Sunday, May 12, 2013
I have this friend, let's call her Abby (name has been changed to protect her identity and so I don't get in trouble), anyway, she lost weight by watching her calories in/out and really working on herself.
After she had lost 30 pounds she was introduced to a program that could help her lose the last few pounds and also could generate income for her if she became a consultant.
Once she started the protein shakes she started telling her friends that it helped her lose the weight - and she wanted us all to jump on board. Well, besides being expensive ($60-250/month) and having to get the product thru her - I knew the truth - that she really lost all but the last few pounds on her own and it had nothing to do with this product. Being a good friend and wanting to support her, I didn't call her out on it.
I let the others believe what she said. I even sent off for a "sample" that included some protein powder and two little packets of powder for "optimal health" that you are supposed to just open and put on your tongue and swallow. Well, it never lists the ingredients on any of the literature or on the package itself and I'm sorry, but if you are targeting a demographic that wants "optimal health" then you should appeal to their nature by listing all your ingredients because they will want to know that information....duh!
Okay, so I try the protein shake - vanilla powder mixed with 8 ounces of milk. Not impressed. The flavor is about average for a protein shake. She asked me via FB how I liked it and I was honest - that I was not impressed. Her response was "well, I am sorry you feel that way but you really need to use it more than once to see a difference". I then explained that it was the taste of the drink that I was not impressed with, I wasn't even touching the supposed health benefits. She hasn't replied and I guess I lost a friend because she can't handle the truth and I can't just keep my mouth shut or lie and say "oh yes, it tastes really great, I am thinking of buying more". Of course, you are probably thinking that if she dumps me for not buying her product then maybe I am better off not having her as a friend, you are probably right.
If you are still reading....thankyou....let the rant continue!
If you are selling a product you need to know why it is better than any other product out there and be able to back up your claims! If you want to make a sell then you have to have done the research and know your facts. I don't care if it helped you or your Aunt Judy, I want more statistics before I believe whatever you want to tell me. I also have a problem with promoting your product with so much spunk just because you feel duped and want to dupe others for a profit so you don't feel as duped.
I think I will just stick to the protein powder I can buy at the store for $20 - it lasts me and my mom around 2 months or more depending on our frequency of use.
Whew, sorry for the rant guys. Thanks for reading and hope I didn't alienate all my Spark friends.