‘They can keep you talking’: Shopper warns MLMs are recruiting you in-store. Here’s what to watch out for

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TikToker Kate Kowalczik (@lcswkate) recently uploaded a viral clip that’s accrued over 781,000 views in which she delineates how, on several occasions, she’s been approached by multi-level marketing employees while shopping in “discount stores.”

Kowalczik highlights how these individuals will often initiate a conversation, and the familiar trajectory their conversations take until they finally introduce the MLM element of how they make a living, and how they’ve been working with a great mentor who has helped them reach the promised land of independent living, free from the confines of typical workplace responsibilities.

If you’ve never had the misfortune of interacting with a multi-level marketing salesperson you should count yourself lucky. These “pyramid schemes” are effectively sales positions that often encourage employees to engage in predatory and pushy tactics. MLMs will often have workers attempt to enlist family members and other people under their wing. While how they operate is rather simple, the complex bit comes when you’re seated in a meeting space somewhere where a person dressed in business attire begins a spiel about the life you should have: A lifestyle that isn’t bogged down by work or a set schedule with the promise of passive income.

In the case of the popular MLM scheme sold by Amway, the company explains how folks can earn money with its business model: “Amway is a direct selling company that compensates its Independent Business Owners (“IBOs”) for their own sales and for sales generated by IBOs who are members of a sales team that they support in the business, using a multi-level marketing (MLM) plan structure.”

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