Good post. Many of the folks who retail Coca Cola or Budweiser are little mom and pop groceries who make small profits. And, some of those little mom and pop groceries go out of business, change ownership, or reorganize.
Yet, while some of the retailers handling their product go belly up, nobody would label Coca Cola or Budweiser a Ponzi scheme. Except, perhaps, for a few hedge funds.
you people keep missing the main point. Nobody makes any profit selling this at retail except to family and friends who feel sorry for them for a while. It isnt a retail selling company at all. It is a continuous recruiting company. If they had a model where they tried to simply hire salespeople to sell this product at inflated prices I would have no problem with it. But they could not get anyone to do that without tying in the recruiting money making option because nobody wants to or expects to sell the stuff retail THEMSELVES. they all think some other sucker will do it.
they try to sell commodity products at three times the suggested retail price of the competition. the only reason it works is because they tie the sale of product to a business opportunity. the products are nothing special. hundreds of other companies sell the same stuff for 1/3 to 1/2 the price. without the pyramid recruiting scheme it all falls apart. nobody is good enough sales person to sell significant amount of product at retail at double the price of competition. Can only sell to other suckers who want to buy into business opportunity.
Why are people so jealous about some company being successful? If they are able to sell their products at a premium price and there are people willing to buy them. Why are people like Akman so concerned and jealous?