helen-louise (baratron) wrote,

a lifetime ambition achieved!

Just went out to get cash to pay my credit card bill, and achieved a lifetime ambition. I was rude to a Herbalife distributor!

Herbalife are the company responsible for a colossal amount of paper spam. Their distributors hand out leaflets saying "Got a computer? Put it to work! Make up to £500 per month part time or £5000 full time! For more information, look at [web site address]". But it's actually a very nasty form of multi-level marketing. You don't get to see any of the product until you have spent a large amount of money. And if you still have any friends left, you have to try to sell the (overpriced) products to them.

It's completely evil. It preys on three types of people: the gullible, the greedy, and the desperate. Now, there isn't much you can do about gullible people, and greedy ones deserve what they get, but I wonder how many desperate people pick up these flyers and think it's the answer to their financial troubles. I mean, £500 per month is a lot of money. But how many man-hours do you have to put in before you see any return whatsoever? How many hours distributing these stupid flyers? How much money do you have to spend setting up the web site, if you have no IT knowledge whatsoever? How many trees get cut down for it?

I don't know at what point people realise the whole thing's a scam. I was lucky - I realised it was a scam before even signing up for it. Maybe there are people who genuinely have huge amounts of spare time and don't actually need the money, who are able to stay in the scheme for the 18 months or 2 years before you break even. But I regard anyone handing out these flyers in the same way that I regard email spammers. It's a waste of resources, and it's sucking in desperate people to spend time and money on something that's not worth it.

So when the grinning woman at the station tried to give me one of these horrible yellow slips, I said "No thank you, I have an allergy to Herbalife" and walked off. I only wish I could deface every one of their stupid posters and "Lose weight now! Ask me how!" adverts with the same sentiment, or Trish's anti-diet leaflets.

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