Elizabeth gets mad and Karen gets madder about an insidious new way for shady companies to recruit teens to sell stuff for them.
- Defining MLM — multilevel marketing
- Defining pyramid scheme
- Notwithstanding Elizabeth’s joke, Girl Guides of Canada is good! Buy cookies.
- Vector Marketing, seller of Cutco products
- The history of Vector and Cutco
- The copy-paste recruitment text message
- Stephen Notley’s 1992 piece on Kirby vacuum sales
- Hope! The antiMLM subreddit
- Mulan gets ready to defeat the huns
- Sasha Frere-Jones called Twitter “a self-cleaning oven” — he may have been a bit too optimistic
- Those weirdly specific Facebook shirts
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What is That's a Thing?!?
A sometimes belated, already outdated guide to your teens, tweens and everything under 20. In each episode, Elizabeth, a teenager, explains a thing to Karen, her mother. And Karen tells Elizabeth how that thing relates to something she knows. Maybe.