Friends Don’t Ask Friends To Do MLM

mlm_robbersI’ve always thought that people, in general, were too smart to get involved in MLM schemes, especially given how much information is available about the deceptive nature of the practice.  If you’ve heard of MLM, you’ve heard that it’s a scam, and you should be too smart to fall for it.  It’s not that hard to spot an MLM scheme.  Most of them involve buy-ins.  What kind of job requires you to pay your employer?  I mean, seriously?  How do you get pulled into something like that?  Maybe it’s the fault of the economy, that people are getting desperate and trying to find any way they can to make money, but ever since I got back to the US, I’ve been constantly bothered by people I know here about joining MLM schemes.

Guys, I’m not doing it.  MLM is a waste of money.  I have better things to do with my time, like use my full ride scholarship and living allowance from the VA to get my master’s degree, without having to work at the same time, and then getting a real job to make real money; honest money that wasn’t made by screwing over my friends and past or present colleagues.

The situation is doubly disappointing to me because, for these people to assume that I’d join their MLM scheme, well, it means they think I’m gullible, or stupid, or both.  One person even tried to hang something over my head to make me feel emotionally obligated to participate in their MLM.  That’s disrespectful to start with, and is a good way to make me want to completely break off contact with a person.  These people fell for the sucker punch, and they either want to drag me, and other people down with them, perhaps to make up their losses, or they never really gave a damn about me anyway and want to screw me over to get rich.

Well, I’m not stupid.  Perhaps there is money to be made in MLM, but I’m not the kind of guy to go around ruining all of my relationships with people by tricking them, or trying to trick them, into jumping into some MLM scheme.  I find it very annoying that anyone would even approach me with this nonsense in the first place, and absolutely rude that, once told that I’m not interested, they would persist in spamming me with messages about it, sometimes attempting to lead into a conversation about it under other pretenses, like needing help, or wanting to meet to celebrate Veteran’s Day.

In a way, I feel bad for these people, because they’re caught, but I’m not going to let myself get pulled in with them.  If they can’t take a hint, then the next step will be to completely cut them off, blocking phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and yes, even unfriending them on Facebook.

MLM and me.  It’s not happening.

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My brother’s best friend’s gf contacted my wife who met at a wedding a few years ago. Before knowing it she tried to pitch a Stella and dot discount to her if she could only help host a party. She would make my wife a stylist and guaranteed her free stuff if the friends she envited spent more than $500 at the party. My wife agreed, more so out of obligation because she wanted to help a friend of a friend. When the party came her whole pitch was to get everyone to host the next parties and get free… Read more »


Actually mainstream corporations are the biggest pyramid scheme. CEO gets paid 1000 times more than the average employee and what do u think ur chances are at working your way up to becoming CEO? Zero chances. You all work for someone at the top who is profiting off of you and probably using child labor in a 3rd worl country… Sheeps write articles like this!

Andrew Utecht

I got my TINY PAY JOB, however I paid NOTHING to ‘join’ and they pay me the TINY PAY every week

and ‘mainstream’ corporations are not pyramid schemes, just pyramids as are churches, governments, charities, and schools. Is it ‘sheeps’, or ‘sheepses’? ‘sheepseses’

Choyak yakatak

And I have to pay for product every month from my job? Does everyone at my job do the same thing? Do I have to recruit competitors? I don’t think so, so a normal job is not a pyramid Scheme, just a hierarchical organization, as is the church, school, and government.

Anti MLM Zealot

Use either ‘ur’ or ‘your’ not both, you are being inconsistent


Nothign wrong with trying to make a living, but I’ve had former friends tell me outrageous lies about their MLM’s to try and entice me to join, lies that were easy to see through with a little bit of research. Then the backpeddling begins. I’m sorry but you lose my respect the minute you see me with dollar signs in your eyes…and after the first lie that attempts to manipulate me.


Dear Watchdog,Thank you for your site. Many of us DO appreciate it. It appears that MLM's look for these types of sites and post comments to debunk. I remember working for a company that wanted me to go to all major retail chain websites and post positive comments about our products and select 4 star ratings. This was not ethical to me. Recently, I have met a woman (since being laid off) who is selling for ACN. She has welcomed me into her life but I feel like a walking $ sign. I know she is a good person but… Read more »

Bradley Farless

This would make sense if it weren't a pyramid scheme, where the real goal isn't to sell a product, but to trick other people into selling for you and thereby gaining shares of whatever commissions they get (also by getting other people to sell for them). The only real thing getting sold in MLM is agreements to sell. The people at the bottom get shafted until they find people who agree to work 'for them'. It's not an honest business model.

Duane Spears

Hello Bradley, Thank you for being a US Army Vet. I spent three years in the Army, the last 6 months on KP duty. I learned right away the Army and I were not a match. Sort of like you and MLM. I did spend 18.5 years with Los Angeles Police Dept as a motor cop. But I quit 18 months short of a lifetime pension because I realized I was not cut out for the job of a policeman. Go figure. I agree with you about MLM schemers, I hate them, too. Actually I hate all schemers, especially the… Read more »


Relationships are important to me. I strongly dislike when people try to force me to do anything, especially at the cost of or as an obligation to, a relationship. I am tired of the whole gimmicky approach to MLM. I am tried of the whole “pressuring people” to do crap for them on the basis that you are a “friend.” I don't need friends that manipulate me. If you like that kind of crap, where you are destroying your relationships, then please do not speak to me, get near me, or try to manipulate or corner me in anyway. I… Read more »

Brad Farless

Anonymous: If you read the article, you'd have sees that it was gracefully declined. Not that it made a difference. I really can't believe you're trying to defend people who do MLM, claiming they work hard at it. What are they working hard at? Tricking people into giving up their money to join a pyramid scheme. That's not good money. It's legal theft. If a friend came over to visit and you caught him trying to take 800 bucks out of your wallet when you weren't looking, would you be pleasant about it? Would you smile and say it's ok… Read more »


How about just gracefully declining and saying it's not for you instead of slamming the people that believe in what they do and work hard at it???

choyak yakatak

I believe that robbing banks is the most profitable thing that you can do, just avoid getting nailed. If I believe in it, and you do not support it then you are a DREAM STEALER