It seems like periodically, though, there’s a rash of people using Facebook as a way to sell (or harass you to buy) whatever home based or direct sales product they’ re selling at the moment. Some of them border on stalker behavior trying to get you to try their product, buy their product, or have a “party” to sell their product to your friends. Lately, the trend seems to be to add you to a group or an event about it. It fills up your news feed, and you constantly get notifications about it. It’s annoying.
I first had the idea for this a few months ago when the “Make Facebook Fun Again” photo went around in response to people’s behavior on Facebook concerning politics and other controversial topics. I liked it. I thought it was a fairly lighthearted way to make a very valid point.
I have no artistic abilities, so I just wrote something out with markers. I haven’t posted it on my Facebook page, but it’s becoming more and more tempting. Unfortunately, everything here has been something that has been an ongoing issue.
The leggings: For some reason, I took an instant and intense dislike to these. They remind me of the stirrup pants craze of the late 80s/early 90s. As a child, I took an instant and intense dislike to those. As a kid I was more of a jeans and button down kind of girl. Today I’m more of a Worthington pants and top or sweater for work, and jeans and t-shirt or sweater for time off kind of person. Leggings just don’t do it for me.
The habit with them seems to be for people to add you to groups and events for them. You then get tons of notifications and reminders. Sometimes there’s a blurb about why the person selling them needs your support. I just don’t think that’s appropriate. If you’re trying to sell me something, at least focus on why I need the product, not on why you need the money from selling me the product.
The miracle weight loss programs: This has probably been the most egregious one. The worst person by far, is a former co-worker, who started messaging me every single time I got on Faceook about trying it. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Early in the morning, late at night, it didn’t matter. Every time I logged into Facebook, she was there on Chat, telling me how her program would transform my life, make me skinny, and make me a millionaire so I could quit my day job.
I finally told her that I didn’t try weight loss products that are soy based, or that have any soy at all, so if hers did, I couldn’t try them. Most of them do, so I thought that would get her to leave me alone. I have to avoid soy for medical reasons. I have benign tumors that are estrogen fed. Because soy mimics estrogen, I have to avoid it. It can cause the tumors to grow, which increases the chances of them rupturing and causing internal bleeding. To put it bluntly, and dramatically, consuming large quantities of soy could actually kill me.
You might think that would be enough to make someone back off, but you would be wrong. She went on to tell me how their soy is different. Okay, sure. I’ll ignore what medical professionals have told me because you (with no medical training) think I should try this program. I don’t think so. I turned off Chat and stopped reading her messages. She then added me to a group detailing people’s success stories. It took me a while to figure out why every time I logged into Facebook I was inundated with pictures of half naked strangers. I finally figured it out, removed myself from the group, and chose the option to prevent anyone from adding me back in.
The cosmetics and skin care: This seems to be the latest trend where the people selling them send you friend requests and messages because you’re friends with a friend of theirs, and they just know you’ll love what they’re selling. Really? You know my skin type and cosmetics preferences just based on my being friends with someone? Do you also happen to know the winning lottery numbers in the next drawing?
The other trick is that they add you to groups to teach you how to apply cosmetics, take care of your skin, etc, once again filling up your news feed and sending you tons of notifications. No thanks. I’m 35. I’ve been wearing makeup since I was 14. I’ve figured out how to apply it over the two decades I’ve worn it.
The accessories: In my experience these are usually the most blatant appeals for money. The sales pitches usually come with appeals along the lines of “I just need to sell X number of dollars worth per month to be a stay at home mom”. Again, if you’re selling a product at least focus on why the potential buyer needs it rather than why you need to sell it.
I’m sorry, but I’m just not going to part with my hard-earned money for overpriced handbags, hair clips, nail polish, whatever the product of the moment is just because you want me to. That’s not why I get up and go to work every morning.
Like I said, I haven’t posted this on my Facebook page, but it becomes more and more tempting every day. I’m just not sure it would actually make a difference with some people.
So what about you? Are you inundated with people trying to sell you things on Facebook? Have you found a good way to convince people you’re not buying?
I realize this post was a little bit of a rant, and I promise that tomorrow’s post will be much more positive. We all need a good rant every now and then, though. So feel free to rant away in the comments. I’m honestly kind of hoping I’m not the only one.