I got suckered into paying to become an Arbonne consultant by a very high pressure lady who told me how all natural the products were and also how much money she had made as a consultant. She worked near me me and kept selling us all the products at lunch time at the coffee place where we all meet for sandwiches. The products were really expensive and on my $30,000 annual income I told her over and over that I could not afford them. SHe said I should be one of her 'down lines' then and I would get free samples if I signed up and could get great discounts or only buy product out of my own profits.
Four different times I told her now. Then she invited us all to a party her daughter was hosting and at that party she said we didn't have to buy anything but it would show us how easy it was to sell product. Well, at the party it turned out she'd pressured each of us separately to 'just buy one thing' so her daughter would meet her minimum.
I found out later from my friends that between us we spent $685 that night! And we were told it was at this lady's house, but we found out later by trying to get her local phone number from information that it was NOT at her house.
Of course I only found this out after giving in and signing up to be her 'down line'. She said it would only cost $29, but it was really $139, and they send you these tax forms and order forms and YOU HAVE TO BUY the products before you sell them. My office email was filled to the point my boss complained to me about al the junk emails I was getting from Arbonne and it was inappropriate to conduct a second business at work. That had never been my intention. I thought I'd just get one email and then I could give them my home information after I set up an email account there.
I kept trying to get back in touch with the original person, but the phone number she gave me was for southern California, not Elk Grove. Also, she said she would host parties to get me started, but that I would have to make sure people at work came to them and 'ordered product' - which I have to buy in advance because it takes Arbonne to long to ship stuff. I went to that party of her daughter's in June of 2007. It is now October 2007 and I still haven't received the two items I ordered that cost me $87. Not a problem, I bought better foundation for only $26 at Macy's and it's too late for a fake tan in a can in October so I don't need the other product.
I feel doubly cheated. I was really conned by this relentless consultant, and now I am stuck trying to get out of being a consultant to Arbonne myself. I can't spare 30 hours a week to go find new people to sell the product or $500 to buy the products I may never sell. This is a big rip off. I am out more than $250 just for signing up and buying something that I have not received and now I am constantly pressured to sign up new people to 'meet my minimums". I want out for good. Melanie