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The History Of Multilevel Marketing And Pyramid Schemes

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If you find it strange that your mother had parties to celebrate Tupperware or that your Facebook friend is trying to sell you steak knives, you're not alone. These are examples of multilevel marketing (MLM), a direct sales strategy in which members not only sell products but also encourage and recruit others to be sellers. Multilevel marketing strategies, from companies like Amway, Cutco, and Herbalife, are legal. Pyramid schemes, which are similar but don't usually involve selling products, are illegal.

Read on to find out more about the history behind the multilevel marketing industry and pyramid schemes.