Summary of Action

TINA.org investigated every multilevel marketing company that, as of November 29, 2017, was a member of the Direct Selling Association (DSA). Specifically, TINA.org investigated the manner in which each member company advertises its business opportunity to consumers to entice them to become distributors, and found that 137 out of the 140 — or more than 97% of all DSA-member companies (and/or their divisions) — are making or have made false and unsubstantiated income claims; misrepresentations that cause real and substantial harm to consumers. Claims range from reaching financial freedom to being able to quit your job, stay home with your children and make unlimited income, and can be found across the internet.

TINA.org amassed more than 3,000 examples of companies and/or their distributors making such inappropriate earnings claims on their websites and social media platforms, which are all available in our database.

As a result of these findings, the DSA, the DSA Code of Ethics Administrator, and each MLM company in TINA.org’s database has been notified of the problematic claims.

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