication from the spirit and extraterrestrial world which she also loves sharing with her readers.

“My main goal is to maintain a flexible lifestyle, where I set my own schedule. Even that I work hard, I love what I do every day. I also have the opportunity to help other people which is a huge gift.”






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  • Darren Ferneyhough

    Hi Stina, I’ve read your recounting of your experience with horror – what you have described is absolutely horrible and unacceptable and should definitely not happen.

    I have been in Nu Skin since 2011 and my experience is so different to yours it seems inconceivable that we’re talking about the same company!

    I think it was Kristin who mentioned in her comment that it sounds like you were manipulated by your uplines, and my feeling from reading your story is the same to be honest.

    A few things that I know from my own experience as I begin my 10th year with Nu Skin suggest to me that this is the case, and I’ll just share those here if that’s ok:

    Nu Skin the company does not run the business opportunity meetings you’ve described and does not provide distributor trainings as you’ve described – what you are describing are events that are organised, run and presented by Nu Skin distributors just like you (were) and I. Another commenter mentioned that they were surprised/upset that they had to pay to attend these events, however hotels and venues don’t provide facilities for free and it’s fair that all distributors who wish to utilise such events to bring prospects along to should chip in a contribution to cover the costs.

    As mentioned by Kristin, it does seem to me that there was some significant artistic licence being employed by those providing the content in these meetings as well as in the coaching you were receiving from your uplines on what you ought to do to build your business.

    In addition, Nu Skin the company never makes claims that it is easy to succeed in the business or that it is the ticket to financial freedom – to the contrary, the compliance dept is forever coming down on distributors when they get caught making such claims.

    Over the past few years there has been increasing scrutiny on the MLM industry by the FTC since the time of your Nu Skin experience, Herbalife in particularhas been forced to radically change their policies in order to be able to continue trading (the implication appeared to be that they would be basically shut down as a pyramid scheme if they continued as they were). And as a very interested party Nu Skin has been very keen to avoid attracting the same kind of negative attention from them (the FTC), which has led them to make quite a number of changes to do so, these include:

    no cost to join
    no mandatory starter kits
    no mandatory ADRs
    no minimum volume requirements to earn commissions

    all of these changes make it possible for distributors (now called Affiliates) to earn retail profits, bonuses and commissions on the volume of their recruited affiliates without incurring any costs themselves whatsoever. I’m sure you’d agree your experience would have been very different if such elements were in place at the time of your Nu Skin story and you knew them to be the case

    In addition there have been changes to the process of qualification for the Sales Leader positions (as was called Executives back when you were involved).
    The qualification requirements are now a total of 6,000 points of which a minimum of 1,000 are required in any single month during the qualification – so while super salespeople can still go ahead and nail it in a single month, the rest of us have less pressure and can take up to 6 months if necessary while steadily building a network of customers and affiliates to provide the volume required

    At the same time the commission rates payable on group volume has increased from the previous maximum of 25% to 40% with the 40% rate payable on everything upwards of 8,000 points each month, making it easier for new affiliates to make some good money while developing their organisation for the bigger leadership bonuses

    Things have changed a lot for the better at Nu Skin since your terrible experience, and I think this is in part because of people like you sharing their stories of bad experiences with MLM companies and as a result the industry being force to improve or die.

    It’s not right that you had the experience you had and I’m sorry that you did.

    I’m thankful that I had a very different and more positive experience compared to yours, but it’s worth noting that we have both been distributors of Nu Skin during the same period. The company we were both with was the same, the thing that was different in our respective experiences was our uplines.

    My sponsor and uplines gave me very different advice and coaching to what you have described receiving from yours. This tells me that although your experience was definitely not right, I believe the negative elements of it had more to do with the culture and methods of your specific uplines than it had to do with the company’s policies and structure at the time.

    In fact, most of the negative press that you included has a primary element in each case of problems being created by over-zealous or ill-advised or unethical or downright dishonest conduct by distributors, and of course it’s much easier for the authorities, whether China or USA authorities, to go after the company for this and apply million-dollar fines etc than a bunch of distributors.

    Thank you once again for sharing your story, I honestly believe that it’s directly because of the collective voice of you and others speaking out about the bad practices that have caused such unpleasant experiences, that all companies in the MLM industry have been forced to up their game and long may this continue. For those of us who are continuing to work in MLM and for those yet to join, it will be a better and more pleasant environment in which to work as each year passes, and for this I am grateful to you and everyone else who has helped to bring this change about.

    Perhaps one day you will feel inclined to revisit the changing world of MLM, you may even wish to look again at Nu Skin with all of the changes from the company and a refreshingly different approach from a different upline, and if that day ever does come to pass please do feel free to look me up. Until then keep up the great work you are doing

    xx

    • Stina Pettersson

      Hi Darren,
      thank you for your comprehensive feedback on my blog post and for updating with new improvements to the Nu Skin business model.
      Your feedback was very interesting to read and it gave me a new perspective on things. I will take what you are saying into consideration. I may have had the wrong upline like you are stating, but the fact that the old regulations still were the framework when I joined Nu Skin, speaks for a similar outcome. I felt I was manipulated into investing in such an expensive starter kit with a promise it would help me become a distributor a lot faster when, in fact, it was more or less impossible to recruit people to join what they thought of as a pyramid scheme. I am glad to hear that people like myself, who are sharing their experiences, may have assisted in MLM’s having to look into how they are doing business and up their game.

      With that being said, I’m glad to hear you have a different experience with Nu Skin and that the MLM business works for you.
      I wish you all the best of success in your future Nu Skin endeavors, and thanks again for such informative feedback.

      Cheers!
      Stina Pettersson
      The Future Is Your Creation

  • Nuskin233

    I want to laugh so hard😂🤣 yes what a great article… yes it’s business venture and yes how can they so many people(thousands). Are their product(s) great??? Aww nvm… it’s a scam😂🤣everything written here are so true😂🤣🤣they will cut throat u n hurry n get your families n friends to join their products n their ways of success😂🤣🤣when I told them that I’m a businessman that what ur running is a pyramid business 😂🤣🤣 after weeks. Finally they asked me to join n travel to help them 😂🤣🤣 it’s embarrassing…just stay away😂🤣🤣🤣 hope n dream

    • Stina Pettersson

      Hello,
      thanks so much for your feedback and comment!
      People need to know how Nu Skin treats its hard-working representatives.

      All the best to you and I hope you have found something better to invest your business efforts in.

      Cheers!
      Stina Pettersson
      The Future Is Your Creation

    • Maria

      This is so true! I have enjoyed reading this post. I also was “invited” to join nuskin by ap friend a few years back and I just wasted time and money. It is funny how they tried to fool people in those meetings (Which you have to pay to attend) by big blue diamonds representatives of the company which all of them had great stories about how they left their executive jobs where they made a lot of money and all that was left behind to join nuskin and they want you to believe that they started doing business just like you (a normal working class person) bullshit. I learnt after by some successful Instagram influencer how nuskin itself contacted her to offer a job with them and from the company so basically these people who claim they started doing this business just like you are lying. It was also strange the way they want you to focus on recruiting more people into it instead of selling the products. I was kind of told off by one of my upline because I was focusing too much on selling the products. They also want you to introduce the business to anyone at anytime which made me very uncomfortable in occasions as I felt I was bothering people and the fact that we couldn’t say the name of the brand until you actually meet in person with the potential new recruit. I also had to spend money in products which are good products but very expensive, and what annoyed me the most was that after expending a good money on products I still had to pay for delivery! It was ridiculous.

      • Stina Pettersson

        Hej Maria,
        thank you so much for your comment! It will be helpful to so many people that are about to fall for the Nu Skin lie. You seem to have had the same exact experience as me, which is a confirmation I’m telling the truth and aren’t just bad-mouthing Nu Skin.
        Thank you for confirming the content of my article. I’m sorry you had to waste both money and valuable time on Nu Skin.

        It was very interesting with the new aspect you included of how they actually are hiring influencers to say Nu Skin is making them money. Wow, that’s beyond deception! I didn’t know about this but had my suspicions.

        I can’t believe they charged you for delivery as well…Not only do they force you to spend money on products through the ADR program but they also have the guts to charge for shipping. Unbelievable!

        Well, I’m glad we both moved on from Nu Skin, and I wish you all the best of success in your future business endeavors! Thank you again.

        Cheers!
        Stina Pettersson
        The Future Is Your Creation

  • John Calvin Abueva

    Cheers! This was a great read and I’m from the Philippines. Your article helped a lot in deciding whether to join NuSkin, I am just interested with their water purifying system but then again I don’t want to be a part of such schemes.

    • Stina Pettersson

      Hi John,
      Thank you for your kind feedback on my blog post! Nice to get a greeting all the way from the Philippines:-)
      I am glad to hear it aided you in your decision whether to join Nu Skin.
      I have not seen their water purifying system. It may be a great product, but I would stay away from the company and not get involved.
      It will save you some headache.

      Cheers!
      Stina Pettersson
      The Future Is Your Creation

  • Lili

    All these informations are all complety false. I don’t understand where you got all the informations or by who you got formed and coached, but all I have to say that first of all you have to have a full Mindset and positivity to go far with this business. If you start by thinking you can’t do it, so you don’t even have to try.
    I started Nu Skin few months ago and I attended my 2nd title in a few months, by having a great sponsor, as a good team. You have to motivate your team, and not force them to spend money.

    I’m really disappointed that someone shares so much negativity in one blog post but trying to convince people that Nuskin is bullshit.
    Let those people give a try to change their lives.

    • Stina Pettersson

      Hi Lili,
      thank you for your comment on your experience with Nu Skin. I am glad that it is working out well for you. That’s great! But I am giving readers my own experience with Nu Skin, and nothing is misleading or blown out of proportion of what I am sharing. The facts are also backed up with legit sources, so your accusation of me sharing false information is based out of thin air only. As you can see in the comment section of this blog post, I am not the only one having a bad experience with Nu Skin.

      I am not convincing people to not try Nu Skin. In fact, in the verdict/summary I do share that Nu Skin is not a scam. People are free to try whatever they desire in life, we are totally free to choose, that is the beauty with life in this era.

      With that being said, I wish you the best of luck with Nu Skin and I hope you won’t be disappointed in the end.

      Cheers!
      Stina Pettersson
      The Future Is Your Creation

  • Pam

    How do you get out of Nuskin after joining? Did today, haven’t bought anything, but after reading this I want nothing to do with it

    • Stina Pettersson

      Hi Pam,
      sorry for my late reply. Just call their customer service and cancel your membership: (800) 487-1000 the US and +44 0303 031 2300 the UK.
      You’re doing the right thing, it’s just a waste of your time, effort and money.

      If you’re looking for something to work with remotely, you can check out this article with tips of remotely jobs: Top Work From Home Jobs In 2018.
      They are still legit and up to date jobs. On my blog, I also write about how to start an eCommerce store (Amazon, eBay) or becoming a real estate investor.

      I hope you will find something that fits you well. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

      Best of luck to you!

      Stina Pettersson
      The Future Is Your Creation

    • Liz

      My sister has been working for Nuskin in Australia for around 12 years, she is very successful at it and has made a lot of money and goes on a yearly Nuskin tour (somewhere around the world) where she gets an injection of Nuskin into her psyche. I supported her for a few years with it, I would do up brochures and attend meetings, I also bought some of the product which I still have stock piles of it in my cupboard, with that I spent a lot of time and money in doing so. She would bombard our family and friends and friends of friends with Nuskin, there wouldn’t be a place that she went that she didn’t try and sell the concept to someone, she even had her internal walls of her house covered in pictures of houses she wanted to buy and sales inspired quotes, she was what seems to have become completely obsessed. She even came to my work and tried to sell my work colleague a $500 face iron, mind you, this work colleague of mine was a single Mum and a heavy smoker. My sister almost convinced her to purchase it even though she could no way afford it and more importantly it wasn’t going to help her with her wrinkles considering her lifestyle. It was quite comical how my sister rubbed the potion on her face and tried to convince us all that her face was completely lifted but we all looked at each other and we were almost agreeing but later on we couldn’t believe how my sister almost had them all fooled even though there was no change to the face. Luckily another work colleague had extensive beauty training and talked this lady out of purchasing it and then I got a dressing down from her for inviting my sister to my work for such a scam of a presentation. A few other incidences occurred after that which made me question not only my sister’s ethics but also as to whether she was operating a pyramid scheme. She wasn’t just selling a product, it appeared that when a product goes a bit stale Nuskin and therefore my sister would change her tact using a different product. She would also target all my friends, she would not discriminate so I got to a point where I didn’t want to invite her to anything or introduce any of my extended family or friends as she always would find an opportunity to bring up and push Nuskin. It was really embarrassing. I made some comments on Facebook with regards to Nuskin and those of my family whom were involved, i didn’t mention any names but only spoke about the dodgy concept having unfriended anyone I knew that was heavily involved in Nuskin. I wanted my real friends to know that I was not a supporter of it and that if anyone of my family that approached them they should be aware. My sister, of course, got wind of this and was obviously not impressed, she tried to pretend for a while that she was ok with what I said but then she had an affair and her husband confided in me, infact I was the first person he came to when he found out about the affair, it was devastating on so many levels. I still loved my sister but she was no longer the sister i thought she was. She was telling people that I was her mortal enemy, she even tried to convince a judge that her husband was beating up on her which wasn’t true. In the end my sister and her ex husband are now divorcing after almost 30 years of marriage and they have two daughters who seldom speak now either. I believe my sister has become deluded and can’t tell the difference between reality and fantasy, between truth and lies. Other members of my family have chosen to ignore what my sister has done and just pretend all is swell and I guess they were fortunate to live far away that their life wasn’t as impacted as mine has been with what I have witnessed. My father, who has been dead for 20 + years would be flipping in his grave at knowing what has occurred, especially with the family now divided because of this situation but I have had no choice but to walk away from it, I have no desire to be associated with such people who make a living by scamming people. You can’t tell me that its not about the money, I am sure that if there were no money involved they wouldn’t be all working so hard to recruit people. Nuskin and all those MLM companies should be investigated and forced to change their commission structures so that people can only make money from the product not from just selling the concept.

      • Stina Pettersson

        Hi Liz,
        I can’t express enough how much I appreciate you leaving your experience with your sister and Nu Skin!!
        First of all, I want to say that I’m sorry the company brought out the worst in your sister and that your relationship has suffered from it. That’s what they do. They are like a cult and brainwash people into harassing EVERYONE that gets in their way. I joined my ex “friend”, who recruited me into Nu Skin on one of those performances, where they treat a person and then claim it has taken 10 years off of their appearance, but in reality nothing happened. They are preying on people’s weaknesses and fear of aging. It’s a good sales concept, but the way they do it is wrong.

        You have to be a good liar to become a successful MLM representative, because lie is what you have to do in order to make money with any MLM (as far as I know). Unfortunately, your sister seems to have lost her way with help of Nu Skin.

        I totally agree with you that the commission structure has to change. I like what you’re suggesting to only make money from product sales, not recruiting.

        Thank you for helping many people avoid this trap Liz.

        All my best wishes to you!

        Stina Pettersson
        The Future Is Your Creation

  • Deandre Noice

    This really answered my problem, thank you!

    • Stina Pettersson

      Hi Deandre,
      thank you, I’m glad it did!

      Stina Pettersson
      The Future Is Your Creation/Make A Living From Home

  • Beatrix

    I joined NuSkin 2015, they promised and encouraged but then soon it was pointless, they made me even buy their own products just to get “points” and be an “executive”. Those products didnt sell much because they were very expensive, my brother even had breakouts with their promising tech to remove pimples. It was so frustrating that they know i am struggling financially after joining and yet squished me to buy to maintain points. My up-lines talk like they earn a lot but then it is fishy (u what i mean, they share but never show) just to keep you on the boat. I am very happy i no longer am part of it! I started my own business and realllyy learned and earn! Not the way they structured it. I have lost a lot of money and time. A lesson learned.
    A friend of mine joined too, they just took the money and when asked for a refund they dont wanna give it back!! He never signed the contract. I was so ashamed for him (although he wanst my down line or anything) i didnt recruit any, just mainly selling. I was shy all because deep within, i know it is fishy. Good start and talk but never the follow through
    Btw, their weekly seminar is mandatory plus you have to pay too because they are blue diamond speakers. Wth? I think i lasted 2-3 months and am out. My up line became my friend and yah she quit too

    • Stina Pettersson

      Hi Beatrix,
      thank you for your comment! It is really helpful for other people that may be in need of an income solution, and that easily can fall into traps as Nu Skin.
      You basically had the same experience as me. They make you invest in expensive product packages in order to become (HAVE THE CHANCE TO BECOME) an executive, but it is impossible to sell the highly expensive products that they are selling. I am sad to hear about your brother that had such a bad experience with the products too. This is proof that the products are not worth the high cost either.

      WOW have they even started charging for the weekly seminars?? That is crazy!
      There is no end to trying to squeeze you on more and more money in order to belong to their “sect”. This is where the top of the pyramid make their money. With no morals, they pray on people in need of increasing their finances. Even, that they know that you have to have a lot of money and a huge network to make any money with MLM’s.

      I am happy you and your friend got away from Nu Skin, but I am sorry to hear about your financial loss and time effort. I lost about $1500 myself and 3 months of time, working my butt off to try and make the business happen, so I know what you are going through.

      You need to be an unethical person to be able to succeed with any MLM. Like you are mentioning, deep inside you know it is not right to recruit other people into this, since you know it is a “fake” dream they are portraying.

      Thanks again for leaving this valuable comment and for helping fellow entrepreneurs to avoid making the same mistake.

      All the best to you!

      Cheers!
      Stina Pettersson
      Make A Living From Home/The Future Is Your Creation

  • Vanessa Ahsing

    you got a very great website, Glad I observed it through yahoo.

    • Stina Pettersson

      Thank you Vanessa!

      Stina Pettersson
      Make A Living From Home/The Future Is Your Creation

  • Robbyn

    hi! this is a great blog and i constantly get pleasure from the information posted below. Bookmarked and shared. Many thanks again!

    • Stina Pettersson

      Hi Robbyn,
      thank so much for your kind feedback. I’m happy you found the information useful.
      Thanks so much for sharing it with your network. Much appreciated!
      Let me know if you have any questions for the future.

      Cheers!
      Stina Pettersson
      Make A Living From Home/The Future Is Your Creation

  • Kristin

    This is completely false ? It sounds like someone explained how the business works to you so that they could make money off of you. It does not cost a penny to sign up with the company and you are not required to sign up for ADR to qualify for LOI. I have spent $0 of my money and am not signed up for ADR and have been promoted easily. I’m also confused how you only made one sale in 3 months? I have been selling solely on Facebook and have 40+ customers having been selling NuSkin for 1 month. I’m not sure what the motive is behind this article, or if you just got gipped, but this information is not accurate.

    • Stina Pettersson

      Hi Kristin,
      thank you for your comment! I appreciate you took your time to comment on your experience with Nu Skin.
      I was doing Nu Skin in 2014, so maybe things have changed by now? Like I mentioned in the article, we were at that time forced to sign up for the ADR program and had to purchase products for a certain cost every month in order to stay in the program, and qualify for LOI.

      If Nu Skin has been smart enough to removed this, great!

      You’re commenting on my lack of sales. Like explained, we approached the Nu Skin business professionally by booking appointments and make drop-ins at different spas, hair dressers, nail technicians etc., to try and sell them Nu Skin’s skin care line and possible even get them to do the business opportunity, but they all thought the products were way too expensive. To them, Nu Skin wasn’t a known enough brand to be worth the extra monies either.

      I had just moved to Miami from Sweden and didn’t have my family or a big network of friends to sell products to (which is the most common outcome with any MLM – the constant harassment of friends and family). If you have succeeded selling on Facebook, awesome!! I salute you!

      My motive with the article is to tell people the truth, so they will know what they are getting themselves into, and can make a judgment whether it’s the right business opportunity for them or not. Since you’re telling me none of the information in my article is accurate, I would love to see documentation proving otherwise. I’ll be happy to publish updates to my article – if any. The content is based on reliable sources such as; the Federal Trade Commission, news media, and my own experience with Nu Skin – a good combo to get the most accurate standpoints.

      Best of luck to you Kristin and may you be one of the successful Nu Skin’ers.
      Cheers!
      Stina

  • Lola

    I have experienced a similar situation with Amway. you always end up broke and disappointed. Amway has an even more slick way of getting you to believe you can get rich with them. I was taken to a luxury home on my introduction meeting and they told me the expected comment – that this could be my life too. They are very deceiving. it’s only the top elite that makes money, that’s it!

    • Stina Pettersson

      Hi Lola,
      Thank you for your comment. Yes, I can relate to that very much. Several people have tried recruiting me to Amway, and I had an ex neighbor who drove me crazy. I first thought she wanted to be my friend, but she always ended up trying to get me to join Amway, so I had to cut with her. They often get obsessed and bother EVERYBODY, since they desperately need to recruit to make money. All the MLM’s are more or less the same, and like you say, you always end up more broke than before.

      Thanks again for your feedback and let me know if I can be of any other assistance.

      Cheers!
      Stina

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