Consumer guidance – based on extensive research
This research and information on MLM (multi-level or network marketing, etc.) was prepared with the help of top experts over fifteen years by the Consumer Awareness Institute , directed by Dr. Jon Taylor .Quantitative MLM data collection was conducted by SEO expert, Jonathan E. Brand. Opinions vary widely on MLM's legitimacy. But here you will find independent research on success and loss rates, compensation plans, viability of MLM as a business model, etc.
What went into the research by Consumer Awareness Institute. The investigative research that formed the basis of these reports includes:
Analysis of the compensation plans of over 500 MLM programs
Extensive comparative research on MLM compensation plans and alternative business models to clarify differences
Worldwide feedback from thousands of MLM distributors and ex-distributors in a wide variety of MLM programs over a period of over 15 years
Interviews with the top experts in the field
Surveys of hundreds of tax professionals where MLM is concentrated – representing millions of tax returns of MLM participants
IRS income tax records of top distributors in one state
Public court records in MLM cases
Household consumer surveys regarding MLM participation
Surveys of leading MLM company presidents
Private and public financial disclosures by MLM companies
Communications with law enforcement officials at all levels
Direct experience with prominent MLM companies.
On this web site is reported the most extensive research ever done MLM as a business model and on the profitability (or lack thereof) of recruitment-driven MLMs for participants. The compensation plans of over 400 MLMs were analyzed, together with over 15 years of worldwide feedback
These reports are also helpful for researchers, attorneys, educators, the media – as well as for consumer protection officials and consumer advocates.
These reports are intended purely as a communication of information in accordance with the right of free speech. They do not constitute legal or tax advice. Anyone seeking such advice should consult a competent professional who has some expertise in endless chain or pyramid selling schemes. Readers are specifically advised to obey all applicable laws, whether or not enforced in their area. Neither the Consumer Awareness Institute nor the authors assume any responsibility for the consequences of anyone acting according to the information in these reports. Disclaimer:
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ATTN: Jon and CAI editors, investigators and consultants.
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