I remember when I was an IBO, it was common for certain "movers and shakers" to earn time with upline. For example, I remember one time when our group had some kind of contest where the winner got the incredible priviledge of driving our upline diamond to the airport. There were other types of qualifying contests as well, where the winner got to "win" some time with upline, even if that meant it would actually cost them time and money.
Thus, IBOs who already spend their hard earned money on products, to earn PV, and then spendmore money buying materials such as cds and function tickets, get the priviledge of driving the diamond to, or picking the diamond up at the airport.
I also remember certain IBOs winning the priviledge of getting to run product pick up for the diamond when he was out of town speaking at a function or something, It's almost like paying someone for the priviledge of doing a task for them.
At functions, the directs (platinums) worked the function as ushers. I'm not sure if they had to pay to attend these functions, but I am certain they they had to pay for travel to get to the function. Imagine having an unpaid employee who pays their own way to work in another city?
Basically, downline IBOs are like slaves. They serve and edify the upline diamonds, they open doors, chaufeur them around, give them gifts and other perks, all for the priviledge or spending a few minutes with them. In my book, that makes IBOs uncompensated slaves. At least slaves were fed and given housing. LOL