Plexus Worldwide

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Plexus Worldwide

$99 startup cost option and a low yearly fee of $35

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Plexus Slim is a weight management product developed by the health and diet supplements company Plexus Worldwide. The network marketing company was founded in 2006 by CEO Tarl Robinson, International President Alfred Pettersen, and Chief Marketing Officer Alec Clark.

The management team at Plexus Worldwide has over 60 years in combined direct selling experience in the weight loss supplements industry. The company is committed to providing its Ambassadors with a rewarding business opportunity and life-changing products. The company's headquarters are located in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The company generated over $500 million in revenue in 2017. The privately-held company employs under 200 people.

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The Good

  • Product Variety and Quality
  • Product Testing
  • Startup Cost and Enrollment
  • Compensation Plan and Bonuses

Product Variety and Quality

Plexus Worldwide offers a variety of supplements and body creams to help with nutrition, skin health, and weight loss, including Plexus Bio Cleanse, Plexus XFactor Plus, and Plexus MetaBurn. The most popular product is Plexus Slim.

Plexus Slim is a dietary supplement designed to help with weight loss. It is in a powdered form that is designed to be mixed in water to help consumers burn calories and fat. The product does not contain caffeine and is safe for consumers with diabetes.

The product also claims to help consumers obtain healthy cholesterol, lipid, and blood sugar levels.

Consumers mix the product in a bottle of water and drink 30 minutes before meals. The product can be taken one to two times per day, and consumers generally see results in around two weeks.

The product works by suppressing appetite and the bests results are achieved with a healthy diet and exercise.

Product Testing

Plexus Slim is not a meal replacement product. For those concerned about possible negative side-effects of using Plexus Slim, the company has conducted several clinical tests on all ingredients used in its products.

Plexus Worldwide has also conducted clinical testing on some of its products, Plexus Slim included.

Startup Cost and Enrollment

Individuals can enroll in Plexus Worldwide's business opportunity for $35/year. Two additional product packages are available for $99 and $199 at the time of enrollment.

These product packs qualify individuals to receive commissions and bonuses. Fifty percent of these packages are paid to the sponsor.

Compensation Plan and Bonuses

The first three Ambassadors above the sponsor are paid 25 percent, 15 percent, and 10 percent consecutively. The company offers a 50 percent guaranteed payout every month. The company's revenue gained from gross product volume is placed in one of four pools.

At the end of each month, these pools are paid out to Qualified Ambassadors. Retail commissions are paid monthly and business building bonuses on new ambassador product package purchases are paid weekly.

Ambassadors receive their own replicated website and are able to purchase products at wholesale prices.

Ambassadors can give their retail customers two choices. Customers can either purchase inventory stock directly or make a purchase online through a credit card.

There is a $35 annual fee to maintain the replicated website. Preferred Customers have the option to receive products each month through the company's autoship plan.

After three months, the Preferred Customer receives a 10 percent discount on their product purchases. This discount remains in effect for as long as the consumer remains a Preferred Customer.

The company also offers a 60-day money back guarantee for all Plexus Slim products.

The Bad

  • Transparency Issues
  • Side Effects

Transparency Issues

Plexus could do better by being more transparent. The cost of the opportunity and the products are not listed on the company's website, though company representatives have confirmed that all Plexus line products are under $40 (with the exception of Plexus Slim).

Potential customers seeking to find the costs of the products have to click through several different pages on the website to find the prices. The FDA issued a warning letter to the company that said three products were "not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above-referenced uses."

The letter went on to state that the drugs were misbranded and the company needed to take prompt action to correct the violations. It should be noted, however, that Plexus Worldwide did rectify the advertising violations outlined by the FDA, and is now completely compliant with FDA regulations.

The FDA has also cited the company's website for several other infractions, including incorrect dosing instructions and false claims. In the past, the website had read more like a medical website than one featuring supplements. The company corrected the infractions with a website makeover.

The company does have a customer service department to reach for support or problems with orders, but only during limited business hours.

Side Effects

A number of side effects have been reported by customers on Amazon.com. The most common symptoms appear to be constipation and bloating. The products contain several ingredients with unsupported scientific benefits and negative side effects such as garcinia cambogia and green coffee bean extract.

Other side effects include heartburn, nausea, dizziness, and chest pain. In response to these side effects, a company representative has stated that the side effects of bloating or diarrhea are caused by either not following instructions fully, or the die-off of bad bacteria in the system.

They say this is easily corrected by continuing to take the supplements to eliminate the bad bacteria from the body.

The Bottom Line

Plexus Slim is designed for consumers seeking a simple way to lose weight.

The cost to join is average for the industry and the compensation plan overall is decent. The products are a bit on the expensive side for most consumers, however.

The products are safe for diabetic consumers, contain no caffeine, and works as an appetite suppressant to be taken with water before meals. Some Plexus products and ingredients have gone through clinical trials to ensure consumer safety. Distributors receive a 50 percent commission on product sales.

The product is not guaranteed to help consumers lose weight. Consumers are advised to proceed with caution and investigate the company thoroughly for themselves before making a decision to invest in the business opportunity or the product line.

Those interested in distributing Plexus weight loss assistance products should be sure to understand the terms and conditions and the compensation plan.

Individuals considering using Plexus products should be sure to consult with a medical professional.

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Carmen Ostrander
March 19th, 2016 Pittsburgh, PA

This is the best thing I've ever done For both my health and my finances. I started with slim, went to triplex, and now use the fab 5. I've lost 30 pounds since the end of October and feel amazing! My mom is hooked to the body cream and ease cream! Best thing for our whole family!

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Darla Crooks
February 24th, 2016 Kingfisher, OK

Best decision I ever made ... physically, medically and financially. PLEXUS is a class act company. I read many of the complaints on the BBB. Many of them were from people who did not want to honor the contract they signed when they signed up. The company isn't perfect and they have certainly had growing pains, but for the millions of people they serve and as fast as they are growing, the number of complaints is really pretty low. I LOVE PLEXUS!

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Tim
February 24th, 2016 Cameron, MO

I have lost 20 Lbs in 6 weeks of being on Plexus! they have helped me immensely!! I love the Slim, Pro bi5 and Bio Cleanse

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Ann Bedard
February 19th, 2016 Phoenix, AZ

I have lost 75 pounds on the Plexus Slim, and Boost. I use all their products and have felt awesome. ..numerous family members have benefited with their products. I will be a Plexus Ambassador / customer the rest of my life... Oh by the way there is customer service and they just built a 100,000 + square feet building in Scottsdale Arizona

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Valerie Mowat DeKam
February 4th, 2016 Traverse City, MI

Love the fab five-triplex plus xfactor and mega X. Have found relief from pop addiction, anxiety, have balanced hormones, stronger immune as evidenced by decrease in sinus infections and clearer skin. I love what it is also doing for my friends and family!

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Kristie Powell
December 11th, 2015 Simi Valley, CA

I love the products. Especially, the Slim, Biocleanse, and Probio5.

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Ethan “slickshot88” Johnston
September 24th, 2015 Conroe, TX

Have faithfully used the Plexus Products for 2 years and have maintained weight loss, My whole family benefits from the products and we have experienced relief with cravings, energy, Candida, heart health and more. Awesome Benefits and the Ambassador is always in complete control of their back office.