The Multilevel Marketing Cults: Lies, Pyramid Schemes, and the Pursuit of Financial Freedom.



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Multi Level Marketing (MLM) companies have been around for a long while now. Yet their controversy seems endless, with accusations of being pyramid schemes, or operating in a cult like fashion…

It’s time we dive into the MLM industry and find out exactly what is going on…

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These companies follow a Multi-Level Marketing model, that means they often do not sell their products/services via retailers, but through a workforce of people sometimes called their “distributors”. This strategy is also often labelled as Network Marketing.

Examples of these companies are: Herbalife, Amway, ACN, Younique, LuLaRoe, Arbonne, Beachbody, doTerra, Mary Kay, Nu Skin, etc.

Although it seems ordinary on the surface, many of these companies have received a great amount of backlash, with entire communities built to oppose these companies (often labelled as the anti-mlm community).

The question here is: why the backlash?

In this video we dive into the industry and the reasoning behind the backlash, as well as the shady practices some MLM companies use in order to keep their distributors inside the company.

Some of these practices include the selling of a “dream” and promises of high returns, wealth, residual income, or “financial freedom” if they join, whilst simultaneously promoting many self-help concepts.

We also take a look at what exactly a Pyramid Scheme is, how to spot one, and whether the accusations against network marketing companies are deserved.

The pursuit of wealth and financial freedom can often be consuming – the question is who out there is choosing to exploit these desires…

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🙏 Special thanks to everyone who agreed to be interviewed and helped me out for my research on this video.

Also big thank you to @rubensalsaa (on Instagram) for helping me sort through my research and the countless clips!

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Prologue – 00:00
Part 1: The Pitch – 03:17
Part 2: The Opportunity – 6:20
Ad Break – 14:06
Part 3: The Industry – 15:49
Part 4: Pyramid Schemes & Cults – 18:36
Part 5: Unravelling the Truth – 22:37
End/Bloopers – 27:47

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  2. Funny thing is that my mom and I attended one these seminars, one that was focused on real estate. They treated you all nice and encouraged audience participation. At the end as we about to leave, they did a kind of psychological manipulation that I didn’t realize at the time where they encouraged people to sign up for something and a lot of people did. Afterwards we talked to one of the people at the event and chatted a bit. They asked for a $50,000 commitment to be a part of their real estate group. They called it “investing in yourself”. My mom already had a few rental properties in her name and had some experience and she worked in construction. The seminar only highlighted the positive aspects of flipping houses, but none of the downsides. As soon as we were asked for a financial commitments, we immediately became very guarded. $50,000 isn’t a small sum, and they compared it to a college tuition. We talked it over and came to the conclusion that it was probably not worth it and we just never responded back. At the time, I wasn’t aware of these kinds of schemes. They were motivating you to be a better more successful version of yourself. How could it be bad?

  3. If you want to be your own boss and make your own money, go and take a Business Administration course and specialize in Human Resources in a post secondary education facility. A legitimate company makes the majority it's revenue threw the purchasing and distribution of goods and or services. A Pyramid Scheme on the other hand makes the majority of it's revenue threw recruiting people and selling products threw the recruits. It's unsustainable because you are eventually going to run out of people to recruit and then the business it's self will drain it's cash flow since the selling and distribution of products and services doesn't cover the expenses and liabilities. In a pyramid scheme the true product is not the good you are selling, the true product is you and the people below you buying that good.

    PS If you do end up with employees in your business. Remember the golden rule of business management. High employee turnover means failing business. Hiring and removing employees is a costly process and will hit your bottom line where you will end up taking more net losses instead of net incomes.

  4. I never fall for anything, and I knew from my early twenties it was all a scam to only benefit the ones at the top,

  5. "Be your own Boss", "You sell products for us and we pay you for it". Those two are just completely contradicting each other

  6. Good grief this is so dull; it REALLY doesn’t need to be 29 minutes long, MLM scams can deconstructed in a few minutes as they have been in dozens of other YT videos. Nearly half an hour of someone in love with the sound of their own voice (a voice really, REALLY not suited for narration) does not make for a watchable documentary. Maybe it’s that long to sell lots of ad slots to its viewers; that’s a bit of a scam isn’t it…

  7. That preacher dude said "logic is bad for you!" Holy shit that's sad for anyone who actually heed's his words

  8. Used to work with a guy who constantly was trying to recruit me. I could tell that he was a fake person – with fake words the day I met him.

    “This isn’t a pyramid scheme.. We have a product”

  9. It's all about mindset, place yourself on top of the pyramid lol it's that easy, do to people what they are doing too you

  10. You have showed all the news about how ppl joining mlm and failed and getting scammed. But had you yourself tried joining any and show proof you are scammed? I had seen all these videos showing all mlm are pyramid achemes and scam but none of them actually showing how in the system members are getting scammed.

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