Jeunesse Income Disclosure Raises More Questions than Answers

November 10th, 2015

UPDATE 11/13/15: Jeunesse has posted a different income disclosure statement. Check back for more information on how the new statement appears to address some of the issues raised below.  What follows is Bonnie Patten’s original blog that was based on the company’s income statement posted at that time. 

The first thing that jumps out at anyone looking at Jeunesse Global’s newly minted income disclosure  is that almost no one is making good money. Ninety-eight percent of distributors for this Florida-based MLM that markets anti-aging supplements gross less than $5,500 a year. Yes, you read that figure right – 98 percent are making less than most high school kids with a part-time job. And as for the big bucks, it’s way, way less than one percent of distributors.

(RELATED: See TINA.org’s coverage of this MLM here)

Just as disconcerting is the income disclosure’s lack of clarity – it appears designed to confuse and obscure. Here are just a few questions that Jeunesse needs to address:

  • Is this income disclosure capturing data only for the U.S. or some other undisclosed part of the world or some combination of countries?
  • What is the underlying time period during which the stated earnings occurred? Is it a year, two years, five years?
  • During this currently unknown time period, how many people participated?
  • What does “Avg High Gross Earnings / month” and “Avg Low Gross Earnings / month” actually mean, or more particularly, how are these phrases defined?
  • How did the company define “distributors”? For example, are distributors defined as only those who were qualified for bonuses and rewards? Or does it mean only those who had a positive gross income over the undisclosed time period associated with this chart?

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Another clear sign that something is fishy with this disclosure is the fact that the “median gross earnings” are lower than the yet-to-be-defined average high-gross earnings, as well as the average low-gross earnings for the first four ranks. And the median earnings are higher for the last three ranks. If that’s accurate then we’re dealing with some really skewed data.

To explain this let’s start with a refresher on the difference between the terms “average” (also known as the mean) and “median.” An “average” is calculated by adding up values and dividing that score by the number of values. “Median,” on the other hand, is the numeric value separating the higher half of a sample from the lower half – or, to put it another way, it’s the point between the low and the high. So now that we all recall what these terms mean, how can it be that the average high and the average low are both below or above the median?

Jeunesse has some ‘splaining to do.

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Bonnie Patten

Bonnie, executive director of TINA.org, is an attorney and mother of three. Her commitment to educating the public about deceptive marketing stems from her belief that education is the only viable way to effectively eradicate the market for false ads.



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