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And others regulate MLMs by way of lottery, consumer-protection and/or anti-fraud statutes. Several states have MLM registration requirements, and some go so far as to require that the MLM obtain a surety bond prior to opening their plan up to participation, while others are less demanding. By way of example, Wyoming simply requires that the MLM file a Notice of Intent to Conduct Business. In contrast, Texas requires that the MLM file, in addition to other items (1) a financial statement; (2) a complete description of the program participant-compensation structure; (3) disclosure of all persons with a 20% or greater ownership interest in the MLM; and (4) copies of all program promotional materials. At a minimum, the states that require MLM filings generally require that the MLM appoint the Secretary of State as its agent for service of process. Federal Regulations On the federal level, regulation has largely come through actions initiated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and U.S. Postal Service. The seminal FTC MLM decisions are In re Koscot Interplanetary, Inc., 86 F.T.C. 1106 (1975), and In re Amway Corp., 93 F.T.C. 618 (1979). In both of these cases, the FTC sought to identify and distinguish the characteristics of a legitimate MLM from those of an illegal pyramid scheme. Separating MLMs From Pyramid Schemes Pyramid schemes are characterized by the requirement that participants pay money in return for two things: (1) the right to sell a product or service; and (2) the right to receive, in return for recruiting other participants into the program, rewards that are unrelated to the sale of applicable products or services to ultimate retail customers. In other words, pyramid schemes predominantly compensate participants, either directly or indirectly, for the recruitment and enrollment of other participants. Two red flags that regulatory agencies often look for in ascertaining whether an illegal pyramid scheme exists are: (1) inventory loading, in which a companys incentive program forces recruits to buy more products than they could ever sell, often at inflated prices; and (2) a lack of retail sales, so that sales only (or primarily) occur between people in the applicable marketing venture or to new recruits, not to consumers in the general public. In contrast to an illegal pyramid scheme, a legitimate MLM has a real, marketable product or service to sell one that is sold to the general public without requiring consumers to pay an additional fee to join the MLM program. MLMs may pay commissions to a long string of distributors, but these commissions should be paid for actual retail sales, not for obtaining new recruits. Initially, a two-pronged analysis is helpful in determining whether a given marketing plan could be considered to be an illegal pyramid scheme. First, determine whether the subject plan, as written, appears to compensate participants merely for recruitment, or instead, to compensate them for the retail sale of goods or services to end consumers. If the program compensates participants solely for sales to retail consumers, it will pass the first prong of the test. The second prong of the test involves an operational analysis to determine what type of activity the plan induces; specifically, this second prong asks, What do distributors spend their time doing? It is often more difficult to reach a definitive conclusion with respect to this prong of the analysis, than with respect to the first. Several different factors may contribute to the determination of whether the second prongs test is fulfilled, but the basic question is, What does the plan emphasize? If the plan emphasizes recruitment, even though distributors do make retail sales, it may be found to be an illegal pyramid scheme. Incorporating the safeguards that are set forth in the following paragraphs will help your program pass the second prong of this analysis. Safeguards In addition to distinguishing a legitimate MLM program from an illegal pyramid scheme, the FTCs decision in Amway also sets forth several safeguards that should be incorporated when endeavoring to establish and operate legitimate MLMs: There should be no entry or headhunting fees; There should be no large inventory purchase requirements; The venture should adhere to the 70% Rule, whereby each distributor should be required to sell, at wholesale or retail, at least 70% of its purchased inventory each month; The venture should adhere to the 10 Customer Rule, whereby each sponsoring distributor should be required to make at least one retail sale to each of 10 different customers each month; Inventory Buy Back: Distributors should be required to buy back any unused and marketable products from their recruits upon request. Legitimate MLMs should have a 60-day, 100% money-back guarantee. After 60 days, the MLM should accept returned inventory (unless perishable or seasonal) with a 10% restocking fee. This helps to mitigate against a charge of inventory loading; and Legitimate MLMs should not falsely represent, expressly or by implication, the amount of earnings or income that can be, or which are likely to be, derived from participation in the applicable MLM.
On Wednesday it launched Marketplace, a network of 16,000 retailers and merchants that will give Solavei discounts on goods and services if they pay with their Solavei cards. The network is managed by payment processor First Data and includes Old Navy, Target and Starbucks along with other national chains and thousands of independent stores and restaurants. Subscribe to gigaom.com Solavei is definitely starting to increase its resemblance to the multilevel marketing outfits like Amway that it based its business model on. Not only is it blurring the line between customer and service provider by having its members not only sell but also maintain the relationship with the customer, its creating a loyalty network among its members. The next step would be to move beyond offering members discounts to selling members goods directly and thats exactly what Solavei plans to do. In its Marketplace announcement Solavei said: in the future Solavei will also offer its customers reduced-cost primary household goods and services such as general merchandise. Youve probably already run into Solavei members online likely on many occasions. When the company first launched last year, eager and annoying Solavei converts started spamming message boards (including GigaOM) social networks with their pitches. After a few months Solavei reigned in many of its most aggressive marketers or site and network administrators s just got better at blocking them but that hasnt stopped Solavei from growing. In August, Solavei said it had 100,000 members , which is pretty good for boutique MVNO in its first year. While a good deal of its success as attributable to its marketing tactics, it also offers a good value particularly for the heavy smartphone users.
The company avoided regulatory scrutiny by delaying recruitment bonuses until someone on a team acquired customers, he says. “In our business you personally recruit until you don’t have anyone to recruit anymore,” Orberson wrote in his book. “There are two ways in this country to create wealth to multiply money or to multiply people.” Orberson and his pastor, Robert Baker, note in Orberson’s book that he became the most successful network marketer in the shortest amount of time in the history of the network marketing industry. Multilevel marketing is also known as network marketing. But most multilevel marketing companies are private and don’t release financial information, so it would be impossible to make such a claim, says Amy Robinson, spokeswoman for the Direct Selling Association, which represents companies with multilevel compensation plans. “I don’t know how anyone could even begin to assert that they are some sort of top seller in the industry,” she says. “My experience in life is that good salesmen are often very charismatic,” says Monica Lindeen, Montana’s commissioner of securities, who sued the company for being a “pyramid scheme” in March. “Mr. Orberson is no different,” she says. “You have to find a way to draw them in and get them to trust you.” The son of a preacher, Orberson invokes the Lord’s name every chance he gets, which has proved an attractive lure to many churchgoing would-be sales reps. “He bases everything in his personal life and his business life biblically,” says Diane Graber, a former executive sales manager in Montana who still supports the company. “He’s not out to screw over John Q. Public.” Day, a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Fortune seeking class-action status, now disagrees: “I’m a Christian, too, but I don’t wear it on my sleeve.
FitzPatrick says “virtually all” consumer salespeople who work in multilevel marketing lose because the recruitment-based marketing can only bring in so much money. Each level always has to be bigger than the last level, and the “vast majority always have to be at the bottom.” Presentations by Fortune managers often say earnings can multiply “to infinity” because there’s no limit to how many new people can join. State and federal officials say there are laws and enforcement actions against pyramid schemes, because unlike sales of products or services, which can be purchased and used repeatedly, people can only be recruited once. FitzPatrick notes that if Fortune’s 100,000 representatives were able to recruit someone in every household in the U.S. a highly unlikely scenario, as a 10% success rate is considered good in marketing each representative would only bring about 1,000 people into the business. The possibility for growth seems endless enough for many members. Shane Fitzwater of Oklahoma noted in an interview at a Fortune conference last month that the “population doubles every 10 years.” “More people are turning 18 every day who could be new representatives,” agrees Diane Graber, a former Fortune executive sales manager in Montana, who was sued by the state, along with the top corporate officials. And Fortune has been known to target those still in high school. Michael Love of Poway, Calif., had just turned 18 when he was “brought into the scheme,” says his lawyer Alex Schack. They sued Fortune to get his $1,000 back and settled out of court. Young people “all have big dreams and are very susceptible to something like this,” says Schack, who is preparing a lawsuit against Fortune seeking class-action status in California. Posted E-mail | Print | To report corrections and clarifications, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones .
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Especially in a small Idaho town with a limited job market. One day my mother brought home a trunk of cosmetics: almond face lotion, peppermint foot rub. There was even something called Royal bee jellyI thinkthat was thick and soft but not greasy. The company was called JAFRAJan and Frank were the ownersand all Mom had to do to make money was to host parties and invite her women friends. What happened next was what often happensMom threw a few parties, went to a few parties, and then the creams and lotions sat in the cupboard for the next decade. (They were really good products though!) In college, I worked for a fast-food franchise owner who was big into Amway. She bought all their cleaning products for the restaurant. She was convinced that this company was her ticket to early retirement and possibly multi-millionaire-dom. As far as I know, shes still trying to become a Diamond. The BBB sometimes gets calls about multi-level marketing (MLM) opportunities. Are they scams? While any particular scenario could be a scam, the short answer is no.
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And it gives you a sense of freedom. “You can develop an income stream with potential – and hopefully not work 12 hours a day for the rest of your life.” ******* (additional information) Tips for spotting a scheme The term multilevel marketing is loosely used, notes marketing consultant Ken Smith. “The pyramid schemes never call themselves pyramid schemes.” So how can you tell one from the other? Here are a few guidelines: – The company should actually sell a product. Otherwise profits are based only on new recruits. – Is there actually a consumer market for the product? – Watch out for substantial start-up investments. While you may have to buy a kit with sample products, you shouldn’t have to invest in a big inventory. – Will the company buy back unsold inventory? You don’t want to be stuck with a garage full of cleaning supplies or face creams. – Resist the temptation to sign up just because you were recruited by a friend.