Wash it Down with Some Tahitian Noni

October 17, 2007 at 9:24 pm 8 comments

While it was noted earlier that my sister on a mission has a few more months of being on IRF sidelines, a tale came into my mind of one of her forays into the world of pyramid schemes. She went no further than the sales pitch meeting held in a strip mall in Orem, UT, but came back with a stirring tale to tell. If only the hidden cameras of 20/20 could have been there.

Leaving Gold’s gym she found a flyer on her windshield advertising a way for students to make easy money to the tune of $400 a week. In her open-minded state she thought, “What have I got to lose?” and it didn’t hurt that Sconecutter refreshments were being served. So off she went alone to the meeting where a botoxed, tweaked all over peroxide blond made her case for the entrepreneur audience to enlist five of their friends to also sell the product line.

The product was environmentally friendly cleaning supplies that weren’t poisonous if swallowed. Challenged by a belligerent snowboarder about the reality of such a claim, Trixie bolted to the sample table, grabbed a spritz bottle of window cleaner and asked, “Who’s telling the truth now?” while dousing her mouth vigorously with sprays of the window solvent.


Apparently it didn’t taste much like Skittles and she started gagging and had to run to the hallway drinking fountain to gurgle it out. No one ended signing on to sell the labor of Trixie’s mind but it is surprising how often such schemes take root and spread. Particularly in Utah County the birth place of NuSkin, Neways, and Tahitian Noni. Regardless of their claims of legitimacy, they all seem a little shady.

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  • 1. lemare  |  October 17, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    My parents were early adopters of Caller ID because of a certain Shacklee salesperson.

    I bet the inventor of Caller ID had a friend who sold Amway.

  • 2. mikel  |  October 17, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    We should start an IRF multi-level marketing system. A blog that won’t put harmful chemicals into your body. I think that’s worth selling.

  • 3. Lindsay  |  October 17, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    IRF wouldn’t stoop to that level. Would it?

  • 4. Lowdogg  |  October 18, 2007 at 9:59 am

    We are capitalists. Blessed capitalists.

    I understand that Noni Juice is now second fiddle to Mona Vie.

  • 5. pammyshep  |  October 18, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    My first job out of college was for an MLM (multi-level marketing company) located between Utah Lake and Geneva. About 6 years after my depature, I found a website of complaints former customers had put up and I was horrified at the lies my company told the public (we sold products and the “opportunitiy” for regular Joe’s to start their owned home-based business).

    What do you expect from an organization where your sister’s boss doesn’t believe it when you tell him that she won’t be coming to work for the next 6 weeks because she went into labor the night before? Does it surprise anyone that they filed chapter 7 bankruptcy (that’s liquidation) due to mismanagement of funds???

  • 6. lemare  |  October 18, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    I can’t believe I forgot to mention this sooner. Did anyone see the modern remake of Johnny Lingo? Did you see the horrifying product placement of Tahitian Noni? Like how in the original they bartered with cows, and this one, they traded precious “noni juice”.


  • 7. JL  |  October 18, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    LeMare, it’s actually more surprising that you sat through the modern remake of J. Lingo. How could the original ever be topped?


  • 8. chasingtoddlermom  |  October 18, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    Shameless. I totally missed that. My DH blames one Utah County MLM for his woes. Maybe it’s just coincidence, but he had purchased a bottle of Xango to appease a MLM-product-peddling co-worker just a few weeks prior to a major health crisis last summer. Maybe the blame is totally misplaced, but in his mind it’s a closed case. We joke that he was almost killed by an MLM.


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