Is Farmasi a scam? I’m going to answer that question and many more in this post.
I came across Farmasi when I saw someone on my Facebook feed promoting it. It seems like a new company in the U.S., so I wanted to do some research to see what it was about.
It looks to be another Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) company in the makeup and beauty industry. It was started in Turkey, and operations in the U.S. started in 2018 in Miami, FL.
After taking a look at Farmasi, there are definitely some good things about this company.
There are downsides, too.
Let’s dig in!
What Is Farmasi?
Farmasi is a Turkish-based makeup and beauty company, which was first started as a pharmaceutical manufacturing company in the 1950’s by Dr. C. Tuna. Today, according to their website, Farmasi is divided into two entities:
- A makeup manufacturing company
- A direct selling company
We’ll be focusing on the direct selling portion of Farmasi in this post.
Farmasi’s products include things such as toothpaste, massage gel, shampoo, men and women’s fragrances, makeup and nail polish.
How Does Farmasi Work?
Because Farmasi is a direct selling company, this means that independent distributors go out and sell the products. Farmasi calls these distributors “Beauty Influencers”.
What’s interesting to note is that the also put in parentheses “Entrepreneur”. We’ll get back to that a little later.
Farmasi is a Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) company because Beauty Influencers recruit people to join their team and they therefore make a percentage of their money from their team (downline).
We’ll go over the compensation plan in a bit.
How Much Does it Cost to Join Farmasi?
At a minimum, you can join for just $19.99 with the Basic Kit. From there, you can add on with one of the other two kits. Here’s what each of them includes.
1. Basic $19.99 Kit
You get 4 bags (2 larger and 2 smaller), an opportunity catalogue, skincare guide, product catalogues, website. You get 50% commissions when you sell the products and a 50% discount when you buy the products yourself.
2. $49.99 Kit
Get everything in the Basic Kit, plus lash and eyebrow serum, mascara, eye liner, lipstick, lip liner, one cream eyeshadow, blush, tea tree oil serum, eye cream (or some other anti-aging product).
3. $125 Kit
You get everything that’s in the Basic Kit, everything that’s in the $49.99 kit, plus a makeup primer, BB cream, CC cream, 3D mascara, tea tree oil cream, calendula cream, deep hydration calendula cream, charcoal cleanser, Age Reversist moisturizer, aloe cream, detox peeling mask, firming peeling mask, garlic oil hair mask.
There are no monthly quoats, monthly fees or yearly fees.
Let’s dig into the compensation a plan next.
How Much Money Can You Make with Farmasi?
If you sell the products, then you get 50% commission on whatever you sell. That’s the easy part. There’s also the bonuses and different levels and all that fun stuff.
Here’s a Beauty Influencer going over the compensation plan:
If you’d rather not watch, here’s a breakdown of what she said.
First 4 months after you join. Maintain 200 PV each of those months and you’ll earn free products to use or sell. (200 PV = $400 retail)
The first 100 Beauty Influencers that reach the rank of Director (5000 GV or higher) maintain that rank for 4-5 months. Will earn a trip to Turkey. Free shipping. Free monthly samples. Website exposure. Earn free leads from the company.
Team Building Program
Every 2 Beauty Influencers you bring in and they go active with 125 PV, you earn $40 on each, plus you earn $40 for each Beauty Influencer than comes in for that same month.
Earn bonuses from 3% – 25%. 25% bonuses are earned when you do 5000 GV, which gives you $250.
This is based on everyone personally enrolled by you. If your friend has a GV of 2000, she gets a 15% bonus. You have a GV of 5000 and you get a 25% bonus. Then you subtract those two and that leaves you with a 10% bonus. You get 10% of your friend’s GV, so $200 in this case.
You get this bonus when you’ve reached Director Status and you have leaders in your downline that have also hit the 25%. You can earn 4% – 8% on your leaders who reached Director with this bonus. There are also car allowance bonuses, cash bonuses and travel bonuses.
Here are the different Director levels with the different amounts that you can earn. You can read the plan from Farmasi’s website.
Don’t you feel like you need a PhD to understand all of this? I sure do! MLM compensation plans are so confusing!
Farmasi Positive Reviews
Here’s a YouTuber, Emina, who reviews a few of the Farmasi products. This was a mostly positive review of the products. She’s not a direct seller, so she’s just trying them out:
The other YouTube videos on the Farmasi opportunity were obviously biased since the women doing them are trying to get people into the opportunity. But I’m sure they are genuinely happy with Farmasi – for now. 🙂
Here’s someone who loves what she’s doing:
She talks a lot about different companies she was involved with. I found it interesting when she was talking about one of her companies being like High School, and she felt like she was being bullied when all she wanted was to run a business.
I’ve heard that a lot from people in MLMs. That’s what makes that “Entrepreneur” title interesting….
A true entrepreneur wouldn’t have those issues.
Because you’re not an entrepreneur in an MLM. It’s not your business. But she seems happy to be a part of Farmasi, so more power to her.
I think Farmasi is a little too new in the U.S. to have a lot of complaints stacked up. I did find two complaints for Farmasi.ba, which looks to be the Bosnian version of Farmasi.
Here’s a snippet of one I thought was interesting. You can read both complaints here.
It’ll be telling as time goes on what kind of receptivity this company will have here in the U.S. Will they get more and more complaints stacked up against them? We’ll have to see!
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Is Farmasi a Scam or Legit?
Is Farmasi a scam? Technically, these type of MLMs are not scams because they have a product to sell to consumers. If you start to make most of your money from recruiting people into the business versus product sales, then it teeters on the edge of a pyramid scheme.
- Inexpensive start-up price, if you get the Basic Kit
- Don’t need to hold inventory
- Just starting in the US, so you have a slightly better chance of making money right now
- Most of the products aren’t as expensive as most MLMs
- No minimum monthly requirements
- People at the bottom always lose money in an MLM
- While there are no monthly requirements, you can be sure that you’ll be pressured to buy more products from your upline
- You’re not actually an entrepreneur because it’s not your company
- As with all MLMs, you have to chase sales
- 99% of people do not make money in MLMs
- You have to hustle hard to get good growth in an MLM
I don’t care how good the products are, MLMs exist to make money for the people at the top. And how do the people at the top make so much money? From the people below them.
And this is where the shady part comes in.
In order for you to make money in an MLM, other people have to lose money. That’s just how it works.
Farmasi Alternative – Affiliate Marketing
I was in an MLM not too long ago, and I realized I didn’t like it because there was a lot of pressure to set up parties and online trainings and talk to everyone you come in contact with.
Being successful in an MLM requires recruiting and training, recruiting and training, over and over and over again. It is NOT passive income and you have to hustle your butt off to get anywhere with it. Plus the fact that I was buying way more products than I was selling. Oh, my upline made a bundle off of me.
I ended up moving over to affiliate marketing.
Let me tell you, it’s so much more chill.
- Hard selling
- Chasing friends and family
- Uplines or downlines
- Buying tons of products so you can “be the brand”
Instead, affiliate marketing is creating content, helping solve problems for people and promoting other people’s products that you enjoy and would recommend to others.
Based on keyword research, you can learn how to attract people to YOU. You don’t have to chase anyone.
You never have to tell a soul in your personal life what you’re doing if you don’t want. lol
If you want to learn more, you can read my free guide, How To: Affiliate Marketing for Beginners.
I hope this article helped you come to your own conclusion about whether Farmasi is a scam or not. As far as MLMs go, there is a low start-up cost and it doesn’t seem to have as many overpriced products as most.
But the fact that it uses the pyramid model and people on the bottom have to lose out in order for the people on top to earn big, it should at least give you pause and make you think about joining.
There are many ways to earn a living working from home and MLMs are definitely not the easiest or the most lucrative. You will have to hustle and grind your way to the top, and you’ll have to hope that your downline isn’t like a bunch of bullying High Schoolers.
If that doesn’t sound too good to you, check out affiliate marketing and see if it’s a better fit.
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