USANA Scam

USANA Scam? 15 Reasons Why USANA is a Legitimate Opportunity

You’re skeptical. Good! With all the schemes in today’s world, you shouldn’t be anything less. Maybe you’ve heard of sites entitling themselves “USANA scam”, and you’re looking to validate the organization.

We can clear up the confusion pretty quickly, but we invite you to be curious and skeptical. Be sure to do your research and come to an educated conclusion. We hope that this article will serve as one additional resource to your research. We intend to show you as transparently as we can why USANA is not a scam, but in fact a legitimate opportunity.

Before we get going, we would like to echo the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and preface that you need to be aware and vigilant to avoid scams, and to do your research. The best way to really know is to watch for updates on scam alerts by the FTC or your local news and to look into the company closely. We couldn’t agree more. That’s why we can’t be clear enough on defining who we are at USANA, what we do, and why.

So, let’s walk through 15 reasons why USANA is a legitimate opportunity, and why the term USANA scam has no value.

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1. Fantastic Products

USANA’s business model defines us as a direct sales company, because of one really important reason—we have products to sell and people are buying them because they want our products and not as a requirement to participate. (See the section entitled “What Is a Pyramid Scheme and What is Legitimate Marketing?” in previous link.) And what great products they are!

Our products are so great, that we have been recognized and named for being the Top Rated Direct Selling Brand by ConsumerLab.com for multiple years. And quite frankly, we’re pretty proud of the accomplishment. It just so happens that last year (2016) we broke the glass ceiling and reached over $1 billion (US) in sales, and we don’t plan on slowing down.

And yet, we take our business plan another step further. While scams clearly offer no actual benefit to you, many of our legally operating competitors meet the bare minimum requirement on truth in marketing and sales. USANA offers 100 percent returns on products to Associates for a whole year, which is far more than what the law requires of us. The truth? Our consumers don’t need to return our products because they get what they bought and love the results.

There’s a reason we’re so confident and so clear in our resolve: our fantastic products started with an ambitious vision.

Dr. Myron Wentz wanted to make the world a healthier and happier place. He discovered the value of antioxidants to counter the negative effects of free radicals in the human body, and has worked ever since to create a reality where people can live their happiest lives being their healthiest selves. As a result, in 1992, USANA was born.

So, why direct selling in the first place? Why not sell the products in stores where people can easily find them? We use direct selling with the intention to help people get what they really want: freedom. Freedom to do what they want and when they want. The opportunity to build a USANA business isn’t for everyone on this planet, and that’s ok. It doesn’t need to be. We don’t profess to have a quick “get rich” plan, or to have the “only way” to earn a living. But we do claim the ability to give people another option to build wealth and establish financial stability, especially when they already love our products and are seeing great results. It’s an opportunity for those looking to build their own business, but may be wary of doing it all alone.

You can learn more about how to become a USANA Associate or Preferred Customer here.

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2. Time Will Tell

When someone uses the term USANA scam, they do so with a primitive understanding of how direct selling companies function. As stated in our annual financial report, “Associates who are interested in earning additional income must successfully sell USANA products and establish a business network.”

Time is the tell-all, and when it comes to illegal schemes, time is the ultimate destroyer. For an illegal scheme to function, it must undergo exponential growth. Every person has to find so many people, and so on. Because the population of our planet is finite, and the population of willing people to participate even more so, pyramid and Ponzi schemes simply cannot sustain themselves for long periods of time.

USANA is not only self-sustainable, but is also preparing to celebrate our 25th anniversary this year at our international convention! Our years show a tried and true product and business plan, many accomplishments, and they also reveal intentions for our future. Click here to check out a detailed timeline and get an even clearer picture of our 25 years of business.

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3. FDA-Registered Facility

USANA’s Home Office is located in West Valley City, just outside Salt Lake City, Utah. Not only has the facility stayed put for over 20 years, but it is a registered drug establishment and is continually inspected by the U.S Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

We received the FDA Drug Establishment status three years ago (2014). Since then, we’re required to follow specific Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for drug/OTC products to maintain this standing.

While our registration for the Drug Establishment is mandatory for certain products, we go above and beyond what is required of us for manufacturing supplements. We follow a higher standard of GMP patterned after that of pharmaceuticals. Our intent is to demonstrate to our audiences our commitment to making the best quality products.

The FDA reviews our practices and procedures onsite, and often does so unexpectedly. While we undergo repeated inspections, we also have to renew the drug establishment license yearly.

*While the FDA is a U.S. government regulator charged with regulating the safety and cleanliness of products, USANA is in many countries across the world. You may be interested to know that USANA meets other criteria given by other government regulatory agencies in their respective countries.

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4. Publicly Traded

Another solid way to help you determine the veracity and legitimacy of a direct sales company is to look at whether they are a private or public organization. Not only are you able to get a clearer picture of the company’s fiscal history, but you can also be sure that the company has been around for a while, and intends to stick around.

This is yet another piece that many direct selling companies don’t do, because it is not required of them. By being a public company, USANA is required to maintain a higher level of transparency. The beauty in transparency is catered to you, the researcher. It requires a great deal more extra work for us. But for the consumer, you don’t have to believe me or any USANA employee for that matter, because we are required to disclose our sales, financial balance sheets, compensations to executives, employees, and Associates, profitability, legal risks, and much more.

Again, the term USANA scam generally comes from individuals and sites who have not done an extensive look into our publicly shared information. Simply take a look at our annual financial report, and you will find official statements on how direct selling works and how compensation works. For example, “under this system, distributors purchase products at wholesale prices from the manufacturer for resale to consumers and for personal consumption”, see section entitled “Distribution and Marketing”, subsections “general” and “structure of network marketing program”.

In 1996, USANA was put on the ticker tape with an official listing on the NASDAQ. We are now currently traded on the New York Stock Exchange (USNA).

However, because of our public status, short sellers are motivated to attack us. And attack us they have. Yet, we have prevailed and continue to do so by maintaining good practices. We are confident enough in what we do to be both open about our finances, and to withstand the occasional heavy wind that comes our way.

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5. DSA Code of Ethics

Haven’t had enough? Good, because we have plenty of information coming your way, and it only gets better.

The Direct Sales Association (DSA) has set criteria direct selling organizations must fulfill annually to be considered a member, called their Code of Ethics. USANA is not required to be a member of the organization, but does so voluntarily. As a member, USANA has to maintain the criteria laid out by the DSA. We have chosen to take this higher road as a continual demonstration of our validity and intent to our consumers.

You may be surprised that many other direct selling companies simply turn their cheek to criteria that is not required of them, and focus their efforts elsewhere. USANA not only meets the requirements, but leads the industry with our ethical practices.

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6. Recognized Nationally and Internationally

With so much excitement and success comes the exciting opportunity to be recognized for some great work. In just under 25 years of providing stellar, high-quality supplements, USANA has been recognized with more than 500 national and international awards.

From Outside Magazine’s “Best Places to Work” to ConsumerLab’s “Top Rated Direct Selling Brand,” and a plethora of Best of State awards for the state of Utah, USANA has worked hard and been graced with many prestigious recognitions.

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7. Follow FTC Guidelines

Another solid qualifier in the establishment of our validity in the USANA scam argument is our following of the FTC guidelines.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), another government regulating agency for the United States, has certain guidelines that direct selling companies need to meet to operate legally. These same guidelines can also help you spot the real deal or an imposter.

We also are regulated by the FTC on the content that we produce to verify and ensure that USANA is not misleading people on what our products can do.

The FTC suggests to learn more about the company and to get an understanding of their history. For more clarity on our timeline and additional information about our past, click here and feel free to look around.

USANA follows criteria laid out with government regulation agencies charged with regulating truth in advertising, sales, and direct marketing in each country we are located in.

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8. NSF Certified

According to the the Public Health and Safety Organization, initially established as the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) in 1944, “Choosing a product certified by NSF lets you know the company complies with strict standards and procedures imposed by NSF.”

At USANA, we were initially interested in the NSF certification because it serves as yet another third party organization to come in and certify our facility and qualify certain products that go out to our athletes. To achieve and then maintain this certification we have strict requirements that mimic FDA dietary supplement cGMP requirements. This certification also requires inspections, testing, sanitation, and many other audits.

We do this to assure our athletes, and consumers in general, that our products are the best of the best. We can’t stress enough how important it is for us to go above and beyond for the USANA family, and we show this effort through ample research, testing, and certifications.

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9. Peer Reviewed

Our friends at the FTC also suggest you listen to the ratings of others on the internet. What are people saying about the company? What’s the buzz?

You can find reviews on us in many different venues. Check us out on Google Reviews, Glassdoor, Facebook, Indeed.com, and many others. We encourage you to do your research here, but if you have had an experience with USANA and would like to reach out and receive a response, please leave us a review.

We are confident that our consumers are satisfied with our products because they tell us. Our tested and science-based products do what the bottle says they’ll do. And these products, coupled with a fantastic network of support and communication, help foster a healthy and happy relationship with our consumers.

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10. Transparency

This very page is an act of trust and clarity toward our large international family. But this is not the first act of transparency, nor will it be the last. USANA is a metaphorical open book, literally producing hundreds of pieces of content monthly to not only share valuable information about the products we make, but also helpful content supporting ways to achieve and maintain a healthy life.

Through our company blog What’s Up, USANA? we share everything from how supplements can support healthy bodily function to how to begin a business blog. We publish multiple articles every week aimed at helping anyone in the reach of our voice live a happier, healthier, and more balanced lifestyle.

We encourage an open line of communication via whatever means is most comfortable to you. Whether you prefer to reach out through social media, send an email, or call us on the phone, we want you to ask questions, and we’ll make sure they get adequate and detailed answers.

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11. Rated by BBB

Now, you can’t forget about the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the ratings they provide. Rated with an A+ by the BBB, USANA passes the BBB’s criteria with flying colors.

According to the Better Business Bureau, “BBB ratings represent the BBB’s opinion of how the business is likely to interact with its customers. The BBB rating is based on information BBB is able to obtain about the business, including complaints received from the public. BBB seeks and uses information directly from businesses and from public data sources.”

A+ is the highest possible rating, and we’re happy with the achievement.

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12. Team USANA

Over the years, USANA has become the official sponsor of teams and athletes all over the world. We call these athletes Team USANA, and they do some pretty great things. They’re always breaking records, pushing boundaries, and taking their performance to the limit. They work hard, play hard, and train hard. They eat, sleep, and drink to win. And with all of the stressors they put on their bodies, they also understand the need to supplement their extraordinary lifestyles with top-of-the-line nutrition.

So it’s no wonder that more than 2,000 world-class athletes trust their health to USANA and its high-quality supplements. USANA has an Athlete Guarantee that is unprecedented, offering an ironclad solution for athletes looking for a trusted supplement. This confident stance in a high-stakes venture strengthens our industry-leading position and affirms our commitment to providing nutritionals you can trust.

USANA’s Athlete Guarantee Program permits select athletes to enter an agreement with USANA. During the term of the agreement, should the athlete test positive for a banned substance included in World Anti-Doping Agency regulations as a result of taking USANA nutritional products, USANA will compensate that athlete two times their current annual earnings up to $1 million, based on the athlete’s personal level of competition, endorsement, and other income, as well as other factors.

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With our partnership in 2006 with the WTA, Team USANA supports athletes from professional tennis to boxing and snowboarding. Check out our ambassadors for additional information on all the athletes that make up Team USANA.

13. Major Employer

As one of the final nails in the coffin, putting the term USANA scam to rest, USANA is a major employer not only in the state of Utah, but worldwide.

USANA employs roughly 1,785 people across the globe, not including distributors. From Mexico to China, USANA has grown into an international company with net sales over a $1 billion in 2016. In Utah alone, USANA employs over 800 people at our Home Office. Because USANA is a direct sales company, USANA has affected over 564,000 individuals in 20 markets.

So whether you’re looking to be your own employer and run your own business using USANA products, or you want to work for a large organization with fantastic benefits, we have you covered. For those interested in our corporate opportunities take a look below.

USANA has made Utah Business magazine’s Best Companies to Work For list several times, and was named one of the Best Companies to Work For seven years in a row by Outside magazine.

USANA’s culture is one for the books. In addition to creating a fun, engaging, and safe work environment for all our employees, we also strive to provide a competitive benefits packages.

Wellness Program

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USANA has a personalized wellness program that rewards you for participating. It’s completely voluntary, and there is something for everyone.

USANA believes in empowering the individual to take charge of not only their physical health, but their financial and mental health as well.

Physical

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The USANA Café offers a wide variety of nutritious foods to help employees stay on track and energized throughout the work day. USANA offers nutrition programs, online lifestyle coaching, massage and chiropractic services, a 24-hour onsite gym, full-sized basketball court, rock-climbing wall, workout classes, personal training, and yes, even a book club, all related to health and wellness. There are weekly basketball and soccer games, tournaments, and in the summer we get some use out of our outdoor sand volleyball court.

Financial

Want to know more about planning retirement? USANA offers employees one-on-one 401(k) meetings, brown bag presentations, and classes on budgeting and investing.

Mental

USANA knows life can get stressful. That’s why we offer stress-management courses and have a great Employee Assistance Program (EAP) both on- and off-site. We now offer virtual counseling as well.

USANA also participates and provides the following: tuition reimbursement, Employee Assistance Program, USANA Bucks, floating holidays, sick leave, vacation days, 401(k) with employer match, health insurance (including dental and vision), and Health Savings and Flexible Spending Accounts.

Job Opportunities

All sound too good to be true? Well, here’s the beauty of it—you don’t have to take our word for it. USANA is hiring constantly, and there are new jobs every day in many of the departments. Whether you’re looking for a finance position, manufacturing, research and development, communication, marketing, social media, or something else, chances are you’ll find something that fits your talents. Take a look at USANA’s job page and all the available positions, and keep checking in!

USANA knows that great employees know great employees, so you’ll find there’s also compensation for great referrals you bring to the company.

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14. In-House Scientists

At USANA we pride ourselves in having our own research and development (R&D) team. Not only are we able to stay up on all the latest stuff in the science industry, but by having our own scientists, we are also able to provide the most cutting-edge products, putting us head and shoulders above our competitors.

In addition to developing some of the best health supplements in the world, we are also educating our audiences about the human body and how our products interact and aid in normal body functions. You can learn more about specific USANA products and their impact on your body by taking a look at our famous Ask The Scientists website. Here you will find everything from quick answers on some of your questions about our products to tips and guidebooks on how you can take control of your health.

Because USANA was founded by Dr. Myron Wentz, a microbiologist passionate about creating a healthier world, our products are catered to your personal health needs with the intention to help your body at the cellular level.

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15. We’ll Gladly Answer Your Questions

We hope we have given you some solid information defending USANA against those who claim the term USANA scam.

Fortunately, this is not an inclusive list of everything that can demonstrate our legitimacy. Unfortunately, there’s only so much we can write on one page. Feel free to learn more about us here at USANA including our charitable efforts with our True Health Foundation and the many strides we’ve taken in our green initiative by visiting our about page.

You’ve heard what we have to say, but we’re always eager to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We are as far away from being a black hole for Q&A as you can be for a business. Meaning, we welcome and encourage the world to dig a little deeper and get the answers they are looking for.

There are many venues for you to do just that. We encourage interaction with all of our content, from our Ask the Scientist website to our What’s Up, USANA? Blog. We’re constantly discussing questions and concerns on social media about anything from product-specific questions to how to build a successful USANA business. Again, don’t take our word for it. Keep an eye on us over time, and if nothing else, know that we intend to help people live happier and healthier lives.

Please feel free to comment below on questions or concerns we did not cover in this article. What has been your experience with USANA? Are you, or do you know somebody, who has found tremendous success in working in a USANA opportunity, or using USANA products?

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