This Tuna Is For Selling, Not For Eating

by bobandanna on September 14, 2013

rancidfishJeffrey Babener has a wonderful explanation of illegal pyramid schemes.  You can read the full article at, but we’ll post his excellent story here.

The story is about a gentlemen, we’ll call him Al, who sells a case of canned tuna to Betty for $10. Betty sells it to Carl for $20, and Carl sells it to Donna for $30. The case of canned tuna gets sold again and again to Ethel, Fred, Gail, Henry, Irene, and finally to Jackie who buys the case for $500.

Jackie opens a can of tuna from the case and finds it rancid. It’s inedible!

She goes back to Irene and complains, “I bought this case of tuna for $500 and it’s rancid.”

Irene tells her to take it to Henry, Henry tells her to take it to Gail, and so on until Jackie gets all the way back to Al and says, “You’re the one who started all of this! I have a problem!”

Al asks, “What’s your problem?”

Janice says, “Well, I bought this tuna, I opened it up, it’s rancid. It’s no good!”

Al asks, “Well, what’s your problem?”

Janice says, “Don’t you understand? It’s rancid. How am I going to sell this?”

Al assures her saying, “Well, you don’t have a problem.”

Janice replies, “What do you mean I don’t have a problem?”

And Al explains, “You don’t understand. This tuna is for selling, not for eating.”

If you think about that metaphor, it may help explain the difference between a legitimate company and a pyramid scheme.

If you want to learn more about how to keep yourself and your family safe by avoiding pyramid scams, you’ll want to read the free report Big MLM Lies. It will help you keep your money in your wallet and yourself out of jail!

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Roberto Santana September 16, 2013 at 6:15 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

What I get out of this story is what the Government agencies want MLM to be. They don’t want MLMs to sell products for personal consumption. They want products to be mostly retailed.
It is current REGULATORS that perpetuate the rancid tuna situation described, not the distributors or the MLM companies.


Michael Eisbrener September 15, 2013 at 8:55 pm Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

The “Design” of the standard ponzi [social security], the illegal non-government ones and the majority of MLM’s is guaranteed failure for the majority. Separating smoke and mirrors from waste in a dumpster makes people crazy. Fail a dozen times, or just twice because it is your fault for not understanding the horrible explanation of a marketing plan… the methods are all related first cousins to scam and flim flam. Virtually all are ‘Funded Proposals’ for the owners and the select 1% who earn the money. There are designs that support success for everyone. You learned how to ride bicycle didn’t you. The trouble is the majority of online programs can’t be ridden by the majority, much less 99%!


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