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    Sadly enough I knew this was going to happen... but anyways... does anyone here currently work @ GNC part-time? I was wondering how the pay is and what are some good points about working there. I figure hell, I dont shop at GNC but I hate my current job, I love the supplement and bodybuilding world, I like to help people make lifechanging decisions on losing weight and what supplements work and things like that so why not work there and check it out? The only problem is, I HATE BSing people and I know that they make their money on commission. I would definitely be the GNC employee that steers people in the right direction so I probably would get shafted as far as pay goes but hell I think it would be pretty chill to work there... any input?

    OH YEAH... and before I forget... I also applied to Vitamin Shoppe... if somebody works there please give me some more input on that job but if its commission based as well, im going to stick with GNC because the GNC is in a very busy mall and Vitamin Shoppe is kind of by itself as a stand alone store on the side of the road.... thanks all
    Who needs OTC supplements other than Vitamins when theres so much god damned FOOD!?!?!

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    Get to know your sales reps, in time if you build a good relationship with them you can jump ship to one of their companies and make some real money.
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    GNC is some overpriced bullshit in my opinion. Vitamin Shoppe... now that's the way to go.

    Of course this doesn't matter since you are only working there. A job is a job, who gives a shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForemanRules
    Get to know your sales reps, in time if you build a good relationship with them you can jump ship to one of their companies and make some real money.
    what do you mean jump ship to one of their companies?

    EDIT: im a moron... i just realized what you meant
    Who needs OTC supplements other than Vitamins when theres so much god damned FOOD!?!?!

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    I wouldn't work at GNC for any amount of money.
    Let's all join together and SPEAK ENGLISH IN AMERICA.


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    I don't think there is anything wrong with working there.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert DiMaggio
    I don't think there is anything wrong with working there.
    I agree. I dont shop their either, but like said, why not work there.

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    haha, I never told anyone this because of the hatred for GNC and I would chime in with the "Fuck GNC" comments also, but I worked there for 2 years. Their shit is way overpriced, and most of their sales reps don't know a lot about the products but look at it from their point of view. You can make a shitload of money at GNC if you know how to bullshit people. When I worked there, I knew what products weren't shitty and which ones were way overpriced, but GNC is offering me 30cents for each tub of protein A that I sell, and $3.50 for each tub of protein B I sell, so I pushed all the stuff that had high commission rates. They mail out a list each month telling the employess what products have the highest commission rates, and that's what I based my sales on. It's shitty to say that, and I know it was shitty to do, but anyone who says they don't mind shaving $5 an hour off their paycheck simply because they want to be honest is totally full of bullshit.


    90% of the people who came into my store were totally clueless as well as filthy rich, so I milked the shit out of them, telling them everything they wanted to hear, and after about 6-10 minutes of talking to them, I'd make anywhere from $3-$10 in commission off of the products they purchased on top of my hourly wage. I was paid $6 an hour, but I made, on average, $10-$12, but during gold card week, you can easily average anywhere from $15-$25 an hour, but it's all about having good people skills, being able to read people and tell them exactly what they want to hear. If you sit in the corner picking your nose, or tell every customer that Muscletech is overpriced as fuck, you won't make any money because Muscletech offers the highest commission rates without a doubt, and I refused to pay for anything they sold, but I pushed the fuck out of their products because I made a lot of money off them, and every 6 months or so they'd send all the employees in my store a gym bag with 4 boxes of protein bars, a 2lb. tub of protein powder and 210 caps of Hydroxycut, all because I knew how to sell. You can't beat that.

    But the best part, without a doubt, is if you get a cool manager, they let you keep all the returns and recalls, so after about a year of working there, your house looks like a GNC store. I without a doubt agree with everyone that their shit is overpriced, and people say their sales staff don't know shit (a good number of them dont), but we weren't trained on what products did what and at the best price, we were told "Sell a bottle of this and we give you 20 cents, sell a bottle of that and we give you $5" so naturally we wanted more money. I was one of about 3 other employees I knew from my area (from time to time we would rotate shifts at stores depending on what was selling) that knew what all that stuff in there did, and I knew exactly what was complete crap, like that On-Cycle, Off-Cycle bullshit. That stuff is total crap, but you get $7 for selling ONE bottle.


    I hear what you're saying about not wanting to feed people bullshit, but you'll say "fuck that" to that idea real quick. During my first 2 weeks, I worked with a guy who I thought sucked because he pushed crappy products, and I was honest with my customers. Well my paycheck was for $150 and his for $260 and we worked the same number of hours. He made over $100 more than me simply because he didn't mind bullshitting people. I'm sure people will say this is a shitty way to do business, becuase it is, but anyone in my situation would have done the same thing. When you realize that you can easily double your pay rate, you'll stop caring. I've never made as much money in any other job than I did at GNC.

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    some one read that ^ and tell me if its worth it

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    Quote Originally Posted by gococksDJS
    haha, I never told anyone this because of the hatred for GNC and I would chime in with the "Fuck GNC" comments also, but I worked there for 2 years. Their shit is way overpriced, and most of their sales reps don't know a lot about the products but look at it from their point of view. You can make a shitload of money at GNC if you know how to bullshit people. When I worked there, I knew what products weren't shitty and which ones were way overpriced, but GNC is offering me 30cents for each tub of protein A that I sell, and $3.50 for each tub of protein B I sell, so I pushed all the stuff that had high commission rates. They mail out a list each month telling the employess what products have the highest commission rates, and that's what I based my sales on. It's shitty to say that, and I know it was shitty to do, but anyone who says they don't mind shaving $5 an hour off their paycheck simply because they want to be honest is totally full of bullshit.


    90% of the people who came into my store were totally clueless as well as filthy rich, so I milked the shit out of them, telling them everything they wanted to hear, and after about 6-10 minutes of talking to them, I'd make anywhere from $3-$10 in commission off of the products they purchased on top of my hourly wage. I was paid $6 an hour, but I made, on average, $10-$12, but during gold card week, you can easily average anywhere from $15-$25 an hour, but it's all about having good people skills, being able to read people and tell them exactly what they want to hear. If you sit in the corner picking your nose, or tell every customer that Muscletech is overpriced as fuck, you won't make any money because Muscletech offers the highest commission rates without a doubt, and I refused to pay for anything they sold, but I pushed the fuck out of their products because I made a lot of money off them, and every 6 months or so they'd send all the employees in my store a gym bag with 4 boxes of protein bars, a 2lb. tub of protein powder and 210 caps of Hydroxycut, all because I knew how to sell. You can't beat that.

    But the best part, without a doubt, is if you get a cool manager, they let you keep all the returns and recalls, so after about a year of working there, your house looks like a GNC store. I without a doubt agree with everyone that their shit is overpriced, and people say their sales staff don't know shit (a good number of them dont), but we weren't trained on what products did what and at the best price, we were told "Sell a bottle of this and we give you 20 cents, sell a bottle of that and we give you $5" so naturally we wanted more money. I was one of about 3 other employees I knew from my area (from time to time we would rotate shifts at stores depending on what was selling) that knew what all that stuff in there did, and I knew exactly what was complete crap, like that On-Cycle, Off-Cycle bullshit. That stuff is total crap, but you get $7 for selling ONE bottle.


    I hear what you're saying about not wanting to feed people bullshit, but you'll say "fuck that" to that idea real quick. During my first 2 weeks, I worked with a guy who I thought sucked because he pushed crappy products, and I was honest with my customers. Well my paycheck was for $150 and his for $260 and we worked the same number of hours. He made over $100 more than me simply because he didn't mind bullshitting people. I'm sure people will say this is a shitty way to do business, becuase it is, but anyone in my situation would have done the same thing. When you realize that you can easily double your pay rate, you'll stop caring. I've never made as much money in any other job than I did at GNC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyK
    some one read that ^ and tell me if its worth it
    Its worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gococksDJS
    haha, I never told anyone this because of the hatred for GNC and I would chime in with the "Fuck GNC" comments also, but I worked there for 2 years. Their shit is way overpriced, and most of their sales reps don't know a lot about the products but look at it from their point of view. You can make a shitload of money at GNC if you know how to bullshit people. When I worked there, I knew what products weren't shitty and which ones were way overpriced, but GNC is offering me 30cents for each tub of protein A that I sell, and $3.50 for each tub of protein B I sell, so I pushed all the stuff that had high commission rates. They mail out a list each month telling the employess what products have the highest commission rates, and that's what I based my sales on. It's shitty to say that, and I know it was shitty to do, but anyone who says they don't mind shaving $5 an hour off their paycheck simply because they want to be honest is totally full of bullshit.


    90% of the people who came into my store were totally clueless as well as filthy rich, so I milked the shit out of them, telling them everything they wanted to hear, and after about 6-10 minutes of talking to them, I'd make anywhere from $3-$10 in commission off of the products they purchased on top of my hourly wage. I was paid $6 an hour, but I made, on average, $10-$12, but during gold card week, you can easily average anywhere from $15-$25 an hour, but it's all about having good people skills, being able to read people and tell them exactly what they want to hear. If you sit in the corner picking your nose, or tell every customer that Muscletech is overpriced as fuck, you won't make any money because Muscletech offers the highest commission rates without a doubt, and I refused to pay for anything they sold, but I pushed the fuck out of their products because I made a lot of money off them, and every 6 months or so they'd send all the employees in my store a gym bag with 4 boxes of protein bars, a 2lb. tub of protein powder and 210 caps of Hydroxycut, all because I knew how to sell. You can't beat that.

    But the best part, without a doubt, is if you get a cool manager, they let you keep all the returns and recalls, so after about a year of working there, your house looks like a GNC store. I without a doubt agree with everyone that their shit is overpriced, and people say their sales staff don't know shit (a good number of them dont), but we weren't trained on what products did what and at the best price, we were told "Sell a bottle of this and we give you 20 cents, sell a bottle of that and we give you $5" so naturally we wanted more money. I was one of about 3 other employees I knew from my area (from time to time we would rotate shifts at stores depending on what was selling) that knew what all that stuff in there did, and I knew exactly what was complete crap, like that On-Cycle, Off-Cycle bullshit. That stuff is total crap, but you get $7 for selling ONE bottle.


    I hear what you're saying about not wanting to feed people bullshit, but you'll say "fuck that" to that idea real quick. During my first 2 weeks, I worked with a guy who I thought sucked because he pushed crappy products, and I was honest with my customers. Well my paycheck was for $150 and his for $260 and we worked the same number of hours. He made over $100 more than me simply because he didn't mind bullshitting people. I'm sure people will say this is a shitty way to do business, becuase it is, but anyone in my situation would have done the same thing. When you realize that you can easily double your pay rate, you'll stop caring. I've never made as much money in any other job than I did at GNC.
    He sold his soul to the GNC devil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyK
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    I have no problem with GNC employees. In the rare case where I actually have to go into one, just leave me the hell alone, salesperson, because I know more than you and I know exactly what I want.

    It's a job though, and if you can milk stupid people out of their money, more power to ya. People should do their research before buying, and if they are too lazy to search the web for info, they deserve to get ripped off. Any moron who walks into a GNC knows the salespeople there work on commissions.

    I always shop at The Vitamin Shoppe though, if I don't buy online.

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    I wouldn't feel guilty because 90% of the people who have to ask for suggestions on what they need to get "toned" or shave off a few pounds aren't going to use half of the supplements you sell them. Yes they will use them for a week or maybe a month but when it doesn't magically turn them into Arnold they will quit using it and you won't ever see them again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maniclion
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    Quote Originally Posted by maniclion
    I wouldn't feel guilty because 90% of the people who have to ask for suggestions on what they need to get "toned" or shave off a few pounds aren't going to use half of the supplements you sell them. Yes they will use them for a week or maybe a month but when it doesn't magically turn them into Arnold they will quit using it and you won't ever see them again.
    I used to have so many people ask me how they could get abs without cardio or dieting, so I sold them a $90 bottle of topical fat reduction cream, and made an additional $5 in commission sales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gococksDJS
    haha, I never told anyone this because of the hatred for GNC and I would chime in with the "Fuck GNC" comments also, but I worked there for 2 years. Their shit is way overpriced, and most of their sales reps don't know a lot about the products but look at it from their point of view. You can make a shitload of money at GNC if you know how to bullshit people. When I worked there, I knew what products weren't shitty and which ones were way overpriced, but GNC is offering me 30cents for each tub of protein A that I sell, and $3.50 for each tub of protein B I sell, so I pushed all the stuff that had high commission rates. They mail out a list each month telling the employess what products have the highest commission rates, and that's what I based my sales on. It's shitty to say that, and I know it was shitty to do, but anyone who says they don't mind shaving $5 an hour off their paycheck simply because they want to be honest is totally full of bullshit.


    90% of the people who came into my store were totally clueless as well as filthy rich, so I milked the shit out of them, telling them everything they wanted to hear, and after about 6-10 minutes of talking to them, I'd make anywhere from $3-$10 in commission off of the products they purchased on top of my hourly wage. I was paid $6 an hour, but I made, on average, $10-$12, but during gold card week, you can easily average anywhere from $15-$25 an hour, but it's all about having good people skills, being able to read people and tell them exactly what they want to hear. If you sit in the corner picking your nose, or tell every customer that Muscletech is overpriced as fuck, you won't make any money because Muscletech offers the highest commission rates without a doubt, and I refused to pay for anything they sold, but I pushed the fuck out of their products because I made a lot of money off them, and every 6 months or so they'd send all the employees in my store a gym bag with 4 boxes of protein bars, a 2lb. tub of protein powder and 210 caps of Hydroxycut, all because I knew how to sell. You can't beat that.

    But the best part, without a doubt, is if you get a cool manager, they let you keep all the returns and recalls, so after about a year of working there, your house looks like a GNC store. I without a doubt agree with everyone that their shit is overpriced, and people say their sales staff don't know shit (a good number of them dont), but we weren't trained on what products did what and at the best price, we were told "Sell a bottle of this and we give you 20 cents, sell a bottle of that and we give you $5" so naturally we wanted more money. I was one of about 3 other employees I knew from my area (from time to time we would rotate shifts at stores depending on what was selling) that knew what all that stuff in there did, and I knew exactly what was complete crap, like that On-Cycle, Off-Cycle bullshit. That stuff is total crap, but you get $7 for selling ONE bottle.


    I hear what you're saying about not wanting to feed people bullshit, but you'll say "fuck that" to that idea real quick. During my first 2 weeks, I worked with a guy who I thought sucked because he pushed crappy products, and I was honest with my customers. Well my paycheck was for $150 and his for $260 and we worked the same number of hours. He made over $100 more than me simply because he didn't mind bullshitting people. I'm sure people will say this is a shitty way to do business, becuase it is, but anyone in my situation would have done the same thing. When you realize that you can easily double your pay rate, you'll stop caring. I've never made as much money in any other job than I did at GNC.
    holy shit, I honestly did not know they were on commission, but then again if I ever go into one (on vacation and want a protein bar), I ignore the sales people.

    do you get higher commission for selling the GNC brands?





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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert DiMaggio
    holy shit, I honestly did not know they were on commission, but then again if I ever go into one (on vacation and want a protein bar), I ignore the sales people.

    do you get higher commission for selling the GNC brands?
    It depends. You get commission on more GNC products, so there's a wider variety, like fiber pills or activated charcoal, which other companies usually don't put commissions on but they're small (usually under $1), and during specials, like pro-performance week, GNC will double their commission amounts plus give you a bonus. Like if your store had a goal to sell 20 four pound tubs of GNC protein in one day the commission would be doubled if you sold over, like 21 or something, and they would give each employee a bonus, maybe around $5 per 10 extra tubs sold.

    Weight lifting supplements paid the best, and the 3rd party companies that paid the most were either very well known with expensive products (like muscle-tech) or a new company trying to push a new "revolutionary product"( like Fizogen, which makes that on/off cycle shit). Muscle-Tech without a doubt pays the best. When I was there each large bottle of hydroxycut got you $2.75, each box of protein bars got you $2.00, the large protein (4 lbs) got $3.00 and the large creatine got $5.00. Fizogen had a special for a long time where if you sold one of their "complete cycles" which was one bottle of on cycle, one of mid cycle and one of off cycle, you got $35. At Christmas you also got a shitload of money for selling stupid stuff like massagers. Massage chairs had like an $8 commission and if you sold 5 in two weeks you got an additional $50.

    You can make a shitload of money there if you are outgoing and know how to bullshit people. You can definitely tell when a customer knows their shit about products because first, they go to the discounted supplements section, then they say no when you ask if they need help.

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    They break down hourly wage and commission sales on your paycheck and I would regularly make more in commission than my hourly wage, especially during Gold Card week, where you can easily make around $20 an hour. My hourly rate was $6, so an additional $12 an hour is fucking awesome.

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    The funny thing is that GNC stores have no security at all, no cameras, nothing. They take daily inventory or only about 10-15 small items in the store (usually the stuff that's locked up) but they only do full inventory every 6 months or so. Every product is scanned into the computer, and when you sell something, the count goes down, so every 2 weeks the computer "Inventories" what needs to be delivered based on past sales trends and any upcoming sales, plus the manager can request stuff, but they actually inventory everything in the store at most twice a year, mine was only once a year, so there is absolutely nothing stopping employees from robbing the living shit out of that place. Plus a cool manager will let employees keep returns or recalls. But they are Nazi's about the stupidest shit, mainly Gold Card sales and Multi-vitamins. I'm sure some people have noticed this already, but employees are supposed to push a bottle of multi-vitamins and a gold card on EVERY customer that comes in the store. That's why I got fired. They did this thing on me called a secret shop, where a corporate employee purchased a damn $10 bottle of Vitamin C, and I didn't ask him to buy a $30 bottle of multi-vitamins and the $15 gold card club, so that's "automatic dismissal" from the company. I don't really give a shit though, take all the money I made the 2 years working there and I probably got double that in free supplements.

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    Jesus. Thanks for the inside scoop, gococks. I did not know the were on commission either. I hadn't had anyone push any products on me, with the exception of one prick who really didn't seem to know jack about supplements (kept pushing a "GNC exclusive" brand).

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    Quote Originally Posted by KentDog
    Jesus. Thanks for the inside scoop, gococks. I did not know the were on commission either. I hadn't had anyone push any products on me, with the exception of one prick who really didn't seem to know jack about supplements (kept pushing a "GNC exclusive" brand).
    Well not all employees try to push the stuff that has the most commission, but that's because they are fucking morons. Just know what you want before going in, because if you have a gold card and buy the short dated products during gold card week, it can be cheap as shit.

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    There goes my GNC stock....thanks to gococks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gococksDJS
    I'm sure some people have noticed this already, but employees are supposed to push a bottle of multi-vitamins and a gold card on EVERY customer that comes in the store.
    Actually, now that you mention it, that has happened to me twice. The Gold Card actually lowered the cost of my purchase and I passed on the multivitamin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee
    There goes my GNC stock....thanks to gococks.
    Insider trading, I get half of your payoff from dumping all your shares, or I'll pull an "Enron Accountant" and sell your ass out for immunity even though i'm guilty as balls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KentDog
    Actually, now that you mention it, that has happened to me twice. The Gold Card actually lowered the cost of my purchase and I passed on the multivitamin.
    Yeah, that happens because when you buy the thing, you get the 20% off, and the card is usually $15 so if you spend $50 on products a years membership is $5 extra and if you spend $75, it doesn't cost any extra. Which helps out big time, because people would spend $75 during non-gold card weeks, and either wouldn't want a membership or already had one, but we would ring it up as a membership sale anyway because it doesn't increase the price of the sale, and the employee gets $3.

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    Actually, here's something that will help a lot of people out. You don't have to actually buy a gold card. If you have a friend who has one, just memorize their phone number and address. When you go in, tell them you're a member but forgot your card. Every GNC has a binder with every card's number sold from that store and whatever info was put on the GC application, so they can look it up, or call the store your friend got the card from, as long as the store is local. If an employee tells you they have to scan the card, they're lying. That binder is filled with thousands of gold card numbers, which is all they need, plus there are usually about 30 gold cards sitting behind the counter that have already been sold, so they're activated.

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