Toronto, Ontario
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Another MLM has raised it's ugly head. This short post is to warn anyone who will listen - just don't participate and it will go away.

I have watched friends alienate each other because one won't sign up, one is out $499, one is not realizing the savings promised and one will out and out lie to get you to show her your bills.

And just when was the last time you had to pay to go to work? If you want my contacts it will cost YOU - I won't give you a penny and stay the @#$% away from my friends and family.

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Anonymous
#819412

ACN is not a "franchise" or an ethical business. Read their policy.

ACN does not even allow you to advertise their products or services. No legitimate company does that.

How is someone supposed to make money if they are so severely limited? They do allow you to advertise a bit to recruit potential "business" owners.

One hallmark of a pyramid scheme is focusing on recruiting rather than sales.

If you want to look into a company, it's unethical for them to use high pressure tactics to try to get you to sign up before you've done your due diligence and researched them and drawn up a workable business plan.

Investigate the services offered as well as hidden fees you will end up paying.

If you want to compare them to a legitimate franchise, the differences are telling and should raise red flags.

A restaurant chain franchise will advertise your products, for example, and doesn't expect you to only sell to people you know!

Anonymous
#793207

Your an *** who clearly knows nothing of franchise ownership.

Anonymous
#304517

@ Choices.......World class technology???????

Who are you kidding? Maybe world class in the congo or ethiopia. Man are you brainwashed...

Anonymous
#284920

The only people I've seen make MLM's like ACN work are those in large social networks. Whether its in the business world, or being a cop or in a large church congregation, or just having a large family.

You need a large pre-built network before even starting. My sleezy ACN mentor told me to join eventhough I only had 50 contacts in my phone. He had over 500 (ten times more!) and he STILL ended up losing money in ACN just like me. That's the problem.

They'll tell you anyone can succeed, eventho people in ten times better position to do so are failing themselves. See the flaw?

Anonymous
#281392

Joining a MLM is no different than opening any business, you get what you put into it and like any new business success is hard to get, Usually the people that fail at a business and MLM are just not cut out to own their own business for many reasons,, With any business you go to your family and friends first, only idiots harrass them your warm leads didnt pan out! you didnt try anything else????

as business owner you have to be creative and appearantly your not. If you fail at selling tennis shoes, dont blame the shoes and then call the industry a scam

Anonymous
#279303

Man, sounds like you sucked it up. It looks like it was a personal issue with you more than anything to do with ACN.

Can you sell? Doesn't sound like you are a very good salesman. Good thing you are no longer with ACN. I have the videophone and I use it often to talk with my family (all of us are in different parts of the country).

I don't sell ACN but I like the service.

Good luck with those websites that you are making, I bet they'll be a huge hit. Make sure you let us know when they are done!

Jeff A
#279231

ACN sucks! Here's what I've been dealing with:

I did this, spent $500 on setting up an ACN franchise, then I found out there's an annual fee too, then I ended up getting services I didn't want or need just to make it work, then I ended up spending money on their marketing material, then I had three Private Business Meetings (PBR's) in my home, then I found out that no one in my area wanted to do it despite my "going by the book exactly as they suggested", at the same time the people that got me in were saying misleading me over and over saying we're going to have this type of PBR at so and so's and this persuasive person will be there when that wasn't happening, they'll help me with some of my "warm leads" because they knew them too but they never did follow through as they said they would, they'll always be there to help me if I have questions but they couldn't answer my questions on the phone so they said they would meet with me when they were in town and they kept flaking out, then they said just go to the trainings in Charlotte, which I did 3 times only to find that the information was always the same and never answered my questions or gave me a way to answer them. Man, so in the end I'm stuck with Direct TV, which I never wanted because I use Netflix, and ACN phone that SUCKS because the thing doesn't consistently work and no one else I know has a video phone so here I am a year later and still haven't used this expensive and worthless phone realizing I could have been better off using Skype which by the way is way better and more versatile and in one month I've used with several people all over the world. So, in the end I wasted a LOT of time trying to convince my friends to waste their money and time so people which is a bit humiliating, and I wasted over a $1,000 on this, was mislead over and over by people I thought were respectable people, etc....

It's funny because these people act like they're helping people, but you can't help people if you're hurting people. This did hurt me only to help those that were higher up. This may work for some, but it doesn't work for all, but in my experienced opinion it's very pyramid like scammy and did more harm than good for me and other around me, a bit waste of time and money. These people aren't providing a real service or product to anyone, it's more about trying to exploit people you know, in my opinion.

I will be putting together some sites that will be very optimized in the direction of the market this company is in to illustrate what happened to me. I've not even got started in voicing my opinion on this;) Yours truly, keeping it real!

Roger
#276153

Choices, I have been in business for years, working as a stockbroker previously. I was also an ACN rep for three short months.

I can tell you, as a business person and ACN rep, that it is a total SCAM. If you work for a company that requires you to pay an annual fee to be a member, and requires you to attend quarterly and annual meetings in order to be successful....and you DON'T tell people about these requirements up front, then you are running a scam! It's that simple. And I didn't quit because I was lazy.

I asked everyone I knew about it and all of them made fun of me and didn't join. Once I investigated further I realized that was a blessing. Because even if all my people joined I still would'nt be successful in ACN more than likely.

And they'd all be losing their money too! Be honest with yourself choices, you know you are making people lose thier money.

Anonymous
#269845

Layne1, ACN is not new and it certainly isn’t a scheme. The company has been around for over 18 years and does business in 23 different countries.

ACN is also the world's largest direct selling telecommunications company, so I don’t think they're going anywhere. We were just featured on Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice show, for the second time! That's 10 million viewers who are now aware of us and our world-class technology. It sounds like your friends are alienating each other for reasons other than ACN.

And it also sounds like you're lumping ACN in with every other MLM company out there. We are a very special company. It always amazes me how someone, you, could ever give anyone advise about something you know very little about? Even more, why would anyone ever listen to someone's advise who really has no involvement with what they're talking about?

That would be like me seeking legal advise from someone who once watched an episode on TV of Law & Order! It makes no sense whatsoever. I have been with ACN for 19 years and have actually made friends BECAUSE of the business. The key is finding customers who can be helped, not forcing it on everyone you see, regardless of their needs.

I have made a phenomenal living with ACN and I benefit greatly from the products and services that we sell. And 'pay to go to work'? Who said this was a job? Again, you're showing your lack of knowledge regarding ACN.

This is business ownership at its finest. And yes, if I wanted to own a business - I think I would have to invest some capital - don't you?

Or are you so stuck in the employment mentality, working for someone else, that this concept eludes you? Well, I just wanted to offer my opinion of someone with actual experience with the company.

Anonymous
#269293

The whole scheme hurts everyone but a few at the top. never bought in and even lost.

It sucks.

And Donald Trump is a pig.

I experienced his denegragration of women first-hand. He actually backs this scam.

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