After the most extensive research ever done on MLM as a business model, Dr. Taylor has identified four (and in most cases five) causative and defining characteristics, or “red flags,” in MLM compensation systems that lie at the root of the deceptions and horrendous loss rates suffered by MLM participants. Where data is available, approximately 99% of all participants are found to lose money, after subtracting incentivized purchases and minimum operating expenses.

But before we share our list of approximately 500 MLM programs we have evaluated, in addition to some shut down by law enforcement. it is important that you do your own “5-step Do-it-yourself Evaluation.” We will not be responsible for the consequences of a decision about participation that is ultimately yours to make. (See Disclaimer.) But we are confident that here you will receive the best advice available on how to make that decision.

To begin, obtain the compensation plan of the MLM program you are considering. Then answer the questions for each of the five steps and follow the links to its conclusion. You might also want to review some of the feedback we have received.

Listed below are MLMs we have found to use recruitment-driven and top-weighted pay plans, which is the case with virtually all MLMs. For a thorough discussion of problems associated with such programs, download and read the ebook Multi-level Marketing Unmasked (especially Chapter 2) – which can be downloaded in whole or in sections from this website. MLMs listed with an asterisk (*) have released average earnings data, which Dr. Taylor has analyzed (See Chapter 7).
 (MLM’s come and go, so a few may now be defunct.)

MLMs Evaluated A – D

MLMs Evaluated H – M (below)
MLMs Evaluated N – R
MLMs Evaluated S – Z

See a sample evaluation
See a list of MLMs shut down by law enforcement
 
H
Hand of Heaven
Havvn Jus (formerly Jus Int’l)
HBW Insurance & Financial
Health 4 Wealth
Healthy Coffee USA
Healthy Habits Global
►Herbalife
Heritage Health Products
Heritage Makers
Home Tec
Hsin Ten Enterprise USA (HTE)
 
I
iBuzzPro
ID Life
IGlobalPro
►Ignite/Stream Energy
Igonet
Ingreso Cyber
►Immunotec
Independence Energy Alliance
►iNet Global
Infinii
Infinity Downline [That’s no
joke – “infinity” ~] Inner Light
Inspired Living App
Integris Global
IDN (early Nu Skin division)
Int’l Galleries, Inc. (IGI)
►Isagenix
It Works
ITV Ventures
IV-7 Direct
iWowwe
iZigg Mobile Marketing
 
J
Jafra
Jamberry
Javita Coffee
JD Premium
Jeunesse Global
Jewelry by Park Lane
J Hilburn
Jillian Chase
JM Ocean Avenue
Juice Plus (NSA)
Jusuru Int’l
 
K
Kaching Kaching
Kaire
Kangivity Global
Kannaway
Kanosis
Karatbars
Karemore
Kilante Coffee
KIS
Kleeneze (UK)
K-Link
Klob International
Kompound Strategies
Kyani
 
L
Learning Global USA
Leaving Prints
Legacy for Life
Legacy Max
Legal Shield (was Prepaid Legal)
LEO
Le-Vel
Level One Network
Level 9 Marketing
Lexxus
Lia Sophia
Liberty International
Liberty League Int’l (LLI)
Life Force Int’l (2-up)
LifeMax
Life Plus
Life TEAM
Life Vantage
Life without Debt
Lifestyle Intra Supplements
LifeWave
Lightyear Alliance
Limu
LiveSmart 360
Live the Source
Livinity
Longevity Network
Longrich
Loving Works
LR Health & Beauty Systems
Lyonness

M
Maakoa
Mandura
►Mannatech
Market America
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Matol Botanical
Mavericks (World Health Card)
Max International
Maxxis 2000
MB Social
MCA – Motor Club of America
Me2Everyone
►Medifast (Take Shape for Life)
Mega Holdings
►Melaleuca
Menage International
Metabolife
ML International
MMOGULS
Momentis
►Momentum Plus
►Mona Vie
Monarch Health Sciences
Morinda
Moxxor
MPB Today
Multi-pure
►MXI-Xocai
MWR Life
MyDay1 (like One24)
My Harvest America
My Leisure Business
My Travel & Cash
My Video Talk
My4Life
My7Diamonds

NOTE: This list includes only those MLMs for which we have obtained and evaluated compensation plans. Most of the MLMs were listed following requests for information by website viewers.

A recruitment-driven MLM, or product-based pyramid scheme, is an MLM with a compensation system that rewards recruitment more than actual sales of products to persons outside the network of participants. So significant income is unlikely without recruitment of a large downline, which requires deceiving recruits into believing it is a legitimate “business opportunity – and persuading them to invest in inventory (front-loading) and/or to subscribe to ongoing monthly product purchases or payments to “do the business,” to “be a product of the products,” etc. For purposes of analysis, a recruitment-driven MLM could also be considered a “product-based pyramid scheme;” i.e., a pyramid scheme that requires purchases of products to participate in commissions or advancement in the scheme, rather than a cash investment such as those required for no-product pyramid schemes. Product-based pyramid schemes do far more damage than classic, no-product  pyramid schemes, by any measure – loss rates, aggregate losses, and number of victims.

 

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