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XS Gold with Essentra may or may not do anything

October 16, 2008

According to this presentation, XS Gold with Essentra may:

  • Help sharpen mental focus and mental stamina
  • Boost mental clarity and concentration
  • Alleviate mental fatigue
  • Help the body cope with stress

… then again, it might not do anything of these things.

The magic ingredient in XS Gold appears to be Essentra, which is a patented-form of an Indian root extract (Ashwagandha). Read the marketing white paper for more information about this “miracle” functional food supplement.

When you’re tired out from reading about Essentra, check out some of the exotic fruit flavors contained in just one can of XS Gold: acai, blackberries, blueberries, mangosteen, pomegranates, and red grapes. XS Gold sure looks like it’s ready to do battle with MonaVie, Xango, and all of those other miracle juice concoction MLM companies! I wonder how much fruit, if any, is contained in an actual can of XS Gold.

IBOs have to deal with a lot of stress these days, so I can see how a product like XS Gold might help them. With people leaving as fast as they come in (or in some cases, with more people leaving the business than coming in), I can see how IBOs have a lot of anxiety that needs to be melted away with a refreshing can of XS Gold. Soon enough, however, the stress will return when the IBO calculates his monthly profits and loss statements. Yup, another chug of XS Gold with Essentra will wash away the fact that expenses are higher than profits! Uh oh, Ditto delivery just sent over another box of Nutrilite vitamins, but the IBO still hasn’t finished with last month’s box; he can’t cancel Ditto for next month because that will mean his personal PV will be under 100PV! All these decisions can drive an IBO insane! Another can of XS Gold can solve that!

So, maybe XS Gold is a great product that’s tailored exactly for the needs and desires of every IBO… or maybe XS Gold is just another money-making product from Greg Duncan1 and his cohorts at XS Energy. Isn’t it interesting how all of the products that are heavily promoted by the kingpins and Amway Global are the ones that you have to purchase over and over again at the end of every month?

1 How many people want to place bets that we’re going to see an All In Energy product infused with Essentra in the next year?

37 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2008 10:33 am

    Would you rather have an MLM that has products that DON’T have to be purchased over and over again at the end of every month?

  2. October 16, 2008 2:09 pm

    I think it’s gotten to the point where everything that’s being promoted is packaged as a convenient consumable product. Maybe it’s just me, but there appears to be more of an effort to purchase and sell these products, all of which are single-use items that need to be replenished each month.

    I understand consumables help to provide a reliable baseline for predicting month-to-month sales, but part of me laments this move to consume, replace, consume, replace.

    Where’s the effort to sell more eSprings, Amway Queen Cookware, or other products that will last for years at a time?

  3. October 16, 2008 3:34 pm

    Who said the effort to sell products that last for years at a time has gone away?

    How would you even have a clue about this, you haven’t even been an IBO for YEARS?

    Sounds like YOU are stressed out….LOL

  4. Porkchopjim permalink
    October 16, 2008 7:50 pm

    There’s no effort to promote products that will last for years because IBOs like Tex only see results each month through their Amway rebate check by eating their own products month after month.

    Tex’s garage is already packed with 10,000 business ‘tools’ that he has cached in expectation of the ‘kingpin revolution’ where he will emerge as the ‘Amway Messiah’ and lead the masses to useless mind control blather labled as ‘business training.’

    He has no room, whatsoever, to order durable products month after month. And while he’s proud to retail his products (at IBO cost, of course, because retail price is prohibitive), retail is NOT where the big money is made – that’s from ‘networking’!

    Apparently, WalMart – which GROWS more each quarter than Quixtar/Amway Global MAKES each YEAR has the business model all wrong! Tex has 10,000 tools that say that exact same thing!

    Bottom line: if Amway IBOs didn’t buy their own products, no one would. If Amway wasn’t a cult, Tex wouldn’t have 10,000 mind control ‘tools’ that he says contain valuable information.

  5. October 16, 2008 10:10 pm


    As I was saying prior to being rudely interrupted:

    Who said the effort to sell products that last for years at a time has gone away?

    How would you even have a clue about this, you haven’t even been an IBO for YEARS?

    Sounds like YOU are stressed out….LOL

  6. Joecool permalink
    October 17, 2008 12:46 pm

    What a concept! Amway has (until recently) little advertising, and their 3 million IBOs worldwide moves 7 billion in volume. And IBOs need “tools” so they can learn this.

    Contract this to Walmart who does advertise, trains their own staff (at not cost to the employee) and Walmart moves 374 billion with 2 million employees.

    Someone knows how to run a business there.

  7. October 17, 2008 2:36 pm

    The employees “pay” for their training, in the form of smaller paychecks. LOL

    Besides, how much training does Walmart provide their employees who couldn’t even help you find a product if their life depended on it? LOL

    The employees don’t have NEARLY as much opportunity an IBO does. Completely different business models. LOL

  8. rlaurens permalink
    October 17, 2008 3:36 pm

    Yikes! Each IBO only have about $2K of revenue each year?!?? A one-year-old online biz does that volume in 1 day…

  9. October 17, 2008 9:32 pm

    Imagine, you only have to have $2K of volume each year, build an organization, and you can STILL net 6-7 figure profit. Imagine that….

  10. rlaurens permalink
    October 18, 2008 12:54 am

    Bah, amateur. In other ‘venture’, you just have to spend $1 and you can STILL net 8-9 figures instantly.

    Imagine… what a buck can do.

  11. Porkchopjim permalink
    October 18, 2008 7:51 am

    Imagine, you only have to have $2K of volume each year, build an organization, and you can STILL net 6-7 figure profit. Imagine that….

    Imagine you’ve tried that for 15 years and are 5 figures in the hole. If you were Tex, you wouldn’t have to imagine that – it’s his reality.

  12. Rykel from Singapore permalink
    October 18, 2008 10:12 am

    porkchopjim seems to be the type of individual who makes many (wrongful & unsubstantiated) presuppositions before spilling his words out of his mouth. (his keyboard in this case).

    Just because there are many who are not making profits with the Amway/MLM business does NOT mean that “no one” is making profits with the Amway/MLM business.

    And I wonder how porkchopjim knows Tex’s personal financial situation? Can he produce PROOF of Tex’s so-called “5-figure in the hole reality”?

  13. October 18, 2008 1:36 pm


    I’ve mentioned losing 5 figures many times, thanks to the LCK’s (Lying Cowardly “Kingpins.” Many other IBO’s have as well.

  14. Rykel from Singapore permalink
    October 19, 2008 12:51 pm


    OK tat explains part 2 (ie. ur being 5 fig in the hole) but still he needs to PROVE part 1 – that “NO ONE” makes money in the Amway business, even though it is common sense that many others are not making anything significant.

    I once received an analogy from a fellow networker about this very issue… he asked, “If a state lottery wants to let EVERYONE ticket holder win something, what is the fairest compensation?”

    Answer: If a ticket costs $10, then EVERYONE will “win” $10 in prize winnings next week when the draw is over.

    Now, question – who then will play lottery?

    The whole idea is to have ONE Winner & many consolation prizes with the rest having to “try again” – that is how money works!

    Likewise for networking – ONE Winner & many smaller income earners with the rest of the players having to “try again” next commission run.

    Orrin Woodward has a term for it too – the one car that crosses the bridge before the 99 others.

  15. October 19, 2008 1:22 pm


    There is no part 1. Here’s the pcj quote, “Bottom line: if Amway IBOs didn’t buy their own products, no one would.” I don’t see where he said “NO ONE” makes money in the Amway business.

  16. Obvious permalink
    November 11, 2008 9:05 am

    1) I will continue to support my family with my own business. The last time I checked Forbes, the Waltons were doing ok and wont miss my business.
    2) Never argue with stupid people. They will drag you down to their level, and beat you up with experience.

  17. January 27, 2009 3:48 pm

    It’s nice to see criticism based in ignorance. In this case, we have criticism that that fundamentally misses the laws that govern food and beverage marketing claims–why XS Gold uses the language that it does, as well as the clinical trials and research into the ingredients, such as Essentra.

    The word “may” is required language when making claims–nothing, not even prescription drugs work the same for everyone all the time. That’s pharmacology 101. Asprin may not always fix your headache.

    Essentra has real clinical trials and FDA approved claims that are made with the approved marketing language, i.e., using words such as “may.” Find out more about Essentra at: It’s a real ingredient with real claims and real clinicals.

    Finally the exotic fruit juices are in reality fruit extracts–the essential elements of the fruit, not the sugar and water. No one adds exotic fruits for “flavoring.” One can of XS Gold has more of the essential ingredients, the extracts, from the key exotic superfruits than other leading brands in the marketplace, giving it one of the highest antioxidant values per serving on the market today.

    Hope that helps shed some light on XS Gold.

  18. Realitywaste your ti permalink
    March 10, 2009 10:10 pm

    The only people that talk negatively are those who have tries really hard (or not at all) and don’t make any money-period! Think about it, if you became a millionaire doing a MLM, would you create a site cuch as this talking about what made you money?

    Bitter loosers. Not one that talks about any Amway made any money. That’s not a speculation it’s the freakin truth! If it’s not true prove me wrong and show me some figures! No comebacks, no rebuttals, just proof that you’ve done it and made money.

  19. rod permalink
    December 9, 2009 5:38 pm

    what’s your problem…AMWAYS been Around over 50 years, and is recognized by many as a company second to none. No one is perfect. What is your profession? I’m sure I could find some skeletons in your neck of the woods. There are many, many more MLM companies out there that have come and gone. Are you against MLM or AMWAY…sounds like your have a personal situation here…Are you one of the guys who quit the Biz.

  20. December 9, 2009 6:26 pm

    If you read the rest of this site, your questions will be answered.

  21. Eric permalink
    January 29, 2010 7:48 pm

    Amway Global is a awesome company!!…unless your one of the IBO’s who quit the biz and now thinks it doesn’t work, even though, if we looked at your calendar it would be blank, because all you did was sit on your butt. It obviously didn’t work for you, how CORE were you anyway? It’s working for me, and I’m a know nothing truck driver…and XS Gold is much more affordable than Mona-Vie and you could probably move it much better than Mona-Vie because people think Mona-Vie is a luxury item, XS Gold on the other hand is just as good in quality if not better and only $3 a can, and you don’t have a whole case of bottles sitting around (you hope you can move ) not to mention Amway Global’s compensation plan Mona-Vie isn’t even close!. Can’t wait for this line of drinks to expand, rumor has it that two more brand new different “Golds” are on the way!..

  22. Eric permalink
    January 29, 2010 8:25 pm

    ” Expenses are higher than profits”….you don’t get it , you have the wrong mindset-which might explain why you failed….it’s not a exspense at all-it’s a investment, your a business owner now, you’ve re-positioned yourself from the consumer slot and put yourself in the distribution/profit slot , and look…you made money, from your investment…go figure?

  23. Eric permalink
    January 29, 2010 8:37 pm

    Dude, seriously…”can’t cancel the Ditto order of vitamins, or else your personal pv drops under 100pv?”..did you have any clients at all?…here’s a idea, SELL IT! …make your money back!.. along with a profit….. and the 100 pv! , which will also lead to a bonus check. simple!…

  24. Burned Out with Mona Vie permalink
    January 30, 2010 8:23 pm

    expense vs. investment?………..come on……..OK if I invested the average amount of money the average MLM person spends to maintain the minimum 100 PV (Amway) or 1 Case autoship (Mona Vie) sales quota, which is what it really is, and we skip the sales tools, motivational hype junk, pep rally tickets and related travel expenses part of the equation we are in the neighborhood of $1800 per year tax and shipping included. The real ROI (Return On Investment) odds would be statistically higher than the published IDS (Income Disclosure Statement) figures published by buying scratch off lottery tickets at 1 to 3.11 (Last one I bought, FYI, I won a free ticket so I beat the odds, next one is still a crap shoot).

  25. Eric permalink
    January 31, 2010 10:23 am

    I could spend $0 and still do 100pv, it’s a business plan just create 100 points, what’s the big deal? everyone is doing 100 pv somewhere.

  26. Burned Out with Mona Vie permalink
    January 31, 2010 7:57 pm

    Totally agree Eric you could spend $0 to do 100 PV, not a problem with that, we are businessmen after all, my question is how many in your downline do not have the skill it takes to do what you have done and have a store in their basement of unused products they will never sell?

    Don’t get me wrong, I still wash my clothes with SA8 and everything else with LOC, I just love the new “Legacy Of Clean” packaging by the way, the reason I got out of Amway in 1981 was my upline direct had the uncontrollable urge to have 3 55 gallon drums of friggen’ car wash is his garage to meet a sales quota, and me being an impressionable 20 year old at the time thought that was dumb as S***.

  27. Burned Out with Mona Vie permalink
    February 1, 2010 6:19 pm

    Eric, my apologies as to my last post, I’m not a dream stealer, just a realist, and I do get carried away on Amtrax’s blog, that said were you by any chance alive in 1981?

  28. Eric permalink
    February 1, 2010 8:34 pm

    I wonder if your upline is still in the biz? that does sound ridiculous – this biz has been so streamed lined since 1981, no need to have “any” inventory at all, Everything is ordered online and drop shipped. I’ve never had my garage or my basement filled with product, maybe my pantry…I order what I need – That’s a good point about downline not everyone is cut out for this biz, that’s why it’s really important to keep it as simple and duplicatable as possible…1 bar and 1 drink a day is around 50pv, most people can do this without really trying, so a couple doing this could do 100pv without going broke…then add your SA8 ect…when needed… now duplicate. It does help to have a group that is locked in with you, as a realist you could tear this biz up…keep it real, plus I’ve learned to meet people where there at.

  29. Eric permalink
    February 1, 2010 8:37 pm

    I think I was 18 in 1981…

  30. Burned Out with Mona Vie permalink
    February 3, 2010 7:37 pm

    I was 20 Eric in 1981 and was totally soured by the experience and I swore I would never do another network again, got back into the MLM game in 2007 anyway and launched an LLC, that and by diversifying the MLM and conventional product lines is very profitable for me. I’m talking about real profit, that is real sales money coming in subtracting COGS (Cost Of Goods Sold) equals profit, the only problem I have with the MLM industry is the hype and the lies, mostly promoted by the miss informed.

  31. February 4, 2010 10:58 pm

    BOWMV, sorry this thread is a little old, so I got a bit lost here… are you Burned Out with AMWAY or MonaVie?

  32. Burned Out with Mona Vie permalink
    February 5, 2010 12:24 am

    Both, and a few others I could add to the list

  33. Eric permalink
    February 9, 2010 3:40 pm

    BOWMV, I’m truely sorry you had such a bad experience…and your right, it is mostly promoted by the miss informed ( that’s why this business has the “stigma” it has) people who make all these claims trying to be cool.. it’s like trying out for the NFL and not making it…so now the NFL sucks! – when we all know the NFL works, it’s not the industry’s fault there’s alot of goof balls in this biz- if you think about it there are alot of goof balls in any biz. A 25% profit on a $38 product isn’t bad.

  34. Burned Out with Mona Vie permalink
    February 12, 2010 9:11 pm


    I think we are on the same page, we both think MLM can work, it’s just the BS that hurts that the industry, mostly promoted by the, “screw everyone for profi, upline guy’s”, look I launched a new MLM two weeks ago and already ready have my ROI back and nobody got hurt.

  35. MikeC permalink
    March 6, 2011 7:38 am

    Ran across this blog while researching Essentra. . . . and am compelled to say, you are a total loser, and will probably never succeed at anything in your life.

    That’s all.

  36. Brent permalink
    June 6, 2011 8:12 am

    I don’t have a question, I have a statement: You’re an idiot


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