MLM's. They are EVERYWHERE. They are ANNOYING. The information is RIDICULOUS.
I flat out refuse to give any MLM the time of day, whether it be nutrition (the absolute worst of them), make-up, clothing, kitchen items, etc. It's all just people sucked into the promise that these bogus companies make to them, trying to shove their garbage products in our face to make a buck. I have deleted many Facebook "friends" over it.
I refuse to buy into ANY MLM at all, they are almost all just money making schemes. I am starting to unfriend pushy FB peeps. Same with the party crap. I did make an exception for my very BFF who sells Rodan and Fields skincare I did buy some acne stuff for my teen daughter who is totally broke out I am hoping it clears her face up. A couple of my former in laws are sucked into several MLM's and I refuse to buy anything. The latest is a travel one.
The Thrives in my area came in brick and mortar shops, with smoothie bars and exercise classes. So the location became a bit of a Starbucks/church/mall for people who got into it. But if you honestly think about it, a lot of people won't shut up about the new amazing thing in their life, whether that's the love of their life, the poorest partner choice they could dig down to find, their new pet, their new child, their empty nest, their favorite new restaurant, their new love of curling or the last movie they saw. So if it wasn't Thrive, it would be something else.
If people are selling *anything* at work, that's inappropriate. As an employer, I would want to know, especially if they're using work time or facilities. Does your employer have an anonymous suggestion box?
I have friends that sell such things. Not Level, but Plexus and Isagenix, etc.
They put an innocuous question like, what is your favorite desert? In their status update. Say you answer apple pie.When you answer they slide into your Messenger telling you about the apple pie shake. That they promise tastes just like an apple pie, fresh from the oven. Except, it contains no apples or anything natural that remotely resembles an apple pie.
Almost as annoying as Young Life essential oil distributors. One contact and thousands of emails, despite unsubscribing. They make so many different lists, so one unsubscribes but is only off that one list.
I’ll admit, YL has a fab grapefruit EO, but I’ll take affordable and transparent NOW or other companies over any MLM. Looking at you, DoTerra.
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No, they're not selling it on the company's Facebook page. But they are selling at work. Which is breaking the rules. But I'm not going to rat them out. I just think it's sad they're wasting so much money.
I won't even try a free sample of that stuff.
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5/22/19 9:20 A
Companies like Le-Vel "thrive" because there are too many people who are looking for a quick fix. They don't want to have to count calories, measure portions, avoid eating junk food, go to the gym, etc. All they want is to take a pill and have the weight miraculously disappear in 8 weeks.
Why count calories when you can take a pill ?
You'd think that we would have learned from our mistakes. I'll admit it. I took Dexatrim when I was a teen. I believed the hype ! Did I lose weight ? YES. Did I gain it all back once I stopped because the side effects were making me nuts ? YES.
However, there are people who don't learn. they make the same mistakes over and over because they want to believe the hype is real.
How do you get someone like that to listen ? By setting the example. If the OP continues to eat right, measure their portions, engages in regular exercise, eats plenty of veggies, avoids junk food, etc... People will start to notice. They will start to ask, what are you doing ?
I remember a co-worker telling me how great I looked. Said I'd lost so much weight, how did I do it ? When I told her honestly that it was because I was eating right and exercising, she looked genuinely crestfallen. I really think she was hoping that I would tell her what pill I was taking or what shake I was drinking.
People want the quick fix. And the reality is there is NO quick fix.
If folks are interesting in learning more about Le-Vel, I suggest reading some of the complaints on the Better Business Bureau website.
Keeping in mind that this is an MLM, any of your coworkers / friends who choose to quit using the product will be feeling responsible to anyone that they sold to as well as themselves. It is tough enough to admit that you have made a not-so-good choice and wasted money, but to then have to explain it to the family and friends and coworkers who also spent their money based on your recommendation... well, it makes it far, far more difficult. I suspect a goodly number of folks keep going with things like this far past the time when they realized it was a bad idea for them, just to avoid having to explain why they changed their mind to folks they sold it to.
Another thing to realize is that this product is incredibly loaded with caffeine, as well as a few other stimulants, which can impact personality and mood as well as energy levels. Many people would have a terrible time weaning themselves off of this product - much like folks who abuse energy drinks. The effect of the caffeine on energy and mood could absolutely be perceived as a benefit of the product. The inclusion of aspirin (willow bark) in the mix works as a pain reliever / anti-inflammatory, so can also be a perceived benefit. That the same effect / ingredients could be found in much cheaper and safer forms is irrelevant, since there is no way of proving it.
Honestly, once you have refused any of their offers to purchase, and told them that it is not something that you feel is safe, or useful, or worth the money --- then it is no longer any of your business. They are adults making choices of what they want to spend their money on, and they are the only ones who can determine whether their choice is worthwhile to them (even if it seems worthless to you). Any discussion needs to be shut down with a "we are always going to disagree on this, so you do what works for you but I have no interest in it" --- and skipping the social media all together will get rid of that irritant for you.
Sir Terry Pratchett: "Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."
I deal with people like this. I am of the mindset that food and moving will get you to far more places than a pill will. However, if you listen to my SIL who works for an MLM that begins with the letter A, the only way you will ever be skinny, pretty, or healthy is only if you use every one of their products. It's exhausting. I used to fight her over it and now I just roll my eyes and walk away. Slowly my in-laws are coming over to my side since they have all been losing a ridiculous amount of money buying stuff they never use.
Now that I have complained about it. I am sorry that it is going around your work. I feel like every few years there is some big new diet company that everyone joins. Hopefully, they will all get over it soon.
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I consider the people I'm dealing with to be friends. I just really hate seeing them getting taken advantage of because, like I said, they're not wealthy. And this has been growing at my job for the past couple of years now. I would have thought they'd discover it doesn't work and moved on by now.
I see all kinds of companies like this on my facebook wall. I don't trust them they sell weight loss pills and protein shakes and patches when it takes real work to lose weight and better yet you can buy most supplements at a health food store or like you mentioned at walmart for a lot cheaper. to me, thrive le-vel isn't any different then Itworks and many of the other MLM companies I get spammed with.
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5/21/19 4:57 P
Where I work, it's like half of my coworkers are on Thrive. It's like Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Once they're on Thrive, they behave like they're in a cult. Their entire Facebook existence is devoted to promoting Thrive and getting people signed up for it. They all will claim that Thrive has done miracles for them in a matter of weeks or even days. Thrive does everything. It'll get you to lose weight, clear your mind, brighten your mood, etc. Thrive cream will cure acne, cure frostbite, cure vericose veins, stretch marks, wrinkles, loose skin, etc. So many before and after photos claiming miracles that even Jesus couldn't perform.
What's going on here? If I try to investigate Thrive through Google, I'm flooded by advertisements disguised as unbiased reviews. It's SO HARD finding a legit review for this stuff. When I am able to get some scientific information, it says Thrive is a total scam.
I have tried talking to my coworkers about this. The ones who are on it won't listen to reason at all. None of my coworkers are wealthy. The opposite. Yet, they're willing to fork over $200 a month for this crap. I try saying "If you want vitamins and caffeine supplements, go to the supplement aisle in Walmart. Same thing but you can save hundreds of dollars a month. OR, eat properly and you can ACTUALLY be healthy." But it's like talking to a wall.