Is Organo Gold a Scam or a Legit Money Making Opportunity?

is organo gold a scam- homepageYou might be reading this because a friend or perhaps a relative might have approached you with the Organo Gold business opportunity. More often than not, it’s  usually the case.

Or maybe you are already in the game and just want to get a different perspective of the business.

Either way, it’s great that you are doing your research because it’s always a good idea to know the inner workings of all the numerous business opportunities that exist out there before getting on board.

Sit back and let me take you through the Organo Gold business and hopefully you will find out whether it’s worth investing your time and money in or avoiding it all together.

Is it a scam or legit? Can you make some serious money?

No doubt you want some things cleared. Well, let’s find out, shall we.

  • Company Name: Organo Gold
  • Website:
  • Costs: Starting @ $49 plus $50 monthly
  • Owner: Bernie Chua
  • Rating: 6/10

Organo Gold is a company that sells coffee products through independent distributors. The company opened its doors in 2008 in Canada, Victoria BC.

The company is the brainchild of a Bernie Chua. At its inception it didn’t do well until they brought in the expertise of Holton Buggs in 2010, a former successful independent distributor from a different MLM company. Today they are one of the biggest Multi-level marketing companies operating in over 50 countries around the world.

Its growth and success is pretty impressive given the short period they have been in business. The company enjoys an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

The Products

People around the world drink tons of coffee everyday. Equally, there hundreds of coffee brands out in the market but Organo Gold coffee products apparently aren’t just your regular cup of joe. What sets them aside is one key ingredient.

Ganoderma mushroom which is sometimes referred to as the  “King of the Herbs”  is used widely used in Asia as a treatment for many illnesses.

Incase you are wondering what the heck Ganoderma mushroom is you might have used in your day to day products without even realising it. Apparently it can be found in some over the shelf products in drug stores.

The Ganoderma mushroom is a species of red mushrooms that has been used in traditional Asian medicine for thousands of years and is used to treat ailments such as body aches, cancer, liver, psychiatric diseases etc.

Its scientific name is Ganoderma Lucidum and its commonly referred to as Reishi or mannentake in Japan. In china it is called Lingzhi. The mushroom grows on wood or old forest trees and can be found in many tropical regions of Asia.

Organo Gold is simply your normal coffee infused with the The Ganoderma mushroom. They do however have a range of other products in their catalogue like hot chocolate, green tea and black ice.

In recent times they have expanded into other products like like soaps, lotions, and even toothpaste, all with the key ingredient of Ganoderma.

How do you get started with Organo Gold?

Organo Gold sells it’s products through independent distributors. In a nutshell that means if you want to make money you have to get as many people under your team as possible.

That’s not an easy thing but we will get to that.

To get started you will need to buy a Starter pack for $49 dollars and also enrol for the monthly autoship program of $50 per month spread over 10 months. What autoship means is that you have to buy a certain amount of products to remain a distributor. This is called the Bronze level.

To be eligible for commissions, you have to purchase the following other levels;

  • Silver: $49.95 + $450 + $100/month for 12 months
  • Gold: $49.95 + $1,300 + $100/month for 12 months

The Gold level will cost you $2550 per year. That’s a tidy figure. Like all MLMs, the higher the level you purchase the more your commissions.

Talking of commissions, rather than go into all the nitty gritty of how you make money I will let the man himself Holton Buggs explain it to you.

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Pros and Cons


There is no doubt that that the the Ganoderma mushroom has many health benefits. Everyone wants to feel healthy so I believe the Organo Gold products offer numerous benefits.

That being said some people have complained that they experience side effects like dizziness after using the products. Some people seem to agree that the reason is because your body is trying to flash out toxins. The Ganoderma mushroom has blood thinning properties and that is possibly the easiest way for  your body to expel toxins.

I would highly advise you to consult a health professional if you are already taking products like aspirin or other blood thinning medications before taking Organo products.

I also believe you can make money with this opportunity if you have what it takes to build a massive team. Problem is the odds are always against you in most cases.


The products are way too expensive. I believe if you walk into your local drug store you can get similar products for way less. If you are trying to detox your system there are a myriad cost effective ways you can go about it. The most cost effective as far as i’m concerned is fasting. Let your body do the job for you.

If you are joining Organo Gold for the money (most likely the reason), then just know that all MLMs operate pretty much on the same principle. It’s about building a team to make money from those who join under you. If you are good at selling products and convincing people to become sellers themselves, then this could work out pretty well for you.

Most people are not good at it. You might even build a team but if those people are not active in the business you will not make money.

You might most likely end up becoming your very own best customer.

Another thing that I find confusing is that some of this products are also available on online stores like ebay and Amazon for less than what you would buy for on their autoship program. It might probably be from people who bought a large inventory and are trying to dispose off their stock.

The flow with Multi Level marketing

Multi level marketing is one of those business models that exist in a cloud of mystery and controversy.

I have been there, done that. I was a distributor with Amway and like most people I had a cult-like devotion to the business. The truth is however is always so far away from fact.

People fail in this form of business because it is by no means easy as they are led to believe. Less than 1% of all the people who join multi-level marketing businesses succeed.

Mary Kay once described the business as filling your bathtub with the sinkhole open. Most people will be gone once they realize just how difficult the business is. The fall out rate is massive.

You may be asking, so how come this companies seem to turn out such huge profits? Good question.

Most of them have very low overheads. They don’t need to advertise. That is why they pay you a cut from sales and recruiting. At the very bottom of it, you will be doing all the donkey work for them. Also most of these companies expect you to maintain a certain amount of purchases in order to remain a member.

The period I was in multi level marketing, the one thing that our uplines insisted was to never tell your prospective recruits what they are getting into. Keep them in the dark until you are able to get them to a meeting or party. The whole idea was for them to see the big picture.

A business opportunity must put down all the facts on the table before allowing one to sign their life away.

Also ask yourself whether you are really building a business or just re-selling overpriced products. Recruiting people into a business is outdated. There are easier and better ways to make money.

Overall opinion

I would say Organo Gold seems like an okay company. Not out of these world but okay. They are not very different from Valentus

It’s a great business for those who have the energy for recruiting.

That being said, Organo Gold is not a pyramid scheme like some people would claim. With pyramid schemes, the last person always emerges on the other side with nothing. In this case you have a product so you are not really selling hot air.

Opinion is always divided as to whether this sort of businesses are  scams or not.

Network marketing by its very nature is a legit way of doing business and people succeed big time in it. In fact there are millionaires in the industry.

There are however so many half truths that new recruits are exposed to that it makes it hard for one to have full confidence in the business. A common line that is always used is that it is easy to get into since you only need to buy a starter pack and you are in business. You soon realise how your costs can skyrocket especially if you are not able to resell your products.

Also remember that the autoship program is what keeps everyone in check. You have to keep buying if you want to resell.

Can you build a business without recruiting

One of the easiest ways you can make money selling products is by having your own website.

You don’t even need to own the products to earn commissions with a website. You don’t even need to spend money to own one.

Why run around chasing after people to join your opportunity and yet you can reach the billions of people who are connected on the internet today.

If you belong to the majority of people trying desperately to make money recruiting people to as their downlines, how about you check out how I make money online without having to recruit.

MLMs are a waste of time. You are more likely bound to fail than to succeed. That is just the reality of it. People will tell you not to listen to naysayers like me, but you really need to ask yourself whether you stand a chance.

Many thanks for reading my review. If you have a question or a comment on the Organo Gold business opportunity, please leave it below. I would love to hear from you.

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