The Ariix Scam
What is Ariix? Ariix is a nutritional company that operates under the network marketing model. It was just started by several former executives of another nutritional company name Usana (Fred Cooper, Jeffery Yates, Mark Wilson, and Riley Timmer). These guys were the ex C.O.O, C.F.O, VP of Sales and Finance for Usana so for them to leave and start their own rival company is sort of a big deal, at least for Usana. So, the Ariix scam, is it actually one? Let’s look at this logically.
These guys were bringing in tons of money from Usana from their salary and stock options. Why would they go and throw that all away to start a scam? It doesn’t make any sense. Since there are actual products involved, Ariix isn’t a scam but it is a multi-level marketing company. Yes, they claim to have great products and a unique compensation plan like all other MLM’s but the downsides of network marketing as a business is still there. Recruiting is involved. Having to sell high priced products is involved (some vitamin packs are $100 and up). Having friends and acquaintances potentially think you’re part of some cult or scam is still involved. It’s just the nature of this industry.
Looking at the stats, very few MLM companies survive past the 5th year. What chance does Ariix have to survive? Well, seeing that it’s being run by folks who ran Usana, a company that has been around since 1992, the chances are probably good. Not only that, many distributors from Usana are switching over to Ariix. But wait, isn’t MLM all about the product as so many of them claim? Makes one wonder.
Of course, these things don’t mean that you should join Ariix. Before you jump in, consider if network marketing as a profession is a right fit for you. It’s not for most people and that’s why so many people fail in this industry. When it comes down to it, it’s about sales, marketing, and networking. Unless you truly believe in the products and the management team behind the company, you’re going to have a hard time succeeding or even looking at anyone in the eye while pitching them a dream.
Because this company is still on the ground floor, it’s likely that many of their reps will use the whole “get in early while you still can” tactic. Take your time and do your due diligence no matter what kind of time limit you’re told. Make sure your decision of whether to join or not is your own and is based on logic and not emotion.
The success of Ariix is yet to be seen since it’s still new but if the people running this company are taking out what didn’t work at the previous company and are applying what worked best to this new company, then they’ll probably be around for a while. Since it’s still so new, you probably won’t be finding any Ariix reviews up for a while so we’ll just have to wait and see how this all plays out.
Let me know your thoughts and experience with this company.