MLM’s naturally need to do this because they are forced to promote ONLY products within their MLM (typically)
Selling garbage products based on the “sizzle” when they have very little value is unethical, regardless of whether or not you are involved in an affiliate program or an MLM scheme.
I agree with Kyle. People should want to buy MLM products, not be forced to buy every month for any income. Bad apples are everywhere but not the reputation as MLM has become. Ive been in MLM for 12 yrs b4 i left for good. Using outdated methods 95% doesnt work. No ROI makes people leave, period.
Hey Kyle, I was actually a MLM’er before I joined WA. When I first found the opportunity, I thought it was great because I wanted financial independence and I wanted to provide for my family and I thought it was “the way.” I was very naive (I had barely turned 19 when I was recruited, and at a Target!).
I did it for months before I got tired of trying to sell the people I knew and even hurting my reputation by seeming like just a salesman. I clung tirelessly to this dream, because my motivation was my family, I went out to shopping malls and would prospect for hours, getting denied 98% of the time. I figured this couldn’t be the only way, I mean just look at all the ways different millionaires have made their money, right? I wanted to try new things and that ultimately led me to WA.
Because they love my service!
So I wanted to ask you Kyle, I don’t know if someone might have mentioned it, but what do you think of Primerica? I’ve noticed they vehemently defend themselves as not being a pyramid (I don’t believe they are) and they have more 6 figure earners than any company I believe. Sadly, it seems they have other pyramid-like qualities (selling to friends, recruiting), but their prices actually lead the industry and they tend to be against other pyramids/MLMs. Is Primerica any different from these other MLMs you mention?
Smoke and mirrors and focus on the sizzle, never any substance of the actual steak
I actually have a story in relation to this MLM. I was at a hotel in Toronto and I could tell there was a conference taking place. I overheard people that were trying to recruit newcomers into the program and all of the profits available while I was working in the lobby, and this went on for hours and there was (a) no mention of the product/service (b) no mention of the company. The entire focus was centered around recruiting others and boasting about the opportunity.
I am sure there is more to it then that, but the moral of the story is whatever product they do promote, it wasn’t touted as the reason for people’s success by the higher up distributors that we pursuing the newbies and hyping it up. I had to actually go over and check out the sign at the conference room to realize that in fact, it was for this company.
Great article. I’ve been trying to gather more information on MLM stuff. Now that I am running my own business and involved in the works of big opportunity, oh my do I keep getting pitched on MLM!
My business is finally taking off because my service is super valuable! I’ve no problem giving my clients bonus work with an affiliate program because they refer people to me! I don’t understand why people do MLM! Real Business is a tad bit harder, but as I am experiencing once you get your first wave of customers, you have no problem getting more! People do the promotion through word of mouth FOR me!