Somebody Rescue These Damsels!

Have you been victimized by a Multilevel Marketing company? (The author uses the abbreviation “MLM” in this article.”)

“Joining a MLM is appealing to women who find hope in their promise of a better life: freedom, economic independence, and an endless supply of cheery trinkets. [But] despite professing quick-income prospects…it’s difficult for MLM consultants to earn more than pocket change.”

That much is true.

You’re very, very unlikely to get rich, selling candles and leggings.

(Everybody knows that, right?)

But, apparently not…

“Fed the fantasy of achieving the all-elusive American dream, many women are being wooed by multilevel-marketing companies… [and they] can be plunged into debt and psychological crisis.”

Crisis!

Oh, no!

Tell us more, Melodramatic Narrator!

“Ashley (name changed), a mom and wife who lives in the suburbs of Indianapolis, signed up to sell LuLaRoe in August 2016 after her husband lost his job…

Ashley opened three credit cards to cover the initial set-up cost and generated $3,500 a month in revenue for the first two months. But on the advice of other retailers, she plowed it all back into buying more inventory instead of keeping any of it for herself, her family, or their mounting bills.

“There was a point in time where I had $8,000 worth of inventory sitting in my home while I was running up to food banks to feed my family.”

…okay, hold it.

I’m sorry.

But…

The author of the article wanted to make a point about how shady and evil LuLaRoe is.

So why did she pick the world’s worst money manager as an example?

Are we really going to blame the company for “Ashley’s” stupidity?

Yes.

Apparently, we are:

“The US government tried to help people understand the risks before joining these kinds of companies, but MLMs had their way. In 2012, federal legislation passed requiring all franchise companies to provide a disclosure document with information on weighing the benefits and risks of signing up. However…now MLMs aren’t required to disclose information on risks to interested consultants.
As a result, many women sign up unaware of just how hard the system makes it to earn a living selling for a MLM.”

Shame on the person who recruited Ashley for not “disclosing” that it’s a bad idea to buy things she can’t afford.

Clearly, whenever someone shows interest in possibly working for a Multilevel Marketing Company, it’s the company’s job to try and talk them out of it…

Perhaps Ashley’s consultant should have physically pulled out a calculator and figured her household budget for her.

“Ashley, sweetie, you have no business joining my team of sales reps, unless you’re going to feed your kids the leggings.”

And, Ashley, let me add that any other self-employment opportunity will also be a bad idea for you. Say no to “Scentsy” and “Pampered Chef” as well! The safest bet will always be a nice, hourly job.

In fact, have someone escort you to the bank with your paycheck each week, so you don’t fall prey to a tricky person, holding a cardboard sign that says “ATM.”   (Let me just disclose: those particular “ATMs” are risky!)

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In closing, if the U.S. Government wants to “help people understand the risks” of MLMs– it should stop handing out diplomas to students who can’t function in the real world.

Teach them how to do math! That would help!

Meanwhile, where are the feminists who are offended by the suggestion that these strong, adult women need Uncle Sam to ride up on his white horse and save them? Are we capable of making Big Girl Decisions, or aren’t we?

I don’t understand how anyone can expect the successful, female business owners to take responsibility for their unsuccessful, female colleagues…  It doesn’t seem fair to put an undue burden on women entrepreneurs–in the name of “protecting” the hopelessly incompetent wannabes.

Furthermore, isn’t it kind of insulting for the article to imply that “Ashley” is representative of your typical American woman–and that any of the rest of us could just as easily slip and (whoops!) max out three credit cards buying spandex, the way she did?

*shrugs*

Just let me know, reader.

Let me know if you think it’s time to call in the knights and have them slay the LuLaRoe dragon.

 

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7 thoughts on “Somebody Rescue These Damsels!

  1. Nic Shoffner

    It’s virtually impossible to save someone from their own stupidity and poor judgement. I know someone that constantly spends themselves into oblivion. Then, when all the money is gone, they dip into the trusty old retirement fund to cover all their expenses. What will be left when retirement is a reality and that money is needed? A house full of junk that was just too good a deal to pass up.

    I have wasted plenty of money of my own over the years. But I have gotten wiser and more frugal. I wish these traits could be passed on to others easily.

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    1. mrsmcmommy Post author

      Yep, I agree.

      Just a couple weeks after my husband and I married, a vacuum salesman interrupted our dinner. He spent two hours trying to convince us that we needed a $1200 vacuum, to replace the BRAND NEW one we had just gotten as a wedding gift… I told him no. (Many times.) And, eventually, he left. 🙂

      But, if I had caved to his various tactics and eventually agreed that “Yeah–I can afford $1.75 per day, for the next million years” it would have been my own stupidity.

      If a grown woman needs to be told, “This is a good idea!” and “This is not a good idea!” every time a salesman tries to take her money, then that’s a personal problem. Those people definitely have a harder time getting along in the world…but it’s not “the system’s” fault.

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    1. mrsmcmommy Post author

      The original article is a doozy… It starts with the title, “Multilevel-marketing companies like LuLaRoe are forcing people into debt and psychological crisis…” and then goes on to spend 6500 words (yes, sixty-five-hundred!) using every possible excuse for these women who are obviously ill-equipped for life.

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      1. Jasmine Ruigrok

        Honestly, it shouldn’t, but I keep being surprised how capable people are of blaming absolutely anything for their own stupidity. It’s just another case of “I couldn’t possibly be responsible for what has made me uncomfortable” philosophy that this entitled world has adopted.

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  2. silenceofmind

    Money is but one of the myriad of things that seems to bring out the worst in people.

    I once visited a lawyer who, along with many other lawyers, trolled for clients by offering them a free, 1/2 hour consultation for only $20.

    He sat behind his desk and BS’ed me for 29 minutes.

    Then for the last 60 seconds, and with silver tongue wagging, he sought to slither his slimy hand into my wallet for that precious $20, while I wasn’t looking.

    I called him a money grubber…

    …and, I kid you not, he went absolutely psycho and threatened homicidal violence at the top of his longs.

    I mean he got right into my face and demanded on both our manhoods, that I call him a money grubber one more time so I could find out what he would do to me.

    Of course, his lawyer partner and the office secretary looked at me like I was the Devil as I calmly made it for the door.

    The secretary followed me outside to make sure I didn’t plant any IUD’s (or is that IED’s?), oh what the heck!

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