Thursday, 21 April 2011

The obvious multi-billion dollar 'MLM' questions remain the same


Shyam
Didn't Mr. Chang put his signature to this patronizing heap of unsolicited 'MLM' bullshit just recently?:
'In ANY business, you have ONE manufacturer/provider, let's just call it... "Source", and consumers of whatever this source provides. So the business has two needs: 1) to make consumers aware of their need (or to suggest the need), and 2) to actually get the products into the hands of consumers at a price that will mean a profit to the source.
1) is usually called "marketing", and 2) is called distribution, or retailing.
The traditional retail model has the source employ a "marketing" group (either internal or external), to conduct marketing campaigns (TV ads, print ads, etc.) and retailing is done by sending stuff from factory to distributor, and from distributor to retailer, usually in a store.
The "direct sales" model replaced large scale retailers and distributors AND marketing department with individual sales people (often selling door to door). However, this has a flaw in that the sales teams often still need close supervision and training, as not all salespeople who join are actually suitable.
Then came multi-level marketing. By offloading the supervisory functions (of the sales people) onto distributors, who will manage the salespeople they themselves recruited, the company can cut overhead. In return, company is supposed to reward the "upline" with a portion of the sales (i.e. commission or profit sharing) even those from the downline. 
But the FUNDAMENTAL tenet of a business has NOT changed: buy low (from the source), and sell high (to the consumer). Only the marketing and distribution channel has changed.
As Amway compensation plan does NOT pay on recruiting, but pay upon sales achieved by the new downline, it does not fit the definition of a pyramid scheme. One can make a living by only selling things, and not recruit ANYONE. '
Thus, Mr. Chang has actually informed us (as if we were children) that the idea of business is to sell things for more money than you paid for them. Mr. Chang then asks in all innocence:
'And why would YOU imagine that I somehow imagined that you have no experience in business? What have I wrote to make you think so? Perhaps you need to re-read what I actually wrote instead of what you THINK I wrote.'
From his recent ill-written comments in which he ignores reality and poses as a wise and fair-minded observer being unfairly attacked by ill-informed fanatics, I get the distinct impression that this fellow Kasey Chang is not revealing the whole truth about his motives. From his tell-tale incapacity to write in plain English, coupled with his, let me offer you some fatherly advice, attitude, it would seem that, despite his misleading, published condemnation of 'TVI Express,' he, or someone very close to him, is probably involved with what he firmly believes is a 'normal MLM business opportunity.' Amazingly, Mr. Chang now accuses me of not writing my thoughts down clearly and goes on to claim that he can't tell exactly what I'm attacking, 'the entire MLM industry in general or Amway in particular?' In reality, no free-thinking person could fail to comprehend what I have been attacking; for, self-evidently, I have been attacking the major, ongoing, historical phenomenon of pernicious, or criminogenic, cultism and, particularly, its latest 'commercial' camouflage. In fact, I don't believe that it would be possible to set my thoughts down more clearly upon this difficult subject.
Yet, in the very same comment where he accuses me of not expressing myself clearly, Mr. Chang produces the following pearl of an oxymoron:
'And where did I say I believe you are wrong in your analysis? I stated we have a difference of opinion, and that's exactly what we have.'
Tellingly, Mr. Chang still has offered your free-thinking readers absolutely no evidence to support his dangerous opinion that significant numbers of people have regularly retailed products and services supplied by (what he describes as) 'normal MLM companies', to the public for a profit.
His response to my unambiguous questions was nonsensical drivel:
'I already described the dividing line which you claim "where exactly can we all go and see"... The dividing line is: "if you stop recruiting, can you still make money?" '. 
What ?
Meanwhile, in the adult world of quantifiable reality, the obvious, multi-billion dollar questions which can reveal the truth about 'MLM' remain the same:
- Where exactly can we all go and see this famous dividing line between a 'fake MLM' and a 'normal MLM', which Mr.Chang describes?
- Where exactly can we cross it and visit with all these normal 'MLM' participants' making a living selling MLM stuff and not recruiting', whom Mr. Chang describes (and examine their audited accounts and tax returns) ?
The answer to these questions is:
No one can can take us to see this dividing line or introduce us to all these 'MLM' participants making a living selling MLM stuff  and not recruiting, because they don't actually exist. The entire so-called 'MLM industry' has been a comic-book, controlling-fiction presented as fact. 'MLM' has been the technical-sounding made-up title over an unoriginal racket which has been allowed to grow to titanic proportions by US regulators who have completely failed to comprehend it, let alone stop it.
Frankly, Shyam, this fellow Kasey Chang is a joke. 
David Brear (copyright 2011)

1 comment:

Kasey Chang said...

Mr. Brear,

I am tired of your constant insinuations, as I have addressed each and every one of your questions, only to see you dismiss them all as "nonsensical".

I described the question that sets the dividing line between a legal/moral MLM and a scam. Your refutation consists of ONE sentence: "[the line] does not exist".

You went as far as stating "his dangerous opinion that significant numbers of people have regularly retailed products and services supplied by (what he describes as) 'normal MLM companies', to the public for a profit"

The problem is I have issued NO SUCH opinion. I described an IDEAL MLM. I never did say Amway was such an ideal MLM.

You keep insisting that I somehow prove something I've NEVER said.

In fact, I wrote -- Multi-level marketing is somewhere in between the two extremes (normal business and pyramid scheme), depending on the specific "compensation plan".

It is almost as if you are playing "strawman".