If you look at customer comments and reviews for Plexus products, these supplements seem almost miraculous. Dig a little deeper and it seems to be a different story.
So what is the truth about Plexus? We take a look to find out.
Plexus Worldwide is a Multi Level Marketing company based in Scottsdale Arizona. It was launched in 2006 and by 2015 had a revenue of over 350 million dollars and is still growing.
Plexus Worldwide is headed by CEO Tarl Robinson but key to this business success is the team of Ambassadors, as the Plexus distributors are called. These are ordinary people who have signed up to sell Plexus products to friends and family connections. You probably have a Plexus Ambassador in your neighbourhood, workplace or just know of someone selling Plexus.
Because Plexus is marketed and advertised by word of mouth from ordinary people such as friends and family, the things that these people say we tend to believe. So if a friend tells you that Plexus Slim works, you believe it. In addition, it can be hard to say no if you are asked to buy.
MLM sometimes called Direct Marketing or Network or Direct Selling is a scheme where ordinary people rather than retailers, join a company (paying a fee), distribute, and sell the products they buy themselves.
These distributors also encourage others to sign up as sellers as part of their “downline” and get paid the a percentage of the joining fee and also when their downline members make sales.
MLM moves into Pyramid selling, which is illegal when the only way distributors can make money is by signing up new sellers. This can happen if the market becomes saturated by lots of sellers and no buyers!
MLM is also often accused of using brainwashing techniques because distributors can become very fixated by the imagined benefits and advantages of their products.
All that said some people enjoy the challenge and extra cash that getting involved with MLM can bring.
See our short video about MLM and Pyramid Selling to find out more.
Plexus Ambassadors are well known for being very passionate about Plexus and that’s putting it nicely. If you take a look at Facebook, you will see literally hundreds of Plexus Ambassadors extolling the health benefits of the various products. Some people say that Plexus Ambassadors are brainwashed. Others say it is similar to being in a cult ( which is much the same thing).
Go on Amazon where some of the Plexus supplements are sold, and the Ambassadors all pitch in, saying how great Plexus is and offering advice and discount prices to the world.
Many if not all Plexus Ambassadors have websites where they offer advice about Plexus, talk about their families and sell Plexus products, generally described as “life changing”.
Although Plexus is only supposed to help you lose weight, many Plexus Ambassadors claim that the supplements are good for numerous medical conditions such as arthritis and even cancer.
This leads us on to the …..Pink Drink…
Plexus Slim AKA The Pink Drink is the Plexus flagship product. It is berry flavour, pink (although this is down to some beetroot colouring rather than fruit), and according to its fans has miraculous benefits for health and weight loss.
We have seen claims that the Pink Drink cures exezma, arthritis, increases energy levels and much more.
However, there is very little in this drink that will have any real effect. The ingredients are Garcinia Cambogia and Green Coffee Bean Extract. There is also some Alpha lipoic acid an amino acid that may help reduce cholesterol and there is trace mineral chromium.
We have seen this combination of ingredients many times before in numerous weight loss supplements and it is unlikely to do anything at all.
Both Garcinia and Green Coffee Bean Extract lack much evidence. And leave the hype of the Ambassadors and the pink colour aside, and you have a pretty indifferent looking supplement.
However, the Pink Drink has really captured the imagination so you would expect there to be some pretty powerful information about its benefits on the Plexus website.
Not so. If you go to the Plexus Worldwide website, you will see that the focus of the company is all about the money you can make and the great opportunity it is if you sign up as an Ambassador.
It seems that people just take that the Pink Drink is great without looking into the ingredients list or what it will actually do.
We cannot see it doing anything much at all.
Yes, there is a whole range of Plexus weight loss supplements and unsurprisingly you are encouraged to take combinations of products.
According to some Plexus Watchers, when the company started up, the Pink Drink AKA Plexus Slim was considered sufficient to take on its own.
These days you are recommended to combine it with something else such as the Plexus Accelerator Plus, a fat burner that is high in stimulants and designed to increase the speed of the metabolism.
Accelerator Plus was banned in Australia for containing the undisclosed banned ingredient DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine). Presumably, DMAA was also present in the products sold in the USA.
Alternatively, you can take the Pink Drink with Plexus Block – purportedly a carb and starch blocker that is supposed to prevent some of the foods that you eat from being absorbed by your body.
You can also combine Plexus Slim with Boost – an appetite suppressant based on cactus extract Caralluma Fimbriata which bizarrely also contains dangerously high levels of chromium.
It is generally not safe to take lots of products in combination. And with the issues of the banned DMAA showing up in clinical testing, despite not being on the ingredients list, we do not altogether trust Plexus and the safety of their supplements. After all how can you judge that something is safe if you do not know what it is you are taking?
Many customers have experienced serious side effects from Plexus supplements. You have to search for negative comments but they are out there and not as easy to find as the “I love Plexus” variety of comment.
These are just some of the side effects, which have been reported by genuine customers following taking individual or a combination of Plexus supplements.
However, all Plexus supplements are marketed as being good for health and if anyone complains of side effects, the Plexus Ambassadors usually offer convincing sounding explanations such as:
The upset stomach is something that may happen when you first start taking it and then lessen until you don’t experience it anymore.
This may be true but do you really want to take medical advice from someone who has no medical training and just wants you to buy more products?
The Plexus Ambassadors make some jaw droppingly massive claims on Facebook about Plexus.
One Ambassador reported,
Our Tri Plex Combo has changed my life with the perfect blend of minerals and nutrients that my body was lacking which contributed to ALL of my auto immune diseases. …not one flare up of any since I took that leap of faith…
Another Ambassador explained how Plexus could help just about everything…
Plexus Products are for overall health not just weight loss….
Named benefits include,
Breast health, Joint Soreness, Digestive Health, Headaches, Nerve damage, Chronic Pain, Neck Pain…the list goes on.
If Plexus really could do any of these things, we should be using it in our hospitals!
There is also a lot of fake science about.
One Plexus seller, displaying a rather gruesome picture of shrimps and cockroaches, said that these creatures were the same as the bacteria in your gut and that the Plexus Probiotic (ProBio5) would kill the “corrosive host” (presumably the cockroach) with its antifungal action.
CEO Tarl Robinson received a warning from the FDA for making false claims on the Plexus website and saying that Plexus supplements can treat medical conditions. He was forced to take action and change some of his words. One statement that the FDA pulled him up on was:
Why do you need Plexus Bio-Cleanse? Many people are in a low oxygen/toxic state…viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other pathogenic microbes thrive in this condition, and can lead to disease such as flu, Candida, chronic fatigue, etc. Plexus Bio-Cleanse can increase the oxygen levels around these microbes, causing them to die due to their high-oxygenated environment.
These days it seems that he doesn’t have to bother printing this nonsense on his website. Because the Plexus Ambassadors make all the wild claims for him!
Many people believe that Plexus is nothing more than a scam.
Although the Ambassadors are extremely enthusiastic about all Plexus products, this view does not seem to be shared by all the people actually paying for and using these supplements.
In addition there are a lot of disgruntled ex ambassadors out there as well as people who have experienced side effects, found that the supplements don’t work, those who have tried to claim a refund and more.
This woman used to be an Ambassador,
Plexus not only didn’t work for me and several of my customers, but in fact actually cause weight gain instead of loss. Even worse after I had cancelled my auto shipment, they charged my credit card anyway…
Warning warning warning to all stay away from plexus it’s just another scam!!!
Sorry to all my friends are out there pushing Plexus. But it’s about to go down.
This may be wishful thinking on her part.
Despite negative comments and the calls of fraud, Plexus Worldwide looks like a thriving and successful business operation according to an article published in Direct Selling News – a trade paper for MLM businesses.
Plexus has recently acquired a new $11.5 Million corporate office building and are looking to expanding the network of ambassadors worldwide.
According to the leadership team, Plexus are here to stay and hope to be hitting the $1 billion mark of annual sales within the next few years.
According to Tarl Robinson, the success comes down to the success of their business model.
For Plexus, our ‘why’ is our love for network marketing and what we think it offers for consumers, for entrepreneurs and for people just trying to find a little something extra in life.
Throughout the article, the supplements themselves are never mentioned.
Although Plexus Worldwide looks like a financially successful company, we are not convinced by the quality of the supplements they sell or by their moral compass. If they are getting rich this is probably down to the expensive and overpriced products they sell as well as the joining fees for all those ambassadors and monthly auto shipping agreements that are impossible to cancel.
We think some people would say ANYTHING to get a sale and some of the claims made by the Plexus Ambassadors are ludicrous. Where are they getting this information from? These supplements will not physically make you better or cure you of diseases and medical conditions. They are supposed to help you lose weight and in our opinion, it is very unlikely that they will even do that.
We would not go as far to call Plexus a scam. It is not a scam and many people are happy being involved as Ambassadors. However we would never recommend anyone to take Plexus supplements.
In our opinion Plexus is not much good, potentially dangerous and massively overpriced.