Direct Sales Flourish in China, but Not Without Criticism – NYTimes.com

Avon and Amway, two other American companies that use independent representatives, have even larger sales forces here. Avon says it recruits up to 50,000 women a month and now has one million agents.

via Direct Sales Flourish in China, but Not Without Criticism – NYTimes.com.

But that growth has not come without controversy. Many direct sellers in China have been accused of operating sophisticated pyramid schemes and other sales swindles. (In one widely publicized case a few years ago, people were conned into buying stakes in ant farms.)

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