MLMs- Network Marketing Companies

Random Potential Parent Friend At The Park: Hey! You look cool and have a kid just like me, want to be best friends?

You: That would be amazing! Yeah!

Random Potential Parent Friend At The Park: Fantastic! What's your phone number and email address?

You: Here's all my info!


You: oh.

Parents love networking marketing companies. We won't call them "multi-level marketing scams" because lots of them are actually legit, albiet annoying as hell, but legit, companies.

Have you ever been invited on a "playdate" only to discover it is a sales pitch for a candle company? Because buying candles at Target isn't good enough anymore. You need to order them only and on a regular basis for $8 each. And not only can you spend your grocery money on candles you can also become a candle selling representative because who in their right mind wouldn't want that? Just sell six thousand candles a month and you'll earn a full-time income!

Few things are more uncomfortable than being pressured to buy natural cleaning products infused with tea-tree oil while sitting in your friend's home office (ie. corner of the family room furnished with an Ikea desk). Sure, maybe we'll make a pity purchase under $20 but only to get you off of our back but we'll avoid you from then on.

Almost everyone has signed up for one of these companies after getting caught up in the kool-aid from a dynamic televangelist of a friend. Stories about how the person who signed them up went from a studio apartment to having six houses and a Mercedes are pretty tempting. 

For about 36 hours you dream being a network marketing superstar, buying a large feels full of possibilities! You call everyone you can and with baited breath tell them about this amazing opportunity you can't wait to share with them. Maybe you even attend one of those motivational seminars held in hotel conference rooms.

Reality only hits when you see that first $69.95 monthly auto-charge for regular shipment of PRESTOTRINKETS.

Why do we love network marketing companies? Kids are expensive. The promises of InstaRiches and being your own boss are hard to resist. It doesn't help that every now and then you stumble across someone who is actually earning money from one of these companies although it's hard to know because of the "fake it until you make it" mantra that rules these organizations.

The next time you find yourself in a friend's living room looking at overpriced makeup wondering if asking to use the bathroom and then escaping via an open window, know that you're not alone. And if you're that friend demonstrating the benefits of overpriced lotion, please at least have the decency to put out a cheese plate.

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  1. I read a quote online when talking about this very thing. This guy said ""If you have never had me to your home as a friend, than I would never entertain being invited to your home purely as a customer with a faux social pretext. I would consider the request vulgar, and it would probably abort all future attempts to deepen the friendship."
    That about sums it up for me.
    I want to BE a friend, not an income for someone. I want to hear your stories, laugh at your jokes, dish on our hubbies and families, but for the love of GOD, don't hit me up to BUY stuff.
    I once had a really close friend that I never even knew sold Avon. I saw a catalog at her house once and said "OH Avon, I haven't seen them in years. Do you ever buy it?" She then told she had been selling it for years, she had a small base of regulars.. I was shocked. Never once had she even asked me. I then knew she was a keeper!
    Now if I could only find a few more! Every mom I know in a 10 mile radius is selling either Pampered Chef, Silpada, Advocare, Origami Owl, Tupperware, Sentsy or Tastefully Simple... If you work the numbers, and mom's recruit other moms and begin hosting, pretty soon, you'll over run your town. There's just no real gain in it unless it's a true passion. Im SO over politely saying "No thank you"... but that's all you can do I guess?

    1. The Stuff Parents LikeJanuary 17, 2014 at 7:11 AM

      The Avon friend DOES sound like a keeper! Feeling like an income source for friends is a deal breaker.

  2. Gotta laugh, someone commented "Boo, support local or go home"... What on earth is local about MLMs? It's not a Farmer's Market people. Nothing even close to buying local honey, eggs or beef...Nothing even close to a work at home mom who actually spends hours sewing home made clothes on Etsy, or hair bows, or any other crafts that'd I'd consider supporting WAY before I support an MLM. I can tell you I'd support hundreds of other "local" mommas over MLM mommas any day.
    Guess you've got some butt hurt mommas out there. I for one find the article spot on.

    1. The Stuff Parents LikeJanuary 17, 2014 at 7:12 AM

      "It's not a Farmer's Market people." LOL

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  4. Erm... yeah, I guess some MLM schemes are "legit" if you really stretch the definition of legit. Fortunately I can safely say MLM has no place in any sort of restaurant marketing mix so I personally never have to deal with anything like that.

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