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 tot he right.) 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 E – G
MLMs Evaluated H – M
MLMs Evaluated N – R (see below)
MLMs Evaluated S – Z

See a sample evaluation

See a list of MLMs shut down by law enforcement
 
N
NAA – National Agents Alliance
Narc that Car
National Lending Corp.
National Wealth Center
Native American Nutritionals
Natural Air Products
Naturally Plus
Nature’s Own
Nature’s Pearl
Nature’s Sunshine
Neucopia
Nerium
Network Marketing VT
Neucopia
Neutrie
NeutroGenesis
New Face of Wealth
New Image
New Quest International
New Vision USA
Neways
NextFit
Nexx
NHT Global – Nat’l Health Trends
►Nikken
Noevir
North American Power
Norwex
Nouveau Cosmeceuticals
Nouveau Riche University
NSA (Juice Plus)
Nucerity
NuLegacy Rx card
NuMed
►Numis Network
►NuSkin Enterprises, Inc.
Nussentials
Nutronix
Nuvante
Nuverus

O
Ohana Health
Olivana
Omegatrends
Ominex
Omnitrition
One24
OneX
Online Exchange
OnPoint Direct
One Viz
►Orenda Int’l
Organo Gold
Origami Owl
Orovo
Our World Network
Oxyfresh

P
Palmary
Pampered Chef
Pangea Organics
Paperly
PartyLite
Passion Parties
Passport LLC
Paycation
Petromagic
Pharmanex (Nu Skin division)
PhotoMax
Pink Papaya
Plexus
PM International AG
Polaris Global (was Liberty
League Int’l)
Power Mall
Power2Marketing
Premier Designs
Prepaid Legal
Prepaid Living
Primerica Financial Services
Princess House
Private Quarters
ProActiv (Empower Network)
Protandim (Life Vantage)
Prixdale Ventures
Pur3x
PureNRG
Pure Romance
Pureworks
Purium
Purse Party

Q
Qing Mei
Qing Mei (cards)
Qivana
QL Exchange
Qnet (was GoldQuest)
Qscience
Questnet
Quixtar (formerly Amway –
now Amway again)

R
Rain Nutrition
RBC Life Sciences
Refer Life
Regeneca
►Reliv
Rend Ltd.
Resorts 360 Vacation Club
Retire Quickly
Rev Up Daily
Ripplin
RMP Infotech
Rodan & FIelds – Victoria
Skin Care
Royal Body Care
Royale Business Club

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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