Posted by Christie Szymanowski | Jun 19, 2017 | Anxiety, Fake News, Social Media Anxiety Disorder of the Week | 0 |

We all know someone who’s involved in a shifty multi-level marketing company. Someone who constantly tries to peddle their worthless, overpriced products on Facebook. Someone who contacts us EVERY DAY to push merchandise we neither want nor need.

Companies like Young Living, Younique, ItWorks, and LuLaRoe depend on bringing millennial moms into the fray to sell overpriced pieces of shit by promising free cruises, six-figure salaries, and the ability to set their own schedule.

While most people don’t fall for these schemes, they’re a headache for friends, family members, and acquaintances of these independent consultants.

Angie Kramer of Seattle, Washington, wasted her entire weekend deleting herself from groups of her friends’ pyramid and multi-level marketing schemes.

“I have to do this at least once every couple of months,” she said. “As the financial manager of a local business, I don’t get much time off. I cherish my weekends.”

But not this weekend. Angie spent from 7 AM Saturday to 11 PM Sunday deleting herself from her friends’ pyramid schemes. “I only stopped to sleep. I think I got three hours the first night, and about two-and-a-half the second. Thank goodness my husband brought me food and water, or I may not have made it.”

In total, Kramer deleted herself from 82 Jamberry groups, 70 Cutco groups, 374 ItWorks! pages,  42 Advocare pages, 655 Younique groups, and 1,294 LuLaRoe consultant pages. She said she’s considering blocking anyone who even says the words “business opportunity” in front of her.

“I don’t want your thousand dollar knives. I don’t want your stupid wraps. I don’t want your expensive-ass candles, and I certainly don’t want to spend over a hundred dollars on an outfit so I can look like Screech from Saved by the Bell,” she said.

Angie says she’s envious of her husband, who only has to delete himself from about a hundred groups every few months. She feels multi-level marketing companies target women more than men. “He just gets things like Advocare and Beach Body. I don’t want froo-froo essential oils from Young Living any more than he does. It’s so unfair.”

At least 99.9% of LuLaRoe consultants disagree. Casey Birch, who runs the Facebook page LuLaRoe Casey Birch, was best friends with Angie until they had a falling out when she stopped showing up to her pop-up boutiques. “I don’t understand why people like Angie don’t want to support a fellow woman’s business. Doesn’t she know that she could be making $5,000 a week with LuLaRoe?”

Harry Weinbacher, a research assistant at Cornell University with an MS in Behavioral Psychology, says the people who sell these products display a “cult-like devotion” to the multi-level marketing company they represent. And, like an actual cult, these companies tend to suggest their clients push products with a rabid ferocity, which only alienates their friends and family more.

“At the office, we’ve been calling it LuLaWoe,” said Weinbacher. When asked about a potential cure, he seemed uncertain.

“Prevention is the best action, to be honest. Talk to your friend about why they shouldn’t join a pyramid scheme before they really get into it. Otherwise, it may be too late.” At that point, Weinbacher suggests letting it run its course. “Don’t encourage them by buying anything. Chances are, they’re going to be down a bunch of money in the end, but they eventually come back to the light with their tail between their legs.”

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Christie Szymanowski

Christie is the least funny person we know when it comes to conversational humor. However, once you put a pen in her hand, her humorous observational skills come to life like never before. She's like the Jekyll & Hyde for our office.In her spare time, she likes to knit and we don't know much else because she keeps to herself for the most part. Many people at the office think she doesn't really like us much, due to the eerily similar looking voodoo dolls of us that she keeps her knitting sticks in.

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