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October 29, 2012

How Multi Level Marketing (MLM) schemes with Pyramid Structure works ?

Today we are going to talk about MLM or Multi Level Marketing Schemes which have a pyramid kind of model. For years and decades, these kind of schemes are active and a lot of people get trapped in these Pyramid Schemes and lose their hard earned money. In this article, we will see the common mechanism they work on and their characteristics. We will also create a dummy Pyramid scheme to show you the traps & pitfalls. Before we move ahead, get this fact that we are talking about those pyramid schemes which also have different levels of people one on top of other and where one guy pays money which gets passed on as reward to another.

Multi Level Marketing Plans

How Multi Level Marketing schemes work?

Multilevel marketing schemes are generally network based marketing schemes, in which a person has to add more people under him. The people obviously pay some money to “join” the business and then they add more people under them. In almost all the schemes, the person is incentivized for adding more people under them.

You all must have heard about the AMWAY business model, which is nothing, but a great example of Multi Level Marketing, while the business is legitimate and there is no fraud in it, still it also falls under a pyramid model. Even I have attended its meetings once when I was novice child :). The business model looked so easy, just pay Rs 5,000 to join the business and then keep adding more people to “business” and you get some percentage from the entire sales under your Tree. There are various ranks like Silver, Gold , Diamond etc., and the higher your rank, the more you make. Lot of people make money in it through legal way, and more you work harder , the money you can earn, but the point is , people who get in early make more money and the people at bottom struggle a lot.

Why most people lose money in Fraud Pyramid Schemes?

Guess what?!  A lot of people make money in these Multi Level Marketing business models, and they become the ambassadors of the business. They flaunt the cheques and the money they make and believe me, some of them are real!. They really do make money and we will quickly see more on that, but the point is, that the majority of the people lose lot of money and struggle in these kind of get rich quick pyramid schemes. And that happens, because there is a limit to adding people. You can’t add more people in the tree after a certain point and when the tree becomes bigger, than it’s trouble point, it’s reaches a  kind of saturation level when the biggest chunk of people who are at bottom lose all the money. Here is an example graph which will give you a good idea of what I am talking about.

How MLM or Pyramid Scheme Works

Example of SpeakAsia

You must have heard about the latest craze called Speak Asia Online! I will really not be surprised if you tell me that you were part of it! I will not be even surprised if you tell me you made lot of money too! That might happen if you started earlier! Because then, the scam was still in the making! If you joined at the end, you were at the bottom of the tree you lost your money. This is how it worked!

A person can join SpeakAsia by paying Rs 11,000 and becomes a “panelist.” He then starts getting 2 surveys per week and getting Rs 500 for filling up each of them. That’s around Rs 4,000 per month and 48,000 per year and that was how Speakasia was promoted by its member to lure other members. This was at the start and though the amount of money  coming IN was less than the amount of money which went OUT, and the whole model was unsustainable in long run, it was definitely sustainable in short term. Just think about it! Is it not easy to pay 10 smaller bakras if 100 bigger bakras join the next batch?

And after all that, it crashed! But still there are innocent people out there who claim that it was genuine and it worked for them. They are not wrong! It really worked for them and they made money, but that was part of the game. They wanted you to make lots of money so that you can bring more people in and then one fine day when they make a really big pile money that they can just vanish! Poof!

Breaking Relationships !

The biggest other bad thing about these pyramid schemes are how the relationships become sour and messed up when the person who is part of MLM tries to add all their friends and relatives into the MLM, suddenly they start looking at humans as “targets” , Here is one incident which happened with Shantanu 

I know about this as I faced these offers couple of times from my very close friends and relatives. And I know how hard it was for me to tell them “I am not interested”. Those who is a very extrovert in nature and also convince people more, like insurance agents can get success. But most people are in the other side only. In fact one of relative faced very tough challenge later on when people found his scheme a scam. Anyway, I think after such articles also these schemes will come in future and again many will trap in them also.

In one other incident, one of the Fraud scheme called as “Japan Life” made someone lose his girlfriend

Long time back in 2000, my girlfriend got stuck up in a similar scheme called “Japan Life”. They used to take 80,000 Rs. and will give you a magnetic mattress. She tried to get me in as well and I was almost about to get trapped but sanity prevailed and I escaped, however since I did not join, I lost my girlfreind forever. I remember this fraud came up in Star News and I could see so many people getting cheated. This was around New Delhi and surrounding areas

Some other popular Multi Level Marketing and Pyramid businesses which were actually a scam were GoldQuest, StockGuru , UniPay2U etc etc (add more name in comments section if you are aware about them). Moneylife has also done this story on Multi Level Marketing companies in Forex trading, Have a look at it.

Jagoinvestor MLM Scheme – Lets create a SCAM Plan right now

Let me know you how simple it is to create a pyramid scheme and it will look so attractive . You all know I have written a Personal Finance Book called “Jagoinvestor – Change your Relationship with Money.”

Now here is a scheme

  • Pay Rs 1,000 and become a member of the scheme
  • You get the book FREE on signup
  • Make a person join the pyramid scheme and get Rs 250 for each person
  • You can add any number of people to this scheme

You realize that if you add 4 people to the group, you will get a 1,000 bucks and a Free Book! So it’s extremely easy for you if you join the scheme early.

Let’s say 10 people join under me.

Level 1 – Add 10 people

So 10 people will pay 1,000 each and I will make Rs 10,000 total , and I will send back a FREE book to all the 10 people. I incur Rs 5,000 expenses and make a cool profit of Rs 5,000.

Level 2 – Add 100 people 

Now let’s see… Each of these 10 people persuade 10 more people under them, and 100 more people join the scheme. They will pay Rs 1,000 each to me;, that means Rs 1,00,000. I will spend Rs 50,000 for the 100 books , and I will be left with Rs 50,000. But out of this 50,000, I need to give a share to each member at level 1, for 1 person the incentive is Rs 250 , so for 10 people, the incentive is Rs 2,500 for each person at level 1, and because there are 10 people at level 1, I will have to pay Rs 2,500 to each at level 1, and I will have to share 50% out of 50,000, that’s Rs 25,000. But I still keep Rs 25,000 with me.

So now you can see, I made a total 5,000 from 10 people at level 1 and Rs 25,000 from 100 people at level 2. And each of the 10 person at level 1 made cool 2,500 from 10 people they added under them, they not only recovered their 1,000 back, but also got extra Rs 1,500 and a FREE book! Wow! This business model is amazing!

Level 3 – Add 1000 people 

So the business is expanding and the word is spreading and my book ambassadors are in the market advertising this scheme and showing the kind of money they are making and the free book they get! Dude! They also have a valid cheque with them! No fraud! . So the word has spread like wildfire now and everyone wants to join this business.

Now, lets say each person at level 2 adds 10 more people under them again, because the word is spreading about this awesome business. There will be 1,000 people at level 3, paying 10 lacs to me and I will incur 5,00,000 expenses. I will pay 2,500 to each person at level 3,  that means 2.5 lacs in total, but I will still keep 2.5 lacs with me.

Level 4 + 5 + 6 

Can you see, how it’s growing? And how people are making money? From 1 person to 10 people, and from 10 to 100 and them from 100 to 1,000? But what next? Level 4? Level 5? Level?

When this reaches level 6 , there will be 10 lakh people under this scheme and they will be paying 100 crores to me! . You guys are going to hate me at that level! . Because you will never see me again! . Neither will I send any more books to anyone!, Nor will I send any share to anyone. I will just run away and you wont be able to trace me! . Any person who would have joined in at the start would find it easy to grow and spread the business. But people at bottom will just not be able to do anything, they are the last batch of fools!

Real Life Examples related to Fraud Schemes

Krishna shares

During my College days there were 2 such schemes ( 7000/- & 1200/- each) introduced to me by my friends & asked me to join them. I explained them that they are highly unsustainable by using simple exponential formula (2^e). But still they thought i am a fool & not making money out of this wonderful Golden “Pyramid”. Thanks to God for that!!!. I just want to say that “User Pure Maths” before entering or dealing with any thing with your hard earned money. Be on your foot not on air.

Sam shares

In 2007, one of my good friend called me when i was out of station. “Sam, i have something great to share with you, when are u coming back? i cant wait to meet you etc etc”. I was kinda surprised and was very curious what he is gonna talk about. He took me to this office where many others showed cheques explained business model, asked me to buy some product and become a member. People were so promising that they will help me , let me grow & earn lots of money and all.. It was ‘Gold Quest International’. That day i made the biggest mistake of my financial life. They made me buy some Gold & Silver coin for Rs.38000 rupees using my credit card. After i joined i tried to reach out to some people in my circle and most of them are already part of it & others are not interested. To pay this credit card bill, i had to take a small personal loan. It was the initial days when i got into job and all these incidents made my financial position worst.

Sachin Shares

I lost 20 K in this MLM bullshit … it was with the name Cossets in Delhi . They arranged a huge pomp show in Siri Fort to show off the happiness of the people who had made money and became millionaires. There were multiple stores in Delhi where u cud purchase if u were a member Then some Ex army also got fooled joined in and invested smthng like 4-5 Lakhs his life savings got duped and then he made a case on the company . Phew Cossets was like GAYAB.

Suhas Shares

My brother was a victim of it late in 2002 in scheme(scam) called netkhazana.He lost around 17k at that time.And from that time I have got recommendations from freinds(?) and relatives(?) in to hell lot of schemes but never got into any because of the first bitter expereince. I suppose this schemes are gr8 if you have selfless people involved but that does not happen as the corpus grows to crores of rupees and people at top tempt to cut the goose.

Other Models of Scam

There are many other multi level marketing scams, which are not in a pyramid model, but they ask for money for some awesome investment based on some logic and then they really give back awesome returns to handful of investors, who spread the word about the scheme and them more and more people join the investment scheme and once it becomes very big, the person who started that scheme vanishes. The Govt is going to take some tough measures on these kind of fraudulent schemes. Here is a nice video which explains more about this.

Beware of these Get Quick Rich models

There are a hell of a lot of schemes and businesses running which show promises of making awesome returns from gold, stock market, real estate and many other kind of investments. They mostly will look really attractive and credible, but always remember that if someone is offering you anything better than bank fixed deposits, there is no doubt that there is some of the other risk involved. The bigger the potential return, bigger the risk.

Disclaimer : Note that we have just discussed how Network Marketing works and the basic mechanism. There might be various businesses and models which are making money, and might be good. This article just wants to bring awareness among people on the concept of pyramid schemes and they fool and loot majority of people in our country .

If you come across any Business like this, first make sure you check that its a member of India Direct Selling Associationwhich kind of gives a legitimate name and also they follow certain code of ethics. If its not part of this, I would say better stay away from it. Amway is part of it. So, not all Multi level marketing models are fraud, a lot of them are genuine also. Here is what Sunil shares about this

A Multi Level Marketing is different from Direct selling. Any company selling directly to the customer, removing all the supply chain management commissions behind, will be governed by Indian direct selling association, http://www.idsa.co.in (within India) and world federation for direct selling association, http://www.wfdsa.org . There are many companies like Avon Cosmetics, Amway, Oriflame, Herbalife, Tupperware etc.. registered under these federations. These companies work under the ethics defined by the IDSA or WFDSA and are very harsh on the people who dont adhere to these ethics. Many people reading this article will agree that the quality of the products they produce are amongst the best in the world. Many people are under the impression that these companies are similar to the other ponzi schemes.

Let us know what do you think about the concept of Multi Level Marketing and associated businesses. What is the biggest reason you think people fall for them and get trapped?

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anil
anil
7 years ago

Hello I want to know according to govt law 2016 for mlm pyramid sceam is not legal .then Amway or vestige is doing work pyramid sceam .what is right .

Karam
8 years ago

Hi Manish, Thanks for sharing your thoughts on MLM. Can you tell me what i can do as i am looking to start a MLM Business. Can you help me to design a plan or can you share any company who is doing great in a MLM Business.

Regards
Karam

abhishek
abhishek
8 years ago

Dear Manish,

I am a big fan of yours. Always learnt a lot from you…BUT

You are wrong here. Not a single point which describes the “characteristic”of a Network Marketing Company is correct. I have been a part of this for 4 years now and not made a single member! Not convinced anyone. Not forced anyone. Never lost on relationships. Yet earned tonnes of money!

The issue is that middle class people do it the wrong way. They are dominated by greed. Also, if you check the people who have failed in network marketing business have generally never done great anywhere else also because THE WAY YOU DO ONE THING, THE SAME WAY YOU DO EVERYTHING.

Also, before making an opinion about NM through google, please check the authenticity of the website which google returns on your search and the authenticity of people writing the blogs.

Anyways, I am still a big fan of yours,

Regards,

Abhishek Singh, I.E.S.

u.s.bharti
u.s.bharti
8 years ago

I want mlm plan

Deepak
Deepak
9 years ago

Hi Manish,
Nice article although old, its still valid in many respects.
Recently I have been approached by one of my close friend for joining QNET (previously Goldquest, QuestNet..)
Any idea if this is legitimate. There products are highly priced and so is the joining fee.
Thanks.

R.H +ve
R.H +ve
9 years ago

did you see this list where strategy india has declared 1200 + companies as scam ??? has anybody noticed ?

Concerned
Concerned
9 years ago

Hi Manish,
I have recently been contacted by my friend’s acquintance, who is trying to lure me into joining his moneychain system operating out of Bangalore.

I have clearly expressed my disinterest in the business, but now I also want to report this to govt/police. Since I have not joined the business, I have not lost any money.

What is the best way to report this without getting entangled in the legal aftershocks.

Since I am in the IT industry, I don’t want to get pulled into any court cases related to this.

Thanks !
Concerned Citizen.

Sandeep Patel
Sandeep Patel
11 years ago

I have a little different perspective on this one …. Let us bring them under the ambit of the law and monitor their activities. There are opportunities for regulating this business and bringing back some money to our country ……

All IR’s (customer-distributors) in service tax parlance, with an annual income of over 10 lacs should be paying service tax for advertising and promotional services which they provide to Qnet as well as to the common public for promoting and distributing Qnet’s products… Is that happening ??? … needs to be checked by the IRS, RBI, DRI etc and the defaulting parties should be penalised. As one knows and from the various articles and pages published on social networking sites, the income generated from kthe business is huge for the top 20% of the members of the pyramid and there exists the potential of a revenue loss for the Government in case the IR’s or Qnet or Vihaan or Vanamaala any of their subsidiaries (with multiple cross holdings) fail to submit / pay the requsite taxes. one needs to understand that all IR’s themselves are business entities and need to have certain registrations as mandated by law. The bifurcation (if any) of the TDS for commision payouts to IR’s by Vihaan/ Qnet needs to be checked.

Having worked in the area of Excise and Service tax as a professional one basic premise I have learnt – Ignorance of the law is not an excuse for not following the law and the above mentioned rule on service tax applicability for customer-distributors have been in existence since 2006… Lot of money for our Government especially from the top 20% of the earning members of Qnet or could be more …

I am not saying that the business is illegal, however, within the existing framework of the law the above needs to be checked and Vihaan’s financial records and payouts to all IR’s should be verified.

The policy and procedures of Qnet clearly state that an IR is a contractor and not an employee of the company… Therefore QNet themselves declare that IR’s are outsourced agents who are promoting their products and services via word of mouth … earning a commision for doing so and are therefore individual business entities ….

Some interesting facts to be noted:

Also a point to note that while Vihaan is registered with the MCA since Oct 2011, they have yet to file their balance sheet with the ROC at Bangalore. While the e-filing status is active, the digital signature certifacates have expired. One of the directors also holds a position of a director in another company where the same phenomena can be noticed. Understand from colleagues who are CA’s that while DSC’s are not mandated by MCA it brings about a transparency in the manner in which a company operates.

I was also little surprised to see that one of the directors of Vanamaala tourism (as listed in the MCA company master data) is also an employee of QVI club… A first glance seemed to be a conflict of interest… QVI earns money from the services it sells to IR’s, the director also earns money from the services rendered by Vanmaala (takes home a neat profit) …. but who pays for it … all the IR’s. After all the IR’s are the only customer this company has….

Prana health resorts – a QVI club resort is owned by one of the members of the management team of QNet… So while an IR utilises the package and also pays Prana Health resort for occupancy, also pays Vanamaala (owned by an employee of QVI) for availaing the services and the yearly usage fee … I am not sure any more as to what pay backs are happening in the entire system …

All this has been gathered from the internet … are facts based on actual links and photos from various forums and I have validated the same with a couple of IRS officers who are known to me… I would like to use this forum for the “MOTIVATED IR’s” to check and see for themselves as to how deep the water is before making any further comments … The social media truly is the 9th wonder of the world….

Namit
Namit
11 years ago

QNET is a fraud company plz don’t go in it.

saurav bhaskar
saurav bhaskar
Reply to  Jagoinvestor
8 years ago

is secure life is genuine or froud mlm company?

Venki
Venki
11 years ago

Few of the readers opinion is to support network marketing (or form of MLM). I know few companies distribute their products based on MLM. For some time my sister family used a well known company products. Their bad, the products are pretty costly and by committing to be in the network they missed to gain the price advantage due to competition in the market. I mean, we will get the same quality product in market at better price.

They are people (mostly marking guys) who convince that these are best products at any cost.

Retail investors should take call on such products.

amol
amol
11 years ago

Such MLM schemes are also there in USA. I have saved 3-4 times in getting into this trap. Some indians introduced themselves by hook or crooks and later follow to become their member.

Manish
Manish
11 years ago

Network Marketing concept is really good, if we work on this with member companies of IDSA with ethics then it will really benefit us. Middlemen expenses, marketing expenses will be eliminated. Elimination of these costs will benefit to consumer only. I would recommend to read Robert Kiyosaki’s books “21st Century Business” & “Business School” which throws light on network marketing concept.

Chetan Thakur
Chetan Thakur
11 years ago

it was 10 cr a day ..pardon my typo

Chetan Thakur
Chetan Thakur
11 years ago

1.they fail because they do not understand the business and think we have to make chain… 1st check do they really understand the concept of this business
2. they do not promote , yes there are so many people around you who are into this business but are ashamed of promoting the business. Dont do it if you cant promote it.. person who involved you in the business did you really sit with him to understand the concept. no you didnt but yes you did crib about the business 🙂

What is SCAM in mlm??
Scam happens in every industry but since this concept is so strong people use this concept to fool the people.
example : someone is driving a car and he kills a person with it. who is responsible for it ?? car or the person.. and is person
a knife can used for chopping vegetables and slitting a throat. whos falut it is ..person or knife …off course person
same way mlm is a toool ppl who drive it are the culprit not the concept

What is illegal mlm??
suppose you are going out with a kid say an infant of 2 years and he sees a dog baking ..you tell him its bow bow now after some times he sees a cat and says bow bow you tell him its meow not bow bow …same way you need to understand the diff between legal and illegal
here is illegal mlm
1. where no product is involved but just the money .. you get some one and then he will get some one … IT IS ILLEGAL… there is NO PRODUCT but just the COMPENSATION
2. company gives you COUPONS instead of compensation .. again it is illegal … there is NO COMPENSATION
3. Company tells you get more members and we will give compensation after few months ..once we will expand…. there need to be a specified compensation plan .

THERE SHOULD BE A PRODUCT AND COMPENSATION involved

after reading above reviews it seems people who never did mlm and was just a PART of mlm are writing there reviews here….
but you would like to take tips from SR Tendulkar if its cricket instead of SRK …coz you need to check the expert.

if you are doing mlm do the research and then do the business and speak with the experts of the business… I can write more but there is a lot to write.. so please send me your questions and I would love to answer them …mlm is a boon and its the future

Chetan Thakur
Chetan Thakur
11 years ago

hahaha…. really great article.
guys please clear your mlm concept 1st the preach about it.
if you have any doubt then please youtube bill Clinton and mlm.

its easy to write anything about you dont even know ..but do you really understand the concept

mlm is just a substitute of advertisement, if you see Amway , Amway never uses any personality in their ads, just the product …
please dont ask any failed student about the subject , he will always blame the teacher or the subject…. u need to pick the person carefully

what is mlm??
ans : lets start with an example of any mobile phone
you see an ad on tv, that ad costs 10 lakh for 10 secs and if on diff channels you find that , say 100 times a day .. you are spending 1 cr a day… or say 30 cr a day..
how does company recover that money.. the answer is from the product.. who pays for it , its consumer.
now question is how do we purchase a mobile ..
ans is either we ask the shopkeeper, or check for reviews on the net or any other place
so what actually happened in the whole process..
1. ad maker made the money
2. TV channel made the money.
3. model used in the ad made the money
4. friend who actually helped in getting the mob. got nothing
5. who paid ??? you

now the fact is 80% of the product we get from the market is by referral.
who makes the benefit. your favorite superstars who never use that product but promotes that and you pay for that
in mlm , no ad is used to promote the business but the person refers to his friend ONLY after using it.
Its TOTALLY your call if you want work further as a distributor or remain a consumer
MLM compnay pays that 30cr of ad money to the person who actually helps in flourishing the buisness rather then any ad maker or any famous personality
In short this is mlm.

NOW MLM IS A BUSINESS, PURE BUSINESS
pick any business, 80 % of the business fails in 1st yr.. either of working capital or staff issues. and from remaining 20% ,with in next 5 yrs ..80 % fail again

look at your self and other business you TRIED… like restaurants so yes people can fail in this industry too.

WHY DO PEOPLE FAIL

Venki
Venki
Reply to  Chetan Thakur
11 years ago

You might be in the MLM, and seems to be an expert in MLM. Can you explain us how AMWAY works? Can you compare product benefits over peer products in the market?

Remember, there will always be pros and cons. But, it is freedom that decides who will be successful. It doesn’t matter about statistics of how many businesses failed. There are so many dynamics that decides business success. If the product accepted by the consumer base, the company will surely succeed. There is no proof that MLM is future, otherwise every business would have now been opted MLM.

Your comments please.

anil dcunha
anil dcunha
11 years ago

Dear Manish,

I have gone thru ur article in detail and i would compliment u in shedding light on MLM and related businesses prevailing in the Indian market.

I would like to put up some questions which i suppose people should ask and then enter into such schemes only if the answers are YES.

1. Is the company a member of the IDSA?
2. Since how long it has been operating in India?
3. How many countries is this company operating or is it a fresh company ?
4. What is the turnover of the company and what is being paid to the associates?
5. Is there a plan?
6. Is is compulsory for you to make members or one can join individually and buy products for self consumption?
7. Are the products genuine ?
8.Have u used the products and ascertained yourself about the claims being made by the company?
9.If the products are costly then have you met someone who has used the products and taken first hand information from one of the users known to you or somebody?
10.Have you attended the seminar conducted by these companies personally or are you relying on information from your friends or the agent?
11.Have you cross-checked from the person who is making claims of HUGE MONEY by your self checking the financial credentials of the person introducing you the plan/scheme?
12.If the person introducing the plan says he is making money have you checked his bank account to make sure that he is getting the commissions as told to you?
13.Is it a fair biz model, i mean the person who is doing the work should be earning rather than a person who has joined earlier in the biz? only and only then it is a fair biz!!!!!!!

These are some of the questions which could be asked and many can be added so that atleast we can ensure that few people fall for the trap of making quick money which i suppose is not possible without putting in hardwork.

To further tell you i am an member of Amway since last 10 years and i have found that it is a company which gives fair chance for members to make money but it is equivalent to the amount of effort put in by you.

They do not force you to make members infact the JOINING IS FREE. THERE ARE NO CHARGES FOR JOINING AMWAY.

I have never found once Amway forcing you to make members. They say that you use WORLD CLASS products and if you feel they are worth then SHARE the information with like minded people and let people use the products ( they have a 30 days money back GUARANTEE for all products manufactured by them)

Only after using the products if the person feels they are WORTHY then either he has the option of buying from a member or the person can himself become a member ” AS JOINING IS FREE “.

Please dont think i am making any biz proposition but i have read you article and some of the comments as well and i thought even i need to contribute as i am regular subscriber of JAGO INVESTOR and i am a member of AMWAY and i need to put up my point of views.

So i would suggest people to take their own decisions based on their UNDERSTANDINGS & KNOWLEDGE as nobody is forcing you to join AMWAY or any other biz as a matter of fact. if there is anyone forcing you, then be BRAVE and say NO as you live in a FREE and DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY.

SUNIL AGGARWAL
SUNIL AGGARWAL
Reply to  Jagoinvestor
11 years ago

Leave aside all complications. Just see whether the product being sold by a person (member of ‘MLM’) is “value for money”i.e. quality product at a competitive price. If yes, the scheme is likely to survive although the person at the bottom of the pyramid will have to work hard to earn enough. More likely, the product should have an edge over others available at the shops as a customer would prefer to buy from a shop if there is no benefit of buying from a person. Selling the product to known persons would be a very limited market; hence the product has to have a competitive edge. This is likely Direct Selling Agent with a difference that the Agency is managed and grown thru Members only.

Pradeep
Pradeep
11 years ago

Hi Manish.. Really a nice article.
I have faced the situations many times from my friends, where they compel to join the MLM business (be it Amyway, GoldQuest or anything). I was consciously aware not to join it.
I have been lured atleast 6 times in the last 1 year in US, by unkown desi guys to join some sort of MLM. They will speak as if we know them for years. Finally at the end of the conversation they ask out phone number.
Now if someone talks to me nicely also, doubt lingers in my mind if he has any hidden agenda.

I came across this short story in youtube about MLM (comedy):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leQ0eLJpsnk
This is in Tamil (but has English subtitles). This summarises everthing about MLM.

You are doing a good job in promoting financial literacy. I came to know a lot of things from your articles. Great going!!

Rayan Fernandes
Rayan Fernandes
11 years ago

Hello Manish,
an eye-opener article to those who fall prey to money-laundering MLM companies like NMart, Amway, Unipay2U, Visarev, Unigold2U, Nanogorex, Bizzree, Deo Soft, RCM, RMP, Tycoons Empire and many more.
Please explore the belove link-
http://corporatefraudswatch.blogspot.in/

Thank you.

VIKAS
VIKAS
11 years ago

Great Article, Well explained in advanced.
If any body wants to check, the maths of doing MLM follow the link to a ponzi scheme
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCSXnOa1TIk&feature=g-crec-u
(a great video from khan academy)