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MLM schemes

Gotta appreciate the hustle from this lady but dammnnnnn MLM is the cancer of sales



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ARRyouReadyKids
Politicker
+5
Sr. Account Executive
How else am I supposed to be a BOSS BABE and get out of the 9-5 by working from wifi
Incognito
Arsonist
+9
Master of Disaster
😂
WCK
Politicker
+8
Padre de Tequila
You just don't get it HUNNY you wouldn't understand what it takes to run your own business
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
The huns are coming for you 👀
BigMeech
WR Officer
+11
Coors Light Advocate
They are annoying as hell. I get one a month reaching out. 
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
I don't consider them as sales savages. They are gnats. Annoying AF.
Incognito
Arsonist
+9
Master of Disaster
I know, but I feel like it’s unethical. Is this wrong? 
iworkinchonies
Politicker
+4
Growth Enablement Manager
I don't think it's unethical, just a different hustle. I respect the grind but for real, I do not want to buy your damn shampoo... 
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CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
Really? They never reach out to me. Did you end up on some list maybe?
BigMeech
WR Officer
+11
Coors Light Advocate
Let's just say I went to a college in a state where you either become successful or....well you join one of these. So just by chance a few people I was loosely connected with joined them and they just blast their whole network at that point. 
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Simo
Politicker
+7
Director of Sales
The Office knows about MLMs - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC5lsemxaJo
thegrinch
Politicker
+5
SDR
Lol, hilarious
SaaSsy
Politicker
+2
Sales Executive
Depends, I get a ton through LI and hate those ones bc they're predatory and some can probably seem legit to desperate job seekers. The essential oil/diet pill crap on FB - people should know better.
RandyMoss
Opinionated
+3
Sales Executive
I have yet to have anyone reach out to me on LI with one of these...am I dodging bullets? I'm also curious if you get them from strangers that are cold outreach, or are they people that you actually know?
Incognito
Arsonist
+9
Master of Disaster
Cold on LinkedIn 

semi warm in FB
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Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
I'm all for multiple messages, but that is a lot of follow up
Incognito
Arsonist
+9
Master of Disaster
Ummmm MLM= multilevel marketing schemes.....? Aka pyramid schemes lite? 

unless I didn’t get the joke 😬
poweredbycaffeine
Politicker
+7
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
There is no debate: MLMs are predatory. /thread
Incognito
Arsonist
+9
Master of Disaster
I agree. The “hey girl! I have this AMAZING opportunity for you!!”

its more on Facebook TBH
poweredbycaffeine
Politicker
+7
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
I legit broke a lease because my roommate (who was already living there when I moved in) would not leave me alone about supporting their young living addiction. It became so uncomfortable I had to leave.
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Zags
Good Citizen
Global Account Manager
I think any sales role with a 95% failure rate that also puts reps in a financial hole should be illegal. 
Incognito
Arsonist
+9
Master of Disaster
You mean life insurance agents? 😂
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MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
Predatory? Lol. You Chris Hansen or something? That’s a bit much. 

Confession: my wife and I were involved in an MLM for several years when we were trying to make ends meat. Did very well with it. Bout $4500/month at the peak. Car, trips, etc. It was a natural nutrition company that we got involved in because we had a positive, medical experience with one of our kids who had some extreme allergic issues and dietary problems. It kinda snowballed into us selling it and building an network. We stopped because we got to the point where it was too much to manage, from the perspective of trying to train and lead the team of people we amassed under us. But to be clear, we (and those in our group) always approached it sharing personal, positive experiences. If people wanted more info, we gave it. If they didn’t, no worries. Personally speaking, we never aggressively pushed people. We hated seeing that...cuz it did happen. We have been out now for about 3 years...still get a (smaller) check every month from the snowball still rolling. 

Like @iworkinchonies said. It’s a different hustle and some people approach it correctly and with good intentions. Others don’t. I think that’s universal in sales, regardless of the hustle. I respect the people that do it right and hustle their asses off to provide for themselves and their families. No need for the shade, people. It’s not unethical. It’s certainly not predatory. If you’re interested, great. If you’re not, decline and move on (read: get over it). Let’s not get our panties in a bunch over another seller trying to do their thang, lest we start sounding like butt-hurt CTOs/CISOs on LinkedIn. <zing!> 😋

For anyone new that doesn’t get the reference - https://bravado.co/war-room/posts/screenshots-war-room-dog-piles-on-delta-bravo-cto-on-linkedin

Come at me, bro! 

PS. If you wanna know more, LMK. I’ll send you a pamphlet. 😉
Zags
Good Citizen
Global Account Manager
Yeah that’s cool you had a good experience. The statistics behind the industry don’t paint the same rosy picture. It’s a grift. Just a fancy one.
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
When you say “grift” there’s an implication of nefarious, if not illegal behavior. And with all due respect, you couldn’t be more wrong. Like I said, yes there are people who approach it much more aggressively and put too much pressure on people...and I think that’s wrong. But at the end of the day, it’s not illegal or even misleading. Each company is also highly regulated from within to prevent nefarious behavior and discourage disingenuous work. 

Furthermore, I’ve never lived my life according to statistics...which is maybe why my wife and I had a positive and successful experience. We did the research. We knew what we were getting into. We both understand what it takes to run a “franchise” and we saw good outcomes...and not just on a monetary level. Not everyone approaches it the same way, and they fail. But that’s not in any way exclusive to MLMs. That’s world wide; even in sales. People getting way over their skies in forecasting. People who don’t have skills to run a sales cycle or be in a specific industry. People being put into a position selling who have no business doing so, for various reasons. 

But that burden doesn’t fall on the company. Nor does it fall on the people presenting an “opportunity” to the person. It falls on the person to make their own educated choices. 

Don’t be a statistic. 
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RahRahBooty
Opinionated
+4
Business Development
I recently listened to a MLM pitch, then gave her feedback on her sales pitch. 

I also do this with sales people that hit me up on LI. Certified biotch over here lol 
MrsTechSales
Politicker
+9
Midwest Market Manager
I went through a time in my life when I was suckered in to attending a MILLION parties of all sorts. I hated them then, I definitely hate them now. Though, I have a friend that was a first-mover on one and she's making great money because of her "team's sales". 

However, I would never call this sales. This is no more sales than being behind the jewelry counter at Walmart. You holla at people, hope they want to buy, and if they don't you just move on. Also never have to talk to anyone after the sale.... that's not sales in my book!
Brando
Politicker
+7
SDR Manager
This always happens to me, a person from high school that wasn't necessarily a friend reaches out to "have lunch" after I haven't talked to then in 10 years 
Only to recruit me to whatever MLM they're doing 
paddy
Arsonist
+9
Account Executive
Lol remember Veema Verve? Those dudes were siiickkkkk
Skerp22
Opinionated
+3
Media Consultant
TRUE STORY: A prospect who I met with and actually pitched tried recruiting my into his MLM that he's involved with also. Started off as like this "side hustle" he brought up to me - kinda weird kinda interesting, thought it might be a cool way to make a little coin on the side.

Then we had these "meetings" where i had to like read something or watch these videos by the next time we met to show i was interested...and it kinda started to feel weird. Turns out this side hustle was some extension of Amway and i had never heard of it before..

Long story short I just got such a weird vibe from it - and the concept where you make money by just getting as many people to join your "team" just seems fishy and deceiving to me. Plus, the people who are part of it seems very cult-ish...so when i told him i wasn't interested his mood totally changed.

To boot, I'm pretty sure he only took that original meeting with me (where i tried selling HIM legitimate services to help his company) just to rope me into this MLM - which is just plain shitty if you ask me. 
Incognito
Arsonist
+9
Master of Disaster
Sounds about right. Sucks !
Money
Valued Contributor
+5
Director of Enterprise Sales
This used to make my blood boil, then I realized, there are always going to be rubes out there and hustlers who know how to work them. Some people only learn from falling flat on their face, so hustle away.
DizzyRascal
Opinionated
+5
BizDev
MLMs are the worst and I feel sorry for people who get caught up in them and lost friends & family because of it.
Lambda
Politicker
+6
Sales Consultant
its totally mlm but i wouldn't say predetory
LordOfWar
Politicker
+6
Director
Lmao at those keywords: biodynamic, litigation lawyer owner, network marketing company.....sign me the F up for a big old NO pal!
PIPboy69
Catalyst
+3
CSM
I always let them down easy, "thank you for reaching out, at this time I am not interested but I hope you hit your quota and find success" They usually leave me alone after that since they are just trying to close some deals too but they get it.
thegrinch
Politicker
+5
SDR
Seeing MLMs crumble gives me a sense of justice
neversettle
Politicker
+4
SDR
I have mixed feelings about MLMs but I am a customer of 2 separate companies in which I absolutely love the products - one is a CBD company (helps me w/ sleep & joint pain) and the other is a collagen product (really helps with my skin/hair). I respect both of the women that sell for these companies. They are friends of mine but they are also really well versed in what they sell - their product knowledge is outstanding! I help them when I can by posting stuff on my social media only because I really believe in the products. 
Ultimately, what is wrong with someone that has the hustle to provide for themselves and their families via a MLM company that they believe in?! I would never do it but I see absolutely nothing wrong with it! All you have to do is say and no and move on if you aren't interested. No need to get your panties in a wad!
Stringer
Arsonist
+8
SDR
Blame Utah, that's where it all started. 
Rigeyyy
Opinionated
+1
Account Executive
Mlms are legit if you get the right one. Better sales people then most as well, they have no leads just talking to everyone and anykne
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