Zija International Review 2017
Founder: Ken Brailsford
Current CEO: Rodney Larsen
Starter pack: $199
Overall Rank: 23/100
Quick Zija International overview
Who wants to life live limitlessly, be financially free and healthy?
I thought so 🙂
If you’ve heard a Zija presentation or you have an annoying family member trying to sign you up, I can pretty much guarantee they’ve presented the Zija opportunity as ‘the way‘ to do this.
In this Zija review we’re going to be looking at the pros and cons of the products and business model to hopefully help you decide whether you should become a Zija distributor or not.
Can you make money with Zija?
In theory yes, but whether you can make enough to say goodbye to the day job is a different matter.
For me I just hate the idea of having to hard-sell to my family and friends. I think it’s the old 20th century way of doing things.
That’s why I love affiliate marketing.
I just build a website, learn how to make money off of it and let it do all the selling for me.
Whether I’m conscious or unconscious, in the UK or Thailand, it makes no difference – my website businesses generate income for me around the clock.
And just so you know, I’m not associated with Zija International in any way so I’m writing this review as an outsider looking in and it’s based purely on my personal opinion.
What we’ll cover in this Zija review:
- What is Zija International about?
- The Zija products
- The Zija business opportunity
- Is Zija a pyramid scheme?
- Is Zija a scam?
- Should you become a Zija Distributor?
What is Zija International about?
Zija was lauched by Ken Brailsford, the “father of herbal encapsulation” in 2005 with a focus on helping people enjoy the medicinal properties of the Moringa tree.
Zija’s best-selling product is a daily drink supplement called SuperMix – made from the leaves, seeds and fruit of the ‘magical tree’ called ‘Moringa Oleifera’.
At $115 for a month’s supply – it’s certainly not cheap!
Based in Lehi, Utah, Zija boast more than 4 million square feet of offices, warehouse and shipping and manufacturing facilities and they employ 200+ people internationally.
They have grown to more than 30 countries and 100,000+ distributors.
In 2014 they were named the fastest growing company in Utah by Utah Business Magazine.
In May 2017 Zija International merged with XANGO.
XANGO is a more established network marketing company founded in 2002 by Joe Morton, Gordon Morton and Aaron Garrity.
XANGO has 2 million distributors in 40 different countries with the same emphasis on health and well-being so it should be a strong and strategic partnership between these 2 natural supplement direct marketing companies.
According to Zija, they’re all about “Living Life Unlimited” and the Zija app gives distributors information on training on 4 core principles:
2. An active lifestyle
3. Financial freedom
4. Personal development
Take a look at Zija’s own promotional video and you’ll see these 4 themes throughout:
I love the idea of people making their lives better through starting a real business – offline or online.
I think the old industrial age has long-gone and we’re now living in the digital age where more and more will realise the dream of becoming independent business owners.
I even have a free 10 day email course where I teaching people how to use the digital age to create an online income stream for themselves.
But the question is can you use Zija as the vehicle to get you to where you are to where you want to be?
Stick with me here and I’ll show you why I don’t think you can.
So let’s talk about the product first and then we’ll get onto the actual business opportunity.
Zija independent distributors love to talk about the Moringa tree which they call the ‘miracle tree’.
According to Zija, the Mringa tree is the nutrient-dense plant on earth containing over 92 different vitamins and nutrients.
The vast majority of their weight loss pills, healthy energy drinks, supplements and skin care ranges are made with Moringa extracts.
A network marketing company claiming to have found ‘miracle healing qualities’ in plants is nothing new. Total Life Changes do the same with the Chaga mushroom and the same with Forever Living and aloe vera.
But unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be too much scientific data to back up their claims and the reality is a vast majority of Zija reps have no medical background and aren’t qualified to give medical advice.
I think this is important to keep in mind.
Saying that, the product range seems to be a big hit for many people looking to eat healthier and lose weight.
Customer’s Amazon reviews are mainly positive but as I said before, the products are over-priced in my opinion.
This matter because if you’re going to become a distributor then the price plays a big role in how many sales you’ll be able to generate.
As is common in all MLMs like this one, prices have to be high in order the company to pay their reps their commission.
Now let’s take a look at Zija’s best-selling products which fall into 4 main categories: weight management, liquid nutrients, energy drinks and skin care.
This isn’t a full and exhaustive list but it’ll give you a good idea of the main product lines before we go on to talk about the business opportunity itself.
Weight Management System
Zija’s Weight Management System has pills, protein drinks and teas that all claim to help with weight loss and detoxing the body of toxins including:
Fat Burner Supplement
Claims to give you a boost of energy and act as an appetite suppression. Contains moringa.
Same thing but taken before bed, contains moringa as well.
This comes in sachets you mix as a smoothie which contains vitamins, minerals and… moringa.
Same as SmartMix but better (?) and $115 for 32 sachets.
Core Maringa Premium Tea
A great way to rid your body of toxins as a natural laxative and weight loss aid. You’re looking at around $50 for 30 teabags.
Energy & Performance
Pr1me90 Protein Powder
Comes in dutch chocolate and vanilla bean flavours and contains moringa extract.
Apparantely helps boost your mood and give you energy throughout the day. It contains vitamins and omega oils, antioxidents and appetite suppression.
Zija’s skin care range inldues a variety of face cleansers, moisturisers and eye serums, all of which also contain maraline has a mix of many different kind of cleansers and serum’s.
All of the products contain moringa in it of course…
Skin care products include the following:
- Creamy Face Cleanser
- Rehydrating Mist
- Daily Moisturiser
- Anti-Aging Night Repair
- Eye Serum
- Spa Mask
Here’s a video giving a quick runthrough of Zija’s nutrional range:
Common Total Life Changes complaints
While I recognise all companies are bound to have some complaints against them, on sites like the Better Business Bureau and the Zija Facebook page you can find a lot of people having issues around the same recurring themes.
1. Issues with trying to cancel autoship
There seems to be a pattern of first-time buyers being pressured to go for the autopship option, where the company automatically ships out your order every month.
It’s not uncommon for people to receive their first over-priced order and decide they want to switch the autoship off, but it seems it might not be as easy as you think…
2. Wrong orders and late deliverys and hours on the phone trying to get a refund
A vast majority of people get what they ordered on time, but if you’re order gets mixed up or you don’t find out it’s on back order until you’ve already paid for it, you could be waiting a while.
It seems there’s still a lot to do on the customer service side with long call waiting times (up to an hour) and difficulties trying to get a refund.
At these prices, people expect a premium level of service.
Why am I pointing this out?
Because as a Zija distributor it’s your name and your reputation on the line when you recommend products to close family and friends and these are the kinds of issues you probably find yourself dealing with.
3. Product doesn’t taste all the great.
As I say, people are paying a premium price and so they expect a premium product and to know exactly what they’re putting into their body…
The Total Life Changes business opportunity
So now we’ve gone over the products and common customer service issues in detail, let’s take a look at the business opportunity.
Can you actually make money with Zija? This is what I’m more interested in!
Can you earn enough to be able to quit your full-time job? Is this a viable career opportunity or just a way to make a it of extra cash on the side?
According to the official website their “…turnkey business model, easy-to-use tools, unmatched support, and lucrative compensation plan make starting and building your own successful Zija business a reality.”
One of the main issues I have with direct selling marketing companies like this is they sell the opportunity on the back of hype and unrealistic expectations without giving a clear explanation of the amount of work that’s involved.
I’ve been involved in a couple of MLMs myself and so I understand how hard it is to take a step back and evaluate how your business is doing once you’re inside the hype and positivity bubble.
It’s an unwritten rule engrained in the culture of many MLMs that you can’t say anything bad about the company or even raise questions about why they do things in a certain way.
But as I say, I’m not involved with and have never been involved with Zija in any way. So this should help you if you’re thinking about joining them.
The Zija Compensation plan
You can download the full Zija compensation plan here (PDF) but I think it’s way over-complicated when it doesn’t need to be.
There add so many restrictions and qualifying criteria to reduce the amount they have to pay out. If this was a company truly looking to empower people then why not just make your commissions as simple and clear as possible.
Have one set of commissions for direct sales and one single commission for your downline. It really doesn’t need to be more complex than thay – unless you’re trying to avoid paying out.
Here are the 6 potential ways you can earn commissions as an independent distributor:
1. Retail sales
Unlike most network marketing companies that process your customer’s order and send your your commission of 30-50%, a major downside with Zija is you have to purchase the product first at the wholesale rate, store it somewhere and try to sell it.
Not only is this an upfront cost you’re going to have to shell out for, Zija estimate you’ll only make abround 20% is you manage to sell at the recommended retail price.
2. Team commissions (10-15%)
According to the offical compensation plan, team Commissions are the backbone of the business. This is where we start to see the huge amount of emphasis they place on recruiting others.
Multi-level marketing companies more often than not have either a unilevel compensation strcutre or a binary one. Zija runs on the binary model. I’ll talk more about this in a second but this is not ideal.
The binary level works by you building two seperate teams or ‘legs’ and every new person you recruit goes into your left or right leg.
With Zija, team commissions are only paid on your weakest leg and they put a cap on it too.
3. Fast cash commission (15%-25%)
When you sign up a new recruit, for the first 28 days you a commission on their sales volume, depending on your qualifying level within the company.
4. Team Benz bonus
No they don’t actually buy you a Mercedes Benz!
If you qualify for Gold status or higher every cycle in a period (not sure how long this is) then you can earn between $100 and $300 per cycle towards buying or leasing a Benz.
At first glance this sounds a lot better than it actually is!
5. Zija rewards program
Basically you can accumulate points for the products you buy, similiar to collecting Tesco points in the UK or earning WalMart points in the US. We’re not talking about life changing amounts of money here.
6. Special initiatives
As far as I can see, these are ad hoc promotions or programs aimed at giving a short-term incentive to distributors which the company can start or stop at any time.
Here’s a step-by-step walkthrough of the compensation plan:
If you’ve got any questions, be sure to leave them in the comments below.
Is Zija a pyramid scheme?
As we’ve just seen, the only 2 real ways to make money with Zija is through direct sales and building a downline.
So is Zija a pyramid scheme?
Here’s the deal:
If the only way someone can explain the business opportunity is by drawing a pyramid shape then it’s probably a pyramid scheme!
But because I don’t want to be bombarded with angry comments from fiercely loyal Zija reps (I’m a coward), let’s just say it’s triangular-shaped, upside-down tree structure type thing where all the commissions flow. 🙂
In truth, Zija is a product-based pyramid scheme where they the MLM model to market moringa-based products.
They’re not an illegal pyramid scheme because they have a range of products and they offer representatives the opporutnity to buy them at the wholesale price, but as Zija themselves say in their offical document, “The Team Commission is the backbone of the Zija compensation plan.”
Why I don’t like the Binary leg model
So you know you’re going to be strongly encouraged to recruit other independent business owners under you and build your right and left legs.
As I already touched on briefly, every MLM company I”ve ever come across has either the unilevel structure or the binary structure.
In my opinion, while there are advantages and disadvantages to both, binary is the worst model to get involved with because it effectively cuts your team commissions in half.
You don’t get paid form both legs, just your weaker leg, which means you’re always going to be struggling to keep them as balanced as possible so you don’t lose out.
Think about this practically, you’re always going to have oen leg bigger than the other. So say for example you generate $1,000 on your left leg and only $50 on your right – at 10% you get paid just $5.
Most people don’t realise this until a few months down the line, but it can cause major headaches. I’m not saying you can’t be successful working with this company, because some people are, but this structure certainly makes it more difficult.
Is Zija a scam?
You’ll find a lot of complaints from angry ex-members claiming Zija is a scam.
Personally, while I think it is definitely a pyramid scheme, I don’t think it’s a scam.
Do I think it’s a good business opportunity?
And unfrotunately Zija won’t release any earnings figures so we have no diea what the average distributor in this company earns per year.
I think the products are expensive and no different to what you can buy for a lot less on the high street and just by how the company structure is set up, you’re going to find it very difficult to sell product and recruit others into the business.
I can promise you there’s hundreds, if not thousands of people out there who were once drawn in by the idea of becoming financially free who bought product every month just so they could meet the minimum requirements for commission and today have boxes of over-priced tea rotting in their loft because they can’t get rid of it.
It’s sad but true.
Network marketing has a 98% failure rate across the board.
It’s very easy to get into, but extremely difficult to succeed in and I think you have to have a certain type of personality to be able to make this type of business model work.
Should you become a Zija distributor?
Ultimately the decision is yours. Hopefully this full review of Zija (which turned out a lot longer than I thought it would) has helped you to make up your mind.
Maybe your personality is perfect for a business like this; maybe you’re outgoing, love face to face selling and you could quickly rise up the ranks and commissions.
From personal experience, one of the first things you’ll be asked to do as a distributor is to write out the names of 100 people you know starting with your family and friends and working outwards to your work colleagues, church members, acquaintences and so on.
Once you’ve nuisance-called your way through the list and convinced your mum to buy a box of tea for $50, where do you go from there?
Honestly I think in the digital age, networking marketing is an outdated model.
Think about it, we have 3.5 billion people online every day with people buying and selling online and Zija distributors are driving around delivering products door to door?
I really believe the digital age we’re living in right now opens up huge opportunities with limitless potential if we just learn how to tap into it.
This is why I started my first online business in 2014 after years of searching how to do it.
I took Wealthy Affiliate up on their offer of free training and, combined with the awesome community help and support, I started out as a newbie not knowing what I was doing to the point where I know earn more than $6,000 a month online.
There’s no reason why you can’t do it too, if you’re willing to put the work in.
No cold-calling people, no harassing the people at work, no need for paying out for products that won’t sell.
You could start a web business for free around any topic you’re interested in or passionate about. It’s the new 21st century way to start a business!
If you’d like to find out more about how I make my money online then feel free to check out my full Wealthy Affiliate review.
Of course if you’ve got any questions at all or if there’s anything I can help you with, please share your comments below and I will always get back to you.
Also, if you’ve ever had any experience with Zija (good or bad) then I’d love to hear from you too!
To your success!