When critics / concerned friends/family told them the company is likely a pyramid because of X, Y, and Z, the first thing out of their mouth is "it can't possibly be a scam, the product works".
They are suffering from the "blind men and an elephant" problem... They cannot understand that what they experienced may be true for them, but is NOT the WHOLE truth.
Here's a very simple analogy... Take a look at this car:
Those of you who know cars should be able to tell, by the GT-R badge on the hood, that this is an older generation, Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R (or a reasonable facsimile thereof), which is a two-door coupe.
Except this is not a coupe. It's a station wagon. A five-door station wagon Nissan GT-R, and no, it's NOT photoshop(ed).
The point is if you ONLY look at the nose of the car, you'd have assumed it's a GT-R. But it's not. You have to see the entire body to realize this is NOT a coupe but a station wagon.
Similarly if you ONLY look at the products of a MLM, you could not have gotten "the whole picture", on whether the company may be a scam or not.
That's why the compensation plan, i.e. what you need to do to get paid by a MLM, is FAR MORE important than the product... It is the PRIMARY indicator on whether the company is a pyramid scheme... or a real MLM.
So how do you determine which is which?
Comp plan basically spells out what you need to do to get paid. How many sales are required to qualify, how are they counted, so on and so forth.
Why is this important? Because HOW (and WHY) you're getting paid determines whether the comp plan is legal (MLM) or illegal (pyramid scheme). For those of you who forgot or need a refresher, please refer to #MLMSkeptic's earlier explanation on what is the difference between a pyramid scheme vs. a MLM.
After all, a company can sell anything, as long as the comp plan is legal. There are MLM selling cleaning products (Amway), cosmetics (Avon), weight loss (way too many), energy drinks, legal rep plans (Prepaid Legal), medical plans, auto club, investment and more. The product is interchangeable. The comp plan, even with variations, are still MLM.
Thus, a comp plan is VASTLY more important than the product itself.
Yet when you listen to how most presentations run, a bare minimum amount of time was spent on the comp plan and how it makes it a true MLM, not a pyramid scheme. Instead most of the presentation was spent on how fancy the products are, how cool the company is, how great the reps are, how much money you can make (with a disclaimer), how much your life will be changed, and so on.
If they do cover the pyramid scheme angle, it'd be something like the Simpsons' lampoon way:
|From the Simpsons: "First, let me assure you that this is not one|
of those shady pyramid schemes you've been hearing about."
Here's an example (with company name redacted)
While there is no product purchase required to be an Associate, your business will probably grow and duplicate more quickly if you’re a satisfied product user and have product on hand to share with others...
We recommend that you choose (REDACTED) Product Introduction Paks that best suit the goals and needs for your business...
Paid-As Consultants with an active Autoship and above can earn on GV generated by Associates in your Sales Teams that are in regions outside of your own.In other words, while they don't require you to buy and use the stuff yourself, you are "recommended" (i.e. heavily encouraged, everybody else does it) to do so, and if unless you sign up for products shipped automatically to you every month (autoship), they will reduce your commission that your sales team earned for you.
Nice company to work for, eh? Yet it's been around 10+ years.
What does YOUR MLM's comp plan say about your company, that you failed to notice? Or failed to understand?