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ElderDruid Thu 16-Feb-17 13:53:48

I noticed it on IG & FB and they'd have these magical wraps and shakes that would make you lose 14 stone in a day! (Or something as daft as that!)

They would then say oh I was wondering if anyone wanted to fill one of my spaces to trial the products for a month. Being naive and tight I thought free stuff for a month, which reportedly halves your body size in a day with a wrap and a shake, yes please. To find out I was expected to pay like £40 for the privilege. My Mum was right if something sounds too good to be true it usually is.

I've got various friends with one brand, a few more with another brand, then a handful more trying to sell what can only be described as a mix between household goods & make up that banishes wrinkles, cures a variety of diseases.

My news feeds were like skimming quickly through the sales channels on Sky.

Because they're friends you want to say can you just feck off with the constant posts and pyramid schemes. But I tried to tell two that were selling it, it was a pyramid scheme, I've never been so bored in my life whilst I was regaled how their CEO takes offence at the term pyramid scheme. It's a marketing opportunity.

It's nothing new, I know that some people swear by these pills, shakes and potions. Some people will believe for £25 you can buy a wrinkle iron. Sounds rather painful to me.

I honestly avoid most SM now as it's beyond annoying. I am right aren't I thinking its a pyramid scheme?

HecateAntaia Thu 16-Feb-17 13:55:46

it is.

BeyondThePage Thu 16-Feb-17 14:01:41

Pyramid schemes are illegal.

It is an MLM - multi level marketing scam scheme - though how you are supposed to know the difference I do not know or care

Hellanddalmatian Thu 16-Feb-17 14:18:13

I had one of those in my FB feed. Selling wraps that mysteriously shrank the fat off you (surely it what goes in your stomach that determines your size not what is wrapped around it). Wave after wave of gushy statuses about how wonderful it is. Funnily enough, she's moved onto something else now not pyramid MLM related and I've heard no more.

TheHodgeoftheHedge Thu 16-Feb-17 14:22:25

I've posted this before, but anyone selling that kind of stuff would get told to watch this:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6MwGeOm8iI

Idratherbeaunicorn Thu 16-Feb-17 14:29:36

I'm intrigued by these MLM companies (I don't want to join, I have a job!) but are they considered self employed? Do they have to do tax returns etc? I wonder how many people actually do?

ElderDruid Thu 16-Feb-17 18:48:40

It's the insinuation that people are living from hand to mouth and for only £100 or something like that, you too can earn as much as you put in effort wise.

I'm no expert, but the way this stuff is plugged by friends, I feel inclined to guess they're not rolling in it.

Thank you for the video, I've seen it before but not sure why.

northernmonkey1010 Thu 16-Feb-17 22:33:51

A friend of my wife is selling some sort of aloe Vera crap fed up of hearing about it on fb sure it's a pyramid scheme also.

user1484394242 Thu 16-Feb-17 22:44:41

My father did Aloe Vera, Intra and some diet 'cakes' years ago, I think it was 20 years ago, maybe more. It was leaflets through the door and word of mouth at the time, not internet. He went to a lot of MLM meetings and people came to our house to buy stuff. It was a lot of work and he was self employed. It lasted a few years till he was offered a job and then he slowed down till he got rid of his stock. I know the aloe Vera was great for my brother, he was covered in psoriasis that the GP said wasnt curable and a couple of local people with arthritis claimed they didn't have to take their usual medication as long as they took aloe or intra etc. I'm sure the products themselves were great, we used some of them ourselves (creams, Shampoo, veruca cream etc) and several people he worked with or supplied still now take them (there's a local pharmacy who still sell most of the products) but the money was never great which is why he took the job that he was offered.

He got a lot of pamphlets about holidays, fancy cars etc but that never materialised! I know pyramid schemes are illegal but they seem to be the same thing as MLM to me.

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