Is Network Marketing One Of Those Pyramid Things?

Is Network Marketing One Of Those Pyramid Things?

It never ceases to amaze me especially here in New Zealand when you mention that you are a Network Marketer the inevitable next question is “is network marketing one of those pyramid things?”.

Is Network Marketing One Of Those Pyramid Things?When you ask what their interpretation of a “pyramid thing” is they can’t tell you.

All businesses have a pyramid structure with the CEO at the top then senior management, middle management then the workers.

Based on that you could say network marketing is an upside down pyramid because with hard work there is nothing stopping the workers at the bottom rising to the top.


A pyramid scheme is essentially an investment scheme where each new participant pays into the system monies that are paid out to those who joined the scheme earlier.

In order to “get their money back,” the new participant must recruit new money into the system. Since everyone wants to get their money back, everyone keeps recruiting new money.

Like all schemes fueled by empty promises, hype, and greed, the shine eventually wears off and they go “out of momentum.” And when they do, the last people standing without enough recent new money end up losing theirs.


First up Network Marketing is NOT a Pyramid scheme. If it it please let the likes of Warren Buffet, Richard Branson and Donald Trump know as they have all used this distribution model in the past.

Network Marketing is the distribution of products and services through a network of independent representatives. Each representative is responsible to retail and sell a small amount of product and then recruit others to do the same. Sales volume is generated through a lot of people each buying and selling a small amount of product.

Commissions are paid based on training new distributors and the consumption of products and services in the network. A company offering a product or service can eliminate the need for expensive advertising campaigns by deploying a network of individuals “who get paid for sharing products and services they love with others through word of mouth (social media marketing)

An individual seeking an income opportunity can generate an unlimited stream of commissions, through repeat business and sales within his or her growing organisation.


Is Network Marketing One Of Those Pyramid Things?Traditionally if a company had a business plan of selling 1 Million dollars of product per month they might hire 100 full time sales representatives and give them each a territory and a sales quota of $10,000 per month. They would be monitored and if they didn’t perform they would be replaced with someone who hopefully could.

With the Network Marketing Model instead of hiring expensive full time sales people the company would rely on word of mouth advertising. They provide incentives to satisfied customers most of whom don’t like to sell, but are happy to tell others about the products they use themselves.. These customers are not full time or part time employees, they are some time, independent volunteers with no quotas and no protected territories. They “network” when they feel like it

Network marketing is not about personally selling a lot of product although some Distributors do. It is about using and recommending the product and getting paid to do so.

Some see the unlimited business potential and are attracted to the passive income element and go on to set up a substantial profitable business by recruiting many  distributors and building a global organisation.

Robert Kiyosaki’s Take On Network Marketing

Robert T. Kiyosaki is best known as the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad. This is the #1 personal finance book of all time, which has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money.

His book title holds four of the top ten spots on Nielsen Bookscan List’s Lift-to-Date Sales from 2001-2008 alone. In addition, Robert has been featured on shows such as Larry King Live, Oprah, The Doctors, Bloomberg International Television and CNN.

Educational Entrepreneur, founder of the financial education-based Rich Dad Company and author of New York Times Bestsellers: Rich Dad Poor Dad, Conspiracy of the Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money, and Unfair Advantage

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Thanks to the following for the inspiration to put pen to paper to dispel some of the myths around this amazing profession of ours called Network Marketing .

  • The Four Year Career:  RICHARD BLISS BROOKE
  • Beach Money: JORDAN ADLER

You can access their inspirational books and buy direct from their website Here


Network Marketing In New Zealand

The Direct Selling Association of New Zealand  in their 2015 statistics report that there is only 101187 Distributors, Agents or salespeople  involved in direct sales including Network Marketing in New Zealand.

Unlike the rest of the world Network Marketing in New Zealand has never gained the recognition the industry deserves mainly due to the unfounded perception of a pyramid type scheme operation and a true lack of understanding of how the network marketing business model works.

This contrasts with the rest of the world (including Australia) which shows Global Direct Selling sales continuing a healthy yearly growth trend with over a TRILLION dollars in sales since 2009.

Global Direct Selling Sales

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Global Direct Selling sales continue a healthy yearly growth trend with over a TRILLION dollars in sales since 2009.

  • 2015: $183.7 Billion
  • 2014: $182 Billion
  • 2013: $178 Billion
  • 2012: $167 Billion
  • 2011: $158 Billion
  • 2010: $132 Billion
  • 2009: $117 Billion

Global Direct Selling Numbers By Region. 

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  • Asia/Pacific: $84 Billion
  • North America: $37.7 Billion
  • South & Central America: $25 Billion
  • Western Europe: $29.5 Billion
  • Central & Eastern Europe: $5.9 Billion
  • Africa & Middle East: $1.3 Billion

Global Direct Selling Participants

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The number of Direct Selling participants globally continues to grow!

  • 2015: 103 million participants
  • 2014: 100 million participants
  • 2013: 96 million participants
  • 2012: 90 million participants
  • 2011: 85 million participants
  • 2010: 87 million participants
  • 2009: 74 million participants

For the Network Marketing Profession to take off  in New Zealand a concentrated education program is required to dispel the myths about this amazing industry called Network Marketing.

Where else can you start your own business for under a $1,000, learn as you go and build your business  around your own time schedule Part or Full Time. No stock or Inventory to hold but delivered on your behalf whilst you use technology (social media) to run your business from the comfort of your own home.

Network Marketing provides the last bastion of hope for the average person, entrepreneur who wants more out of life for themselves and their family.

Before you discount this profession as a pyramid scheme you owe it to yourselves to get the facts, complete your own due diligence and make an informed decision.


Des Morgan

Network Marketing Professional

Home Business Coach

Author: Profiles On Success

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