Lesson From the Herbalife 2014 Chicago Extravaganza: How Not to Write a Disclaimer

Here’s some video footage from this year’s extravaganza event in Chicago. This is a woman, presumably “Annie”, giving her President’s Team testimonial. She thanks John Tartol by name and the audience goes nuts like they’re at game 7 of the World Series. 

hlfBut – look at that on the screen – we’ve never see THAT before. At least I haven’t, and I’ve watched a few Herbalife extravaganza videos in my day.

That monstrosity is a disclaimer put up presumably by Herbalife management, to let people know that not all people achieve the same results as Annie. Great thinking by Herbalife’s crack squad of executives – playing it close to the vest now that the FTC is involved. Hey, maybe the lawyers are starting to earn their keep over at Herbalife, right?

Wrong. 

What’s it say, anyway? 

  • Does it say 96.4% of Herbalife distributors earn less than a bottle and can collector? (source)
  • Does it say that promises of making hundreds of thousands a year are unlikely to materialize for most?
  • Does it refer you to Herbalife’s statement of average gross compensation to point out that those making over $250k/year are in the 0.004% of all U.S. members with a downline? 

No, no and no. None of that pesky nonsense. It’s basically a giant reminder, in big bold letters that occupy half of the screen that President’s team members can expect to earn more than $300k/year.

It’s basically a disclaimer written as a giant advertisement. 

Talk about being pulled over by the weight of your own balls – jeez.

I’ve done you a favor and transcribed it for you:

DISCLAIMER FOR PRESIDENT’S TEAM TESTIMONIALS

The average payment from Herbalife to President’s Team members in 2013 was $366,793. This amount included all commissions, royalties, and bonuses paid by Herbalife. It does not include amounts earned by members on their sales of Herbalife products directly to others or expenses. 

 $366,793 minus expenses. Oh, the horror!

One thought on “Lesson From the Herbalife 2014 Chicago Extravaganza: How Not to Write a Disclaimer

  1. Look at this video, keep the eye bleach handy though.

    The fat crotch-grabbing guy on stage is quite the eloquent spokesman for herbalife….

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