Passing on the Multilevel

Yvonne says some friends asked her to purchase a membership to a website and buy items at a discount. It's a multilevel marketing program, which Yvonne is not interested in. Is it worth paying for?

QUESTION: Yvonne in Iowa is calling because some friends asked her and her husband to purchase a membership to a website and buy items at a discount. It’s a multilevel marketing program, which Yvonne is not interested in. However, she does like the discount. Is it worth paying for?

ANSWER: I wouldn’t do it. There are a couple of problems. One is just the hassle of the whole thing, to try to get your money back for what you spend. You spend half your time trying to buy the thing in a way that causes this whole thing to activate and you get your money back. That’s a pain in the butt, and I’m not going to fool with that. I can just go find stuff at a deal and not worry about it.

Number two is that, if they go broke tomorrow, you are out $2,100. If they go broke next year and you didn’t use this, you are out whatever you didn’t get back.

These things are built for the purpose of recruiting other people into it. You don’t have to give your friends a big reason for not doing it. Just say that it’s not for you. You wish them prosperity, but you don’t want to do the deal.

A friend of mine has a great saying. He says when in doubt, don’t. The Holy Spirit and your gut were telling you that already.

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