Lorir, that's what puzzles me. Even a pyramid scheme needs some sort of suppport at the bottom. Apparently even the distributors agree you can't make a profit just by selling the stuff.
This got much longer than I intended. Sorry.
Here's how my brother pitched the Quixtar to me, quick and dirty (we were on the phone, so he couldn't come close to a full sales talk):We'll get lots of people in my "downline" and everyone just buys what they would normally buy, only from the website instead of a brick and mortar store. As long as you spend the minimum to get a check each month, you get some credit for everything spent in your downline. And your downline's downline. And so on.
One huge problem for me is that DH and I are a two-person household and the everyday stuff available on the website is horribly overpriced, so we can't possibly spend our "minimum" there even once every three months. Even that is assuming we're buying the low-carb cookies and energy drinks (which I admit are very good, and the only reason I stayed in for another year), which is really expensive stuff,
In order to generate a check, I have to spend about $150 in a month on the site. The largest check I've seen was for $12. I'm in this only to have access to products I couldn't otherwise buy.
My sister, otoh, does not have web access, but suddenly has excellent reason to get online ASAP. Bill also talked her into Quixtar and because she doesn't have web access he's been ordering things for her. Each month he places an order on her credit card for enough product to generate a check for her. She wants to get online and control her own orders before the stockpile grows any larger.
She told me this week that her mudroom is filling rapidly, mostly with cases of energy drink because that generates the best "spiff." Granted she could use a can or two of this herself every day to help chase after the two kids, but she sure isn't letting the kids drink it or she'd need rocket fuel to keep up.
I'm just glad I don't live near Bill, so he's not trying to drag me along to every "rah-rah" session, like he is my sister (who can't spare the time). He suggests I go to the meetings in my state, but apparently doesn't understand that a two-hour trip each way for a two-hour meeting on a weeknight is not happening. Actually, if the meetings were held in my own livingroom I wouldn't attend.
He has so many people signed up under him he may actually make some money. If, however, he makes enough to actually impact his finances he may well alienate his sisters and friends in the process.
I've told him I'm signed up and it ends there. No more talk, no pressure to attend meetings, and don't push me to try selling this to every person I meet on the street. I like a few products and will buy them when I need them, but if any more pressure is applied I will not renew.