Today I will review, It works body wraps as the company itself. I was an “It Works” distributor for almost two years. I have a lot of experience in this particular MLM company.
Have you heard of the It Works body wraps? I can’t even count how many times I said that very phrase. Then I would follow a script and go on to say how amazing it works body wraps are and how you can decrease body fat just by applying them to your body in different areas.
I tried many wraps to tell you the truth, and not a single one of them worked for me. But if I didn’t want to go broke, I had to sell the wraps. Oh, how I hate lying to people about anything. I made a promise to myself that I would never again work for a company that I did not believe was a trustworthy company.
Who Is It Works Body Wraps?
It works is a multilevel marketing business that Mark Pentecost founded on the product “It Works body wraps.” So without further delay, I will get right into my review and some history on the founder Mark Pentecost.
Mark Pentecost founded the company It Works in 2001 based on a product known as Body Wraps. Mark was a school teacher In Michigan looking to make some extra cash. He ran across the “body wrap” which his wife tried. His wife and her friends were so excited about the product that he bought the rights to the patent.
What Is MLM (Multilevel Marketing)?
An MLM, or Multilevel Marketing company, is a type of business that relies on its sales force to recruit additional salespeople below them, thus creating a “downline.” These salespeople then receive commissions on their sales, as well as the sales of people they’ve recruited into the MLM.
The majority of representatives work hard at their MLM business and never break even. MLMs make money for the company and very little to no money for the representative so to be on the safe side, it’s essential to do your research before deciding whether or not an MLM is right for you.
What Products Does It Works Body Wraps Offer?
The product line supports many avenues of life, such as:
- Weight loss and keto and vegan
I looked at some of the products. There are many new ones today and the cost has increased tremendously.
Video Overview Of It Works Body Wraps Review
It Works Body Wraps MLM Review
This company boasts that independent distributors will have no overhead because the body wraps are shipped directly to the buyer. NOT TRUE! I had to purchase all of my advertising supplies and was encouraged to wear apparel with the It Works logo. All of the marketing supplies cost money.
Every year each independent distributor is strongly encouraged to go to a conference. Their upline says the meetings will set them on fire and grow their business. Conferences cost $150-$250 for tickets. Then there are airfare and hotel expenses. Girls and guys alike come from worldwide to attend while making very little income at home.
Can you make money? In my opinion, the answer is NO because the cost will eat you up.
Helping Families Get Out Of Debt
I heard it said many times that It works company believes they are helping families get out of debt.
I went in the red $1500-$2000 a year when I was a distributor. when I was a distributor I was accused numerous times of not working hard enough or not trying hard enough. And believe me, I live by integrity and hard work. So, I would work harder and lose more money.
Work From Home
“It Works” claims you can work from home. Well, you can if that includes handing out flyers at the supermarket that talk about it works body wraps or hosting a party. You can have a Facebook party and work from home, but that was the only time I could work from home.
When I started, It Works; I had no idea how to do a Facebook party or tell people about the wraps. Most of my upline didn’t know how to do these things either. So, I had to teach myself. There was very little training or support. All that was said was, Lean As You Go, which in this case did not happen.
It was a bit scary with no one to ask, no one to support me, and no one to help.
Better Business Bureau
The Better Business Bureau currently has an alert out on the It Works Global company.
If you head over to the BBB link above you will see that a representative from the company is addressing all of the issues. But apparently, nothing is changing because no matter how many times the rep says they are sorry the complaints are the same now as when they were when I sold It Works.
For this very reason, I put product customer reviews in this review because it is the way the MLM program is set up that produces the problem.
The reason for this problem is because It Works independent distributors make money when a person is on the auto-ship program so they don’t want to stop the shipment.
So, do you think this company will help you get out of debt? Are the practices they promote with their MLM honest? In my opinion, the answer is NO!
How Can You Become An It Works Body Wraps Independent Distributor?
Just like most all MLMs, you can go to their website to join or join under a distributor such as friends and family.
Price To Join
Ok, so you have to pay $99 to join and then order $80 worth of products a month and supplies on top of this. The customer is required to accept an automatic shipment one time a month for three months when they purchase a product. They can not cancel before three months. No wonder this is a billion-dollar company today.
It Works Body Wraps Compensation Plan
The It Works motto is Earn While you Learn. I cannot tell you how many times I heard that phrase and never did learn how to make money with It Works.
There are 7 ways to make money with It Works Body Wraps which are:
- Loyal customer program
- Fast start bonus – earn money off of each recruit
- Unilevel leadership bonus – earn a percentage from your downline
- Diamond generation bonus – get paid 5% is you have a 5 generation downline
- Diamond leadership bonus – WOW, now it really gets compicated
- Leadership incentives – you get a free trip to the owners private island and more
From here I will need to have you watch the video because the plan becomes so involved and complicated that I cannot possibly go into all of it.
Video Of The Compensation Plan
Here is the most recent video on the It Works Body Wraps Compensation Plan, however it is from 2 years ago. Most of them were from 5-6 years ago and others were not worth watching.
Pros And Cons
It Works Body Wraps MLM has a few pros as well as cons. On the positive side, we will list a few pros and on the negative side, we’ll talk about some cons.
- Been in business for 20 years
- The It Works business member is addressing the complaints
- It is an MLM model of business
- The compensation plan is complicated
- The payout plan promotes dishonesty
- Average income is next to nothing
- Income disclosure has unclear disclainers
- Body wraps do not work
- Mark has made so much money and the only one out of debt is him because the MLM plan does not support making money for the independent distributors.
- Expensive products
It Works Body Wraps Income Disclosure
Oh, now this is really good. One of the worst income disclosures I have come across in all of the MLM reviews I have done, here it comes!
- 85.94% distributor average monthly earning is $48 a month ($576 yearly)
- 3.31% distributors average mothly earnings is $240 a month ($2880 yearly)
- 6.35% earned an average of $349 a month ($4188 yearly)
Which means that 95.61% of all distributors made $576 to $4188 per year before expenses. And let me tell you the expenses just about ate me up with all of the trips, meals, marketing tools, parties, not to mention the inventory I had to keep in stock for parties.
Here is an image of the actual It Works Income Disclosure, with that in mind, pay close attention to the statements below. In contrast, see how they word them in a convoluted way to say the same thing I said in the paragraph above.
Is It Works Body Wraps MLM A Scam?
A scam is where someone tries to gain your trust and get money without any gain to you. So, it sort of sounds like It Works Body Wraps are a scam but they provide products for the money you pay so in reality it is not a scam. And believe me, in this case, I really want to call it a scam after what I went through with this company.
Is It Works Body Wraps A Pyramid Scheme?
Here is the definition of a pyramid scheme: A pyramid scheme is a business model that recruits members via a promise of payments or services for enrolling others into the scheme, rather than supplying investments or sale of products. As you can see the part that makes It Works not legally a pyramid scheme is the last word, products.
It works is not a pyramid scheme but the only thing that keeps them from being one is that they sell products. It is a loophole in the definition, therefore, allowing them to operate and stay in business.
The Problem With MLM Companies In General
According to an FTC Government file, an MLM operation does not have a clearly defined definition. It calls MLM’s “product-based pyramid schemes,” not to mention it compares it to an illegal chain letter. You know the letters you receive in the mail, it says to put a dollar in an envelope with a copy of the letter and send one to 10 people. Then if you do this, you will make a ridiculous amount of money.
The FTC Government document also states that MLM “is inherently flawed, unfair, and deceptive.”
Only 25% of MLM participants turn a profit. Please note this says “turn a profit,” rather than, make money. After you take out expenses, very few make money.
My Recommendation For It Works Body Wraps
NO, NO, and NO! Independent distributors work hard to earn an income, while, at the same time, the owner makes so much money that he is debt-free and can buy a private island.
It closely resembles a pyramid scheme and a scam. Who would want to become a part of something so shady? Well, not I!
With most of MLM companies, you have to get in on the ground floor to make money. You are dependent on someone else to give you direction, and if that person is only out for themselves, then there is no guidance.
I have completed this review and, with this in mind, I need to say that I felt abandoned and betrayed by this MLM company. I say, this MLM company because it is not just It Works Global that does this type of deceit but, rather, all MLM companies lead the representative astray and elude to false promises.