DEAR CAROLYN: My sister has been selling for a multilevel marketing company for some years now. It seems to be a little better than any of them – she "just" has to buy her samples out of her pocket, not her entire store. I learned to skim the Facebook conversations to try this or buy it, and cheerfully refused to try the last 30-day trial of anything.
What bothers me is: She seems to probably be her potential future career path; She wants to escape a stressful day job. MLMs sell this dream, because it is the only way for everyone to succeed on them – recruiting lower-level sellers, none of which will actually make any real profit by selling products. You have to make them think it will work for them if they just try hard enough and recruit too.
I would like to scream: "They benefit from you, and this will never make you money unless you start to benefit from other people!" But I'm pretty sure this will only be met with platitudes about how big and supportive MLM #tribe is.
Do I keep my mind to myself because it is not my business
Want to scream
DEAR WANT: Keep your opinion to yourself because it is not your business or is it just to look out because I don't want to rock the family boat? .
I think it's a "damn-if-you-do, a cursed-about-you-don't-situation. If you say something Now, if you do not say anything now, when she loses her life savings, you will be villified to not warn her when you knew something was wrong.
It is likely that a process (or 50 ) brought against the company of any state (or states) lawyer's consumer company; if that were me, I would send this information to my sister, so consider my duty completed and think of my own business from that point forward. one of the good ones.
For what it is worth, want more people selling things like this – often very expensive things most do not really need, like makeup – v bad really think long and hard before they came out to their friends. Many friends will feel obliged, even when they do not want to buy this, and others will refuse and then feel a little guilty. My husband and I once came into an argument because I didn't "support" our friend's side business because I wouldn't spend $ 80 on the facial. UGH. Don't put your family and friends through this!
THREE FRIENDS: Don't feel "committed." Don't feel guilty. Only No.
Dear Marketers: I am your friend, not your business opportunity, and if you treat me as the latter, I will question your sincerity as the former.
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