45+ Times People Have Hilariously Roasted Multi-Level Marketing and Pyramid Schemes

They’ve Said Too Much

The messages that people receive from people involved in multi-level marketing businesses are often friendly in a robotic way. That’s because they aren’t really writing each message.

They’ve Said Too Much

Instead, oftentimes, there is a script for people to work from. That might even include cues about when to wait for a response from the person they’re texting. Those don’t exactly do much good if you don’t listen to the advice given, though. This person didn’t bother to even leave the cues out of the message they sent!

Put Them on the Spot

There are many flaws with multi-level marketing schemes. In fact, some issues are so severe that it calls these companies into legal hot water, including lawsuits and FDA complaints.

Put Them on the Spot

That’s something that this person was happy to bring up when they were contacted for someone who was selling products from Monat. As a matter of fact, they had direct sources to explain the cases against Monat in detail. We hope that this tactic was effective at ending this conversation, at the very least.

The Silver Lining

As we mentioned, it isn’t just the people receiving messages from old acquaintances that see the negative sides of multi-level marketing schemes. It’s also the people who are already involved.

The Silver Lining

When you start selling for a multi-level marketing scheme, you probably aren’t going to actually reach the heights you might be hoping for. Still, there’s a veneer of entrepreneurship, making it easy to get caught up in the moment. As this person says, it’s not a preferable situation to be in.

No One to Call

If you want to avoid multi-level marketing messages as a whole, it’s pretty hard. After all, people hunt down old high school acquaintances to try and make a sale.

No One to Call

This person might have just found the best way to deal with these messages. The only problem is that you’d have to act very proactively to achieve it. Otherwise, you could always think of it this way: at least if you were weird in high school, no one is sending you these annoying messages now!

Putting Your Priorities in Order

If you’re looking for someone, the internet is a good place to start. Just asking people on social media is often a helpful resource when you use the available tools the right way.

Putting Your Priorities in Order

This person knew that heading to their social media to ask for a Herbalife representative was the right choice. As it turns out, it was, partly because they weren’t actually buying the products. Instead, they just wanted to make sure they’d properly blocked anyone involved with them.

Make It Sound Better

You might have noticed that for all their callouts for pyramid scheme behavior, these companies are often referred to as multi-level marketing companies.

Make It Sound Better

There’s a reason for this too! For one, a pyramid scheme is widely illegal, so they don’t want to garner that label. Secondly, using terms like “multi-level marketing” is much more palatable and promising to people who might be interested in what the company is offering. In the end, they’re essentially the same concept.

Just Say No

When you are contacted by someone selling products from a multi-level marketing company, you need to set clear boundaries. You can’t leave them any room to recognize the potential of a sale.

Just Say No

This person had the right idea in shutting down this conversation completely. They even went as far as make sure they went further than just asking them to stop contacting them or blocking them outright. It was clear that they’d rather do anything but join this pyramid scheme.

Secrets Best Kept

If you do find yourself in a multi-level marketing scheme, you might not be as confident as everyone involved. In that case, what do you do when it comes time to confess?

Secrets Best Kept

This person knows exactly what they would have to do. If their wife found lipstick in their pocket, there was no way they could admit to their secret of moonlighting with Avon. This meant that if that required taking drastic measures, the decision was already made.

What a Pitch

Cold messaging people you aren’t already talking to about a weight loss product is rarely a good idea. Even worse, try not to insult people to make sales.

What a Pitch

This person didn’t really care how it would sound to insult someone’s weight just to sell them a product. It was something this person wasn’t afraid to shoot back at them either, putting them in a reversed position. Their aggressive message shows the irony was lost on them.

A Unique Threat

For those looking to stand out with their roasts, getting specific can help. After all, you want something that they’ll remember when they go to message you again, right?

A Unique Threat

As for Amanda, they knew a threat that no one would forget. After all, they probably hear threats of being blocked or reported frequently. However, promising to find someone’s father and marry him is a pretty detailed and memorable threat. We wouldn’t forget it anytime soon, that’s for sure!

Editing the Results

Providing proof is a great way to seal the deal for a sale. Still, as a consumer, you shouldn’t take everything you see at face value. There are people and companies who fake proof.

Editing the Results

A pretty easy thing to fake is a set of before and after photos. This person managed to mess up this effect, despite this simplicity. Adding a filter to the whole photo had an obvious drawback. Instead of simply whitening their teeth, they brightened the entire photo!

Standing by Their Opinions

At some point in dealing with multi-level marketing posts, you just need a break. This can include taking a second to literally beg someone to stop.

Standing by Their Opinions

That’s what this person did when they finally snapped. The person they were responding to didn’t concede right away. We have to say, we’re impressed that this person was ready to stick to their original request instead of backing down. They didn’t hesitate to correct the other user’s rebuttal.

An Endless Loop

Including everyone you know in a pyramid scheme is a surefire way to annoy the people around you. Still, their request for new contacts can come in handy if you use the opportunity the right way.

An Endless Loop

As for this person, they definitely knew what to do with this golden opportunity. They gave each of the people contacting them the other’s number. We have to wonder how accurate their prediction was. Are these two still trying to sell their products to each other to this very day?

What a Request

There are certain things that will always seem creepy rather than serve to convince someone to buy something. Setting up an ambush for someone isn’t a great way to make them feel welcome.

What a Request

As a matter of fact, this person was so unsettled, they didn’t even do what was asked of them. However, they still pretended to do so. As a result, all of the people there immediately launched into their scripted praise, not knowing they’d never even opened the product.

She Won’t Forget

Reaching out to people you used to know to try and sell multi-level marketing products has some risks. For instance, they might contemplate why you haven’t talked in a while.

She Won’t Forget

When someone reached out to this person about their multi-level marketing products, they obviously didn’t think it through. At least, they didn’t think they’d still be mad about a Club Penguin feud from when they were younger. Either way, they could give up on making a sale or recruitment.

A Memory to Keep Forever

There are a lot of things that seniors get to do in their last year in high school. One tradition is choosing a quote to pair with your picture in your final yearbook entry.

A Memory to Keep Forever

This student made an interesting choice by putting a multi-level marketing company front and center in her quote. It’s interesting that even the URL was included, given this ink and paper format. We wonder if anyone actually contacted her based on this particular avenue of advertising.

Playing Pretend

When it comes to multi-level marketing messages, if you can’t avoid them, you might as well enjoy them. Well, that’s what this couple found to be the best approach, at least.

Playing Pretend

As they struck up a friendship with this person, they made bets on how long they’d wait before sending a message of this nature. Luckily, they messaged this spouse just late enough that they won the bet! Plus, we’re sure that this was a conversation this person didn’t forget anytime soon.

Ready to Work From Home

Especially recently, people have started to work from home a lot more. You might regularly have a stay-at-home job for a variety of reasons and there are a lot of valid work-from-home positions.

Ready to Work From Home

Still, asking about these types of jobs online usually brings a plethora of answers about how you could join a multi-level marketing scheme of your very own. This person probably had the right idea when they warned them about how full their inbox was about to be.

Ruined Themselves

We’ve looked at quite a few ways that people directly respond to people trying to contact them about it. Other times, they manage to destroy their own efforts without any help from you.

Ruined Themselves

That’s what happened in this case. While this person was copy and pasting their message, they forgot to remove a few parts of the script. This included waiting for the person to respond. To make matters even more awkward, they tried to restart the conversation too!

That Works Too

Endless funds are a dream that almost anyone would wish for if they could. After all, why work every day and strain yourself if you could just have all the money you could ever dream of.

That Works Too

That’s why imagine-if scenarios like this can be fun. What would you do if you could do absolutely anything in the world? This person had a pretty simple response. If they could do absolutely anything, they would stop all the annoying messages on Facebook.

How to Actually Make Money

The sad truth behind multi-level marketing pyramid schemes is that the people drawn into them don’t usually make the money they were initially promised, hence the designation of a scam these companies often get.

How to Actually Make Money

Finally, this person found out how to make money from a multi-level marketing company. Of course, that wasn’t successful in selling their products. Rather, they took the time to work security for one of the conventions which would have a more reliable compensation.

Life of Luxury

One of the ways that multi-level marketing companies rely on to recruit new members is by promising wealth. This includes social media posts that seem to show someone living in the lap of luxury.

Life of Luxury

For instance, you might see someone online selling their products for a multi-level marketing organization from the comfort of a luxury car. They might even throw some extras like expensive coffee or jewelry in the frame. This is supposed to serve as a not-so-subtle nod to the money you can supposedly make with them.

A Fair Enough Goal

Everyone with children dreams – or, at least, should dream – to provide a better future for a lot of children. This can take a lot of forms too.

A Fair Enough Goal

Some parents might work to put away a college fund or they might move to provide better opportunities for their child. There are countless ways that parents might adjust their life to provide better for their kids. This parent said that they were working hard to make sure that their daughter never interacted with a multi-level marketing company.

It’s Just How to Work

There are some jokes that people sometimes hesitate to joke about. However, this person had no qualms going after the co-founder of Amway, post-mortem.

It’s Just How to Work

In the end, this person did create a company that took advantage of the “distributors” that they recruited. The fashion of these schemes always involves those distributors recruiting distributors beneath them. So, to Bette Midler, it only made sense that someone would need more people to carry their casket if they’d dedicated a whole business to other people’s work.

Is That Scamdalf?

There are times that the best way to roast someone is to just use other existing material. A nod to popular culture sometimes conveys exactly what someone is feeling.

Is That Scamdalf?

This reference took away the fantastic tales of the source material and brought things down to Earth. This time, instead of the mighty Gandalf, here to help, Scamdalf, your old high school friend, was here to try and sell you some multi-level marketing products. We’re not sure this version is quite as interesting.

Too Good to Be True

At some point, seeing enough posts about multi-level marketing, you’re not even in the mood to make a joke anymore. It can get pretty tiring and frustrating to hear about these pyramid schemes all the time.

Too Good to be True

This person was obviously at the end of their rope when they posted this broad roast of multi-level marketing. While there are jobs that you can do from home, they don’t usually come with the unrealistic promises of a pyramid scheme.

Never Enough

Instagram is a particularly fickle app if you aren’t careful. It’s pretty easy to leave a like or click a link if you accidentally click something you didn’t mean to.

Never Enough

There are times that this isn’t a big deal. Liking someone’s post might just mean a few extra clicks for a friend or celebrity. In this case, the consequences were much more severe. It’s unlikely that this person will get out of this misclick without at least a few new entries in their inbox.

They Know Where This Is Going

There are times that you don’t need to hear what someone’s about to say to know what they’re going to talk about. There are other cues in a conversation that might help you predict where it will go.

They Know Where This is Going

When this person received this message, they knew what was about to happen and were determined to stop it. Maybe it was the opening line or the unnecessary emoji use but this person was probably pretty accurate in their assessment of warning off a potential pyramid scheme.

Read and Reply

When it comes to social media, it’s easy to seem like you’re paying attention to every comment when you aren’t. However, slipping up is even easier and can work against the entity posting.

Read and Reply

This person started out acting like they loved the products Monat sold. Reading past this, though, quickly reveals that they’re only saying this satirically. You probably already noticed that but the Monat account didn’t seem to quite read far enough in before posting their reply.

What an Investment

Multi-level marketing organizations don’t usually let you in for free. First, you have to buy the product you’re going to sell for them, theoretically to earn a profit.

What an Investment

Unfortunately, this isn’t usually how it works. As a matter of fact, many people lose money by serving as a distributor for one of these companies. That’s why there was nothing much else to say to this person who used their daughter’s college savings for a multi-level marketing organization.

Knowing Her Strengths

One big problem with the products multi-level marketing companies sell is that they often aren’t quite as efficient as they’d like people to believe.

Knowing Her Strengths

This is particularly a problem when it comes to products that are advertised for their health benefits. It’s not uncommon to meet people who will tout these solutions over other medical interventions when they’re necessary for someone’s health either. We hope it isn’t quite as pervasive as this tweet promises!

Not a Great Look

It’s an upsetting part of multi-level marketing that the main tactic these organizations use is manipulation. The people within the organization often have hope that they will succeed in the organization.

Not a Great Look

This person summed up that dichotomy in a single tweet, telling the story of a woman getting ready to sell multi-level marketing products. There’s a lot of confidence in what the organization is offering but the promises are mostly false. Not to mention, the products are hideous.

The Worst Date

There are various ways that someone could get drawn into a multi-level marketing scheme. Sometimes, you may not even notice until it’s almost too late.

The Worst Date

Even famous drag queens like Trixie Mattel aren’t safe from the lurking presence of pyramid schemes. All they wanted to do was enjoy their date when it went about as poorly as possible. It wasn’t just a plug for the company either – it was a full-on pitch presentation! It’s probably best to just leave at this point.

So That’s Why They’re Back

There are times that it’s nice to see an old friend who hasn’t been around in a while. It can even serve as a chance to catch up and deepen your friendship when you see them again.

So That’s Why They’re Back

Of course, not everyone has such wholesome intentions when they reach out to someone they used to be friends with. Anymore, it’s not uncommon to see old friends reach out for an impromptu reunion only to find out they’re trying to pull new people into their pyramid scheme.

Worth Noticing

There’s one thing that pyramid schemes always promise people they’re trying to recruit into their organization. That’s the classic promise that you’ll get rich quickly.

Worth Noticing

However, they rarely deliver on this promise in the long run. In fact, there aren’t many people out there who actually get rich in a pyramid scheme. This person couldn’t think of a single example of a person they knew who actually got rich working in one of these schemes.

All in How You Frame It

Another promise that multi-level marketing presentations often have is the chance to be your own boss. Yet, you’re not a business owner in the traditional sense of building your own product and company.

All in How You Frame It

That’s something that could potentially infuriate someone who is a small business owner and it would definitely cause a rift to say this directly to a member of a multi-level marketing scheme. Still, even seeing the exchange as a meme is pretty satisfying.

Not the Time

While it’s funny to see people call out multi-level marketing schemes comedically, these organizations can do real damage. They also tend to encourage predatory sales approaches.

Not the Time

As for this person, they had a more tragic experience with a multi-level marketing scheme. When someone initially reached out to them to sell some products, they couldn’t quite place where they knew here. That was before they realized that this person completely disregarded ethics by contacting them this way after a tragic event.

Wrong on Every Level

It isn’t just individuals who might experience these unsavory tactics either. It seems like some people aren’t afraid to use the suffering of a support group to sell a few products.

Wrong on Every Level

As for this person, they obviously didn’t see a problem posting about their weight loss products in a group centered on mental health. The last thing that anyone comes to this page for is to buy weight loss products and it’s a pretty sensitive topic to treat so callously.

Stop Right There

Given this history of horrific behavior, it’s not unexpected that some people would like to just stay away from multi-level marketing schemes altogether. It isn’t easy to do, though.

Stop Right There

One option you have is to stake out in this cafe. They make it very clear that there’s no room for multi-level marketing on their premises. If someone were to break that rule, they risk ending their visit to the coffee shop rather abruptly. It’s a good place to enjoy a coffee in peace.

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is the perfect time to dress up and get ready for a night of spooks and scares. One of the hardest decisions is what frightening figure you’ll be at the party.

Happy Halloween!

This person had a pretty clever decision that surely sent a shiver down a spine or two. Armed with a product that they promise works and an eerily bright sales message, they were ready to make the sale and steal the show. It’s surely a costume no one forgot anytime soon.

A Resounding No

As we’ve said, there are a number of different ways to handle multi-level marketing offers. At the end of the day, the best answer is usually to try and limit contact as much as possible.

A Resounding No

This crowd tried to stop this would-be salesperson in their tracks. They took to Instagram with this story, likely to drum up potential interest in their products. That’s not quite how it worked out, as you can see. No one wanted to know at all.

One Way to Watch Out

Local buying and selling groups are a really handy resource for people to find the things they need. Unfortunately, they can become plagued with the products sold by members of multi-level marketing schemes.

One Way to Watch Out

This local group knew exactly how to deal with this. As an admin, someone made a post asking everyone involved with a multi-level marketing organization to advertise their products in the comments. Of course, they all came out in full force only for the admin to block them all.

Calling Them Out

When someone touts a pyramid scheme associated with multi-level marketing, it’s easy to see why it would get on someone’s nerves. One commenter wasn’t afraid to let them know.

Calling Them Out

First, they started on the concept of multi-level marketing schemes altogether. They informed them of the more predatory practices of these companies. Then, they took the time to make it clear exactly why people weren’t buying their product. It’s a pretty concise way to let this person know how they were feeling.

A Big Red Flag

If you ever run into someone advertising something to you, it’s better if they’re specific. It’s easy to use colorful language to try and hide one’s true intentions.

A Big Red Flag

One thing to look out for when it comes to multi-level marketing schemes is the word “toxins.” If the person selling something only refers to what the product does like this, it probably doesn’t mean much. After all, “toxins” isn’t exactly a scientific term, in this case.

Essential, Truly

You’re bound to get hit up by someone who is trying to sell some “essential oils” that are bound to revitalize every aspect of your life. But the harsh reality is that you’ll probably save a whole lot of money if you just choose an alternative at your local supermarket.

Essential, Truly

The following person put together a pretty hilarious meme that lets the reader know just what kind “essential oil” they need in their life and it’s not the kind that would initially come to mind.