"Jamberry is our FAMILY"....
That's what I usually hear from Jamberry associates.
They also claim that the company has given them the financial freedom to live the life they desire.
At the same time, I have heard many Jamberry Nails complaints claiming that the company is a pyramid scheme and that their products are just a cover-up for the scheme.
But for me, these claims are a little exaggerated.
In this Jamberry Nails review, we will discuss (1) if Jamberry Nails is a scam, (2) can you make money from the opportunity, and (3) whether or not you should join the company as an associate.
Name: Jamberry Nails (BeneYou)
Founders: Christy Hepworth, Lyndsey Hepworth, and Keri Evans
Price to Join Business Opportunity: $29.95
Business Opportunity Rating:
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What is Jamberry Nails?
Jamberry is a Utah-based Multi-level Marketing (MLM) Company founded by 3 sisters back in 2010.
It didn't start as an MLM company though. The sisters began selling nail-wraps directly to their customers through an eCommerce website.
The idea of Jamberry was to allow ladies to bond nail wraps to their nails on their own (in other words "DIY Nail Wraps").
Back in the days, having pretty nails is only possible through expensive nail salons.
And because they entered the Nail Wrap market right when Nail Art becomes popular, the business soared.
And that's when Jamberry started to hire "consultants" to host home parties to spread the word. You can learn more about how Jamberry began here.
BeneYou has retained the legacy of Jamberry, which includes the website, product line, the associates, etc.
That's why most of the people still call the company as Jamberry.
The Pros & Cons of the Jamberry Business
- Cheap membership fee (compared to other MLM companies)
- If you are passionate about sharing Nail Arts with others, you will love this business;
- Most of the associates are willing to help you
- You don't have to maintain an inventory
- The Nail Art industry was popular back in 2012, but it is slowly losing momentum;
- There are many competitors in the market. Consumers do not necessarily "need" to buy from Jamberry;
- You can't rely on product sales to be successful. You need to build a team of associates (recruiting);
- The cost of running the business may outweigh the incentive;
- Traditional marketing methods (that do not work anymore) are the only methods taught to new associates;
If you are considering joining the Jamberry business, you may be interested to know...
More Than 95% of Jamberry Associates Do Not Earn a Decent Income. Why?
Trust me. this is not a statistic I plugged from the sky. This information is disclosed by the company.
Let's discuss 4 main reasons why so many Jamberry Associates are not earning a decent income.
I mean the company promoted the business opportunity as a way to "ditch your 9 - 5 job", right? Is this false advertising?
#1 The Nail Art Trend is Losing Momentum
Let us first talk about the industry as a whole because it affects every Jamberry associate.
I would say that the main culprit is the rise of eCommerce over the years. It becomes so easy for anyone to start a business.
Anyone can source for beautiful nail art designs from countries like China, and sell them through Amazon FBA.
Nowadays, consumers are spoiled with choices, and they have absolutely no reason to buy from Jamberry unless their design is exquisite. Don't you agree?
If you have a different point of view, please share it in the comments section.
#2 Not Enough Leads to Grow the Business
Let's be honest, the ONLY WAY to be successful with Jamberry is through recruiting. In other words, building a team of associates.
If associates are solely relying on traditional marketing methods (which we will discuss next), they will eventually run out of leads.
My personal experience dictates that lesser than 1% of all prospects will join the business as an associate.
And, almost 90% of all associates will quit the business within their first 6 months.
It means that for any associates to grow a successful business, she will need to have an endless stream of new prospects.
But the problem is, the majority of the associates do not have thousands of people in their contact list.
#3 The Cost Outweighs the Benefits
Let's say you manage to sell "TruShine Gel Enamel System" at retail price for $120, which is one of the most expensive products...
You will earn a retail profit of $24 (See Product Listing).
Don't forget; you may incur expenses like the gas and coffee money, and the cost of hosting a party (if you are hosting one). What about the opportunity cost? You could have used the time to do something else.
So, you can quickly see that the value of your profits depleting.
Unfortunately, the majority of the associates are only taught how to promote the Jamberry business to the warm market.
You see, the warm market consists of your friends, your family, and the people around you.
And the moment an associate share the products or business with them, what would the people in the warm market do?
Do a Google search, right?
What happens next is that they will either disappear or block you on Facebook or Whatsapp. Sound familiar?
How Does Jamberry Work? Things You Need to Know Before Joining!
#1 The Jamberry Products
There is a wide variety of Jamberry products.
And of course, Jamberry's main product line is the Nail Wraps. There are many beautiful designs, and the price ranges between $15 to $17.50.
The regular sheet contains 18 nail wraps, and the Junior sheet contain 42 nail wraps.
If you meet a Jamberry associate, they will try to sell you the "I WANT IT ALL" Enrollment kit that cost $399.95, even if you don't intend to join as an associate.
Or if you reject their first offer, the next best option is the Style Essentials Starter Kit that cost $250.
The reasons for promoting these 2 packages are simple, it gives the associate the most benefit in the compensation plan (we'll discuss more below), and they believe it makes sense to you as a consumer.
If you join them as an associate, that's the same thing you will do to your customers as well.
#2 How to Promote The Products
The recommended strategy to promote Jamberry is through home parties.
The associate will invite as many people as she wants, and it'll be her responsibility to motivate people to buy products.
A successful Jamberry party boils down to the associate's ability to organize and promote the products effectively and efficiently.
Which means that factors such as the personality, interpersonal skills, and the ability to convince comes into play.
Honestly, this skill set can't be learned through books. It can only be acquired through practice. Rejection is inevitable in this business.
It is a tough job, and not many people are suitable for it.
Is The Jamberry Business Not Suitable For You? Check This Out!
Before hosting the party, the associate needs to decide if she wants to stock up on the inventory or to get customers to buy through the replicated associate website (Your Personal Website).
Make sure that your customers buy products from your personal website, and not directly from the company's website. Otherwise, you will not get paid.
#3 How Will You Get Paid?
There are 3 ways to get paid with Jamberry. We will discuss each of them below.
The commission made from personal sales will be paid every Friday of the week, and bonus commissions will be paid every 10th of the month.
1. Retail Profit
The concept is simple.
In layman terms, as an associate, you buy the Jamberry products at a wholesale price, and you sell the products to your customers at retail price.
You earn the difference between the wholesale price and the retail price.
The same is true when your customer buys through your personal website. The only difference is, you do not store inventory for reselling, the company takes care of the logistics for you.
Here is the product price list which includes the wholesale price, the retail price, and the points attached to each product.
2. Store Commissions
Store Commission is paid out in addition to the Retail profits earn.
The store commission is calculated and paid out every Friday of the week.
It is calculated based on the accrued store points earned. Store points include personal purchases as well as personal sales. You can take it that 1 Store point is equivalent to $1.
So, based on the table below, if you sold a product that has 1 Store Point, you will earn 10% of that $1, which is $0.10.
And at the end of the month, the store points will be calculated once again, and the difference will be paid out.
I know it is a little confusing, but let me elaborate as best as I can using an example below.
0 - 149
150 - 399
400 - 749
750 - 1499
Note: After 1,500 Store Points in a month, you earn $50 for every additional 500 Store Points.
Store Points Earned
To Be Paid
So, for the first 3 weeks, you will receive $13 (Totaling $39).
But on the 4th week, you will receive $65 ($104 - $39).
Because at the end of the month, your commission rate should be 20% based on the total accrued Store Points of 520. For that entire month, you are supposed to earn $104.
Since $39 has already been paid out, you will earn the difference which is $65.
I hope this gives you a clearer picture.
3. Team Commissions
Team Commissions is paid out in addition to Retail Profit and Store Commissions.
Team Commissions is considered a bonus pay, so it is paid on every 10th of the month.
Team Points are Store Points that are generated by you and your team.
To keep this simple, the term "Team" would mean everyone within your organization. It includes people whom you have personally recruited as well as people that are recruited by your recruits.
So, the "Level 1" means the people whom you've personally recruited, and "Level 2" are people that are recruited by the people in Level 1.
Essentially, when your "Level 1" Recruits earn $100, you will earn 10% of whatever they earn, which is $10.
That is provided that you meet the requirements which is 100 Personal Store Points and 100 Team Points.
Similarly, if your Level 5 Team Member earns $100, you'll earn 4% of what she earns, which is $4.
#4 How To Get Started?
There are 2 ways for you to get started as a Jamberry associate.
You can either purchase the Enrollment Kit at $29.95, or you can buy the "I WANT IT ALL" Enrollment Kit at $399.95.
Obviously, if you want to be an advocate of Jamberry, you've got to try their products.
And the best way to sample all of their products is through the "I WANT IT ALL" Enrollment Kit. This kit consists of...
1 Box of GO
1 Box of CoreAO
1 Box of Trim
1 Bottle of BURN
1 Bottle of Repair+
1 Bottle of Digestwel+
1 Bottle of Relieve
1 Bottle of Bliss Sleep Spray
2 Lacquer Strips
2 Nail Wraps
1 Application Kit Without Cuticle Oil
1 Nail Wrap Application Card
5 Product Sample Credits
1 BeneYOU Convention Ticket
3 Months of Personal Website ($10/mth)
So, you are essentially saving $235.10 if you buy the "I WANT IT ALL" Enrollment Kit. Makes total sense for someone who wants to be successful with the company.
#5 Some Complaints About Jamberry
- Product Complaints: Some complained that the Nail Wraps are Germ Magnet, some find it hard to apply, some thinks that it is a pure waste of money. Read more here.
- Delivery Issues: The main issue here is the customers didn't receive their orders after waiting for several months. Read the complaints.
- Spam Issues: So many people complained about being spammed on Facebook. Read the comments of this article.
Is Jamberry a Scam?
Although the Jamberry business was not doing well in 2018, and some people have lost money. I would still say that overall Jamberry is not a scam.
You might be wondering why I left this critical section so far down this review. It is because there are so many things to discuss that leads to this verdict.
So I highly recommend that you read from the top if you haven't done so.
Now, how do you define a scam anyway, right? I will talk about these 2 questions:
- Is Jamberry a Pyramid Scheme?
- Does Jamberry Deceive its customers?
Is Jamberry a Pyramid Scheme?
By definition, a pyramid scheme is where the profits of an investment opportunity is derived from the recruitment money. The products do not have retail value, and they seem to be a cover-up for the operation.
Based on my assessment, Jamberry's profits are derived from the sale of products. Some non-associates even sing praises for the company's products, which shows that the products have retail value.
Though the prices are a little inflated, the company did not "force" the associates to buy or store inventory.
In this sense, Jamberry is not a pyramid scheme.
Does Jamberry Deceive Its Customers?
This is a touchy topic at this point (2019) because of the recent switch in the management.
Some people complained that they bought tickets to the Jamberry conference in 2019 and learned that it is not happening. This problem has been resolved as the Jamberry conference is now considered as BeneYou conference.
I further assess that the company tries to resolve all issues heard on the Better Business Bureau, which is a good sign that the company is here to stay.
Though there will be some unhappy Jamberry customers due to the poor delivery by the company and its associates...
I would say that in general, the company is not out there to deceive its customers.
You might have a different point of view. Please share it with me in the comments section below.
Jamberry is not a scam!
My Sincere Advice To You
Should You Join Jamberry as an Associate?
In my opinion, the Jamberry business is in bad shape in 2019. Since the collapse of the company in 2018, many associates were affected. Some even lost money.
The company's reputation is at stake.
Personally, I would advise to avoid joining the business as an associate.
If you intend to join the business, you need to keep in mind that it will be an uphill battle. All the problems I've discussed above remains, and you have one more worry, which is to convince people that Jamberry is here to stay.
But if you are still insistent on pursuing the business opportunity, then I would recommend that you equip yourself with the knowledge of Attraction Marketing. It is one of the most effective strategies to get an endless stream of prospects. If you want to learn more, you can check out this program.
What if the Jamberry Business is Not Suitable?
Now, if you are not fond of meeting people, selling products, and engaging in parties? Which is what the Jamberry business is all about.
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Jamberry Nails Review Summary
Description: Jamberry is a Utah-based Multi-level Marketing (MLM) Company founded by 3 sisters back in 2010. The company run into some legal issues in 2018 and rebranded to BeneYou. Furthermore, more than 95% of Jamberry associates ended up not making money with this company and we will discuss why in this review.
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More Info On Jamberry Nails Business Opportunity
Founders: Christy Hepworth, Lyndsey Hepworth, and Keri Evans
Recommended? Yes and No (Read on to decide if this business is for you)