Watkins Review – Scam Or Legitimate MLM Business?

| April 30, 2011 | 4 Comments

Watkins Review imageWelcome to my Watkins Review!!

Watkins is on a mission to be the most trusted natural products company in the market place, and they aim to accomplish this by meeting their customer’s needs and exceeding their expectations.

In this Watkins Review, I will be examining their company and products in relation to the MLM Home Business Opportunity that they offer as an Independent Watkins Associate.

This Watkins Review will answer one key question:  Does Watkins offer a legitimate MLM business opportunity, or should this be considered a scam or pyramid scheme?  This is my unbiased Watkins Review.

Company Details & History

J.R. Watkins Logo imageWatkins has been in existence since 1868, and was founded by a gentleman named J.R. Watkins in the kitchen of his home in Plainview, Minnesota.  Throughout the 1890s and the early 1900s, Watkins experienced a tremendous growth phase, opening branches around the country, including their very first international branch in Winnipeg, Canada.

Available Markets

Today, Watkins continues their international operations with products sold in:

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • U.K.
  • Philippines

For the first 110 years of their existence, Watkins was family owned and operated.  It wasn’t until 1978 that Watkins was purchased by entrepreneur Irwin L. Jacobs.  To this day, the Jacobs family has continued the Watkins tradition of manufacturing high-quality products, and providing outstanding service that exceeds expectations.

Product Line

Throughout the years, the Watkins product line has grown to offer a wide array of products related to:

  • Natural Gourmet
  • Personal Care
  • Home Remedies
  • Home Care
  • Gifts

MLM Business – Getting started and how it works

J.R. Watkins imageAs an Independent Watkins Associate, you will have four options to market your business, including:

1. Living Naturally

This includes activities such as group events, and presentations where you will present Watkins products and their business opportunity in a group setting.

2. Public Events

This includes showcasing products in Trade Shows, Public Displays, and Fairs.  Any setting that brings the public to you.

3. Online

Includes a website where you will drive visitors to learn more about Watkins products, and their MLM business opportunity.

4. One-on-One

Present Watkins products and/or their business opportunity to individuals any time and in any setting.

The cost of getting started

The cost to begin your Watkins Home Business as an Associate will be an annual $39.95 fee for your Watkins Membership Package.  This will provide you with minimal literature and training as a starting point for all new Associates.

Possible Upgrades

Depending on which of the four methods that you choose to grow your business, you will be highly encouraged to upgrade your membership by adding their Upgrade Assortment packages.  There are three to choose from depending on your goals and how you wish to grow your business.

Watkins Products Review image1. CN Living Naturally Upgrade Assortment for $69.95 USD.

Intended for those who are going to share their products in a home party setting.

2. CN Gift Certificate Assortment for $129 USD.

3. CN Watkinize Your Home Assortment for $349 USD.

Intended for serious business builders who wish to have a large inventory of products to have on hand to begin sharing with others.

This will also include three months of free web maintenance for your E-Associate Website.  After this three month time period, this will be an additional monthly expense.

Questions that must be asked…

Now, it is imperative that you learn some important facts before you place your initial order and decide on which of the three packages you are going to purchase.  Typically in MLM companies like Watkins, when there are various product packs to choose from, the pack that you decide to purchase will directly affect your placement and qualification for earnings within that company’s compensation plan.

Generally speaking in businesses like these, the more that you are willing to spend, the higher the earnings you are qualified to receive.  I highly recommend that you complete your due diligence to see if this applies to the Watkins business opportunity before you enroll and place your order.

Watkins Review Conclusion

In my opinion after conducting this Watkins Review, Watkins is a legitimate business opportunity.  For the fact that they have been growing and operating for more than 140 years proves that they are not a scam.

If you possess the desire to share their high-quality product line with others by the means of home parties, trade shows, fairs, and other public events, I believe that Watkins offers a legitimate and solid business opportunity.

This concludes my Watkins Review!  If you have found this Watkins Review to be helpful, or have anything to add, please provide your feedback below!

Category: MLM Company Reviews

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Dave Fennell is the founder and editor of Marketing Methods Online and BloggerGo. Learn more about him here. You can also connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+
  1. Sue Odil says:

    i just saw your comment this is really important to me

  2. Dave Fennell says:

    Dave Fennell wrote this Watkins Review for those who are researching the J.R. Watkins Business Opportunity. I would love your feedback. If you have any experiences with this company, whether good or bad, please share them here to assist others in their research efforts.

    I greatly appreciate your feedback and expertise, and others will too!

    To Your Success,

    Dave Fennell

  3. Daniel says:

    You have many good insights. I like your website.

  4. Deborah Moore says:

    I was a past associate with Watkins and left to do another MLM. Watkins milks their members that are trying to do the business. Examples:
    1. You pay $19.99 monthly for a website ( by choice you don’t get a personal website)
    2. You have to pay a renewal fee every year even when you pay them for a website monthly.
    3. If a new program is started which offers a new type bonus in order to get that you have to purchase the product kit even though you are on a monthly auto ship program using the products already.
    4. They have to many programs for their associates to be in which cost each month.
    a. PEP Program monthly fee
    b. Watkinizie Your Home Program one time product kit to buy
    c. Watkins Advantage Program monthly fee
    All these are required to operate.
    I was on an associates site checking it out, and she pays monthly for this site mind you $19.99. I know her she has customers all over the US. Guess what option is on HER site. A help tool for HER customers to find a associate closer to them and help in finding a retail store that they can buy from someone closer or a retail store instead of Her the owner of the website they are on. Now that’s Watkins support of their Associates trying to build a business. I am I the only one that thinks this is STUPID!!!
    Way to undermine your faithful Watkins’s associates trying to build a business.

    So now you decided if Watkins is really a business that helps their members I think not. They need to just call it a members only buying club like COSTO or something similar.

    Feel free to correct me its been a while since I’ve been in the Watkins business. I buy my products online cheaper with free shipping than I could when I was a Watkins Associate.

    Just saying do your homework great products but not so good biz opportunity.


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