Vemma is an older nutritional supplement and energy drink company. At the height of their popularity they had built a massive network that advertised and recruited young adults into their business.
Their products focus on the health benefits of the mangosteen fruit, which has many antioxidants and vitamins. The Vemma Nutrition Company was founded in Arizona by CEO, B.K. Boreyko.
Products and Ingredients:
If you browse Vemma’s website you can access the science section which features medical studies that support their health benefit claims. The general gist is that the ingredients in Vemma are bioavailable and can help the immune system, lower inflammation and improve mood.
The main focus of Vemma products is Mangosteen (Garcinia Mangostana) which is a tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia. The fruit has been hailed for its medicinal benefits and is now being studied more thoroughly.
Mangosteen contains phytonutrients called xanthones, which are super antioxidants known for their potency. Vemma claims to use the entire mangosteen fruit, including the pericarp and pulp in a proprietary extraction process.
One of Vemma’s main product the Verve energy drink contains the following ingredients:
- 12 essential vitamins (including antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E)
- Plant-sourced mineral blend — Major, trace and ultra-trace ionic,nutrients.
- Phytonutrient ingredients
- Whole-fruit Mangosteen
- Organic glyconutrient-rich aloe vera
- Organic green tea
- Choline chloride
Other popular products include: Vemma Ionic, Vemma Shake, Vemma Burn
If you have any questions or need assistance you can reach someone through their online contact form or via phone at 1-800-577-0777.
Vemma FTC Suit:
In August 2015 the FTC filed a lawsuit against Vemma that was later settled. The suit alleged that the company was operating a pyramid scheme that targeted youth.
In the settlement Vemma didn’t admit fault but the company agreed to change its payments structure. They can now only pay their distributors for outside sales and not for recruiting new distributors. They were also ordered to pay a $238 million judgment.
In their original business model affiliates purchased $500 starter packs and $150 worth of product each month. However the emphasis became on finding new recruits to build your downline - from which the income from their sales would flow up to you.
When an MLM company is seen to put more emphasis on recruiting new distributors over product sales, and when bringing in new members is seen as the primary mode of earning an income; that’s when a company is deemed to be a pyramid scheme.
However as many affiliates found out recruiting new members and even making sales is difficult and they were still stuck making their monthly product purchases.
When signing up for any MLM it’s important to do your research, by law they are required to disclose earnings statements from their distributors. For most of these companies you’ll see that less than 1% of their network make any kind of significant money.
Given the notoriety of the lawsuit there are many complaints about the company that can be found online, some through the FTC others on various review sites and health blogs. As with most MLMs it’s difficult to separate the actual product reviews from the business opportunity reviews as the two often become conflated.
The most common argument: “if it’s a good product then why isn’t it sold in stores,” is met with the retort,”some of the largest companies use this sales method.”
So if you are interested in the opportunity do your research and get an idea of everything that it entails.
Competitors and Alternatives:
If you have tried any Vemma products please leave a review below.
64 ‘Vemma’ Reviews
My son got into this - they say no joining fees but to join you need to buy a starter pack - they have some fancy name for it - total cost R2300.00 (i rounded off the cents). You receive Cans of Verve - nice - but so expensive you cannot sell in. They are told that if it does not work for you no problem because if you have not placed a order for three months your account will just become inactive. Yet after a horrible start to get that R2300 order which was paid with my credit card I told my son this is a shady scheme and no more money from me. But for the last three months Vemma keep sending him boxes of cans and taking R800.28 from my credit card. He has never even logged on again.
Vemma does not train or promote the youngsters to sell a product (as a fact they discourage it because of how expensive on can is) all that Vemma is interested is getting that R2300.00 upfront and the surety that the largest percentage of youngsters that that misled into joining is going to fall out.
1. Definition of a pyramid scheme: A pyramid scheme is an unsustainable business model that involves promising participants payment or services, primarily for enrolling other people into the scheme, rather than supplying any real investment or sale of products or services to the public
I live in South Africa and became a brand partner 2 months ago, I was sceptical at 1st because of these negative bloggers popping up everytime I Googled vemma, and most of these bloggers day the same thing, that vemma is brainwashing us ... well guess what, these bloggers are brainwashing people from seeing a good opportunity that's in front of them by screaming that something is a scam. let's ne logical about this, vemma has been around for over 10 years and has grown to over 50 countries, so if it was such a scam, don't you think that it would have been shut down a long time ago? another funny thing is that all these people hating on vemma are just normal average people , I haven't heard or seen a famous rich person saying negative things about vemma. so ask yourself why aren't rich and successful people complaining about vemma while all these average minded people are the one's crying wolf. I'm making a profit of 400$ a month from vemma and I use that to pay my rent where I live, and I'm a 19 year old studying at a university. so if that's your definition of what a scam is, then I guess I've been scammed lol. .. by he way if you want to find out more about our team in South africa contact me at [email protected]
Too often the promo video claims that the work will be easy and that the money will come in with no effort by participants. That is why it is often called a scam. Only after you put in your hard earned money do you realize the work involved.
Vemma is very very real. For those who think Vemma is a scam. You must be the 97% out of 100%
Im going to stick to this until i make some Money and do it right. Helping Others.
Open your eyes. MLM is an unsustainable business practice. If you wanted to make real money off of this, you would have had to join up VERY early in the business, as the only way to make money is by recruiting other brand partners to your team. Pretty unlikely thing to happen if you're just starting. A red flag for a MLM business is how it conducts its business: are you being sold a product, or are you being sold a dream of making a lot of money?
As a VP of the second largest food company in the U.S. I have to say to the people that claim this is a scam because it's not sold in stores. Amway, Avon, Mary Kay none of them are sold in stores yet all very successful products, I am not endorsing the product but merely stating there are many ways to market a product all require work and energy MLM is not for everyone, but for some energetic people who would like to set there own hours and are willing to work at it can be successful, there's no magic bullet to becoming wealthy whether it is in stocks or a small business of your own it takes an investment of time and money, don't let someone take away your dream because there may be risk, take a shot at something work hard be successful, you can live with little risk in your life with little reward also or you can take risk with opportunity of bigger rewards it's what ever you have an appetite for...
the people who say MLM is a scam are so ignorant its dumb. My family has made a living through the MLM industry. Its all you ignorant people who put on blogs such as this one that encourages everyone else to believe MLM is a scam. Tell me, Why would Donald Trump, a Billionaire say if he had to start all over from the beginning he would do network marketing?
Half of you people cry "pyramid scheme" it makes me laugh! LMAO
think about it, Mcdonalds for example pays minimum wage to its employees, have you ever wondered how much a store makes in one day? While you are "earning your hard earned money" (pfft hahaha!) The CEO is making a couple million a day! Now that's a scam!
MLM is a legitimate industry, just because people have dreams of being their own boss there's people on stupid blogs like this who try to bring us down!
I am not a brand partner of VEMMA, ive looked into it and its as legitimate as any other MLM in the industry
to all you skeptics, hope you enjoy having a boss telling you when to take a s*** for the next 40 years of your life.
MLM is a victimizing industry. My daughter is being victimized by Veema, but won't listen to anything I say about the percentage of people who lose. They train them as soon as they buy in for $580 to ignore anything negative about the company. I WILL STOP AT NOTHING until I see her safe out of the hands of this. You Veema people haven't read your own company's income disclosure & I sure you would never show it at a recruiting meeting. YOU owe it to the people you take money from to at least do your research. Why don't you at least go to MLM-The Truth & be sure you're not robbing people blind. A man with a PHD - warning the public should have at least a minute of your time.