Monday, January 28, 2019

Is multi-level-marketing bad for friendships in the era of social media?


Laura Richards has an intriguing article in the Washington Post Outlook section, “How MLM’s are hurting female friendships”, Sunday, January 27, 2019, here 

MLM means “multi-level marketing”.

It was popular when I started working in 1970, and I actually went to an Amway presentation.
But the article suggests that women, especially, pressure friends to become sub-distributors, harming friendships and family ties.
  
I wondered if, when I was approached to become a life insurance agent in 2005, if such behavior would be expected of me.
   
Technology has been a double-edged sword, with often many consumers resisting being contacted in person with that “always be closing” attitude.

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