Directory of MLM information.

If you are worried about someone in an MLM and want to know what is going on with them and how you can help them, have a look at these links-

How to help someone. Explains how to research MLMs and how to speak to people in an MLM.

Having second thoughts. Aimed at people who have joined an MLM, might help them see the truth.

Someone who cares about you is worried. Explains to people why you are worried about them being in an MLM.

Expectation versus reality. Aimed at people considering joining an MLM. Information from ex MLMers about the truth of what really goes on.

Watch this You Tube film by Ethan Vanderbuilt that has some advice.

This Skeptoid article gives you three options on what to do if someone you care about has a worrying belief in ‘woo’, whether that be a ‘cure’ or a financial trap. Well worth a read.

 

Information on MLMs

 

MLMs in General

Are All MLMs Scams? By MLM Alert.

Is it a pryamid scheme? by TINA

MLM bingo, what they all say. By BotWatchBlog

Lazy Man and Money explains why MLM health products don’t work.

10 big lies of MLMs by MLM Watch.

How to identify a product based pyramid scheme by MLM Watch

Albania had a near civil war with thousands of deaths in 1997 due to the collapse of pyramid schemes. New York Times article about it.

Assess an MLM to see if it will make you money or if it is a scam. A simple 5 step assessment with explanations for each point. Written by an expert.

Timeless Vie- Facebook page and Blog. They are an MLM parody site that aims to educate and support people on all things MLM, with the aim of stamping out MLMs. Contact them with your questions or experiences.

Bot Watch- We have a Facebook page too if you want to contact us in confidence with questions or just ‘like’ us and keep up with information.

Information on specific MLMs

ACN

Their Canadian website has some earnings figures from 2010. Why 2010? Are their figures worse now? ‘Not all IBO’s make a profit’. How many don’t make a profit? They don’t tell us. Their figure of $500 a year earnings only include active members that earned money. What about all those that didn’t earn any? I think they are relevant! IBOs have to make a yearly payment to remain members of US$149 and purchase training materials and attend events at their own expense. Source.

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Ethan Vanderbuilt says ACN is a legal scam. This website has a very comprehensive breakdown of ACN and the facts behind it. Well worth a read if you want to know more about ACN.

Some researchers have found that participants lost on average $605. Fewer than 1 in 200 people will recover their initial investment.

ACN have been linked with Donald Trump. The National Review discuss how Donald Trump associated himself with ACN for years and made millions of dollars from it. He then denied knowing anything about the company when he started his presidential campaign.

IBOs in ACN are not allowed to solicit customers from cold markets. They have to persuade friends, families and other people known to them to buy the non-competatively priced products.

An ACN whistleblower’s story.

ACN Policies and Procedures.  From the policies-

“B. Eligibility for Compensation. In order to receive compensation, IBOs must maintain a minimum number of phone points per ACN’s Compensation Plan.”  This means that you may make an investment, put time and effort in, gain customers and make sales but still get paid nothing.

The policies also state that, should a disagreement occur between the IBO and ACN, the IBO/exIBO is not allowed to sue ACN in a class action suit. Also, IBOs have to agree that, should a disagreement come to court, they have to waive their right to a trial by jury!

Undercover investigation into the ACN  product.

 

Acti-Labs

“Surgery like or medically inspired treatments for use in the home.”

Used to be called Actiderm. They just changed the name in 2016 to take into account that they are introducing non-skin products. In America they are called Acti-labs Paris. Some of their products still have Actiderm on them.

Compensation plan.

Here’s someone who has used their  wraps on their arms. Do we think the results are down to the wraps or from turning her arms round?

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This is a British company registered first as Aesthetimeds Ltd. and then Acti-Laboratories UK Ltd. Aesthetimeds was set up in 2006, buying beauty products made in France and selling them using  traditional methods. In France the manufacturing company seems to be called Cosmetic Research Group, with the brands Soskin Paris, Tom Robbin and Hellionature. In the UK Aesthetimeds  started using a multi level marketing scheme to sell their Actiderm products in 2011. Aesthetimeds Ltd changed its name in Dec 2015 to Acti Laboratories Uk Ltd. It is owned and run by Christopher Hillyard-Miller and James Hillyard-Miller, chemists.

This Actilab blog seems to imply that the French company Cosmetic Research Group and Actilabs are the same company but I can’t find out who owns the Cosmetic Research Group. It looks like a French company make lots of different types of cosmetics, including a line called Actilabs that is sold in the UK and now USA through MLM.

Related companies that have been set up and dissolved by these people are-

Aesthetimeds research group Ltd– opened and closed in 2010.

Institut Soskin Ltd  opened and closed in 2007.

There is no income disclosure statement available which should be a red flag. They say they will be opening up in Canada soon so maybe there will be one then, as it is required by law there.

 

Advocare

Website against Advocare called Advocarefacts

Advocare is mentioned in this New York Times article on the Olympics and supplements.

FB group against Advocare- Advo-Truth

Lazyman and Money’s assessment.

Another article criticising Advocare. You just need to ignore the pop ups and promotion of the author’s own scheme.

Income Disclosure for 2015. These figures are annual payments. Let’s hope your team managed to buy $500 of stock every month to make you eligible for payments.Screenshot 2016-06-24 22.11.35

 

Amway

Merchants of Deception– a free book about one man’s experience in Amway. Most MLMs these days seem to be based on this MLM.

A Polish subtitled video  from 1997 that exposes Amway for what it is. Actual footage from meetings. Former members share their experiences.

An investigative undercover program looking into Quixtar/ AKA Amway.

FTC proceedings against Amway in 1979.

David Brear’s assessment of Amway. David Brear’s website, The American Dream Made Nightmare.

The Finance Guy analyses the financial figures for Amway and finds the average person lost $1176 in 2010.

If you look up Amway on Companycheck, you will find AMWAY (EUROPE) Ltd is worth £223.8 million. There are many other Amway entries in Companycheck where sellers have registered themselves when they joined Amway. You can see how well they have done. There are 45 companies with AMWAY in the title. One of them has earned money in addition to Amway (Europe) and that was a freight company, nothing to do with AMWAY. All of the others say N/A for the figures or show a loss, here’s some examples-

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Anne Summers

Unusual for an MLM, in that they have shops and sell products to the general public.

Go Compare investigate the earning potential and interview a party host. She points out that people only want parties at the weekend and it is only really possible to arrange 2-3 parties a fortnight, not the promised 3 a week. The poor woman blames herself for not trying hard enough.

The Guardian Explore Anne Summers as a career. They find that most people are supposedly (no evidence given) able to earn £80-£120 gross a week, but out of this comes their expenses and rental of the equipment.

An ex-Ann Summers party planner asks for advice at The Consumer Action Group after finding herself not earning money and ending up in debt.

 

Arbonne

What you can expect to earn. Their income disclosure statement. and here, on their canadian site.

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The earnings here are particularly poor. The independent consultants line at the bottom is only including 20% of the ones that bought/ sold enough stock to get a payment. AVERAGE EARNINGS OF ARBONNE PARTICIPATNTS IS $60-$500! A year.

Here is the USA income disclosure

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The above chart only contains the payment details of the top 13% that actually earned a payment by selling/buying the qualifying amount. I have worked out from this what the real average earnings are.

Total amount of people in the chart are 23000. Total payments made= $146,293,340. Total payments divided by the full 175,500 consultants= $833.58 a year. This figure still doesn’t take into account the people that joined and left during the year. The churn rate would need to be known to calculate more accurately the actual earnings. It is likely much less than the $833.58.

Compensation Plan. It is very complicated as product costs are converted into points and these points are accumulated to qualify for earning percentages of purchases and downline purchases. There is a minimum spend to qualify for payments but I haven’t got the time or sanity to calculate what it is. If you know and can explain in a few simple sentences, comment and I can update my information. Thanks.

An undercover Mirror reporter investigates Arbonne. He finds it costs about £1500 to get started. One quote from this piece- “I’m a traditionalist and prefer jobs that don’t involve buying stuff from the company I work for – and ones that come with a salary.”

Ethan Vanderbuilt classes Arbonne as a scam.

 

Ariix

Also cryptically known as ‘The Opportunity company’. The symbol of Ariix is two infinity symbols, because

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The ‘width and depth’ they are talking about here is the dimensions of the pyramid of people underneath you. There are not infinite numbers of people. Their statement is non-sensical.

A critique of some Ariix research.

Some background on Ariix’s doctor.

A person associated with Ariix giving a ‘nutritional talk‘ about a medical condition at a hotel for people with cancer.

Average earnings statement for Ariix sellers. A clip from that document-

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In the UK, this equates to £814.06 Gross. For an entire year. Of course, some people at the top of the pyramid will earn more so people joining at the bottom will be earning a lot less than that. According to Ariix’s website, there are costs involved in order to be eligible for bonuses-

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1PV seems to be $1. so it costs $150 to start with the company and $75 every 4 weeks to be eligible for bonuses. Over a year, this adds up to $1125. Take off the average earnings and the average person earns $69 in a year.

Timeless Vie interview an Ariix escapee.

Dr Fred Cooper, one of the founders of Ariix was still president of USANA when he started up Ariix, directly breaking the rules of USANA.

Avon

MLMs will use the fact that Avon is an MLM to legitimize the whole system. Everyone has heard of Avon and assume it is a good company. It used to be a direct selling company but has more recently become an MLM. Becoming an MLM has complicated things for them and tarnished their reputation. Have a read of Pyramid Scheme Alert’s analysis in this article – Has MLM corrupted AVON?

Costs involved in being an Avon rep- Can you make money selling Avon?

The Pink Truth’s article on AVON. (http://www.pinktruth.com/2009/03/25/is-avon-just-another-pyramid-scheme/) It is worth reading the comments at the end.

There are loads of people complaining about AVON on Complaints Board. Here is a detailed one that highlights some bad business practices. (http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/avon-products-c118733.html)

 

Beachbody

Beachbody website.

Analysis by Lazy man and money.

Ethan Vanderbuilt says it is a scam.

 

Body By VI/ Visalus

This MLM sell meal replacement shakes. There has been much criticism of these shakes, namely that they do not encourage healthy eating, their healthy diets are flawed, and there are some bad ingredients in the shakes. These two websites look at the MLM and analyse them.

Health Living, Heavy Lifting. This site looks at the shake and the marketing.

Graham Thomas Online. This blog post looks at the supposed science behind the products. There isn’t any.

Their compensation plan is mind-boggingly confusing.

Their arguments supporting the facts that Visalus is not a scam are

  1. They give to charity.
  2. Big companies have a hierarchical structure.

 

There is no income disclosure statement, even on the Canadian website. They don’t want you to know how much their sellers earn. Multilevel Marketing Madness is a website that has analysed the claimed earnings.

 

Color by Amber

Their website.  They sell jewellery and are environmentally friendly.

There is not much information about this company.

There is no income disclosure.

 

Do TERRA

Analysis by Lazyman and Money.

DoTERRA have claimed their essential oils have CPTG certification or that their oils are FDA certified. They are not FDA certified. CPTG is a mark made up by DoTERRA, it means nothing. These points are covered in this article.

DoTERRA recommend adding their products to food or drink. (12-24 drops a day).

Don’t add essential oils to food or drink. It will make you ill or kill you, according to this well researched and informed article by an aromatherapist. They explain how it can be used safely. Here is a statement by the Alliance of International Aromatherapists on using essential oils internally.

CNN news article about the FDA issuing warnings to DoTERRA regarding their claims that their essential oils can cure Ebola.

The FDA warning letter in full to DoTERRA regarding numerous false health claims being made.

Fakebake

Their website.

The jury is out on this one. There is a joining fee, starter kits, parties at home and offers for hosts. There are recruitment posters. There is a promise of flexible working and a career opportunity. What is not so obvious is the compensation plan, success days and ‘build a team’ focus. If anyone has any thoughts, please comment.

FM World

Their website

A perfume website called Basenotes has a forum discussing the products. They describe the perfumes as not-so-cheap knockoffs. They essentially copy well known brands. Then some FM advocates wade in and exclaim it is not at all pyramidy (yawn).

 

Forever Living

Scandal of Forever Living using Great Ormond Street and a children’s illness to sell their products.

Why Forever Living cannot make health claims.

Newspaper story in Sunday Times about Forever Living targeting health care staff.

Newspaper story in Daily Mail about Forever Living misusing Barclays Bank facility aimed at helping local businesses.

Another Daily Mail article, this one showing what the realities are for people in FL. A follow up piece by Timeless vie about the abuse the whistle blower was subjected to, as well as support from others in the same situation.

A whistle-blower’s story exposing Forever Living and their dodgy practices.

ASA ruling on a Forever Living rep’s advert.

Reality versus expectation in Forever Living- stories from a few ex FL whistleblowers.

Avoiding tax. How some companies funnel money around to avoid tax.

Newspaper article on FL’s owner paying a huge amount of money to an anti gay-marriage campaign.

A whistleblower’s testimony of what happened when they stood up to conflicting advice from Forever Living.

Grubby hands

Analysis by Timeless Vie here.

Herbalife

The FTC’s rulings on how Herbalife have to change the way they operate in the US. Made in July 2016. Briefly, they have to pay $200 million in compensation for all the people that lost the most money, they have to ensure that there are real customers (not just Herbalife workers buying stock), there will be an independent compliance auditoe ensuring the new rules are followed.

Facts about Herbalife scam

Short video showing experience of Herbalife victims

A Herbalife victim speaks out.

A selection of articles by TINA about Herbalife.

Brenda’s story. Brenda left Herbalife. Here is her story.

UK income disclosure. 2014. Initially, it looks like the average person earns $5,456 a year, but that is disregarding the 87.1% of people who earned nothing (80%) or the 7.1% that earned on average $48. I think all members should be included in this calculation, after all, it is unfair to include just those that are doing well.

Total people in chart- 554,353

Total money paid out- $392,210,128.

True average yearly payments= $707.51.

 

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Sales and marketing plan.

International Silver Network

Their website.

Their income disclosure states that because the company has not been trading for long, they do not have accurate figures for earnings. They state that after their first year they will do a more detailed survey on pay. As it stands, they estimate that earnings will be $500-$2000 a year.

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ISN was founded in 2010. I would have thought they have had enough time to put together an income disclosure by now. Could it be that they don’t want to? Or have they done it and decided not to share that information?

 

There is a review of ISN by Behind MLM. They look at the compensation plan and the cost of the silver. Essentially they conclude that the compensation plan is unclear and over complicated (33 pages) and their products are cheaper elsewhere. There is a monthly fee and an obligatory purchase to make. They conclude that the commission is biased towards the number of people you recruit and the amount of autoship payments paid by these recruited people.

 

It Works

Dr Bill Sukala (an exercise physiologist) reviews the products.

Truth in Advertising (TINA’s) evaluation.

Lazy Man and Money’s assessment of It Works.

Income disclosure statement. This shows the average earnings of its members is $189 / £128 and that this does not include expenses which run into hundreds or thousands of dollars each year.

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Jamberry

A Jamberry escapee’s tale.

Another story of a Jamberry escapee.

A follow up post about the above article and the fallout from it.

Income disclosure statement on page 2 of their compensation plan.  They only include people that have been in the company for a year. That is excluding an awful lot of people from the statistics. In MLMs, it has been shown that 80-90% of people leave within the first year. The earnings shown below are from the people that have persevered against the odds.

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Terms and conditions. These state-

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Here are the points for individual items.

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An application kit costs £12.50 Sellers buy at wholesale price of 60% which means they need to spend £75 a month or sell £125 of stuff. This adds up to £900 a year of personal product costs. In CAD$, this is $1061. For someone earning $36- $998 a year, this is not great. (disclaimer- the pound is undergoing a massive flux in value due to the Brexit drama so these comparisons may be different in a few week’s time.)

PEOPLE HAVE TO SPND MORE THAN THEY EARN IN JAMBERRY. The only money to be made is by selling the products bought. Good luck with that. Or of course, attempt to recruit loads of other people and getting them to recruit loads of people.

Timeless Vie interview a Jamberry escapee. The £600 sales targets they talk about there are to remain a consultant. The £900 I mention is to qualify for bonuses.

Jeunesse

TINA’s evaluation.

Income disclosure. 86% earn less than $213 a year.

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Lazyman and Money’s assessment.

Class action being taken against Jeunesse for being a pyramid scheme, as reported by TINA.

JuicePlus+

This company is actually called NSA which stands for National Safety Associates. NSA is on all their paperwork. It seems NSA is the company, Juiceplus is the product. In the past they have sold fire safety equipment, water filters, air filters and children’s books. NSA was founded in 1970 by Jay Martin, who is still the CEO now. In Europe, the company is registered in Switzerland.

Oncology journal article warning against using Juice Plus during chemotherapy.

Review of their so called research. Juice plus people bring out this research to back up any and all claims they make about their products.

Assessment of Juice Plus products and selling method by Diet pills Watchdog. The review is not favourable. It is very detailed.

A critical look at Juice Plus by MLM Watch.

You can be promoted or demoted by your upline, which is quite unusual in MLM circles apparently. This pro-MLM website explains it at the bottom of the post.

An article in the Independent about Juiceplus and other MLMs. It is from 1995 but it is still relevant today.

The Juiceplus starter guide. How to prospect people, how many you have to recruit and how much to sell/buy to earn any payments.

Juiceplus do not provide an income disclosure statement so we cannot accurately see what expected earnings can be. The Canadian Juiceplus website has this image. It isn’t very detailed but it is the best I could find. Which should be concerning in itself.

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Juiceplus run a child health study that provides free Juiceplus capsules to children aged 4-18 if they take part in a survey. As long as an adult commits to buy Juiceplus for themselves for a year. At a cost of £246- £693. And they fill in 6 questionnaires. This is not very free.

 

Juiceplus’ doctor, Dr Mitra Ray recommends pregnant women take Juiceplus tablets-

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Pregnant women should not take any supplement that have vitamin A in, as well as avoiding too many foods with naturally high levels of vitamin A. Doing this could damage your baby. This information is from the NHS website.

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There is vitamin A in Juiceplus products-

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Kangen water

The assumption made with Kangen water is that your body works better if it is alkaline. A very basic understanding of human physiology will show you that everybody has to have a blood pH of 7.35-7.45 for you to stay alive. Changing it outside of these small parameters will kill you. Luckily, drinking alkaline fluids will not change your body pH. It may affect the pH in your stomach though, which is supposed to be about pH2. If it is made less acid, you can’t digest nutrients properly. But, as ever, the danger with MLM isn’t with the pseudoscience, it is with the financial aspect and the effects being in an MLM will have on you and your relationships.

Lazy man and money’s assessment.

Kangen water is made by a Japanese company called Enagic.

Enagic in hot water in Japan. Story on false claims made for Kangen water and their ‘opportunity’.

Kleeneze

Their website.

They have a catalogue that distributors deliver to people’s door and then collect payments for orders. There are no territories though so sellers could end up competing with each other.

Distributors have to pay for catalogues.

This blog lists all the problems with Kleeneze and compares it to a cult.

A newsletter for Kleeneze. (https://dsa.kleeneze.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/dsa-Team-talk-sept-2015_TT-sept-15-new.pdf) Spot all the persuasive messages to entice people in and keep them trying to make money.

Kyani

TINA’s evaluation.

Kyani in trouble about lies they told about their products. They made numerous false health claims.

37.8% of active distributors earned more than $10 or more in a year. Here are their earnings.

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Le-Vel

Le-Vel’s website.

Iron Beaver analyses Thrive from a fitness perspective.

Truth in Advertising’s analysis of Le-Vel.

There is no income disclosure. They do not want you to know how much their people earn.

Information from TINA on adverse health effects from Le-Vel’s products.

Advertising Standard Authority‘s ruling against Le-Vel.  It is interesting to read in the ruling how Le-Vel treated their rep.

Lazy Man and money‘s article about Le-Vel. For which they are suing him.

Legging Army

Their website.

A complaint about the product and customer service.

The website does not use https so transactions are not as secure as they can be.

 

Life Tree World

Life Tree World have not been accepted by the DSA as members. They have disappeared from the prospective list.

There is a current dispute between LTW and a supplier, culminating in court action. A petition is due to be heard on 11/07/2016 for insolvency, brought about by a company called Per-Scent Ltd. For updates on LTW, please see the blog post about it here.

Payment scheme

Overview of LTW

‘Prize car’

Netmums discussion– This discussion has now been deleted by Netmums.

 

Lyoness

Article by Behind MLM.

Dragons’ Den Canada where someone tries to pitch Lyoness to the Dragons. They don’t get the funding. Watch it from 25 minutes in.

Income disclosure statement.

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The figures in this chart are abysmal. ‘The median income of all members was $0.04’. The median is the middle number if all the numbers are lined up in order. It is what most people earn. 4 cents a year is horrendous!

Maëlle

Launching in the US and UK in October or November 2016.

Their website.

Maële’s facebook page causes controversy, as reported by Timeless Vie.

It costs £59 to join but you won’t get sent your starter package until ‘Fall 2016’. No date. And the starter kit products are subject to change.

 

Mary Kay

Their website.

Pink Truth, a website dedicated to exposing Mary Kay and also touches upon other MLMs.

Ten reasons not to join Mary kay. Number 5 is that you have to wear a skirt to all company events!

Pink Truth Discussion board. See what people are saying.

Earnings disclosure from their Canadian website.

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The above statement is only counting people who have been involved for a year or more. Most people leave MLMs within a year so the vast majority of people in this scheme (29,614) have been totally disregarded. These figures apply to people who have spent $2700 on products over the year. 47% of them earned over $100. Not great.

A website called Families Against Cult-Like Expoitation in Sales has a bit about Mary Kay.

Stories from victims of Mary Kay.

Neal’s Yard

Neal’s yard exposed as selling an illegal remedy for Malaria on Quackometer.

Their compensation plan is not available  to view until you join up. Likewise, there is no information on how much their people actually earn. Why hide this?

Norwex

This MLM sell cleaning products for the house. They are against ‘chemicals’.

Their website.

Terms and conditions.

Ecofriendlymama reviewed their products and found that they aren’t as eco friendly as they claim.

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That link to the product manual doesn’t work. Try this link.

There is no income disclosure from this company, which is always a concern. When you get companies openly disclosing that their sellers make £100 a year, how little must they be making for a company to keep it a secret?

 

Nuskin

Nu Skin fined for breaking FTC’s rules. Again.

A Nu Skin whistleblower’s story.

Interesting link between NuSkin and Olympic drug cheats in this New York Times article.

Analysis of earning potential of Nu Skin by Dr Taylor, Pyramid Scheme Alert.

MLM The Truth’s analysis of NuSkin.

Cultish behaviour at a NuSkin convention from MLM The Truth.

NuSkin released an income disclosure in 2011-

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These figures use the numbers of current members, discounting all the people (probably a large number) of people who left during the year. The figures show the amount earned by active distributors only, which make up just 41.61% of the total. And of these, only 12.68% actually got a cheque. This means that only 5.28% of people in NuSkin in 2011 actually earned any commissions. Half of these lucky few got paid $492 a year.

A document that shows how NuSkin has attempted to discredit its main whistle blower. Dr Jon Taylor. He provides arguments against their statements.

Onecoin

video about onecoin

article about onecoin

 

Partylite

An MLM company selling candles and accessories. They are owned by Blythe Industries that are in turn owned by The Carlyle Group.

Business guide with all the rules and earnings structure.

Sellers only get bonus cheques once they have sold more than $2,300 worth of candles. The bonus is only 7% of the sales each month. That’s a lot of candles to sell. $14.95 a month is payable to be able to use Partylite’s IT systems. Starter kit $250.

There are monthly sales amounts to achieve.

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I cannot find an income disclosure statement anywhere which s always a red flag as it means the company are not willing to disclose what your realistic earnings are likely to be.

 

 Rodan and Fields

Is Rodan and Fields a scam? By Lazyman and money.

Income Disclosure statement.

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Saivian

This MLM has been popular with people leaving Lifetree World.

It is supposedly a cashback scheme where you register your top 10 retail sites and a pay method. You then have to send copies of receipts to Saivian to get 20% cashback. You have to pay $128 every 28 days to be a member in this scheme. This means you have to spend $625 every 28 days to break even. Never fear though, just recruit people to earn money off them. You can just recruit people and pay your fee, you never need to use the cashback scheme at all. Hmmmm. It is only available in the USA. Everyone else can just join the global option where you get cashback for travelling.

A review by avertscams.

Behind MLM review looks into a bit more detail about the compensation plan and the organisers. They conclude it is a pyramid scheme.

 

SkinnyBodyCare

Their website.

This very detailed blog post evaluates SkinnyBodyCare. The blog looks at the ingredients in the products, the people behind the company and financial information.

Details on this blog of a court case against SkinnyBodyCare.

BBB rating of F. They have not responded to 10/12 complaints.

They have no income disclosure statement. They do not want people to know what small amounts their people earn.

 

Stella and Dot

Their website

Income disclosure statement

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Total Life Changes

Ethan Vanderbuilt says it is a scam. He concludes it is a product based pyramid scam.

There is no income disclosure from TLC. They do not want you to know how much their people earn.

Their products offer dubious claims and have dangerous ingredients in them. (see Ethan’s assessment in his blog).

Traffic Monsoon

Andrew Pennman exposes this scheme as a scam.

Facebook group for people who have been scammed by Traffic Monsoon.

Tara Talks, a website that highlights Ponzi schemes.

A Digital Marketing website explains how this sort of scheme works and how bad Traffic Monsoon is.

Traffic Monsoon is in trouble with the authorities. Tara Talks and the Salt Lake Tribune report. The Salt Lake Tribune report how most of the victims came from poor countries, including Morocco and Bangladesh. Some people lost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The money earned by some was 99% from joining fees of new people. Classic Ponzi.

Usana

Usbourne

 

Utility Warehouse

David Brear explains Utility Warehouse here.

Sellers have to sign up 6 customers before they get paid any commission.

Financial statement from Utility warehouse contains this-

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According to their figures, 11,100 distributors joined in a year. By the end of the year, there was only a net increase of 1,737 people. That’s quite a high churn rate.

Valentina

Their website.

 

Vemma

Their website.

Raided by the FTC n America in August 2015 for being an illegal pyramid scheme. Vemma fought back and have been allowed to trade but they have to follow strict rules to keep them legitimate. As a result, they have not done so well. Read TINA’s (Truth In Advertising) article on recent developments.

Lazy Man’s article on Vemma.

 

Vida Divina

Their website.

 

Visalus

See Body by vi.

Young Living

Younique

An ex-Younique victim’s story from Timeless Vie.

Younique do not provide an Income disclosure statement. Why?

Terms and conditions.

Action against MLM. Things you can do.

Report a dishonest or illegal advert to the ASA on this complaint form. 

Screenshot 2016-06-21 16.02.44.pngComplain to event organisers about an MLM stall using this template from Timeless Vie.

 

Report to Trading Standards if any of the following apply

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The DSA are the Direct Selling Association. MLMs are members of this group and they value this membership because it makes them look legitimate. The DSA have a code of conduct that the MLM companies and sellers have to adhere to. You can complain to them if these rules are broken and the DSA can step in. 

Here is a basic overview of the codes of ethics-

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The whole code can be accessed on the DSA site for consumers and business conduct. If you are concerned that these codes have been breached and you are not getting a satisfactory response from the MLM company, contact the DSA to complain and they will step in to help.

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5 thoughts on “Directory of MLM information.

  1. Cloe says:

    Hi, I have seen comments about LTW closing warehouses in the UK? Is this true? Is there any evidence of this? I would love to find some evidence of it to show some bot friends…rather than go to them with “speculation”.

    Thanks

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      1. Cloe says:

        I noticed the netmums discussion on LTW has been deleted. Maybe they are cracking down on mentionign LTW on there like moneysaving does?

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