AdvoCare was founded in 1993. AdvoCare is a Multi-Level Marketing company that distributes health, weight management, meal plan, and supplement products to distributors. Charles Ragus founded the company in 1993. Ragus had a rich background as an entrepreneur, businessperson, and NFL star.
The founder was a regional vice president for Fidelity Union Insurance, worked for Herbalife, and played defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs briefly. Currently, Richard Wright is the President and CEO of the company. AdvoCare is a direct sales company.
Besides selling the 70+ products offered by AdvoCare, distributors can earn additional "overrides" (more compensation) from newer distributors in the sales network. AdvoCare's distributors, according to their financial disclosure statements, stated that distributors could make up to 40% commissions on every product they sell.
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AdvoCare has many good things going for it besides its weight reduction and health products. Here is what we found out about AdvoCare's compensation plan for distributors, called the "5 Ways to Earn Income":
AdvoCare doesn't just help customers manage their weight. We also felt that AdvoCare did a good job taking care of its distributors with its Debt Buster program.
In the industry, many companies claimed that their sales networks helped its members achieve financial independence, yet AdvoCare was the only one we reviewed that had a debt reduction program for its individual distributors.
The Debt Buster program is simple. It is a series of online calculators that help individuals figure out how to pay their debt off quickly.
The idea is that distributors can use their additional income to pay off their debt.
The company does its best to provide the best business opportunity possible for its distributors. AdvoCare's product listings were also some of the best in the industry. We looked at their SYS Night product for skin care.
Even though the three prices were somewhat confusing (explained later in the review), we found some good information on the product description page, which included the following:
AdvoCare also has no autoship requirements, unlike many other health companies.
AdvoCare provides customers with a wide variety of health and supplement products to help them reach their nutritional goals. The company's goal is to help people lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle with its AdvoCare diet and weight loss products.
Additionally, AdvoCare has a wide range of other nutritional products, including:
People who are interested in the AdvoCare business opportunity will enjoy the lack of sales or purchase requirements. This is especially advantageous because AdvoCare offers a 20-40 percent discount on products to distributors. If there are no requirements for distributors, then anyone is able to get these discounts.
Many MLMs suck in their distributors by requiring a monthly product purchase in order to qualify for commissions. Because AdvoCare does not require monthly purchases, distributors can learn to sell at their own pace.
An issue that we had with AdvoCare was the confusing nature of the prices listed with each product. There is a distributor and advisor product price listed. The pricing structure for each product was not communicated clearly to us until we phoned in. The distributor pays the "distribution" cost listed on the website. We also had a few issues with the product catalog ordering mechanism. While individual, distributor, and advisor prices are listed, the buy button takes the user to the "find a distributor" page.
AdvoCare is not foreign to lawsuits and other forms of controversy. Here are a few instances:
On Glassdoor, we found some reviews that indicated that distributors were occasionally let go by senior managers on their sales network. Also, the $50 annual fee was a little excessive. Other MLM companies that we reviewed didn't charge anything beyond the initial signup fee to continue to sell the product.
While the majority of customer and distributor reviews for AdvoCare are positive, there are a small number of highly alarming and negative AdvoCare reviews. One customer suggested that AdvoCare products gave her a kidney infection after a month of using the product.
Not all AdvoCare distributors are fans either. One distributor claimed that AdvoCare would take customers' card information and purchase products for them, sending the products to their house to make it not look like a fraud. Another distributor quit after finding that she could not make enough sales to make a profit.
However, she also stated that she still loves and trusts AdvoCare's health, nutrition, and weight loss products.
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I was a distributor under a friend and I was told I would get help trying to make a business but I never got that support. they say spark gives you energy yea right I never got that boost of energy.
I would give no stars,if I could, to this company. What they do is conduct fraud not business. They steal a card number buy their products on it, usually $300-$700 worth of it, then send a product to a customer who didn't want it. Then the customer says "what's this in my mail box?" Or what happened to me, they FedEx expressed their crap to me and I sent it back because I never ordered any of their craptastic products and my name is not Audrey Jennings which is who they addressed it to. But they send you something to your address because then it doesn't look like fraud, it looks like you ordered something. Great gig advocare, (*eye roll) but you've got it coming to you. Stealing is a crime, fraud is a crime and it's only a matter of time before you pay for your crimes against unsuspecting hardworking people just trying to pay their bills and feed their families.
I am NEW advocare advisor. I am loving it! It's not easy... but is any sales job? What you get in is what you get out. And the products are out of this world amazing!
love the company, the products and what it's done for my health and my family.
I used AdvoCare for a month and ended up with a bad kidney infection from it.
Have had great success with advocare products. Love them
I have been an Advisor for Advocare a little over 8 months. The products are great, the compensation plan is great but most of all the leadership does a great job taking care of their Advisors with Continuing Education and new product development. I have been taking the products for over two years have lost 25 lbs and truly believe in each product I sell.
Love this company! Great products and the reasearch behind them. The leadership is amazing and the companies overall compassion for their advisors and the community is unreal!
Advocare is simply amazing! Tons of results from various men and women from different ethnic and social backgrounds have reported changes in Heath and wellness! The support, coaching and relationships that I have experienced have changed my life and those around me forever! The products are superior and the business side of Advocare is extremely lucrative!! Hands down the best ever!!
I loved the advocare... Before they changed something in the formula, I have had multiple people who was at advisor stage quit selling. I myself have quit. I worked my butt off to sale and got so close to my next discount but they wanted me to sale 1800.00 in two weeks. People can not afford this. I lost what I sold towards my next discount. Discouraged yes. But like all diet and healthy stuff eating right and exercise is the main thing.
Advocare is a great religious MLM with a great product, they have fantastic leader like Todd and Donna Cash, and many more. I have not been in the company actively for many years and still have people asking about getting spark energy drink.
Love the company, team, products, training and compensation plan! Love that so many unpaid professional and olympic athletes endorse the products!