A good friend of mine has just announced that she has signed up as a ‘consultant’ for Arbonne skin-care products, and has asked me to give her an opinion on whether it’s a wise move or not. My first response is to say ‘hell, no’, simply because as near as I can tell, Arbonne is just another variation of an endless number of faintly grubby pyramid-like multi-level marketing (MLM) schemes, because their products do not appear to be anything special compared to those available at similar cost through normal retail outlets, and because there appears to be a noticeable odor of money-worshipping self-actualization cult about the whole thing. But hey, I’m willing to be convinced if there’s an upside to the deal.
I haven’t had any trouble finding information on the 'Net about Arbonne or about MLM in general, so what I’m mainly looking for is personal experiences of dealing with the company or its products, and whether or not anyone has actually made any money at all from such a sales program. Please feel free to share, positive or negative.