Big Franchising tries to minimize the public’s perceived risk of buying all franchises.
- anchor their false legitimacy in “badges of authority” (FTC, banks, trade associations that claim to have a credible Code of Ethics or Ombuds program, justice system, toothless regulation and disclosure laws, government guaranteed loan programs, etc.),
- blame the fraud victims for their situation (ad hominem attacks),
- goes after military pensions by discounting worthless franchises (VetFran) and
- trot out the most blatant franchisee shills imaginable to hype foreign predatory systems.
Potential franchisees respond by buying higher risky offerings to satisfy their pre-existing tolerance for risks (see Target Risk: free online book by Gerald J. S. Wilde)
This is why franchising remains much, much riskier than independent businesses.
And getting riskier.
And without effective safeguards, franchising is Unsafe at any Brand.