I have gotten my share of ‘cold’ calls, and I shamefully have to admit, done my fair share of dialing them myself. Perhaps you were even one of them I called? Oh, I sounded so cheerful and beyond happy at all that money you were going to make and how I cared oh so much helping you make it! I am so sorry if you believed me.
All I needed you to do was listen. Yep, just listen to my producer and what she had to say: “All the unhealthy air, dirt and even the water, oh my, but we could help you fight it all and make money while doing it! Just how wonderful does that sound?”
Companies have gotten away with sharing the news over and over and over again how they could not be categorized as a Multi Level Marketing (MLM), since they really were selling a product. What some failed to tell you, at first, is that you were going to be the one who had to keep buying a certain amount of their product every month in order to make money. Insert the sound of brakes here. What?
Ok, so, how am I supposed to make this effortless amount of cash then, you ask? Well, all you had to do was call and get others to sign up to do the same and, lo and behold, you would make a percentage of what they bought each month.
And then they would call to get others to sign up to buy the products each month and, lo and behold, you would make a percentage of what they bought each month too.
You had to cough up the sign up fee (but look at all you get with this $250!), lose all your friends and ‘cold’ call several strangers a day and make 90% of them frustrated with you too.
It’s been said these companies don’t really make a whole lot of money off the marked-up products they sell, but do make it with the sign-up fees, which is another give-away that they are, indeed, a MLM.
So many of us realized just how exhausting it all was, and just how much money we were spending just to keep ‘working’, and how, maybe, it would be cheaper after all to go to the local market to buy that “save-the-environment and keep-the-home-germ-free” product.
Don’t they tell you that if you have to give someone money to get a job, it’s really not a job?
But do we listen?
Well, I am beginning to think people are actually starting to listen because it has been months, and I mean months, since I have gotten a call, an email, and/or an invite from people I know for me to buy a job. And have seen virtually nada while cruising around the Internet.
Perhaps the recession has put a kink in this bit of malarkey that had taken over the phone lines for so many years? Perhaps that last bit of cash is what you will need to pay this month’s car payment or insurance? Or would help with rent or mortgage? Is it the weak economy making people just that more cautious?
Something else that may be helping is websites like The MLM-The-Truth.Com. These people explore hundreds of these MLM schemes and shine the light on their tactics and have managed to save thousands from making the same mistake I did.
At any rate, one can only hope it continues. I was afraid I was going to have to lose a few friends over it and I would’ve hated that. They are truly amazing people with huge hearts that don’t deserve to learn all this the hard way.