I think I’ve gotten to the point where I won’t immediately label a network marketing system as a SCAM (I’ve been scammed before by one though in the past when I was in college, which DEFINITELY left a bad taste in my mouth with these things). I attended a MonaVie seminar last night (a network marketing business that sells a health energy drink made of acai berries. Now, I’m not arguing the awesomeness of the product (whether it is or not is irrelevant). I am wondering EXACTLY how such a business works. I’ve researched a lot this morning about this stuff and some pieces of the puzzle have started to connect. For example, it’s not as fast or easy as they make it sound!! I know most of the big money makers already have built a team of loyal people who will go from one business to the next WITH them (a team that took years to build). I’m still unclear as to how exactly this thing works. And who the heck starts these things, and WHY?! Individuals? The product owners?
Bonus question if you have the time or knowledge: While it is not a scam, I realize that such businesses call for a certain personality and assertiveness. What are some of the SOCIAL implications of getting involved in such a business. Does it really alienate you from others? I know it depends on the kind of person you are, but I am getting the vibe that the NATURE of a network marketing system leaves a person with no choice, if they want to succeed: they HAVE to be aggressive (in their own way) and they have to do what it takes to sell their business/product.
This is a lot to ask, I know, but please know that I appreciate every and all sincere responses. Thanks in advance :-).
P.S. I’m not asking anyone to tell me any success stories. I am a very straight-forward person, and I really don’t take kind to smokescreens or people beating around the bush. I think it’s disrespectful actually to anybody (so that kinda turned me off at the monavie meeting, as I left with more questions than answers). Straight, informative answers are much appreciated!!
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