What is it like to sell Avon?


Snowdrop
on Aug 05, 2008 @ 08:45 pm

Is it a decent way to make extra income? Is it fun? Is it difficult?
 

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Feisty Redhead
hmmm on Aug 05, 2008 @ 09:37 pm

I have never sold it myself so I don't have any personal experience, but two of my friends have sold it in the past and neither of them made much money from it at all. But then on the other hand my aunt knows a lady who has been selling it for years and years and she does pretty well with it. I'm not talking enough money to live off that alone of course, but just a little extra to help pay some bills.

It's something I'd been giving some thought to but I know I wouldn't do well with it, because of my location (out in the middle of nowhere) and I'm shy and not very persuasive, I'd make a horrible sales person LOL. I'd think if you were in a more populated area and are good with people/advertising you could probably do fairly well with it though.

But then, there is also the fact people don't even need to have a representative to order Avon products anymore, they can just go to the web site and order without ever having a rep to talk to or order directly from.

It's certainly not as easy as they try to make it sound, but if you're the kind of person who is willing to do the hard work to be successful at it it can't hurt to try it out.
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Anonymous
Avon ladies on Aug 06, 2008 @ 10:19 am

scare me. I don't know why... I shirk away from any type of door to door direct sales. Same with tupperwear parties and the like. Bleagh
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mamaluv
Multi-level marketing on Aug 07, 2008 @ 09:04 am

You need to have a thick skin if you're getting into something like this. I have a few friends doing this kind of sales (Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Usborne Books, Discovery Toys, Usana, etc.) and am always being urged to have a party or check out their catalog. I've made it known far and wide that I'm not into these kind of things - they always say there's no obligation to buy at one of those parties, but you know the hostess is getting commission off your purchases so there is an implied obligation (or so I interpret).

While I like most of the products offered by such companies (I have tons of Tupperware and am lusting after some Pampered Chef stoneware!), I will most likely buy them online or from a friend with the explicit understanding that there will be no party. I don't like dealing with the sales end. I suppose what I'm trying to say is that you should know that some friends will try to get at your distributor's discount and others might not want to hear anything about it. Once you cast your net wide enough, you may well have plenty of customers to make it worthwhile. It's the start-up period that'll be difficult.

Don't believe everything the rep who's trying to sell you on this program is telling you,either. They get commission on everything you sell. I had a Mary Kay person fill my ear about how much she made in a month, how she sent her daughters to the best private school in the city, how close she was to earning a car based on her recent sales.... Then I noticed that every time I saw her she was wearing the same outfit and jewelry from Nygard. Could've been a coincidence, but I'm thinking she only had the one "dress for success" outfit and was working it hard. She also drove a run-down Ford Escort. Hmmm. I could be wrong, though.

Good luck with your decision! I hope everything works out for you.
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missmarilyn2012
Passion for the Products on Feb 25, 2009 @ 05:40 pm

I only just recently started selling AVON. I'm a full time
post-secondary student in University. I've always been fascinated with
products (make-up, lotions, perfumes, etc.) and I figured it would be
fun to sell them, almost like running my own little store!



So far all of my effort has been put into getting customers, I
mean, door-to-door flyers and asking EVERYBODY I know. So far the
profits are small, but I feel that if I never had the passion I do for
products and selling, I would not be able to put in the amount of
effort that is needed to make a profit.



You basically get out of it what you put into it, and as long as you do not become your
own best customer, you shouldn't lose much of your profit, but you do
have to invest to start up (there's a $20.00 start up fee), and you
have to purchase your brochures that you sell from (but to save money
on that you can tell your customers -if it's convenient for them to do
so- that they can order online and put in your phone number so you
still make the profits.



I hope this helps! And if your full of passion for the products like myself, good luck!



:)
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VitruvianWoman
Avon on Feb 26, 2009 @ 11:08 am

Hey, I work at Avon (not as a Representative though). Well, first of
all I've never seen them go door-to-door, they aren't people who go up
to people's doors and harass them, as some people seem to think. I've
had an Avon lady and you basically call her when you need something and
when she gets the stuff she comes to your door with the bag. She doesn't try to sell us stuff. We try to buy stuff. That's the way it generally works. I'm sure
there's a phone number to call to get a Representative in the area, so
I think the idea of door-to-door is a little old fashioned because I've
never seen it in my area.



You can make a decent amount of money off of it if you know enough
people that use Avon products regularly, and are a very sociable person
who can find new customers. Sometimes a customer may be only a one-time
customer. Sometimes it might be a regular. You should always be looking
for new customers.



As for the commission, as I remember... it depends on the item. Some you don't get
anything, some you get a certain percentage. It's never a big amount.
Though if, as I said before, you are very good at selling, you will
make a decent amount of cash. I think most people aren't good at selling though.



Avon ladies are usually little old ladies I find. They just do this as a way for a little extra money and also to
meet and chat with new people. Since most people aren't going out of their way to sell the products extensively, I find its mostly little old ladies. It's generally just an extra source of income.



Oh, mark stuff is lovely. I think everyone can agree on that! ;)
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VitruvianWoman
Exactly! on Feb 26, 2009 @ 11:10 am

"You basically get out of it what you put into it"

This is exactly what I wanted to say.
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Lynda
Been a rep since 1994 on Mar 31, 2009 @ 08:50 pm

I have been an avon rep since 1994, and I know you can make money at it. I also have a team, and now avon is mlm. I am making more money at that then the sales. And truthfully I started selling just to give myself something to do as I was bored. Was a stay at home mom, after being a manager of an office in a retail store, and was used to being very busy. Now I have a full team, and I train people like yourself to sell, and or recruit.

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KLadyJ21
I sell Arbonne... on Apr 05, 2009 @ 10:43 pm

and was wondering MissMarilyn, when you started by doing the posters from door to door?...What kind of things did you put on them? I'm trying to use this money to help pay my way though school.
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mamaluv
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missmarilyn2012
Flyers... on Apr 21, 2009 @ 07:58 am

Hey kladyj21!
Sorry took me so long to write back :)
I actually just put on them that if they were interested in buy or selling the porducts to give me a call or email me! :) Nothing too fancy, but it worked, I got a few cutomers out of it!
Goodluck! :)

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