HERBALIFE SCAM-YES IT IS- Don’t make the same mistake

My Review of Herbalife SCAM Yes it is- Don’t make the same mistake.

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This going to be less about how Herbalife scammed me but about people have used the name of Herbalife since 1980 as a legitimate business. HERBALIFE scam yes it is. opportunity to make money from unsuspecting individuals looking for a way to make extra income by becoming Herbalife product distributors.

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What is Herbalife and what do they sell?
Herbalife is a Multi-level Marketing company Started in 1980, Founded in Los Angeles California by Mark Hughes That is Valued at over $5 Billion dollars yes that is $5,000,000,000. They own several sports teams like Soccer’s LA Galaxy and FC Barcelona.
Pros: Herbalife promotes weight loss and nutrition products aimed at Overweight and obese people. Since fat can lead to Diabetes, Strokes, Heart attacks, Several forms of Cancer leading to Premature death.

CONS: Most of those people are middle and lower class latino customers in the amount of 300,000 to 400,000 Distributors and users of the Herbalife weight loss products in the USA are comprised of Latino people. Those 300,000 to 400,000 will quit this year and be replaced next year by more unwitting pawns to Herbalife’s dirty little secret.

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* 96% of Herbalife distributors Fail in a gradual decline of  over a 4-year period.
* 0.12% make an average of over $148,000 a year.
* 99% earn less than half of minimum wage.

* 88% of Herbalife participants make no $ money. 96% of sales leaders earn less than half of the pay of a minimum-wage job.

* 96% of sales leaders earn less than half of the money of a minimum-wage job.

* 96% EARN LESS THAN $3.63 Total.

* 66% of sales leaders drop out in the first year after many have spent $thousands just to start up a Herbalife Franchise.

The following video  produced by Pershing Square is several video testimonials from people that lost thousands of dollars to the Herbalife business model. 

Many of the people that Herbalife target for recruitment are looking for a way to get ahead in life financially but, end up going broke because of the amount of Herbalife product they had invested and lost money in their stores.

In this example, distributors are suggested to open stores/Clubs to sell the product but, In the end, you must recruit  new people into the business in order to continue the chain and make money for the upline millionaires.

This is another reason Not to join and become a Herbalife distributor.


 My Story

So how did I get involved with Herbalife?
I was looking around on the internet for a company that I could make money with on a part time basis to complement my full-time job. I filled out a form online and got a reply back in a day or two. A Herbalife dealer whose name I can no longer remember and I never got to meet in person sent me a personal welcome letter and introduction to the Herbalife business, Evey body gets this letter because the website is one of their ploys to get people into the Herbalife business. You will never meet or spend time with any of the corporate Heads in Herbalife unless you get lucky and make a bunch of money selling product for them somehow.

You fill out a short questionnaire about how fast you think you would like to be a builder of your business and how much money you would spend in a budget to get started as a distributor or just become a user of the product. So after this step I determined that I would like to be a distributor of the Herbalife product. I think personally this is how most people get started in the Herbalife business.


I got my credit card out and then bought into the Herbalife Business.Then a week later I received my first shipment of Herbalife product. The first shipment was well over $1000.00 Man was I a sucker I walked right into the lion’s mouth and dressed myself with BBQ sauce.

First Shipment

In the first shipment contained in two large boxes was vitamin pills diet, drink powder some mixing and measuring containers and give away packages to send away to your friends and family, who you hope if they are not offended by the contents of the package will become your first of many clients. The content of the package is energy drink in powder form and some flyers as an introduction to you as a Herbalife distributor. I think I used most of the contents of the box myself. Because I couldn’t sell any of it because it is very expensive and you can get it cheaper at a grocery store or pharmacy. The 2 products that I used the most were vanilla and chocolate protein powder. My favorite was chocolate it is low in sugar and has a great taste it was a little bit chalky but if you mixed it with some fruit it was ok. Then there was a bunch of different vitamins and supplements in bottles and  small cases to divide your vitamins up in your daily doses. They were also for sale, but I ended up using them up myself. There was also the wonderful and amazing instant Weight loss tea. It really was just like tea powder you add it to water for flavor in between meals. because the tannins in tea, will help curb craving for food and the water will keep you feeling full and most importantly hydrated. Thus helping you to lose weight and ultimately you will look and feel better.

 Training System

The training system came in the original shipment of product in a booklet form and online which explained and laid out the training for you to read and understand. Once a week I would get a training call from my upline manager which would be to motivate me to keep up with the training getting me ready to recruit more people into the Herbalife business. She was from Washington State on the west coast of the USA and I live in Ontario Canada.

The Method of Recruitment

The method I had chosen to use was called the biggest loser competition. You would invite people to come to your seminar. You would then become a weight loss coach for them, of course, your contestants are supposed to become your new customers because you would sell them the weight loss products to use during the competition. Ultimately the goal for the distributor is to bring the customers into your business/Pyramid and gain commissions from the sales they would make as Herbalife distributors. I never got that far and ran out of money before I got started on my weight loss competition, you have to rent a space to do the competition and supply all of the food and supplements for the first day until your competitors ordered their first shipment from you!

Ask yourself is this a fair practice do people with big dreams and small budgets deserve to be fooled and scammed out of their hard-earned money? I don’t think so now that I have seen the facts before my eyes.

In my opinion all Multi level Marketing is just a way for the rich to get richer and may be once in a while somebody gets lucky and finds a handful of people that believe in them and fall for his or her personality unlike some of the great lies of earths past.

So Far it sounds great doesn’t it But wait till you watch the video on the link I am providing for you to watch.


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Stories From Former Herbalife Distributors

I was scammed by them years ago. I was Soo Mad & Very Disappointed that they would treat people this way!
My Reply:
Don’t be surprised they do it over and over every year.
My boyfriend was interested in Herbalife, but he never followed through with marketing the products. He was given a hefty marketing book and a free website. It seemed legitimate to me. My only complaint was the price of the products. They seemed really pricey to me.
My Reply: 
I used the products and thought that it was good quality, but like you said the prices were on the high $ side compared to what’s available in a supermarket or drugstore.
Yes, I’ve been scammed by a similar program, Melaleuca. They both are Multi-level marketing scams in my opinion. Although they cannot really be considered pyramids because they do have products that supposedly offer some benefits. I never do MLM anymore. Got burned too many times.
My Reply:
I have heard of Melaleuca. I have never tried any of their products they sound just like most MLMs, My wife was contacted by them from an online source we did not pursue it because we have had enough of MLM.
I did Herbalife years ago. You can read my review here:
My Reply:
I agree with your review and i think to many people are getting ripped off by this huge company that is offering a dream and most often ends up as a nightmare.
Interesting stats, what authority do they come from?
Thanks for the source. Pershing Square Capital Management is owned by Bill Ackman a hedge fund billionaire who bet a billion for Herbalife shares to short. His disclaimer makes for interesting reading as well.Interesting how such a tiny snippet of Mark Hughes’ training was shown, so it’s out of context. Had the privilege of meeting him several times & attending many of his trainings, & of course Jim Rohn too.I was with Herbalife many years ago, before the Internet days! I absolutely loved it, love the MLM industry & the opportunity it gives the average person.It is no different to any other business model online or offline. There are always those that will push unethical practices (knew some of those too). It’s not for everyone, not everyone succeeds, even here! One does have to do the work & take responsibility for the choices one makes including buying more stock than one needs.I have several friends still in Herbalife (20+ yrs later), those making a fair living + those earning very well, with a good retail base. I have also witnessed many times newbies who went to work & overtook their up lines. So Pyramid? No way.I have a hard time swallowing when I hear ‘MLM + pyramid + scammed’.Well, you were looking for an emotional reaction lol.

My Reply:Are you in Herbalife now?

No Life circumstances took me in another direction. Going back has been tempting though dealing with physical products is no longer for me.


I did Herbalife back in the 1980’s.
I though the products were great, my up-line were helpful and supportive. I made money putting in very little time.
I often think about using the products again.
I would have nothing except nice things to say about them.
I was not scammed.
My Reply:
Are you in Herbalife now.
No What actually happened was I got into Real Estate where I was working 10 – 12 hours a day, seven days a week and making a boatload of money.You can read all about it here:I really didn’t have time for Herbalife. When I stopped I had 28 distributors that I turned over to my upline and I know they were well taken care of.There was never a time to go back to it.
Now, I work part-time at a job and I work full-time trying to build my online business.
 My Reply:
I am glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with Herbalife. I can’t say that too many people have had that much fun with it. Accounting for the large money expenditures with buying product and not being able to sell the over-priced goods.
in Europe nobody who knows about health supplements little bit more is buying such an expensive herbals from Herbalife.. MLM system is terrible and products too.. just my opinion. 😉
My Reply:
What more can one person say, Than what you have already expressed.
They got me and made me piss off a bunch of my family and friends.
My Reply:
I know what you are talking about I did the same thing with Amway and spent a lot of money I didn’t really have to spend.
Herbalife is very much so, not a SCAM! – their products are 100% legit. as long as they don’t promise you the cure for cancer, sclerosis and aids.
If you should ever across somebody doing this, please report them to Herbalife, and they will be banished, for life.
My Reply: I glad you are a happy customer because there are many millions who are not.
Hi, Dan. In a past life, I was a distributor for Herbalife. They are a multi-level marketing company – not a pyramid scheme as you buy product direct from the company regardless of whether you build a downline or not. I just hope they have improved the flavors of their products since those days. The real money is of course in the team building but then that reflects the sheer hard work you put into building and supporting your team.
My Reply:
RJ, Unfortunately, 96 percent of distributors will tell you something different. The failure rate is alarming even for some who were making good money or maybe they were just telling you a scam story to keep you going and buying more product.

Ladies and Gentlemen it looks like most of the people I asked about Herbalife are no longer in the business and the answer is pretty similar. No time for or moved on to a different phase in their life. Honestly, I think that they just got tired of chasing a dream. They got trapped on the Herbalife wheel and had to find another way to make money.

 That is all for MY Review of Herbalife, I hope you have been Educated.

Don’t Get Scammed Online!

Dan Labbe


23 thoughts on “HERBALIFE SCAM-YES IT IS- Don’t make the same mistake”

  1. Herbalife, AmWay, MarketAmerica, Maleleuca, and the list goes on. These MLMs, built on so-called matrix marketing rather than pyramids all share one thing… “being your own business” is the bait. The Hook is the hype about how much money YOU can make. In reality we should be looking at how much $$ we are making them by locking ourselves into “shopping contracts”.

    Typically, YOU are the only one who will be consuming the products you commit to purchase… month after month. Their products (which can be purchased through any grocery) are escalated in cost to cover the expenses of their cost of goods (specialized labeling).

    And please don’t have stepped into purchasing their promotional materials (like I did). The only way to consume all that fodder is in the fireplace.

    Anyone wanting to pursue such fake “business opportunities” should be educated and warned against the financial pitfalls. Keep up your good work calling to this your reader’s attention.

    1. Thank you, Loretta.
      Most of the things you say are true. I am sure that not all of them are scammers, but I sure would like to meet some of the people who have been at it more than a couple of years that are rich now or that have not given up yet.
      I fell for the brain-washing techniques, It is a good system for the real con men to make tons of money, I just could not find enough suckers who would beleave my BULL. \oo/

  2. Wow Dan, I had no idea that Herbalife was such a scam operation. Are they trying to model Amway? This is a terrible trick to play on people who are really trying to look after their health. Even worse to be conning people who are trying to find an honest way to earn an income. I am really glad you discovered the truth for yourself and are willing to share it. Thank you. http://creationnorth.com/

    1. “Tell the truth and the truth shall set you free” Most people I have talked with about this are not in #Herbalife any more so goes to prove the 96% drop out rate. The stats do not lie. I will go with Wealthy Affiliate and do an #honest and #ethical way of making money online

  3. Great information.
    I think whenever you have to pay a lot of money in advance, before you can make money of it, it is better to stay away from it. (I fell into this trap a few times, too.)
    Of course you sometimes have to invest SOME money before you can make money, like advertising, but it shouldn’t be as much as the 1000,- you paid for the first shipment.

    That’s the beauty of affiliate marketing. Sure, you need a domain, web hosting and maybe some ads, but you don’t have to buy products. You can just recommend them to others and will get your commision based on your referrals.

    Good luck

    1. I will never fall for the MLM Scams again unless of course it is free to join. I feel that affiliate marketing is the way to go. Wealthy Affiliate is a great program to learn the system of Affiliate Marketing. I am also learning a great deal of information from other companies as well that are free.

  4. I had a totally different experience with Herbalife.
    There was no internet when I found out about Herbalife, I read a handwritten flyer that was taped to a lamppost. It read, “Lose Weight… Make Money… Ask Me How”
    I needed to lose weight and making money always sounds good to me. I called the number and spoke to a woman named Barabara, she invited me over to her apartment, where we talked.
    We talked for a while, she suggested I try some products to lose weight, no pressure. I tried the products, I lost 30 pounds in 30 days and went back to Barabara to reorder. She saw me and asked how I was doing. I told her.
    She asked if I would like to help other people to lose weight, buy my products at a discount and make a commission on what people ordered from me. I said, “Yes!”
    I loved the products, I made money from the first day I started as a distributor (with Barbara’s help). If I hadn’t gotten into Real Estate full time I don’t think I would have ever left. I ended up with 28 distributors who I turned over to Barbara when I stopped.
    The products were great, my upline was very helpful, I never had a return and the money for the time I spent doing the business was above average, way above average.
    No complaint from me.
    There are worst ways of making money than helping people to lose weight.

    1. Thank you, Phil.
      You, fortunately, are one of the people that got involved with Herbalife that actually made money and really had a great experience and good memories. Unfortunately, not everyone had a really kind upline manager that cared and was not in it to take all of your contacts and turn them into her downline and suck the money out of their business.
      I am not saying that all upline will be leeches but, in many of these MLM companies it’s all about the $money$ and greed can get the best of even the most honest people.
      I didn’t stick around long enough to lose my shirt and a lot of people have been ripped off and will be by their Herbalife upline managers.
      In my case, my sponsor was in Washington State. I live in Ontario Canada. I had her send me a picture by email just so I could see who I was dealing with on the Phone once a week, She seemed like a nice person until Obama got voted in, She wouldn’t talk about that, We really had no common connection other than Herbalife.
      I used the products that I purchased I and enjoyed them I would even recommend the shakes for people that need to lose a few pounds.
      I just don’t beleave in the Pyramid style of sales involved and the way the company uses the Big dream method to hook new distributors into the sales and marketing part of the business.
      I have a page on my website dedicated to Herbalife products that I Sell as an affiliate of amazon.ca, Go To:
      Have a great weekend.

  5. Hey Dan,
    Great review on HerbalLife, I remember looking into this before with my wife and after reading your post here I am really glad we never ended up going through with it. Enjoyed learning more about them here Thanks.

    1. Hi, Jesse like I have said before the products are not the problem, Its the system and the way that MLM companies like Herbalife will use the BIG DREAM to hook people in.
      Thank you for your comment.

  6. Hi there. Thanks for this post. I never thought this is another pyramiding scam. My mother is a current member of this. The house has Herbalife products all over. I can see her protein shakes, some kind of tea for weight loss, and some pills. I don’t know what else she has as I don’t ask her that much about Herbalife products. She is the one using it mostly. She is also now a weight loss coach. I tried to talk her out of it. I challenged her to determine how much she is earning. She won’t say it to me. I know she’s not earning anything. She said that if ever she can’t sell, she also uses the product and have the health benefits of using it. She thinks she is saving by buying it at cost. I asked her how much is the protein powder. She told me the price and I was shocked. The protein powder is about 1 lbs and its price is equivalent to 5 lbs of my brand of whey protein that I used during my workout. I don’t even know if that is quality protein or if it was mixed with useless ingredients. My protein powder is pure quality whey protein. I give her a monthly allowance and all I discovered is she is using it to buy these products. There are times when I share some of my whey protein to her because she will tell me she already run out and has no money to buy Herbalife protein powder for the month. I don’t know how to convince her more. I’m sure this article will help. Do you think you can provide some price comparison of Herbalife products with similar, useful and less expensive products out there? I don’t want her to spend her money on this. And I don’t think she will easily let go of those products. She should be enjoying her money and use it for something else. http://reviewtvshows.com/

  7. I was scammed by a water filter MLM in the 80’s. It makes you feel sick. I never bought into Herbalife or the products but they’re virtually all the same. It’s about selling people the idea of the business and no retailing the product. Thank god for WA!

    1. Hi, Peter I remember that company just can’t remember the name of the company. There is another company around selling something like that now. I watched a Marketplace investigation piece about them and how they scammed putting a chemical in as a test liquid that would make the water turn brown and sludgy so the customers would buy the whole filtration product.
      Amway also has a water filtration system that is sold in their MLM it may be the one that I was thinking of before.
      I know how it feels when the MLM you were thinking was going to help you get rich is just a bunch of salespeople trying to sell you a dream and all it is was just a sales pitch. I did all the training and running around to the meetings, showed the sales plan to hundreds of people and got nowhere and just spent a lot of money I could have used on better things and when I ran out of leads I was ignored and swept to the side for the NEXT sucker. OH the people that are left behind or are not interested in joining are unkindly called losers. I took me a few years before I tried Herbalife and was met with even more disappointment and a bill for products in excess of $1000.
      Now that I have found Wealthy Affiliate I will never go back to an MLM because here we help people become independent business owners through #affiliate marketing with a complete #training program and thousands of people to help you learn how to build your #business.

  8. Hello,
    I have read many of the comments on Herbalife. I became a member of this organization a few years ago, and I consider it a Scam.
    I paid over $3,000 in supplies that I had stored in my Shed. As another Commenter stated, they were too high in cost to resale. In the end, I got tired of storing them, and I put all the boxes on the curb.
    I flew to California for a Conference, the only food they had was powdered drinks and other foods that weren’t what I would call “real food.” I couldn’t believe a large company like this couldn’t give us regular food.
    After losing a lot of money, I had a member that was my mentor, I forgot the right name. I told her what I felt the company was doing. She thanked me; she said that she was spending a lot of money, but she didn’t see things as I began to see them. She also got out of this organization. I didn’t have any positive experiences with Herbalife. Thank you.

    1. Hi, Prince thank you for reading my article and leaving a positive comment. many people feel the same about Herbalife as many do not. I did a lot of research and was a member of this multi-billion dollar scam just as you. I tried to sell the product and many of my friends thought it was too expensive for what it was. I used as much as I could personally and tossed the rest in the garbage the same way you did. I was also a member of Amway and also found the same results. Overpriced product and Expensive trips to conferences and weekly, meeting to keep your spirits up in order to keep you in the business, ordering product and training materials in hope of building a large pyramid under you. The only ones that earn any money are the guys at the top that started when Amway and Herbalife was new and we didn’t have access to forms and websites warning people of the scams. I am from Canada and the big meetings are in Cleveland Ohio so a trip to those were very costly. I don’t recommend Herbalife or Amway as a way of making money unless you are a very slick salesperson or have a large group of influential friends that beleave all the BULLSHIT you feed them. I still think that Affiliate marketing is the way to make real money on the internet. So if you want to build a website and make some money. I recommend Wealthy Affiliate University they have a complete training program and tons of training videos to teach a complete computer beginner to build a website with beautiful pages and real content that can build trust with search engines to get you to the top of google in a matter of weeks as long as you ready and willing to do the training and work at it because its not a get rich quick schemes like Herbalife or Amway.

      1. Hello, Dan,
        I ‘ve been away for a while and I haven’t had the time to read my comments. When I started with Herbalife, I had come into over $3,000 from an Asbestos Settlement. I invested all of this money into Herbalife because I was thinking it was a good opportunity for me to make some extra money.

        This wasn’t a wise thing for me to do, I lost all of that money and I haven’t received an opportunity to receive as much as that in the future. I am taking a closer look at the reputation of companies before I get involved. Wealthy Affiliate has lived up to everything that they say they can offer toward training me to make money online. I have no regrets for signing up for Wealthy Affiliate Training Platform. Take care, Dan.

        1. Hey Prince, I am sure you’re not the only person that has had the same experience that have had with Herbalife. They seem to be a good business, but after spending the money and doing the trainings it sure is difficult to build a following. Weight loss products are a good niche, but you need a large network to make money at it. Thanks for your honest input. Wealthy Affiliate is good and Honest training. You just have to put in the time and effort.

  9. Herbalife the real business opportunity for people with low capital at hand and the will to work hard .
    The business model is based on the fact that distributor is also a consumer . Instead of buying bulk volume from Herbalife and retailing , A distributor just has to rope in new members . It is not a pyramid scheme because a member can supersede his enlisted by a complex calculation involving volume and number of new members he or she enlists.

    1. Thanks for telling us about your brainwash truth if you read the whole article you will see how many people that are hard working don’t get anywhere with the Herbalife business model.
      I removed the links you spammed my comment section with.
      That is not going to be a backlink for you today Immi and you will not get me to join Herbalife.

  10. Dear Dan,
    Thank you for this important review on Herbalife. In most MLM, on a few distributors actually make money, the rest are worst than people on minimum wage. Very informative website, Keep up the good work.
    Thank you,

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