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(KSBW Monterey)   A woman wins a new car for selling $55,000 worth of: A) Pleasure Party items, B) drugs, or C) Avon bug spray   (ksbw.com) divider line 23
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2013-10-14 02:35:09 AM
How the fark is Avon still in business?
 
2013-10-14 02:42:48 AM
You'd think the bugs would be naturally repelled from Gilroyites (Gilroyans?).
 
2013-10-14 02:45:02 AM
Punchbuggy White, I win.
 
2013-10-14 03:08:21 AM
skin-so-soft...has to be. Yep. I always wondered why people started using that as a bug repellant. I knew people who swore by it. It never seemed to work for me.
 
2013-10-14 03:19:55 AM

Harry_Seldon: How the fark is Avon still in business?


Because it's a very flat MLM with a focus on selling products instead of "building downline". You basically don't want downline, you want customers. Someone who, in a downline focused company,  might seem like a candidate to recruit is instead a person to work into your social network, and then into their social network. So other MLM's are kinda scummy in comparison, with purchasing requirements that often leave recruits thousands in the hole.

I can't say much about product line, except that a second cousin used to own most of the company. I don't even shave.

/I wonder if there's a black women targeted version...
 
2013-10-14 03:59:39 AM

Harry_Seldon: How the fark is Avon still in business?



FTA- "Maria Yepez works as an Avon salesperson"

She's working the Mexican immigrant demographic which is huge (even for Cali.) in the Salinas / Gilroy area. There is a large portion of that community that still don't shop online so outdated sales methods still work. Also, those customers would trust her more than a white lady speaking English and asking to come into their house who might actually be 'la migra' trying to get information to deport them or a family member.


Like she says in TFA and someone else said here selling Avon is about exploiting every social connection you have to move product.
 
2013-10-14 04:00:28 AM
Those aren't orthogonal choices, subby.
 
2013-10-14 04:05:42 AM
One of their mottos is you are your best customer. The cut you get is horrible. I used to sell then i dropped out.
 
2013-10-14 05:05:17 AM
She would probably been better off wearing elephant pheromones.
 
2013-10-14 05:22:15 AM

Harry_Seldon: How the fark is Avon still in business?


They get a lot of free advertising by sending their ads out as press releases.
 
2013-10-14 05:25:12 AM
That's great, but I could just go buy one of those cars for a lot less effort.
 
2013-10-14 05:27:25 AM
the gimmick i found most amusing was the local company selling home water purifiers and treatment systems. they'd take anyone on as a salesman. the gimmick was they'd tell the new salesmen to sell the water systems to the people listed as the references on the job application. to further twist the knife the company would tell the new salesmen they can't start until they had 2-3 suits. the stupid and poor slovenly smuck believes he is going to make lots of money during the recruitment speeches so they spend money they don't have getting some clothes. now they are even more desperate and beg their contacts to buy a system.
any friend in MLM is not a friend. a relative in it is pure torture.
 
2013-10-14 06:09:04 AM

Tellingthem: skin-so-soft...has to be. Yep. I always wondered why people started using that as a bug repellant. I knew people who swore by it. It never seemed to work for me.


I used to allow a few people to board horses at my farm.  Not sure how it started, either, but skin-so-soft was the bug repellent of choice for most of them.  They'd spray the horse with some noxious chemical or other but then use the skin-so-soft on the horse's head and especially the ears - just lathered it on.  All summer long my horse barn smelled like a ladies aid meeting at the Baptist church.
 
2013-10-14 07:46:08 AM
 
2013-10-14 07:58:36 AM

Mr. Right: Tellingthem: skin-so-soft...has to be. Yep. I always wondered why people started using that as a bug repellant. I knew people who swore by it. It never seemed to work for me.

I used to allow a few people to board horses at my farm.  Not sure how it started, either, but skin-so-soft was the bug repellent of choice for most of them.  They'd spray the horse with some noxious chemical or other but then use the skin-so-soft on the horse's head and especially the ears - just lathered it on.  All summer long my horse barn smelled like a ladies aid meeting at the Baptist church.


 And that would be worse than manure,pee and sweaty horses how?
 
2013-10-14 08:04:25 AM

Tellingthem: skin-so-soft...has to be. Yep. I always wondered why people started using that as a bug repellant. I knew people who swore by it. It never seemed to work for me.


We used it in boot camp at Parris Island in the early '90s.  The sand fleas would drown in it.
 
2013-10-14 08:08:52 AM

Mr. Shabooboo: Mr. Right: Tellingthem: skin-so-soft...has to be. Yep. I always wondered why people started using that as a bug repellant. I knew people who swore by it. It never seemed to work for me.

I used to allow a few people to board horses at my farm.  Not sure how it started, either, but skin-so-soft was the bug repellent of choice for most of them.  They'd spray the horse with some noxious chemical or other but then use the skin-so-soft on the horse's head and especially the ears - just lathered it on.  All summer long my horse barn smelled like a ladies aid meeting at the Baptist church.

 And that would be worse than manure,pee and sweaty horses how?


Not offering a judgement, just making a statement.
 
2013-10-14 09:01:30 AM
Tried a bottle of Skin so Soft long ago when living in middle Georgia where the gnats were so thick, you could get a good meal by just inhaling deeply. I did not think it had much effect. Better was to eat a Fireball, one of those jawbreaker cinnamon candies. The gnats would hover a foot away but would not land on your face.
 
2013-10-14 09:22:45 AM
I bet she still has every bottle sitting in a storage unit.

As least they gave her a car and not just the right to lease a car. Like a ViSalus BMW.
 
2013-10-14 09:55:04 AM
Only a VW.
Get a job with Mary Kay:

files.autogespot.info
 
2013-10-14 11:26:07 AM
You know, my gut said go with 'C'.  We know you should always go with 'C'.  But the other answers didn't seem incredibly boring.
 
2013-10-14 12:53:29 PM

Misterwonderful: Only a VW.
Get a job with Mary Kay:

[files.autogespot.info image 800x591]


An XLR? Yikes....

I assume that was punishment for not meeting your quotas?
 
2013-10-14 01:54:57 PM

Tellingthem: skin-so-soft...has to be. Yep. I always wondered why people started using that as a bug repellant. I knew people who swore by it. It never seemed to work for me.


Doesn't work as a repellant for anyone.  Urban legend.
 
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