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user-inactivated  ·  401 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How MLMs are hurting female friendships

Not all, but many of these MLMs are cults. They intentionally prey on people who are stuck at home, like new moms, some of them, like herbalife targeted churches and church groups. Morons are for some reason a big target. When I was in SoCal, the mormons started to flood in and that was my first real exposure to the insanity that are MLMs.

My anecdotes are not data, but yes, they back up your hunch. There are videos of some of the avon and marykay meetings that look like evangelical sermons. There is a fascinating documentary, Betting on Zero if you can find it is well worth a watch. Another that is really hard to find for some reason is "Selling the American Dream" where they go to some of the 'sales' meetings.

Something like 2% of ALL the people in these programs make money. That's nuts.

bfv  ·  401 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Morons are for some reason a big target. When I was in SoCal, the mormons started to flood in

Freudian typo?

user-inactivated  ·  401 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I refuse to correct that.

steve  ·  401 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I mean... I wasn't going to name denominations... ;-)

BUT... I can say from experience... that Utah is chokabok full of MLMs... Nuskin, Tahitian Noni, Thrive, DoTerra, Newways, Young Living, Younique, Jamberry, and Xango off the top of my head...

It's something in the person's beliefs about evangelism mixed with level of devotion sprinkled with loyalty and a hint of crazy...

user-inactivated  ·  401 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Mormons have big families they can tap for this sort of thing. And there is a definite targeting of stay-at-home-moms, of which the Mormons have by the bucket load.

Relevant_Anxiety  ·  397 days ago  ·  link  ·  

There's a strong correlation between being Mormon and having a stay-at-home wife/mother to begin with, isn't there? I wonder if a religion/MLM correlation would hold up across different religions. The only non-Christian example I can think of is that people into crystal healing seem to be super into the essential oil MLMs. But people I know who are super into buddhism never seem to do MLMs, for example.