Somebody is finally making a movie spoofing the multi-level marketing industry, aka network marketing, aka get rick quick scheme, aka pyramid scheme, aka etc. Sure, it looks cheesy, overdone, and low budget, but still, I feel obligated to support the cause. I’d recommend going straight to the trailers.
I’m no friend of MLM. I think it’s a blight on Utah. Sure, they provide a lot of jobs and tax revenues. So do casinos, tobacco companies, and beer companies for the respective states in which they operate. And don’t give me that pitch on how these products really help people. Is a $50 bottle of shampoo really going to help me be happier than the $1 bottle of Prell I can get at the dollar store? Do you really think the research produced by tens of thousands of PhDs working to figure out how to treat and/or cure cancer is going to be trumped by a fruit somebody found on an island? And if these companies are so humanitarian why are they selling it for $30 per bottle to the tune of hundreds of millions in profit per year?
C’mon people, it’s all a scam. It’s the modern day version of the emperor’s clothes. MLM ruins lives. I’m not talking about it killing people or putting them in the poor house, although I’m sure someone out there would probably make those claims, I’m talking about it ruining people as human beings. I think people become twisted and immoral when they adopt a get-rich-quick attitude. I think people become addicted to it like they do to gambling or porn.
I haven’t had any bad experiences with MLM companies. Nobody from an MLM company has ever insulted me. I have no hidden agenda. I just think that MLM ruins people. I think these companies are fakes. Impostors. I think anyone that works for them or supports them is ignorant or twisted.
Granted, some are worse than others. Some are complete scams, selling nothing of value whatsoever and ripping people off, while others actually do have decent products which are merely overpriced.
And I would say there are some companies that are exceptions to my wrath. I don’t have any problem with Stampin’ Up, Tupperware, or similar companies that use a network marketing model, although I think they walk a fine line. I think people would buy Stampin’ Up products whether or not they were sold through a network marketing model. I don’t think most people join Stampin’ Up in order to get rich quick. I think they join because they really like the products and are into them. Maybe 5% join because they think they’re going to make serious cash. Xango and Noni appear to be just the opposite. Would anyone really buy the stuff if it were sold at Costco for the same price? Does anyone sign up as a distributor because they’re really into drinks that supposedly make you healthy? Yeah, yeah, I know, you really believe, but the you’ve got to understand is that I don’t trust you. I think your greed has twisted your mind so that you believe what you wouldn’t believe if it weren’t for the money involved.
Anyway, enough soapbox. The movie trailers got me going there.