(By Lazy Man — I’d like to thank J. Money for giving me a stage to tell my story for the day. I am the man behind Lazy Man and Money, a personal finance blog somewhat similar to Budgets are Sexy.)
MonaVie and Me
One day my wife came home and told me that she had been introduced to a juice called MonaVie at a charity group she’s involved with. I have nothing against juice in general, but my wife said that this juice was $45 for 25 ounces. I think anyone interested in personal finance would immediately think, “Why would I pay $45 for such a small bottle of juice?”
I decided to research this MonaVie juice. I couldn’t find a satisfactory answer to my question. All I could find is that MonaVie is a blend of the juice of 19 fruits. It was very deficient in fiber, vitamins and minerals… just look at the MonaVie nutritional label. I decided to ask if my readers if MonaVie is a scam. I got a lot of comments from regular readers saying that the product was ridiculous. Slowly, I started to get comments from people who weren’t regular readers, people who had done a lot of research on the juice and had significant evidence that it was a scam.
I also started to get comments from MonaVie distributors. These comments often made illegal claims disguised as personal testimonies. You name a disease, I probably have a comment that MonaVie has cured or helped with it. A few of my favorites include fibromyalgia, autism, multiple sclerosis, and cystic fibrosis. Why would these distributors say such a thing?
MonaVie’s Multi-Level Marketing
MonaVie is sold through a multi-level marketing compensation plan. You might be familiar with other organizations like Mary Kay or Amway that are sold the same way. MonaVie can show a chart where a few people at the top are making millions a year. Perhaps these MonaVie distributors are hoping to get rich too? Or, perhaps they have difficulty selling $45 juice on taste… so their idea is to create the illusion that MonaVie has medical benefits.
One commenter on my website said something to the effect of, “When your child has autism, and you hear that this juice is helping, $45 a bottle isn’t very much.” Months later, he would come back and comment that he was sorry he was so misinformed about MonaVie.
MonaVie Scam Site
As time went on, I was getting more and more upset that this company was taking advantage of sick people. I decided to start a website, MonaVie Scam with all the evidence I have that MonaVie is a scam. My only regret with the website is that I don’t have enough time to post all the evidence. I have written 89 articles and I haven’t touched 10% of what I know.
MonaVie doesn’t like what I doing, because I’m costing them money. They have harassed me with two empty legal threats (see: here and here). One of their employees has called me an annoying douche. One person has attempted to blackmail me into taking down my websites and a MonaVie
distributor threatened to kill me. MonaVie and these people affiliated with it didn’t count on the Streisand Effect.
The blackmail and threats were the last straw. I’m now cooperating with the FBI, the FTC, the FDA, and other organizations. As powerful as those organizations are, their resources are limited with our large budget deficit. So while they push the necessary paperwork, I have decided to fight the good fight on the Internet.
Great people like J. Money have graciously donated their website to spreading the word. I ask you, his readers, to take to your blogs, your Twitter account, your Facebook account, and any media connections you have to spread the word of my MonaVie story and my MonaVie website.
Editor’s Note: I personally haven’t ever tried MonaVie before, but from what I’ve heard it’s actually pretty tasty! (and now I’m even more curious to try it :)) But yeah, def. not putting any stock in it’s magical potion-ness. It’s totally cool if you wanna spend $45 on juice – or sell it for that matter, (I mean $hit, I’ve spent $40 on water before!) but just make sure you do your research and know what you’re picking up. There’s nothing wrong with spending money on something you find valuable. If you’ve tried this stuff, or you sell it, let us know! Would love to hear more thoughts on this.