Is The Kangen Water Business a Giant Scam?

Depending on who you ask, some will say Kangen water machines and businesses are totally legitimate, while others will say they are a total scam and even a pyramid scheme. But what’s the truth?

Well as someone who has been sort of involved with some Enagic and Kangen water business opportunities, I can tell you 2 things off my opinions and experiences:

  1. You get very mixed views on Kangen water machines being a legitimate thing.
  2. I have however, been involved (briefly) with multiple companies that promote them. In the best of cases, they were in the grey area of legitimacy, and at worst (more often), they have been scams or pyramid schemes.

The problem I have often found is that the debate on Kangen Water machines and Kangen Water businesses are 2 separate topics and it’s important to distinguish them, because too often, in my experience, people will mix this up and draw the following conclusions:

  • Because you can make a lot of money selling Kangen Water Machines, it means the business is legit.
  • Kangen water machines are a scam, and therefore so is the business selling them.
  • The business selling Kangen water machines is a pyramid scheme, therefore Kangen water machines are a scam.

I’ve found that these 3 opinions are the general things you’ll find when you research this stuff and in this post, I want to give you my objective take on the subject.

And most of my post isn’t about the legitimacy of the water machines themselves, but mostly the business opportunities that sprout around them (I’m going to be pretty critical of it, so be aware of that).

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Some quick info about Kangen water machines and businesses (in case you’re new to this):

Kangen water machines have been a huge thing for years, both on the health end and business opportunity end.

Kangen water machines and businesses on that topic have 2 main selling points (the best case scenario):

1) There are people who “swear by them” in that they are considered amazing machines for helping ionize water, make it healthy for you and help you live a healthier life.

2) Then there’s the add on that, which is companies have sprouted which are promoters of these machines. For every sale they, or individuals make of them, they can earn high ticket commissions.

Now for the controversy on Kengen water machines/businesses:

Very often (at least in my experience), the same companies (affiliates) that promote these machines and make a huge commissions also create their own recruitment schemes on top of this to make more money in the process.

This is where a lot of scam and affiliate marketing pyramid scheme rumors arise. There are even some MLM and high ticket programs selling this.

To this day, Enagic and Kangen water machines, businesses and opportunities carry a ton of controversy to say the least, and the 2 biggest arguments against them are:

  1. The whole Kangen water machine thing is a scam.
  2. Companies that sell you this stuff are also scams and pyramid schemes.

I’m not saying either the good or bad stuff is true, but in my personal opinion, if you want to build an online business selling stuff, I would avoid getting into this (I’ll explain why that is shortly).

Here are my experiences with Kangen water business opportunities:

1) I’ve joined at least 2 companies over the years that promoted Kangen water machines to me and gave me the whole “make money online selling them while making the world a healthier place” sch-peel.

2) They also charged me a pretty high up front fee to be a member of their organization and this is before they up sold me a Kangen water machine and in doing so, I had the opportunity to make money off 2 things:

  • Being a member of the program and promoting it to others.
  • Buying an Enagic Kangen water machine and promoting them too as an affiliate marketer (up front price was usually around $4,000).

Of course, it wasn’t just the opportunity provided to me as “value”, as they also provided training (online marketing) to do this, which typically revolved around using Facebook Ads to drive traffic to the said company i joined, through the same online sales funnel, to also buy the same Kangen water machines (but I’d get a high ticket commission).

3) I never did buy any of the Kangen water filters and left both of the companies promoting them, because I didn’t believe in either the opportunity or the actual product. And to give you details on why I did that:

Here are my 5 clear positions on Kangen water businesses and if they are a scam:

1) My overall opinion of Kangen water machines is this:

I think they MAY work (maybe 40% of me believes that), you can make money promoting them, and I am a health advocate of drinking purified water (I even have a water filter in my sink that I pay $25 a month for and I love it).

But I do not believe the $1,000’s charged for the machines is warranted.

And I also don’t believe promoting that is warranted either (why promote something you don’t believe in?). I just think there are cheaper and already proven to work alternatives for getting purified water and I’m someone who actually does this.

2) I think a lot of people (not all) who promote Kangen water filters and their business opportunities, don’t really believe in them:

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Call me a skeptic, but I have seen time and time again how people who get involved in business opportunities (whether it be this or something else) develop a passion for the idea of making a lot of money, and not really believing in the product.

As an example (not related to Kangen water machines), I could take absolute trash of a product and easily convince people that it’s trash. But once I slap a $5,000 sticker on it, and tell people that if they buy it, and sell it that they can make $2,500 off it, watch the opinions change immediately.

And with Kangen water machines, I see a lot of people who don’t really do any independent thinking fall into this mindset of “if I can make money, then I’ll promote it and say whatever I have to”.

Press people who promote this stuff even a little bit, and you’ll often find they either ignore you or say ridiculous anecdotal stuff. But research this topic from people who have no financial gain to be made from it, and you’ll find a lot of controversy.

I’m just not one of these people and I can very often tell the difference between someone who is truly passionate about a product because they really use it and love, vs someone who convinced themselves they love it because they can make a lot of money off it (that’s 2 different things).

And if you think I’m being a hypocrite because I promote different products as an affiliate, keep in mind, I hardly ever promote anything high ticket and often promote products that I get paid less for, and this is for 2 reasons:

  • I believe in it (like Wealthy Affiliate).
  • I know it’s the best product/service for the customer (forget my wallet, the customer needs the best option and it’s my job to give that to them).

3) I do believe most (not all) Kangen water business opportunities are a scam:

I wrote a post about a week ago on if affiliate marketing is a pyramid scheme, and in it, I detail how promotional opportunities that are high priced, whose value is not really that high in reality, may be pyramid schemes (not all the time though).

In this case, I somewhat believe in Kangen water machines, but I do not believe in many of the companies that sell them to you.

I’m talking about the ones which are affiliates of these machines and form their own recruitment schemes to get people in, while offering them little value. This is something you have to be able to tell apart.

If I join a company that then sells me the Kangen water machine, you MAY be able to justify me paying $1,000’s for the machine, but the company itself, if it offers nothing of value but an opportunity to promote it, might be a pyramid scheme and I do believe that is the case for most (not all) companies that do this.

4) You can do high ticket affiliate marketing successfully (without all the controversy):

Again, when you look at the mindset of a lot of people who get into these Kangen business opportunities, it’s about the money, not the passion.

If you’re really passionate about selling stuff you love, then guess what? You can promote high ticket products as an affiliate that aren’t Kangen water filters. Don’t force yourself to promote something you are not 100% in love with.

It’s all true!

5) Don’t force yourself to join/promote something you don’t believe in (you’ll fail). You can succeed as an affiliate promoting stuff you truly love:

I constantly teach, blog and make YouTube videos on affiliate marketing and helping people achieve success. A lot of people come to me for help and advice and I often preach what point 5 says.

This is because I’ve been in this business a long time and know that it’s one of the best ways to reach success.

Point 1: If you’re someone struggling to succeed online and don’t have a lot of money, let alone passion for Enagic water business opportunities, I would honestly advise staying away from them.

Point 2: If you’re truly interested in starting an affiliate business and making money online, use a program like Wealthy Affiliate (which you can try free) to help you find a niche you love and turn that into a profitable site.

Believe me when I say this approach is much better than investing a ton of money into products/services you don’t even believe in, but still buy because you think they’ll make you money (it doesn’t work out well that way).

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Now that you know my positions on Kangen water machines (and specifically the businesses surrounding them), I’d love to hear your take on this subject and if you agree or disagree with me.

Keep in mind that I encourage healthy (and friendly) debate, so please be polite (if you disagree with me of course).

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