MLMs are also criticized for being unable to fulfill their promises for the majority of participants due to basic conflicts with Western cultural norms.[63] There are even claims that the success rate for breaking even or even making money are far worse than other types of businesses:[64] "The vast majority of MLMs are recruiting MLMs, in which participants must recruit aggressively to profit. Based on available data from the companies themselves, the loss rate for recruiting MLMs is approximately 99.9%; i.e., 99.9% of participants lose money after subtracting all expenses, including purchases from the company."[64] (By comparison, skeptic Brian Dunning points out that "only 97.14% of Las Vegas gamblers lose money .... ."[65]) In part, this is because encouraging recruits to further "recruit people to compete with [them]"[13] leads to "market saturation."[24] It has also been claimed "(b)y its very nature, MLM is completely devoid of any scientific foundations."[66]
누스킨 엔터프라이즈 Nu Skin Enterprises는 1984 년에 설립된 미국 다단계 마케팅 회사입니다. Blake Roney, Steve Lund, Sandie Tillostson 및 Nedra Roney가 설립했습니다. 본사는 미국 유타 주 프로보(Provo)에 위치하고 있습니다. 회사는 미국에서 시작되었지만 1990 년 캐나다에서 첫 번째 운영을 시작했습니다. 그리고 1 년 후, 누스킨(Nu Skin)는 홍콩에서 영업하면서 아시아 영업을 시작했습니다. 회사는 또한 1996 년 뉴욕 ​​증권 거래소에 상장되었습니다. 현재는 최대 직접 판매회사 중 하나이며 2014 년 현재 5,000 명의 직원을 보유하고 있습니다.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) states: "Steer clear of multilevel marketing plans that pay commissions for recruiting new distributors. They're actually illegal pyramid schemes. Why is pyramiding dangerous? Because plans that pay commissions for recruiting new distributors inevitably collapse when no new distributors can be recruited. And when a plan collapses, most people—except perhaps those at the very top of the pyramid—end up empty-handed."[52]

The main sales pitch of MLM companies to their participants and prospective participants is not the MLM company's products or services. The products/services are largely peripheral to the MLM model. Rather, the true sales pitch and emphasis is on a confidence given to participants of potential financial independence through participation in the MLM, luring with phrases like "the lifestyle you deserve" or "independent distributor."[17] Erik German's memoir My Father's Dream documents the real life failures of German's father as he is lured into "get-rich-quick schemes" such as Amway.[18] The memoir illustrates the multi-level marketing sales principle known as "selling the dream".[19]


MLMs are also criticized for being unable to fulfill their promises for the majority of participants due to basic conflicts with Western cultural norms.[63] There are even claims that the success rate for breaking even or even making money are far worse than other types of businesses:[64] "The vast majority of MLMs are recruiting MLMs, in which participants must recruit aggressively to profit. Based on available data from the companies themselves, the loss rate for recruiting MLMs is approximately 99.9%; i.e., 99.9% of participants lose money after subtracting all expenses, including purchases from the company."[64] (By comparison, skeptic Brian Dunning points out that "only 97.14% of Las Vegas gamblers lose money .... ."[65]) In part, this is because encouraging recruits to further "recruit people to compete with [them]"[13] leads to "market saturation."[24] It has also been claimed "(b)y its very nature, MLM is completely devoid of any scientific foundations."[66]
Das Gros der Verkäufer in den USA ist weiß, weiblich, arbeitet mehr als 30 Stunden wöchentlich, und verkauft in Netzwerk-Marketing-Unternehmen.[13] Die Anzahl der Mitarbeiter beträgt 15,8 Millionen, wobei sie im Jahr 2010 im Vergleich zum Vorjahr gesunken ist. Insgesamt betrug das Wachstum der Mitarbeiteranzahl zwischen 2001 und 2010 durchschnittlich 3,8 %.[12]
Die interne Ausbildung beschränkt sich in der Regel auf Produktschulungen, Informationen zur Handhabung der Bestellformulare und sog. Persönlichkeitstrainings ohne anerkannten Abschluss. Diese werden jedoch nicht von ausgebildeten Psychologen oder Dozenten durchgeführt, sondern von verkaufserfahrenen Handelsvertretern auf der Basis von Erfahrungswissen. Für seine Ausbildung, insbesondere im Finanzdienstleistungsbereich gem. EU-Richtlinie 2002/92/EG (Europäische Vermittlerrichtlinie) oder als Heilpraktiker zur Beratung für gesundheitsfördernde Nahrungsergänzungsmittel ist der Vertreter selbst verantwortlich.
Beim klassischen Direktvertrieb werden in der Regel firmeneigene, spezialisierte Außendienst-Mitarbeiter eingesetzt (Eigenpersonal). Diese verkaufen direkt an den Kunden unter Ausschaltung von Zwischenhändlern. Die Mitarbeiter im Netzwerk-Marketing sind ein wachsendes Netz aus selbständig und selbstverantwortlich handelnden Laien (Fremdpersonal), die haupt- oder nebenerwerblich als Wiederverkäufer bzw. Vermittler arbeiten. Im Vergleich dazu ist die Zahl der Außendienst-Mitarbeiter im Direktvertrieb gering, weshalb beim Direktvertrieb der Kostenanteil des Vertriebs niedriger ausfallen kann.[2]
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