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Buying a DownlineViews: 658
Oct 07, 2005 10:08 pmBuying a Downline#

Garland Coulson

While chatting with a prospective client, he mentioned a new MLM he was involved in where he could pay the MLM money and they would build the downline for him.

My comment was something like "Wow, how nice of them to let YOU pay THEM to market their own business..." Guess I'm not subtle. :)

But it did illustrate that there are many people wanting to build a business opportunity who lack the skills or time to build it themselves. Or, alternatively, perhaps paying for an actual signup is better than paying for advertising that may not work.

It occurred to me that I could sell down line members in my free advertising system, the Free Traffic Bar.  Because I do a lot of marketing myself, there is a steady stream of new signups that are not in anyone's down line.  I could let people buy signups from me once the new signups had successfully started generating credits.  This would be a nice additional monetary source.

The drawback would be that currently people can see the names and email addresses of people in their down line.  I think some people concerned with privacy would not like this information shared.

What do members of this group think?  I could probably find a way to have only names showing with no email addresses.  Would that still bother you if you signed up for a service like this and another member knew your name?

Garland Coulson, "The E-Business Tutor"
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Oct 10, 2005 2:15 amre: Buying a Downline#

Leslie Baldwin
I've seen lots of forced matrices where you sign up under one person and then fall under another person. So it's not a total surprise that someone else is involved.

(Course I have yet to have someone fall under me Garland like in Hot Conference - hint hint (lol)

So you could create something like that? Course how the $$ comes into play would be something to research.


Leslie in San Antonio
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Oct 10, 2005 4:30 amre: Buying a Downline#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901


I do not recall what your Privacy Policy and Terms of Services says. But, if it does indeed state that other members will see the email addresses of people in their downline, I think you have nothing to worry about. If you are sharing such information and not making it public in advance then yes you should be worried.

I think we discussed the Evite.com situation on another network. Here is a site that shares each registered person's contact information with all of its partners. That could upset a lot of people. But, it is stated upfront in the company's Privacy Policy. So, everyone has been warned. What worried me is that they might be sharing the contact information of every person I was sending an e-card. But, that was not the case.

Lamar Morgan
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Oct 10, 2005 4:02 pm re: Buying a Downline#

Garland Coulson

Hi Leslie.

Yes, the person who introduced me to Hot Conference is very pleased I am in his down line.  I think I am his top performing down line member.

It certainly does make a difference how active the person is who is in your down line, but I think it might be difficult and dangerous to try to sell more active people for more money than people who are new or less active..

Firstly, when new people join, it is some time before I can tell how well they are doing.  And if I do "sell" someone at a premium rate and they only do limited browsing or inviting, then the buyer might want a refund.

I think it would be best if I just did it at random with people who have proven to be actively using the toolbar for 1 week with no guarantees they will continue or invite others.

What should I charge for this? I was thinking perhaps $9 each, 3 for $24 or 5 for $35?  Does this sound reasonable?

Garland Coulson, "The E-Business Tutor"
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