I don't believe it is abuse though, I think the system is mainly to get members. I'm not saying MLM is bad. I know people who made millions, real people, but I'm just commenting on my observations on this particular business and their member's behaviors.
Originally Posted by neverknow1
anyway, enough about this. we're talking on different channels. cheers.
Well, you just said it. The system is mainly to get members? if so, i would suggest you reading about pyramid schemes. Yes people do make millions. Another question you should be asking yourself is - if it's so easy,why isn't everyone doing it? - Mind you there are many people who make money in MLM. As i see this as a zero sum game, there are many people who lose money. I myself thought that by getting 'faster'/'earlier' into this system, i will be faster than the rest and will make money. Have you actually found out how many people are 'faster'? - think about it, at the end of the day the first few people are the ones who make their bucks. The rest can actually dream on. My conclusion. There is no shortcut in life. Always open your eyes. You'll never know what you will see.
Originally Posted by totoro
PS : I'm 17 years of age. Please do correct me if what I have said is wrong. Thanks
I am fully support to your comment, a lot of people misunderstand to MLM said like a pyramid system because may be they try before but not success then blame to MLM not work. Hardworking is the key of success but chosing a company is more important.
Originally Posted by bizalchemy
I just join LB for 3 days, and now have more ideas about it.
The reason that I join is becoz I used to have a sinus problem, after I tried the product I think it helps me.
I am not saying good or bad about LB, but I think that all MLM should sell a product which can help the people who really need them. As for me, without trying the product I wont dare to introduce it to my frens becoz it will spoil my reputation.
For those LB member who only wants to sell membership, I am regret about what they are doing. But please understand that no everyone do it that way. Just hope that those who are doing direct sales can put more effort to understand the needs of the customer as well as their own products.
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I just have some comments here, based on the long open discussion.
Whatever business we could see or hear in planet Earth, there is only one objective - to improve financial health, for personal or for corporate.
What I could see is that the network marketing business is one of the SME businesses, a business which is affordable by people who has the initiative but do not have the bigger capital to start with. For those who do not understand about network marketing, I can say that this industry is fast growing, profitable and it is the easiest way to reach your consumer as the approach is personal and it provides the freedom of mobility. This industry also provides its enterpreneurs the opportunity to learn how to deal with business and what they can profit (apart from cash) are the true personal development, business and leadership skills of which could not be bought by money. As the network marketing business do not have any entry limitation, it is also a solution or a vehicle for those persons who wish to jump out from financial difficulties or poverty. (For those who are interested, you can read a book by Robert Kiyosaki - Business School, For those Who Like Helping People).
For those who are still under employment (especially those who worked for people for many many years), they are not able to understand what network marketing can provide to them. What they could understand is the critics and negative thoughts which they had inherited from their seniors and believing them to be true, they do not open the road to people they know who may benefit from this career.
As for bizalchemy, sorry to say this. I hope you are not one of the competitor of Lampe Berger who has put in a lot of effort to post the long conversation. Although I'm not a LB member, I personally feel that we should not put in such a heavy criticism - we should be professional in our own self. Just imagine that if you open a business today, you also won't expect other people to criticise your own business.
Putting simple words what you wrote, your only objective is to make profits yeah? Of course from the guys who are in MLM, making profit the only thing that matters but at what costs? Just imagine some youngster in his mid 20s fork out RM15k capital and he can't earn his capital... How bad is that? 5 lucky people make a million ringgit at the expense of 50 people who lose Rm15k. How u think those people become so rich? Certainly not from product sales revenue bcoz they don't sell much products. Yes! their income is derived mainly from membership fees of normal folks who join. In conclusion i would like to say that if you are a member of a MLM company, the more profits u make the better. But from societies point of view MLMs are not a productive way of using resources ( Economic concepts). Money flows from a lot of people to a small number of people who are at the top.
Originally Posted by DK1807
However MLMs like Amway sell products that provide value to the user/consumer and pls don't try to tell me a lamp oil is worth RM15,000
Thanks for your note, and hopefully this is not going to be a debate. I truly understand your point of view and it is valid. But in a business point of view, I personally think that what you had mentioned is also true to all businesses. Many people (the consumers) will pay for a sum of money and the minority people at the top (business owners) will profit. And when they profit, they will hire people to do the job and at the end, money will flow back to society (well, Economic Cencepts as well). When society poverty becomes lesser, don't you think that the country's GDP is better? Hmm...sounds practical.
Talking about the value of the lamp, and if it is true that one lamp costs RM15,000, this would not be a surprise to me. Different market has its different product positioning.
If there is a TV costs RM2000, there can be a TV costs RM30,000. If there is a chicken rice costs RM3 in a normal coffee shop, there can also be a chicken rice cost RM15 in a dining restaurant.
I was one of those enticed into buying this lamp berger. Though I paid about RM400, I think the product is simply overpriced! I didnt realized how expensive it is until I wanted to buy the refill. I refuse to use it anymore. Anyone interested to buy the 'bottle' off me?? Cheap cheap lah!!
I am doing my own MLM business and as everyone knows ,its obviously much better than working for someone.In MLM ,you are your own boss.I have been doing mlm and so far i have had no problems.The only problems arise when these kind of companies like lampe berger come around.This is total rubbish.1st of all ,their joining fee is so damn expensive.Secondly,they sell products not for the masses,for example those lamps which not many of us use.i m not really sure about their payment scheme but i dont think it will be easy for anyone to sell lamps....yes,nothing is easy in life,but please choose something more accessible to the masses like beauty products...doing mlm is fun because you can earn tons of $$$$ like me...mind you,i m not trying 2 show off or anything,but just too tell u the greatness of mlm.Bear in mind though that you must choose the right company to succeed...any comments appreaciated.....
I think a lot of people misunderstanding about MLM, 5 persons making money but 50 persons lose money. In this world no free lunch, if the 5 persons working hard more then the 50 persons why not they can earn more ? A lot of people only see some people successed but never ask how they worked to be successed.
I feel nutin bad about MLMs that focuses on providing products or services but in some cases what they are selling is sumtin they refer to as a 'Bussiness Plan'... They say its so easy to reach millionaire status in x years etc. If u try doing the maths, assume one membership brings in RM 10k, so it takes 100 memberships for Rm 1m. So out of 101 members, only one will become a millionaire since it takes 100 memberships to earn Rm 1m. Now do u think its that easy? Its different in MLMs like Amway bcoz most of their revenue comes from selling poducts. If u buy a product u obtain a benefit from it, but what does a business plan do for u? Its each individual's decision to venture into these kind of businesses. Ever wonder why most of their members are below the age of 30? Is it bcoz they are smart and wise ? or the opposite... go figure. Think of the risks involved before joining it. Even if the membership costs a few hundread its still money that can be used for better purposes.
I have no intention to offend anyone here so pls dun flame me but feel free to flame my trash my post. I myself have been involved with 2 MLMs and I totaly wasted my money.
Last edited by Kissme; 10-11-2005 at 02:09 PM.
2 sides to a coin
Like to add abit of my 2 cents
Ever wonder why most of their members are below the age of 30? Is it bcoz they are smart and wise ? or the opposite... go figure.
While I am not for LB, I think it's not right to say this. Everybody wants to have more money, but it's whether they are greedy enough for it. Old or young. But it's good that they are at least doing something about their financial positions. I feel very sad everytime I see someone complain bout the lack of money but don't want to do anything about it. It's worse when it's someone elderly. They believe themselves so wise and know-all that they refuse to accept unconventional ideas even if it's staring them in the face! How to help these ppl?
You said you lost money in 2 companies. May I know which ones?
u guyz just dont know wat mlm is all about yet..itz all about selling products..the top person will be the one who can recruit the most amount of downlines and train them to sell the products for the company,in return,the leader will get obviously the most profit while the downlines sure enough get their own pay ... itz not juz about business plans.the majority of them sell products to gain profit..hey,isint making a profit is what doing business is all about? so again,doing mlm is not easy because u have 2 train ppl,and doing that is really no joke i can tell u from my experience...btw,we dont force ppl to buy our products .we just introduce to them the products and in the end itz all up to the customer whether they want 2 purchase it or not.i dont have anything against LB but dont u think that their lamps are a bit too pricey?
anyway,haf fun mlming!! =)
forgot one more thing,of course if u want 2 do mlm,pls pls pls..choose the right company b4 joining so that u dont say u waste ur money...thankzzz!
Originally Posted by Kissme