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(The Consumerist)   The FTC is investigating Herbalife over claims that it's a pyramid scheme. I know the wheels of government turn slowly, but damn   (consumerist.com) divider line 12
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2014-03-12 06:48:34 PM
5 votes:
             I
           was
         under
       the idea
      Herbalife
     was totally
    a legitimate
  non-pyramidal
 scheme and not
a criminal  racket.
2014-03-12 06:24:03 PM
3 votes:
Pyramid scheme?  Had a couple of distant relatives who were into Amway.  They showed up at a family reunion (this was in the 80s) with a 16mm projector and the reunion turned into an Amway presentation.  I got the feeling that Amway was about 5% selling cleaning products and 95% getting all sorts of promotions like the Super Duper Three Diamond Cluster With Gold Leaf ranking.  Seriously, Mormon Scientologists look normal compared to these guys...
2014-03-12 07:01:03 PM
2 votes:
i.imgur.com

The government process.
2014-03-12 06:48:08 PM
2 votes:

TheDirtyNacho: The worst date I ever went on started meeting a girl in the toothpaste aisle at the supermarket and ended being pitched a MLM scheme over coffee.

Things got awkward when I questioned how it was not a pyramid scheme, and no, it's not a franchise like McDonalds and Wendys...


Similar thing happened to me.

CSB: I was picking up this hot, older woman (I was 19 and she was 27) and she ended up taking me to a pyramid marketing pitch meeting run by some smarmy guy. They asked if anyone had any questions at the end so I raised my hand... and proceeded to pick their business model apart. It wasn't hard... we were supposed to buy their "eco friendly" cleaning products from the company, then sell them and sign up our customers to sell them with each successive level of sales people getting a percentage of the sales below them.

I asked how it was going to be a sustainable business without infinite growth - which is impossible - and how all these ever growing levels of sales people (each taking a percentage) would not inflate the product prices to end users until the products were swiftly unsustainably expensive. Then before he could answer I added, "And furthermore, how will the company survive in the long term being that it is clearly a pyramid marketing scheme - which is illegal?"

The sales guy just was shocked for a few seconds... the pulled himself together, told me that this "fantastic opportunity" was obviously not for me and asked me to leave. The woman who tricked me in to going was mortified and I felt like I'd paid her back for the indignity. Neither of us ever called each other again of course.
2014-03-12 06:20:41 PM
2 votes:
There was a fugly girl with big fake tits at my gym, she chatted me up and tried to sell me on this shiat. Wore a big button on her boob that said "Want to lose weight? Ask me how!"

She said the power drink mix had "more nutrients than 5 salads" and "makes your hair grow so fast you'll to get it cut once a week." Wtf
2014-03-12 06:13:39 PM
2 votes:
Herbalife is still around?
2014-03-12 08:58:14 PM
1 votes:
Horrible-Life.

When you learn that founder of the company Mark Hughes od'd on alcohol and Doxepin (an anti-depressant) and went to multi-level heaven at age 44 a certain bell starts ringing madly.

Now they're big in third-world countries, in a rising and naive middle class with plenty of fresh disposable income. Here in Jakarta they have the ground floor on a prominent office building, and are recruiting all sorts of eager-beaver salespeople, poor saps.

CSB/: Before they lost the court case and were banned from trying to recruit passersby in airports the nicely-dressed, good-looking young ladies who were actually Children of God drones or Hare Krishna puppets or Unification Church units would waylay likely-looking suckers - lonely young soldier boys or college kids for instance.

They'd engage these innocents in friendly conversation with lots of sexy eye contact and then BAM they've sold the mark one of the Toppan-printed full-color Bhaktivedanta books for a hundred bucks, or ensnared him into a friendly session somewhere else (expect pu33y, instead get harangued at by a team of seven religious nuts).

We cult saboteurs would stroll by these setups innocently just as the vampires were reeling in a mark and start clicking little metal clackers, you know, those toy frogs or whatever that produce a sharp noise. Immediately the sucker gets distracted, the evil cultie gets an alarmed look on her face and the trance snaps. GAME OVER honey and there ain't nothin' you can do about it.

Fun times. Farkem. Moon the Moonies

"Son, a fool and his money are soon parted" - the late Lt. Col. Byron A. Black, USAF (Ret) looking steadily at me.
2014-03-12 07:08:13 PM
1 votes:

Valiente: /it's MLM and Mormonism!


They go together like bread and butter.  There are hundreds of MLMs out of Utah.  I also know people who got into these life-sucks through Jehovahs' Witness, Christian Scientist, and Seventh-Day Adventist networks.

I figure, you've got a lot of people who, besides being good at swallowing bullshiat, have lots of practice with bugging people, having door slammed in their faces, and having people look at them like they were short-bus riders.
2014-03-12 06:53:52 PM
1 votes:

Kinetic King: Pyramid scheme?  Had a couple of distant relatives who were into Amway.  They showed up at a family reunion (this was in the 80s) with a 16mm projector and the reunion turned into an Amway presentation.  I got the feeling that Amway was about 5% selling cleaning products and 95% getting all sorts of promotions like the Super Duper Three Diamond Cluster With Gold Leaf ranking.  Seriously, Mormon Scientologists look normal compared to these guys...


Amway exists so that the family idiot can support himself. Everybody needs to buy toothpaste and detergent, why not buy it from cousin Billy-Joe who failed third grade?
2014-03-12 06:47:20 PM
1 votes:

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Weird that the SEC is OK with him doing this.


You're surprised that the SEC doesn't have a problem with a rich white guy trying to make a stupidly large amount of money at the expense of someone other than richer white guys?
2014-03-12 06:36:04 PM
1 votes:

Ted_Peppy: So's Avon but they, like others, are too big now to go after.


I have a mental image of Mary Kay and the Girl Scouts having a turf war.  The girls pelt the cosmeticians with S'mores and then run away squealing with laughter, then the cosmeticians use lipstick to draw Joker-like grins on the girls.  Like WWII, but pinker and mint-flavored...
2014-03-12 06:25:27 PM
1 votes:
"Girl Scouts sell cookies on a direct-selling method, and nobody attacks them," said CEO Michael O. Johnson in 2013.

The ol' Girl Scout defense - good one.    Hopefully the jury won't notice that GSA doesn't have a pyramid structure that funnels most of the profits to upper management.
 
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