Network Marketing - Scheme or Scam
Okay - so as you all know from a posting a while back my friends are involved in a Network marketing program for a line of cosmetics, vitamins, weightlost and skin care company. (kind of like Mary-Kay but better -- or so they claim) They have been at it for 6 months. I have been watching from the side lines as they go to meetings, discuss marketing strategies, have "parties" etc. I've been watching as the greatest skeptic, trying to figure out the catch.
As I understand it, this is how it works. You sign up to sell the stuff. You get a percentage of everything you sell. Then you sign up people under you to sell the stuff and you get a percentage of everything they make, they sign up people who then sign up more people and so on and so on. The more people you sign up, and the more volume of your "team" ie: people under you sell, the greater your percentage rate is and the more money you make.
When you sign up - you get all the products at wholesale rates, so one could sign up, if they are just interested in getting the products for themselves and not selling them - which i think is primarily why people end up signing up in the first place.
Now here is the thing. I hate the idea of selling anything, even more of trying to sell my friends on things but as I've watched over the months I see my friends actually making money off of this. The original girl apparently now makes 3k a month. My friend who is about 2 tiers down from her said she made $500 last month.
Again, was still not convinced, until I ran out of my Vichy face wash and was like, what the hell, I'll buy some of this stuff from my friend and check it out. I actually like it! I got the face wash, scrub, toner and skin cream. Which came with a wrinkle syrum and eye cream which I totally forget to use but as OOTG told me in Vegas that we are at an age where we need to start thinking about this stuff.
So here is the thing. Now I'm thinking of signing up but I worry my good judgement is clouding being around these people. (it feels a little cultish the way they talk!)
I need the sanity of my blog sisters to tell me what the catch is. Is there a catch? Can it hurt to try it for a few months and see? It's not like I have anything better to do with my time (It's fashion week so there are no jobs until the end of March)
These are the products. https://www.arbonne.com/shop_online/shopOnline.asp
You can also check out the company so you can point out what the loop holes are and why everyone isn't doing this. Or you can tell me it's great and that I should sign up and you will sign up under me ; )