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The MonaVie Acai Berry Super Fruit Juice - Mona Vie Scam?

Published 12/30/08 (Modified 3/8/11)
By MoneyBlueBook

Review of MonaVie and The Acai Berry Fruit Juice Company's Health and Marketing Claims

MonaVie. Mona Vie. The word actually sounds like a spin off of some french phrase (mon ami), but when I hear the name, two things immediately come to mind - acai berry juice and multi level marketing pyramid scheme. The MLM business scheme or pyramid marketing concept usually elicits a series of red alert alarm bells in my brain's BS scam detector, however, I'm willing to take a closer look at MonaVie before rendering my personal critique and verdict. After having tried out and actually tasted the MonaVie acai berry fruit drink, I have to admit, it's a rather sweet and tasty beverage - sort of a crisp combination of grape juice, blue berries, black berries, and a hint of dark chocolate. There's not much negative commentary I can sling at the MonaVie product in terms of taste alone, but the outrageously expensive price tag and the rather suspicious marketing approach of the company leave much to be desired.

As an ordinary American consumer and a casual observer, I'm not sure what to make of this whole MonaVie acai berry fruit juice craze that seems to be sweeping the health and fitness world. The product's been featured on the Food Network and on daytime talk shows for women like the Rachel Ray show, and eagerly touted by popular television hosts like Oprah Winfrey as the ultimate nectar of the gods. At least several medical commentators have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show recently to promote the acai berry as an invaluable source of super food nutrients and as a magical method to promote youth and bodily rejuvenation. While most of the on-air health commentators were on the Oprah show to promote their individual books, even Oprah herself seemed to jump on the acai berry bandwagon, endorsing the nutritional claims of the tiny purple berry in her own boisterous way.

And it's not just celebrity women either (who in my sexist opinion tend to be very ultra health conscious). Even celebrity guys seem to be getting in on the acai super fruit craze as well. There are numerous photos floating around on the internet of well known celebrities (both male and female) photographed with���� their MonaVie acai juice bottles. I've seen hip hop stars and motor sport athletes on MTV's Cribs show opening up their refrigerator doors for the camera to proudly display their prized rows of ultra-expensive MonaVie branded acai juice bottles. To top it off, when the Boston Red Sox won the Major League Baseball World Series in 2007, you even had several pitchers and players publicly thanking the Mona Vie company and attributing their athletic success to the seemingly magical healing powers of the MonaVie acai berry drink. When professional athletes who have just won the most competitive pinnacle award of their profession celebrate their triumph by giving a ringing endorsement of a particular enhancement product, citing the competitive advantages it allegedly provided their bodies through the grueling eight month long baseball season, I definitely take notice. However at the same time, my curiosity is greatly tempered with a strong dose of skepticism and suspicion at the celebrity's personal motivations for such a resounding product recommendation - and I find myself wondering if the celebrity was partly motivated by financial considerations.

Without a doubt, MonaVie is a popular and highly promoted superfruit juice product, frequently mentioned in popular entertainment and athletic circles among the rich and trendy. It also has a strong growing presence online and on TV, but then again, so do many of the numerous get rich quick schemes and snake oil scams out there, featuring all types of facial cleaning products and useless weight loss shakes and pills. All such popular products have their own legion of compensated celebrities ready to help make the sales pitch and enthusiastically promote the product to the audience. Just because a product is heavily marketed and seems popular does not make it legit. Thus I wanted to take a more objective look into the MonaVie product itself, its health claims, and its marketing approach to decipher for myself the legitimacy of the brand. My primary goal is to answer these series of questions - Is MonaVie a scam? Does MonaVie acai juice berry drinks actually provide the health benefits re-soundly touted by its army of rabid distributors? And finally, is MonaVie a product I would actually purchase and consume for myself as an average, everyday mildly health conscious consumer?

The MonaVie Acai Berry Juice Product

MonaVie is a fruit juice drink made up of a blend of 19 different fruits. In a nut shell, it's like Odwalla or Naked branded smoothie drinks - except the drink is marketed as an acai berry product and it comes in a fancy looking wine bottle to give it allure. While the company refuses to disclose the actual numbers detailing individual juice makeup, it eagerly markets the fruit juice cocktail as some type of specially formulated super fruit juice, citing its composition of acai berries for its supposed magical ability to cure all sorts of physical and mental ailments. While the company does not expressly state that the MonaVie acai berry juice drink is capable of amazing healing properties, that is the marketing direction the company seems to strongly hint at. Obviously due to legality reasons, MonaVie can't officially claim its juice drink to be a health elixir, but it sure seems like it unofficially wants to based on the promotional dance it's constantly engaging in.

Inside of its fruit juice drinks, MonaVie lists as one of its primary ingredients - the acai berry (pronounced ah-sai-ee) - a small purple black fruit about an inch in size and produced from the acai palm tree in the Amazon of Brazil. Through its network of distributors, the MonaVie company promotes the message that its unique acai berry juice blend contains many of the antioxidant related health benefits associated with the acai berry and other special fruits. Supposedly, these super fruits are packed with powerful nutrients and antioxidant compounds that uniquely protect the body's cells from damage and disease, boost the immune system, and slow down the otherwise inevitable process of aging. However, much of the alleged health benefits of MonaVie and the extent of the nutritional value of acai have been called into constant debate and frequently questioned by naysayers that cast suspicion at what exactly is contained in MonaVie and the extent of its alleged nutritional value if any. Certainly, the company's reluctance to share detailed information about the specific acai berry concentration found in its bottles and its mysterious refusal to reveal detailed proportional make up of how the���� fruit juices in the MonaVie blend are made up continue to fuel discussions abut the health claims made by the product's distributors.

Monavie Acai Is Sold Exclusively Via A Questionable Multi Level Direct Sales Approach (AKA Pyramid Scheme)

Mona Vie acai juice drinks are not available in traditional supermarket chains or grocery stores like Safeway, Kroger, or Wegmans, and they're not even available via specialty health minded retailers like Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. You definitely won't find the company's products at discounters like Walmart or Costco - no, the MonaVie company shuns the traditional sales outlets in favor of a more personalized and almost cult like marketing approach.

MonaVie was launched in January 2005 by a long time direct sales marketing veteran and since then, the company has relied exclusively on a multi level marketing strategy to promote and sell its expensive juice drinks. For all intents and purposes, the company's more of a powerful marketing machine than a health food provider. Certainly there may be substantially better fruit juice products out there at much cheaper prices, but frankly, and somewhat commendably, MonaVie does a pretty powerful job of hyping and cleverly convincing health fanatics that they absolutely must drink this product everyday to live their lives to the fullest.

By tapping into a sales stream that takes advantage of trusted personal relationships to generate sales, the company has become wildly successful - at least on the sales side. Those unfamiliar with multi level marketing (MLM) may be more familiar with its common nickname - the pyramid scheme. A MLM or pyramid scheme relies on a direct sales technique based on a relationship referral business model whereby trusted people are the engine components that drive the commission based sales. Whenever a sale is made, a lofty commission is paid out, not only to you (the person who made the sale), but also to the person who referred you into the marketing program as well as to the person who referred your direct referrer - hence the pyramid nature of the arrangement. Because these multi level marketing programs are so potentially lucrative for those at the top of the pyramid (the upline), the system strongly encourages and incentivizes participants to zealously promote the product and heavily recruit new entrants into the program (the downline) to further earn sales and commissions for those on the up line.

Now, the one thing that must be made clear is that not all multi level marketing programs or pyramid schemes are inherently evil or illegal. Not all pyramid schemes are blatant scams or disreputable shell games the same way that Ponzi Schemes are. In fact, there are many otherwise thinly legitimate multi level marketing programs out there such as Amway, Avon, Mary Kay, Herbalife, Tupperware, and all sorts of online affiliate programs. However, many of these MLM based companies suffer from the same stigma and questionable scrutiny that MonaVie faces as well. While not outright frauds or scams like the way Nigerian 419 scams are for example, the same scammy concerns arise because many of these MLM programs really only benefit those at the top of the marketing pyramid and often encourage overzealous sales techniques that frequently lead to almost predatory recruiting tactics and pitches. Oftentimes as well, many of these MLM programs demand contractually obligated sales quotas that members must satisfy every month or face having to purchase the products themselves to meet the sales quota requirement. In the case of MonaVie's contractually obligated arrangement for wannabe new distributors into the program, new entrants are obligated to buy at least 4 bottles a month of the pricey acai berry juice. They don't come cheap and failure to sell enough bottles every month will require that the distributor contractually purchase the required quota for personal use.

As noted by an investigative news article from Newsweek, according to income disclosures, most of the million strong sales team of MonaVie appear to be really just drinking the juice themselves rather than selling them as originally intended. More than 90% of supposed distributors of MonaVie are actually considered wholesale customers, whose earnings were mostly discounts on sales to themselves. Remarkably according to the article, fewer than 1% of the MonaVie marketing pyramid's sales people qualified for commissions and of those, only 10% made more than $100 a week. The Newsweek article even goes on to state that according to a top MonaVie recruiter, while obviously not disclosed by the company, the MonaVie multi level marketing program's drop out rate's around 70%. It's certainly a fascinating tidbit to keep in mind as you ponder the question of whether MonaVie's a scam. While I personally don't think MonaVie is a scam as they do offer an otherwise legitimate fruit juice product, the acai juice company sure has rather unsavory fringe elements to it.

In regards to the secret world of direct sales and pyramid marketing, I had my first negative exposure to MLM programs when I was recruited by a company called Vector Marketing to sell Cutco branded knives back when I was just an 18 year old high school student. For some odd reason, many fellow high school students such as myself were targeted with elaborate marketing sales pitches by Vector Marketing recruiters to become trained in the art of tapping personal relationships to sell ridiculously and insanely overpriced Cutco steak knives to our friends and family members. Obviously, our recruiters were eager to train us into becoming their commission earning downline so that they could profit from our sales as our upline referrals. While the Cutco knives we lugged around and sold were of obvious high quality, they were no where even close to being worth the exorbitant price demanded of each individual cutlery. Quality is one thing, but they were and to this very day, are still vastly overpriced. While I was able to tap into my personal relationships and beg a few neighbors to shell out hundreds of dollars for a few knives out of pity, I remember always feeling extremely scammy and sleazy during my rehearsed sales pitches to supposed loved ones. As a mere 18 year old at the time, I wasn't too fond of���� having to take advantage of my close relationships for financial gain. There was nothing illegal or deliberately evil about the whole sales system, but the whole multi level marketing approach simply felt shady and rather manipulative to me.

Mova Vie Is Extremely Expensive and Overpriced Despite Its Alleged Acai Berry Health Properties

The MonaVie acai berry juice product is not cheap. In fact it's downright expensive - ridiculously overpriced at astronomically rip off levels if you ask me. A single MonaVie juice bottle will cost you $30-$40 per bottle, for a little more than 25 fluid ounces of the fruit berry mixture. According to the promotional material, to fully appreciate the nutritional benefits of acai berry juicing, you're supposed to drink at least 2 fluid ounces of the purple stuff in the morning, and another 1 ounce at night. At the rate suggested by the MonaVie company, a single bottle will last you about a week. At $30-40 a bottle, that comes out to $120-$160 a month, and $1,440-$1,920 a year. Unless you are swimming in money and flush with dollars like the professional athletes or financially well off���� like celebrities Oprah Winfrey or Rachel Ray, chances are, you're going to find regular consumption of this product to be well beyond your financial means. The lucrative price of each expensive bottle of Mona Vie can probably be traced back to the high cost of commission maintenance that must be paid out to the entire pyramid marketing chain upon each sale.

Because of the multi level marketing nature and aggressive direct sales promotional tactics of MonaVie distributors, a wide array of ridiculous health and nutritional claims seem to have blanketed the internet. Sometimes it's a little difficult figuring out which writer is trustworthy and which one is blatantly a sales guy. I have personal gut-feeling suspicions that sizable portions of these favorable web-based health comments and supposed online testimonials were made by MonaVie distributors and financially interested sales promoters trying to hype up the appeal of their pricey cash cow via fake product reviews. A quick browse of the internet quickly reveals all sorts of outlandish testimonies and anecdotal stories by random people - claims of how MonaVie acai juice drinking cured their heart disease, healed their arthritis, alleviated stress and depression, cured their acne, reversed their aging, repaired joint damage, got rid of joint and back pain, cured their cancer, treated their diabetes, made them more energetic, and even improved their sex life. The craziest claim I've seen was some gentlemen who claimed that his steady diet of Mona Vie acai berry juice made his special male anatomy organ larger and more virile. I've even read a few ridiculous claims by anonymous female commentators on various Mona Vie related blog posts touting how acai berry juicing grew their chests and helped make their breasts larger. The myriad of outlandish and totally unsubstantiated claims are quite abundantly available online - an unfortunate side effect that distorts the truth, whenever there is a lot of sales money to be had.

Now it's one thing for a product to be expensive and it's a whole different matter altogether if the product doesn't actually do what it says it is supposed to do. The literature and research on the amazing health benefits of drinking MonaVie and the supposed God-like healing properties of acai berry juice are still not entirely definitive. While there is little doubt that berries and fruits such as acai, blue berries, blackberries, and pomegranates common loads of nutritional vitamins and powerful compounds such as cell repairing antioxidants, the research is not yet entirely supportive that these are indeed super fruits that can cure all and heal all. There is scientific evidence that the acai fruit and other dark berries are uniquely high in Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC), a rating system that evaluates a food product's ability to fight harmful free radicals in the body, but that doesn't mean that a single fruit can potentially replace all other alternative sources of vital nutrients.

To be fair, the MonaVie company doesn't actually go out of its way to blatantly promote the MonaVie product as a magical berry elixir anymore. MonaVie does not actually make the health and nutritional claims itself. Due to stricter federal scrutiny of Mona Vie's official claims, the company has drastically cut back on its previous assertions of health benefits and healing properties. The company is now content with marketing the MonaVie drink as merely a high end fruit juice product, letting its legion of cult like Mona Vie acai berry drinkers and promoters hype the unbelievable health benefit innuendos on their own. After all, the motto of the MonaVie company is - "Drink It, Feel It, Share It" - which sounds more like a sales focused marketing directive of sorts to me.

Acai Berries Do Contain Lots Of Nutrients - They Just Don't Have Super Healing Powers As Suggested By Some Independent MonaVie Distributors

As a mild defense for the key heralded component of MonaVie's juice product - the acai berry does indeed contain abundant nutritional value. There is quite a bit of research touting the health benefits of acai berry as a good source of fiber, minerals, vitamins, polyphenols, and antioxidants for healthy bodily performance. The expensive acai fruit does indeed contain a wealth of nutritional benefits compressed into each little purple berry, but then again, much of the same health benefits can easily be found in large concentrations in other more common and cheaper fruits such as bananas, blue berries, and apples as well.

Despite my admitted fondness for the taste of acai, I'm extremely wary of buying into the whole MonaVie acai juice product because I simply do not know how much of acai can be found in each bottle. Because MonaVie refuses to disclose the actual composition of its juice drinks, we do not know for certain the exact breakdown of its juice cocktail and the exact amount of expensive acai berry concentrate in the blend. It's very important to keep in mind that the MonaVie juice mixture doesn't contain acai berries exclusively. It's comprised of an admitted blend of 19 fruits - including many common and cheap fruits like bananas and apples, easily found in your neighborhood grocery store. If you really buy into the claimed health benefits of juicing and nutritional potency of acai berries, there are much easier and cheaper ways to get your purple berry fix. Most grocery stores sell acai berry juice variations and even certain online stores sell similar acai berry laden juice drinks, acai powders, and acai capsules for much, much less.

The fact of the matter is that people are always looking for the easy way out and frequently are all too eager for a magic potion that will make take away the need to put in effort. There is plenty of research touting the overwhelming health benefits of a low fat, low sugar diet comprised of lots of fish and whole grain foods. There is also overwhelming evidence that smoking and excessive alcohol drinking wrecks havoc on physical and mental health, and that daily consistent exercise is absolutely essential to healthy living. Yet, we as humans seem to ignore those simple practices and remain perpetually enamored with the possibility that there are super fruits out there that can serve as magic silver bullets to our health problems and ailments. The reality is that there is no such thing as a one size fits all super fruit. Proper health and nutrition requires a good moderated balance of fruits, vegetables, and proper exercise - not the services of a single food product - especially not one that is so expensively priced.

How To Buy MonaVie Online And Test Out Acai Berry Juices For Yourself (Remember, It's Not Cheap and Its Health Claims Are Not Fully Substantiated Yet)

Recently, I purchased a few bottles of MonaVie online simply to test out and review the juice product for myself since I didn't know how else to try it out for free. While I have no intention of actually signing up as a distributor or getting myself locked into some multi level marketing contract, I think it's perfectly understandable if there are people out there who remain curious about the fruit juice blend. It's admittedly rather tasty, albeit extremely expensive and somewhat overrated. Personally, I don't buy the magical juice berry claims of the MonaVie supporters and chose to consume the drink on a one time limited basis as I would any new drink. If you really want to start juicing, buy a fruit juicer for yourself or buy pre-made fruit smoothies from the grocery store. Many of these pre-made blends contain acai berry and they're a much cheaper way to get exposed to the nutritional value of acai should you so choose to partake. If you really insist on joining the MonaVie acai berry craze, there are plenty of equally good generic acai berry brands out there as well - in various just-add-water powder products and pills.

In the event you are determined to test out MonaVie acai berry drinks or similar acai berry products based on curiosity, here are a few ways to buy them online. Remember, it's not an endorsement, and I'm just pointing the way for you if you insist:

  1. MonaVie Active Health Juice With Acai (Amazon) - 1 Bottle of the dark purple stuff.
  2. MonaVie Active Juice Bottles With Acai (Amazon) - 4 bottles - A way to buy MonaVie online without having to agree to some recurring sales contract.
  3. MonaVie Juice Bottles With Acai (eBay) - Cheapest method to buy MonaVie online without commiting to a distributorship agreement, but requires eBay auction bidding.
  4. Natrol - Acai Berries 1000mg Per Serving 60 Capsules (Amazon) - 60 capsules
  5. Organic Acai Fruit Capsules with Camu Camu (Amazon) - 60 capsules - The Brazilian acai berry in pill form.
  6. 100% Pure Acai Fruit Powder with Camu Camu (Amazon) - 90 grams - Just add water to make an acai powder juice drink.

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329 Responses to “The MonaVie Acai Berry Super Fruit Juice - Mona Vie Scam?” 

  1. Kitty Mohler says:

    The only medical claim I made are fact's from a medical Dr. report of my husband's recent and previous cholesterol test . If you would like a copy I could get one for you. Here are the actual number's again.

  2. Kitty Mohler says:

    Sorry dumb thing submitted before I was done. Those number's were BAD LDL's 1202 down to 643, total number 315 down to 287. I repeat this is actual test result's!!! You won't get result's that fast eating cheerio's.

  3. Jason says:

    Kitty no you actually talked about pain in reference to a tumor and tried to make people believe that a low quality fruit juice relieves pain better than a pain killer. Just so you know your post violates the law (if you live in the U.S.) and your distributor agreement.

    Sasquatch there's no need to respond to your rants, they speak for themself. But I will say that the nutritional label is very clear as well as the Monavie sponsored test. You have a very low quality juice. Just a fact. You can make up stories about other testing and how they aren't allowed to release that info but no reasonable person would believe it.

  4. Christine says:

    Roseann and Sasquatch + and all Monavie distributors/supporters:

    I personally have nothing against Monavie or acai berry juices. I think they probably are well made drinks with some measure of health benefits. But I am wary of believing everything that anyone says about their products unless there is some personal marketing disclosure. Can you guys tell me what your personal stakes are in Monavie acai juice? How well have you been doing financially in the sale of Monavie and has this success been sliding or growing in this tough economic climate?

  5. Roseann says:

    OK Jason, we've had enough of your ridiculous comments that have no basis. Always calling a product that has helped MANY PEOPLE low quality and a scam. You say Kitty's done something against the law - you're wrong. IF someone has an experience with the juice and tells others about it, there's nothing wrong with that. My husband has completely gotten off of his pain killers because of this juice, and another friend of mine that has had terrible arthritis for YEARS has finally gotten off of his pain meds as well from drinking this HIGH QUALITY juice. My cholesterol has gone WAY down, and we could all go on and on. So turn us in!

    Anyone that listens to you is listening to someone that's obviously got an axe to grind. Just because we can't PROVE that you've got some ulterior motive for bashing this product that is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC and HIGH QUALITY (and MY comments are based on FACTS and PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, AND verified by scientists with doctorates in Pathological Studies and other health sciences - not some lunatic out there bashing something he knows NOTHING about), doesn't mean you don't. You're too obvious - nobody would be anywhere NEAR as aggressive as you are in bad-mouthing something as innocent as fruit juice if you weren't trying to promote something else somewhere else. You can deny it all you want. At least the distributors on here are honest about where they're coming from. Trying to make them look bad, when they've had experiences with the juice and believe in something that can help others, does nothing to make you look good.

    Kitty and Sasquatch - he's obviously grasping at straws because whatever else he's working with isn't anywhere NEAR as good as MonaVie so this is his only way to fight it - by trying to make the competition look bad. We know the truth so don't let him bother you or rile you. I've been seeing these posts and enough is enough. We've all repeated over and over again how great this juice is, and if someone can't see that enough of us have had great results that they should try it, it's time to move on.

  6. Jason says:

    See here is the big problem: Monavie distributors don't even understand the law. Guess that's what happens when the only requirement to become a sales person is signing up, and next to no training is provided.

    If you weren't a sales person you could say whatever you want about this juice. But you are a distributor so you cannot say much. Read your distributor agreement, you can't even post here about the juice without violating it. If you make any non-approved medical claims (so basically anything other than pulse may help lower cholesterol), even personal stories, you are absolutely breaking the law.

    But I'm sure I must have some kind of motive for pointing out your misleading and illegal medical claims. Oh that's right I don't. But wait don't distributors have a financial motive for saying the ridiculous things that they say. Yup they sure do. Please keep it up, it will be the undoing of this juice scam. You aren't doing Monavie any favors here so keep up the great work!

  7. Jason says:

    Sasquatch come back to reality buddy. 1000% of vitamins????? Vitamins I've never heard of? Wow, that's just ridiculous. Are you for real? The vitamin & mineral content is published, as required by law, and it's VERY LOW. If Monavie contained more then what they list they'd be breaking the law by printing the wrong information. The ingrediants are also published, all of them, and I don't care about their formula. Why would anyone care? It's been scientifically shown to be an inferior juice to most that are on the market. Why would someone want to copy that? Without the MLM model this stuff would be gathering dust on shelves because it's not anything special and in order for it to sell it must be hyped.

    You were right about one thing though. Monavie will never back the ridiculous claims made by distributors. Why? Because it's not based in reality and they know it.

    Larsen said in Newsweek that policing what distributors say is like "herding cats." You guys are the cats. Monavies herding is failing and that's what will shut this company down for good. Congrats!

  8. Kitty Mohler says:

    For Sasquatch and Roseann, You took the word's right out of my mouth. So well stated I don't even need to respond to Jason's unintelligent remark's. As for Christine I personally have only been a distributor for 4 month's and I do have 2 personally sponsered and all I did was tell them that I was going to try the juice because my husband refused to use cholesterol drug's and I had been searching for 2 year's to find something he was willing to try. If I never make any money at all i'm still going to buy this cause now I don't have to worry about being a widow at 47. If you are really interested in seeing how much you can earn with this company the info is on the web site. They posted the income disclosure statement there from 08. I recently attended a meeting in Columbus and there was a gentleman there who was in his 70's that was recognized for achieving the Gold Executive rank in only 2 yrs. and was now earning 100,000 a year. I thought that was pretty impressive. As I said before , if you put the time into it you can have an unlimited income. And now you can join for free for the rest of this year. I've done alot of searching out there and you won't find any that is offering that. I have several that have been waiting to see how well it worked for my husband before they wanted to commit. Now they feel more comfortable with giving it a try when they've seen the result's. Feel free to view my personal web site and check out all the fact's. If you have any question's just call or email me. www.the-team.biz/mv1829458.

  9. Roseann says:

    Christine - I have no problem telling you anything you want to know about my MonaVie business so ask away! We became distributors to get the juice wholesale and my husband started drinking it in October. I started drinking it in November, though not as regularly as he was. Once the Holidays were over we both were pretty sold on it for all the reasons stated above, so we started telling friends about it. I don't remember the exact numbers we signed up each month, but most of them came in once they waived the $39 fee to become a distributor which happened in February. By around March/April we'd grown to about 50-60 and now we have 97 distributors signed up under us, 33 of which we personally sponsored - about 6 per month on average. Maybe half a dozen or so haven't really felt any benefit from it, and probably twenty of the 97 haven't even ordered the product to try it - they will at some point, but wanted to get in while it was free (though the company has now said that they'll be waiving the fee through the end of the year, initiall they'd said it was just for February and then just for March.) Of the rest of them, they're all feeling something, some at the recommended dose, some less, and one guy had to triple his dosage, but once he did his really bad arthritis pain went completely away so he doesn't care how much it costs since he'd tried everything else - including other "health juices."

    As for how much money we're making, our first goal was to have our juice paid for - 2-3 cases per month at around $330 (we pick it up in Jacksonville so we save on the shipping costs, though there is still a small handling fee to pay the employees there) and we were doing that by April. We're not setting the world on fire with the money we're making, and never intended to become rich off of it or quit working, so I'm happy as long as the juice is free. Yes, my husband is looking for that Black Mercedes :-) and as we hear more and more stories about how great this is working for most all of our friends, we're inspired to hold more tasting parties and talk to more people about it, so I believe we'll start to earn more. Right now our "checks" (they're not actually checks - they pay you on a debit card) are running between $100 - $150 per week. Our daughter has a spot as well and we share a "leg" so she has about 65 of those 97 under her too. Once she becomes qualified (meaning that she has to have a personally sponsored, actively ordering person - just one case/4 bottles per month - one each side) she has about $600 worth of points waiting for her. She's sponsored about 7 people, but the ones that are ordering regularly are all on one side - the other two are some of those 20 that got in and did nothing else - didn't even try the juice - due to monetary reasons. She's bringing two people over in a week or so to a tasting so I expect that will happen for her before the month is over.

    This will be a suplement to our income. If we get extremely lucky and get some real go-getters under us, it could turn into much more, but I'm 47 and don't really think I'll be retiring anytime soon (though my husband will answer that question differently.) If the economy was better, I'd have to say that most of the 20 people that haven't ordered probably WOULD, OR they'd not have gotten into it in the first place because maybe they weren't looking for a way to make some extra money. It's hard to say, but I think that with the effort we've put into this and the number of distributors we've put in, I think the depressed economy has people looking and making them more open to looking at things that they might not have thought of looking at before - mostly because they didn't understand MLMs.

    I'd be happy to answer anything you might want to ask.

  10. Jason says:

    Oh Sasquatch told me to shut my mouth. I'm very hurt. Also said he or she was done with this site; again. I'm guessing that we'll hear from Sasquatch again.

    I deal with actual facts. It is a fact that posting here violates your agreement. It is also a fact that making medical claims is illegal and also violates your agreement. Might want to try reading it sometime.

    I would guess that I know more about Monavie than you ever will and since you're a sales person for Monavie that's pretty damn sad. Unlike you I've never lied here. I did catch the wording of your post but there was no need for it since none of it was even remotely close to reality. Reality is this Monavie has low levels of vitamins, minerals. and antioxidants when compared to good juices that sell for a fraction of the price.

  11. Sasquatch says:

    are u in correspondence with the head people at Mona Vie? Do you have a way of contacting them? Do you tell them all the bad bad things we are saying and letting them know we are violating our distributors agreement and how you are gonna tell on them for allowing it? Gimme a break.........You know nothing and will continue to know nothing. You know only what your opinions are and that you think you know it all about something you have no part of and are not privy to the information we are. Since you dont have the balls to get involved. All you wanna do is save everyone from us, because we are such bad people since we lie to everyone we meet and dupe everyone into believing what we do and brain wash them to think exactly what we do. Hell, if we are that good, maybe I should approach the President.........Brainwash him and have him pass a law saying everyone must join Mona Vie, drink their juice and pay their prices and those that dont get shot. Now........see how that sounded? About as absurd as you do. I guess we will not be getting rid of Jason so easily. He seems obsessed with the fact that he is right, we are all bad bad people and he must save everyone. Did you not have a pleasant childhood Jason? Not enough love from mommy and daddy? Do you need a hug? To let it all out and have someone pat u on the back and let you know that it is alright to cry, tell them how it is all unfair and that you are right and why no one will believe you, because you are right. They will tell you it is alright to be wrong sometimes and you need to grow up and learn to say I am wrong, I am sorry. Seems a bit drastic for me to say all that, but it is really making me wonder if you have some sort of superiority complex or something. With how strongly you think we are all bad people and we are out to scam any and everyone, plus telling us that we are not allowed to tell anyone...........the personal experiences that we have with Mona Vie. How it has changed our lives, how it has improved our way of living and our health. There is a lovely thing that is so great in this nation of ours. It is called Free Speech. Which means if I wanted to, I could say Mona Vie will make you live forever, be able to fly and be like superman. Of course any person in their right mind would know I was full of it, plus the fact that me saying that. Doesnt mean Mona Vie supports my statement at all. If ask, they will probably say, some of our distributors are over-zealous and they are in no way speaking on behalf of Mona Vie. That is all they have to say and they will say if anyone were to claim that. People are allowed to speak their minds and share their own personal experiences in any way they so choose. Be it in person, via letter, e-mail, blog, video, TV broadcast. It does not matter. They cannot limit what people say about Mona Vie unfortunately. If they could limit what we say and how we say it, then they would also be able to limit what you say about Mona Vie as well. They would have the power to bar you from saying anything bad about Mona Vie and if you did you would be put in jail for defamation of character and slander of their company. It just doesnt happen that way. By law they have no way, no matter how they word things, what agreement they have, what ever. Of stipulating what you say and how you say it, they cannot, by law, put any limitations on your right of free speech. I didnt mean to dig in that deep and put it down to the basic rights all American citizens share. But if you are going to keep spouting such ridiculous things. I am going to quote the laws by which all laws are governed in this nation and stop you from duping people in to believing what we are doing and saying on here is illegal and in violation of the agreement we have with Mona Vie.

  12. Jason says:

    Glad I was right that Sasquatch would be back. Sasquatch will also say that he or she is done here again and be right back to post some more nonsense. Mark my words.

    You haven't read your agreement have you? Post your real name/distributor ID and I'll be happy to contact Monavie so they can see all of the false things you've posted here. And if you'd like to offer a challenge I'll contact Monavie as well as the FDA regarding Kitty's post. Free speach is alive and well but it doesn't protect you when it comes to false advertising or health fraud. You signed up as a distributor and it's your, and Monavie's, responsibility to ensure that you operate within the confines of your agreement and the law.

    As far as the childish comments about me please keep it up. It makes me smile and it shows everyone reading this exactly who you are.

  13. Roseann says:

    Jason - you are correct in only one aspect of your comment - that distributors are not supposed to participate in any blog or discussion forum at all. But then it would be pretty boring out here, wouldn't it? And people such as yourself would be able to mislead people all you want with no one to dispute anything you say. Not very fair, wouldn't you say? But you're wrong concerning the personal health claims if they're factual. The agreement only says you can't make "unlawful" health claims. I don't see how personal results could be unlawful and I know what it's done for me and my friends.

  14. Ginah says:

    What a great thread about monavie. Great product and great health benefits. Too bad for all of the naysayers who feel so inclined to swarm the online blogs and post their negativity. If it works don't let others dissuade you that's what I always say. I'm not a monavie seller but have been looking into such products. Has anyone had much success selling them on their own websites or via eBay or Craigslist? Is it against the rules to do so??

  15. Roseann says:

    Hi Ginah,

    Yes, it's against the rules to sell MonaVie on eBay or Craigslist though people do - and MonaVie has a crew of people out there shutting them down. They'll pull their distributorships if they can catch them. And all the negative people out there will try to say that that proves it's a scam - which is ridiculous of course, but most all of what they say is. The bottom line is that they want people to TALK to others about the product and explain why it works and explain how to drink it so people don't just try to buy one bottle and drink it however they end up drinking it (all in one night, only occasionally, etc.) and then say it didn't work or they didn't feel anything. If someone's friend (be it an old or a new one - because I've made quite a few new friends in this business now) has the chance to explain this to them, the chances are much greater that they'll have success with it. And there's no reason for anyone to buy it at Retail (even if you can save a couple of bucks off retail on ebay) when they can sign up for free and get it wholesale. I'm not on this blog to sign up anybody or make money off of anybody, but if you need someone's number to sign up under, I have many in my organization that would be glad to give you theirs so you could try this as inexpensively as possible. (I'd give you mine but I'm SURE somebody would have something negative to say about THAT too.)

    To sort of address your question, no - I haven't had much luck by doing anything over the internet on this. I've gone to Craigslist and advertised a tasting party we were having (NOT to sell the product) a couple of times but haven't gotten any response. That's really all I've ever tried. We have over 100 now in our downline (started around January/February) and it's all been through one-on-one conversations with people we already knew, most of whom wanted it for a health reason. And as this grows, there's much more money to be made by building your organization than just by selling some bottles. And I don't feel guilty because I'm not making $15/bottle off of Friends! Good luck in your search!

  16. Ginah says:

    Why the prohibitions against selling Monavie acai products on eBay or Craigslist? Is there some marketing or promotional advantage to stopping such practices?

    I know what you mean about feeling the need to visit blogs and Internet forums to counter the negative press and hearsay. Sometimes, they really don't know what they are talking about and feel content simply bashing a product without knowing how it actually works and the benefits it provides to users. It makes them feel good about themselves to level attacks and tear down the views and opinions of others. It's a trait I haven't figured out in people...don't know why they insist on such practices. Not everything is truly a scam out there...

  17. Roseann says:

    It's like I mentioned in the first paragraph - it would be really bad for their marketing if people didn't drink it the way they should, and think that one bottle will change their health. Because when it doesn't, or when they're sporadic with their drinking of it, and then have no results, they'll go around telling people that it doesn't work and it's too expensive, etc. If those same people learned a little about it first and gave it a real try for long enough and were consistent with it, they'd have a much better chance of seeing some good results - AND they wouldn't have to be paying $45/bottle if they signed up, so they wouldn't be quite so quick to stop drinking it and to call it a rip-off. If you buy 12 cases at a time, they price it so it's like getting 5 of them free (and the ones you're buying are at wholesale prices.) It works out to around $20/bottle - which is very comparable to the inferior products on the grocery shelves.

  18. Food Tech in CA says:

    I was asked to research this product for a friend of mine, since I am a food technologist. As mentioned above, MonaVie makes a great deal about the antioxidant content of its product.

    Last year, a study was published in The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The study was sponsored by MonaVie and conducted by AIBMR Life Sciences. AIBMR is directed by Dr. Alexender Schauss, who is the acai "expert" for MonaVie.

    In their study, they listed the ORAC score for MonaVie as 22.81 umoles/ml. The total phenolics (polyphenols) tested at 1.48 mg/ml. Total phenolics is the combined plant-based antioxidants in the product.

    To compare some other commonly consumed foods, we find:

    Cherries have an ORAC of 33.65 umoles and total phenolics of 3.39 mg/gm
    Raisins have an ORAC of 30.37 umoles and total phenolics of 10.65 mg/gm
    Peanut butter has an ORAC of 34.32 umoles and a total phenolics of 5.36 mg/gm.

    Data from the USDA ORAC Table of Selected Foods (2007)

    The list goes on and on.

    So the antioxidant levels in MonaVie is unimpressive. Their claim that it is equivalent to 9 to 13 servings of fruits is, simply, bizarre. There are no daily standards set for antioxidants, so how does one make such a claim?

    If you really like the taste of this product, and feel it's worth $40+ a bottle, then by all means, enjoy. If you're looking for a quick way to consume antioxidants, this won't cut it.

  19. Jason says:

    Bingo Food Tech! The vitamin & mineral levels are very low as well. Paying $20-40 per bottle for a juice that is nothing special is a personal choice. A strange choice but people can do whatever they want. But of course they aren't selling it based on taste. Hype sells.

  20. Roseann says:

    Well, Mr. Food Tech in CA, (IF that's really what you are - sorry, but I'll have to point out we have no way of knowing that or what that really means), first of all, you're comparing the liquid of MonaVie to whatever else you're comparing it to. If you were to take the separate ingredients - the acai for example - your results would be quite different, wouldn't it? I don't see anyone drinking raisins, cherries or peanut butter - all good foods, but not a blend of all the different 19 ingredients that are in MonaVie, and it's not just one or two foods that your body needs. From everything I've read (and not all put out by MonaVie) you're supposed to get a combination of different nutrients that are specific to the food they're in - somehow related to the color in some cases - and that's how this blend was formulated. These people - Dr. Schauss and Dr. Carson - have credentials to back up their claims and years and years of experience in the field - long before MonaVie came along. And if they wasted their time on these blogs, I'm SURE they'd blow your comments out of the water. If not, I'm sure they wouldn't be backing the product. And I already KNOW that raisins, cherries and peanut butter haven't done anything at all for me like this product has. So you can quote numbers all you want. It doesn't seem to be comparing apples to apples and if I needed that information to convince me that it works, I'm sure I could find it, but I don't.

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