I Don't Buy From MLM's
WHAT IS A MLM?
For those of you who are not already familiar, a MLM company is a Multi Level Marketing Company who has the business practice of selling their goods through dealers who pay the company for the privilege of recruiting others for the company. The gimmick is that by paying a fee, a member can then buy at 'wholesale' and sell products at retail to earn income. The problem is that there are very few who are customers, because the name of the game is to get everyone signed up for a wholesale account.
HOW REPS MAKE MONEY?
In truth, very few do, but the ones who are getting payed are taking it out of the pockets from the ones under them who are losing their shirts to play along.
The premise is that once you sign up you sign up others under you, and urge them to sign up others under them, and so on. You make bonus and commissions off from those under you, but unless you have multi levels beneath you who are recruiting for the company and those same members are meeting their minimum buying requirements, it doesn't work for anyone but the company.
The members, misleadingly called "Wellness Advocates" by DōTerra, are encouraged to meet a monthly order amount by them dangling a free product in front of your nose, but believe me, there is nothing 'free' about it. The points are most often worth less than the dollar amount, and the system is set up so that the company will come ridiculously far ahead in a short time.
These companies also charge large amounts of money for promotional products, and business materials so you can work the business for them, all the while saying that it is your own business, but it clearly is not, other than the responsibility of filing with the IRS at the end of the year.
Think about it. These companies have thousands upon thousands of employees who aren't making any money, and for whom the company has no legal responsibility. It's outrageous!
BUT AREN'T THE PRODUCTS THE BEST?
Multi level marketing companies, such as Young Living and DōTerra would like you to believe that their oils are costly simply because they have the best essential oils available on the market. It's simply not true.
I haven't personally tried Young Living, but I have tried DōTerra, and they have what appears to be a very good product, but there are a lot of good oils out there among the bad, and they aren't charging you to pay for their multilevel marketing scam, or their ridiculously over the top conventions that are designed to stroke the egos of those who are making some serious dough in front of those who they want to inspire to do the same.
THE LACK OF TRAINING AND THE LIES
Young Living and DoTerra send their representatives out to sell their products without any training while the average consumer assumes otherwise. Anyone can sign up. They need not have any knowledge of the true benefits of essential oils, or any knowledge of the cautions for children, pregnant woman, etc. Any training that is offered is not required, does not require proof of knowledge, and is another way that large amounts of money changes hand.
They teach that the oils can be taken internally and make the outrageous claim that if another company tells you that you shouldn't take them internally it is a sure sign that their oils are not 100% pure essential oils.
The professional aromatherapy does not endorse the practice of taking essential oils internally, yet MLM companies tell their customers that it is fine and go as far as saying that any company who cautions against it is selling a subpar product. See the Aromatherapy Council's policy.
Both DoTerra and Young Living have a form of therapy (Touch Therapy and Raindrop Therapy) that includes the application of a number of undiluted essential oils, another thing that the professional community warns agains. See the council's policy.
Another lie that these companies perpetuate is that essential oils don't go bad. Essential oils are a natural product, and if it is mishandled in a number of ways, it will indeed go bad. This is NOT an indication of an oil that is adulterated.
MORE HARM THAN GOOD
While it may seem like a good thing that MLM's have generated a large following for alternative treatments, the lack of training is turning too many people off for good. Either they think that the products don't work, go broke trying to figure it out, or suffer some sort of negative effect.
If you have been turned off from aromatherapy for any reason, please reconsider and reach out to a trained aromatherapist who can share the true benefits.