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pyramid selling

noun [U]
 
 
( also pyramid scheme [C]) COMMERCE
a way of making money, illegal in many places, in which someone sells people the right to sell a company's products. These people then sell the right to others, and this continues until many people have bought the right, with the original seller getting a share of every payment: pyramid selling scheme/scam What seemed like a legitimate business turned out to be just another pyramid selling scheme. While pyramid selling or multi-level marketing could be legitimate activities, schemes offering income for recruitment offer scope for abuse.
Translations of “pyramid selling”
in Chinese (Traditional) 金字塔型銷售術, 傳銷, 老鼠會…
in Chinese (Simplified) 宝塔式销售,传销…
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