Ah, hello there. Thank you for stopping by. My name is…well, that information isn’t necessary. Just call me Elle Beau for now, if you will (elbow, geddit?). That sounds quite fairy-tale-like, doesn’t it?
This little blog will be to anonymously share my experiences of tetchy subjects – some things that may create a 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.
This is my first post, and subsequently my first topic of discussion.
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). Wikipedia 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. 😉
Also, there are some MLMs I don’t particularly have a problem with – I know some very happy customers of Avon, Scentsy and Neal’s Yard Remedies, to name a few. However, I do have a problem with the behaviour and tactics witnessed by some MLM “presenters”, which is what I am going to tell you about here.
All names and locations will be changed to protect the identities of individuals, including me!
Don’t forget, you can subscribe to my blog and get email updates whenever I make a new post – you don’t even have to have a WordPress account.
I would also like to add that I am now fighting the MLM fight on social media – if you’re on Twitter, please give @ElleBeauBlog a follow. Alternatively, find Elle Beau, the Anti-Blogger on Facebook.
Please, also check out the good work of the people of Bot Watch and Timeless Vie. They 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.