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    The reason I Cringe when I see the letters MLM

    The reason I Cringe when I see the letters MLM

    Just sharing a little story I have dealing with MLM bullsh**. Earlier this summer I attended a job fair looking for work as a web developer. I met an outgoing middle-aged man who gave me his*business card (a self-owned insurance company) and asked me to meet him for an interview at a later date. I checked out his site and man, did it ever need some work. So I knew I could sell this guy on my skills.

    Anyway I get to the meeting/interview and he's there with some associates - no red flags yet. Then we get to talking and they start going on in very vague terms about "leverage" and "e-commerce" opportunities. Then suddenly some more of his associates show up and start spewing this crazy, artificially high-energy, spiel about how they hardly work and they already make more money than their bosses at their last jobs. That was the first red-flag.

    Then they bring me into another room and show me a presentation that outlined in clear terms (to me anyway) that this was a pyramid scheme and that I was a potential sucker. I was furious. This guy tricked me into thinking I was on a job interview for a financial firm when I was really there to get sucked into a MLM scam. I can't believe they let those companies present themselves at job fairs to begin with, let alone allow them to LIE to people about who they really are (the sign at the job fair was not at all the same company that runs theMLM thing).

    At least I learned a valuable lesson, even if I risked my neck driving to this "interview" in the middle of an intense summer storm - rain, lighting, high winds, hail - I really could have crashed at any moment.

    In sum, screw MLM companies. Some of the people in that presentation were obviously experiencing serious financial troubles, and these people didn't care at all that they were downright scamming them.
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    Re: The reason I Cringe when I see the letters MLM

    Yep, good post!

    I think they should be banned from any site/or email list masquerading as a new job opportunity.

    That's how these low-life's need to find another method of feeding on someone who is looking for honest work and try to seem like having a real JOB is the worst thing possible.

    (The only serial MLMer on this site who has a "real" JOB is Ohein56. That dude is working for his money for sure!...guaranteed!)

    His buddy from the U.K......I wouldn't take that seriously.

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    Re: The reason I Cringe when I see the letters MLM

    Quote Originally Posted by James R View Post
    Yep, good post!

    I think they should be banned from any site/or email list masquerading as a new job opportunity.

    That's how these low-life's need to find another method of feeding on someone who is looking for honest work and try to seem like having a real JOB is the worst thing possible.

    (The only serial MLMer on this site who has a "real" JOB is Ohein56. That dude is working for his money for sure!...guaranteed!)

    His buddy from the U.K......I wouldn't take that seriously.

    IMO.
    MLM sort of implies scam like IBOFB implies dishonesty and outright lies.
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    'Joecool44' has, as a matter of routine, refuted most of your accusations
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    Re: The reason I Cringe when I see the letters MLM

    hang on .... doesn't Doyle claim MLM was a "life changer" for him?

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    Re: The reason I Cringe when I see the letters MLM

    Mike --

    go look on Craigslist as the sales job section is packed with MLM type pgms

    Best part? they run ads touting NO SALES involved yet these asses place the ads where?

    In the SALES SECTION !!

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    Re: The reason I Cringe when I see the letters MLM

    Quote Originally Posted by rodney walker II View Post
    hang on .... doesn't Doyle claim MLM was a "life changer" for him?
    It certainly has been. Just shows there are two sides to every story.... and I don't go round ''selling'' it as a job, its way better than one of those.
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    Re: The reason I Cringe when I see the letters MLM

    (1) implying a job opportunity is clearly dishonest and against the rules in legitimate MLMs. Who would want to go in to business with people you know from the outset are dishonest? Not an MLM compensation plan problem though, this is a badly trained or unethical person.

    (2) Having a whole lot of people turn up when there's one prospect is just plain unprofessional and bad salesmanship. Not an MLM compensation plan problem though, this is just bad sales

    (3) While pyramid schemes can be MLMs, legitimate MLMs are not pyramid schemes. If what you saw was a "clear pyramid scheme" then it should be avoided, but it makes as much sense to hold that against MLM as it is to hold it against the entire retailing sector as a whole

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