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I've been reading through this board and was struck by a comment someone left defending the company ".....you recruit just like MacDonald s or any other franchise." I wanted to comment on this and provide advice to people.

Sadly, those who get very involved with MLM companies fit a very distinct profile: not very educated, never experienced a pyramid scheme before, in a tough spot in their life, and looking for a way out / ray of light. Basically weak people who will be drawn in by their pitch and ignore the facts and reality. MLM companies use tactics to justify criticism of their companies receive and give guide answers. I'm assuming you were told that they are just like franchises by your team leader.

I'm creating an account JUST to reply to this comment, because of the McDonalds defense. My family owns 10 McDonalds franchises, as well as several Subways. You aren't "recruited" to own a franchise. That's just ridiculous. You are not approached relentlessly by friends, family members, coworkers, and your next door neighbor to buy into a franchise, like you are to "join the team" or buy MLM products. These two cannot even be compared in the slightest, and is an insanely bizarre synonym.

The definition for MLM is clear. Is part of your "job" to recruit people to teams or to sell under you? Then you are working for a Mid-Level-Marketing company. End of story. That's the literal definition of it- this isn't an opinion, but a fact. ACN operates on a pyramid system...again, it's a fact.

McDonalds Franchise owners make upwards of 100k a year. According to ACN's financial report, which they have to provide under law in Canada, the AVERAGE *ACTIVE* rep made NINE DOLLARS per week. That's much less then the "cost" of joining (another MLM red flag- if you're paying to sell a product, you're most likely involved in MLM. They are making money off YOU- much more than the consumer the reps sell to (clear by the 9 dollar figure). Only 1 in 200 people will ever make back the cost of joining. And they know that. They stay in business and profit off YOU.

The people who are making the big $$ you hear them trumpeting at conferences, are the people who got in early- that's the only way you ever can make a decent income with an MLM company.

I urge you to use critical thinking skills. I can imagine it's very hard if you've signed up and spent a lot of money to become a rep for an MLM, and are starting to find out exactly what's at play. I'm assuming that's how you landed on this page, by Google'ing something along the lines of "Is ACN a scam?". But you have a chance to get out before it's too late. The longer you try to justify and ignore the facts, trying to sugar coat a decision you are questioning, the more time and money you will loose. It's hard to own up to a mistake, but remember there are sadly millions of people in your same boat.

ACN Cons: Pyramid scheme, Deceitfulness, Over sell, No customer service, Mlm.

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#1014224

To whomever wrote this comment...first of all, You and your family have the biggest Pyramid Scheme.

Never giving the ACTUAL workers that run the business the opportunity to make as much, if not more money than you do.

That's the trick of a Pyramid Scheme.

I love how you put...ACN works as a pyramid system. Are you saying that your McDonald's/Subways that your family supposedly owns does not???

Listen folks, whoever wrote this is an ***.

He says to go to google and type in ACN IS A SCAM AND SEE HOW MANY COMPLAINTS YOU'LL FIND. This is what you do. You go onto google.

Type in google is a scam and see how many complaints about google you'll find.

Anonymous
#1009631

The literal definition of a pyramid scheme:

A pyramid scheme is an unsustainable business model that involves promising participants payment or services, primarily for enrolling other people into the scheme, rather than supplying any real investment or sale of products or services to the public.

PS - since a pyramid scheme is illegal, I think the FTC would have caught on in the 22 years we've been in business!

Anonymous
#1006574

This is SO true! ACN is a mid level marketing scam.

Before anyone comes on here and defends the company, read through the financial report written above. The documents are online and give you a real taste at just how likely it is that you will loose hundreds, if not thousands of dollars by "working" with ACN. Schemes like this have been going on forever, and I can't believe the amount of people who are blind to this. So many people believe the hype and end up alienating their family and friends by constantly pushing products or asking them to join the team.

I've had several friends who came back after they hit reality with their tails between their legs.

But as long as there are uneducated people out there, as long as there are people who are easy to deceive, there will be MLM companies. Wake up, guys.

Anonymous
#1015504
@Jay

Uneducated people are the ones that spend thousands of dollars going to college, only to come out earning less than the average wage trying to pay back their tuition. Finally getting a job in the field, they finally earn a decent income just enough so they can pay their mortgage and live.

Meanwhile the person that opened the company is making millions off all the other people in the same boat. Those who are determined enough go on to become senior management and earn higher levels of income.

Schemes like this have been going on since bartering was invented which then went on to being a monetary system. Their business model is just different to yours.

That is all.

Sure they recruit people but I know a lot of people who have just started and are earning a very good income.

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