I encounter this reasoning frequently, and it's not just with Amway. Apparently, members of many MLM schemes are taught this counter-argument to the pyramid scheme challenge. Just last week, I posted a link on my facebook page, asking friends to sign a petition on pyramidschemealert.org for FTC investigation into Amway. As you may know, Amway has failed to comply with the regulations the FTC put in place in the late 70's after their first investigation. Anyhow, it didn't take long for a fellow to respond to my request with the following haughty, disrespectful comment. Bear in mind, this fellow hadn't spoken to me in 13 years, but I've found that people are passionate about their MLM, almost as much as their political views and religions. Here's the comment:
I own a company, so I am on the top of a pyramid, I have investors under me, they have agents under them and the property managers under them then the office workers, then I guess at the bottom would be the cleaning crew and maintenance workers. If you disect [sic] every company in America, you will find the pyramid structure! If every pyramid was shut down it would have to start with the government, Obama is on top of that pyramid LOL!
|What do these two men have in common?|
There are a lot of things wrong with pyramid schemes, especially the massive global fraud known as Amway, but none of these is the shape. Fortunately, the similarities between legitimate corporations and pyramid schemes end there. Nice try Ambots.