Confession: I was almost a part of a direct sales business. Almost. I had a friend contact me and I listened to her spiel. I fell for it hook, line, and sinker. I only had to get 7 people on my team, who would get 7 people on their team, who get 7 people on their team, so on and so forth, and I would be a BILLIONAIRE. I would run the world, and I would be running it from the comfort of my own brand new FREE car!
Now that’s not exactly how it worked, but you get the idea. Luckily my phone phobia kept me from fully committing. (I can hardly call my neighbor to ask to borrow an egg, let alone contact friends from 10 years ago to try and persuade them to make a purchase.) During my direct sales period I sold exactly zero products, and I’m probably on a do-not-contact number over at the company.
What happened to the “friend” that persuaded me to join after my direct sales business crashed and burned into the ground? I never heard from her again. Nope. Not once.
It was a fake friendship.
Let me just start off by saying, I fully support moms who are trying to better themselves. I am 100 percent into supporting small businesses and moms who are building their companies. If you are in direct sales and rocking it, go you!! I’m not against direct sales at all. However, there is a part of direct sales that really grinds my gears, and that is the fake friendship aspect that direct sales seem to spur.
I’m sure we’ve all gotten the overly friendly messages from friends long ago trying to sell us hair removal cream, fat burners, organic cure all oils, or whatever the latest trend is. The other day, I saw that I had a message in my inbox from a friend that I haven’t talked to in many years. I was excited to hear from her because I love reconnecting with old friends. When I clicked on the message I was disappointed when it said something like, “Heeeey Girl! Your kids are so cute, and your life is dreamy and adorable. But you know what would make your life better? My latest blah blah blah blah blah.”
Wait. We haven’t talked in years and now you’re trying to sell me crap? My fake friendship radar immediately went off. I don’t even know what she was selling because I felt bamboozled. She didn’t want to be friends. She simply wanted to sell me something. She wanted my moolah, plain and simple.
I actually had a friend contact my husband on Facebook asking if he wanted to buy some of her latest and greatest fancy skin care products for me. Really, man, really?! First of all, let’s keep my husband out of this fake friendship nonsense. He won’t fall for it. Second of all, is there something grotesque about myself that I’m not seeing? Have I transformed into a haggard old lady at the ripe old age of 29? Do I have the opposite of body dysmorphia where I think I look halfway decent, but in reality I’m a wrinkly acne ridden lady with the leathery skin of a 90 year old who still sun bathes? Please say it ain’t so.
Let’s not even get into the fact that more than half of my Instagram requests come from people trying to sell me something. I had a lady that I had gotten to know via Instagram who randomly sent me a picture of her kids through a direct message that said, “Do you want to earn a full time income while working from home?! Contact me and I’ll tell you how.” Fake friendship alert.
First of all, I’m pretty confident in the fact that in order to make a full time income I would have to sell 9 million dollars of product in under 2 months all while juggling fiery batons and sleeping on a bed of nails, but that’s really beside the point. When I was a working mom, I found it offensive when people would assume that I was miserable at my job, or that I was dreaming of the day I could work from home. Not all working moms dream of becoming the next June Cleaver, okay?!
Anyway, there’s nothing more annoying to me than fake friendships. If I haven’t talked to someone in years, it drives me crazy when they contact me, add me to groups, and try to get me to purchase something. I already know they sell it. I see the products bombarding my Facebook wall, and honestly I don’t really mind that. Post away, spread the word, but people contacting me acting like my bestie giving me their sales pitch drives me flat out bonkers.
If I am interested in a product, I can almost guarantee I will contact the person about their business. If I am looking to make a purchase, I cross-my-heart-pinky-promise-take-a-blood-brother-oath that I will try to buy it from one of my friends first.
Have YOU experienced the direct sales “fake friend”?