42 episodes

A consumer awareness, anti-scam podcast focused on the multi-level-marketing (MLM) industry which is culty af. Based out of Canada, host Bailey Pelletier breaks down what is wrong with the inherently flawed and predatory multi-level-marketing industry and the companies that it is made up of— think Amway, Herbalife, LuLaRoe. The podcast is a relaxed, non-linear conversational style show with the occasional interview with former MLM reps (approximately 1 in 10 people in North America have been an MLM rep). Listeners guide the direction of the show by submitting requests for which companies and issues they want Bailey to investigate. The podcast is part of a bigger activist movement to help people avoid entanglements with this problematic industry, and to help those who have left it to de-program.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 164 Ratings

A consumer awareness, anti-scam podcast focused on the multi-level-marketing (MLM) industry which is culty af. Based out of Canada, host Bailey Pelletier breaks down what is wrong with the inherently flawed and predatory multi-level-marketing industry and the companies that it is made up of— think Amway, Herbalife, LuLaRoe. The podcast is a relaxed, non-linear conversational style show with the occasional interview with former MLM reps (approximately 1 in 10 people in North America have been an MLM rep). Listeners guide the direction of the show by submitting requests for which companies and issues they want Bailey to investigate. The podcast is part of a bigger activist movement to help people avoid entanglements with this problematic industry, and to help those who have left it to de-program.

    3:3:30 World Financial Group

    3:3:30 World Financial Group

    World Financial Group may seem at first to be like any other insurance or finance company. But at the end of the day like every other MLM, it’s just about recruiting and very little energy is given to making sure clients are well taken care of. This is part 1 of 2 episodes on WFG.
     

    Patreon

    https://www.patreon.com/downlinepod




    List of Insurance MLMs


    Primerica


    Transamerica/ World Financial Group


    Symmetry Financial Group


    Premier Financial Alliance


    PHP Agency


    Freedom Equity Group


    American Income Life


    Family First Life.



    Instagram + Tiktok


    @downlinepod



    Sources


    https://downline.podbean.com/p/insurance-mlm-primerica-wfg-sources/



    Current Active MLMs


    https://mlmtruth.org/master-list/



    SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Upload the clip, recording, or image(s) to Google Drive then email me the link/share access with my email downlinepod@gmail.com

    • 43 min
    Got Life? Insurance MLMs: Primerica

    Got Life? Insurance MLMs: Primerica

    Is Primerica an MLM? How is it legal for insurance MLMs to exist? Do the reps actually make money? Let us discuss what this company is all about.

    List of Insurance MLMs

    Primerica
    Transamerica/ World Financial Group
    Symmetry Financial Group
    Premier Financial Alliance
    PHP Agency
    Freedom Equity Group
    American Income Life
    Family First Life.

    Patreon

    https://www.patreon.com/downlinepod

    Instagram + Tiktok

    @downlinepod

    Sources

    https://downline.podbean.com/p/insurance-mlm-primerica-wfg-sources/ 

    Current Active MLMs

    https://mlmtruth.org/master-list/

    SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Upload the clip, recording, or image(s) to Google Drive then email me the link/share access with my email downlinepod@gmail.com

    • 46 min
    Greenwashing and Girl-bossing: Arbonne

    Greenwashing and Girl-bossing: Arbonne

    Arbonne likes to tout itself as an environmentally friendly and socially responsible B-corporation. In reality, Arbonne seems to have honed in on the art of greenwashing and advertising a false opportunity to pull in free labour.

    Go check out Danielle’s podcast: From Huns to Humans

    Patreon

    https://www.patreon.com/downlinepod

    Instagram

    @downlinepod

    Sources

    https://downline.podbean.com/p/arbonne-sources/

    Current Active MLMs

    https://mlmtruth.org/master-list/

     

    SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Upload the clip, recording, or image(s) to Google Drive then email me the link/share access with my email downlinepod@gmail.com

     

    • 50 min
    Discover Arbonne

    Discover Arbonne

    Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the history and the business itself-- come with me to "Discover Arbonne" and the vibes it gives off. 

    *I made a last-minute decision to re-record the full Arbonne deep dive episode with my new mic-- so today we are going to have a good time, vibe, and acknowledge that the tiny pink mic era is coming to an end. Taking her for one last ride.

    Patreon

    https://www.patreon.com/downlinepod

    Instagram

    @downlinepod


    Current Active MLMs


    https://mlmtruth.org/master-list/


     

    SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Upload the clip, recording, or image(s) to Google Drive then email me the link/share access with my email downlinepod@gmail.com

    • 21 min
    Bitter about Body Positivity: Beachbody Trainer Autumn Calabrese

    Bitter about Body Positivity: Beachbody Trainer Autumn Calabrese

    "Pick up a piece of broccoli instead of a candy bar, and FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE." 

    - Autumn Calabrese 

    Patreon

    https://www.patreon.com/downlinepod

    Instagram

    @downlinepod

    Sources
    https://downline.podbean.com/p/bitter-about-body-positivity/ 


    Current Active MLMs


    https://mlmtruth.org/master-list/


     

    SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Upload the clip, recording, or image(s) to Google Drive then email me the link/share access with my email downlinepod@gmail.com

    • 32 min
    ItWorks! Reps are Sketchy

    ItWorks! Reps are Sketchy

    Bonus episode drop!

    I don't even know what to say about this episode other than *vomit.* The manipulation is just next-level.

    Patreon

    https://www.patreon.com/downlinepod

    Instagram

    @downlinepod


    Current Active MLMs


    https://mlmtruth.org/master-list/


     

    SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Upload the clip, recording, or image(s) to Google Drive then email me the link/share access with my email downlinepod@gmail.com

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
164 Ratings

164 Ratings

onetiredmama ,

My favorite podcast

Thank you Bailey for all the research and effort put in to making this podcast. I try to share it in all of my AntiMLM groups.

Laurageissert ,

So good!

I love this podcast! I can’t get enough about MLMs. Love how Bailey gets so appalled! When she described Lula Roe sending out an instructional video about how to put on leggings as if the problem was that women didn’t know how to put on pants, I was dying 💀🤣🤣

rachierach19 ,

Fascinating

Not sure why I find MLMs so interesting… maybe because they’re so cringey. I have friends in them and it blows my mind. Bailey does a good job of keeping it interesting despite how much I’ve already heard about MLMs from other shows. I like that she comes at it from many different angles. And I’m in healthcare… my fav things to listen to are things that are new and foreign that have NOTHING to do with my profession .. this is a good one. Thanks!

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