The Slave Circle
- 1h 38min
Pyramid scheme, scam, cult...all words used to describe the direct sales/marketing operation profiled in The Slave Circle - a film about a business where you are owned. From how the business... Read allPyramid scheme, scam, cult...all words used to describe the direct sales/marketing operation profiled in The Slave Circle - a film about a business where you are owned. From how the business seeks out the most vulnerable recruits, to the psychological pressures used to make recru... Read allPyramid scheme, scam, cult...all words used to describe the direct sales/marketing operation profiled in The Slave Circle - a film about a business where you are owned. From how the business seeks out the most vulnerable recruits, to the psychological pressures used to make recruits conform to a singular mindset, to the lies told through its pyramid-shaped business mo... Read all
Yes, folks, Alex has blown the lid off of...SALES.
This "documentary" is just ridiculous. It purports to be about MLMs, but really, it's just a bunch of rubes complaining about common direct sales techniques. There is nothing new about these techniques and, to a person of even average intelligence, there is nothing especially coercive about them. I ended up watching this whole thing because I was waiting for some expose of illegal marketing or employment practices. What I saw instead was a bunch of shockingly inexperienced adults WHINING about being forced to learn techniques that might, in the end, actually net them some income. It's clear why they were hired by nameless sales company. They say they were desperate. They SAY that the recruiting never stopped and that the high turnover rate is an indictment of something very sinister...instead of an industry wide reality of entry level direct sales. It's not a fun gig. People often leave after a short while. But what I don't understand is why every single one of these people interviewed for the film were so SHOCKED by and resistant to the notion that they'd have to do sales in this job. That's clearly what it is. Having the second interview in a STORE should have been the first (because they definitely needed one) CLUE.
Insert sarcasm and eye-roll HERE: So they're tricked into taking a sales job (*gasp*) and are coerced into learning techniques to be better at the job including "networking" (*DOUBLE GASP*) and...I hate to even use this language...staff meetings!'
They were continually told that "sales" was not important and that they were a marketing company, not a sales company. LIARS!!! How DARE they switch the terminology on such trusting individuals? How DARE they reposition sales as MARKETING?
This is NOT about MLMs. There is NO information about sales people having to shell out their own money to buy product and then finding themselves in massive debt if they couldn't sell or bring in lower level partners. In fact, Alex and company don't seem to understand in any way what a Pyramid Scheme is. They have equated a system in which there are more people filling the lower level sales jobs, and fewer people in top management with a Pyramid. I mean...by that standard, every company on the planet is a Pyramid Scheme, because all companies have more people at entry level than they do at middle management and the smallest number of people at the C-level jobs.
ALL sales based companies rely heavily on culture, excitement, and slightly misleading language to get the job done. Most clever adults can spot these techniques and avoid getting taken. But let's be honest, we have ALL been roped in once or twice by a clever sales pitch combined with an impulse to buy. That's how direct sales works. It's not a crime; it's a business.
The REAL CRIME is that streaming services like Amazon Prime are so thirsty for original content that they'll buy almost anything, even a piece of nonsense like this. Nothing is revealed here, except for the embarrassing naïveté of the people interviewed. I have to wonder what work any of them ended up finding, if this job struck at the very core of their personal moral code. I know sales isn't for everyone. It's not for me! I spent a summer selling cars, and let me tell you, THAT is a sales job that will test your faith in humanity. Selling personal health aids at Walmart isn't about to bring about the end of civilization as we know it. But what about these people who are SO DEVASTATED that they were forced to take notes, learn how to sell, learn to not call it :selling", go to professional conferences, and...network?? What happened to them, oh Lord??
I have news, kids: Entry level sucks and the only way to get out of it is to get THROUGH it. That seems to be what this not-MLM was trying to teach you. You refused the lesson, but what then? Another entry level job? It will also suck, so hang in there and get through it. The next step, just as promised, is much better.
TL:DR - Don't watch this documentary. It's not a documentary. It's a long winded, ignorant complaint. Watch ANYTHING else.
- Jun 24, 2021