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Issue 1  -  Friday 3rd March 2000

Welcome to Downline!
Welcome to the Downline website.  An exciting new source of information for network marketers!  We've started this Internet magazine to help you prosper.  To find out more just follow our Guided Tour.  Or register for our Free Trial to get full access to the password-protected pages.

  News Headlines  

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Trouble At Dorling Kindersley
The share price of network marketing giant Dorling Kindersley crashed by 40% in one day at the end of January.  They had drastically over-ordered Star Wars books before Christmas - and still had 10 million copies left on their warehouse shelves.

C&B Direct Takes Over BDUK
BDUK (Books Direct Ltd) is now part of C&B Direct.  This brings Penguin and Walker books - and the books published by Collins & Brown ( the major publishing PLC) - all into one business opportunity.

DataPet's Million Dollar Funding
Pet tagging newcomer DataPet has secured funding of $1,000,000 to be spent on establishing their product as the brand leader in the UK.

Arise Sir Richard!
Congratulations to Richard Branson, boss of the Virgin Group, owner of network marketing company - Virgin Vie.  He was knighted in the Millennium Honours List and now becomes Sir Richard Branson.

Tell Us Your News
Do you know about something new in network marketing?  If so, email us about it at, and we'll run a front page story about it.  You can be credited as our reporter - or remain a secret "mole" - whichever you prefer.

  Feature Articles  

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Planning For Success
So! You’ve finally admitted to yourself – and the world at large – that the only way to make some extra money is to sell real-world products to real-life customers. How are you going to find the customers?  Joy Healey shows you how to get the best results from a party plan.

Goodwill Hunting
Customer goodwill can make or break any business.  Suzanne Ewing shows you how to keep a customer loyal, get them to spend more on your products, and be pleased that they did.

How To Find A Reliable Source of Mailing Lists
There's no shortage of mailing lists, but good lists - ones that will make you a profit - are in short supply.  Mike Adams shows you how to sort the wheat from the chaff.

Share Your Experience
We're looking for experienced networkers to write feature articles.  Why not share what you've learned with the rest of us?  Tell us what worked for you - and what to avoid.  If you can make sense for 1000 words we'll be happy to put your article on the front page like this.  In return you can place a free advert at the foot of your article.  How about that for a good deal?  If you're interested check out Authors Wanted or email us at

  Your Letters  

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Tell Us What You Think
This website is intended for you - the ordinary network marketer.  So tell us what you think about network marketing and the companies and schemes you have tried.  Or if you've got a bee in your bonnet - let it out!  We really welcome your comments - and will happily publish them - provided they are not too extreme!  Just email us at

  Our Opinion  

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What Price Loyalty?
Some companies are selling through supermarkets at lower prices than they allow their networkers to offer.  We think that's unfair!

  Gossip Column  

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Mole Report
We hear rumours of a major new network marketing company about to launch in March.  But we're sworn to secrecy!  We'll try to get the scoop in our next issue.

Who's A Granny Then?
Carol Nicholson, the grand dame of Downline, has recently been elevated to grannydom!  Her daughter Louise produced a bouncing baby girl.  Chloe Olivia was born on 16th November in Ipswich Hospital.  Mother and baby are both doing fine.  Granny is as well as can be expected - for her age.

Tell Us Your Gossip
Have you heard any good rumours?  Has anyone you know done something interesting?  Tell us the juicy details so we can spread it around.

  Next Issue  

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Issue 2 will be published on the website at 6pm on Friday 17th March 2000.  Contributions and adverts need to reach us by 6pm on Tuesday 14th March.