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Monavie is a Scam?

By Edited May 27, 2014 5 21

Is Monavie a Scam? Here is why I think it is at least a dishonest juice peddling deal.

MonaVie (also known as mon a vie, mon vie, monavi, monivie)  is a group of juice based products marketed through a multi-level marketing program.  The company promote these juices as containing acacia berries and other ingredients said to be beneficial to health.

Some multi-level marketing plans have some validity to them, but many people believe Monavie is a scam for various reasons including:

Unsubstantiated Medical Claims Made by Monavie Distributors 

I have met various independent Monavie distributors and there seems there is no disease on earth that can't be cured with their magic juice.  

One distributer explained that the magic juice helped her seriously mentally challenged child to function more normally (I can't see the difference in the kid).

A quick search found a distributor website that includes some carefully worded suggestions that MovaVie can cure diabetes and increase energy.  This same distributor claims her mother was able to get off cholesterol and blood pressure medicines after 3-4 weeks of drinking Monavie everyday. Not only has Monavie cured diabetes but the same lady claims Monavie cures very high arch pain. Oh, and if you are getting older you need to know MonaVie cures the general pains that come with getting old. These ridiculous claims come from just one distributor!  Every Monavie inductee is trained to roll out a personal anecdote or repeat some fantastically unbelievable hearsay story of how Monavie can cure something. Monavie is magic juice indeed!

Does Monavie Give Energy? 

Monavie Distributors often say that Monavie gives them more energy.  This is either a lie or they suffer from the placebo effect because each “dose” contains just 30 calories and calories are a measure of energy.  30 calories is practically meaningless.  A typical fortune cookie has 30 calories in it, as do three strawberries.  

The company published this statement when launching their Monavie Energy (eMV) drink:

"A significant number of energy drinks are also available in sugar free or low carbohydrate versions. These products provide very little if any “real energy,” since energy comes from calories.""  

 So Monavie itself has disproven the claims that Monavie Original and Monavie Active provide any “real energy” since even their energy drink does not provide real energy.  

Monavie Itself Is Careful to Not Make Unsubstantiated Claims

The official Monavie site carries a telling message “Monavie Active is a food, and as such, is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”  This can be accessed by going to the Science section and viewing clinical studies on MonaVie products and/or key ingredients. 

Interestingly, many other foods have been proven to treat, cure or prevent diseases. Limes cured scurvy, oat bran has been proven to reduce cholesterol, and antioxidant rich foods have been shown to help in cell health.  If Monavie did anything productive to cure or treat a disease, the company would be shouting it from the rooftops, but they are not.

Dosing Language and Quantities

While Monavie itself claims their product be a food/drink the Monavie Distributors use the medical term “dosing”.  You do not "dose" on orange juice or pasta, you take doses of drugs. You also do not dose on the main ingredients in Monavie - cranberry and grape juice.  Presentation is part of the misleading as well.  Most people drink juice from an 8 ounce glass, not a 1 ounce shot glass like medicine might be dispensed in. What kind of juice has enough strength to do anything in a 1 ounce shot glass?  Even stranger, when there are said to be 19 different juices mixed in that little glass how can there be enough of anything to provide any real benefits? 

The serving size and the use of dosing terminology falsely imply a medicinal benefit that can not be substantiated. 

False Dreams of Success With Monavie

Most regular business people don’t flaunt their large paychecks and brag about the cars and vacations to others .  Most successful people go about their life quietly.  Network marketing gurus find it more effective to dangle lifestyle, money, and award pins in front of their new recruits to motivate people who will never see any of fancy cars or awards.  Several network marketing Directors advised me to "fake it till you make it" by projecting a successful lifestyle until you actually achieve a successful lifestyle - an expensive idea for someone who can't afford to look successful and desperately needs to make some money.

Do the Monavie magic juice peddlers disclose how hard it is to get the big financial rewards?  I’m not a Monavie Distributor, so I’m just providing the link from the goodness of my heart in case you missed it or in case a Monavie distributor told you a success story or discussed the income model but failed to give you a copy of the Income Disclosure Sheet that they are required to give you.  If you go to a Monavie meeting and the Income Disclosure Statement is not mounted for everyone to see, than the distributors broke the company rules.   


Cost per Bottle

At $45 per bottle, Monavie magic drink is a very expensive fruit juice.  There are certainly cheaper ways to obtain any health benefits present since buying juice in the store avoids  all the markups and layers of payouts that a v bottle generates.  If you really want to buy the Monavie juice there is always a lot for sale on eBay for less than the company changes (people trying to get some of their money back?)

 The direct automatic shipping system can quickly drain your pocketbook with no extra effort on your part.  Many distributor talk of selling/sharing the juice so they can drink the juice for free, but there are many things they could be doing to earn extra cash that would not annoy and rip off their friends.  They could write on Infobarrel, deliver pizzas, look for pennies worth more than a penny, or even sell their extra junk on ebay.   

The least plentiful ingredient, but most hyped, is the freeze-dried Acai berry.  It turns out Monavie's number one ingredient is just cranberry juice.  Cheap white grape juice is high on the ingredient list as well.  For the cost of a couple of MonaVie shots you can buy a whole bottle of cranberry or grape juice and drink up!  

Comments are Welcome.  Is Monavie all that?  Have you been ripped off by the Monavie Scam?  If you are not a Infobarrel member, join free now to comment.



Feb 14, 2011 9:40am
Monavie is definitely a scam in MHO when it comes to curing all disease. You are better off just taking a daily mult-vitamin. It is cheaper. But then again, some people like drinking pricey fruit juice.
Feb 14, 2011 2:03pm
This article is a real public service. I hope people read it before purchasing such an expensive beverage!
Feb 14, 2011 11:44pm
Thanks for your comments. I write about a lot of ways to make money, but sometimes you need to cover things to avoid.
Feb 15, 2011 8:07am
I have never used MonaVie but I tend to disagree with some of your claims in this article. You state that a person can't possibly get much from a 1 oz dose of juice but I take a multi-vitamin small pill each day and it's very small but get needed benefits. If someone has had positive results from taking a product I don't think it's right to call them a fake. Just my opinion. Oh, and I have seen a lot of so-called legit "businessmen" flaunt their wealth by driving fancy cars, living in big houses, and joining the country club. My doc and lawyer do this!
Feb 15, 2011 1:49pm
Sure a multivitamin is concentrated vitamins that should help you. However we are talking about mainly cranberry juice and grape juice here,

There is no issues with rich people buying expensive stuff. The problem is selling a business "opportunity" with big photos of black Mercedes and other lifestyle perks that nearly 100% of the people who join will never get. It is very misleading to say the least.
Feb 15, 2011 6:31pm
JadeDragon, I don't want to be contentious but I'm wondering if you have actually enrolled with this company? This article comes across more as sour grapes than informative. I don't know anything about MonaVie but I do know that there are some very legit mlm companies and personally use a health tonic each day and wouldn't be without it.
Feb 15, 2011 8:46pm
I am smart and educated enough to NOT enroll with Monavie. A family member did enroll and tried to recruit me. I made a very careful study of the Monavie business proposition and product and than told her no thanks because the company is built on an unsound foundation. I've highlighted some of the key problems with the product and the Monavie "business opportunity"

I've got a 4 year business degree+ many other courses and have built a series of successful non-MLM businesses over the years. I've also studied other MLM companies and read literally hundreds of business books.
Feb 16, 2011 10:54am
It is never surprising to hear and or read about someone criticizing, condemning or complaining about MLM,Network Marketing, etc.
MonaVie is no exception. What I find is that the majority of criticism comes from, "IGNORANCE & STUPDITY" Most, if not all complaints come from disenfranchised individuals who have no business being in business of any kind due to inexperience, lack of motivation, skills & discipline. Being self-employed in any endeavour requires what "Successful People" DO that non-successful people won't or can't do, Persevere!
Having said that, I don't really care if you want to call any company that Provides a "Product or Service a scam thru MLM. What IS Important IS that You BELIEVE what you are saying & Selling. Granted, deceptive word of mouth or printed ad's that claim this or that by individual distributors may not be accurate or entirely truthful, buyer beware. Those of you who complain loudest seem to think like Progressive Liberals and that YOUR Opinion is what counts and People should follow YOUR Advice, WRONG! It's ONLY your opinion and NOT everyone shares in your "Belief System" There are MANY MILLIONARES in MLM & BILLIONARES too, Rich deVos, Amway for example, but, oh, that too is a scam isn't it? WRONG AGAIN. Look at statistics for any legitimate Corporation, Business, Government or Military, ALL are based on a "PYRAMID" YES a PYRAMID. 95% of all sales are brought in by, get this, ONLY 5% of the sales force and the remaining 5% in sales by the remainder of the 95% of said sales force. So it goes with all Corp's, Businesses & even the Military. So B4 U go and criticize ANY company for being successful,ask URSELF, what have U done lately to IMPROVE UR Financial Life & more importantly, those of ur loved ones, friends and perfect strangers.
Feb 18, 2011 10:24am
Repeating talking points from seminars will not help you. In my own business I assure you it is not a MLM by your definition, nor do I know any successful businesses that are MLMs personally. I even know many successful businesses that do not have a sales force at all. And I fail to see where JadeDragon in any way reflects a progressive liberal mindset, unless you are confusing that with a belief in facts.
Feb 18, 2011 2:55am
Interesting... you have been to some MLM seminars obviously. Don't suggest I an either ignorant or stupid because I can assure you that I am neither. Good luck in Monavie, you will need all the luck you can get :)
Feb 18, 2011 10:12pm
JadeDragon: Have you tried this product yourself? Someone I like and respect does sell it and once gave me a bottle. It was ok - but I am more than happy with what I use. In no way did he try these tactics on me. Nothing can cure me. He was trying to help and knew I wouldn't be interested in that type of sales work - but he is good at it and seems to be doing well. I would just hate to think he is being ripped off in any way. He is a successful businessman - I'll have to trust he will know what he is doing. Interesting article.
Feb 20, 2011 10:30pm
Absolutely I've tried the product. It tastes like sweetened cranberry juice (not surprising since that is what Monavie is). The person who gave it to me said they know people who use it to control blood sugar levels.
Mar 11, 2011 12:44pm
Scary. My Father almost died from drinking too much cranberry juice. It is a natural blood thinner. He's on blood thinner meds. had a kidney infection one Dr. told him to drink a lot of cranberry juice ie as least 6 to 8 water glasses a day.
Nov 20, 2011 6:30am
That is a lot of cranberry juice! If in the Monivie bottle that would be super expensive too.
Nov 26, 2011 7:38am
I liked this article. One thing I would like to add to the discussion is the whole question of whether or not network marketing is ethical in the first place. I heard a great radio show about network marketing and MLMs like Monavie and an expert was explaining that althought MLM is legal, it's unethical because it intersects with pyramid schemes. The reason it intersects with pyramid schemes is because in an MLM you are encouraged to recruit other distributors below you and you are rewarded for doing so. Also, people usually have to pay to become a distributor... A lot of the time, MLM recruits focus more on recruiting more people into the organization than actually selling a product... so for that reason, it's a little shady in my opinion.
Nov 26, 2011 8:05am
remember the pyramid schemes from the 1980s, well this sounds like its back. anything that sounds too good to be true generally is. great article. laid out nicely and easy to read. wonderful post. thanks for sharing
Dec 3, 2011 1:24am
Pretty much. The people at the top of Monavie make all the big bucks well all the others get into auto-purchase of expensive cranberry juice.
Nov 26, 2011 1:37pm
Very interesting article about this product. I haven't tried it, nor could I afford to at those prices, but it has certainly sparked some interesting comments as well.

FYI, you may want to give this article a thorough proofread, there are A LOT of spelling errors, as well as several variances of the spelling of MonAvie. I realize you have a few choices at the beginning of the article, but you should keep the spelling of the product consistent throughout your article for clarity.
Nov 26, 2011 6:18pm
Thanks - I must have forgotten to run spell check. All fixed now :)
Nov 26, 2011 8:24pm
Nice article and interesting discussion. I actually did Quickstar for a awhile which was Amway. I learned all about Network Marketing. I left Amway and bought my own business (Cafe) and sold that. I am back in teaching now.

After having a network marketing business and a store front of my own, I have learned one truth: It is not the product or system by which you sell something, it is the person who sells it.

For those of you who are to young to remember, MLM's really got a bad name in the late 70's early 80's for taking on a cult like persona. It was not the products that were bad, it was the people. JadeDragon, thanks for the review on this product. It should be viewed as every other product on the market; Either it works or not. It should not be discounted or reputed because of MLM.

All I know is some of the hardest and most honest people I ever met were in network marketing business. Sadly, most of them had no idea what they were doing. That is another issue with it.

I would just say that it is the people who sell the items and they are the ones who are weird and unethical, not the monitization model.

Great discussion you guys. I love these heated battles.
Nov 26, 2011 9:38pm
Thanks for your comments.
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