Brendan’s Alternate Tagline: Prepare for a different perspective of a lot of people in your Facebook feed.
Quick synopsis: A look into what multi-level marketing (MLM) is and why it can literally ruin people’s lives.
Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: You have seen MLMs all over the place. Most likely, you’ve seen a friend doing a video on Facebook trying to sell their wares. Most likely, they are selling for an MLM.
Fun Fact for History Nerds: Here is a non-exhaustive list of MLMs: Advocare, Beachbody, LuLaRoe, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef…the list goes on.
My Take: An MLM is not a pyramid scheme. Why do I say that? It’s not because it doesn’t look a hell of a lot like one, but mostly because I don’t want to get sued.
It can be very dicey trying to suss out what an MLM actually is and explain why it is so dangerous and misleading. This podcast slowly takes you through why the structure of an MLM (hint: it looks like a pyramid) is unsustainable for the vast majority of people who are part of it. The numbers are staggering and the way it works is worrisome to say the least.
The most effective episodes are when one of the podcast staff actually joins an MLM and talks through the process. This podcast never looks down on the people who get caught up in MLMs and even shows just how easy it is to buy into what they are selling. The podcast staffer talks about how she has an ulterior motive but still gets caught up in the hard sell.
Everyone should listen to this podcast.
Verdict: This is an important podcast because people very hard-working people are getting ripped off on a daily basis.
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