Friday, August 19, 2011

Botswana Continues to Roast TVI Express "believers"

8-ball pyramid scheme model.Image via WikipediaRecently Consumer Watchdog of Botswana (though Mmegi Online) published another comment from deluded TVI Express followers:
 Following my comments on the TVI Express pyramid scheme recently I got this email:
"I have two questions: First; in business, do you buy only a product as a consumer? Second; why did the author not mention that some members of TVI are successful? Was it deliberate or was it through ignorance? Do not criticise systems that you are not a member of. You would be more convincing if you joined TVI and became a failure. Remember, many people have invested in 'genuine' businesses, and have failed. Inference, therefore, every business is a scam"
Where should I begin?
In business, no, you also buy services as well as products. But with TVI Express they don't offer either. All they offer is the chance to make money from recruiting other people. That's a pyramid scheme.
Why didn't I mention "that some members of TVI are successful"? Because the ones at the top only make money by cheating other people. I criticise burglars and thieves for the same reason.
So I'm not qualified to criticise a pyramid scheme until I've joined it and had my money stolen? That's just silly. I don't need to jump out of a plane without a parachute to know it's a bad idea. I don't need to burn cash to know it's a bad idea. I don't need to commit a crime and go to prison to know that it's a bad idea. I don't need to have joined the TVI Express pyramid scheme and lost money to know that it's a bad idea.
So because TVI victims lose money and so do some investors in real businesses, then all businesses are a scam?
I really hope you have nothing to do with the education of children.

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