It has been about two months since I posted the story about herbalife and the work from home signs, so I thought I'd better post a follow-up story. I get a lot of email regarding herbalife, both positive and negative. Some people thank me for saving them money, others chastise me for demonizing their product. I defend my position, herbalife is no good, but it is pretty hard to convince anyone that has their life invested in herbalife.

First of all, I have to say that the plastic herbalife sign problem is on the way out. Herbalife issued an edict forbidding posting of telephone pole and traffic-pole signs.

It seems that one particular organization of herbalife distributors, known as "Newest Way to Wealth", were very efficient at promoting the sign method of distributor-recruitment. Herbalife corporate took their sweet time changing the rules, but finally released a new policy, effective April 30, 2002. No more signs on telephone poles, traffic signals or other illegal places in North America.

Part of the announcement read, "While our signs are intended to promote Herbalife’s products and business opportunity in a positive light, they are unfortunately producing a negative image of the company." on the same memo, it states, "Use fliers just like pull-tabs, to saturate your area with these extremely effective sales tools."


I wish I could take credit for the new sign policy, but my article wasn't posted until after herbalife issued it (March 23rd, 2002).

I also have a couple clarifications/corrections regarding the first article:

  • Herbalife distributors do not have to sign up for the HAP. In other words, they do not have to buy any herbalife products for personal use. That is optional.
  • A basic, stripped-down version of the IBP is available in the USA for $49 or $79. Some herbalife distributors bundle it with products and sell it for $299, but if you go to the herbalife corporate site, you can search for "IBP" and buy one for $49 or $79. Of course, you have to know the name of the company to do this, so it isn't an option for most new recruits.
  • The $34 for the "decision kit" is fully refundable within 60 days. You should contact the party you bought it from to get a refund. 

Speaking of the decision kit, here is a good method of determining whether or not you want to keep it: Did you really think you were just going to get a cheerleading brochure, CD-ROM and video tape, or did you think they were going to tell you how to make $15,000 a month? Did they lie to you? Did you order the kit so you could learn the name of their organization? Is that really worth $34?

Did you know that the $34 decision kit is actually a test to see if you can be transformed into an industrious herbalife worker?  Here is a quote from a Sixty-Minute Money email.

It's also designed to "weed out" people who say they are serious but really don't have what it takes. Sure there are many lonely people who would have nothing better to do but to write emails to us all day about it, asking this question and that question. Many lonely people who would order anything online that's free, whether they are serious or not. But we're not looking for the many . . . . we are looking for the few . . . and besides that we need our time to work with our team.

Where they wrote "lonely", just substitute "sharp".  If you bought one and you feel ripped off, for heaven's sake, don't keep it, send that junk back! If you have trouble getting your money back, contact me for a phone number where you can get get help from the parent corporation.

I'd also like to warn you that this epilogue isn't as spine-tingling as the first story. It is less detective work & revelation and more reprinted email & bookkeeping.

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Original "work at home" article from March 2002 | July 11, 2002 | cockeyed home | Copyright 2002