Primerica and the long road to the anti-MLM movement

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I am sometimes asked why I am so strongly opposed to the MLM (multi-level marketing) industry. As they usually say, there’s a million problems in the world, why focus on MLM? Why devote space on your blog to MLM?

The reason I fight MLM, or network-marketing, is not just because it’s harmful, but because it’s also very misunderstood. Misunderstood to the point that many people mistakenly think of some MLM companies as philanthropic endeavors because they sometimes champion good causes. However, because these companies operate in a highly unethical fashion they make terrible allies.

By spreading awareness of the predatory nature of MLM companies, we in the anti-MLM movement can help strengthen good causes by helping them steer clear of these exploitative companies.

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  1. Thank you! I posted this to my Facebook. One of my cousins blocked me over her Primerica pyramid scheme after I tried to warn her, accusing me of “ruining her reputation.” MLMs really are a cult.

    1. Thanks for sharing this, Jen! Glad you like it. I see that a lot with MLMers — they ruin their own reputations and yet everyone else is to blame. It’s awful how much MLM poisons relationships, and yes they definitely are a cult.

  2. So I am saying this as someone with family in Primerica. I have to say, yes their are some weird cultural things the company does. Yes, it has its sleeze balls and wackos. But it also has its professionals and by the book people. My dad has done this business for close to 30 years. We live well, my college is paid off because of his work, and he follows all SEC and State Insurance Laws. If Primerica was not “reputable” (meaning an outright blatant scam, not a subtle scam like all companies are) then it would not be publicly traded, nor award winning. Overall, I think coming after Primerica is not the same as coming after say Monet, or Mary Kay. (Also who really cares? All companies are pyramid schemes at least these are passive income for fellow poor folk).

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