As a woman (and mother) in her mid-30s, I know many other women (and mothers). Many stay at home (I do not). Apparently MLMs are the new work-at-home goldmines. According to Facebook, I now know people who sell:
- Usborne books (actually decent books, that I purchase once in a while)
- Lipsense ($75 for a lip product "system" that's going to burn my lips and spout questionable science at me?)
- Amway (just, no)
- Life Leadership
- essential oils
- Lularoe (okay leggings are fantastic but now apparently they are falling apart, and are quite overpriced)
- 31 gifts (bags?)
- Pampered Chef
- Mary Kay
Never mind the ones who have tried to invite me to Stella & Dot (overpriced costume jewellery), Arbonne (I am a drug-store buying minimalist, thanks), and 31 gifts (no opinion because I just don't attend home parties). Ugh. Thank goodness I don't know a Beachbody/Shakeology rep. I can appreciate they are trying to make some money on the side, but I am not sure why they can't see that most are thinly veiled pyramid schemes and that the products are so expensive not because they are "worth it" but because of how the profits filter up in these companies.
Actually the Life Leadership rep is a male childhood friend of my husband's. He lives a few hours away and was going to be in town "on business" and wanted to come over and catch up. Unfortunately it was because he wanted to talk to us about a "business opportunity". We shut him down and quick. I can tell it really hurt my husband because the old friend never ended up stopping by once he knew that my husband wanted to "keep business out of it and just visit".
Rant over. (For now...)
Ha ha ha this was funny. I know lots of Beachbody folks if you want an intro!
Thing is, I've been to some of these.
- CAbi (clothing). I'm not a clothes horse. Haven't bought anything in over 5 years. But I have to say, the items that I bought over the 3 years I was invited to these things - they are very flattering, are my favorites, and have held up really well over time. Both physically and stylistically. So that was a win.
- Pampered Chef. I own a few items that I use daily. My last PC party (that I attended) was well over 11 years ago.
- Stella & Dot. I don't wear jewelry but I do have a pretty necklace.
- Beachbody. I love the workouts. But honestly, the business is getting weak for coaches. I can tell really from the ones that I know. First, you get money from selling shakeology and workouts. Except the workouts are available streaming for very little ($99/ yr for ALL workouts). So good luck selling DVDs. Second, the shakes are overpriced. The rest of the income is from building a "team", which is just BS classic MLM. From what I hear from friends, beachbody recently changed their rules that you cannot do more than one subscription or MLM. Which means I think they are realizing that smart people who want the workouts are going to sign up for the streaming service. I think they are cutting out a whole bunch of "coaches". That's my theory anyway.
- Books. My cousin sells these. I have plenty of books.
- Nails and leggings. Nope and nope
- Skin care. Can't remember the name. I have a few friends who have had fantastic results with this one skincare line. But I googled it and it's something like $120 a month. And...the regimen is something like 15-20 minutes a day. I mean, I'm 46, and who wouldn't want to look 25 again? But 15-20 minutes a day? I wash my face in the shower. Oh yeah, I read the other responses. Rodan and Fields!
- Essential oils. Please, just no.
- there was a phone/ internet/ electric services one too
- makeup. Hmm...another cousin. Which was it? Oh yeah, POSH
- eyelashes. Please no.
- Now I remember my next door neighbor with some "superfoods chocolate", 13-14 years ago.