I am going to be courteous because Hal suggested we should be 🙂 Since all you good MLMers insist on comparing MLMs to traditional businesses, let me just say – In traditional “brick and mortar” operations the money always flows into the organization from outside – ALWAYS! More of this money goes to the top, but it does trickle down in a pre-negotiated fashion.
In MLM, the money always flows from the bottom of the pyramid to the top – ALWAYS! You HAVE TO do your bit to participate. There is very little (if any) money coming in from outside. Most of the revenue comes from the distributors (The churn at the bottom is by design). The model is DESIGNED to make 99% fail (They are just temporary customers –
tricked into thinking it will lead to enormous wealth). Also, the idea that purchasing product for personal use somehow constitutes an “investment” is ludicrous to say the least.
Thats all I have the patience for ;). Hats off to Hal for de-constructing your arguments with more patience than I can muster.