The more friends you have, the more likely someone you know will eventually get sucked into a multilevel marketing scheme and start asking you to attend parties to celebrate the guilt-based selling of overpriced household items, magical healing juice, cooking utensils or other annoyances. The business model for these scamtastic enterprises is built on recruiting other saps to sell products as part of your team, as well as getting them to find other victims, even if it requires them to exploit friends and family. [More]
Amway! There, we just saved you the trouble of reading Pro-Sumer Power!, Bill Quain’s riveting get-rich-quick book from 2000, which Alan Scherstuhl found in a thrift store recently and recaps for your amusement over at the Village Voice. You see, producers make money. Consumers spend money. And Pro-sumers make money while they spend. Still not clear? You’re a banana when you should be some sort of banana-gorilla hybrid.