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I received the following complaint:
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 16:41:42 +0930
From: Dr Warwick D Raymont
Dear information provider,
I do agree with most of what you have to say about MLM companies, especially the "imports" that promise all and sundry that they will all be millionaires within a year, that fantastic cures are available etc. These people prey upon the poor, the innocent and, most disgustingly, the unwell.
I really don't think that Pharmalliance should be thrown into the pot of amoral MLM scams. We try very genuinely to provide the Australian public with exceptional value-for-money products at affordable prices and our rebate scheme will make no-one rich, but is designed to help pensioners and low-income-earners cover part or all of their own usage - perhaps even a little pocket money!
"Pharmalliance does not offer a lucrative marketing plan for the needy - it provides health for the needy."
I'd love to discuss more with you!
(Dr) Warwick D Raymont
I have had another look at the Pharmalliance site and it is indeed true that the target market for this scheme appears to be pensioners and other people who might need more money than they currently receive. Most retired people on a pension receive much less than they did when employed and must provide a juicy marketing opportunity for the sorts of business which exploit financial fears.
As Pharmalliance sells suspect medical products in order to fill the legal loophole for its multi-level marketing business model, I have added it to the Medical Frauds category.