Talk:Pyramid scheme

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Unsustainable?[edit]

Business, all of it is a Pyramid scheme. Who can deny this? Mc'Donalds doesn't work as a Pyramid, really? -- Nevermind, just read that they usually do not include services or products. I remember working for a company my parents called a "Scam" but I actually made a few bucks, they sent out the products for free and gave me a cut of the sales.


One has to understand the difference between morality and ethics to edit this page correctly. Morality, simply put is something that is ALWAYS wrong no matter what. Ethics can or cannot be wrong depending on the type of action or thought in or out of a particular environment.{car salesmen often sign the back of car titles to expedite the sale and this is accepted in the industry[ethics]even though it is immoral[it's always wrong to sign someone else s name without power of attorney among other things]. Just because something is unsustainable doesn't mean it's not immoral and/or unethical. Making money is not wrong if it follow proven legal parameters. If people engage in the practice of investing in the person, place, or thing, knowing full well that at some point the last people to join and pay the entrance fee and/or the one time cost at their beginning of participation will loose everything they invest, then that is a pyramid scheme. It can even be a product or a service but here again I would argue that the product or service would have to be bogus[but believable enough to trick/fool some. It's always wrong(immoral) to take advantage or exploit others for whatever any reason;therefore illegal. It seems to me that this page could be a target page for pyramid schemer s'. People who would like to perpetuate this heinous act on others have a vested interest in keeping this page as vague as possible. - so NOT unsustainable for it could be something bogus that lasts several generations(if the people that participate die before others join the pyramid then in my view, is sustainable) t'was the big argument over the investments in Idols, religious dolls and/or depictions of made up things [that were bought and sold]then later science proved these to be false or untrue, hence the word scheme.

Merge pages for Pyramid scheme and Ponzi scheme?[edit]

I noticed that there were pages for both pyramid scheme and Ponzi scheme in existence. Since they are pretty much the same, should the two pages be merged? They have very similar content and overlap a large amount and have the same failure conditions.IMJH450 (talk) 12:13, 13 April 2016 (UTC)

FTC v. Vemma[edit]

Based on several sources, [1] and [2] for example, I think the recent FTC case against Vemma should be added to the "Notable recent cases" section of this article. Do any other editors have thoughts on the matter? Thanks.Kerdooskis (talk) 19:30, 21 December 2016 (UTC)

There's wide news coverage, so I think it is due some mention. --Ronz (talk) 20:36, 21 December 2016 (UTC)
I added it. Any improvements you may have would be most welcome. Cheers. Kerdooskis (talk) 18:17, 22 December 2016 (UTC)