My conclusion is that Herbalife is not currently a pyramid or will ever be considered a pyramid here in the U.S. since per my best conservative guess, at least 60% to 75% of U.S. sales is to non-distributor customers. [(30% TO 35% "& growing" are direct sells to customers at clubs) + (20% of U.S. volume is shipped directly to non-distributor customers) + (traditional person-to-person sales to non-distributor customers) + (misclassified sales)]
The only people that are able to make money in a pyramid scheme are the people at the top of the pyramid. Pyramid schemes are unsustainable. (They offer no product or service), the only way to make money in a pyramid scheme is to sign-up new members for a fee.
Multi-level marketing companies follow a similar concept to a pyramid scheme, this is the reason for most of the confusion. The significant differences that exist are as follows: One, is that members at any level of a multi-level marketing company can make income through the company’s products and/or services without signing up any new members. The second difference is that members of any level in a multi-level can earn more than the people who signed them up.
MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING companies are LEGAL although structured almost exactly like a pyramid scheme.
FINAL THHOUGHT, BUY ALL THE HLF YOU CAN, YOU WONT BE SORRY