Becoming an active Rep DOES NOT cost just $499.
Company leaders will soon be pounding on you to cough up $$ for other things - "if you are really serious about the business", and "if you want to create massive momentum". If you really do stick to the system, here are some of the "extras" you will hear about on "emergency conference calls", "co-founder all-Rep calls", etc:
You will have expenses for the quarterly Events Reps are STRONGLY urged to attend ($150 admission x 4 events = $600) , plus airfare/ travel ($250 avg x 4 events = $1,000) , plus 2 to 3 nights hotel ($ 100 min x 4 events = $400) , plus 2 - 3 days meal expense ($50+ per day x 2.5 days = $125). So, the expenses just for these events is: 600 + 1,000 + 400 + 125 = $2,125 minimum - per year.
On top of that, is the Business Assistant that Reps are also strongly urged to buy - at $39.99 per month - so another $480 is coming out of your pocket there.
We also need to add in the other expenses for local meetings ($5 to $10 for IBOs at Saturday training x 52 weeks = $260 to $520 + gas at $ ?).
And if you are really serious, you also pay for auto-shipped DVDs and magazines (another $70 per month minimum x 12 = $840).
There are other expenses for your home meetings and travel to local meetings, but we'll stop where we are, for now.
So the REAL math for you as someone who really does follow the system, and the urging of their leaders is:
$ 499 Rep Registration fee year one ($149 each additional year)
+ 2,125 event costs
+ 480 Bus Assist
+ 390 Sat Training averaged out
+ 840 DVD/ Mag pack auto-ship
= $ 4,334 + of your after-tax dollars to get started, and counting.... (a bit more than $499, isn't it ??!!)
Ironically, as your team gets bigger, unless they do really well, your additional expenses (going to their meetings, picking up the meal tab as their upline, etc) will most likely exceed the very small % you can earn in overrides. And if they do well, there's a good chance you will get blocked from bonuses as they get promoted. So, be prepared to keep forking over the bucks, and if you run out, I hear the leaders ask you to sell your TV, sofa, etc, so you have more to spend on the above items.