Advantages The adverts are very convincing.
Disadvantages No help. Squeeze money out of you every opportunity.
At first I thought the idea of Avon seemed great. My regular job wasn't giving me the hours I needed and it sounded like a good thing to do on the side.My friends had warned me that It wasn't worth it and they'd had bad experiences, but surely they were just unfortunate? After all, it had so many good reviews and the advert makes it out to be a great experience.
I met my area manager, seemed like a nice lady. But it wasn't long before she stopped turning up to meetings with no call or text. On one occasion I was due to go out after our meeting, and sat waiting for her for over an hour. I had to figure out for myself how to make orders and get it all sorted, as otherwise I was apparently "at risk of losing my spot" if I didn't give Avon money for atleast more Brochures.Unfortunately, I wasn't able to bring in many customers. Let's face it, moneys tight at the moment and many people will be unsure about buying an over expensive product from a brochure, where they can't see or try it first (or even read the label!).
So the area manager arranged for me to get a box of goods, valued at about £200 to take door to door with me to try and sell.
It wouldn't sell.
I told her and asked for it to be returned.
She told me it can all be opened and tested, so I should encourage customers to try the product and if they didn't buy it, that's fine.
More missed meetings. Few sales from the brochures, and nothing from the box selling.
Avon was costing me more than I was earning.
I'd earned about £7, and lost over £30 already on starting up, brochures, and deliveries.
They said that's fine and someone would contact me.A couple of weeks later I had a phone call.
He gave me a date and said a delivery man would come and take the box away that morning.
He never came.
(Even If I do manage to get them to come and collect the box, they will be charging me ANOTHER £7 as a fee for returning items!)It turns out I'm not the only person they've done this too. Quite a few younger girls who have done Avon have had the same thing happen to them and have ended up getting legal advice.
If you live in an area that's well off and can happily afford things like Avon, then there's no reason it won't go well for you. But if you're not sure you'll bring in the customers, be careful they won't go for your wallet instead!
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