A friend joined ACN and has been pestering me to do the same. It didn't sound right so I've spent the last week looking into it.
First of all, calling people names is classless, rude, and unprofessional.
If all your supporters are going to claim that this is about helping people, they need to learn simple manners. Please do not respond to this post with "just because people are lazy does not mean the system does not work" or "people only fail because they are weak fools" or anything like that. Moving on, after some research this is what I have found. ACN is MLM.
No, it is not legally a pyramid scheme because they do technically offer products and services (which are most often purchased by the IBOs themselves to accrue and maintain customer points). Most of the people that back up ACN turn to "the corporate world is the read pyramid scheme". Just because a business' structure resembles the shape of a triangle on paper does not make it a pyramid scheme. It has to do with the income of the higher ups relying solely on the paid "franchise purchases" of the people signing up.
ACN DOES resemble a pyramid scheme because at the end of the day it is not the services that are putting money in people's pockets but rather the cost of recruitment. No, I am not simply referring to the $499 start up cost but all the other costs that add up to maintain a position in this company (business assistant, retreats, and so on). George Parker made a fortune off of selling New York monuments to unsuspecting immigrants, and this business is not much different. You are selling a dream, a false idea, and people continue to buy it.
This is what has kept ACN in business for over two decades and has allowed it to expand world wide. You may or may not have made money off of this company but if you did it had nothing to do with the services offered but rather the people you recruited under you. And as for "but people do make money from commission off of the services offered, it is negligible, and that .5% commission is what keeps this company legal. Can you work up to the promised 10%?
Sure, but not without recruiting and maintaining a high number of people under you. I know I am probably leaving some points out but there you go.