Ardyss was started in 1991 by the Díaz de León Family and they are a Mexican Manufacturing Company who at that time specialised in corsetry aimed at re-shaping a women’s figure.
In 2007 they changed from being a direct sales model into a network marketing business.
Network Marketing is a strategy where you are compensated for not only the sales you make but also for the people you recruit.
This in turn can lead to multiple levels of generating an income plus building your own business.
This is also referred to as MLM or Multi Level Marketing. Unfortunately it can lead to the highly illegal practice of Pyramid Selling.
The other problem associated with these type of marketing companies is that the start up costs can be high and you are initially reliant on the number of family and friends that you have.
Very few of these companies that conduct this type of business are ever legal.
This all sounds very negative, doesn’t it?
But some years ago now I got involved in a company which invited me along to a rather grand affair at a very plush hotel for a demonstration by a variety of other people that worked for this particular health food company.
Initially the event I thought was very good and I got completely suckered in and bought a beginners pack to start up my own business.
I received all sorts of help and guidance, attending various meetings and I did make some sales which was what I was after.
But when it came down to the payment side of things, the amount of money I was paid was a terrible compared to amount of money I had personally paid out.
I worked out I would have to recruit five people and sell 50 kits a month just to cover my costs.
The problem with these type of companies they always seem to prey on people who are at their most vulnerable, usually after you have been made redundant and you have mounting bills. The desperation to find work outweighs your own sensibilities.
From reading several reports about Ardyss the biggest complaints seem to be the price of their products and the level of customer service, which is not as you would expect from a multinational company.
On the Better Business Bureau website, Adyss International has not been accredited, but they have received 248 complaints in the last 3 years, 87 were in the last 12 months.
According to BBB they have all been resolved with their help and the most amount of complaints were for problems with product/service – total 209.
From my own experiences with MLM I would say that this is not a very good business model to follow unless you have a complete understanding of the costs that you will incur on starting this type of business.
Plus you will need to have a lot of very patient family and friends because you will need to recruit additional people into your network.
As to whether Ardyss International is a scam, that’s a tough call to make but I definitely wouldn’t use this type of business model again, for the reasons outlined above.
Neil – WFHW