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.
14 thoughts on “It Works Body Wraps, Can You Make Money Or Is This A Scam?”
Thanks for your honesty and sharing your experience!
Very helpful details on It Works Body Wraps. OMG it sounds awkward!
After reading your post I got another company on my list that I need to stay away from. When I checked about your recommendation I am happy to see you are recommending the same company which helped me to become a full-time blogger. And its an awesome platform to learn about earning online.
Thanks for saving people time and money!
I am happy to see you are now following your passion and I wish you all the very best.
Yes, Paul, my experience with It Works can definitely save time and money for others. And again yes, wealthy affiliate is worth the effort put forth. My passion and my dream can be fulfilled within the wealthy affiliate platform. Have a great day.
I had not heard of body wraps before reading this and but I admire your integrity in being honest about the product you are promoting.
I commented on your initial earlier of WA and now this one convinces me that you are more than happy with the value for money you get with Wealthy Affiliate and as a member myself, I have to agree. I have learned so much and after 15 months I am still learning . There is so much valuable instruction in here that anyone trying to run a business online would be a fool not to work with this platform. . You are becoming the best advocates for WA and I can only wish you success as you move forward.
I had not hear of body wraps before reading this
Thank you again Judy. The training here surpasses all other. Now that I am finished with the classes I am continuing to learn with the daily tutorials the experienced community puts out for everyone to continue to learn. I do love it!
I do craft fairs and events with my soap and see “It works body wrap” representatives at every one. I got talked into buying them at one event and of course they did not work. I can see how a person would get pulled in though, you have put out all this money and have to sell the product at least until you can get your investment out. I think it’s sad that these companies take advantage of people. Sound to me that the only one making money from this business is the company owner.
I think you have that right. Mark owns a billion dollar business and his own island. Looks like that is where the money is.
Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comment and input.
Looks like It Works Body Wrap is a real scam of the MLM type. What intrigues me is why people would pay $99 entrance fee, not really knowing what you will get for it. You told us that there is very little training, so how are you supposed to sell these wraps? If by internet, then most of us would need specific training. Or in the case of MLM, you would need to have an existing and enormous network for yourself already. As you said, you will have a hard time selling something of low quality to your family, friends or acquaintances.
I am sorry for your bad experience, but thanks for the warning.
It was a rough experience but learning from that brought me here to Wealthy Affiliate. We grow and learn from all of our experiences.
Thank you for stopping by and your input.
I don’t hav a lot of experience with MLM companies. I have used Young Living which is drastically different since they sell essential oils, though. However, I find myself having to keep selling stuff to my friends, which does get old. Then, you have to find more people and the cycle continues.
But, what are three tips you can give us for succeeding with MLM companies.
It’s sad that they tell you, you are not working hard enough, though. That doesn’t sound like good coaching advice. What were you not doing correctly?
I have been doing affiliate marketing for 10 years, though. It’s much more lucrative and you don’t have to actually have the products which is a better business model.
I know what you mean. I hated to bother my friends and family all the time.
I do not have and tips for success in an MLM company. That is why I was so excited when I found wealthy Affiliate. It is a real business that I own and I don’t have to reach out to others. I set up my website just like i am taught and the traffic comes to me.
I love the ease of it. Now don’t get me wrong, it is work but what I put in comes back to me in profit.
Wow, It Works sounds like It Doesn’t Work. I am really glad I read your review to see how your personal experience was. I can’t believe they told you that you were not working hard enough and you incurred so much debt. What a sham this is. With all of the complaints to the BBB, I am surprised this outfit is still in business. It’s amazing what you can uncover with some of these MLM programs. How long were you involved with It Works? Do you know other people with a similar experience? I look forward to hearing back from you, thanks again for sharing your honest opinion.
Your right Steve, it works doesn’t work. I was with the company almost 2 years. Yes I know a lot of people who were in the same situation i was in. But today people are still joining and I hope to reach others to keep them from making the same mistake I did.
The situation with it works is there are a very few at the top who make big money and they make this money by talking people into signing up then not offering support.
I did not enjoy it. But I do love Wealthy Affiliate platform that I am with now. It is not an MLM but rather a business of my own. I have never seen support like I have here.
This Body Wraps business definitely sounds very sketchy and I doubt anyone is making any real money with it. I’ve tried MLM businesses before in the past and it never works. It is so difficult to get enough people to buy your products, there’s not enough support, training, and tools to give you the skills to make those sales. Is there a better business model that you would recommend that’s cheaper and more effective?
The thing I disliked about it works the most was harassing my friends and family.
Oh yes there is a platform called Wealthy Affiliate that is not an MLM. It is a site that teaches me how to set up an affiliate marketing business and get ranked at the top of google. It is my very own business with incredible teaching and support.
Thanks for stopping by. You might want to check this business out. Click on any of the blue links within the article and find information. Sign up free and have a look around.