For-profit schools. Selling products (and encouraging friends to sell them as well) on social media. Nigerian Princes.
Humanity is filled with get-rich-quick schemes and scams.
Since ancient times, humans have been both clever and greedy. More food. More shelter. More fire. Over time, this need and hunger evolved. More gold. More land. More servants. And into modern times, it continues. More money. More clothes. More possessions.
But what does it all boil down to? Put simply: More power.
Even at a young age, people learn how to take advantage of each other. You see older siblings do it to their younger brothers and sisters, or kids scamming each other on the playground or in the classroom. And you have to admit, their impressive tactics show a certain level of intellect.
But as we grow older and these scams become more severe, morality and legality really come into play. People were asked to talk about the biggest scams ever pulled off in history, and they’re more prominent than you think— you probably have a friend guilty of #7… whether or not they know it!
Friends of mine who have joined one turn into annoying, recruiting pricks. Non-stop hearing about wraps, oils, supplements, skin creams etc. etc. etc.
Edit: I’ve had a reasonable number of individuals flagrantly disagree with me. These folks are most likely observers of or personally part of the ≤1% that win in these MLM’s.
Scam: a dishonest scheme; a fraud.
Fraud: wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain.
Someone show me statistics from an MLM that show a better than 2% success rate among “distributors” and I’ll renounce myself. They all seem to be a “scheme that wrongfully deceives people for financial gain”.
Edit 2: Thank you for your strange internet approval.
Edit 3: No one was able to provide any evidence of an MLM that has a higher than 2% success rate. If the company is ‘recruitment-centered’ then I don’t consider it a valid business. If it isn’t recruitment centered, a higher than 2% success rate should be easily achievable.
This Deal Is Fire
My favorite historical scam artists is Crassus.
STORY: Crassus owned the city of rome’s fire brigade. You find your house on fire. Crassus offers to buy it while it burns. The fire brigade waits for the negotiations to end, and actively prevents the fire from being put out until you and Crassus come to a deal. Crassus’s offer goes down at the same rate your house burns. Some of these fires were started by Crassus’s firefighters, too.
Background: Ancient rome during the fall of the republic there were no city services like firefighters (since everything was own by individuals and government jobs like putting on games was out of your own pocket). (knotallmen)
Claw machines (Thefriendlypsycho)
Most people don’t know that they are randomized. For example, 1 out of 8 times the claw will apply extra pressure. Not that there isn’t a certain amount of skill involved, but saying that it is pure skill and something that you can practice at is just plain wrong. (btbcorno)
Vox did an interesting article on this, TLDR all claw machines are rigged (thedeadlybutter)
That’s not always true. It depends on the model, and the store it’s in. Walmart, for instance, sets up their claw machines so you’re more likely to win as to keep customers coming back. Arcade claw machines, on the other hand, don’t do that. To win at a claw machine: know your location, know the model, know your angles. (Seanofthebread112)