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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mona Vie - Yet another Multi Level Marketing rip-off


"Hi Gary,
I was doing a bit of research and came on your website. Have you perhaps heard of a company and product called MonaVie?
Please find information of some of the world class amateur and professional athletes who trust MonaVie for better energy, enhanced clarity and performance during hard and strenuous exercise.
etc"
Hendrik
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Gary responds:
Sigh! Barely a week goes by without being approached by somebody peddling one of these get rich quick pyramid schemes masquerading as super-duper health products.

Especially ones like Mona Vie. So you are telling me we should guzzle more of this overpriced jungle juice? While you are at it, why don't you clear even more Amazonian rainforest for plantations, forcing the natives out of their tribal homelands?

You can salve your conscience from selling this environmentally destructive product by throwing a few cents per sale in the direction of the homeless you helped make, now living in the slums of Brazil.

(Mona Vie costs about NZ$70 per bottle. By comparison, one can purchase products for around NZ$50 that makes up 10 or so liters.

"MonaVie is a nutritional beverage company that distributes beverage products made from blended fruit juice concentrates with açaí pulp powder and purée through a multi-level marketing (MLM) business model. Marketing claims made about the products suggest that they provide antioxidants and health benefits. MonaVie has been the subject of recent media controversy, and several sources have questioned both the product's value and the legality of claims regarding its reputed health benefits. The manufacturer of MonaVie products, as well as some of its senior distributors, were involved in four lawsuits between 2007 and 2008." (Wikipedia)
Read more Wikipedia about Mona Vie here.

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