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1 WinstonSalem, NC, United States Review updated:

I went online to to sign up to be a representative. Well about two weeks later I never received a phone call or email response. So I decided to make another call. Big mistake! Now the representative is talking about coming to my home unannounced to drop off books. You better believe I will not be joining Avon. This was unprofessional and unethical. The ethics part is when she decided to force her materials on me. The unprofessional part was when she kept sending me back to back emails and inviting herself to my home. I even received an email with the representative saying she drove around Winston-Salem trying to find my home. Stay clear of Avon!

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  • Ja
      30th of Jun, 2009
    0 Votes

    avon is a mlm opportunity. you cannot just sign up to sell avon, unless you have alot money to become a level 1 distributor. play by the rules and you will succeed. and money is in the 50K range. avon is not a free job. you must earn your way or sell something else. either way, your gonna be under a distributor that will get a cut of your sales. its not illegal, but its the way the system is.

  • La
      10th of Jul, 2009
    +1 Votes

    This is not Avon's fault. Just like you she is just a woman that signed up for Avon. Everybody can do it so sometimes you have to deal with creeps. Just report this woman to Avon and get over it. Avon is a great Company. Don't judge the Company by one Persons actions.

  • Ma
      22nd of Jul, 2009
    0 Votes

    Start doing your research on MLM Pyramid schemes. They are marginally legal. Avon, Mary Kay and the like have a lot of power and are controlling the laws that govern them, just speak to a lawyer at the Direct Sellers Assocation like I did. Even the BBB has gone 'commercial' because of the powers of corporations, so you cannot look their either. is one of the best resources out there.

    Your story is the rule, not the exception. Once a creepy Leadership Rep gets you number, they won't leave you alone until they get a bonus check out of you. And that means -- not only signing you up -- but getting you to place initial orders large enough for them to get their bonus checks.

    Do you know that Avon's most recent bonus was $25 IF the Leadership Rep could fool you into placing 3 $150 orders in your first four campaigns. That's $450 in 8 weeks! For a newbie!

    That means you'll be stuck with inventory you cannot move. I've warned lots of women about Avon's scams, but in the end, many believe that they will be one of the 1% to make a profit.

    Sounds like you got wise early and are trusting your gut to avoid such aggressiveness (which is honestly not uncommon; our town is constantly accosted by Leadership Reps looking for marks -- because they do their hunting in towns that are not their hometown in order to avoid hiring local competition.)

    You can let her know that you've gone to the police to report a possible case of stalking if she continues to harrass you.

  • Pr
      1st of Aug, 2009
    -1 Votes

    Lara Pinot, I donot agree with your comment. I have decided not to deal with Avon at all. I sign up with people who play by the rules. It does not sound like Avon does. You can not invite yourself to someone's home. I have read other complaints about Avon. Not only on this board, but by doing a web search. No one has to deal with creeps. This is America. Maybe this is the type of people you are used to dealing with. Stop making ignorant comments. Telling people to get over it. There is nothing to get over. All companies have to be professional. That is why we are in a recession. Companies stealing from consumers left and right. Wake up later lady!

  • La
      1st of Aug, 2009
    0 Votes

    Avon does not know that this woman is beeing this way. Like i said you have to report her. You know how many weird people work in 7 11 or in walmart if someone is beeing a wierdo to you you tell the boss and they get in trouble. How about that, if you dont want that lady to come over tell her to leave you alone in a voice so she does understand it. This was not a ignorant comment its a simple way of avoiding dealing with those people. Of course all companies have to be professional. Avon doesn't tell people to do those things and Avon sure cant do anything against it if you are not reporting this woman.

  • Ma
      8th of Oct, 2009
    0 Votes

    You cannot trust spammers. Posting a for-profit website in her comments completely discredits Pinot and her kind IMO. And I know that I am not alone in this belief.

  • Mi
      13th of Oct, 2009
    0 Votes

    Ok, I have been with Tupperware for nearly two years, and just joined Avon. I am extremely literate with the online world, and am in many networking groups.

    I am a team leader with Tupperware. I can tell you, with 100% certainty, that Avon and Tupperware DO NOT allow that kind of behavior. They expect proffesionalism. They don't know if no one complains. But with BOTH companies, it's right in your contract, you WILL get booted. They can drop you for any reason actually, just like you can drop them. With ANY company, including Target, Walmart, etc, you get bad apples.

    Right now Avon has been doing a lot of marketing, and due to the recession, people are starting their own businessees, since they can't get other jobs. So, you are bound to get all kinds!! The woman who was the "stalker" is only hurting herself. If that's how she handles her business, she won't have one for long.

    As for making money in this type of business, I can only speak for Tupperware on this one, since I JUST joined Avon, but yes, you CAN make good money, but, it does require WORK, and good customer service skills, which apparently this woman was lacking, but please don't judge the barrel based on one bad apple.

  • Ma
      16th of Oct, 2009
    0 Votes

    minivanmom, a point to you for *not* spamming the board with your Avon website. I am still a rep, but I hate the company for joining the MLM pyramid-scheme masses like Mary Kay. Yep, Avon could boot me for typing this. We aren't suppsoed to say anything bad about Avon. It's reason for dismissal.

    A rep, IMO, is more likely to be booted for telling the truth about Avon than for being reported for harrassing other reps -- that is, if the first is sales-only and the latter is a Leadership Rep signing up new recruits. Actually, I know this is true from observation. It is very difficult to get an active, recruiting, harrassing Leadership rep suspended. It has to go through a minimum of three levels: District Manager, District Sales Manager, and Corporate.

  • Je
      18th of Sep, 2010
    +1 Votes

    How are you supposed to start your business without books?? A rep will come to your house and give supplies. You talk with her and work out a time DUH. That is exactly how it happened for me.
    If she was bugging you, deal with someone else and tell Avon about her. Don't blame the company!

  • It
      28th of Dec, 2010
    +1 Votes

    So, you wanted to become a rep but don't want anyone to come to you to give you what you need and show you what to do? Ummm... OK. Next.

  • Su
      18th of Mar, 2011
    0 Votes

    I'm not sure I even understand this complaint. YOU asked to become a representative. THIS IS HOW they get you started - it is a $10 start up fee, and they come to your home and give you the basic tools to get you started, as well as explain what is involved with being a rep for their company. That's just how it is done - it's part of the process of getting started with the company, and is common procedure. Your representative was simply doing her job, as YOU REQUESTED by asking to become a rep. If you changed your mind, just tell her you are no longer interested. But there is nothing "weird" or "unprofessional" about it, UNLESS she is still contacting you after you have changed your mind and made that clear to her.

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