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When looking at a Network Marketing company, there are two fundamental items to look at to help you determine if it is legit or a pyramid (or other) scheme:
a) The product/service-if there is a tangible product or useful service that could be sold to the general public on it's own (without any recruiting) then you probably have a valid business.
b) Can the "last" person make money? If the there were to be no more recruiting, could the last person recruited still make money (via sales)-some scams only pay for recruiting, which goes back to the first point about having a valid product or service to sell.