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MLM's Not my Cup of Tea

Here is an explanation of my problem with Multi-Level Marketing companies in general. Exceptions exist. I have yet to find one.
  • Selling to your friends-This is my number one issue. My relationship feels violated when a friend try's to make money off of me. I understand there are some good products out there, but it seems if I say yes once...it is a free for all to swamp me with every candle, lip stick, measuring cup, stamp, video phone, or t-shirt filling my friend's basements. I didn't buy a shades shirt until they were available at Costco.
  • Autoship-Too much product. This just feeds on a consumption obsessed society.
  • Get rich quick-Most often it isn't about the product. It is about how easy it is to reach the Diamond Level. The only people I know who have made any significant amount of money participating in a "direct marketing" company are the few people at the very top.
If you are my friend and are involved in multi-level marketing. Get out. I don't presume to tell anyone how to live their life. Feel free to throw all the house parties you want. Please, please don't invite me though. I will say no. I don't look down on anyone who does this, I just don't understand it. Please explain to me your reasons and help me understand.

Also I would love to hear if someone has actually made more money than they spent.


Amy said...

I read an interesting statistic once.... By only the fifth or seventh level down (can't remember), you will have exceeded the population of the earth! I don't know if that's true, but I like to tell people that to convince them how truly impossible it is to make money.

Lynette said...

When "friends" approach me about MLMs, I always say: "I'd rather have a million friends than a million dollars." MLMs are NOT my cup 'o tea, either.

Alyssa, Stephen, and McKinley said...

You crack me up! I hope you didn't feel in anyway that I was pushing my "pole" on you. I love what a do, and for the great discount it gives me. But in no way would I want to be one of those pushy ladies that calls all the time. Are we still friend even though I am one of "these" ladies... kind of. ;)