Reblogged: My MLM Makeover – Transforming Me Into A Stranger

Firstly, I would like to apologise to you all for the distinct lack of Chapter 9 in my anti-MLM tale.  It is coming, I promise – currently life is getting in the way, so I am doing little and often.  I am still active and sharing interesting hunlife content over social media, namely the funny screenshots you have all found.  Come join the discussion with me over Facebook and Twitter.

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In the interim (and hopefully to appease you all) I would like to share some fantastic articles from other bloggers with an anti-MLM sentiment.

First up is lifestyle blogger and fellow Brit, Chammy in Real Life.  For a time, Chammy was also enticed by #Poonique and the Y-life…before she realised that it was all just a polished turd.  Enjoy.

“…Make money being on Facebook. Take selfies and become a strong, independent woman. MLM companies are very appealing but it wasn’t great for me…”

Click here for the full story: My MLM Makeover: Transforming Me Into A Stranger

Chapter 8 – A Giant EEEK for Hun-kind

Before reading Chapter 8 of my experience with MLMs (namely Younique), please remind yourself of my mission statement hereIn a nutshell, all views presented in this blog are mine, and mine only.  Your own personal experiences with MLM companies may differ, negatively or positively.  All names have been changed to protect the individuals concerned.

In Chapter 7, there were many questions left unanswered.  Why was Kerri pissed off after her lucrative party with the Juice Plus rep?  How did Bethany expect to succeed if she wasn’t going to get herself a babysitter and take her business seriously?  More importantly, what possessed me to spend £102 I couldn’t really afford on makeup?

All this and more will be revealed in…

Chapter 8 – One Giant EEEK for Hun-kind…

 

Oh yes, Kerri was furious.

“I am NEVER doing anything like that again!  Next time I host a party, I am doing it ON MY OWN!”

This statement was accompanied by several furious emojis. 😡 😡 😡

The Butterflies flapped to attention.

“OMG, what’s happened hun?? ❤ < 3 ”

“Is everything okay, babes?? 😥

“PM me hun, if you don’t want to talk about it here!! ❤

Kerri launched into an explanation of the torrid affair.

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Chapter 7 – Just a Small Town Hun…

Before reading Chapter 7 of my experience with MLMs (namely Younique), please remind yourself of my mission statement hereIn a nutshell, all views presented in this blog are mine, and mine only.  Your own personal experiences with MLM companies may differ, negatively or positively.  All names have been changed to protect the individuals concerned.

Well, here we are again for the next instalment of my tale.  I covered a lot in Chapter 6, including concerned relatives, pressures on stay-at-home-mums, and buying-in plentiful stock (at the insistence of your uplines).

This takes us to…

Chapter 7 – Just a Small Town Hun…

I was already starting to have doubts, after finding out I would need to make my own sample pots for prospective customers – and buy a shed-load of the products, of course.  It should have been common sense really, but hey, at least I can pass on this knowledge to you all. 😉

I’m sure you’ll also remember how excited Kerri was in the last instalment – she was co-hosting a home party with a Juice Plus rep.  Well, the weekend of her party had finally arrived and she was making the final preparations.

“EEEEEEK, I can’t wait!! ❤ ” she declared in the Butterfly Babes chat.

She then started a live video stream, to show us all just how prepared she was.

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Reblogged: 3 types of people who are ruining social media – and what you can do about them

Reblogged article from an anti-MLM Ally, Wild Juggling…there are fantastic points here, please give it a read. Thank you kindly for the mention, also.

Of course, hunbots get a mention in this article.

“… What really makes network marketers a pain on social media is their nasty habit of infiltrating a wide variety of groups, clubs and chats for the sole purpose of trying to recruit others. All too often, and depending on how successful their infiltration is, they can have a poisonous effect on the group, resulting in division and conflict… “

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Social media plays an increasingly important role in many people’s lives around the world. It’s not just a great way to stay connected with people you already know, it’s also a terrific way to make new connections with people who share your interests. For some people in isolated areas or with rare hobbies, it is the only way to connect with others.

Unfortunately, there are many people who use social media as an opportunity to abuse or scam others.

I admit it was a little difficult deciding how many troublesome types I wanted to list; I settled on 3 since these 3 broad categories include a lot of sub-types. These 3 groups are by no means mutually exclusive, so you may have the misfortune of running into that rare specimen who is all 3. In no particular order, here they are:

The Multi-level marketer

Practically everyone is familiar with the multi-level marketer(MLM) AKA network…

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Chapter 6 – Let There Be Huns

Before reading Chapter 6 of my experience with MLMs (namely Younique), please remind yourself of my mission statement hereIn a nutshell, all views presented in this blog are mine, and mine only.  Your own personal experiences with MLM companies may differ, negatively or positively.  All names have been changed to protect the individuals concerned.

At the end of Chapter 5, the Butterfly Babes were flapping around in the group chat, attempting to comfort an evidently distressed Bethany.

“OMG, what’s happened hun?? ❤ < 3”

“Is everything okay, babes?? 😥 ”

“PM me hun, if you don’t want to talk about it here!! ❤ ”

Bethany responded with a simple: 😥

“Bethany, hun…instead of being cryptic, it would really help if you’d actually tell us!” said Scarlett.

And so, Bethany opened up to us and told us what was wrong, in…

Chapter 6 – Let There Be Huns

Basically, she’d seen how well the other Butterfly Babes were doing, and it made feel like she wasn’t doing enough.  No one on her friends-list seemed interested in her Beautiful Butterflies Cosmetics business, so she decided to think outside of the box.

She went into a Facebook “Buy & Sell” group for her local area, and had posted this…

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MLM Observations – Random Hunbot Friend Requests

Before reading any of my multi-level marketing observations, please remind yourself of my mission statement hereIn a nutshell, all views presented in this blog are mine, and mine only.  Your own personal experiences with MLM companies may differ, negatively or positively.  All names have been changed to protect the individuals concerned.

Oh, and don’t forget, you can subscribe to my blog and get email updates whenever I make a new post – you don’t even need a WordPress account.

As well as sharing my not-quite-fairy-tale about my time as a former Younique hunbot (remember, #Younique is #Poonique), I would also like to share my observations and opinions about the activities of present-day MLM bots.

Let’s start with…

Random Friend Requests

Back when I was a hunbot, our Imperial Elite Green Overlord Presenter, Tania, set daily and weekly challenges for us, her “First Generation” downlines.

The key one – which I flat-out refused to do – was “add ten new Facebook friends every day.”

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Tania’s logic was, add new friends, be positive, ‘like’ and comment on every one of their posts for a week so we’d appear in their newsfeed, and eventually strike up a conversation about our “amazing opportunity” and how wonderful the products are.

Obviously I will go into more depth on this in future chapters of my tale, as the main point of this article is to offer some friendly advice to the hunbots out there.  

So listen up – whether you’re Younique, Juice Plus, Forever Living, LulaRoe or any of those other pyramid schemes floating around…

THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE RANDOM FRIEND REQUESTS

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Chapter 5 – Groups, Glorious Groups!

Before reading Chapter 5 of my experience with MLMs (namely Younique), please remind yourself of my mission statement hereIn a nutshell, all views presented in this blog are mine, and mine only.  Your own personal experiences with MLM companies may differ, negatively or positively.  All names have been changed to protect the individuals concerned.

At the end of Chapter 4, I was at a point where my mercury was well and truly rising.

Of course, it was mainly thanks to Scarlett scolding me like I was a naughty child, despite the fact we were both women beyond our mid-twenties.  That was starting to irk me; what had happened to the casual way we’d speak to one another?  Now, it felt like I was talking to someone in the boardroom of The Apprentice.

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So, I decided to take a step back and observe.  Observe what, you ask?  Well, it seemed prudent to look at the way my fellow Butterflies conducted their closed-privacy Facebook “VIP” groups.  

After all, the minute I joined Scarlett’s team, I found myself added into practically every Y-sister’s VIP group under the sun.  I’m sure that many of you have received a fair few invites to these in your time, be it Jamberry, Younique or any other MLM scheme. 😉

This takes us to…

Chapter 5 – Groups, Glorious Groups!
(of the VIP variety)

You’ll also recall in Chapter 4 that I was prompted to choose a butterfly-related brand name, and discovered what some of the other girls had named theirs.  As Bethany and her Beautiful Butterfly Cosmetics group was as new as mine, she wasn’t much use for my observational research.  So, I decided to take a look at what Harriet was up to, with the elaborately-named Hatty’s Butterfly Bonanza.  She had been a presenter for around a month or so longer than I.

Upon checking Harriet’s VIP Facebook group, I was dumbfounded to see that she already had nigh-on 1000 members.  How?

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Reblog: How to help someone in an MLM

Chapter 5 is halfway written, ladies and gents. I am but a perfectionist!

In the meantime, here is a highly relevant article from Bot Watch, a brilliant anti-MLM blogger. Some of you may already know people who are in the grip of a MLM scheme – this piece gives you some pointers on what to do.

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I have complied this factsheet in an attempt to help you understand what your friend or relative is going through and how you can best help them out of this situation. I have gleaned this information from reading books on the subject and background research on MLMs and cults.

A word of warning. This is a very difficult subject and people can be emotionally and financially tied up in these schemes and can be very vulnerable. If you attempt to help them and you feel you may be making it worse, back off. They will be vulnerable and you don’t want to make things worse. Just remember, you are on their side and want to help them.

Notes on this article

I will refer to the person in the MLM from now on as ‘your friend’ to avoid repeatedly having to say ‘friend/relative/colleague/person you care about.’

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Chapter 4 – Hundora’s Box

Before reading Chapter 4 of my experience with MLMs (namely Younique), please remind yourself of my mission statement here.  In a nutshell, all views presented in this blog are mine, and mine only.  Your own personal experiences with MLM companies may differ, negatively or positively.  All names have been changed to protect the individuals concerned.

As noted in Chapter 3, 2015 was almost drawing to a close, and my final piece of coursework for the autumn term had been handed in.  For a while, I was free.

That meant it was time to open the box.

Scarlett was overjoyed that after well over a month, I was now actually going to get on the way to rocking my business.

“Eeeek, exciting!  Make sure you video it, hun!” she said.

“Why?” I asked.

“Well, to show how excited you are, of course!  Get the people on your friends-list intrigued and interested – you WANT them to be curious, and you want them to get hyped up!!!”

I cast my mind back to Kerri’s video – you know, the one where cooed over the “amaaaaazing” quality of the products?  I’ll be honest, that video didn’t hype me up – unfortunately, it made me somewhat cringe.  Yes, I wanted to make a success of this little venture, but I really did not want to make a video.  Was it because I didn’t believe in myself, was I putting up barriers and resisting a new way of thinking?

Who knew, at this early stage of the game.

This takes us to…

Chapter 4 – Opening Hundora’s Box

Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t expecting it to be like opening a treasure chest or anything.  However, when I opened this life-changing black box to reveal the plunder inside, I was significantly underwhelmed.  In Kerri’s video, she had looked like she’d discovered the Holy Grail or the Lost City of Atlantis.  Was she seeing something I couldn’t?

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Chapter 3 – Enter the Charlat-huns

Before reading Chapter 3 of my experience with MLMs (namely Younique), please remind yourself of my mission statement here.  In a nutshell, all views presented in this blog are mine, and mine only.  Your own personal experiences with MLM companies may differ, negatively or positively.  All names have been changed to protect the individuals concerned.

Firstly, I apologise for the delay in my writing schedule – the joys of having an invisible illness (fibromyalgia, if you must know).  However, I am here and ready to share the next instalment of my MLM saga.

When I left you in Chapter 2, I was about to purchase my Younique Presenter Kit, using the referral link from the absolutely ecstatic Scarlett.

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Chapter 3 – Enter the Charlet-huns

So, I went through the motions – typing in my details, electronically signing my life away…then came the purchasing of this kit.  You know, the thing that Scarlett assured me would change my life?

So, the princely sum of £69 was committed via my bank card – not to mention £6.95 for the privilege of posting it to me.   Scarlett assured me that this £75.95 was a worthy investment, and once again reminded me of how I’d “soon make that money back”.

“Okay, Scarlett – all confirmed and paid for.”

“Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!!!” came the reply.

In the next moment, my Facebook went dotty with notifications.

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