Knowing my grasshopper approach to career decisions in the past, hopping from one startup business to another, friends have asked me what has driven me to stay with my consumer advocacy, focusing so intently on this one business model for 18 years.
My answer is that when I discovered how deceptive, unfair, viral, and predatory this industry is, and how few people – including regulators – understand the flaws and consequences of MLM participation, both individually and in the aggregate, I decided to use my unique background and skills to challenge the industry and to provide guidance to prevent onsumers from being victimized by fraudulent MLMs..
It is both the outrage I feel at the unchecked growth of this unfair and deceptive practice, as well as letters of deep appreciation and encouragement from persons around the world who have been helped with this information and these warnings.
Just like the chain letter, MLM assumes an infinite market, which does not exist in the real world.
It also assumes a virgin market, which don’t exist for long – which necessitates that an MLM expand – or “repryamid” – into new markets.
Thus, MLM with its endless chains of recruitment, is inherently flawed, unfair, and deceptive.
Fifteen years of worldwide feedback tells me that MLM is also extremely viral and predatory.
This is advantageous for the founders, TOPPs (top of-the-pyramid promoters), and the MLM company itself, but works to the detriment of new recruits – who are being sold a ticket on a flight that has already left the ground.
As will be seen from further analysis, it would be difficult to conceive of a more unfair and deceptive practice than MLM, to say nothing of its extremely viral and predatory nature.
Again, in this FTC definition, as with the Wikipedia definition, no mention is made of the inherent flaws in any MLM system – endless chains of recruitment and a pay plan that is recruitment-driven, top-weighted, and financed primarily by incentivized purchases of the participants themselves.