This is for all of the Avon representatives out there (and for all other would-be Avon buyers as well). I am an Avon representative and I have been instructed by Avon that it is AGAINST COMPANY POLICY to sell current or future Avon products on any online service. The only way that is allowed is if you sign up for a website through myavon.com. I've noticed an increasing number of representatives on eBay violating this company policy and have tried to enlighten as many as possible, only to be told by most that it's none of my business. Unfortunately for those who feel that way, Avon will soon be warning them that if they do NOT desist, they will no longer be Avon representatives.
JEWL ~ I don't know the set-up now, but when I sold Avon many years ago (late '70s - early '80s) each representative had a specifiic, assigned, and protected sales territory. That kept us from competing against each other, and allowed us to establish good, long-term relationships with regular customers. Anyone caught routinely selling Avon at the workplace, or at parties, or at swapmeets -- or anywhere else outside the assigned territory -- received a warning. If the sales outside the terriory continued, the person could no longer be an Avon rep. It worked and I was able to make a reasonably good income for us at a time when things were rough financially. NOW...I know times have changed, so this may no longer be Avon's policy. After all, actually going door to door as I did would net you very little nowadays -- most of the women are away from home, out working their own jobs, and the ones who are home are probably too cautious to let a "stranger" in the house! But you seemed curious about what Avon's thinking could possibly be, so I thought you might find a bit of "history" interesting.
Avon needs to get over her bad self...Most all the women I know order their Avon off eBay and have very good relationships with their ebay sellers...me included...It is a new age as Avon knows from all the new products they sell. As I see it...this is a great new way to get more reps and sell more products...I can't imagine they would limit themselves...to the ridiculous... I would say...Competition is always there so put your blinders on and run Avon, run!!!.....lol...light'n up...everyone always wants to keep all the cookies.....SHARE...it is good for kids to do that...teeeeee...heeeeeee
My mother-in-law is 86 years old and she use to sell Avon in the early 1960s. I have a few posted and plan on posting more. If it was up to me I would take all of her empty decanter and give them away.
In the 80's I sold Avon door to door. I then became a district supervisor and gave out the same company line that territories were protected etc...until I had someone flagrantly selling anywhere and everywhere.
The area rep over me checked with Avon and we found to our shock that there really was no legal way Avon could stop the reps from doing this because they had not signed any contract to that effect.
It was just something we had all be told. I guess Avon expected us all to be lady like about it. After that, all bets were off. I left books in stores and made deals with clerks for a percentage of sales if they took orders and the orders were delivered to them. I went into areas that had no reps and probably would never have a rep because it was too sparsely populated and had women take the books to work and gave them a percentage. They got paid a higher percentage actually than they would have got on their own because all the sales were credited to me.
I never made less than 50% commission. And all my ladies didn't have to buy the sample bags, books, samples etc. It was a good deal for all of us.
I did that for 2 years and supported three kids on the money I earned with no other means of support.
Hi, countrybaker ~ I was selling Avon in Canada, and I did actually sign a sort of "territory" contract. Maybe contract law is different there, so something could be enforced that couldn't be here...? I think your idea was was fine. People who wanted to make a few dollars in a very casual way, selling mostly to family and friends often did not want to invest in the brochures, case, samples, demo products, etc. (it did add up!) so they didn't sell at all. You gave them a chance to make that bit of money, you made some extra, Avon got its cut. As they say, "What's not to like?"
I very recently considered selling Avon here & contacted a local rep about getting started but she wouldn't sign me up because I only intended to sell on-line. Having shared that info - if Avon was truly serious about keeping their products off eBay you'd think they would have joined VeRO by now but I just checked and they are not on the list, but I noticed both Mary Kay, and Merle Norman are.
The fact is that reps buy the product through Avon and Avon makes the same money whether it's sold on Ebay, or to the lady next door. They set the selling price in the catalog, but if a person can make more $ through Ebay, more power to them.
I haven't bought any Avon on Ebay, but I've bought Mary Kay. Their prices are so high, I wouldn't consider buying them from anywhere but ebay, where I can get them for almost 1/2 the price, including s&h.
I have sold Avon and stopped because it is so much cheaper on eBay. I buy it on ebay and I agree with the above poster, the reps pay for the item and if they sell to a neighbor, relative or on eBay it should make no difference. I think once they did away with territories this is really a non issue.
I know that I am getting on the chat late. But if AVON can sell to jobbers and then items are sold at stores like BIG LOTS (I saw "collectable only from AVON" there really cheap, then how can they get upset if someone sells on ebay. Somebody had to buy it from them and they made their money.
When I used to sell PartyLite Candles I ran into the same problem.
There were sales representatives that would list items on eBay before they were even available to all of us to sell.
I listed a couple of items on eBay because I did not need so many items to take to shows all of the time.
PartyLite sent me a registered "Cease and Decist" letter and stated they would sue me if they ever saw that I listed another PartyLite item while selling for them.
They had someone checking on the listings and comparing our email addresses.
I quit selling PartyLite because I was not buying items from them at cost and selling them for a profit like others.
They did not let you explain.
i use to sell some avon products, left over when I bought a lot from Avon. Its sad to know that Avon do not want us to sell on Ebay. I feel that its up for the sales representative to find a way to sell.
And selling/buying online is the easiest way to go.
I hope they reconsider that decision.
It seems to me that the biggest threat to AVON reps is AVON themselves. I'm an erep and have been for almost a year now and most of the people that come to my website are redirected to the Avon site no matter if I have it set up with a code or not. Now AVON is giving out what I call premission to reps to open their own retail stores. I will be the first to admit I come to ebay to buy my supplies cause it's definately cheaper here than buying from AVON on the purchase orders. Honestly, I don't see any harm in selling on ebay as long as AVON is getting their money and the rep is getting his/hers. Let's get with the times. The only thing AVON is upset about is that they are loosing their 7.50 a campagin each rep pays to have a website through them. So who is cheating who there? I say AVON need to get a grip.