Month: April 2017

The editor approached me as the issue with the MLM article was being sent to subscribers

It was the March, 2007 issue, and the article itself had to do with Tahitian Noni. The author was being prospected into it and related his experiences with the meetings and the juice.
he also wrote about how little money he made and how bad the stuff tasted – a very personal perspective on one company and its narrow line of products.

The editor requested that I, as the owner of this group, offer something in response to the critical and mostly-well-written article that appeared. I agreed, and my response appeared in the July issue in the Letters section.

I didn’t mention it here before because I could not get permission to link to it or quote it. It seemed…I don’t know…strange for me to promote their magazine without being able to reference it. I was also uncomfortable with asking everyone to purchase TWO issues of Playboy magazine – one in order to read this person’s article and the other to see my brief response to it. I didn’t see anything new or Earth-shattering in it, and Playboy’s not the cheapest magazine (or the most comfortable for everyone to be seen reading).

I doubt too many people saw my little note, but I did get a couple of responses to it in my email – mostly calling me a loser and telling me to learn something about it before writing about it. 🙂

It’s nothing y’all haven’t seen here, and elsewhere, many times before.

But I wasn’t going to say “no” to the opportunity to speak out when it was offered to me.

There are two good points!

Yes, I overlooked the issue of ignorance. Just as importantly, you point out that we can’t know everything about everything. I didn’t join when my gf took me to the open meeting because, in spite of all the temptation and presentation and everything that went with it, before I went, I spent some time with Google and knew what to expect and knew that even if it wasn’t a fraud, there was no reason to sacrifice a business I had built on my own that was paying the bills, and would be able to do much better, for something that might or might not work for me. Thanks to Google, I did not go into that meeting ignorant!

It’s also important to remember that none of us can know everything about everything. Many of us in this group were in an MLM before search engines. It’s hard keep a perspective on just how much life has changed in the past 10-12 years. In 1995 most people didn’t have the Internet or had even heard of it. Now we count on it as part of our lives and many of us, if we have questions of anything, we go to a search engine and check it out.

Even with that in mind, the open meetings of QS are pretty good at playing emotional tricks on people. They don’t want to tell you what the meeting is about until you’re there and they do a good song-and-dance about how you’ll find a lot of people saying bad things because they’re jealous.

Even with all that, if you search for the right terms for an MLM, many of them have gone out of their way to front load search engine results so you’re likely to get results they want you to see instead of honest opinions.

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