June 15, 2006

Advice Needed (again)

Posted in internets at 6:21 pm by Marise Phillips

We interrupt your previously scheduled programming (divorce stuff) to ask: "What the heck should I do about this?"

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  1. Laurie said,

    I would respond with, “I am glad it’s working out for you, but it is not for me. Thank you for the offer, but I am not interested.”

    You shouldn’t have to justify yourself, and you have already said no once. If she writes you again about the same topic, ignore it.

  2. Zombie said,

    I work in Internet marketing, and unfortunately, “MLMers,” as we call them, are stepping out of the door-to-door type junk they usually pull and moving onto the web. I fear we’ll all be overrun. 🙂

    The thing to remember about these people is that they’re extremely fervent. Most of them are not making any money – and, indeed, often losing it at an alarming pace – but they are *convinced* that they will one day be rich from it, if only they buy all the videos, listen to all the CDs/cassettes, buy the books, do what the rich ones say to do.

    No matter what company they work for, they’re all almost like cultists. There’s a big theme of “REACH FOR YOUR DREAMS” and other such “empowering” nonsense. This is why you must be very, very firm when you say “no.” Don’t try to justify yourself or come up with an excuse you think sounds reasonable – these people hear that stuff and pounce on it with a “don’t hold yourself back, you can do anything you want to do, this company will help” line or twenty.

    It’s sad, in a way, because most of these “fine companies’ tank in a horrible way and these people all lose out. I recently witnessed the nuclear-like destruction of an MLM company, wherein all of the people, even the core company members, lost millions total and some are now going to jail for fraud.

    Though I do have to say it’s kind of funny for me to watch these people in action. I attended a conference where something like 75 MLMers, all with different schemes, were present. On breaks, walking down the hall, all you could hear were these people pitching to each other, talking over the top of each other, whittering away about brain waves and empowerment through selling office cleaning products/knives/funny-smelling cosmetics, etc.

    Good times, good times.

    Anyway, say “NO!” one more time and then, like Laurie said, ignore it. Much like the crazy Jesus-shouter on the corner, if they spot any of what they perceive as wavering through your attempts at explanation, they won’t let it go.

    Take care now,

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