My name is Chuck and

I have been monitoring this club for a little while now. I first became acquainted with this group when I made an inquire about a MLM motivational speaker about two weeks ago.
I do research and evaluations on different business opportunities and was, and still am, doing research on this one individual. I have never taken the time, until now, to introduce myself. I am a Residual Income Evaluator. I literally review and evaluate hundreds of internet “business opportunities” a week. I use quotes when I say that because most of these programs are mere opportunities for the creators and not the participates. The creators are, for the most part, the only ones who are making any money. There are some good programs out there but they are very few – very few indeed.

My credentials are 1) I am a CPA, 2) a CBB (Certified Business Broker), and 3) a CFI (Certified Fraud investigator) have worked previously for three major Federal Agencies investigating fraudulent business activities for some 20 years. I am now working in the fertile fields of internet activities.

If I can be of service or help to anyone in this club I will gladly do so. I am located in Augusta, GA. but with the internet, a computer, a FAX number, and a telephone, location is no restriction at all.

Hi all, Is anyone a Metafilter member?

I ask because I stumbled upon a MLM question that I’d love to see answered from someone here but I’m not interested in paying the $5 to join. One response from 2005 says that they’ve done research on Avon, Mary Kay and Pampered Chef and have not found anything negative. ;0

Oh and I found another one that it seems that one poor soul is holding up the anti mlm stance on his own (quite well, I might add). This is a war of words which I don’t feel qualified to engage in. So if any one of you word wizards (you know who you are) want to play, here you go.

Have a good one all

There is no “later”

when it comes to spending time with your kids. Later they will be grown and you will have missed it all. My son is almost 2. He is still so young, yet I look at him and I think… my GOSH, where has the time gone? He’s growing so fast.

I also realized that my friend’s kids are teenagers. The one friend had two girls when we met. They were 4 and 7. They are teens now. It just seems so weird that they aren’t little kids anymore.

Even if you manage to be in that small minority that makes money… it’s not worth the time you lose. Those that are “successful” in MLM generally work WAY more than 40 hours a week, whether or not they admit it.

You sound a lot like me

I too joined this BLog to make the extra money to stay home with the kids. I was “driven determined and hard working,” like they said, so I could do it! Yeah right. It is a shame that they give us false hopes like that and then expect us to pass them on to others. This has been discussed here before, but they give you all this hype about making money to for your children’s future, but when you are involved the last thing you are doing is spending any time with them. The MLM I was involved with had a special forum for our team. I never did officially leave that forum and the daily digests still come in my inbox. Every once in a while I read through the posts for laughs (when in reality it justs makes me more angry, so I don’t know why I do it other than the fact that one day I am going to compose a long post about what I really think:) and my former upline seriously posted about her new ideas for her kids for the summer and literally how to keep them out of your hair so you can work. This coming from the woman who speaks endlessly about the wonderful opportunities this has brought for her family and at the same time admits once you are in that she never spends anytime with them, because she will “later.” What the heck kind of a contradiction is that?!
Anyway, you did the right thing for you and your family. Just chalk it up to a lesson learned.

My name is Alicia and I recently ended a very short

but very expensive stint with what I now recognize to be an MLM. Some friends of the family that I trusted got me into ITV Ventures. I am a stay at home Mom and wanted to make a little extra money while still remaining at home with my daughter. Sound familiar? Anyway, I bought into the “opportunity” and ended up spending far more than I made in revenue and ended up completely stressed out by my rising credit card balance and my failure to make money. My friends told me how this business was the best thing that ever happened to them. It sounded too good to be true. It was.
So here I am. I’m here to vent, to learn, and to share my experience with anyone who wants to talk. Thanks.


I was a fashion coordinator for 4 years with a company called Weekenders. We could actually make money just selling the clothes, but the real money was in recruiting. Does anyone have any input about the other fashion mlm’s out there (CABI, Doncaster, Jockey)?