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First of all thank you for the article (even if it is misguided) we do live in a country of free speech, I'm an ACN IBO and I have created a blog myself, for the purpose of clearing the record of misleading stories by unsuccessful and bitter reps who didn’t belong in the MLM business in the first place or people just jumping on the bandwagon to get visitors to their site. (Oh, and if you're using FOX News as a source of valid news, well that’s all I’ll say about that).

http://acnibo.blogspot.com - is a personal view of the business through my eyes, I agree with alot and disagree with just as much, but the company and the opportunity are very real. Oh and about the FOX report - The facts are that ACN has never had to pay any fines, for any illegal activities, simply because ACN is not doing anything illegal. Any ambitious and misguided public official can wage a war in the press and the courts against anything they want (mostly just to promote their public image, just like FOX) regardless of the truth, I would also like to point out that it was not the State Attorney General, but Montana’s Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, who also filed against 2 other MLM business.

It bothers me that so many are finding all these articles calling ACN a scam because of all the press from this 1 unscrupulous person just trying to get his 15 minutes of fame and there are no articles explaining the fact that on September 13, 2010, all formal complaints against ACN were dropped, due to complete lack of any evidence that they did anything wrong and they are still doing business in Montana.

I was fortunate enough to have been brought into the company by the right people and have definitely joined the right team "Team Momentum" the fastest growing team in the company. My team is out of Montreal, Canada and I am in Orlando, Florida, USA, my sponsor is a friend who lives in Canada. They told me to go to an opportunity meeting after I joined just to see a little more of the business and I was totally turned off. It was exactly as many have said, alot of BS and hype and a bunch of sheep just agreeing with everything the speaker was saying, who by the way is a high level rep in the company. I completely did not like the way that it seemed they were just trying to get people to put up the $499 and let them figure out what to do next (Just my opinion of how I saw it). Quite to the contrary, My team members or I, would never tell someone to put up any money, until they knew exactly what they needed to expect and exactly what they needed to do to make it work (Just like the vast majority of IBO’s do). That is exactly why I started my blog. I wanted to do all of the research I could and have a place where my prospects could go and see everything before they made a decision. (Don’t blame the company for the actions of a few misleading reps).

Unfortunately, there are unreputable people in the business, but there are unreputable people in every business you just have to be able to make decisions for yourself based on your own knowledge and beliefs. If a used car salesman rips you off for an overpriced lemon, do you blame the car manufacturer, NO. Just find another dealership with more honest people.

As for selling the opportunity being the only thing they talked about, once again I don’t know what meetings you went to, but the structure of all MLM businesses is team sales, that’s how it works, if you don’t like it don’t get in the MLM business. FACT: You earn no money from the $499 sign up fee and you make nothing from reps you bring in that done get customers, if they don’t produce you get NOTHING, so there is no point recruiting people who won’t succeed, it’s the uplines responsibility to train and work with their downline, that’s why finding the right team and sponsor are crucial, if you join.

Also don’t judge the opportunity, based on the failings of people who either did not do the work or never belonged in the MLM business in the first place. Of the MLM’s out there ACN is an incredible company that provides you with more tools and training than any of the others I’ve looked at. You have to use the tools and learn the business to succeed at it and if you didn’t work at it for several years, your opinion should not count. If you start a business and it doesn’t make money in 90 days are you just going to quit, most businesses take 5 years or longer to ever earn a profit and if you work ACN it doesn't take any where near that long.

This is not a job it is basically a license to represent their products as a self employed contractor. It take alot of work, not a month or two, but years to build any business.

I could go on and on, as I have learned alot about this business and the MLM business in general and that is why I have my blog. If you are interested in ACN or any MLM, please do yourself a favor and go to it. Yes I am always looking for new team members, but My blog is 100% honest opinions of what I know. I make many points that would make most people not join. This business is not for everyone, it takes a certain type of personality and you need to have or learn many skills to be successful. You ABSOLUTELY will not get rich quick, but you won't get rich quick in any legal and legitimate endeavor.

I emphasize to learn as much as you can about what you need to do, before ever deciding to join.

If you are even considering joining ACN, please visit my blog, it will let you know all of the facts. If you have been approached by another IBO, I am not trying to steal you. Please if you do join, sign through them, just know what you are to expect before you do.

Oh and by the way I’ll be quite surprised if this comment ends up on your blog as I see most are just agreeing with you, I presume you censor the comments, If it does show up, my apologies.

http://acnibo.blogspot.com , thanks again for the article and commetary.

R. Michael Gonzalez - ACN IBO #02637585 - (Just copy and paste in search I’m easy to find)

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Anonymous
#687517

In ACN the money is made with bonuses from recruiting. ROMOANO just admitted that with his comment saying he makes money off the people below him. Anti-pyramid people keep saying that corporations are pyramids. Yes, they are but do corporation require employees to pay sign up fees and make bonuses off other employees they've brought in to make money?

ACN and other MLM's have to bait people to their meetings because if you told them that recruiting was the way to make real money while selling the product has a meager residual you would never be able to build a downline. ***, the international meetings are all about "selling the dream" to prospects. It's crazy.

Yes, some will succeed but I am convinced they know it's scam and will ride people to sign up for as long as they can.

viola
#644911

right, not a scam, but a disguised pyramid scheme, disguised. Connection to multi-level marketing

Main article: Multi-level marketing

The network marketing or multi-level marketing (abbreviated MLM) business has become associated with pyramid schemes as "Some schemes may purport to sell a product, but they often simply use the product to hide their pyramid structure."[30] and the fact while some people call MLMs in general "pyramid selling"[31][32][33][34][35] others use the term to denote an illegal pyramid scheme masquerading as an MLM.[36]

The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns "Not all multilevel marketing plans are legitimate. Some are pyramid schemes. It’s best not to get involved in plans where the money you make is based primarily on the number of distributors you recruit and your sales to them, rather than on your sales to people outside the plan who intend to use the products."[37] It states that research is your best tool and gives eight steps to follow:

Find—and study—the company’s track record.

Learn about the product

Ask questions

Understand any restrictions

Talk to other distributors (beware of shills)

Consider using a friend or adviser as a neutral sounding board or for a gut check.

Take your time.

Think about whether this plan suits your talents and goals[37]

There exists a contention which claims MLMs in general to be no more than legalized pyramid schemes.[25][26][27][28]

[edit]Connection to franchise fraud

Main article: Franchise fraud

Franchise fraud (or "franchise churning") is defined by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation as a pyramid scheme. The FBI website states:

[P]yramid schemes—also referred to as franchise fraud or chain referral schemes—are marketing and investment frauds in which an individual is offered a distributorship or franchise to market a particular product. The real profit is earned, not by the sale of the product, but by the sale of new distributorships. Emphasis on selling franchises rather than the product eventually leads to a point where the supply of potential investors is exhausted and the pyramid collapses.[38]

Anonymous
#668023
@viola

Pyramyd scheme are you kidding me work for a big corporation what do you think that is ----CEO -svp-evp and so on i worked for a major bank and everyone was getting a piece of me --- in ACN it si the other way around --- you work you get the$$$

Anonymous
#617235

WOW!!! YOU ARE TRYING TO FLOOD THIS WEBSITE WITH YOUR ACN SCRIPTED BRAINWASHED REPLIES/ POSTS.

THESE ARE ALSO THINLY VEILED RECRUITING POSTS/ GIMMICKS. MAY I REMIND YOU THAT THE NAME OF THIS SITE IS PISSED CONSUMER AND THAT MOST, IF NOT ALL, WHO POSTED AND COMPLAINED HERE AGAINST ACN AND ITS REPS WERE CUSTOMERS AND ACN REPS PAST AND PRESENT WHO ALL HAD UNFORTUNATE, BAD, DESTRUCTIVE AND/OR LIFE/RELATIONSHIPS RUINING EXPERIENCES WITH ACN AND ACN REPS/RECRUITERS LIKE YOU. READ ALL MY PREVIOUS POSTS HERE UNDER "STAY AWAY FROM ACN" ESPECIALLY MY REPLIES TO THE GREEK UNDER THE ASN (ACN) DESTROYS FAMILIES COMPLAINT OR POST, AS I'VE ANSWERED AND DISPUTED MOST OF WHAT YOU WROTE HERE. HERE WE GO AGAIN WITH YOU ACN PEOPLE BRANDING THOSE WHO WOKE UP FROM THE ACN NIGHTMARE, THOSE WHO COMPLAIN AND/OR HAVE NEGATIVE COMMENTS OR ANYTHING BAD TO SAY AGAINST YOUR SO CALLED "BUSINESS" AND ITS REPS AS UNSUCCESSFUL, LIARS (MISLEADING???

STORIES), BITTER, LAZY, FAILURES, DID NOT DO THE WORK OR FOLLOWED THE "SYSTEM", ETC.. HOW DID YOU KNOW THE OUTCOME OF MOST OF THE CASES FILED AGAINST ACN??? MOST OF THE DETAILS AND SETTLEMENTS ARE UNDER COURT SEAL! AS I HAVE WRITTEN BEFORE TOO, AND AS WHAT ACN AND ITS PEOPLE LIKE TO BOAST ABOUT, THERE ARE 3 FORMER ATTORNEY GENERALS WORKING FOR THE "BUSINESS" PROVIDING THEIR LEGAL EXPERTISE, FINDING EVERY LEGAL LOOPHOLE AND BEING HANDSOMELY PAID.

ACN REPS ALSO CONDUCT THEIR "BUSINESS" WITH LIES, SECRECY AND DECEIT SO MOST OF THE PEOPLE THEY WERE ABLE TO *** WERE LIED TO, NOT WELL INFORMED OR KEPT IMPORTANT DETAILS FROM. SINCE MOST OF THOSE THEY WERE ABLE TO *** WERE MOSTLY FAMILIES AND FRIENDS (WARM MARKET), WHO TRUSTED THEM AND WERE PRESSURED AND RUSHED TO GIVE THEIR SIGN-UP MONEY AS REPS AND/OR SIGN PAPERS AS REPS OR CUSTOMERS----ACN CAN PROVE THAT THEY HAVE PROOF/S THAT THESE PEOPLE AGREED TO EVERYTHING WRITTEN ON THE PAPERS. YOU WROTE "READ THE FINE PRINT"???AS SOME HAVE COMPLAINED HERE AND AT THE OTHER WEBSITES I'VE MENTIONED BEFORE--- MOST HAVE MISSING SENTENCES OR STATEMENTS THAT THEY ARE BEING TOLD AND RUSHED TO JUST AGREE OR SIGN ON AND MOST ARE/ WERE NOT PROVIDED WITH ALL OF THE DOCUMENTS OR PAPERS. MOST WERE EVEN LIED TO WHEN THEY ASKED THE REPS TO EXPLAIN SOME THINGS.

YOU MEAN TO TELL US THAT BEFORE YOU WERE TURNED OFF BECAUSE IT WAS BS AND ALL SHOW, HYPE, BRAINWASHING, MONEY GRABBING TYPE OF "BUSINESS" BUT WHEN YOU FOUND A TEAM WHO WILL HELP YOU WITH THE "BUSINESS/ OPPORTUNITY" YOU CHANGED YOUR MIND??? IT IS STILL THE SAME BS, SHOW, HYPE, ETC. BUT NOW YOU SEE IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY!!! FOR WHAT???

IT IS AN "OPPORTUNITY" FOR THE MONEY HUNGRY, GREEDY, SELFISH, LYING, SWINDLING, DECEIVING, CHEATING, ETC. PEOPLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OTHERS! YOU MAKE NO MONEY FROM RECRUITING??? WHY MAY I ASK DO ACN REPS, EVEN YOUR SO CALLED SVPS, DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE (HARASSING OR HOUNDING PEOPLE VIA PHONE CALLS, TEXTS, FACEBOOK, "VISITS", ETC.) TO KEEP EVEN NEW REPS (HAPPENED TO FRIENDS OF MINE) FROM QUITTING AND GETTING A REFUND OF THEIR SIGN UP FEES BEFORE THE 10 DAY GRACE PERIOD?

AS WHAT SOMEBODY (AN ACN REP) POSTED HERE, THE ACN REPS WILL URGE THESE PEOPLE NOT TO QUIT SO AS NOT TO REFUND THE SIGN UP FEES OR UNTIL THE 10 DAYS ARE GONE ALREADY. SOME ALSO LIE OUTRIGHT AND TELL THOSE WHO TRUSTED THEM THAT THERE ARE NO REFUNDS OR NO GRACE PERIOD. WHY DO THEY DISSUADE THOSE WHO CANNOT MAKE IT IN THE "BUSINESS" (EVEN THOSE WHO WERE NOT ABLE TO RECRUIT OR EVEN GET CUSTOMERS FOR YEARS ALREADY) FROM QUITTING (AND IT'S NOT BECAUSE THEY CARE FOR SAID PEOPLE)? FINALLY, HOW DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE RECRUITING FEES GO TO ANYWAY?

YOU (ACN REPS) ARE NOT THE REAL OWNERS/ FOUNDERS AND ARE NOT ACN'S ACCOUNTANT/S. MOST OF THE BONUSES, COMMISSIONS, RESIDUAL INCOMES, ETC. COULD NOT HAVE COME FROM THE CUSTOMERS AS THEY ARE FEW (MAYBE FEWER THAN THE REPS AND ALSO ARE NOT GUARANTEED SOURCES OF INCOME AS YOU MAY OR MAY NOT BE ABLE TO RECRUIT THEM AS CUSTOMERS UNLIKE REPS WHO SIGN UP = $499 OUTRIGHT AND BECOME CUSTOMERS TOO FOR THE POINTS), MOST OF THEM GO TO OTHER PROVIDERS OR CANCEL, DUE TO YOUR LOUSY PRODUCTS/ SERVICES AND HIGH FEES, EVEN BEFORE THE 2 YEARS ACN LOCK THEM IN AND THEIR BILLS ARE SMALL COMPARED TO THE SIGN UP FEES ACN COLLECTS FROM WOULD BE REPS. AS I ALSO WROTE BEFORE, IF NO PENNY FROM THE RECRUITING FEES GOES TO THE RECRUITER, I DARE ACN NOT TO RECRUIT ANYMORE OR NOT TO COLLECT ANY SIGN UP FEES OR LOWER IT TO MAYBE $10 OR JUST DEDUCT IT OR A LOWERED AMOUNT FROM THE BONUSES THE REP WILL GET LATER OR JUST RELY ON THE MONEY FROM THE CUSTOMERS YOU WERE ABLE TO *** TO USE YOUR PRODUCTS/SERVICES.

WHY IS THERE A LOT OF SALESPEOPLE/REPS FOR SO FEW A PRODUCT ANYWAY, WHICH ARE ALSO BEING MARKETED/ADVERTISED BY THEIR RESPECTIVE COMPANIES AT NO COST TO THESE COMPANIES' SALESPEOPLE UNLIKE ACN REPS WHO ARE THE ONES WHO PAY AND THE ONES WHO DO THE MARKETING, IF THIS (ACN) IS NOT JUST A RECRUITING PYRAMID SCAM??? JUST READ MY PREVIOUS REPLIES AND/OR POSTS HERE AS WELL AS THE VALID POSTS, COMMENTS AND COMPLAINTS AGAINST ACN AND ITS REPS ON OTHER WEBSITES LIKE FIRST SEARCH BLUE, CRIMES OF PERSUASION, RIPOFF REPORT, BBB, ETC., AS I AM GETTING TIRED AND FEELING IT'S A WASTE OF MY TIME REPEATING EVERYTHING AS REPLIES TO ACN BRAINWASHED REPS.

I AM DOING THIS AND WILL KEEP ON POSTING SO AS TO PREVENT OTHER PEOPLE FROM BEING VICTIMIZED BY ACN AND ITS REPS!!! AS I'VE ALSO WRITTEN BEFORE ACN MAYBE "BARELY" LEGAL BUT BEING "BARELY" LEGAL DOES NOT MAKE IT NOT A SCAM AND LEGALITY DOES NOT MAKE IT MORAL, WITH INTEGRITY OR ETHICAL!!!

Anonymous
#618259
@STAY AWAY FROM ACN!!!

Please go to consumerfraudreporting.org/MLM_ethics.php before joining ACN and most likely anything that requires recruiting of family/friends for a fee. Just be informed and please stop referring to people as being lazy and negative with no drive if they don't "make it" in your business - they just have a conscience

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