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LazyMan on the MLM Playbook

October 3, 2014

MLM critic LazyMan provides a step-by-step guide on how to start a $500 million company the easy way. I’d put “easy” in quotes because he’s just describing the MLM playbook that countless companies have followed over the years. He breaks the process down in the following steps:

  1. Finding the Right Product
  2. Hire or Partner with Some “Doctors”
  3. How Do You Sell this Product?
  4. When Our Distributor Levels Drop…
  5. Hire the Famous MLM Lawyers
  6. Start a Charity
  7. When the Truth of Our Company Comes Out
  8. But We Have to Hurry!
  9. When it All Collapses on Us

How does this describe the playbook of your current or former MLM?

I liked the section on “When the Truth of Our Company Comes Out” because litigation is one tactic MLM companies use to try to silence their critics. The BehindMLM site was recently offline for several days as it dealt with a frivolous DMCA takedown notice from a former TelexFree distributor (it’s back up now). The Anti-Vemma YPR Pariah site went dark at the end of August without much explanation about what really happened.

Local and federal agencies have been especially active over the past two years in shutting down illegal companies like TelexFree, Zeek Rewards, and IAB. This past month scams like iFreeX, eAdGear, and Zhunrize have been shut down. While consumers can breathe a sigh of relief that they won’t be scammed by these companies, there are countless more popping up like the heads of hydra to replace them. Consumers should understand the warning signs of fraud, ponzi schemes and pyramid schemes. As they say, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

LazyMan’s site is more than just diagraming and critiquing the MLM playbook. He has countless articles on improving your finances, be it through saving, investing, or rethinking your financial beliefs.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Melanie Morgan permalink
    October 14, 2014 10:37 pm

    Great article!

  2. freedomhaha permalink
    October 15, 2014 9:31 am

    The silence on here speaks volumes. I hope that it is because less people are searching TEAM LIFE meaning less plans are being shown that hopefully leads to less peoples lives being impacted negatively.

  3. Melanie Morgan permalink
    October 15, 2014 8:03 pm


    ““Silence is so freaking loud” 🙂

  4. freedomhaha permalink
    October 17, 2014 9:54 am

    I expected TEAM to blow up like a bomb, but I am also okay with just withering away and becoming irrelevant. As long as they are unable to hurt people I am happy.

  5. exTEAMster permalink
    October 17, 2014 7:32 pm

    Fyi….. The Fall Leadership conference is next weekend in Milwaukee.

  6. Melanie Morgan permalink
    October 19, 2014 3:18 pm


    I am with you on the “hurting people.” The “MLM, multilevel marketing Industry” as far as I care is on it’s last breath, withering and been dying a slow death for quite a while. All the big emperors are cloth less and being exposed, in just about every major MLM in existence.

    It is all because of those who felt a moral obligation and who are courageous, intelligent, persistent, non-quitters 🙂 and their blogs :)…. those many people who really CARE about others being ‘hurt’, that are making the real difference. 🙂


    No way, they are STILL doing those? Haha

  7. freedomhaha permalink
    October 20, 2014 10:17 am

    Melanie- While many of us reading were not involved to the same extent that you were we all lost relationships and money being involved with TEAM. I don’t want to see another person lied to so that a few scamsters can live the dream.

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