First of all Avon is whatever you make it. It costs 10 dollars to start selling Avon—that’s it—and for that 10 dollars you get everything you need to do business, access to a complete online course to become an Avon Beauty Advisor, and make 20-50 percent on all sales. There are very few business opportunities that offer so much for so little—Mary Kay’s start-up kit costs $100, Tupperware cost $79.99 to begin. Basically with Avon, if you sell $20-$50 dollars worth of products you’ll make your money back—that’s 1 or 2 orders.
Honestly, if you’re calling Avon a scam you might not understand what exactly a scam is or how Avon works. Avon’s most basic strategy are catalogs that you can give to friends and family, if they would like to order anything they tell you, you place the order and when you deliver it you collect the money—It’s really simple—for that you make 20-50% of the price of each item. One woman wrote a review saying that Avon was a “scam” because she ordered an excessive amount of products and then tried to sell them at a bazaar. When she failed at selling them she tried to return them all to Avon, she was angry that Avon told her that she had to pay the shipping to return them all. She complained that she thought that Avon had a 100% money-back guarantee. Avon does, and they would refund her the cost of all the products—however the return shipping is not included. This is written directly in your Avon paperwork.
Just because she’s not smart enough to finish reading the sentence where it says that you have to pay the shipping does not make Avon a scam. It isn’t hidden, it’s not an asterisk or in tiny letters, it’s right there for anyone to see. It seems as if people read the words “100% Money-Back Guarantee” and just stop reading, then they are surprised when they get charged. Avon even teaches the representatives to keep the products and sell them on our own, so we don’t have to pay the shipping fee. See for yourself
Avon does not tell you that you must order your own inventory of products to sell. It’s your decision if you want to take the risk of purchasing items ahead of time and you take the responsibility for the money you might lose doing it. I don’t think it’s fair to call Avon a scam because they do not respond to business plans you made up the way you feel they should. That doesn’t make Avon a scam—it makes you stupid. Take 5 minutes and read the rules before investing hundreds or thousands of dollars trying to make Avon a get rich quick scheme.
If you follow the simple rules of Avon you should easily make your 10 dollars back, and enough to buy 10 more catalogs for the next campaign ($5.70).
That’s the only “catch” of Avon, the catalogs. You need them to sell Avon, but you have to buy them. The prices range from 10 for $5.70, 20 for $7.95, 30 for $10.20, etc , etc. Does that make it a scam? I don’t think so. Sure, it would be great if the catalogs were free, but that’s not very realistic. All in all Avon is good experience in running your own business, learning about business & make-up with online classes and just having a good time while making some extra money. To be perfectly honest most of the money I make from Avon gets spent on Avon & Mark Make-up and products. But, it’s kinda like, I get all my make-up for free—and that’s still pretty good for me.
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