|Is MLM really just illegal pyramid selling?|
• How to properly evaluate home business opportunities
I'm John Counsel, founder and CEO of The Profit Clinic, one of the most respected management consulting, training and publishing firms in the area of small business, home-based business, internet marketing and direct selling.
I created this web site to help YOU establish whether a particular MLM program is a legitimate business opportunity, or really just an illegal pyramid selling scheme posing as legitimate network marketing.
Because that's the real question here not whether MLM (or network marketing) itself is illegal pyramid selling.
For TWO important reasons, actually.
Reason # 1
In any business system where a lot of money can be made especially by twisting the concept or its operation to fool the uninformed or unwary unscrupulous operators often distort or hijack legitimate MLM businesses, or set up scams that they claim are MLM, to deceive and exploit desperate, ignorant, greedy, lazy and gullible people.
There are always people who, for their own reasons, accuse MLM of being illegal pyramid selling (amongst other equally unpleasant allegations).
What you need to examine closely, in both instances, are the MOTIVES of each group. WHY do they do it?
The first group's motives are easy enough to identify. They're thieves, liars
and crooks, basically. Or they're ignorant, gullible stooges of those crooks who don't bother to get the FACTS before they climb on board their deceptive bandwagons.
They claim that their activities
are MLM because it masks the TRUTH about them. They're no different
to unscrupulous political activists who cloak their real agendas in the guise
of religion in order to fool the mindless masses looking for an easy way into heaven.
In this case, heaven is nothing more than instant, effortless wealth.
anyone who accuses a legitimate
MLM program of being an illegal pyramid scheme does so for one of only three reasons.
They simply don't know what they're talking about. In their favour, though, most people who don't know the truth rarely make accusations. Instead, they worry about their lack of knowledge and raise questions or concerns. This is not only valid... it's intelligent behaviour. (It's actually the ONLY valid reason of the three.)
These people don't actually want
to know the truth because they've already invested a lot of emotion in what they
WANT to be the truth... their own opinions or beliefs. But opinions and beliefs have
no connection to FACTS, or they're no longer opinion or belief. They're knowledge.
These people usually know the truth. But, for their own hidden agendas, they spread lies and half-truths in order to advance their own interests. They're the most dangerous of all, because they're seeking to deceive you every bit as much as the fake MLMers are.
Accusing all MLM opportunities
and operators of being illegal pyramid selling because you were ripped off by a
scam claiming to be MLM, is no different to accusing all medical professionals
of being "quacks" because some "snake-oil peddler" sold you a
fake cure, or a seedy faith healer "cured" you for money, but the "healing"
In other words, judge people by
what they DO, not by what they SAY. "By their fruits ye shall know them."
Good advice in any area of life, but especially when it comes to your money!
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