I’ve been researching and writing about MLM for over 20 years. Way back then, I was told that network marketing (another term for MLM) was “the future.” They claimed back then that business was changing, and this was where it was headed. Personal service, cut out the middle man, let the little guy make the money instead of big companies.
Here’s the truth: the little guy (MLM distributor) is the middle man, and her money is sent to the big company (Mary Kay). There is plenty of personal service available at retail stores if you want it.
MLM (or network marketing, or dual marketing, or direct sales) is exactly the same scam that it was 20 years ago when I was involved. It’s the same scam it was 57 years ago when Mary Kay Cosmetics got started. It’s the same as it was when the first MLM was started in 1932.
This post from Sarah Marie Thomas is going around social media. I agree that MLM distributors are trying to better their lives, and that they don’t believe they are trying to scam anyone. But MLM is a scam. 99% of people lose money because it is a system that is designed for failure for almost everyone. You can’t make a living retailing products, and if you recruit, you’re just setting up these recruits to lose money too.