Consumer Guidance From 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.

MLMs with at least 4 of the 5 red flags
of a recruitment-driven MLM (N to R)

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 to the 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 The Case against Multi-level Marketing – an Unfair and Deceptive Practice , (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 S – Z


Disclaimer:

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.

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MLMs with at least 4 of the 5 red flags of a recruitment-driven MLM (N to R)

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 to the 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 The Case against Multi-level Marketing – an Unfair and Deceptive Practice , (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 S – Z

N

NAA – National Agents Alliance

Narc that Car

National Lending Corp.

Native American Nutritionals

Natural Air Products

Nature’s Own

Nature’s Pearl

Nature’s Sunshine

Network Marketing VT

Neucopia

Nerium

Neucopia

Neutrie

NeutroGenesis

New Face of Wealth

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

O

Ohana Health

Olivana

Omegatrends

Ominex

One24

OneX

Online Exchange

OnPoint Direct

One Viz

*Orenda Int’l

Organo Gold

Orovo

Our World Network

Oxyfresh

 

P

Palmary

Pampered Chef

Pangea Organics

Paperly

Passion Parties

Passport LLC

Petromagic

Pharmanex (Nu Skin division)

PhotoMax

Pink Papaya

Plexus Pink

PM International AG

Polaris Global (was Liberty 
     League Int’l)

Power Mall

Power2Marketing

Premier Designs

Prepaid Legal

Prepaid Living

Primerica Financial Services

Private Quarters

ProActiv (Empower Network)

Protandim (Life Vantage)

Prixdale Ventures

Pur3x

Pure NRG

Pureworks

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

MLMs Evaluated S – Z

N

NAA – National Agents Alliance

Narc that Car

National Lending Corp.

Native American Nutritionals

Natural Air Products

Nature’s Own

Nature’s Pearl

Nature’s Sunshine

Network Marketing VT

Neucopia

Nerium

Neucopia

Neutrie

NeutroGenesis

New Face of Wealth

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

O

Ohana Health

Olivana

Omegatrends

Ominex

One24

OneX

Online Exchange

OnPoint Direct

One Viz

*Orenda Int’l

Organo Gold

Orovo

Our World Network

Oxyfresh

 

P

Palmary

Pampered Chef

Pangea Organics

Paperly

Passion Parties

Passport LLC

Petromagic

Pharmanex (Nu Skin division)

PhotoMax

Pink Papaya

Plexus Pink

PM International AG

Polaris Global (was Liberty 
     League Int’l)

Power Mall

Power2Marketing

Premier Designs

Prepaid Legal

Prepaid Living

Primerica Financial Services

Private Quarters

ProActiv (Empower Network)

Protandim (Life Vantage)

Prixdale Ventures

Pur3x

Pure NRG

Pureworks

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

See disclaimer

MLMs S – Z