Chuck and Rob, you guys have nailed it with real life examples and poignant explanations as to the inherent flaws in the binary compensation model. A unilevel plan is indeed the better option for the greatest percentage of people by far. Interestingly, the original poster has been rather quiet on responding to any of this!
It's all good. I have brokered some deals in the past for people selling a downline. One guy in particular, was in company since it founded (over 15 years) and he had around 700k or 800k people in his power leg, but no one in his other leg.
He wanted to sell his business and he asked me what it is worth. I answered, not much. Needless to say he didn't hire me for the deal.
Businesses are typically valued by their yearly revenue and cash flow. If a business doesn't make a dollar income, how valuable can it really be?
I'll tell you this too. If I was in a position, where I had that many people in my one leg, I would be working my business 24/7 to capitalize on it. Just my two cents.