Market America is one of the most controversial and complicated MLM programs I’ve ever come across and it’s because of all the negative info I found on it while researching it, that I will 100% NOT recommend it.
Is it a scam though?
Well my personal opinion on that is more so leaning towards yes than no, but it’s not 100% certain.
Here’s 3 things I can say with 100% certainty about Market America (Shop.com) though:
1) It is a very expensive program to be apart of. Details on pricing coming up.
2) It is very difficult to succeed in this program. Yes they make a lot of money, but it’s the top tier people in it who make 99% of it. The rest lose money.
3) If you are seeking to make an online business through this program, this is NOT the choice I’d go for.
Aside from those 3 things, I want to give you substantial evidence as to why I make those 3 claims.
I’m going to explain and simplify how this MLM works, because it’s honestly a tough one to figure out on your own.
The truth is that the alternative program I am recommending is a far safer investment and one that is without the kind of controversy that surrounds Market America.
A quick report and review of Market America:
Creator: JR Ridinger.
Cost: Initial cost of $399 to start and nearly $130 monthly fee. This all entitles you to the company’s “benefits” and opportunity to earn money through it.
How does it work? This MLM is a program which is affiliated with numerous third party programs and services (screenshot to the right shows them).
Being a member of this MLM lets you promote products from those third party programs and make commissions of the sales.
Additionally, you can earn cash back from buying the products in those same third party places. And finally, like any MLM out there, you can recruit people into Market America itself and be compensated for it (the more you recruit, the better).
Overall Rating: 1 out of 10 stars. I personally do not believe in creating an online business through an MLM program and added to this, after the things I found out regarding Market America, I am even more inclined NOT to recommend it.
Is there anything positive to say about this MLM?
There are several things worth noting about Market America which are good:
- They’ve been around for over 20 years.
- They have grossed over 7 billion in sales from what I have seen.
- There ARE success stories within the MLM.
- Many of the third party programs they are connected with are legit.
But here are 5 major negatives I discovered:
They don’t appear to actually have their own products. This is a major red flag. Remember the third party programs I mentioned above? Well you can technically promote them on your own without joining Market America, and paying their high fees.
There is a big rumor about a pyramid scheme existing within this program. Being that they don’t actually have their own products from my understanding, and that they try to get you to buy other third party products and services, whilst charging a large fee to be a member of all of this, is a big indication that there may be a pyramid scheme going on.
I’m not 100% sure on this, but legitimate MLM programs in my experience have to have an affordable entry fee and create their own products. I don’t believe this exists with Market America.
I have absolutely NO doubt very few people succeed with this system. The reason why isn’t just with the program itself, but the fact that with most MLM programs, this is just the norm.
I honestly see NO reason to join this program and pay those high fees because again, the third party programs they are connected with, you may be able to join on your own. Plus if that’s not the case, then you can sign up with other programs, like Amazon Associates, for free and promote products there.
I see no reason to add another layer of hassle and pay a company that doesn’t even make products, money. You should only do that if you intend to recruit for the MLM.
My fifth and final reason…
Is that the recruitment aspect of this MLM just isn’t enticing enough for me. I don’t believe in it’s pricing, I don’t believe in it’s business model and to really make good money with it, you have to know how to sell well, and even if you do (and you’re in the small minority), you have to really believe in this program. Since I don’t, there’s no way I’m going to promote it.
Final Rating: Market America.
1 out of 10 stars. From the things I’ve seen, this program has very little for me to personally justify recommending it. I just think that they’ve taken a simple way of making money online (find a product online and promote it) and added their own membership layer over it, charging high prices to exploit this formula and being how complicated their compensation plan was, all the negative things I saw, I just can’t give it a positive rating.
My final thoughts: The better path…
In general, succeeding via starting an online business is tough and yes, most people fail. But in my experience people who try to get an online business started through an MLM program have an even harder time succeeding.
There are a few reasons for this, but the major ones include: There’s a bigger headache because the compensation model is typically harder to grasp, there’s more time spent recruiting and more time to reach a point in that recruiting to make good money and overall, you end up spending more in membership fees and buying products to then re-sell them.
People who don’t know any better may believe that approach is the only approach but it isn’t and let me explain why:
I do online business. And there’s a completely different way you can start it and succeed in it. Here’s an example:
Instead of joining some expensive MLM program, you can start a free blog and promote products, FOR free without owning them on it. This already insures that even if you fail, you lose little.
Of course that example is very basic, so I have specific examples of how I do online business and why it 100% beats the MLM alternative:
Getting back to Market America, one last time, I strongly believe their hyping skills in the way they market are what drives a majority of their sales. People join, buy the products and sign up for the membership and this is what in my opinion makes up the 7 billion dollars in revenue. I don’t believe that many people succeed in this MLM and I’ve seen enough case studies with how people do in these programs to know the risks.
Whether it’s a scam, a pyramid scheme or even if it’s legitimate, the main point above all these things is that it’s a tough business model to succeed with and I know of way better options, which you now know off too.