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Full Frontal: Multi-Level Marketing Schemes

Full Frontal: Multi-Level Marketing Schemes

Samantha B. digs into multi-level marketing and what they mean for women.

Book Review: Rock Your Network Marketing Business

Book Review: Rock Your Network Marketing Business

Succeeding in Network Marketing is super challenging (99% of new members lose money*). We’re excited about any book that might have insight on how to actually make it work. We checked out this book that promises to help. We highly recommend using your local library […]

Book Review: False Profits

Book Review: False Profits

False Profits: Seeking Financial and Spiritual Deliverance in Multi-Level Marketing and Pyramid Schemes, by Robert L. Fitzpatrick and Joyce Reynolds, explores the history and cultural context of MLMs and pyramid schemes. It isn’t a great book for understanding the intricacies of today’s multi-level marketing companies. It explains why […]

MLM or Pyramid Scheme?

MLM or Pyramid Scheme?

Probably the most common question we hear: “Is this MLM actually a Pyramid Scheme?” Unfortunately, there usually isn’t a straight forward answer. What is a pyramid scheme? “A pyramid scheme is a business model that recruits members via a promise of payments or services for […]

FTC Guidance: MLM Compensation Structures

FTC Guidance: MLM Compensation Structures

In January of 2018, the FTC released business practice guidance to multi-level marketing companies. As part of this guidance, the FTC described illegal mlm compensation structures. “Pyramid scheme” is another term for this type of illegal MLM. The “unlawful MLM structure” description comes from court […]

Debt and Multi-level Marketing

Debt and Multi-level Marketing

Stories about participants in MLMs getting into debt are pretty common. We took a look and found lots of information. We learned how common debt is for MLM participants, why people turn to borrowing, and that it’s not a good idea. In a survey of […]

FTC Guidance on Business Opportunity Claims

FTC Guidance on Business Opportunity Claims

In January of 2018, the Federal Trade Commission of the United States released guidance on how multi-level marketing companies and participants should talk about business opportunities. The FTC is one of the government agencies which regulates all kinds of businesses, including multi-level marketing companies. Why […]

A&E: NXIVM

A&E: NXIVM

Cults and Extreme Belief: NXIVM tells the story of a Multi-Level Marketing organization that sells seminars for self-improvement and changing the world. The group is revealed to be a cult, with accusations of sexual assault, mutilation, blackmail, and more. Watch on A&E Investigates Cults and […]

Safety and Dangers of Essential Oils

Safety and Dangers of Essential Oils

Essential Oils can be dangerous. People selling the essential oils for companies create articles and guides in order to sell more oils. This can make it difficult to find good truthful information about safe ways to use oils. Additionally, members selling dōTERRA and Young Living […]

LuLaRoe Return Policy Updates and Hidden Costs

LuLaRoe Return Policy Updates and Hidden Costs

BuzzFeed and Inc Magazine reported changes to LuLaRoe’s  return policies which is bad for consultants. People must buy lots of inventory to get started selling with LuLaRoe (see: Getting Started with LuLaRoe). This seems okay because the company had a return policy which claimed to cover […]