Considering joning ACN of any other MLM – do yourself a HUGE FAVOUR first – research, research, research.
Here is some "˜neutral and non-opinionated' information for your instruction and enlightenment – it comes from the "approved" weblinks on Wikepedia ACN Inc.
Quote: "the company is a member of the Direct Selling Associations in North America  and Europe."
Here is the DSA site – I had no luck finding their name on the membership list, perhaps someone else can try? http://www.dsa.org/about/member-listing/
Although it may be more to their advantange if they are NOT found on the membership list. Read on.
Who or what is DSA?
Quote: Founded in Binghamton, New York in 1910, the association was originally called the Agents Credit Association. It became the Direct Selling Association in 1968. As of 1970, less than 5% of the DSA's members were multi-level marketing companies. *** By 2009-2011, the DSA's membership had grown to include nearly 200 companies, more than 90% of which were multi-level marketing companies. ***
Quote: The DSA belongs to the National Retail Federation and its member companies pledge to abide by the DSA code of ethics. (Sounds nice, my comment).
Quote: The DSA serves as a public relations and lobbying group acting on behalf of its member companies. *** The DSA played a role in petitioning the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to exempt multi-level marketing companies from consumer protection regulations outlined in the FTC's 2006 proposed Business Opportunity Rule. *** The DSA also funds political candidates through its political action committee.
Did you catch that since 2009 the DSA has essentially been taken over by MLMs (90% of membership) and as a direct consequence was able to play a role in petitioning the Federal Trade Commission to EXEMPT – I repeat EXEMPT - companies like ACN from consumer protection regulations? People. It's open hunting season on consumers. DSA is the influence peddling business promoting the interests of MLMs at the expense of consumers. And they have the money and clout to do it. They have done it.
Let's give ACN and DSA the benefit of the doubt: this info is provided in the DSA brochure – the *** and CAPS are mine for emphasis:
NOT a Pyramid Scheme
In legitimate multilevel marketing plans (MLMs), sales people earn commissions from selling real products or services to consumers, both the sales they make as well as sales by those they recruit. *** But in pyramid schemes disguised as MLMs, *** any money earned comes from the membership fees of new recruits. *** Some pyramid schemes offer "sham" products *** READ VIDEOPHONE PROMOTED BY DONNY T ON THE APPRENTICE *** "” useless items that ***little or no effort*** is made to sell to actual consumers. *** Instead, new participants are often encouraged to buy the products themselves, and the money is used to "pay off " *** READ GIVE BONUSES TO *** those at the top of the pyramid.
Is ACN a pyramid scheme? You decide. I repeat, do yourself a "˜huge favour' – take the time to do your own research before you decide to join ANY MLM . There are the good (some, very few, probably debatable), the bad (lots) and the just plain ugly. Don't be suaded just by what I say, or far less by what any MLM agent says, or far far less by what any celebrity says – who made Donny T. the paragon of virtue and integrity? "Money, money, money, money, money that's my honey." Just be sure no one is dipping their grubby fingers in your honey pot!
Good luck to everyone in their search for success and prosperity. I truly wish it for you all.