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.