Pyramid Isn't A Negative Word When It Comes To Business
People who think that network marketing is a "pyramid scam" just don't understand business. Every business is a pyramid. Look at the company you work for. The CEO earns the most money right? Followed by upper level, mid level and low level management, and then of course the workers on the bottom typically earn the least. I doubt that anybody on the bottom of that pyramid feels that they're being scammed.
A network marketing business works the same way. You start on the bottom earning very little compared to those on top. You work your way up based only on your effort and drive and not on years of service. You have complete power and control over how much you do or don't earn in your network marketing business. How can that be a scam? It is nothing more than a different type of distribution network for a product.
People confuse network marketing as a whole industry with ponzi schemes. In a ponzi scheme, there's no real product to sell. Investors are promised massive returns on their capital and profits are paid to the higher level people from the investments of those below them. There is no product to sell and the "business" is not sustainable. Eventually you can no longer bring in enough new people to service the payments to those at the top and the whole thing falls apart. It always does. Ponzi schemes are illegal and are not a real form of business.
A multi-level marketing business is shaped like a pyramid, as is any other for-profit business. The difference is that those who work hard can get to the top and realize massive profits from their efforts. Work hard and be rewarded, no scam there.