We’ve all dealt with it in one form or another.
A friend starts off a conversation seemingly interested in your life, quickly shifting into “Hey! You should try Beach Body!”
Pyramid schemes are everywhere these days. What is a pyramid scheme you ask?
pyr·a·mid scheme noun
- a form of investment (illegal in the US and elsewhere) in which each paying participant recruits two further participants, with returns being given to early participants using money contributed by later ones.
- *Google Dictionary*
Some of the more common ones: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_multi-level_marketing_companies)
- ACN Inc.
- Ambit Energy
- Amway Global, previously known as Quixtar
- Arbonne International
- Avon Products
- Discovery Toys
- Forever Living Products
- Fuel Freedom International
- Isagenix International
- Juice Plus
- LegalShield, previously known as Pre-Paid Legal Services
- The Longaberger Company
- Market America
- Mary Kay
- Morinda Bioactives
- National Safety Associates
- Nature’s Sunshine Products
- Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic
- Nu Skin Enterprises
- The Pampered Chef
- Qnet, previously known as QuestNet, GoldQuest, and QI Limited
- Rodan + Fields
- Stream Energy
- Success University
- Tastefully Simple
- Telecom Plus
- USANA Health Sciences
- Vector Marketing
- Wakaya Perfection
- Watkins Incorporated
- World Financial Group
- Young Living
- YTB International
And those are just to name a few. In the end, nobody but the company developer wins. Sellers try to make a dime off their friends and family, by constantly pestering them to buy their products. For this, people make maybe 10-20% off the sale, which usually has to be signaficant to even get that much. Mostly, they get nothing. They’ve spent more money organizing a party, that friends and family feel obligated to attend. Which sucks for the friends and family.
I mean people care about their friends and family….but why is it their job to pay your bills? What if they have our own bills? What if they don’t have it? What if they do have it…
but they’re smart enough to know they can get that 15$ Thirty-One makeup bag for 1$ at the Dollar Tree???
Sellers would have to sell thousands of products to break even. Meanwhile, they try to rope in more sellers. And what do friends and family have to do to become one? Typically buy their own starter kit...somewhere around 300-500$. They won’t sell anything either, but the head of the pyramid scheme makes bank.
The worst part of the whole thing?
For instance on Facebook…OMG…they sure try to sell a lot of that stuff on Facebook. Some friend who you think is really interested in your life, starts off with “How are the kids? OMG. That’s wonderful!” Then they talk about how maybe they struggled with weight loss for a while, but things are finally looking up… bla bla bla…then…
“Girl, you know you can have a Beach Body too!”
You can’t go a fricken day without a damn pyramid scheme rolling through your feed. In a total move of desperation, you start scanning through all your social media feeds…
- Google +
- Linked In
And so on…..
You find yourself blocking friends and family, just to get it to stop. They post in the comment section below your pics and somehow turn a cute picture of your adorable new grandbaby, into a sales pitch for Pampered Chef...
“OMG! Your grandson is so cute! Congrats! You know…you could make him sugar cookies all day long with Pampered Chef!”
Really?!?!? Ladies….it’s time to end the needless suffering of your friends and family. Find a hobby, a career or a day job. If that’s not cutting it…get another. Nobody wins in pyramid schemes…except the developer…and he/she…is laughing his/her ass off, all the way to the bank!