I am currently avoiding the 2 ladies who recruited me into this Arbonne "opportunity". Why? Well, I'm acting like a coward basically. I have the used pup, a new pup and bits and pieces of Arbonne crap all in a box ready to deliver to these ladies which should be the final step in severing the Arbonne link between us. I could offer the excuse that I am out of town all the time and when I am in town, I just stay very busy with kid stuff, but it really doesn't wash. I often pass by one of the lady's homes on my way out of town so I could easily drop it all off . The fact is that I don't want to hurt her feelings! Ughhhh! Do I think she and the other lady were dishonest? Absolutely. Do I have the courage to tell her that I think so? I'm working on it. There is a very large part of my heart that wishes that I didn't believe what I know to be true only because I will lose 2 friends that although I am no longer that close to, we have history and old times to laugh at. The older I get, the more I want to hang on to that kind of stuff.
There have been several discussions about where the blame should be shifted; Arbonne or the Recruiters? Why not both? I'm mad at the ladies who signed me up because I knew once I was signed up that they knew more than they were willing to give up until after I had signed on. I knew that they had lied to me on several occasions just to sell me the dream. And I knew that they sold me out; plain and simple. Yes, I think they are responsible for the part they played in this mess, but Arbonne built the foundation of their business on lies. Arbonne knows that the REsults Approach (puppy approach) has been used and abused by people like Sibley Gammon to boost their sales volume, but continues to do nothing about it. Arbonne is playing a game with everyone and will keep the game running as long as people are buying into the distributor side of the business. I have no interest in a class action lawsuit, although I've thought about it many times. I would be much happier knowing that companies that operate the way Arbonne operates are exposed for the complete scam that they are. I would wonder if someone was a complete idiot if they told me they were a distributor with AMway......I can only hope that one day the Arbonne name will have the same stigma attached to it.
There have been countless posters on this board who have spoken of friendships lost and relationships turned awkward. Before I gave up completely on Arbonne, what I was hanging on to was a hope that even though the company itself was dishonest, maybe I could find a way to do the business honestly. I've read many posts from new consultants who discovered the truth in much the same way I did. I can tell that they too would like to find a way to do this business honestly. Unfortunately, the Policies and Procedure is just another smokescreen that Arbonne hides behind to excuse away all the nasty behavior of their reps. Besides all the other lies Arbonne continues to allow the circulation of, the fact that the company can't even hold itself to the Policies and Procedures is proof enough that the company isn't legit. I don't buy the claim that there are Nations out there running this business honestly. I can accept that they might think they are running it honestly, and may have even convinced themselves that the lies Arbonne feeds them through meetings, seminars, Learn & Burns, and books are true. But deep down there is a voice warning them and for now they will ignore it because the hope of the dream Arbonne promises is just too strong.
For any of you about to post that I am just bitter and sad, please come up with something more creative. I live a very full life. This blog does not consume me and I am a very happy person.