RECOMMENDED READING: Blogger Recalls His Real-Life Encounter With An MLM Stepfordian And Wonders Whether The Cadillac Ever Will Arrive At His House
EDITOR’S NOTE: Blogger Chuck Miller, who posts on the website of the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union, has a post today on the unique circumstances under which he became a self-described “mark” for an MLM pitch nearly 20 years ago. Seems Miller’s MLM memories linger after nearly two decades. (You’ll learn why by clicking on the link to Miller’s column at the bottom of this post.)
First, though, some introductory remarks are in order . . .
Although Miller’s column is not on point with this August 2010 PP Blog column on the unique circumstances under which it was invited to check out the purported MPB Today “grocery” MLM, it reminded me that some MLM purveyors simply live for the pitch: Any person — at any time and in any context — is viewed as the warm market by the Stepfordians of the trade.
Miller’s column also reminded me of a December 2009 column by Renee McGaw of the Denver Business Journal. McGaw got pitched to join the Trump Network after she sent an email to Wayde McKelvy, a figure in the alleged Mantria/Speed of Wealth Ponzi scheme.
McKelvy is a defendant in the Mantria/Speed of Wealth case, which the SEC filed in November 2009. Just days after the case was filed, McGaw began to receive a steady stream of email from McKelvy, who had a $30 million Ponzi scheme case hanging over his head and still was pitching offers for MLMs.
“How the heck can I help you become financially independent if you do not take the action steps that I recommend to you?” McKelvy memorably nudged the columnist just days after the SEC announced its intent to sue McKelvy back to the Stone Age.
Of course, untold numbers of Stepfordian members of Florida-based AdSurfDaily continued to pump autosurf MLMs — even after ASD President Andy Bowdoin had tens of millions of dollars seized from his personal bank accounts and was accused by some of his own members of racketeering.
Read Chuck Miller’s post about the circumstances under which he was cornered by a Stepfordian MLMer.