Ah, hello there. Thank you for stopping by. My name is…well, just call me Elle Beau (elbow, geddit?).
This little blog will be to anonymously share my experiences of a particuarly tetchy subject – something that may create backlash, outrage, flounces…you name it. However, if my writing can help at least one person from making the mistakes I did, then I’ll be happy with that.
I’m going to start with throwing a few company names at you. Here we go…
Juice Plus, Forever Living, Younique, Herbalife, Maëlle, Jamberry!
…are you groaning yet? If not, I’m sure you will be. To open this blog, I thought I’d post about is the joy of MLMs and my experience of them.
What is that, I hear you cry!
For reference, it stands for multi-level marketing (also known as network marketing, direct selling, referral marketing, and – dare I say it – pyramid selling). My good friend and mentor Bot Watch has a handy explanation in “Pyramid Schemes and Multi Level Marketing Explained.” Wikipedia also have a good explanation of the definition here.
Before I begin though, I wish to point out the obvious – all views presented in this blog are mine, and mine only. Your own personal experiences with MLM companies may differ, negatively or positively – you may actually be one of the “success stories” I always heard so much about, the ones livin’ the dream, hun. 😉
When I first started writing this back in 2017, there were some MLMs I didn’t particularly have a problem with – I knew some “happy customers” of Avon, Scentsy and Neal’s Yard Remedies, to name a few. However, the more I’ve discovered over time (with thanks to these Anti-MLM allies), the more I realise what a huge issue this industry is. I particularly have a problem with the behaviour and tactics witnessed by some MLM “presenters”, which is what I will tell you about in my #Poonique tale.
All names and locations have been changed to protect the identities of individuals, including me! Why? Because pro-MLMers are a vengeful bunch, for some reason. You only have to check out the comments calling me a “bitter, failed ex-presenter who didn’t work hard enough” to get the idea. 😉
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I would also like to add that after I finished writing my #Poonique tale in 2017, I went on to form MLMTruth.org with my friends Bot Watch, Red Corvette and Emma the Naked Typist. We’re aiming to create a resource page of help and support for those affected by this industry. More people are coming forward to share their experiences, and adding their voices to the #AntiMLMmovement.
I am also fighting the MLM fight across social media – check out my links here.
If you want to be a part of the #AntiMLMmovement, take a look at ways you can get involved. Or, purchase yourself a #LossBabe mug or t-shirt from our shop! We also have some free downloadable templates for you to use too.
Please, also check out the good work of the people of Timeless Vie. They are pioneers of the #AntiMLMmovement, and work tirelessly to expose the truth and lies of the MLM industry, so anyone considering this line of work can make a fair, informed decision . In fact, I now have a Recommended Reading page for Anti-MLM writers.
For something a little different to pyramid schemes, I would also recommend a look at what Bad Psychics are up to. Award-winning and seen-on-TV, they have worked to expose false claims made by psychics, mediums and the paranormal since 2003.