Recently, I got an email from someone who tried to register for Pink Truth, but hadn’t received a confirmation email. I saw the login he used, and immediately had a bad feeling. I just *knew* he was in an MLM and was here to promote it.
I emailed him back and told him that we didn’t allow any promotion of MLMs on Pink Truth, and that I asked if he was just here to promote his MLM. I got this response:
well to answer your question…partly yes and partly no. I have a couple of reasons for joining and most are simply out of entrepreneurial curiosity. I know some stuff about Mary Kay, but I wanted to find out a lot more. I wanted to find out how Mary Kay is doing after multiple years and 800,000 reps later. If it is still thriving and I thought I could make some money then yes I would probably join. I am not going to post messages and try to promote my business I am not as rude or pathetic as that. I also have no intention of stealing reps away, but if I talk to someone who is unhappy and having little to no success with Mary Kay I Will tell them about another opportunity. I do not think it would be fair to me or the Mary Kay people to deny them that right, but it is up to you and I guess it would take some trust on your part.
I have a couple lawyer friends from Harvard and the difference between NM and MLM is the compensation plan. NM would follow a matrix or binary plan and are not illegal. MLM is very different in the importance and effect it has when you start above someone else. NM and MLM are in no way the same thing so be careful when you advertise it that way 🙂 Thats just my lawyer friends though.
I WILL NOT POST ANYTHING ON THE FORUM BOARDS (and had no plans to ever do it).
is that what you needed?
I wrote back and told him that he was not allowed to promote his MLM on the boards, in any comments, or in any private messages. He was also not to do the “email me if you want more information” routine either. With that caveat, I was willing to approve his membership to PT.
And he immediately started his solicitation by PMing anyone who had posted on the discussion board:
Hey hows it going?
Real fast here, my name is Alex and I am looking at talking to you about Mary Kay. Your success, hows the business doing now, and things of that nature. I am interested in MK and just need someone to talk to.
Just comment back here or send me an email at xxxxxxxx.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Now I’m not silly. I know darn well that he wasn’t looking for information on Mary Kay. He was looking for a chance to tell you why his MLM was so much better than Mary Kay.
Too bad he couldn’t keep his word and not troll our forum for his own purposes. And that is one of the many reasons why I despise people recruiting for MLMs.