Avon is a very popular name in the MLM industry. Who has not heard of Avons GREAT product, Skin so Soft?
So, What is Avon About?
Did you ever hear of the California Perfume Company? That was Avons original name back in 1892.
Avon is an MLM, or Multi Level Marketing business that sells beauty, household, and personal care products
Avon had sales over $5.4 billion worldwide in 2018.
Avon is the 5th largest beauty company. Worldwide it has just over 6.4 million representatives, which makes them the second largest direct-selling business in the world.
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Did you know that Brazil buys the most Avon products than any other country in the world, including the United States?
It is true. Annual sales of products in Brazil passed annual sales in the U.S. back in 2010.
In fact, just last year In May 2019, a Brazilian company called, Natura & Co announced that it has a desire to buy Avon, with the deal expected to close sometime in 2020.
The featured product above, “Skin So Soft & Sensual Gelled Body Oil” is advertised on their website for $13., but if you enter your zip code and purchase thru one of their representatives, you can get it for just $6.99! That is quite the bargain!
What is Avon’s Mission Statement?
From its website, Avon.com, Avon says that “our mission is too celebrate women’s power to make a beautiful and positive impact in the world.”
I guess that kinda leaves us men out, oh well. Smile.
One thing I do like about Avons products is that they do not test them on animals, in the U.S. anyway.
Hear is a quote from Avon.com.
“Animal Welfare Policy”
“Commitment to Science…Respect for Animal Welfare”
“New Avon Company (“Avon”), with operations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and through affiliation in Canada, has deep respect for animal welfare and does not conduct animal testing.
Avon is a strong advocate of both the ethical and humane treatment of animals and the protection of human health and safety.
Our products are developed utilizing alternative testing methods such as extrapolations from existing data, computational modeling, in vitro (test tube/cell culture) testing and clinical tests with human volunteers, to ensure both their efficacy and safety.”
Unfortunately it is not so in China. For some reason China actually requires animal testing to be done if Avon wants to sell their products there. It seems that Avon is trying to come to some resolution about this though, which is very good.
What Does Avon Have To Offer?
When you choose to become an associate of Avon, it is a very attractive offer they make you.
First, they say that you can sign up for Free! I like Free.
Let’s see what Avon has to offer us.
When you sign up with Avon, you get a full-on business suite of tools and support:
• Your own free online store your customers can shop from.
• Incentives to jump start your sales
• Free marketing tools you can apply to your business.
• Customer and Rep support through the Avon Care Center
• Free social media content
• Full access to our website to help manage your business
• A community of helpful beauty lovers who will help you succeed.
• Lots of perks, benefits and other things!
• Free in-class training anytime you please with AVON U.
• Free mobile app so you can sell anywhere in the world.
So Let’s Sign Up With Avon!
As I filled out the form, it is really true, you can sign up for free! Here is the screenshot.
All of that was pretty easy, but lets do some more research on the company itself.
Becoming an Avon Representative, Is it Worth It?
As we dig a little deeper we see the SEC, or Securities Exchange Commision which regulates fair business practices in the U.S. opened a case against Avon in 2008.
Bribery charges were evident and Avon investigated who was responsible and fired the reps that were guilty.
In 2014 Avon negotiated with the SEC and settled with them for a fine totaling $135 million.
It is sad when a few bad eggs hurt the reputation of a truly fine company such as Avon.
Because of these huge fines, it obviously affected Avon’s bottom line and Great Reputation.
In 2014, its total sales globally had fallen for 5 years in a row, and its North American sales fell around 18% that year.
All in all it looks like the hit they took in 2014 really hurt them.
As with any MLM company that has been around for a while and have great products, there are always a few at the top making the big money. But what about the rest?
Some Avon Reps claim that they are making over $2 Million per year.
I was unable to verify these earnings, but I do believe that they are true.
If you go to an Avon presentation you will hear stories of high income earners.
The presenters will tell you that they are an example of what is possible for anyone.
However, the truth is, that those who are actually making good money are the exception.
Jon Taylor has shown that about 99.7% of all people who join any network marketing company will end up losing money.
This is shown in his free book ‘Multi-Level Marketing Unmasked’.
Here is a direct screenshot from page 9 of Jon Taylors free PDF entitled “Multi Level Marketing Unmasked.”
Even with my own experience with MLM it is only the very TOP Talented Business Recruiters who make it.
I was involved with Melaleuca for two years, and though it is an absolutely great company, the bottom line is that to be successful you have to be a GREAT salesman, not just a good one!
Conclusion: To Join or Not To Join?
There is no doubt that Avon has some absolutely amazing products! I have bought and used the skin so soft product some years ago.
If you are an exceptional salesperson and love Avon Products, then this could be a winner for you.
The fact that they have survived for so many decades is a really good indication that the company is doing a lot of things right, and it is remarkable how they bounced back from the 2014 scandal when a few of its high level reps broke the law.
Bottom line is any MLM is very difficult to succeed with, perhaps you have your own experience.
That is why myself and thousands of others have chosen a different business model to work with that does not involve selling things directly.
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