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  • Sitting Under a Tree Grantsville, UT
    Jan. 22, 2018 11:43 a.m.

    Based on the help provided to people in dire need, the business you disparage is *exactly* what those people needed, and was more effective at mobilization and efficient at delivery than other organizations, both government and NGO.

    (I realize what follows is off-topic from the article, along with the other comments here.)

    I've been involved in a few MLM businesses, and seen others. Some are rightly accused of selling "snake oil" and of fanning the flames of fear to sell it. Some, though, sell valuable products at a fair price.

    I haven't seen many successful businesses where those at the top of the "pyramid" don't make money off the efforts of those below. Please tell me what path there is for a lunch room worker in Adobe's Lehi campus to get close to CEO Shantanu Narayen's total 2016 FY compensation of $20,035,334, or even salary of $1,342,500?

    Of course, education and effort over time will allow the lunch room worker to rise higher, should he so choose.

    At least with MLM, the lunch room worker can recruit others to join "Adobe" and benefit from those recruits' efforts and success. And as a result have the potential of making more than the CEO.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 22, 2018 8:42 a.m.

    I once got roped into the weird, cultish world of an MLM. Unfortunately, there' s no way to get past the reality that the business model really doesn't work that well and the demands of the system are not reasonable or normal.
    Glad to be out, as I think are most people that aren't caught up in it. I just laugh when people approach me now.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 21, 2018 5:35 p.m.

    Seriously? The D- News promoting a MLM supplement "business"? That's all those poor people need right now.

    Jan. 21, 2018 4:55 p.m.

    This is great.

    MLM companies are still weird, though, and typically dupe their customers and "employees" into wasting money on snakeoil products with no proven significant health benefits. I wish they weren't so popular among Utah LDS.