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.