Life has gotten in the way of running my Younique business but I recently said “Welcome to #theAteam” to a new Scottish recruit Diane. I have now meet Diane a few times to train in person. Like many, she tells me that she is loving running her business along side of her “day joy”.
That’s one thing that is great about running an MLM business. You can do it as little or as much as you want – when you want. We both see the benefit in that.
Often the more you put into your business, the more you get out of it. Unfortunately that’s not always the case, but it usually the case. Mindset has a lot to do with it as well. If you go around thinking and saying how hard it is to get sales or recruits then you’ll find that to be the case. I don’t ever use the word “hard” when describing my Younique business.
Anyway, I digress,…It’s great that Diane is local so we could meet. As many have done before her, she found me through my popular Pyramid Scheme Linkedin post…(nearly 200,000 views and counting) 🙂
It’s been a few years since I’ve had anyone join my team who was local and keen to meet up and learn. As we’re nearing my 3rd anniversary – I’ve got a lot of wisdom to pass on to her so it’s been fun to meet up with her!
Younique is Now in Ireland
Great news for all the lovely Irish folk out there who love make up and fancy running their own part or full time business. Younique has just launched in Ireland this month. It’s so exciting to launch in new countries and Younique continues its global expansion with this latest country release. You can find out more about joining Younique here. You may want to start by reading these 5 FAQs of Joining Younique here.
Younique currently operates in many markets around the globe – including the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, France, Spain, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy and now Ireland
To Join Younique it will cost you:
GER / FRA / SPA / IRE €107
HKD $775 — + shipping
Moodstruck Minerals Retired
Oh my I am bummed to announce that the Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powders will go away forever at the end of July—which means you have one last chance to play with these wonderful matte and shimmer pigments! You can pick up six in this month’s Kudos, while they last. Better hurry though these are about all gone and when they’re gone they’re gone. It’s a bummer because these are one of Younique’s most versatile products – you can wear them on your eyes, your lips, your face and even in your hair. Oh my!
Well that’s about all I have time for today so please reach out if you have any questions about me, joining Younique or about the products as well. I’d love to hear from you – and work 7 days a week (usually).
UPDATE SUMMER 2017 – the first part of this post about the coffee – is no longer happening. Also the greeting cards has some major news too which you can read here…So feel free to skip on down to the Younique news, why don’t you?
We’re getting close lovelies…Cards, Cosmetics, Coffee are all coming together soon.
Over the last few years I’ve launched small businesses. First it was a direct sales business – Younique.
A year later I added another MLM to my bow, Phoenix Trading greeting cards.
Then a year later it was, coffee but this time my own brand of coffee – Neart.
Neart is the first ever Scottish Coffee aimed at mindfulness.
Slowly, over the past six or eight months, I’ve been putting together a sort of idea for a hamper with Cards, Cosmetics, Coffee and maybe chocolate in it too. Maybe candles? Caramel? Some people have even suggested Champaign. 🙂
Anything starting with a letter C it would seem…
Seriously though, I’ve not had as much time to focus on the makeup or greeting cards but will continue to work those two businesses as and when I can. For now it’s about getting a coffee off the ground. See what I did there? Coffee. Ground. Ha!
The 4 Coffees Are:
Neart Power – twice the caffeine for times when you need that boost!
Neart Energy – a medium blend from the Americas
Neart Force – a Blue Mountain, Kenya, single origin coffee
Neart Flow – a Swiss Water Decaf
There is one size, 250g bags, and four options: Whole Bean, Filter, Cafetière and Espresso grind too. Once we get up and running there will be lovely small gift sampler versions of all of four coffees in one type.
New Younique Products & Team Talk
I’ll be honest, Younique has been quiet the past few months for myself and my team. March broke all kinds of company records, but since then, it’s been crickets for the A-team.
I still love being a Younique Presenter and Sponsor, but life does seem to be getting in the way. My focus is drawn toward the new coffee project Neart Coffee so that has left little time to market any new makeup and skin care products from Younique. Quite excited to check out some of the new products – such as the Touch Loose Powder Foundation. If there is one thing Younique is awesome at, in my humble opinion it’s clearly Foundation.
NEW Phoenix Cards
Slowly I’ve started to sell some more cards for 2017. Valentine’s, birthday and general cards are going at last. There is a lot of stock here at the homestead, but where it really needs to be is out and about. So I’ve taken it into the office and it’s the “Honour System” whereby if anyone needs a card, they can grab one and just put the money in the envelope or PayPal Me their card money.
Wow! It’s been a pretty big month so I thought I’d highlight some of the Younique Milestones Met in March 2017. There were record breaking numbers in terms of Younique Presenters signing up and some for sales too. In addition to the Younique milestones, there were also new products launched, new catalogs, kudos, presenter kit (as pictured above) and incentives. As it’s now April 1st I thought I’d recap on just a little. No foolin’ here.
Well Done Younique Sponsors!
Well done to my fellow Younique sponsors – as Younique Presenter levels have now hit 700,000. That’s pretty incredible for a company that’s been going for less than five years. What I am not sure is how many are active. I would be curious to know that to to be honest. The thing that is perhaps hard to track is the amount of presenters who go inactive only to reactivate as Younique presenter weeks or even months down the road. In any event 700,000 a pretty cool number. Won’t be long until Younique presenter levels reach a million.
New Formula Younique Mascara
The reformulated Younique 3D Mascara has also been selling like hotcakes. They contributed to Younique’s best ever month of more than $60 million in sales. One of the FB Live videos with co-founder Derek said that three weeks in Younique was averaging $1.7m in sales daily. To have finished the month over $60,000,000 is quite an impressive feat. Again kudos to my fellow Younique Presenters…We rocked it!
My Own Younique March 2017
Personally speaking, I had one of my best months in months. Due to other circumstances going on in my life (such as trying to launch my very own coffee business) I’ve not had the time to dedicate to my MLM businesses (Direct Sales that is). In addition to Younique I also have a greeting cards business with Phoenix Trading. NOTE: That business I don’t actively work, I just liked the cards and like sending cards to my customers so it made sense to join Phoenix too.
Looking forward to hearing what the April Kudos is but right now it’s a weekend and so, at the moment of my typing, the new Younique Kudos has not been announced. Soon as it is I’ll place my order for the new Splurge Cream Eyeshadowpictured above. It’s called Bittersweet and I think it would be a good shade for my pinky skin tones. We’ll see.
Any Younique Questions?
If you have any questions about Younique products or being a Younique presenter, I’d be happy to speak to you and be your Younique Sponsor. Most people just join my team without even saying “Hello” which is fine. The choice is yours. If you need help, I am here, if you just want to be a kitsnatcher and don’t want to speak to me – that’s fine. It’s your call!
You can ring me on UK 0141 416 1492 or North America: 408 353 0434 – 7 days a week. Or if you’re ready to #jointheAteam go here.
My Five Fave Younique Products at This Moment:
Younique Foundation: Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation – Organza
Splurge Cream Eye Shadow – Hopeful (so soft and pale it’s barely visible)
Touch Glorious Face Primer – Best_product_ever. Never leave home without it (practically)!!
Lucrative Lip Gloss – Usually Lucid, Lavish and Loveable (but there’s always one in my bag or pocket).
Moodstruck Addiction Eye ShadowPalette 5 (because it’s my newest one, but I use one of them daily)All products can be found on my Younique by Thea shop site.
Update: 2 Apr: Younique’s April 2017 Kudos went live after my post did…and I am happy to confirm that it’s the Flawless Four Collection and it features some of the best – in my humble opinion – products.
Already mentioned above that the Foundation and Primer were two faves. I use the concealer most days too. I sometimes use the Foundation brush but often prefer the puffer. Still this is an excellent bundle with great value for money.
Turns out I have dozens upon dozens of greeting cards here in my flat so I thought I’d have a March 2017 Special. These are high quality, UK produced cards and need to be given and received. So after a little chat with my upline Janet last night, I’ve decided for the month of March – every card here is £1.00 only. These cards are premium cards which retail at £1.75 (and honestly they’re worth more than double that).
So if you need a card of any description, then please let me know. There are cards for all occasions here. You can see ten listed above in the Instagram post and even more if you search this site.
Mother’s Day 2017 (UK)
Also, before I go, just a friendly reminder that Mother’s Day is coming up at the end of the month. This year it’s Sunday March 26. Your mother would probably appreciate a nice card – and possibly a gift. Please note that the USA has a different Mother’s Day – and this year it’s on May 14. I’ll be placing a small order for cards for mums soon. Let me know if you see any you might like and I’ll add it to the order.
So why not take advantage all of this March 2017 Special – and stock up on some cards you may need this year? We’ve countless relevant cards for all occasions – birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, new babies, congratulations – you name it, we’ve got it.
How to Order
Visit the shop to see the cards you like, make a note of the numbers & descriptions, then reach out to me** with your preferences. If you’re not bothered about saving any money – but want the cards fast – you’re best ordering direct through my website. I appreciate every order no matter how big or how small.
** remember to get the deal you must order direct to save money.
Need a Hamper?
If you would like to create a special gift with impact – we can create a bespoke hamper for someone special in your life. Reach out to me for more information on cards, cosmetics, coffee, chocolate – or anything else….
I always love hearing about the New Younique Products launching. It creates such a buzz of excitement. Just now I opened up an email which covered the variety of new Younique Products that are launching in less than a month – including new luminizers, powders, sprays and new shades of Splurge, Lipstain, and Lipstick too! Whoohoo!
Here’s the overview on what you can look forward to trying—and selling—soon.
Touch à la mode Luminizer Create your own best light with our versatile line of highlighters. The lustrous, illuminating cream, cream to powder, and powder luminizers each come in five shades, letting you blend and build the level of light you desire.
Moodstruck Brow Obsession Palette Get brows that wow! Our mirrored compact features five products in one to match your mood. With light and dark sculpting powders, matte and shimmer highlighters, and a setting wax, you’ll have everything you need for impeccable eyebrows. Available in Blond, Brunette, and Dark Brunette/Black.
Touch Behold Translucent Setting Powder Get a flawless, photo-ready finish with a translucent powder that helps makeup stay in place. Our weightless setting powder gives sheer natural coverage, blurs the look of imperfections, and leaves skin silky, soft, and set for any adventure ahead.
Touch Behold Setting Spray (Available May 2017) Lock in fresh-looking makeup while hydrating with a spritz of our ultrafine setting spray. Mist face throughout the day to reset and refresh your look, or use as a primer for extra refining and mattifying.
Fan Brush Brush on brilliance with a light touch. This brush is perfect for a flawless finish, applying powder foundations, setting powders, bronzers, and luminizers without affecting makeup beneath. Made with synthetic micro-crystal fibers.
Powder/Concealer Brush Get a smooth, airbrushed finish with this double-ended brush. Apply powder and concealer over areas large and small to conceal flaws and bring out beauty. Made with synthetic micro-crystal fibers.
Brow Artist Brush The perfect companion to the Moodstruck Brow Obsession Palette, this double-ended brush helps you line and sculpt stunning brows with expert precision. Use the ultra-angled end to get sharp lines and the thin, flat end to apply wax, highlighters, and color. Made with synthetic micro-crystal fibers.
PRODUCT LINE EXTENSIONS
Can’t get enough of your longtime favorites? Neither can we! So we’ve added vibrant new lip colors and creamy, dreamy new matte shades of Splurge Cream Shadow you’ll want to snatch up.
Moodstruck Minerals Lucrative Lip Gloss Shimmer and shine with three new lip gloss colors you’ll love: Lucid (vintage rose shimmer), Lunar (golden nude shimmer), and Lippy (perfect peach shimmer).
Moodstruck Minerals Stiff Upper Lip Lip Stain Get smudge-proof, smooch-proof lips in six new colors: Speechless (peachy nude), Shameless (neon coral), Sucker-Punched (berry pink), Sensational (brick red), Serendipitous (lavender pink), and Smoldering (deep purple).
Moodstruck Opulence Lipstick Pucker up with four new lipstick colors: Swagger (bold purple), Opportunistic (dark purple), Ambitious (berry purple), and Top Notch (bright coral).
Splurge Cream Shadow Your favorite cream shadow now has more mattes to make eyes pop. Look forward to six new additions: Bittersweet (light coral pink, available March 1), Grateful (light brown, available April 1), Unfazed (grey taupe, available May 1), Jubilant (dusty rose, available June 1), Unapologetic (burnt orange, available July 1), and Rapturous (eggplant, available August 1).
In Other News…
I welcomed a new recruit to the team this week – number 35 is Brittany. Welcome my dear!! If you need a sponsor simply to sign up under then by all means, reach our or just #jointheAteam here. I can help you as little or as much as you need. I tend to be a hands-off sponsor but if someone needs my help I am available 7 days a week via phone, email or video call too!
New Younique 3D Moodstruck Fiber Lashes Plus – 2017
I am so excited to posting today about the new Younique 3D Moodstruck Fiber Lashes Plus – just in time for 2017. I can’t begin to tell you how relieved and ecstatic I am to hear that Younique is re-launching re-engineered these new 3D Fiber Lashes now.
This flagship product was such a popular one. Originally manufactured in the USA, but then the 3D lashes production moved to the USA and, well, to be honest, it just wasn’t the same…but now…get ready for the new and improved lashes!
Record Breaking 3D Fiber Lash Mascara
We’ve sold over 10 million sets of 3D Fiber Lash Mascaras since Younique launched!
We’re now ready to launch the re-engineered Fiber Lashes Plus
The 4 main waves these new 3D Fiber Lashes has been improved are:
1) The reformulated transplanting gel – contain four advanced Polymers
2) All new fibers
3) All new brush
4) A re-engineered bottle neck wiper
It’s time to fall in love with this revolutionary product all over again!!
This Thursday (December 15, 2016) at 6am PST – every active presenter will be able to purchase one new Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Plus. That is one month before the rest of the world will be able to purchase them. So mark your diaries for January 15, 2017. This date, if it’s anything like previous 3D launches, will likely break the internet.
I will make sure that I buy mine on Thursday, and will look forward to getting the special introductory kit that’s on offer – which is the set of 3Ds, an information booklet and a new 3Ds charm. I do love my charms of course, so I’ll have to get this one too!
Once I get them and try them out, I will report back to you lovelies, OK?
I sure hope they are as great as they sound. Like many out there, I lost my joy for the 3D mascara there for a while and even stopped carrying them in my bag. So we’ll see.
If you are gearing up to do some holiday shopping on the Younique website, then you will need to be aware of the cut-off dates for orders arriving in time for Christmas.
To ensure delivery of your Younique purchase by December 25, 2016, it is recommended orders are placed by the following dates which vary according to the different regions around the globe you may be in:
United States – Economy: December 9
United States – Ground: December 16
Orders must be placed by 11:00 AM PT and are subject to limited availability
United States – 2-Day: December 21
Orders must be placed by 11:00 AM PT and are subject to limited availability
Canada: December 9
Australia/New Zealand: December 9
United Kingdom: December 12
Germany: December 14
Mexico: December 15
France: December 14
Spain: December 12
Hong Kong: December 20
Yay for Younique December Kudos
Have you purchased the December Kudos from Younique? I have. Last weekend. And oh my I am eagerly awaiting its arrival, but for some reason the DHL site is not showing up. It should have been here by today but maybe tomorrow and honestly, I can’t wait!
Younique Sales & Sponsoring
I have finally had a surge in Younique sales, thank goodness. It had grown rather quiet there but it’s sure picked up this month. Have had orders placed on my website from Australia and Germany too. I’ve had some recent orders locally for friends as well. So delighted that business has picked up again. On the downside the numbers on my team have been dwindling….my own recruits and also those who were sponsored by my recruits.
I’ve always said Younique is not for everyone but it always is a bummer when you lose your recruits for whatever reason. It’s a real drag when the ones who have such a natural gift leave your team. Also a bummer when recruits go to other Direct Sales companies without a word…but of course that is their prerogative, and I wish all my former Youniques the best. I am just sorry to see them go.
To end on happy note, I have had some lapsed Younique recruits resurrect their accounts and that pleases me beyond belief.
Not been getting much time to update this blog of late but I’m still here and I am still Younique. Want to know more about it? Feel free to reach out to me on the details found on my site. Want to join my team?
You have a Younique Christmas, lovelies.
Update December 10, 2016
When Available The promotional pricing for the U.S. and Canada markets are available during these dates:
U.S.—Saturday, December 10, at midnight PT through Wednesday, December 21, at noon PT
Canada—Saturday, December 10, at midnight PT through Tuesday, December 20, at 10 a.m. PT
Expected Arrival Time
U.S.—2* business days
Canada—3* business days
* Shipping timeframes are estimates and cannot be guaranteed.
Flat Rate Costs
You will see the expedited shipping option at this lowered price at checkout. Happy holidays!
UPDATE 2018: Am no longer doing Cards or Coffee but am doing Tshirts and Cosmetic still.
As if there were not enough on my plate, I’m now adding yet another “C” into the repertoire with coffee. Now I’m officially a purveyor of Cards, Cosmetics and Coffee. While the first two are direct sales companies I run as little sidelines – the real focus going forward for the foreseeable future will be the coffee…So how do all of my businesses tie in with each other? Is there a method to my madness? I believe there is, read on and I will explain.
That’s a good question. It’s understandable to ask why I’d launch my own brand of coffee when I really don’t know that much about it. One reason is that Coffee is the the number one most consumed drink globally. It has proven to be a mood lifter and people who drink it are often very passionate about it. When launching a business, they tend to say that you should be passionate about your product or service, and even though I don’t drink coffee, I am.
Truth be known, it’s not really about the coffee for me. Coffee is simply the vehicle with which to channel my mission or message through.
It has actually occurred to me that my interest may be due to the fact that for my entire life, my dad has drank coffee as if it were his lifeblood. He is heavily involved in helping me for this company and at the time of typing these words is the only person, apart from my logo designer, who even knows the name of the company. But I digress.
Back to being on a mission…
What is My Purpose?
I believe my role in life is to change the way people think. No more so than on soyouvebeendumped.com where around 50,000 lovelorn men and women would visit from all four corners of the world every single month.
In addition to simply giving people a space to read and share stories, it’s also my intention to show these people that an ending is just the beginning.
These heartbroken people often need to be reminded that they are enough, regardless of how it may feel at the time. Someone may have chosen to walk away or they’re facing some emotional challenges but there will be a way to turn pain into gain. (Check out the video below).
For positive healing, one must make it their mission to find their gift in their challenging situation – no matter how bad or dark it may seem at the time.
Strangely, or not as the case may be, Younique’s mission is to Uplift, Empower & Validate. That is one of the reasons that I actually joined Youniquein 2014.
Their mission aligned with my own personal ethos, as well as that of So You’ve Been Dumped.
It all ties into this concept of making people feel better about themselves, because, in my experience, we all have some sort of issues about ourselves.
Most of us can feel not pretty enough, smart enough, successful enough, or what have you. This goes for men and women alike. Many of these limiting beliefs will be operating on a deep subconscious level and need to be reprogrammed. Here is where the coffee comes in.
My Coffee Mission
My new brand of coffee will follow similar principles to SYBD…it’s designed specifically to empower its drinkers.
So instead of taking a time out, they will be encouraged to take a time in. What do I mean by that? They’ll be urged to make their coffee, pause while they drink it, in order to check in to see how they’re feeling, note their thoughts, their energy, and take steps to shift it accordingly.
It’s an exciting concept. I can’t say too much this week, but maybe next week. I may even do my first Facebook Live. We’ll see.
Christmas is Coming
In the meantime, if you have any shopping to do, you can always check out my cosmetics on the Younique by Thea shop.
So pleased to report that today is my two-year anniversary as a Younique presenter and sponsor. My Youniqueiversary, if you will. This post will pick up from last year’s My Year In Younique post. Over the last year, I have continued to detail the highs and lows of being a Younique Presenter*. It’s not easy to be Younique, but overall I still love presenting, as much as the day I joined, two years ago. And:
I’ve continued to recruit presenters – nearly 35 to date – which isn’t too bad (without trying).
I’ve reached another level.
The new products, ranges, kits, kudos, catalogues and so forth – help to keep things fresh and interesting for me.
Low Point of the Year
Arguably, the lowest point of my year, was having someone nark on me for my unsanctioned “dedicated Younique blog”. Whoops! My bad.
I was essentially busted for not having sought approval of the blog. Hands up, that was my own fault but I’d run it for a year and a half before ever being nailed, so I can only assume that someone complained.
Being shut down killed my Younique mojo for quite some time. Months, if I am being honest. Not only mine, but it also killed the morale of some of my team mates. It really wasn’t good. I believe that I lost presenters as a result.
So please make sure if you have a dedicated Younique blog that you seek approved by compliance. Read the Presenter guide carefully and do learn from my mistake! Please.
So after some soul searching, I took some time out, regrouped and set up the more general blog that you see here today. Now, instead of only dealing with makeup company, it features my greeting cards business and any anything noteworthy that I come across. Gifts, businesses or even people who deserve some coverage! Recently I featured the lovely Anna from My Cupcake Toppers.
High Point of the Year
At the end of November 2015, I finally climbed up another rung on the ladder to reach Blue status with Younique. To reach blue you need to sell $4000 with your team. That was one of the best moments of my entire business life. Seriously, it felt amazing to receive that order that pushed me to the next level – halfway up the ladder, or so.
When I joined Younique, I thought I’d be black status in a matter of months. That was my goal. Green by March and Black later in the year. To be honest, that was rather naive.
Sure, some Younique presenters have achieved the top ranks fast, but honestly, the vast majority haven’t and probably won’t. We currently have over half a million Younique presenters and just over 200 have reached Black Status levels 1, 2 ,3. Do the math.
The hardest part about sponsorship is seeing people join, often do excellent work for a while, and then they give up for whatever reason. Life gets in the way. They buckle to negative family and friend’s comments. They get frustrated that they’re not making any money it. I’ve always taken the “in it for the long haul” approach to Younique. Slow and steady. Some months I do really well and others not good at all. Generally I am pleased if it pays a bill or two. Plus I love getting discounted makeup.
Should You Join Younique?
Well you might be wondering “Should I join Younique?” and the answer is that it depends. It’s not for everyone. I love it still. I love the products. If you’re solely looking for a way to earn quick cash then it may not be for you…It could be, but probably not. I’d rather have you join with realistic expectations.
If you like the idea of something you can run alongside something else, enjoy discounted makeup, have a bit of fun, and want to make some new friends along the way – then it probably will suit you quite well.
In the worse case scenario – you get all the makeup in the picture above for an amazing rate. The Younique Presenters Kit changes regularly. It’s always a great mix of products, regardless. So even if you join for the kit (become a “kit snatcher”) it’s probably worth it just for that.
Normally it’s a case of “Buyer Beware”, but today my post is a cautionary tale for any online sellers. It’s about what I’ve learned to be a common phishing scam. This is a true story that happened to me as a Younique Presenter/Sponsor this week. What this is not is asking if Younique is a scam…If you’re searching for that sort of info, please read “Isn’t Younique Just a Horrible Pyramid Scheme” instead. (PS: It’s up to nearly 150,000 views to date, and spoiler alert: No, it’s not…a scam).
Selling Online Scams
As I mentioned, this is my story as a Younique presenter, but it should also be noted, that it will be a relevant read for anyone in Direct Sales – regardless of the company. You might even say it’s relevant to anyone who sells anything online, such as on Craigslist, Ebay, Gumtree or anywhere transactions may happen.
When one of my first Californian recruits, Teri joined the A-team nearly two years ago, she mentioned she had a similar story. In her story, it was a mother wanting to buy some makeup for her daughter who was getting married. These scammers always seem to have a story to tell.
I had not known that until Teri explained what happened. (It’s happened to her more than once). In Teri’s case, it was a woman who didn’t have a credit card and so wanted to pay by check. Wait, hold on, I am getting ahead of myself…
It Starts with An Email
Both Teri and myself had our first email through our respective company websites. My first message came in, and it simply said, “want to order”.
From the moment that I saw that brief, curt message, my spidey-senses were tingling. I immediately tried to test out the email a few places which showed nothing online.
Even though I was obviously dubious about it, you have to try to give people the benefit of the doubt. So I kindly wrote back to Mr Michael Cohen (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a very simple “How may I assist you?”
You’ll see from his reply a detailed order that “Michael” wants to place. It’s a big one! Who wouldn’t love that order…? If only…
A big detailed order also seems to be par for the course with the scammers!
So I reply saying that Younique is done 100% online and gave my direct shopping link to buy the makeup there.
Of course “Michael” says he is skeptical about using his “credit card online or any other online form of payments” and thus wants to pay by check or money order.
I feel like writing back saying I am skeptical about him, but I don’t…
The next red flag is when the person starts to use words effectively stating “I don’t want to pay online” (in some shape for form). That is where your suspicions, as an online seller, ought to be confirmed.
If you see that, run a mile, or at least be very, very careful going forward. OK?
Please note: Since joining Younique two years ago, I have met many people (strangers) in person who wanted to pay by cash. These were usually for the 3D lashes, which I always had in stock. More on that later…
So sometimes when a person doesn’t want to buy online it’s legit!
Back to Michael Cohen…
What’s also interesting, or even hilarious, is that not only can he not spell his last name right (OK, maybe that was just a typo?), but the mailing address he gives, is a fake one. (At least according to a map search pictured below).
But still, being a kind sort of person, or simply not gullible, I actually said that I have no way of taking checks or money orders. I gave him the link to find a local Younique presenter/sponsor.
So, if he is legit, and has real issues with shopping online, he can shop from someone local. Fair dues right?
Not surprisingly that was all I heard from Michael. Not even a “thank you” for my time!
My Advice for Selling Online
Proceed with caution always.
Don’t get excited when you see an order come in that way. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Do your homework – e.g. try to find as much as you can about the person.
Don’t accept checks or money orders – unless you know the person or can verify they are legit. If you do take those forms of payment, wait until they clear before you buy any products!
In this day and age there are plenty of ways to pay online – even through a “pre-paid” credit card. So the whole “I don’t want to pay online” is generally bogus!
Be very careful if anyone suggests meeting up in person. As I said, I have met many strangers. I am happy to deliver Younique makeup locally in Glasgow, and to accept cash. I always meet in a very public place. Like with online dating, I’d recommend somewhere like a tube/train station or coffee shop. Everyone I’ve met (a dozen or so) has been fabulous. So don’t worry about that! Just be safe! OK?
If you find yourself in a situation whereby someone wants to transact with you, and making up excuses as to why they can’t pay online – proceed with caution. It won’t always be a scam but it very well could be. Do your due diligence. The same rules apply for any MLM company, on Craigslist, the trade websites, Gumtree or what have you. There are lots of scammers out there and I don’t want to see you caught out!
Update 1 Day Later:
After posting this post yesterday, I shared the link with my Secret Facebook Team group. I have now had another team mate, Charlotte, respond saying she’d just had one of these too. She has just messaged me the screenshot of hers.
I love how Flora puts her (alleged) USA phone number and says she wants to get products from Charlotte who is based in England. And the so-called Michael in Canada tries to order from a Scotland/Californian Younique presenter.
So email@example.com – 604-343-8019 – shame on you!
Name and Shame Online Scammers
Do we need to shame anyone else? By this I mean attempted scams taking place on any platform or with company. Let me know in the comments below. Let’s put an end to scammers. Naughty scamming people! Shame on the lot of them.