Meri Brown Bashed by Fans for Participating in Pyramid Scheme!

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With her independence journey underway, Meri Brown insists that she's a good person and she wants Sister Wives fans to know it.

But her current business venture has followers alarmed -- and shaking their heads in dismay.

Has Meri joined up with a predatory business scheme that seeks to siphon money from her impressionable fans?

Meri Brown, No Ring

"They say if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life," Meri writes on Instagram.

Her caption continues: "Never in a million years did I think I would have a 'job' where I'd be traveling all over the place.

Meri gushes that she is "catching flights, hanging out with friends, meeting new people, and creating lifelong friendships literally all across the country."

"Sitting on yet another plane today," she writes. "I feel blessed."

Meri's tags are what really got people's attention: "#LuLaRoeForLife #LuLaRoeMoreThanJustLeggings #LuLaRoeValentina."

Meri Brown in Good Spirits

No one begrudges seeing Meri in good spirits, but her choice of employment set off alarm bells with a number of fans.

"Isn’t Lularoe a pyramid scam?" asked one comment.

A number of other followers replied: "yes."

As evidence, some of the comments pointed to a merciless article in Bloomberg that wholly condemned LuLaRoe with testimony from thousands of women.

Others made reference to a Vice documentary along the same lines.

Meri Brown and a Dog

So, what exactly is a pyramid scheme?

According to the FTC, such a scam "promise[s] consumers or investors large profits based primarily on recruiting others to join their program."

The definition continues: "not based on profits from any real investment or real sale of goods to the public."

Now, LuLaRoe absolutely does sell products to the public.

But its critics argue that it relies more upon inventory purchase profits than upon actual sales.

Someone like Meri might be making six figures from the gig, but those profits may come from having more people below her rather than from sales.

Meri Brown Outside

Another commenter points out that folks like Meri "have to bring people under them, classic pyramid scheme structure."

"They don’t make much money at all from selling the actual clothes," points out another follower.

That comment continues: "They make money from recruits."

"They convince vulnerable women to spend thousands of dollars to ‘start a business,’" that same fan accuses.

The commenter concludes: "And they have to keep purchasing every month to maintain the status to earn bonuses."

Meri Brown on Her Gram

To be clear, no one is accusing Meri of being some sort of nasty predator who leeches money from vulnerable women.

For one thing, whatever LuLaRoe's deal is, it's clearly working well for her.

She seems happy and, as we mentioned, she may be drawing in a hefty income from the gig, even if others cannot say the same.

It's not Meri's only source of income, either.

Remember, she also owns a bed-and-breakfast back in Utah.

Meri Brown in Disney

With reports that Meri's marriage to Kody is finally over, she exactly fits the demographic that multi-level marketing schemes seek.

That is, women who are looking for new sources of income who, through desperation or optimism, are willing to spend money to make money.

But like we said, this seems to be working for her, both financially and emotionally.

If her commenters think that LuLaRoe is so bad, there are places to discuss that that aren't in her comments.

Right now, let's try to let Meri enjoy herself.

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