I have been a network marketer for several years and have been very successful in such. I was introduced to BioPerformance Inc. a month ago when a good friend of mine called to tell me about the "secret gas pill". I attended a very hype filled conference call and was VERY turned off.
My husband and I talked it over and decided we could do our own conference calls WITHOUT THE HYPE, and as long as we tried the product and it worked - we would have a great opportunity to build a huge organization because of a product with REAL VALUE. Well, we took the plunge and signed up as Managers.
The first big red flag I saw was when the company did not accept online payments, or credit / debit cards at all - only personal checks or money orders. I've been told that BioPerformance is in the process of accepting these forms of payment - but as a former ACH Specialist, I KNOW from my own banking experience that obtaining a merchant account is not a big deal, and most home-based business owners can get one overnight. This is a major concern.
After signing up online we get to a screen that says to OVERNIGHT our payment to BioPerformance. That's a little fishy....why isn't regular postal mail acceptable? We mailed ours regular postal mail, and definately did NOT sign up for auto-ship. NOTE: If they can process credit card transactions for auto-ship, then they CAN process credit card transactions for enrollment into the business - they CHOOSE not to, and my guess is that they don't want to deal with charge-backs!!!
I was told by the upline that the Freedom Team (a group of distributors within BioPerformance) had the best training. I attended their conference call...and unfortunately it was just as hyped up and all about money and recruiting as the last conference call I listened to.
The only benefit was the lead capture page with audio presentation on it. I bought it for $49.95 to promote the business online.
After buying it, (I think two or three days later) I attend a "training call" where they're promoting an "excellent and high quality printer" who they have contracted with to print business 1000 business cards for our team for just $39.99 (including shipping). Well, that's cheaper than VistaPrint.com - so we ordered some.
They had an order page where you enter the name, website, email & phone # you want printed on the cards. We entered the info. we wanted on our cards and paid via PayPal.
In the process of waiting for my product (BioPerformance Fuel pills) and my business cards, I started researching fuel catalysts online. I found there were several other network marketing companies popping up promoting fuel catalysts. One actually has a money back gurantee - Extreme Research's Enviro-Max plus.
I emailed a distributor who was selling the Enviro-Max Plus on eBay and she emailed me back and eventually we talked on the phone. She said Extreme Research suspects that BioPerformance Fuel is a pill form of their patented product Enviro-Max plus.
BioPerformance Fuel is NOT PATENTED. When I asked the upline WHY it is not patented, I was told "Because we don't want to reveal the formula because others could copy it and sell knock-off versions and cut us out completely."
My guess is that BioPerformance Inc. had done exactly that to Extreme Research. My personal opinion is that they copied Enviro-Max Plus's formula (which is viewable through the patent it holds), altered it enough (turned it into a pill and powder) and wala - BioPerformance Fuel is born.
I emailed my concerns to BioPerformance and never received a response. I finally got my product a few days ago and tried it. It will take four full tank fulls of gas to tell if it works or not. I decided not to build a business with BioPerformance because I can't even get a response to a MAJOR concern. The distributor for Extreme Research said a cease and desist order will be issued shortly because of the patent infringement. BioPerformance never answered my email and they do not have a customer service line. There is no phone number at all to contact BioPerformance.
I decided to sell the four bottles I have on eBay. I listed the auction today, and several hours later I receive NASTY emails from an eBay user. I am assuming it is someone who either distributes BioPerformance or works for the corporate office. I doubt it is Lowell Mimms (the founder) himself, but who knows - this person won't reveal who they are.
I'm told we are not going to be allowed to sell BioPerformance on eBay after March 10th. Well, today is March 2nd....so why the nasty emails. This person said they copied my eBay user information and my BioPerformance account would be deactivated for violating their policy and eBay's policy.
First of all, if I were violating eBay policy -ebay would pull the listing. Second of all - they can't identify who I am just by an eBay user ID. I just told them to go ahead and deactivate my account. At least that'd save me some time (if you want to cancel your BioPerformance account you have to mail a letter.)
Either way it goes - I've had enough and I'm warning all who look at this as a viable way to build a business....BEWARE!!! This has been my experience with BioPerformance. Maybe you'll have better luck with it...but I doubt it.
Mount Vernon, Indiana