Over and over again, I was told Arbonne is not a scam- list reasons here. I went to a party, and really enjoyed the day of relaxing and the products. I decided to host a spa night myself. That bought me some time to research the company. Though I found tons of information about why Arbinne is the best company ever (And *** like that) I did find some red flags.
At my party, she mentioned more about becoming a consultant, and it did intrigue me, I work a lot of *** hours, it's be great to have family time- so on. So I agreed to listen in on the call then meet for coffee the next day. The whole time, I had thus terrible feeling in my gut about the business. So I met for coffee, asked her a million and one questions I had, each question she answered were basically praises of Arbonne -RED FLAG- how is it with my research it says one thing, yet you tell me the opposite- with a 'everything you read on the Internet isn't true' apparently everything you hear from a person is true though right?? I degress.
She basically told me I was going to do this, made a call to her uptime, scheduled dates for my parties, and called it a day. I did go home that night, and work. I planned out my strategies, made a list of everyone I knew, wrote my 'why's' and wrote a script for calls.
The next day, I had agreed to go to a car presentation. The woman who signed me up agreed to drive me, which turned into a bit of a nightmare in itself- but that has nothing to do with Arbonne, so I won't get into that. I came right from work, wore casual clothes, and was not told to pack a lunch- I figured, as I'm told they are on the way to be a billion dollar company- they'll have it catered (they did not by the way, and I bought my own lunch).
When we walked in, we walked past the Merceades and once we got upstairs, they said how many white Mercedes were outside, but really, there were 4, 3 of which were relatives to each other. I was very underdressed, everyone had a going- out dress on, heals, jewelry- they were dressed to impress. We sat through training first, which I won't lie- was inspiring! It was basically motivational speaking with pauses to talk about how great Arbonne is. I heard the phrase that makeshift cringe a million times- 'the best copy-cat wins' ew. So we took a break, and cane back for the presentation. The CEO came, I was really grossed out by how everyone was praising her... It was very much like how a cult worships the leader... The presentation had a lot of 'break downs' on how to make Arbonne work for you- this is supposed to be a celebration, but it's clearly a recruiting event. The woman who received the car, her sister gave a speech about how she used to have these 'gross' facial piercings, but now- she's a lady... No, she just lost her individuality.
I was very inspired after the event. I got home, and planned some more then went to bed. All night I couldn't sleep. The realities (with glitter brushed off) were running through my head. The next day at work, I was having anxiety attacks, the only way to calm down, was to say I wasn't going through with it.
Here is why it's a scam... First of all, it's not about the products at all. You make little to nothing off of them, it's all about recruting people. Now- I know my family and friends would want to support me, help me get started. They would buy lots of stuff, spend lots of money to help me out, but I wouldn't see any if it. To start, it's $80 which in my situation, isn't disposable. Next you have to buy the kit for $300, or use commissions from the first parties to buy your products. Then purchase the rest out of pocket. You make close to nothing from sales, the money only comes when you have people under you, and they have people under them- so on. My friends and family wouldn't be helping me and my business, they would be helping Arbonne, and the Arbonne business.
It's a bunch of ***. Don't do it... I got a free coffee and trip to Chicago out of the deal, plus anxiety attacks and temporary loss of sensibility (which quickly cane back) if it sounds too good to be true- it usually is.
BTW- most of my concerns from research were net with a. 'They must be from a bad upline' the upline doesn't matter when the company works this way. I am not out any money, I'm really not scorned in anyway- this is not a hate post, it's just informative. Do your research and know what you're getting yourself into!