Q: Is Younique a Scam or Pyramid Scheme?

Do you have questions about whether or not Younique’s a “scam” or “pyramid scheme”? It seems many people are uncertain still, so once again, I thought I’d write a follow up post to my Linkedin post from over a year ago which asked “Isn’t Younique A Horrible Pyramid Scheme?”

Is Younique a Scam or Pyramid Scheme?

What is a Pyramid Scheme?

Defining Pyramid Scheme | youniquebythea.com

According to Investopedia:

“A pyramid scheme is a business model that recruits members via a promise of payments or services for enrolling others into the scheme, rather than supplying investments or sale of products or services.”

Does that sound like Younique?

No, not really, and let me outline for you why it’s not.

1) YOUNIQUE SELLS MAKEUP

First of all, Younique actually sells/supplies makeup and skincare products. Physical products that many people want to buy!

Well, that’s a good start, right?

So therefor, as it actually sells physical, tangible products that you can get your hands on, it can’t really be classed as a pyramid scheme.

2) YOUNIQUE HAS LOW JOINING FEE

It’s a low, one-off investment payment to become a Younique Presenter and you get a Presenter Kit full of fantastic makeup!

You also get a FREE website (with no annual autoships) that works from the second you join, and you never need to actually spend another penny with Younique again!

Of course you do need to sell (or purchase for your own consumption) 125 personal retail sales every 90s days to remain an active presenter. (PRS = equates to $125 US so will vary according to exchange rates in all other currencies). 

From the moment you join Younique, you can start selling the products through your own  website, and Younique pays you THREE HOURS after every sale. So  there’s no waiting around just hoping you will receive your money, eventually. (Read more about joining and getting paid by Younique here)

So how can getting paid your commissions just hours after a sale, from day one, actually be a pyramid scheme?

[NOTE: Learn more about Younique’s presenter levels and commissions here]

3) NO NEED TO RECRUIT:

Pyramid Schemes tend to promise a high return, fast – when you get other people to join up under you and you don’t make any money until they do.

There is no such Younique promise.

With Younique, you can make money without recruiting even one other person!

Yes, remember, that’s from the MOMENT YOU JOIN!!

You never need to recruit one other person if you don’t want to and you can still make money.

Does that sound like a scheme or scam to you?

4) NO NEED TO SELL:

Unlike a Pyramid Scheme, you can remain in Younique as long as you want – without ever selling even one item to anyone else!!

The fact is, most women do buy makeup in some shape or form. I have a few team members that have been with me for the past year, and they haven’t sold anything to anyone else. They’ve not recruited either. They’ve simply spent their qualifying 125 PRS by buying their own makeup every 90 days.

That means they’ve remained an active Younique presenter, and earned their 20% commission right after each personal order they placed for the past year.

Two of them, both fellow Californians (funnily enough), are likely to reach Yellow with their next order, so their commissions will jump from 20% to 25% commission as soon they do.

If you’re buying makeup already, and you already like Younique products, then why would you not join to purchase the makeup at a discount?

5) WHO’S BEHIND YOUNIQUE?

With pyramid schemes, there is often a vagueness about the business – whereby you may only get answers by joining the company.

With Younique everything is transparent. The company information is public knowledge on the website and on videos. You know who is behind Younique, how many presenters there are at any given moment (it’s right there on the website).

You know what everyone gets paid at every step of the way. (TIP: read the aforementioned post about commissions.)

Why You May Be Confused about Pyramid Schemes

Yes it’s true, at first glance, MLMs can look similar because in them you CAN earn more as you recruit a team.

So once you hit Pink with Younique, you do eventually benefit off your recruits sales, but also of your  recruits’ recruits  too.

So, aye, that does sorta sound like a pyramid

It is about the team and getting people to join. Younique’s comp plan is a sort of inverted pyramid as we make more on our third generation than our second or first…You don’t earn until you reach Pink. So when it comes to Younique, without recruiting anyone, you can only ever go as high as Yellow. But regardless, for the life time of your involvement with Younique, you can keep on earning that 25% commission back on your makeup purchases and sales.

Pyramid Schemes are Illegal

Finally, the last but not least reason that Younique can’t be, just in case you didn’t know, Pyramid Schemes are ILLEGAL….

If you were to change the question and were  asking if you can make money at Younique, the answer is yes, but without a lot of work and perseverance, you probably, quite simply, won’t.

It’s definitely not a “get rich quick” situation. This whole blog is filled with dozens of posts about my experience – written as transparent as possible.

I would estimate that only 50% of my company works their business.

So it really is not right for everyone.

Think before you join Join Younique!

Are you still wondering if Younique is right for you? Then let me ask you some questions before you go.

Are you considering it to just make money? Younique may not be right for you.

It’s challenging and the percentage who actually really make big bank here are slim! I think I counted 169 have achieved Black Status presenters (Note: at this precise second we have had 389,353 join the family). Do the math.

Can you make money with Younique? Totally 100% for sure.

Will you? Well, honestly, that remains to be seen.

I’m just giving you a reality check here friend.

“Younique is not for everyone” – is the phrase I use most around these parts.

Personally, I love it, but I soon learned it was not right for everyone.

Other things to consider, beyond the money factor…before you write off Younique entirely:

  • If you love makeup and buy it anyway, then Younique’s a great place to start – because you get that 20% discount from day one (and paid 3 hours later, always).
  • If you want to challenge yourself in more ways you dreamed possible, then Younique’s a good choice too. You will learn so much about makeup, mentoring and media of the social variety! You’ll learn about people, yourself, customer service, and spend time on personal development (which is a core in just about any MLM you consider)
  • If you like the idea of making friends from around the world, who share a passion about the products, and desire to build and run their own Younique business too, then do consider joining. As hoakey as it sound I really have made some friends (many I’ve not yet met) who I treasure.
  • If you love the idea of being your own boss, working wherever you are, and whenever you want, then it could be for you.

If you need a sponsor but still have some questions, please reach out to me here (contact details above). If you’d like to learn more about how to find a Younique sponsor go here.

If you already have a sponsor in mind, (or a sponsor already) then please contact them with all of your queries.

If you’re ready to #jointheAteam now – then welcome. You can hit JOIN and don’t even need to message me. If you join, I’ll reach out to straight away to welcome you personally!

If you decided that Younique is not for you, then I am glad I saved you the time/bother, do keep searching to find out what’s right for you. There are a lot of MLM options out there to choose from.