The Cult of Supplements: A Pyramid Scheme?
In order to understand what is a pyramid scheme, one must first have some basic understanding of how they work. They are usually set up so that there are many levels where the participants make money through recruiting new members into the organization. At each level, those at the top get more money than those at lower levels because they recruit more people to join them. There are different types of pyramid schemes, but most involve the following:
There is a leader or “master” who controls all the members. The master may not pay any attention to anyone else except himself. He sets the rules and regulations for how things will be done and then gets paid a percentage of whatever money someone makes from recruiting others to join him. For example, if you recruit 10 people to join your group, you’ll receive 5% of their earnings. If you recruit 100 people, you’ll receive 20%.
If you recruit 1,000 people, you’ll receive 50%, which means that if they all make $1 million dollars a year from recruiting others to join your group, then the person who recruited them would earn $50 million dollars!
If the leader does not keep track of how much money everyone is making (or losing) he/she could lose control over the whole thing and it could collapse.
In some pyramid schemes, people may buy products and try to sell them for a profit. Even if the company is a real business and not a fraud, the only ones who are going to make any money are those at the top of the pyramid who made up the rules in their favor!
So How Does The Cult of Supplements fit into This?
It’s a lot like the last paragraph. You were tricked into joining because you wanted to be like Mike, who, as it turns out, probably isn’t making much money at all and definitely isn’t making millions.
Instead of buying products from The Cult of Supplements that may or may not help you loose weight or gain muscle, why not try something else with your time?
Try eating right and exercising. It may take longer to see results, but at least you won’t be tricked into giving your money to a multi-level marketing company that’s just out to make a quick buck by selling overpriced products to people too gullible to see what’s really going on.
If everyone who was involved with this company stopped buying their products tomorrow, the company would go under in a week. If you feel like you were tricked, you probably were. And there’s nothing wrong with that, it was just the luck of the draw that you were chosen to be part of the group that was selected to try to make money for the company. Try not to be too hard on yourself. Just chalk it up to experience and move on.
You can still get healthy and look good without their help. There are other things you can do.
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