The Secret Economy

Be your own boss! Set your own hours! Work from the comfort and privacy of your own home! Realize unlimited Potential income! Sound familiar? For those of us without options in the go-go IPO economy, the promises of late-night infomercials and get-rich-quick schemes sound increasingly attractive. And why not? Who doesn't want to be a millionaire? Problem is, when you answer the come-hither ad or heed the call of some alluring new "business opportunity," you may end up feeling like more of a sucker than a success. It's the dark underside to our present prosperity, a secret economy devoted to selling promise and profiting from desperation.

INSIDE THE WONDER OF AMWAY

How to get rich by selling toothpaste to yourself.

by Brian Miller

UNLIMITED UPSIDE!

Yes, I want to be a millionaire.

by Orianda Guilfoyle

GETTING TOOK

Who's e-screwed in the Net gold rush?

by Angela Gunn

QUACK IN MY BOX

How I tracked down, and yelled at, the biggest mail-order peddler of health remedies in the country.

by Mark D. Fefer

GREEDY GIRLS

An age-old pyramid scheme targets women.

by Kristy Ojala

 
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