What Is A Legal Business
You have all heard the terms; network marketing schemes, multi-level marketing schemes, pyramid schemes, hierarchy schemes, etc. The word "scheme" is commonly related to "scam" which is not true. A scheme is actually a design and a scam is illegal. People do not say "this is a scheme scam or scam scheme", that sounds stupid. People usually prejudge and see the bad in things before they find the good.
If it looks like a Duck and walks like a Duck - Is it a Duck ?????? Networking - Corporations - Factories - Churches - Banks - Schools - Police - Donation Stores - Any Businesses, "all" have the same characteristics and similarities but they are "not" the same but they are "all" shown as PYRAMIDS.
How else can you show them ?????
Illegal Scam Schemes
If money is transferred to others directly from the sender and the sender is promised a return or participation of ownership (real-estate, ships, companies) that doesn't exist, the sender never receives this "said" return or ownership. This is an illegal scam (Ponzi Scheme/Scam, Etc.). People are being told that they will receive an escalated amount of return or investment, where the Scammer has no intentions of doing this. There is always someone that loses, which all of our governments monitor and enforce to protect us from these.
It has been said that if there is no product or service, then this is illegal. This is not the truth! As an example: church donations, charity donations, crowd funding donation funnels, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etc.
Legal Schemes (designs)
Legal network marketing, multi-level marketing, pyramids, pyramid schemes, etc. have a solid base of the purchase of "products, services or donation properties" and are monitored by our governments to protect us from foul play and loss. Product, services or donations "must" be purchased to "qualify" and make it legal for these companies to pay the hierarchy that is in each business. The only difference between traditional business and network marketing business is the "bricks and mortar". Other legal businesses are based on buying company or product shares, such as, stocks, bonds, gold, silver, crypto currency, limited partnerships, etc. Out of all my research, I have found millions of pages that try to discredit these industries, but in all, I found there is NO law against them, to this day. There are millions of these businesses and they have been around for centuries.
NOTE: No-one forces an individual to join a business. The business is introduced to the individual and the individual "chooses" rather or not to join on their own "free will". God gave us "free will".
The sorry part is, that the illegal scams have placed a bad name on pyramids/multi-level marketing because people don't understand the difference. Our schools, governments, police, fire departments, hospitals, everything on the planet is a pyramid structure.