And as time moved on either I got older and noticed them more or more companies began to emerge. Today I know people who sell Scentsy, Thirty one, Jamberry, Young Living, Stella and Dot, Arbonne, Herbalife, Premier, Beachbody, Nerium and on and on. I have purchased items from most of these companies, some I love and some lets face it I bought to be nice to a friend who invited me to her party.
Lately I've seen people complain about these companies and the friends who invite them to learn about them. Jamberry seems to be the hot one today and I've been invited to my fair share of Jamberry parties myself. I admit, at first I thought they were soooo ugly and so I would decline and move on with my life. But then my friend J invited me to her event online and her consultant did a good job of posting a variety of designs. I was so turned off by the idea of printed nails that I missed the solid colors, and glitters, and French tips. Ok, now I'm interested!
It seems that a lot of times people think of these businesses, often known as MLM businesses, as scams. But why? Yes, the friend who invited you gets to earn commissions and rewards and yes, the consultant who sells you the product makes a commission too. So what? You think when you go buy something at Target you're just paying what the item costs? That's ridiculous! Would you think of a new restaurant as a scam just because you heard about it from a friend vs seeing an advertisement around town? I don't know anyone who hasn't looked at a friend whose taste they admire and say "hey, where did you get that?".
While not all of the MLM companies out there offer a product that's for me I can't think of one that offers a bad product.
When I was fairly new in my home I had a Pampered Chef party and purchased many of my own kitchen items. I'm not most gentile when it comes to my stuff so the fact that these items can withstand six years in my kitchen says a lot. Stella and Dot is a little pricey for costume jewlery but it's made well. Just today I was showing off my new caddy from Thirty One and I just don't feel right if I don't get my beach body Shakeology in the am.
Often the people who sign up as consultants for these companies do so for a genuine love of the product. Did you know that most beachbody "coaches" are just people who signed up to receive the discount. Because MLM companies do offer rewards for recruiting new consultants many people will call them a Pyramid Scheme. But have you ever thought about the typical leadership structure at any organization - it looks just like a Pyramid!
I'll be honest, I like my job but I don't have half of the enthusiasm for my corporate America employer that your average MLM consultant has.
I bet a lot of you reading this are wondering when I'm going to bust out the sales pitch for the company I recently joined. But I don't have one. Honestly, when I found out I knew several people already using Young Living I wondered why they were so hush hush about it. I really like this stuff and I'm not afraid to say so. But here's the deal - I have 0 interest in selling oils. I'd love to see people get involved so I have people to talk to about oils and bounce ideas off of, maybe even have some make and take events together but I'm not selling you oils, in fact if you want to try some without being a member I'll buy it at my member price for you.
Point being, I see people complain about these companies and being invited to events featuring them. Clicking a decline button to an event you don't care to attend is not incredible burden and if you don't like the product than don't buy it. But there's no need to bash your friends or something that excites them. Besides, you never know when a friend might connect you with something really cool.
I'll have a review of jamberry nails posted later this week, just in case you're wondering : )