- 3 years ago
- Wedding: September 2014
**This thread is meant in fun. We all do different things to make money.**
I have no idea what MLM demi-god I pissed off in the last month, but I am noticing an increase in overzealous “friends” trying to strong-arm me into being a part of their businesses.
No, I’m not talking about a periodic invite to a jewelry party, or someone trying to sell me Spark or Scentsy…I’m talking about regular messages, texts and emails from the same talent; either pleading with me to join as a rep or insinuating I’m stupid for not being as “driven” as them to try to “improve my circumstances.”
There is an amazing trend present amongst all of these entrepreneurs: I haven’t seen or talked to many of them in YEARS, so my “circumstances” (dire or not) would be a mystery. It’s also more than a little off-putting that these friends make no effort to talk to me, but make a HUGE effort to squeeze money out of me.
The last 3 have been particularly entertaining:
The Savior: I recently made the mistake of posting a Facebook status light-heartedly asking if anyone knew of a business hiring. I say “mistake” because it prompted an old coworker from my bartending days to immediately private message me telling me how much money I could make selling her particular party-based sales product. I politely told her I was thinking more of salaried job, to which she replied “Oh, I’m sorry. I guess I just thought you were motivated and interested in making REAL money. Let me know if you decide to improve your situation.” I should add that this person had spent the previous months hounding me almost daily to host a party, and I guess took my polite declines and subsequent radio silence to mean I’d appreciate being propositioned again.
The Repetitive Clairvoyant: Last week, I was sent a private message on Facebook from an old classmate. In school, I knew who this person was, and we might say hi if we passed each other in the hall…but that was it; haven’t said a word to each other in almost 10 years. You could safely say we know nothing about each other and never have. In her message, she asked where I was living. Thinking she was moving here or something, I told her. She responded “Oh great! There is a meeting going on for a business I KNOW you’d love to be involved in. It is right up your alley.” This business is a VERY well-known, health-based MLM. As I’m dining on wings and whiskey (in my 2 sizes too small leggings with a hole ripped in the rear) while reading her pitch, I had this weird feeling of déjà vu wash over me. I went back to the thread and, sure enough: 2 years earlier, she had sent me a similar message about a “business opportunity” she “KNOWS” I’d “LOVE to be involved in.”
The Baller: The sibling of a girl I went to school with has recently gotten herself involved particularly shady business, and it’s a textbook Ponzi. While I respect her choice to use this kind of resource to make extra money, she clearly does not respect everyone else’s decision NOT to. Every status update is mocking people who don’t “take the plunge” with her business, or of cash all over a sofa or her kids bed. In addition, she has taken to tagging people in her statuses in the hopes of using it as a recruitment tool. I’ve watched play out for amusement the last month or so…until now, when I see I have been tagged in one of her “promotional photos.”
I cannot be the only one who has friends like these. Please share your stories!