Something LIKE a Ponzi but isn't, and legal

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I am looking for an offline investment opportunity similar to a 'legal' ponzi or pyramid scheme where you can simply 'buy in'. For instance 'betting syndicates'.

I have done many online searches but it all comes down to illegal Ponzi schemes or scams that have been outlawed.
#legal #ponzi
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    Are you thinking of things like multi-level marketing programs?
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  • Profile picture of the author goldhunter
    Yeah sort of
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  • Profile picture of the author Eddie Spangler
    Legal ponzi scheme, you mean something like social security...
    the feds got the lockdown on that though!
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  • Profile picture of the author KabirC
    So basically Vemma.
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  • Profile picture of the author J R Salem
    Your best bet would be some sort of affiliate program.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kilterman
    the best and fastest money i ever made was with 12dailypro

    was ten plus years ago.

    anyone involved or remember that ? Cherise Johnson. Oh my
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    • Profile picture of the author Kurt@viewswin
      There are heaps of threads about his on the main forum. Multi level marketing is the legal version of a ponzi, it's only legal f there is a product or service for sale though. All the others where the only money is made from recruiting more people are illegal. They might work though, and if you didn't start it you probably won't get into too much trouble, (but u might). I would NEVER consider it though, those guys are the lowest of the low!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author PanteraIM
    Empower network.
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  • Profile picture of the author jimmyjohns2345
    Herbal life is the closest thing to a publicly traded ponzi scheme. It is 100% legal, just don't expect to sell to any customers.
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    • Profile picture of the author Avalonesa
      Empower network sells nothing but itself. Multi level marketing is a big scam. it just wastes heaps of people's time and productivity. When you have to ask "what exactly is the product that is being sold here?" then you know its all nonsense.
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      • Profile picture of the author RRG
        Originally Posted by Avalonesa View Post

        Empower network sells nothing but itself. Multi level marketing is a big scam. it just wastes heaps of people's time and productivity. When you have to ask "what exactly is the product that is being sold here?" then you know its all nonsense.
        Google "Gary Halbert multi level marketing" to find his screed on this. Priceless.
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        • Profile picture of the author Avalonesa
          Originally Posted by RRG View Post

          Google "Gary Halbert multi level marketing" to find his screed on this. Priceless.
          Lol I read it, great commentary on MLM.
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  • Profile picture of the author jms.mrtn
    What dollar amount are you looking to invest? What kind of return are you expecting for your investment and what is your level of risk tolerance are things you might want to consider. In a truly offline sense the only things that I would invest in are real estate, stock market or venture capital in a new start up.
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  • Profile picture of the author club20coaching
    Why don't you just come up with your own idea and use odesk to outsource? I can have websites made for $60.00 and videos made for $50.00 including voice over by a pro... Learn to out source and play with the big boys. I own several companies but spend pennies to start them. Some of the people who work on my websites have masters degrees and will work for $20.00 bucks
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  • Profile picture of the author goldhunter
    This is the nearest thing I found to my request as you simply BUY-IN:

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    • Profile picture of the author sandalwood
      Why even look for something "like" a ponzi? Just go into the personal loan business. Don't lend out more than $100 for more than a week and collect $120 on the seventh day.

      Every jurisdiction has laws that say you have to have a license, bond, etc, etc, etc. if you become a finance or loan company. Not true if you are making personal loans only to friends and only for a short time.

      Do NOT advertise your loan business on the Internet or on TV or radio or in the newspaper. You will have nothing like a ponzi scheme if you do it right.

      Of course, always obey the penal code and be sure you CYA.

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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Originally Posted by goldhunter View Post

      This is the nearest thing I found to my request as you simply BUY-IN:

      Those are the worst. Everyone is getting in because they just need to "Buy in"...so no actual selling gets done. These always collapse.

      Your greed gland will override your brain, but you'll waste a year thinking you're getting somewhere.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rbtmarshall
    Just get people to pay you money for the opportunity to have a chance of making money for themselves by recruiting more people to pay into your scheme. Then give them something they can get for free in return like a basic blog.

    achieve cult status, win

    if the pressure gets too hot, make some kool-aid for everyone and chill

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