Need the help of a Persuasion Master

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Mousse, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. Mousse macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2008
    Flea Bottom, King's Landing
    My wife wants to join some multi-level marketing company called Agel. From what she's told me about the recruitment, it strikes me as being another Ponzi scheme.:mad::mad: Try as I might to convince her otherwise, she's hell bent on joining.:(:(:(

    According to what she told me, the main source of income is by recruiting more associates. You recruit 4 people and you get $1500.:eek: Afterwards, you get 20% of the sales income generated by your recruits and those recruited by them. ( the heck does the company make any money if everybody along the line gets 20% of the sales?:confused:) The more recruits you have under you, the more money you get. To join, you pay upfront for $1000 worth of "vitamin gels." (Aha!)

    I've read the ingredients list one a few of the products, it's mainly plant sugar (a few harmful. One known to cause cancer in lab animals.:eek:) Having said that, I don't see how she's going to move $1000 worth of placebos.:rolleyes:

    I've tried the logical approach ("It's a Pyramid scheme, can't you see that?"), the hard line approach ("Your not taking part in a Ponzi scheme, and that's that!"), the humorous approach ("Honey, this doesn't strike me as a good company to join. It's all marketing. You stink at marketing.:p). After picking myself up off the floor, I tried once more to convince her. But she closed off lines of communications after the marketing crack.:(

    I'm going to buy a diamond pendant to reestablish negotiations, but until I can convince her not to join. It'll just be a waste of money.;)

    So, how can I convince her this Agel is nothing more than an elaborate Ponzi scheme?
  2. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    Is this the new one that The Donald has allegedly "endorsed"??

    OMG, tell her to run like Hell, unless she has $500 to spend on "entertainment", because she sure will be entertained whilst waiting for her ship to come in.

    Outside of that, I would suggest you line-up some current links for her to look at.
  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    "Don't worry sweetie. Everyone's welcome to have one silly hobby. Mine will be a collection of antiquated HD DVD porn videos from 2007-08 that can only be seen using obsolete hardware. Yours can be this."
  4. Beerfloat macrumors regular


    Feb 21, 2009
    I don't know what to say but you have my sympathies. I don't know how anyone could still want to be associated with something as sleazy as MLM.
  5. trule macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2007
    when something is not going to happen in our house the answer is a short terse "No".
  6. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    If you google that company and scam, you can probably find similar info as the following info.

    Here is the info on a company (Primerica) who actually called me,
    offering "financial management" position, but it's a scam.

    You can say:
    I've just been offered a position in financial management.
    Maybe you should check out this company instead. Here are some promising research.
  7. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 20, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    Not all MLM's are bad. My wife did Pampered Chef for awhile and it was actually pretty decent. We pretty much got all new cookware from her freebies she would get as hosting and it was only $150 to join and get your first kit. Avon is also another decent MLM but there are some really bad ones that you need to stay far away from... But being asked for $1100 up front to get into it is pretty suspicious...
  8. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    Just let her know that she will be suffering the following remorse:
    -knowing that lost money, time and a couple of friends
    -lost her reputation and credibility for being part of the fraud scheme
    -she wil contribute to a potential illegal activity

    Show her the last part of these warnings from the FBI:

    During this difficult time, more and more of this type of schemes tend to sound attractive to some people...
    Just avoid them.

    Work hard and it will pay off in the long run, any get rich quick scheme is a farse.

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