One of the Many Reasons Why I Despise People Recruiting for MLMs

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.

7 Comments

  1. Lazy Gardens

    “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.”

    No … he’s not going to promote his business, he’s just going to use the amazingly popular website you have spent years building up to stalk fresh meat for his own MLM.

    Looks rude and opportunistic to me. And pathetic.

  2. wasrings90

    He wants to know how our MK/MLM businesses are doing, well considering most of the members here don’t sell for any type of an MLM anymore, would our answers be it’s going great, I no longer lie on a daily basis to friends, family and aquantainces, or stalk strangers at Target.

  3. pinkvictim

    I see. Harvard educated lawyers now approve of MLM… those professors over at the Business School must have set them straight!

    Guess what? What law school someone attends doesn’t mean diddly squat about their capability as an attorney, nor their knowledge level in that specific area of the law. Given that they are absolutely wrong about their being any distinction between NM and MLM (without a legal definition for either, there can be no legal distinction between the two), you might want to not rely on them to get you out of a traffic ticket.

    “Be careful”? Is that some kind of veiled threat? Bring it. I may not know any Harvard educated lawyers, but I do know Yale, Columbia, and U Penn educated lawyers…

    Mentioning Harvard (FITYMI) doesn’t impress those who really know what’s up in the legal profession. I doubt you even know any Harvard undergrads, much less Harvard educated lawyers.

    For some reason this putz really pushed my buttons this morning…

    1. MLM Radar

      If his network marketing opportunity is as good as he wants us to believe, why are his Harvard lawyer friends still practicing law? They’re experts in recognizing a profitable opportunity, right?

  4. JM

    I’m an Ivy-league lawyer (UPenn). “Network Marketing” is just another way to describe and MLM. The claimed “differences” are meaningless. I hope the “Harvard lawyers” come after me and explain their “position”!

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