After stumbling on Donald Trump’s MLM quote after being asked what he would do if he were to start all over again by David Letterman in an interview. He responded
l would find a good network marketing company and get to work.
So, l also got to work to find how Trump’s products sold through network marketing performed on the market.
Donald Trump Network Marketing Company.
Donald Trump in 2009 bought a company called Ideal Health which had been formed 2 years earlier. He employed the company founders as the executives to assist in the transition of the company into a fully fledged network marketing company.
The company was renamed Donald Trump Network and was said to be a way for American to ‘opt out of the recession‘. Lets see if the network marketing model lived up to the hype?
Just like many other network marketing companies, donaldtrumpnetwork.com sold both the network’s ‘name’ and supplements. There was compensation for referring new people to the network and also for selling supplements.
So, you would make money by selling the brand ‘Donald Trump’ and various supplements which Ideal Health has been producing all along. The difference being that, the products where now being auto-shipped to clients every month.
New clients would get a urine test kit to collect a sample of their urine. The urine would be send to a laboratory which would come up with a list of deficiencies noted from the analysis of your urine. The testing was for free.
Various supplements in different combinations were then prescribed and would be send to the client or members of the network each month. This was definitely an innovative way to instill fear into clients before milking them of their cash.
Imagine if your would find out that your urine test results shows ‘critical low levels of certain vitamins’. A retest was encouraged after 6 months so that you get yet yet another list of additional vitamins.
As usual, there is NO scientific evidence to demonstrate the efficacy of using a ‘urine test‘ to ‘prescribe‘ supplements. Worse still, there is an obvious conflict of interest when a company tests your urine in order to sell you their products.
Did the Network Bail Americans Out of Recession?
l doubt it. Donald Trump purchased Ideal Health which was already grappling with complaints by both employees and clients.
The network in fact added misery to the American people who had to part with $500 to become members. Desperate network members bought endless lists of up-sells in the name of leadership training and spend hundreds of dollars on advertising.
More money was spend on upgrading membership which was up to five levels. With the usual promise, ‘the higher your status; the high the commissions you will earn’.
Eventually, the company shut its doors and sold the urine testing kit to a company called Bioceutica.
Was Donald Trump Network a Scam?
Yes it was in my opinion. This is what one of the Executive Diamond members, Bonnie Futrell had to say
“They weren’t being able to pay the laboratory for urine tests. They weren’t paying vendors. They weren’t paying us”.
Not paying affiliates and pocketing all the money is one of the worst scams ever. However, paying network members on time does not necessarily mean a program is legit.
For now, Trump you can keep your network marketing, l will stick to affiliate marketing.
Share your opinion or experience with this company? l have shared mine.
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