>> "Must" you? Or are you simply encouraged to? If the latter is true,
>> it is no different that any other referral bonus that many jobs offer.
>> not to fall prey to the paranoid, anti-"pyramid scheme" attitude that
>> prevails. And no, I am not a member of any such organization. Just
>> sympathetic to alternative business models.
>A business model that sells you a $30 coin for $115 and allows you to
>find other suckers in turn is not an "alternative", it's a "ripoff".
>> >>>> How does that make a pyramid scheme? <<<
>> >Because after you join by paying $115 for a 1/10 ounce Krugerand and
>> >some other ***you must get two other people to join. They, in turn,
>> >must each get two other people to join, etc., etc.....pyramid.
I'm not defending this particular company. Their plan may, in fact, be a
rip off. I'm just attempting to encourage good semantic usage: multi-
level business models may or may not be ripoffs, but should be judged on an
individual basis. Whether or not a product is overpriced has nothing to do
with the overall marketing strategy. In short, "pyramid" and "rip-off"
can, but don't have to be, synonymous.