Clothing company Big Baller Brand recently designed a shoe for basketball player LiAngelo Ball. His father, LaVar Ball, claims that there won’t be any problems with the NCAA as LiAngelo will be dropping out of UCLA.
Both LiAngelo and his brother, LaMelo, are likely to go pro internationally after the lack of prospects of being NBA drafts. LaMelo already has a shoe called the Melo 1s. After receiving what he considered to be an unfair indefinite suspension, LiAngelo followed dad LaVar’s advice and decided to leave UCLA.
LiAngelo was originally suspended as a result of shoplifting charges. He was stopped in China, along with teammates Jalen Hill and Cody Riley. As a result, he has missed every UCLA game so far this season.
But amazingly, it seems like the shoplifting has only raised his profile and in a weird way, made him more marketable. After making a lot of noise with this incident, LiAngelo has gone from the least known Ball brother to the most.
The shoe will be called Gelo 3, and after the Melo 1s became a quiet hit in the stores, it seems like LiAngelo’s will follow suit. The reality is that Big Baller Brand’s shoes sell for hundreds of dollars.
Even though Big Baller Brand doesn’t sell the numbers that Nike or Adidas does, it still makes a decent return, mainly because the high costs are the winning formula for their business model.
It makes one wonder about the timing that this shoe has been announced. The Gelo 3 has only just been unveiled in light of LiAngelo’s recent developments. For dad LaVar, it’s almost like a case of “all press is good press.”
One thing is for sure, the Ball family are going to continue grabbing the headlines and as long as the young man keeps his head down, he should follow in the footsteps of his father.
We’ve all experienced it — you’re having a normal conversation when you suddenly find yourself listening to a pitch for a service or product. These multi-level marketing companies, or MLMs, rely on their salespeople to distribute their products and recruit others. Read on to see some of the most outrageous MLM pitches these Reddit users have ever heard.
Teacher Gets a Lesson on Scamming
We count on our teachers to enrich the minds of the next generation, not push the latest MLM products. Thankfully, it turns out that these savvy students can recognize a scam even at their age.
The funniest part of this post is that she is upset at parents for apparently teaching their children to spot a scam, but doesn’t realize how inappropriate her elementary school sales pitch was. Perhaps this teacher should focus on preparing lesson plans that do not include overpriced home fragrance products.
Blood, Sweat, and Costume Jewelry
Paparazzi Accessories is a network marketing company that allows people to purchase large amounts of costume jewelry, and then resell those pieces. While there’s nothing wrong with people exercising free will when it comes to their purchases, bragging about the lengths that your customers will go to to buy your jewelry is quite distasteful.
This paparazzi seller seems to brag that one of her clients has to resort to selling her blood plasma in order to afford her accessories. While most people would consider this to be a bad thing, this seller is simply gloating about it.
Be Careful Who You “Like”
The average person spends hours a day scrolling through social media posts, occasionally giving these posts or pictures a quick “like.” This woman thought nothing of clicking that harmless button until she was bombarded by a particularly aggressive multi-level marketing representative.
The fact that this woman felt that she could just harass a total stranger on various social media platforms is alarming enough, but her behavior also made this poster aware of the dangers of pressing that once innocuous thumbs up.
Most people join sorority organizations to meet friends, develop leadership skills, and even make future connections. Sorority “sisters” are proud of their sorority and are often seen wearing their sorority’s unique Greek letters on their clothing or accessories.
These letters act as a visual bond between them and other members — even on campuses across the country. For this reason, these letters are heavily valued by the members of these groups. The importance of these symbols makes using them for marketing an MLM product a major sorority faux-pas.
Too Good to Be True…
One of the biggest giveaways that you’re getting pitched to by an MLM rep is promises — specifically promises of a higher-than-normal salary. Another giveaway is the mystery of the job.
Most job ads state the position title, description of the job, or other key things that a job seeker would need to know. Instead of specifying what the position would entail, this person leaves the job description as vague as possible. Thankfully, this person responded to this probable pyramid scheme in the best way possible, a person drawing a pyramid.
How to Properly Respond to an MLM Text
A common tactic that people selling MLM products use is to send a generic pitch to a list of people, and then simply change the name to make it sound personalized. We’re assuming that this person got Natasha’s number from a shared contact, and simply sent her the same message to hundreds of other people.
Luckily, this text recipient named Cassie out for her MLM sportswear push. Let’s hope that Natasha took Cassie’s suggestion to heart, and visited the suggested site to learn how dangerous these marketing schemes could be.
The Scammers Go Back to School
College can be an expensive time for most students. From dorms to expensive textbooks, it seems that higher education can result in higher bills. It’s no surprise that most college students pick up a part-time job to help pay for their expenses.
This job flyer looks innocent enough with its promises of scholarships and significantly higher-than-minimum-wage salary. Unfortunately, the company behind the flyer is Vector marketing — a network marketing company known for their legal woes and unsavory business practices, hardly the “valuable work experience” the flyer promises.
MLMs at a Funeral
For people pushing products from a multi-level marketing company, every social interaction can lead to a sale or a new recruit. Unfortunately for these ambitious sellers, there really is such a thing as an appropriate time and place to sell. Funerals, most people would agree, are not the place to hawk diet supplements.
This person decided to go “funeral hopping” in an effort to sell their health and diet products. We’re not sure what made this person think that a funeral was an appropriate place to market their supplements, but we hope she learned her lesson.
Haircare MLM Brings Its Scam Down Under
It’s always unfortunate to hear that a multi-level marketing scheme has expanded beyond the United States, and even to other continents. Monat is a highly controversial haircare line that has been sued in the United States for making false claims about its products.
Like in most MLMs, this recruiter makes grand promises of freedom and independence. Considering the extremely small number of people that can actually support themselves by solely selling Monat products, we think they should have stuck with that corporate accounting job.
The Original MLM
Tupperware has been an American kitchen staple since the 1950s. Some people today still refer to general plastic food storage containers as Tupperware, regardless of the brand. That said, Tupperware does operate as a form of multi-level marketing.
They encourage “consultants” to sell on their behalf by hosting “Tupperware Parties” where new products are displayed. This post is interesting not because the Tupperware company is a particularly dangerous company, but because the poster actually had to ask if someone had heard of Tupperware — one of America’s most famous products.
This Scam Wants to Work Out Your Wallet
Working out with a group of people can be a great way to improve your health while making new friends. This multi-level marketer decided to use the promise of a workout class to try to recruit new customers to her company.
Unfortunately, in her rush to recruit a new member to her company, she forgot to remove the quotation marks from the suggested pitch she probably received from the company. This huge mistake should make even the most dedicated athlete raise their eyebrows.
Seeing Opportunity in a C-Section
Having a new baby can be an exciting, and busy, time for new parents. This Mary Kay seller seems to think that her cosmetics and skincare products are more important than this new mother’s baby.
The seller thinks that this new mom will have tons of free time and nothing better to do than post on social media for three days straight. While it’s always nice to help out a friend, it’s even more important for your “friends” to acknowledge a huge life event like having a new baby.
That’s a Latte Lies
Many people enjoy Starbucks coffee for the taste, some even go to people-watch, but we’re sure no one goes to listen to a multi-level marketing pitch. This person thought they were picking up their morning brew but instead, they received a business card for an MLM venture.
Not only are we assuming that this goes completely against the coffee company’s corporate policy, but it also begs the question — are there any MLM-free spaces left?
“My Therapist Says”
Making the decision to see a therapist can be a life-changing experience for those seeking help. Therapists are licensed professionals who typically have at least a master’s degree in psychology, counseling, or another related field.
These therapists help their patients navigate through life’s challenges and any issue they may have related to their mental health. What a therapist should not do, however, is push a product from a multi-level marketing company. Sadly, this inappropriate therapy session has now made this patient rethink wanting to go to a therapist.
Manipulating images is a well-known marketing strategy for many cosmetics brands. From unnecessary photoshop to using completely different models, companies employ some seriously shady tactics to make their products look good.
This skincare company seems to have learned how to use Photoshop’s “blurring” tool to carefully go over the model’s face, giving her an airbrushed and flawless look. Also suspicious is the cropping of the photo on the left with the hint of a red tank-top. It seems like both pictures were taken on the same day, and were just simply cropped and airbrushed.
Take the Hint!
Tenacity can be an admirable trait in some areas, but it can be simply exhausting for people who just aren’t interested in a multi-level marketing pitch. This person began their pitch by offering a discount off of her product line.
She then sends another message with the promise of not selling the recipient anything — showing she knows why her first message was ignored. While we don’t know how much time has passed between the first two messages and the last, we can say with confidence that she just can’t take a hint!
Swipe Right on Scams
From fake pictures to “not-so-single” singles, dating apps can be like navigating a virtual romantic minefield. Now, in addition to being “catfished,” people need to be on the lookout for MLM pitches.
This person is so confident in his multi-level marketing business that he feels the need to mention it on his dating app bio. Perhaps he thinks his MLM mention will get a date, or a new customer at the very least. While we think most people will be swiping left, we do have to admire his creative hustle.
MLMs in the Great Outdoors
Online groups can be a great way for people to bond over their common interests, or even meet up. This person joined an outdoor enthusiasts group, and while his post begins innocently enough, it quickly devolves into a typical multi-level marketing type pitch.
Because it could be assumed that people in an outdoor enthusiast group would want more free time to be out in nature, this recruiter used their love of the great outdoors to recruit them. These targeted and personalized messages often make these MLM recruiters seem trustworthy, which results in people falling for these predatory schemes.
A Summer to Remember
It’s common for teachers to ask students what they did over the summer, usually in the form of a writing assignment or in the form of show and tell. While most students talk about the family vacations they went on, few mention helping their mother sell her MLM products.
This mother’s sales tactic backfired hilariously when her child disclosed just how terrible tasting her vitamins were. This was probably not how she thought her child’s first day back would go.
In preparing recruiters to sell their merchandise, MLMs often suggest pre-crafted and canned messages that they can send to potential recruits. While these messages are just general suggestions, some people simply cut and paste the suggested messages… straight from the company.
This person’s pitch for the home fragrance company, Scentsy, is made even more hilariously obvious when she forgot to remove the quote and instructions from the suggested pitch. Perhaps she should double-check before she sends corporate instructions out to her potential customers.
Meeting Monthly Sales Goals Can Be Ruff!
As an artist, you’re always looking for people who will appreciate your craft. This person advertises that she paints pictures of people’s pets. Unfortunately, the person who responded had no interest in having her pooch’s portrait painted.
Instead, she wanted to recruit her to her multi-level marketing company’s event. The worst part of using such a manipulative tactic is the fact that this artist lost valuable time interacting with this recruiter, who ultimately had no interest in her artwork.
Distasteful Doesn’t Even Begin to Describe It
It goes without saying that losing a child is one of the most difficult things a parent can experience. During this mourning period, most people want to be surrounded by loved ones and feel supported.
Unfortunately, this person thought that this was the perfect opportunity to try to sell her nail color products. Thankfully, the grieving mother quickly put her in her place. We hope this is the last time she uses her MLM pitch during such a sensitive time.
Like an MLM Seller in Mud
One of the latest multi-level marketing products to hit the health world is processed dirt from a peat bog in Canada. Sold as Black Oxygen Organics, and often called BOO, the product promises to improve everything from brain function to heart health.
While the company claims that their product contains naturally occurring and beneficial elements like fulvic acid, most people think it’s no different than an ordinary bag of dirt. Even if BOO does have medicinal properties, it’s ultimately dirt — which makes this woman serving mud pasta even stranger.
Taking a course like chemistry can be difficult enough. Thanks to this multi-level marketer, students have to not only know how to balance chemistry equations but also dodge persistent salespeople.
Not only is this pitch completely inappropriate for a group chat dedicated to a class, but most college students do not have large amounts of extra spending money. The rising cost of school tuition and textbooks leave very little money for overpriced home fragrance products.
Blocked, for a Reason
One of the cons of social media is that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to avoid certain people. It seems that even blocking someone on your social media pages no longer works. This person’s wife blocked her ex-coworker years ago to no avail.
Despite having been blocked, this person thought it would be appropriate to reach out (after five years) to invite her to join in her multi-level marketing campaign. Also strange was her asking if the wife had seen her posts when she was blocked.
Some Bunny’s Lying
Sadly, for rabbit owners, a new virus has emerged that is threatening their furry loved ones. The virus, known as Rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHD) or viral hemorrhagic disease (VHD), is an extremely dangerous and highly contagious virus.
This MLM product pusher decided to infiltrate a group dedicated to rabbit care to try to market her products as being approved to disinfect rabbit enclosures. Not only is her pitch dishonest, but it can be deadly at a time when so many rabbits are dying from this virus.
Out of the ICU, Back in MLMs
Lemongrass Spa is a multi-level marketing company specializing in body products and skincare. Members gain commission by hosting “parties” where they sell spa products. This person’s post begins normally enough, as they’re talking about being in the hospital for what seems like a life-threatening illness.
As the post goes on, however, she begins her MLM pitch… straight from her hospital bed. What’s even more shocking is that people wanted to know what skincare products this person had been using during her hospital stay. Wouldn’t a more appropriate concern be how this person is doing?
Cute as a Button
It’s one thing to be involved with a multi-level marketing company, it’s an entirely different thing to involve your children. This poster on an “anti-MLM” Reddit forum admitted that her mother used to make her wear buttons advertising her mother’s products.
The strangest part of this story is that most school-age children aren’t concerned with losing weight or making money. Children also generally do not have their own money to invest in these MLM products or services. Makes you wonder why the mother would use her child as a walking advertisement?
The Avon Lady of Death
Despite being an established cosmetics and skincare company, Avon still retains some traits of an MLM company. The company relies on salespeople, often referred to as “Avon ladies,” to sell Avon’s products through brochures.
While Avon is well-regarded, especially compared to other MLMs, this desire to gain new customers often results in “Avon ladies” leaving their catalogs in some strange places… like a hospice. We’re not sure what type of customers she was hoping to attract, or if she expected them to be long-term customers.
A common trope in spy fiction is the idea of a honeypot — an agent that uses a romantic relationship to try to compromise a target. This multi-level marketing agent thought she would use her feminine wiles to try to recruit her co-worker for her MLM company.
Unfortunately for her co-worker, the receptionist was more interested in meeting her recruitment quotas than pursuing an actual relationship. We think this man will think twice next time a woman asks if he’s “open-minded.”
Save the Date for Amway
Getting asked out is always an exciting moment, especially when you like that person. This person’s giddiness quickly turned into disappointment when they realized that their date was actually a pitch for an MLM company.
Amway is one of the most famous multi-level marketing companies in the world, but has also been at the center of several lawsuits in various countries. We’re not surprised that this experience left her with a sour taste in the mouth for both dating and MLMs.
That’s the Way MLMs Roll
It’s nice to know that there are still people out there who are willing to help complete strangers. This person thought they were doing the right thing by helping this young woman with a flat tire.
Unfortunately, the flat tire was just part of an elaborate ruse to help her recruit new customers or members to her multi-level marketing company. Who knows how many people she was able to trick with her “damsel in distress” recruitment ploy?
Starting Them Young
There’s a reason why so many advertisers use children to try to sell their product, it’s always difficult to tell a child “no.” This teacher learned that her student’s mother was involved with a multi-level marketing clothing company, Lularoe when she was recruited by the woman’s five-year-old.
While we’re sure the teacher got a good laugh out of this elementary school recruitment, we’re confident that this is one parent and teacher are not looking forward to meeting during Open House.
The Big Break
Trying to find success in a new industry can be hard without the right connections. Sometimes, all you need for your big break is making connections and knowing the right people. This person mistakenly thought that the tax director of his company would be a safe way to make those connections.
Unfortunately for him, the person ended up being a member of an MLM. This abuse of trust and frankly, waste of time, still bothers the poster even a decade later.
Good BBQ, Bad Pitch
It’s not an uncommon sales tactic to try to use food or drinks to entice potential customers. It seems that most people will sit through just about anything, as long as the food is good.
This person made the ultimate sacrifice, listening to a multi-level marketing spiel in exchange for some delicious barbecued meat. It seems that being “extremely uncomfortable” was a small price to pay for some really good Memphis barbecue.
Not Quite a Festive Time
There are few acceptable things that should follow, “So sorry for your loss in the family,” mentioning that you are now working for an MLM is generally not one of them.
This person decided to promote her new position as a representative for skincare and cosmetics company Arbonne, and also mention that the holiday collection is now available. What she must not have realized is that this person was too busy grieving to be interested in her “Festive Range.”
The Book With All of the Answers
Dealing with a serious health scare can be traumatizing enough. This person found out that not only did he have to get bed rest, but he would also be hounded by a multi-level marketer trying to push books and health supplements.
The poster recently had a heart attack, and was now recovering from what could have been a life-threatening health emergency. The person trying to sell this diet and products treats him as if he’s simply “busy.”
MLM for the Homeless
This person decided to exploit those in need by promising them “steady streams of income” by getting them involved in multi-level marketing schemes. As is typical in many MLM businesses, the woman on the line didn’t want to share what her business was.
Any legitimate business would be open about the position, company, and other important information. Since so many MLMs require an initial investment, while not providing sustainable incomes, this would only harm those who are already in difficult financial situations.
Show Me the Money
We’re sure that when this person let their friend borrow money, they never expected that their loan would go to supporting someone’s multi-level marketing venture. This person soon learned where their loan of $200 went — to Mary Kay inventory.
While this generic-sounding message could have been part of a mass marketing effort, it’s still disrespectful to try to sell your beauty products to someone that you owe money to. Considering how few people actually make money from MLMs, they shouldn’t count on getting that money back.
Nothing Romantic About It
Pure Romance is a popular multi-level marketing company that sells adult products through its consultants at women-only “Passion Parties.” Like many other MLM companies, the company makes money by recruiting more “consultants,” hence a push to sign new people up.
Because of the often aggressive nature of recruiters and salespeople, many social media groups have banned any post related to MLMs. This person thought that they didn’t have to play by the rules, and continued to push their MLM even after hearing that the group has a “no multi-level marketing rule.”
A Gift to Remember
Most newlyweds look forward to opening the gifts they received for their wedding. From cutlery sets to other household items, these gifts mark the beginning of their new home together.
Unfortunately for this couple, their wedding bliss was cut short when they opened this card with a handwritten multi-level marketing pitch inside. We’re not sure why this woman chose this special day to try to sell her products, but she probably won’t be receiving a thank you note back.
Sorry for Your Loss, Let’s Party
In business, and in life, there is such a thing as the appropriate time and place. Sending a grieving mother an invite to a Facebook party is neither. This person decided to let their desire to do business override their desire to be a good person.
Thankfully, this woman is calling out these callous MLM sellers that are putting profit over proper behavior. Upon hearing the sad news involving this person’s child, the seller should have ended her pitch at “sorry for your loss.”
Putting the “Tea” in Terrible MLM Pitching
One of the hallmarks of most multi-level marketing companies is making grand promises regarding their products. From curing terminal illnesses to reversing aging, the claims that these companies make seem to defy science and reality.
Unfortunately, many MLM sellers will often push their “cure-all” products on people with severe illnesses, taking advantage of their delicate medical situation. In the case of this poster, the MLM seller did not care that this person’s father was seeking medical care, she saw his illness as an opportunity to sell her tea.
Headache-Inducing MLM Pitch
The use of essential oils and aromatherapy dates back to ancient times. Those who use these essential oils believe that they can contribute to psychological and physical wellness. While the science behind these claims has still not been established, one thing is clear — these oils may actually cause more harm than good.
Essential oils often have a strong scent, which can trigger or make migraines worse. Unfortunately, these MLM sellers seem to not care that their “cure” for migraines may actually be causing them.
Another MLM “Cure-All”
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes chronic and widespread pain in a person’s body. The cause of the condition is still unknown, and treating the pain can be difficult. The mysterious nature of fibromyalgia can cause people to seek relief using a variety of medications, therapies, and supplements.
While the medical community is still searching for answers, many MLM companies falsely claim to be able to cure this chronic condition. What’s shocking about this post is that the woman claiming she knows the cure for fibromyalgia is a registered nurse.