Tai Lopez and Alex Mehr P.H.D are the the two brains behind MentorBox although I imagine they have a team of marketers behind the scenes working full time to create new ads, sales pages and up sells. I can’t even go on Facebook currently without seeing ads for Mentorbox, so I bought into the hype to show you what exactly you get, here’s my MentorBox Review.
There’s so many positive reviews for Mentorbox online, these are all from affiliates and then there’s a ton of negative ones, these are from disgruntled consumers who feel ripped off or scammed due to the sales funnel.
Mentorbox is an entire business built on Clickfunnels. For anyone thinking you can’t use Clickfunnels for creating the entire funnel, product distribution and membership area you can think again.
The first page you’ll land on when you click on one of their millions of ads flooding Facebook, Google, Instagram or various search partners is their sales page for their $7/$9 per month plan with a free 3 day trial.
The ad I watched indicated they delivered books directly to your home every month, so going to the sales page this is what I was expecting and as a consumer $7 or $9 per month seems like a great entry level price.
When you think about it, you surely can’t get a book delivered for that price and if you read into the sales page it’s quickly apparent you’re buying access to a membership site with lessons from certain books.
Since I initially purchased they have updated the sales page so it’s more clear what you’re buying, there’s the Teachable screenshots actually showing what you get.
The first red flag here is the audio book lessons and nuggets are supposedly included when in actual fact they aren’t. When you put your details into the 2 step order form you’ll quickly find out they cost $89 extra.
So you’re actually just getting the video workshop for free and then $7/mo or $59 per year.
The marketing team at MentorBox have done quite well to remove the price, instead using FREE everywhere.
MentorBox Upsells (CAUTION!)
It’s important to note that MentorBox is constantly changing and adding or removing upsells from their funnel. These were correct as of January 2018 when I went through the funnel.
The first biggest problem of Mentorbox upsell funnel was the $199 upsell to Entrepreneurship Academy and I can guarantee this is where most consumers are feeling they are getting ripped off and calling a scam.
There’s a sales video offering entry to the academy, there’s no mention of the price. Beneath the video is a button which says, ‘Access the Academy Now’ and clicking on this bills your credit card $199 instantly.
If you scroll down the page, you’ll notice more signup buttons, videos and testimonials. When you finally get to the bottom of the page is the price, $199.
MentorBox would be making an absolute killing on this upsell as consumers are likely to click the button thinking they are getting access for free. If you read reviews online, this is where everyone calls the website a scam.
So you still haven’t got to the monthly book delivery service yet.
There is a downsell for those that don’t take the $199 academy where they give you a $100 grant as if they are some sort of university.
Then there is the upsell for the monthly book delivery which is $139 per month. I’ve read other reviews online where this was $87 per month, it seems they’ve hiked the price up another $50 due to the success of the subscription service.
Unfortunately there is no downsell so that’s the price you’ll be stuck with. Personally $139 for a few books in a box with an audio USB and some other merchandise seems like a rather high price for the average consumer. I’d much rather go to the book store and buy a couple books, a few coffees and pick the best ones each month.
Then there’s an upsell for a $6 per month academy called Money and Investment. I didn’t join so have no idea what it actually is or whether it’s worth it.
That’s the funnel sequence, if you make it through to the success page and thank you page. You’ll receive your details to Teachable within 15 minutes and can login and start going through the web workshops.
Is MentorBox A Scam?
In a sentence, mentorbox isn’t a scam but they are using one click upsells and shady marketing tactics such as excluding the price from the action buttons. Savvy users will know they are using Clickfunnels and not ‘accidently’ click on those green buttons.
In my opinion (and as a marketer) their first upsell is unethical and a sure fire way to piss consumers off by charging them $199 for a service they have no idea what the price actually is before doing so. If that was the front end offer I can assure you Facebook and Google wouldn’t approve their ads.
How To Cancel MentorBox?
The only way to cancel MentorBox is by emailing their support desk, email@example.com – Tai Lopez claims this website is making $50,000 per day so I imagine it will take weeks to reply to their cancellation emails.
Given you only get a 3 day free trial, by the time you email them and get a reply I can 100% say the trial will have billed into the paid version. This is why there are so many disgruntled people out there.
My advice if you are seriously thinking of signing up is to use a Visa Gift Card with $5 credit. This is enough to get through the Visa hold to verify the card and then will cancel the billing after 3 days.
Not a scam, but unethical upsells to a subscription box that’s not obvious from the offset. Difficult to cancel and may still bill your credit card.