The average distributor is screwed from day one:

Given bullshit marketing concepts from "Coaches" and "Gurus" and "Diamond Executives"
Told to head on out to family and friends
Reminded to get prospects on bullshit overview calls

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They also point out that MLM businesses attempt to dress up what they are doing, and what they are selling by giving their independent distributors euphemistic titles like “network marketer, consultant, advisor, and others. They question why they can’t simply call their people ” sales reps” since that is what they truly are.