For todays post my friend Joanne and I have decided to collaborate to discuss MLMS (multi level marketing schemes) and our feelings towards them. A multi level marketing scheme is a sales strategy in which an already existing business will recruit people to sell their products and then those people will recruit other people to do the same in the hopes of earning a percentage of the sale. Sales are done through person to person rather than coming direct from the distributor. Over on Joannes blog she will be discussing more in depth what MLMs are and how they work and many reasons why you should think twice before signing up to them (you can find her post clicking on her name above). In my blog post I will be discussing how MLMs can have a very serious negative effect on those that struggle with eating disorders.
MLMs are everywhere, especially now, with the pandemic. A lot of people have had a loss of income and are turning to MLMs as a means to get by and this post is not meant to offend anyone in this situation. I just want to raise awareness as to why I find that these kind of schemes can be toxic to those that struggle with eating disorders/disordered eating.
Something that I take issue in, when it comes to MLMs are the “cold callers.” Im sure most of you will have had a message appear in your inbox from a girl you went to school with that never spoke to you along, the lines of “Hi hun, its been a while.” (not long enough if you ask me) and then they’ll introduce you to a few of their new products. These people only know you on a surface level, they probably don’t know anything that you have been through or that what they’re about to say may hit a nerve. Something that irritates me even more than this, is when a complete stranger messages me uncalled for to, tell me they are selling a weight loss tea and they’d just love for me to try it out. Over on instagram I have a whole account where I document my journey with my eating disorder recovery and let me tell you, I have had many a random person feel the need to pop into my messages to tell me they have the perfect weight loss solution. They always start with a compliment before they hit me in the face with their so called solution to all my problems. They’ll tell me that I am pretty or that they are looking for models and think I would be the perfect fit, when in reality they have probably never even looked at my account, because if they cared enough to take a look they would be able to tell with in the first 5 seconds that I am someone who is recovered from an eating disorder and that the people who follow me are going through the same thing, so clearly shouldn’t be their target market. It goes to show that they don’t care enough to view your profile and that you are just another number to them or maybe they’re just not nice people and are targeting you because they know you’re probably vulnerable and therefor more likely to sign up through them. I know that there has been times in my life when I have felt very deep in my disorder and have been out of work and could have been tempted by some of these messages because of the promise of money and weight loss.
Please know that you should NEVER approach somebody unsolicited with any kind of weight loss product wether they have an eating disorder or not. By doing so you are implying that something is wrong with them and that they have an issue that needs to be fixed and doing this can really effect peoples self esteem. If the person that you have just messaged does have an eating disorder you’ve more than likely triggered them. If somebody is interested in what you have to sell they can come to you to make inquiries, other than that LEAVE PEOPLE ALONE.
I have seen that people actually target recovery groups on facebook to find people to sell to and I think that is vile and that is where my sympathy for these people run out. I think intentionally targeting vulnerable people to sell something which will harm their mental health is disgusting.
So to clear some things up NO I don’t want to buy your weight loss tea, or your vitamins, or your meal replacements, now kindly fuck off out of my inbox…Hun 😊