I am hearing this a lot.
It’s the new buzz phrase.
“Check out this great financial opportunity”, they tell me.
I know a few of you reading this have jumped on the MLM (aka pyramid scheme — I mean, call it what it is already) band wagon. Good for you. But, count me out. Very out.
A few of these have turned into real businesses. I am partial to Pampered Chef products myself. Love them! Would never sell them. I am starting to like some of the Homemade Gourmet products too. Big time companies like Avon and Mary Kay have really done well. So has Longaberger, if you live in the Ohio area.
Rich and I have been bombarded asked to get involved in Mona Vie, Primerica, and Efusjon just in the last 6 months alone. Someone sent me an e-mail today asking me to call a phone number at a certain time today to be told about a fantastic “extra income” opportunity. I didn’t call. I didn’t even ask what the company is named. Deleted the e-mail too.
Sure there are people who have made money in that kind of business. But, they are few and far between. You pay to get in and they happily take your money and they fill you with all sorts of cheesy cheerleader bullshit at their ridiculous meetings and pump you full of positive thinking phrases and give you literature to study and videos to watch and websites to visit and people to meet and then… you go and try to recruit your friends and family who grit their teeth while they are trying to be polite to you because they like you when inside they are cringing and trying to find the first opportunity to change the damn subject but you just won’t take no for an answer and you use all your catchy phrases and before too long you’ve snowed a few of your friends and family and ripped them off and for what?
It’s our economy. These MLM “leaders” are taking full advantage of people who have lost their jobs. It kills me and not in a “ha ha funny” way either. No, it hurts my insides for them. The most unlikely people are becoming so gullible because they need money and they can’t go w/out a paycheck. So they give their $200-ish and start making phone calls and writing e-mails and status updating with cheesball things all over the social networking hemisphere and posting about it on their blogs.
I am angered by it all. Parasites.
Honestly, I wish you well if you have taken the bait. I do. I want you to succeed. But, please stop bothering me about it all. Seriously. Stop it.
Anyone else affected by this?
Are you anti-MLM like me?