Beware! Univera is a Pyramid Scheme in Disguise

Univera is a Multi-Level Marketing company operating in the Health and Wellness niche market. Its corporate history and the uniqueness of its business offerings make it stand out as an opportunity to earn.

Technically, Univera cannot be said to be a Ponzi or pyramid scheme. It looks perfect. A close consideration reveals, though, that Univera is not perfect enough.

Talking about perfection, Univera seems relatively transparent about its corporate information. Detailed information about its owners (Yunho and Bill Lee) and its managers ( Dr. Michael Kaufman( Chairman) and Dr. J Thomas Acklin (Managing Director) ) as well as other members of management could be found on its website.

Also, Univera sells naturally derived revitalizing health and wellness products. A browse through its products catalogue shows that it covers ” bone and joint care, digestive health, energy and mental health, immune health, optimal health, superfoods, and weight management”. These products are mostly Aloe Vera based and are made while ” applying pharmaceutical standards to botanical product development.”

Unlike most companies in the health and wellness market, Univera is highly certified. It boasts of over 200 patents and pending patents in 27 areas of product research. All seems to be well with Univera. Smart investors would not overlook its imperfections though.

The first imperfection is Univera’s high start up and high maintenance cost. The cost of startup and product purchase is appalling given that in the MLM world, earnings are not guaranteed.

Also, Univera is not in the early business momentum phase. Investors should be careful. Univera might be waning.

Prospective investors would find out upon investing that the claims of being able to make a lot from univera is exaggerated. It structure ensures that only a few hard working early adopters make money at the expense of new investors. The sales quota to be met is too high for newly recruited investors.

Yes, Univera has a structure that supports the recruitment of new investors. It does not thrive on it though, and that technically makes it ineligible to be tagged a Ponzi scheme. Yet, individual investors have to sell Univera’s products and recruit others to do so. One gets an image of a Pyramid scheme in disguise.

Univera saves marketing costs by letting normal people do the advertising and promotion job though it pushes a win-win image to investors. Univera pays commissions to investors for selling products and recruiting others to do the same.

In all, studies have proven that a majority of investors in MLM lose money. Univera might not crash should recruitment stall but a crash is foreseeable as existing investors begin to cash out on their investments because of the difficulty in meeting the sales quota.


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