I got a very interesting e-mail this morning… almost 1800 words. I wrote a 1700 word article earlier this week (probably my longest ever) and I can say that writing that much takes a long time.
The story is something that I’ve heard a number of times… I even experienced it in college with Amway. Faith sets up a “business meeting” (or the less intimidating “tasting” in MonaVie vernacular) for her friend Buffy. This one consisted of 90% MonaVie distributors and 10% prospective members like Buffy. It’s in a small setting where the pressure of the numbers can really be felt. Buffy did some research, realized that the value in the MonaVie wasn’t there and decided not to join. I can’t blame her as I found $1200-$2400 a year for one person to drink juice too much for my wallet.
I’m only getting Buffy’s side of the story, but she says that that Faith is obsessed with MonaVie and has been completely transformed by the MonaVie culture. It seems that Faith has bought into the “get rich quick” dream. She’s not a distributor of the juice, but she’s a distributor of the business model and the dream of getting rich. The idea of getting rich quick is seductive. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t jump at that opportunity. The problem is that it’s not that simple. People don’t actually get rich (in the case of MonaVie some 95% of distributors struggle to make minimum wage as referenced in the comments of my link above). People instead spend their money for product and training materials to make others rich. While this is pyramid in nature, the “get rich quick” dream isn’t always sold that way. When I reviewed, Why Didn’t Anyone Teach Me This, I found that there were crazy claims of being able to make 30% on your investment if you paid $1000 for his system and seminars.
Faith has now paid for a couple of seminars, some training materials, and a lot of product. It’s making a significant dent in her wallet. The last seminar she wasn’t sure how she could afford it, but somehow found a way to make it work. A few weeks later Faith scrapped up enough money to go to another seminar (the “Believe” seminar – a great name if you can’t sell your product on it’s own merits).
Buffy and Faith’s friendship is now strained. Faith thinks of Buffy as being not supportive. I can see how she’d feel that way. When I wrote about MonaVie, many distributors came out and called me a negative thinker. I tried to explain that I’m thinking positively about their wallets and bank accounts. It didn’t seem to matter. You were either with MonaVie or not. Some describe it as cult-like.
This leaves Buffy in a no-win situation. If she tries to show her friend how MonaVie is making her poor, she’s not supportive and her opinion will be discarded. She obviously can’t be supportive of MonaVie having seen what she has seen and read what she has read. It reminds me a lot of people that say, “You are in denial.” There’s no way to argue that one. If you try, you prove them right by denying their accusation.
I’ve spend the last few hours trying to think of how I can help Buffy get through to Faith. The best I can come up with is an intervention. I have no experience with them, and not a clue if they would work in this case or not. I’m hoping someone here will be an Angel and come up with a plan to put Faith on the right financial track.
Please leave any comments on my previous MonaVie post: MonaVie Scam?