Sure, there are aspects of every MLM that distinguish them, but the essential element of MLM is that recruiters recruit and get paid based on that recruiting and the sales (self-consumption or retailing) made by the recruits.
This forum has more than 11 members, coming out of companies that include Amway/Quixtar, Arbonne, Mary Kay, Melaleuca, Herbalife, Primerica, Agel, Ameriplan, Amsoil, Avon, Market America, Excel Communications, Ignite, Discovery Toys and several others. There are literally hundreds of MLM companies, and many more are founded every year. The vast majority of MLM survivors come out of an experience with Amway/Quixtar.
My point is that unless you can find a forum, online or terrestrial, that focuses on ACN as a scam, you’re not likely to find a person with first-hand experience for every MLM and every other type of scam out there. You have to take some general knowledge and learn to apply it to your particular situation.
One of the documents in our Files section is called “MLM Flavor Of The Month.” It is a point-by-point look at what makes each MLM work and how it can scam unsuspecting victims. I suggest you download and read it. It’s not particular to any company, but it discusses compensation plans and pyramids. Useful stuff.
And finally, my standard advice to anyone in your situation, watching friends or loved ones get sucked into these things:
They truly believe they have found something that answers needs in their lives. That’s how my wife and I felt after we had been involved for a few months. You will NEVER be able to dissuade them from their belief if you go in screaming about how it’s a scam and how it’s designed so that they’ll fail. They’ve been trained to counter those types of arguments. It starts on day-one and is EXTREMELY effective.