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Despite its 55+ year history, a question that I get asked all the time is, “Is Shaklee a scam?“, and smartly so. Even though it’s a very small minority of companies, you have to do your research to make sure that any company that you’re considering joining is both a legitimate business and that it offers a high quality product which you can stand behind as a business owner. Do they make the cut?

In-Depth Reviews To See if Shaklee Is Another Scam or Legit

Shaklee is a corporation based out of Pleasanton, CA which manufactures a wide variety of natural health and environmentally friendly aka “green” products ranging from  high quality vitamins and supplements, cellular anti-aging, natural weight loss, personal and skin care, and biodegradable cleaning concentrates.   Even though the company is the #1 natural nutrition company in the U.S. based on sales, they were also the first company in the world to be certified “Climate Neutral” (meaning they offset all their CO2 emissions and a zero net impact on the environment), which to me at least is extremely impressive.  Shaklee is proof that a company can do well financially while at the same time doing good for the environment. I’m looking at you, Monsanto…

Shaklee’s History

The company was founded in 1956 by Dr. Forrest Shaklee after spending  over 40 years researching vitamins and minerals and how they help promote health.  At the time, taking vitamins wasn’t a common practice in the U.S., so they chose the MLM business model to market the product directly to the consumer on a one-to-one basis. Starting in the early 60′s, Shaklee started manufacturing Basic-H, a biodegradable plant-based cleaning concentrate, which has remained one of their most popular products even to this day.

In 2004, the company was purchased by billionaire investor and current CEO, Roger Barnett, who has overseen Shaklee’s current meteoric growth phase with their products being featured on The Rachael Ray Show and even as one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things”. So far, so good right?

Does Shaklee Have a History of Scamming Distributors or Customers?

In my experience with network marketing  training, I’ve seen that most of the time when someone claims that a company is a scam, it’s because they were a former distributor that didn’t receive any real marketing training beyond “go talk to everyone you know”. Sure, talking about Shaklee or any other business with your friends and family is something that I recommend you do, but I don’t think a company should base its entire training program on talking to your best friend and brother-in-law. Does that make sense?

Just to be safe though, I checked into the company reviews with the Better Business Bureau to see if Shaklee has a history of  “scam complaints” or anything like that, and I’m happy to say that they currently have an A+ rating.

Is Shaklee a Scam?

From my research and experience, I would say NO. Here are a few points that I’ve considered:

  • Shaklee has been around for over 50 years. The real scams don’t last anywhere near that long before they’re discovered and shut down.
  • They offer a real, tangible products and is even the official nutrition sponsor of the US Olympic Ski Team. Pyramid schemes, like Bernie Madoff ran, don’t actually sell a real product or service.
  • Shaklee products are used by NASA and have even been endorsed by people like Rachael Ray and Oprah who have entire teams that watch out for possible scams.
  • They do business in 7 countries, so it’s unlikely that they would be able to fool 7 different governments. Wouldn’t you agree?
  • Shaklee has spent over $250 Million on research and development for their products. They’ve published numerous studies in peer-reviewed scientific journals which outline the effectiveness of their products.

Shaklee Is NOT a Scam

To be fair, in order to be successful in Shaklee, or any other network marketing company for that matter, you have to learn how to market your business outside of your friends and family. This often neglected fact is, in my opinion, the major reason why many people think companies like Shaklee may be a scam. They dive into a business thinking they’re going to make millions, and when their best friend decides not to join right away, they run out of people to talk to and end up quitting a few months later.

My recommendation is to discuss how your potential Shaklee sponsor is going to help you effectively market your business (my preference is online, but there are many ways to connect with people who are actively searching to join your business) once you’ve spoken with your warm market. If they can’t give you a good answer, then you might consider using a network marketing system to build your business or even finding another sponsor who can show you how to market your Shaklee business effectively.

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