The first was in the early 1970’s when I signed up as an Amway distributor. I didn’t last very long and swore off MLM totally after my one and only demonstartion for a prospect. She ended up buying the ost inexpensive item she could find just to get rid of me. I could actually see her thought process as she made the selection. It was humiliating.
Imagine my surprise when, 20 some odd years later I found myself at an opportunity meeting for ACN. I only went because the friend who invited me was someone I owed a favor to. I went in determined to say no. As they spun out the dream I clung to my Amway memories but as they kept hammering away with “there’s no box of soap to sell” my resolve agve way and I thought I can do this. I spent about 3 and half years chasing every prospect I could. Attending every quarterly meeting. Buying up all the latest recruiting tools. They always had new ones at every regional event.
Reality began to dawn as my residual checks never seemed to grow. The power of the hype began to lose it’s magic and I started to turn from a “red apple” to a “rotten apple”.
Today I am a freelance writer and I am working on a piece about MLM . It seems that this economy is probably a very fertile prospecting ground for these companies. I’m sure it’s a great way to move lots of product and services but I’ve yet to meet anyone who made an average living from this. The super stars of these companies are all millionaires. They seem to be the exceptions.
Would love to hear from anyone who’d like to share their stories. I am not interested in hearing about any new oppotunities. I have no interest in MLM except as it relates to the article I’mworking on. Please do not respond if your looking for prospects.
you still haven’t discovered that it’s not about how YOU perceive it but how it’s pitched to prospects? C’mon.
When employers look for people to hire, they put out a “help wanted” notice (a window sign, an ad in the paper or an announcement on radio or TV, etc.). The people who respond are total strangers, and if you’ve had more than 1 or 2 jobs, you know that some jobs are not completely friendly, to the employee or to the people with whom that employee associates. (Do you know anyone who’s ever worked in telemarketing? There’s a job that annoys a lot of people!)
When an MLM is pitched, they try to wrap it up in descriptions that resemble traditional business models and practices SO THAT it won’t sound like a scheme.
So once again, when you blame the victim (by calling them “naive”), you miss the point and possibly encourage scammers to keep going after those “naive” folks who don’t recognize what they’re doing, because even critics of MLM can’t figure out why the schemes work.
I got invited to ACN by someone I really trusted, and it took me about two years to get over it and out of it. Three if you count my rather slow journey out of a fairly dark pit it put me into.
I made it to ETT, almost ETL, but I ended up looking at some of the MLM information about other companies of long term installment loans with badcredit on the net and extrapolating to ACN. There’s hardly any information out there about them, and they could definitely use someone exposing them.
One of the really interesting things about ACN is that, while they are pretty careful to never actually lie to you, they are very good at misleading you. Heck, I got pretty good at misleading others, but at least I believed that it was good at the time. I got discouraged after seeing a bunch of my friends simply fail with it – it didn’t seem to me that a legitimate business would end up with everyone failing at it.
I have no idea how RVPs and SVPs can sleep at night. I recruited about 18 people myself and that still makes me sick to my stomach.
If you need any info on ACN, contact me.