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Why are all my friends becoming Body Shop consultants?

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Coffeebiscuitsrepeat Wed 03-Jun-20 12:06:47

Since I hit 30, I've noticed at least 6 of my wider friendship group do this. Is it actually profitable? Is it MLM? I'm just curious mostly, as it looks like quite a lot of effort to drum up sales!

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recycledteenager24 Wed 03-Jun-20 12:11:29

sounds like another mlm and wishful thinking i can make a really good living out of this, doesn't hurt to let people try dream

Averyyounggrandmaofsix Wed 03-Jun-20 12:13:33

I thought the latest thing was perfume that smells like something else.

recycledteenager24 Wed 03-Jun-20 12:14:18

meant to add just seems a good way to lose money, your friends and become a social pariah to boot.

NoseHair Wed 03-Jun-20 12:14:45

Because they are gullible.

Coffeebiscuitsrepeat Wed 03-Jun-20 12:15:05

I'm letting them get on with it, but I am slightly irritated with being bombarded with posts and invitations on Facebook. It looks like you have to buy a ton of stuff to even get started, and with so many others doing it, I just can't see how it's a profitable venture! I know I'm probably a killjoy and wish them all luck though!

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burdog Wed 03-Jun-20 12:40:05

It's a MLM. Heavens knows why people think it's a good idea when unlike most MLMs they're not just competing with the other distributors, they're also competing with BodyShop shops.

Not a fan of MLMs and the tactics they encourage MLM distributors to use. I've had people be rude and inappropriate in my personal life and work when they're involved in MLMs. MLMs are scams that rely on people pestering their friends, family and colleagues to buy the goods. Sorry not sorry.

ExtraOnions Wed 03-Jun-20 12:42:55

I’m getting fed up of my FB timeline being full of people trying to sell FM knock off perfume. Well, it goes between trying to sell it, and trying to get you to “sign up” for their team ...

amijustparanoidorjuststoned Wed 03-Jun-20 12:44:07

It is MLM. You've probably noticed more people becoming Body Shop consultants in lockdown after their incomes were reduced or lost.

SpeckledFrogsLog Wed 03-Jun-20 12:45:43

All of mine are selling bloody Younique! All of them posting On Facebook the same picture of a woman who is clearly wearing false lashes prorclaiming it’s all due to some miracle proxy mascara. I don’t want to defriend them as they are lovely people who I’m presume have had some sort of lockdown induced psychosis!

I wouldn’t mind a Body Shop rep-I quite like their stuff and would happily buy that off them. Plus from what I’ve seen in the past, it is just posts about products and offers not the “life changing” shite that Younique seems to peddle.

Smallsteps88 Wed 03-Jun-20 12:46:19

Why are all my friends becoming Body Shop consultants?

Because they saw a post on FB and stopped thinking at that point.

TreeTopTim Wed 03-Jun-20 12:46:44

I know a few MLM bots.

The new one at the moment that I am seeing on my FB is the fake perfumes pretending to be real.

Also one that I haven't heard before called Neil's yard. My neighbour has just started doing this. Could someone tell me if this one is or not?

Dementeddotcom Wed 03-Jun-20 12:50:46

I’m 20 and literally everyone I know are either Body shop or FM consultants or even bloody weight loss ‘consultants’ F off and stop inviting me to like your page!!!

Mayvis Wed 03-Jun-20 12:52:03

Neal’s Yard is.

It’s all Avon, Body Shop, FM World and Scentsy here atm. With some Younique and Oriflame. All offering life changing jobs, start straight away, no CV or experience required. hmm

JasperRising Wed 03-Jun-20 12:53:07

Neil's Yard does have an MLM arm. It is another one like Body Shop where there are both shops and MLM reps (plus Neil's Yard is sold in Waitrose who often do good discounts on it). It has put me right off both those companies as most MLM reps (in all MLM companies) will lose money or at best break even. So they are bolstering their shop income at the expense of their 'independant' distributors many of whom will not have money to lose.

InDubiousBattle Wed 03-Jun-20 12:53:33

Perhaps they, or a member of their household has lost their job due to the covid crisis? Perhaps they have had to try and raise some money whilst looking after their small children? I would have thought it's fairly obvious why people would want to do this now? There's someone on our local village selling/swapping/recommendations site doing this. I bought some because I quite like the hand cream and I can't get to a body shop, she dropped it off at my house which was helpful. It was just one post promoting her service though, same as the dozens of others offering brownie boxes, Usbourne books, rainbow garlands for sale etc. Block or don't join if you're that annoyed about it.

JasperRising Wed 03-Jun-20 12:53:50

Oops. Neals yard of course not Neils

Yankathebear Wed 03-Jun-20 12:56:31

A few of my friends have started this during lockdown. I’ve just ignored, they’ll get bored soon.

StylishDuck Wed 03-Jun-20 12:57:06

My SIL is a MLM bot. She "consults" for three different companies including Bodyshop. I just hide her posts on FB and don't engage. If I wanted stuff from the Bodyshop I would buy it from the shop. If I wanted perfume I would buy the stuff I like, not some knock off that claims to be made in the same factory. And I don't need 20 wax burners dotted about my house 🤷🏻‍♀️

InDubiousBattle Wed 03-Jun-20 12:59:29

Are Temple Newsham (Newham??)and House of Darcy MLMs does anyone know?

Smallsteps88 Wed 03-Jun-20 13:01:10

The latest one on my FB feed is WFH travel agents. Part of the “training” is that you go on their holidays. at a reduced price of course.

DrowsyDragon Wed 03-Jun-20 13:05:04

Anita Roddick must be turning in her grave that Body Shop does MLM. Not really in line with her values

myusernamewastakenbyme Wed 03-Jun-20 13:05:07

@InDubiousBattle are you an mlm bot by any chance?? Let me guess you are peddling Yoooooooooooooooooonique and have not realised yet what a steaming pile of shit it is.

Thelnebriati Wed 03-Jun-20 13:09:36

If a friend is trying to sell you stuff from a brand they didn't make themselves, its MLM. You'll see 6 posts a day until they realise they aren't making any money. I don't know how people still get caught up in them.
If you buy something they'll double their efforts to get you to buy again.
If you don't buy anything or don't sign up or act in any way that isn't literally cheerleading, they'll accuse you of being negative and unsupportive through a serious of escalating passive aggressive posts. When their business crashes with losses they will blame you for not buying enough.

InDubiousBattle Wed 03-Jun-20 13:11:29

myuser No, just saw a woman selling Body Shop stuff locally and bought some. I just think it would be quite obvious why people are resorting to this kind of selling now? To be fair I don't really know much about them (can't really tell if something is one amongst the mountain of selling on Facebook) but really don't like the sneery, 'women are so stupid' tone of these threads.

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