MLMs have been made illegal in some jurisdictions as a mere variation of the traditional pyramid scheme, including in mainland China.[10][11] In jurisdictions where MLMs have not been made illegal, many illegal pyramid schemes attempt to present themselves as MLM businesses.[7] Given that the overwhelming majority of MLM participants cannot realistically make a net profit, let alone a significant net profit, but instead overwhelmingly operate at net losses, some sources have defined all MLMs as a type of pyramid scheme, even if they have not been made illegal like traditional pyramid schemes through legislative statutes.[4][19][20]

Français: devenir pro du marketing en réseau, Español: tener éxito en las redes de mercadeo, Deutsch: Im Network Marketing erfolgreich werden, Português: Alcançar o Sucesso com Marketing Multinível, Italiano: Avere Successo nel Network Marketing, 中文: 成功进行网络营销, Русский: преуспеть в сетевом маркетинге, Nederlands: Succesvol zijn in netwerkmarketing, Bahasa Indonesia: Sukses Di Pemasaran Jaringan, العربية: النجاح في مجال التسويق الشبكي, Tiếng Việt: Thành công trong việc kinh doanh theo mạng, ไทย: ประสบความสำเร็จในการตลาดแบบเครือข่าย


De opkomst van multi-level marketing in Europa leidde in 1999 tot aanbevelingen van de Europese Commissie om wetgeving in alle landen van de Europese Unie gelijk te trekken. Hierbij werd ook rekening gehouden met de bestaande wetgeving op het gebied van kansspelen en piramidespelen. Essentieel is echter dat bij multi-level marketing het grootste deel van de winst tot stand komt door verkoop van producten voor een reële prijs en niet door werving van nieuwe wederverkopers. Het gevaar van een piramidespel blijft dus op de achtergrond aanwezig. De bestaande wetgevingen hielden ook te weinig of geen rekening met het feit dat een persoon tegelijk koper en verkoper kon zijn van een product. Dit gaf, gecombineerd met de vaak geringe ervaring van veel MLM-verkopers en het risico van een piramidespel, reden tot zorg.
Thankfully, getting out is easier than it used to be—sort of. LuLaRoe has started providing free shipping so that consultants who want to leave can return their inventory and get back what they paid, as long as those items are in perfect condition and in their original packaging. This sounds reasonable—except that retailers generally have to unbox, hang, and photograph each item in order to have a shot at selling it, meaning a lot of their unsold inventory isn’t eligible for a refund.
Even though Murphy has achieved success, he says it was a result of a lot of hard work recruiting distributors and selling products. Leroy Taylor, a fellow distributor at Market America, suggests choosing a product or service that you would use yourself. “If you’re in any type of direct sales, and you don’t really believe in the product, it’s really hard to distribute it,” says the 36-year-old, who joined Murphy’s downline after experiencing great success with the company’s vitamin line. “I would suggest that anybody looking into any type of direct sales should look for a product that they can relate to and that they would or could personally use themselves.”

These are only a couple of examples of people who went from struggling with their finances to being financially secure, and continuing to make a fortune. There are hundreds of more examples of people who have literally gone from rags to riches through Network Marketing. However, it should be emphasized that these people did not just sit back and collect money, they had to put in the hard work and dedication necessary to grow their network of sales, as well as doing the work required to get the word out and represent their companies.


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