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Does multi-level marketing really work ?

Updated on April 13, 2011

This is a hub reponse to a question posed by Princessa. Does multi-lelvel marketing really work. Well the answer is not so simple. Does multi-level marketing make money ? Yes ! it does for the starters of the project rather than the recent marketeers who have as it were to start on the ground floor.

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I first came across multi-level marketing about 11 years ago when I was introduced to Amway although looking back my Mum was an Avon Lady when i was only seven years old so I guess it really goes back 47 years for me in any case.

I had an attempt at Amway but gave up after only a few weeks I guess I found the products expensive and then of course you have to pay postage. I take it from Amway distributors that if you stick at it you can do very well. Only three or four years ago I was introduced to

Omega-trend a similar range of products to Amway household products and insurance that sort of thing. Again I was introduced to me who had done really well as they say had reached the dizzy heights of "Emerald' where his monthly income I think from memory was 3,000 dollars a month. Again it took him and his wife a few years of dedication to the Omega-Trend cause almost a religious like commitment to the product 24 hours a day seven days a week.


In a nutshell multi level marketing works by word of mouth and by making appointments with friends family and their friends and family and building up a network of associates to yourself who then funnel their points towards the top of the tree. Eventually as you get a bigger and bigger base as the network grows bigger as the theory goes then there are more people feed 'commission towards you as the starter of your particular network. Along the way you purchase the products that say Amway distribute your friends do the same & the profits or part of them are funnelled back to you.


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      Cicero Jones 7 years ago from Third Rock

      I have been involved in a few different MLM's (Amway alias Quixtar, Melaleuca, Hebalife and CCPro). The only real Pyramid schemes I get involved with are jobs. I have been told many things Gnostic and was told I HAD to read books like "Think and Grow Rich", completely New Age" in order to make it in any given LM. btw. This book and others like it absolutely made me uneasy. I don't need another expression of "As above, so below".

      Another little factoid I discovered was that many of those "Gumba's" don't like to be known, is many of those 90 day wonders who came into a business and took it like Normandie, came in with a pre made organizations from other MLM's.

      The model looks good on paper, but when you add people and their inherited baggage, things can go south rather quickly.

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Deborah mmmm thats the rub !

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      I think mlm can work if you get a bunch of hard working people below you to do the grunt work. If there was a good product for a fair price it might work, but, not unlike the rest of the world, it seems to be about greed.


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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      hi Princessa !

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      Thanks for answering my question.

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I agree with you i am sure that the concept causes friction between families and freinds alike...

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      Dale Mazurek 7 years ago from Canada

      To me MLM is similiar to begging. You are always asking family and friends to start with.

      To me affiliate marketing is much more effctive then MLM when it comes to making money.

      Not to mention that many MLM companies change the rules when it becomes too simple to make money.

      Im not saying they are all bad but most I have worked for just dont cut it.

      They are only interested is upselling things like packages and leads. Many dont really even care about the product, just getting more people to push the products.