It Works! Scam? Yes It Is In My Opinion!
Can a body wrap change your life? Is there something out there that is close to magic when it comes to effecting the shape and look of your body? Wrapping your body to conform to an ideal of what is attractive has been a long standing practice in many cultures. My subscribers have requested that I take a look into It Works!. Here is what I have found.
It Works! Scam Claims
This is as close to magic as it gets!
The biggest challenge in this industry—and really the worldwide market—is to offer an uncommon solution, a true original, that captivates people and offers them something they never thought possible before. When we found the Ultimate Body Applicator, we knew we had something special to share with the world. Tighten, tone, and firm in 45 minutes with the Ultimate Body Applicator.
IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
Here is how this business opportunity is presented:
It Works! Scam Reality
Founded by Mark & Cindy Pentecost in 2001, It Works! is a multi-level marketing company that offers beauty and wellness products. As of 2014, they have 90,000 active independent distributors.
Luis Mijares is the formulator behind the It Works! body contouring and skin care products.
The primary products of It Works! are wraps. Here is how one of these products is described:
“Expect ‘ultimate’ results with this amazing 45-minute body Applicator! The Ultimate Body Applicator is a non-woven cloth wrap that has been infused with a powerful, botanically-based formula to deliver maximum tightening, toning, and firming results where applied to the skin.”
The problem with their products is that not everyone will see results and they do not provide information on who will have consistent results.
Here are two of the hundreds of complaints filed with the BBB:
- For 3 months I spent a total of $350.11 in products from It Works and none of them worked as I was told they would or did anything close to what they were suppose to. Based on the sales person recommendations/advice and telling me how amazing these products were and how fast I would see results, she showed me pictures of others who supposedly got results. First month I ordered carb pills, wraps and cream to define my skin. Used all 3 products as instructed for 1 month, no results in fact I gained weight. Talked to the consultant and expressed my concern and anger over wasting all this month and nothing, she said to give it another month and I should see results and instructed me to do the wraps back to back. So I did another month and still nothing no results, no weight loss. Talked to the consultant again expressing my anger over wasting at this point close to $270 and she said oh your using the wrong products I recommend Thermofit to help you lose, greens supplement. Try that and I should see results. Again no results. I told her I was very unhappy and dissatisfied with these products and they should be ashamed for lying to people. I spent $350.11 for nothing in the span of March thru April. She offered nothing after that and refuses to talk to me anymore. I contacted It Works on their website expressing the same concern and heard nothing back from them.
- I have emailed, phoned and tried to log on online to cancel my auto fill but have never been able to get hold of anyone. I even called my local rep and she was no help as well. When you call a greeting comes on and said they have high call volumes and your hung up on. I want to cancel my loyalty membership! I just found out from somewhere that they will charge me to do so. I was never made aware of this charge to cancel my subscription. This is horrible customer service!!!
– Source BBB
Any claims that the It Works! body wraps cause you to lose weight are bogus.
“In the case of the Ultimate Body Applicator: it tightens, tones and firms; it promotes attractiveness, not weight loss” – Source It Works! Customer Service
Also, there is a myth spread by some distributors that It Works! wraps will detox the part of the body they are wrapped around.
“The It Works Body Wrap works by detoxifying the area where applied. The natural, plant-based cream tightens, tones and firms the area. Toxins are naturally removed from the body through your stool, urine and the air you breathe out. The cream soaks into your skin through your pores and works to break up the toxins in your fat cells. Then the toxins are eliminated from your body.” – Source Thisworksbodywrap.com
There’s never been any real scientific evidence that body wraps pull out toxins or purify your body in any way. – Elizabeth Tanzi, MD Webmd.com
I don’t know of any scientific basis for the detox. – Sandra Fryhofer, MD Webmd.com
Business Builder Kit $99
Business Builder Kit Includes
- 1 box of Ultimate Body Applicators (4 pack)
- Half size Fab Wrap (1)
- Defining Gel Sample (4 pack)
- Marketing Tools
- 1 free month of Distributor eSuite
- Makes you commission qualified for the month you join
eSuite and Replicated Website $ 20.00 per month
It is free for your first 30 days with the purchase of the Business Builder Kit.
eSuite is where you have access to:
- ItWorks! TrainingAcademy
- Place your orders
- Track your team’s growth
- Develop your business and yourself with SUCCESS on Demand
There is a $35 annual renewal fee.
If you sign up for the Loyal Customer Agreement Membership and cancel before you fulfill the minimum three-month purchase agreement, you will be charged a $50 membership fee.
|Ultimate Body Applicator™||$99.00||$59.00|
|Hydrating Toner & Freshener||$55.00||$33.00|
|Stretch Mark & Anti-Aging Cream||$65.00||$39.00|
|Lifting Lip & Eye Cream||$49.00||$29.00|
|Hair Skin Nails||$55.00||$33.00|
|Greens™ – Orange Flavor||$55.00||$33.00|
|Greens™ – Orange Flavor 90 Day Supply||$139.00||$79.00|
|Greens on the Go™ – Orange Flavor||$59.00||$35.00|
|Greens™ – Berry Flavor||$55.00||$33.00|
|Greens™ – Berry Flavor 90 Day Supply||$139.00||$79.00|
|Greens on the Go™ – Berry Flavor||$59.00||$35.00|
|Energy (24 Pack)||$100.00||$60.00|
|Energy (12 Pack)||$49.00||$29.00|
|Ultimate Profit® – Creamy Vanilla||$115.00||$69.00|
|Ultimate Profit® – Rich Chocolate||$115.00||$69.00|
|Advanced Formula Fat Fighter with Carb Inhibitors™||$39.00||$23.00|
|It’s Vital™ Core Nutrition||$49.00||$29.00|
|It’s Vital™ Complete Nutrition Pack||$115.00||$69.00|
|It’s Vital™ Minerals||$39.00||$23.00|
|It’s Vital™ Omega-3||$39.00||$23.00|
|Fit Pack™ – Creamy Vanilla||$299.00||$179.00|
|Fit Pack™ – Rich Chocolate||$299.00||$179.00|
|Ultimate Pack™ – Creamy Vanilla||$465.00||$279.00|
|Ultimate Pack™ – Rich Chocolate||$465.00||$279.00|
The primary product of It Works! is the Ultimate Body Applicator which can be easily found on Amazon and Ebay for the wholesale price that is offered to distributors. There is not much of an opportunity to make money retailing this product.
You may not stock and sell It Works! products, nor may you develop an eCommerce environment that would facilitate this model. It is expressly against Company policy to accept Paypal, credit cards or other payment solutions for the purchase of Company product. – Source It Works! Policies and Procedures
You must complete one of the following to be commission qualified:
- Have a minimum 80 BV auto-shipment.
- Have at least 400 Personal bonus Volume for the month.
80 BV = approximately $80
This compensation plan is heavily incentivised for you to purchase the products instead of selling the products to customers to remain commission qualified.
The It Works! compensation plan will pay out six levels or more of compensation for the highest ranking representatives.
Excessive levels in a downline is another sign participants are expected to sell primarily to their downline, rather than to the general public. This makes it an exploitative money transfer scheme. – Source The problem with 5 or more levels of compensation.
The average annual income for this business opportunity is $833.30. On Average you will lose money with this business opportunity when you take into account expenses. 95% of distributors on average make less than part time minimum wage. It Works! is a good opportunity to live in poverty. – Source It Works! Income Disclosure
One number that does not make sense in the income disclosure is they claim that 82% of all distributors stay with It Works! after their first year. With standard businesses about 25% close in the first year. With business opportunities like It Works! where the average distributor is losing money there is typically a 60%-90% drop out rate in the first year.
Because our products produce different results for different people, we do not guarantee specific results nor offer a money back guarantee.
In order for Distributors, Loyal Customers, and Retail Customers to receive a refund, all products must be returned within 30 days of purchase in re-saleable, un-opened, “new” condition. It Works! is not responsible for shipping costs. There will be a 10% re-stocking fee applied to all customer returns. – Source Myitworks.com
It Works! knows that their products do not produce consistent results and they have decided to not provide a money back guarantee. In my opinion, this is the exact reason why you should have a money back guarantee. When you say, “Expect “ultimate” results,” people who get no results should not have to pay you.
It Works! Scam Conclusion
In my opinion, the It Works! business opportunity is a scam. The average person that participates in this business opportunity loses money and almost everyone is making less than part time minimum wage on average. As a representative you are stuck selling a product that inconsistently works and does not provide a money back guarantee. There is little chance for you to make income selling the products at retail. Many representatives are using false claims about the products and opportunity to try and sell and recruit people into this scam. Avoid the It Works! business opportunity.