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First of all, Vitamin World and Rexall sold through Wal-Mart are
different labels for the same product: both are the same company, but
stupid people pay twice the price at Vitamin World than to just buy
the same brand at Wal-Mart.
But, anyway, here is an example of why Vitamin World products are
absolute crap: their green tea capsules are not standardized for the
active ingredient called EGCG, see http://www.vitaminworld.com/vf/labels/017505VW.pdf
On the other hand, Vitamin Shoppe's green tea has much more active
ingredients, see http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/store/en/browse/sku_detail.jsp?id=VS-1678
This is just one example. Same thing for most other supplements, like
ginkgo biloba, turmeric, resveratrol, fish oil, and everything!
Vitamin World is cheating you by charging you high for weak products:
even Wal-Mart's own brand has more active ingredients than Vitamin
And if that was not bad enough, if you go to a Vitamin World store,
the employees get 2.5% commission on outside brands, but 5.5%
commission on their own brands, so the employees will push you to buy
their own brand, even though the outside brands are better quality.
And then will LIE to you and tell you that there is no difference
between their own brand and the outside one so that they get the
higher percentage commission! And the president of Vitamin World
encourages this lying. For example, the news is all about the
resveratrol. But, the active ingredient is called “trans-
resverarol.” Vitamin World’s brand is not standardized for trans-
resveratrol, but the outside brand they carry is. So, the employees
will lie to you and say that there is no difference between the two
Also, Vitamin World employees are required to aggressively add on more
and more supplements to each person’s purchase, REGARDLESS of any
concern for overdosing. The employees are not physicians or bio-
scientists: most only have high school diplomas. Yet they are
required to convince the customers to buy and use everything they can
be manipulated into buying and to use them everyday. Most
employees, in order to please the Vitamin World CEO, as well as to
make higher commission, make stuff up to get the sale. Iron and
vitamin A and zinc are toxic at high amounts, but employees are
encouraged to sell any amount without any knowledge of side-effects.
Vitamin World makes money by taking advantage of the ignorance of
senior citizens and the Hispanics who don’t speak English well, even
newer philipino immigrants. These people are not as savvy about
understanding the label, or internet savvy so they can research things
Finally, vitamin world employees are trained with a multitude of
selling scripts which they must memorize and use on customers. They
are told to say, when a customer is doubtful about a product, that “I
understand how you feel, but most of our customers have tried this
product and just loved it! So let’s get you rung up.” The kicker:
this is a lie they are told to say by the vitamin world president:
most customers have not said they loved the product. But, it’s a type
planned lie that they can get away with and avoid the FDA’s wrath.
So, where should you shop? Most products are better quality than
Vitamin World. Try out Vitamin Shoppe, or the best products are sold
by Life Extension brand. Even GNC and Walmart are better. Source
naturals, Now, and Solaray products are much better also.
BOYCOTT VITAMIN WORLD!
What info. do you want? How about that all Vitamin World employees
are required to have two training meetings a year where we engage in
role-playing to practice the selling scripts. The script goes
something like this:
"Welcome to Vitamin World. My name is Jimmy, and you are? [the
customer then gives us a weard look for asking their name].
"What brings you in today?" [the customer then tells us what their
health needs are]
"I see, you have high cholesterol. Vitamin World scientists have put
together a heart health program for that." [each program has exactly
three products so that a good sale can be acomplished: it does not
matter if they really need all that stuff of if they will overdose]
"Let's get you started!" [we are then supposed to not show or mention
the price of the program, and try to conceal the price tag, and then
we are supposed to quickly get them to the register so that they don't
have time to think about what they are buying or to consider the
price. Next, we are supposed to offer them the program of the month,
a random 3-product program for whatever health issue, again not
carring if they really need it or if they will overdose on anything].
"Thank you, and please come back and tell us how well the program
worked for you!"
So, this is the outlined version of the main selling script. We also
have contingency scripts if in case the customer resists our selling
Vitamin World sends out secret shoppers to see if we comply with the
selling scripts, and are then disciplined if we fail.
Consumerreports.org did an undercover investigation of Best Buy for
unethical practices: they sent out employees to act as customers at
samples of BestBuy stores, and then they did an article on what they
found. Consumerreports.org needs to do this for Vitamin World and
expose them. Will someone here volunteer to contact
Consumerreports.org and notify them of this posting?
The president of Vitamin World believes that Americans are stupid
###s. This belief is shown by the "buy one, get one free" or "buy
one, get half off the second" sales trick. For example, the regular
price for an item is $24.99. But then, on certain months, they will
have a "special" on that item where if you buy one, you get the second
for free of for half off. But here is the deception: on the sale
month, the price of the item is raised to $31.99! So, you pay higher
for the first item, and then you get half off $31.99 for the second
item, instead of half off the normal price of $24.99. Or you pay
higher for the first item, and then get the second for free. If all
you wanted was just one item, you end up paying MORE for the so-called
"sale" item than you did before the sale started!
Vitamin World is bragging that they are opening up another 50 or so
stores nationally. I guess all their deception has paid off for
them. God help us.