I came across this website and literally just joined to share my experience thus far being an Arbonne consultant.
Well, let me tell you - if I had only done my research and LISTENED and HEEDED the advice and warnings of others, I may not be in this mess. I do love the product, and I have really enjoyed using them, but this whole situation is really turning me off of this company all together as a whole.
I joined arbonne late in 2011 - first as a pref. client and then I foolishly agreed to become a consultant - NOT TO SELL PRODUCT, but to enjoy the 35% discount, and made that PEREFECTLY clear to my "upline".
Anyway, long story short, my "upline" suggested I have a facial party - I could only get one friend to agree to come. So it was the 3 of us, my upline, my friend and me.
During the facial, my friend who came just as support to me, told my upline upfront that she uses another skin care line and is quite happy with it that she was just there for me. After the facials, my upline asked if she'd host a party, to which my friend said "no, I'm not into hosting parties and opening up my home like that". My upline proceeded to hand her a free product and said "well, if you do you can have this product" - my friend said, "well I'm probably not going to have a party, so here you can keep it". My upline THEN said "No, no it's okay, take it anyways and think about it".
Long story short - my upline has been SO PUSHY about why this lady hasn't hosted a party - I said it's because she doesn't want too, and then she said I needed to get back the product that she gave her or she was going to bill her!!!! Those were my options! WTH?!
I notified my friend, who has been using the product, she got SO upset and SO mad. She was beside herself that someone gave her something, and now she wanted money for it.
Anyway, I picked up the product, returned it to my upline as requested YESTERDAY - only to be told TODAY, that she is not going to accept it and that either my friend has to pay (that i would need to bill her for it) or I do out of my own pocket? WHAT????
So like an *** I will pay for it, because I don't want to lose my friend, and I don't expect her to pay for it, because i don't think that is fair in the least.
**(Also, let me mention that my "upline" is also my child care provider for my child, and she started doing arbonne herself 6 months ago. I only have 4 months left until my child starts school - and I refuse to yank my child out and frantically search for new care over Arbonne (plus I am recently a single parent and I don't want to disrput my child if I doan't have too).
Her child care is amazing, this *** over Arbonne is ludacris!! I refuse to let my child bare the brunt of this free product mess - so before anyone thinks I'm *** for paying for it myself, I just wanted to clarify why I am doing it.)
Thanks all for letting me vent!!!! :)