I’ve been trying to write this post for months now, but every time I’d get close I felt like the subject matter – women, mothers, feminism, multi-level marketing was so huge and amorphous that I’d give up, defeated, not knowing where to start. So, I was pathetically grateful when Kate Dyson of The Motherload agreed to join me in tackling this subject and wrote her post, “Is Network Marketing a Cult for Mums”. You can read it here. Between the two of us, we’ve tried to split the issue up into the most important parts that we think need to be highlighted.
I remember when my daughter was first born. Up until then, she’d been an abstract idea in my mind, not quite real. Then she was born, and I fell in love with her. For the first years of her life I decided I wanted to be with her as much as possible, helped by the fact I couldn’t earn enough money to pay for childcare and a heap of hormones. I did other things: worked part time in a shop, wrote a screenplay, to make money where I could.
It became clear very quickly that if you’re a woman who wants to stay home with your kids that not many mainstream political or activist groups will support you. That choice makes you a ‘traditional’ woman (even if you’re not) – I’m not, and I felt no similarities between why I wanted to stay home and why the conservative religious groups who appeared to support women like me thought I should. You don’t speak for me, I’d think. I WANT to earn my own money. But most feminist-oriented groups supported better childcare not the option to stay home. Which left me and many women like me in a bind. We needed to invent our own ways.
So, we did. Many of my friends became “mumpreneurs’ and tried to start businesses that fit in around their kids, with varying levels of success. Others gave up and went back to their jobs, signing their children onto endless childcare waitlists and in some cases, having to accept sub-standard care. For the rest of us, the only money-making ‘opportunities’ that seemed flexible & available to women like us were in pyramid form: Stella & Dot, Younique, LulaRoe, or many others.
I was invited to a Stella & Dot party and out of obligation bought a necklace. I went through a huge Stella & Dot phase. “It’s to help out (insert name of fellow SAHM here)” I told my husband, convincing myself I was doing a good deed, helping a fellow Mum make money while staying home with her kids. Really, I just liked spending money and getting out of the house. However, like a lot of MLM products, the expensive jewellery didn’t live up to the hype. Within weeks something I’d paid 100 dollars for was chipping and flaking. For the first time I wondered how legit this ‘business’ really was. I’d been told the jewellery was of high quality, but it clearly wasn’t.
Before long my SAHM friends were bailing on Stella & Dot and moving onto another MLM, a pattern that turned out to be typical. One of them hounded me for weeks to have a party for my friends – I thought about it but something about the way she talked put me off. I now know, thanks to the stories and research we’ve done in Timeless Vie, that her approach was scripted – she claimed she only had a certain number of ‘spots available’ and I had to book now to ensure she was available. This pressure tactic, I have learned, is typical of MLM bots. They don’t want to give you too much time to think. Not long after I backed out I learned she had dropped out. I still hope she didn’t lose too much money. She had 3 kids.
The more we’ve learned about MLM, the darker it is, and the harder it is not to come to the conclusion that the whole thing is deliberate: the targeting of mothers, the refusal to investigate the industry by government, the smoke & mirrors that make it so difficult to find out how much women ACTUALLY earn.
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE MORMONS.
I really, really, REALLY don’t want to talk about the Mormons.
It’s not an anti-religious thing for me. I really could not care less what or who people worship.
But when it’s obvious many MLMs are set up in Utah and run by people who appear to be devout Mormons well then WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS. It is time to talk about the massive, Mormon-shaped elephant in the room.
First, let’s start with this: that there are so many MLM companies in Utah that they have started their OWN “Direct Sales Association”. Some of our fave MLMs like Younique, Maelle & Ariix have won awards there.
These MLMs talk the language of female empowerment, of spiritual enlightenment, but are they really interested in empowering women? For a start, there’s the Mormon religion itself. We discussed this previously here in a blog about the founders of Younique. First, a note: I do not claim to know how all Mormons believe or feel, because like any religious community I’m sure there’s a wide range of belief and faith.
That said, there are very clear, very traditional gender roles encouraged in the Mormon church, and arguably that’s part of the reason why MLMs are so encouraged – because they allow women to ‘stay home’ in their traditional roles while appearing to be ‘making money’. I say “appearing to be” deliberately because there is very little independent data to prove they actually ARE making money.
It’s not like the IMF (the International Monetary Fund) is screaming from the rooftops about how amazing MLM companies are for women. They’re not. They think we need better childcare, they think that women are suffering from economic inequality, and they think these issues are ECONOMIC issues that are holding everyone back. If the founders of MLMs want to empower women economically, why don’t they join hands with labour groups, feminist groups, etc to fight for better childcare? More flexible jobs? You know why.
The other thing? One of the questions we have is where all the money is going and whether it’s going to fund the LDS churches’ political activities, many of which might be opposed to the economic empowerment of women outside of traditional gender roles.
THE EMPOWERED YOUNIQUE PRESENTERS OF STOKE-ON-TRENT
Let’s take Younique as an example. Younique aims to validate, empower, and uplift women. Maybe they do, but again, there’s no real data to prove this claim one way or the other. So I decided to have a crack at it.
I don’t have a lot of time, I work and have a family, so I decided to work with what is publically available. The rest of the TV team suggested I concentrate on a part of the UK that’s more economically deprived and appears to have a large number of MLM schemes in operation: Stoke-on-Trent. Stoke-on-Trent has a pretty high number of people on benefits and a very high number of people who have been forced to declare bankruptcy, compared to the rest of the UK.
Using Younique’s presenter map, I worked out roughly how many Younique presenters there were in the area. Note: since “Stoke-on-Trent” doesn’t have clear boundaries on the Younique map I just picked out women roughly in and around Stoke.
Total number of Younique bots: 52. Of these, 2 were Green Status (elite), 4 were Pink, 13 were Yellow, and 33 were White, the lowest status.
To maintain White Status, a presenter has to generate $125 USD every 3 months in “personal retail sales” to stay active. 125 USD according to the Travelex Currency exchange website on 22 April 2017 is £88.88. For Yellow Status a presenter must have generated $1000 USD, which = £711 pounds. For pink, it’s all that plus £177.75 PLUS sponsoring 1 white status presenter. For Green it’s £355.50 plus sponsoring 3 white status presenters. Note: there’s much more to the plan than this, this is just the basics. Note: “sponsoring” = “recruiting” women into their team. We made a video about that here:
https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Ftimelessvie%2Fvideos%2F1725687821035572%2F&show_text=0&width=400“>Younique Recruiting Video
All the Younique Presenters are women.
All can recruit or sell from anywhere.
Most of them were White Status, which is the lowest status at the bottom of the triangle.
Here’s how Younique’s empowerment plan was working:
I figured out the total amount paid into Younique by the 52 presenters came to at least £17,186.04. That includes £69 for the presenter kit. Reminder: this is in a deprived area. We can’t be sure where much of this money is going, or how much of it is from presenters themselves rather than actual sales, but we are fairly sure much of the money flowing OUT of Stoke-on-Trent to people higher up the Younique compensation plan.
The total amount paid by White Status presenters for starter kits is: £2277. To stay active for 3 months it’s £2933.04 for a total of £5210.04. I decided to concentrate on White Status presenters as they are a. the most common and b. the ‘bottom’ of the MLM triangle so more representative of a typical rep.
Then, I searched up each presenter on Facebook to see what I could discover about their success or failure from social media. Blank spaces mean I couldn’t find any info.
|Presenter Name||Starter Kit||minium £ to stay active||Comments||Extra Comments|
|Presenter 3||69||88.88||downline to StokeonTrent Yellow Status presenter, does not appear to be active|
|Presenter 8||69||88.88||Has younique FB profile (Presenter 8 younique) with 184 friends. Very few likes or responses. All the likes are from other younique presenters in other countries.|
|Presenter 11||69||88.88||friends with Stokeontrent Green Status Presenter. Has a facebook group called Presenter11makeup by younique with 154 members. Seems to be recruiting etc back in Poland. Runs raffles to get rid of makeup. She sells raffle tickets for 2 pounds each to people saying they can ‘win’ 100 pounds of younique makeup. For one raffle she sold 8 tickets = 16 pounds which means a loss of 70 pounds on the makeup.|
|Presenter 13||69||88.88||has FB group with 16 members. Shows Younique Makeup as “free” then a link to her online shopping party. No response, though 8 people have seen it. No responses or likes to any of her posts.|
|Presenter 14||69||88.88||has fb page with 18 likes. Endless posts, no comments likes or shares.|
|Presenter 17||69||88.88||friends with elite green status younique member|
|Presenter 18||69||88.88||has FB page with 13 likes. Also has a closed group with 65 members for younique selling|
|Presenter 21||69||88.88||Presenter 21 had an online party and made 151.00 pts. The only contributor to the party was Presenter 21. At this level Presenter 21 wouldn’t have made any money at all as party points don’t count until 200 pt. Has been trying to recruit since Jan 2017, no takers, no likes on her posts etc. on FB. Has a FB page with 21 likes. Posting about 79 pound younique products with no likes or takers. Lives and videos with only a few views. Has been trying to get to yellow status since she re-joined in January, still hasn’t managed it, still posting up a storm in April.||2x 102 pounds to stay active = 204 pounds she’s spent to stay in at LEAST.|
|Presenter 24||69||88.88||has facebook page, 40 people have liked it. Attempts to recruit etc. no response.|
|Presenter 27||69||88.88||14 likes of her page. Last post asked people to comment if they wanted a free liquid foundation. No one commented. She had an online party and made 44.00 pts, which means she would have made nothing. The only person who contributed was Presenter 27 – herself. Has been active since at least feb.|
|Presenter 29||69||88.88||had a younique kudos party, made 144.00 pts, which is not enough to have received rewards. The only contributor (buyer)was the Presenter herself. She had other parties with the following results: party 2: 177.00 pts contributor: Presenter 29.|
|Presenter 30||69||88.88||just made yellow status. 50 likes of FB page. Posts regularly, the only likes are from herself and another white status younique presenter. Naturally beautiful||Yellow status means has generated at least £711|
|Presenter 33||69||88.88||likes Sharlie Melly, a black status elite presenter living in Spain. Trying to sell younique on her personal FB page. No comments or likes. Started in august 2014 and still only white presenter.|
I think this table speaks for itself.
Question: Does a struggling area like Stoke really need 52 Younique sellers?
Even if the women try to recruit and sell to other areas that aren’t doing as badly, they’re still competing against all the women already doing the same thing in those areas. This seems like a pretty impossible, not very empowering task. Even Younique admits this in teeny tiny letters on their website.
The recruitment and sales figures posted here are achieved only by approximately less than the top 0.02 % of Presenters.
There is no guarantee of success for any Younique Presenter. The final success or failure of any Younique Presenter will likely be a function of such Presenter’s individual talents and effort as well as factors outside of the Presenter’s control such as luck and macro-economic conditions. (like living in a poorer area called Stoke-On-Trent – Timeless Vie). Younique makes no guarantee, promise or any representation that a Presenter will obtain success, profit or income. Becoming a Younique Presenter involves business and financial risk. It is possible that a Presenter will lose money in conjunction with participating as a Presenter.
And there you have it, in black and white, from Younique themselves. But this is not the dream sold to women trying to stay home or make extra money around their families. This fact is hidden under layer after layer of memes, tweets, and other social media guff about how amazing the Younique opportunity is.
I believe, like Kate Dyson, that network marketing has fuck all to do with empowering women and everything to do with selling them a load of bollocks so they part with their money. Women spending their time, energy & talents on network marketing schemes don’t have the time, money or energy to push for better childcare, better work status, or their own businesses. I would argue that MLMs funnel a lot of women’s talent away from economic empowerment towards endlessly striving for an impossible goal. 0.02%, people. 0.02% chance she’ll hit the top of that Younique leaderboard. It’s a game. It’s pay-to-play. Like gambling.
Since I founded Timeless Vie, we’ve received PM after PM from women desperate to tell us their stories of exploitation in MLM. Their side is often ignored. It shouldn’t be.
Because of them, we’ve started our MLM-free logo campaign, which the Motherload, Mrs Gloss & the Goss & WorcestershireMums have joined so far (along with others).
We will continue to fight for more transparency from the MLM industry and more independent data about the true outcomes for women.
I think MLMs prey on women. Women within the LDS church often have a a strong desire to stay home with their children and it is often financially challenging to stay at home. I think MLMs are in Utah because they have a large victim pool, not because Utah is a place for nefarious people. However; your thoughts on the ties to the actual LDS church are unfounded and incorrect. The LDS church does own businesses, but none of them are MLMs. You should have researched a little better to understand the link between Utah and MLMs.
LikeLiked by 1 person
I agree the Mormon church does not own MLMs, and if you read the post again that’s not what I said. What is not clear, however, is how much money being made by MLMs in Utah may be going into the church via tithes from MLM owners, donations etc.
Actually many higher ups in the Mormon church are affiliated with MLM businesses. This is why there is so little legislation and regulation to protect Utah citizens from MLMs. Mormon leaders run the Utah government and they protect MLMs
WOW … I had no idea that MLMs had entrenched themselves across the pond so deeply.
MLMs and Utah – their state laws (remember, we colonials have odd ideas about political divisions making local laws) are extremely MLM friendly.
And you are right about the “apparent” money making – the founder of pinktruth.com has data on that. Please come have a chat and a cuppa with the group at Pink Truth.
will do, I just registered. Thanks for the invite!
This is chilling. I knew they were a bit of a con and would never go near myself, but this post has really highlighted just how awful and exploitive these companies are. There are often threads on mumsnet about them, who would agree with your campaign, might be worth sharing there if you havent already. Thank you for this!
Your ‘research’ is biased… you don’t know crap! I know 3 women who have went to the Younique Foundation Haven Retreat and several presenters. Your so called article couldn’t be further from the truth
Your comment is biased.
I know three trilionaires from MLM. Oops I said that after chugging too much vodka
Instead of just simply bashing her, tell us what exactly was wrong with anything written in this blog entry. I know it’s a tall order to properly refute claims, I know it typically includes some effort. But this kind of response just screams MLM bot. It also for me convinces me that people who push these brands are not pleasant people to work with.
That’s a bit of a stretch to say that all people who are with an MLM company are not pleasant. I know of plenty of women who have started a traditional business from home also and it has not succeeded. I also know people within the MLM industry who have changed not only thier’s but others lives for the better working alongside and partnered with an MLM company. The issue is that most people think they can join and just post occasionally on Social Media, tell a few people and like magic they will be rich. This business like any takes work, commitment, and consistency, the difference is that unlike a lot of traditional businesses where you need to spend money on either a shop front or if working from home lots of stock you can get into the industry with a very low spend or for free. Like any industry it takes effort. The problem is not every MLM company or person working in the industry but some MLM businesses and people within the industry who are unethical, before you say anything this can happen in every industry and every type of business around the world. Do your research and if it is costing you money you are not doing it right.
Reblogged this on botwatchblog.
LikeLiked by 1 person
[…] How Mormons, network marketing & social media combine to sell women a false dream […]
I am a mother who stays home and I’ve been preyed on endlessly by MLMs. As in, there are women who actually make and pass around LISTS of stay at home mothers in their area, then try to contact them on social media or knock on their door. I found out my name was literally on one of those lists. I felt stalked and frightened. Someone I knew was passing out the information to total strangers that I stay at home with kids during the day. I am in a Mothers of Multiples club in Plano, Texas. Many women in the club are in MLMs, such as Younique. They send me friend requests on Facebook, but I’ve never actually met them! I have to block them. My Facebook page is only for friends and family. These women don’t want friendship or to meet up for playdates with our kids. They’re just after my wallet. How nasty is that? They have nothing else to offer anyone. And once they realize there is no chance of recruiting you, they’ll say something insulting like “well, you wouldn’t have made it in this business anyway”. Like I even care what they think of me? Um, no I don’t.
LikeLiked by 1 person
“As in, there are women who actually make and pass around LISTS of stay at home mothers in their area”
They often compile and SELL the lists. You aren’t a person or a mother … you are a “lead” being sold by the compiler for money to others who hope that list might make them some money.
fascinating…I’d love to learn more about this.
[…] America, the company has a very Christian vibe. It’s big in Texas and Utah and among Mormons . At least the religious aspect is not so obvious in the other countries where SeneGence operates […]
I am reminded of this from The Checkout, a show on the ABC. This MLM nonsense is obviously big down here in Oz too. Multi-Level Marketing: Opportunity Knocking – YouTube
Video for the checkout ABC on MLM’s▶ 8:24
I have been sucked in time and time again. I’ve lost thousands of dollars. The first time, I was only 20, and it was a jewelry company and Avon. 22 and tupperware–although to be fair, I signed up to get myself tupperware, but did try to sell. 27 was the worst–Mary Kay–I was a single mother, living on welfare and going to college full time. I was recruited with promises of great earnings and a future car–so easy, it sells itself. I was encouraged to use some of my student loan money to purchase over $1000 in inventory so my customers would not have to wait for their orders. Needless to say, I lost over $1000. Then I did another jewelry company that was extremely popular, Cookie Lee. I was now 35 and a hardworking single mom. Cookie Lee was just going to be a side hustle to bring in some extra cash. Nope. I’m 51 and STILL have unopened Cookie Lee inventory.
Now, admittedly, this says a lot about me. I fell for the pitches many times. Never made a penny, and lost much more. Most of the time I truly believed that I’d be able to make a decent living doing this. The recruiters always had stories of themselves and others who were making great incomes working only part time. Maybe they actually believed what they were saying, or maybe they had memorized the slick recruiting dialogue. I don’t think that the women who recruited me were trying to victimize me–at least I hope not! I do recall that my “manager” with the Mary Kay provided car struggled to keep her level and keep the car. She actually had to return her car and she was distraught. I think she gave up on Mary Kay soon after. In all my experience, it was over 90% women in the meetings for the various companies.
Having been raised as a child in Utah in the 1960s-80s but now living in California, all I have to say is you are SPOT ON about these MLM jerks. Thank you! Keep spreading the truth!
I’m in the process of leaving Younique and would like to add that just because the presenter was the only person to contribute to the party, doesn’t mean it was only her orders going through. To save customers p&p, you’d take all their orders and put them through the party link. The presenter would keep the ycash and half price tickets though, unless they offered it to customer as an incentive.
(Though you’re probably correct in implying that the presenter has contributed)
A wise man once told me, “If you have friends and want to keep them, don’t sell .”
[…] “How Mormons, network marketing & social media combine to sell women a false dream“ […]
This particular post resonated so strongly with me that I had to comment.
I saw very little MLM activity in the neighborhood I grew up in, which was largely upper middle class, and although I attended a parochial school, few people were uberreligious. My parents never let Jehovah Witnesses, vacuum salesmen, or any other kind of solicitors in. Anything like that was considered suspect.
Fast forward a decade, and I’m attending college in Northern Idaho. Now, NI is not Mormon. But southern Idaho is heavily Mormon and many of them went to college in NI. So some of the closest friends I had were Mormon, or more often, ex-Mormon. And one in particular was crazy about Scentsy and Pampered Chef. She didn’t sell, but she bought frequently. I was curious so I tried both…but I never really understood the PC hype, because my mother loved cooking stores, and I could buy kitchen stuff just as good in any one of those. Scentsy gave me headaches, just like most scented candles.
In her senior year, she was offered an “internship” to sell “educational books” . I googled it, because it sounded too good to be true. But I was curious- I was working a minimum wage job, and also, I really love books. And sure enough, it was an MLM.
I was noncommittal in the face of her excitement. I tried gently pointing out that real jobs pay your expenses- they don’t have you fly 2000 miles and then rely on the their “network” to put you up for a “modest fee”. Real jobs pay benefits. Real jobs don’t have you buy product that your turn around and sell.
She said I should come along and meet her “teamleader”. She didn’t think she was explaining the full scope of awesomeness that was this company. I said why not. Mainly because I am perhaps overly curious. Well, we sit down and her teamleader looks at me and said “I can tell you would make such an excellent addition to our team.”
Um. Right. So. I barely managed to avoid laughing in her face and I was so taken aback that I just sat there and listed to them matter on team love nonsense.
I mean you have to understand. I’m an introvert. My make up and hair regime consists of “hey, I showered”. I was wearing a particularly old Star Wars hoodie that probably had dog hair on it. My idea of a nightmare job is sales. I never, ever reached any of those stupid goals in elementary school where you sell stuff for prizes. I asked my grandparents and then I was done. She was either delusional (unlikely) or not discriminating at all because she wanted commission (oh Yeah).
And then afterwards I ramped up my campaign a bit. Not much. Because I could tell my friend was excited and because I wanted to be wrong, if only for her sake. But I tried to point out some of the obvious flaws in the business model. And the more she defended the “internship” the more bothered I was.
Here was my primary objection: the door to door salesman. The team leader was telling her all about the fact she would be assigned to these upper middle class communities of McMansions. I mean, sounds great, right? Fresh meat! Someone assigned you a prime pool of clients. The company must really care about you! But see, I grew up with people in neighborhoods like that. I mean, my friends weren’t Richie Riches. But a family is doing all right if they can afford private school tuition, extracurriculars, etc. These families are NOT home in the summer. Their kids are involved in dozens of activities. They’re at the country club. They’re traveling. And when they are home, if a door to door salesman is stupid enough to knock on the door during dinner, the parents have no inclination to let a stranger in. And my friend would be trained to do exactly that. Everyone is home during dinner, so that’s when you strike. It’s not unheard of to call the police on solicitors either.
And then there is the question of sales tactics. See, they sold these overpriced books door to door during the summer as a way for kids to either have fun learning or catch up on whatever it was they didn’t learn over the school year. Two glaring issues: 1) there are these things called libraries. 2) who on earth gives their kids Math assignments just because over the summer. But tied to that, I was disturbed to find that many suggested tactics in “training” were largely directed at low income families who wanted Johnny to do better in school but didn’t have money for things like tutoring or summer camp. Instead they were told to buy these overpriced glossy sets of books. No cash on hand? No problem. A few easy payments! It seemed manipulative at best. Problematic not just ethically, because, see, my friend would order the books, get the cash payments, and then give them the books. If they backed out, she could give a refund but she had to return the books at her own expense. So they trained their reps to avoid that at all costs, don’t let your clients change their minds.
In the end, I didn’t convince my friend. Crossed my fingers, wished her the best. She came back 3 months later. She didn’t tell me the whole story and she put as positive spin on it as possible. But bit by bit the story came out. She came back with no money to show for working 60+ hours a week, living in people’s basements, paying team leaders for gas to get her to her training or assigned neighborhoods. I’ve never been sure, but I think she may have been in the hole after travel expenses and “awards parties”.
I know. TLDR. But here’s where I’m going with this: after several years of knowing my friend, her family and other Mormons, I’ve come to understand a few things…
Mormons are raised to be “Christian” towards strangers and missionaries are such an ingrained part of their lives that they don’t necessarily understand how others see those missionaries and other folks that might come knocking at your door during dinner time. My roommate would invite missionaries in for some lemonade because although she had no intention of being brought back into the fold, she liked to be hospitable. After all, her cousins had been missionaries! And she liked having free labor when she wanted to move furniture or do some other dirty job. (This would never have occurred to my parents. You don’t owe some stranger hospitality for knocking on your door and interrupting your lives. Also, stranger danger!)
Mormons often have large families. My friend’s mom, who did pampered chef, got customers almost solely firm her job and her very, very large family.
Utah and Idaho are rural and conservative. It’s less “Mormon” culture and more “farmer” culture. Until I lived in the region, I didn’t appreciate larger cities for their choices in shopping and entertainment. But Mormon families go to the nearest “town” for Costco runs, and they depend on Church and school for social events. It’s isolating even if you’re religious with small children; impossible if not. And there are few daycare options that are practical unless it involves the grandparents. MLMs take off in a big, big way because it’s new shopping, a chance to socialize, a reason to get out of the house. And as you and other have said- they target SAHM. For solid economic reasons, for self esteem reasons, etc. And the products are very frequently represents something they want. Sex toys mean “naughty” or rekindling romance. Kitchen stuff means hostess with the mostest. Makeup means you’ll find Prince Charming. Weightloss means your hubby will look at you or you’ll be able to fit in your college jeans.
And because it is often family, or a coworker, not a stranger, people feel obligated to buy. I didn’t really get this until my friends started having kids. But it’s one thing to say “no” to some random chick you meet at Yoga. I can tell that woman what I think of lularoe to her face. But it’s much harder if the seller is your SIL who has 3 kids under 5 and “just needs one more person” to buy leggings or lipstick for them to get their free pair of leggings. I almost got trapped in that last month- a good friend hosted a lularoe party and I nearly bought a pair of leggings that I knew I wouldn’t wear because I felt bad for her. And then I realized that it was a bit ridiculous that she needed $100+ in sales to earn a $15 pair of leggings, and that she was doing this crap to herself. And the scary thing is that the only thing that really stopped me is that I honestly didn’t have the money- if I had, I would have been at Nordstrom’s, buying something I’d actually wear.
So. Why did I write this? I’m not sure. Maybe it’s guilt. I don’t think I could have convinced my friend to drop her “fabulous” internship. But maybe I could have tried. Maybe I could be a bit more honest the cousin trying to sell me Jamberry. But either they know what an MLM is or they will have to learn the hard way. I hope this helps someone out there. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you can’t buy it from a store, that means it’s not successful/unique enough to SELL in a store, not that it’s too exclusive. And before you try to sell your best friend the leggings equivalent of ugly Christmas sweater— ask yourself if you’d honestly buy that off the rack at Walmart or Macy’s. If not? Don’t tell them it looks totally like something they’d rock. We need to lift our fellow humans up- not weigh them down with easily recognizable lies.