Een van de grotere MLM-organisaties geeft op haar website een indruk van de inkomenspiramide: 82,7% van de leden in Nederland had in 2013 vrijwel geen inkomen uit verkoop behalve goedkopere producten voor eigen gebruik en een kleine winst uit verkoop. De overige leden die werk maakten van een actief klantbestand en opleiden van nieuwe eigen verkopers haalde het grootste deel een bonus van maximaal 100 euro per maand. Enkele tientallen zouden ervan kunnen leven. Van de genoemde bonussen moeten overigens ook nog bedrijfskosten, sociale lasten en dergelijke worden betaald. Winst uit verkoop naast de bonus was voor al deze leden samen in 2012 gemiddeld 120 euro. Voor de niet actieve leden valt de winst dus veel lager uit, voor actieve leden hoger.
“The FDA has tested those products and, in some of them, did not detect any CBD. It is important to note that these products are not approved by FDA for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of any disease, and often they do not even contain the ingredients found on the label. Consumers should beware purchasing and using any such products.”
And now, onto the thorny issue of legality. The simple answer to the question is yes – if it is extracted from hemp. The 2014 Farm Bill established guidelines for growing hemp in the U.S. legally. This so-called “industrial hemp” refers to both hemp and hemp products which come from cannabis plants with less than 0.3 percent THC and are grown by a state-licensed farmer.
Small-town America is built on the concept of community, meaning the psychological guilt games MLMs play are their most effective selling tool. Even Christina Hinks of Mommygyver has started positively reviewing other MLMS again, directing her readers to join consultant Facebook groups and helping MLMs with market research. Like America’s systemic class bias, it’s hard to escape.
This may be a good place to point out that not all CBD products are created equal. The industry is still largely unregulated, and the quality and quantity of CBD in a given product will vary wildly. Third party testing definitely helps to monitor companies’ claims, but it’s still up to you as the consumer to do your homework on the best CBD products.
Check with the watchdogs. Call your local Better Business Bureau, consumer protection office, or other notable consumer agency to see if the company is in good standing or if any complaints have been filed against it. You can also obtain information about consumer complaints from the Federal Trade Commission, but you must make your request in writing. To see if any formal actions have been taken against a company, call your state attorney general’s office,” advises Leonard Clements, president of MarketWave Inc., a network marketing consulting and information company in Henderson, Nevada.
Il Multi-level marketing (MLM) è una forma di vendita diretta dove solitamente i venditori vendono i prodotti direttamente ai consumatori oltre a incoraggiare e procacciare nuovi venditori in modo da venire ricompensati non solo per le vendite effettuate ma anche per quelle compiute da altri venditori da essi reclutati. Per questo aspetto è ritenuta una controversa strategia di marketing. Forme fraudolente di multi-level marketing sono vendite piramidali camuffate o network marketing e come tali sono sanzionati come illegali; molti schemi piramidali provano a spacciarsi per MLM legali. Tuttavia alcune fonti definiscono tutte le forme di MLM, comprese quelle legali, come schemi piramidali.
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