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SCENTSY MLM Scam Deceptive Advertising by Sleazy Independent Consultants?

October 21, 2012

Is Scentsy a deceptive MLM company that uses fraudulent tactics and sleazy independent consultants to sell dangerous, overpriced products?

ScentsyAccording to Carol B. it is.  We received this angry complaint from Carol, who felt that she was deceptively tricked into attending a sales presentation by a coworker.

Here’s Carol’s story:

“I started working at a new job in a new town.  Since I don’t know too many people here, I was really happy when a coworker sent me an email saying that she was having a few people over on Sunday afternoon, and she would love it if I would be able to come.

“I really appreciated her thinking of me, and I was really looking forward to meeting some new people.

“When I arrived, I found out that instead of a social get together, this was a home party and that my new ‘friend’ was an ‘independent consultant’  for some multi-level marketing scam called ‘Scentsy.’  Instead of a real party, I had to listen to a presentation about these stupid, overpriced warmers that melt scented wax with a light bulb.  She was pushing  these stupid warmers and wax bars packages for like $75 – $85.  The Scentsy plug-in warmers are glorified nightlights they sell for $20, and the tabletop warmers are like $35.  Of course, if you’re stupid enough to buy those you’ll have to buy their ridiculous scented wax bars for the rest of your life.

“I discreetly asked around and none of the other guests knew they were attending a sales presentation.  Yet still they allowed themselves to be manipulated into buying these ridiculously overpriced air freshners just to be polite.  I was the only one who didn’t buy.

“I have some advice to people who do these home parties like Scentsy and invite people under false pretenses:  You are scum.  You might think you are clever, and you might get some free products or whatever, but all those people you tricked, even the ones you tricked into buying and tell you they love the product, now know you’re scum and can’t be trusted.

“My advice to people who unknowingly show up to sales parties:  You should leave.  Or eat a bunch of their free food and then leave.  Do not buy a thing!  Make it clear you don’t appreciate being lied to and that if your friend needs money that bad she just should have asked you for a loan.  Do not be ashamed.  It’s your scummy host who should be ashamed.  Go buy yourself a Glade Air Freshner and buy some new shoes with all the money you saved!”

The only good thing that came out of Carol’s experience with the Scentsy home party is a new goal she has at work.

Says Carol:  “I now have a work fantasy that I will get promoted to supervisor over the sleazebag Scentsy consultant.   I will call her in for a meeting to discuss a promotion and a raise.  When she gets there, I’ll say ‘Oh, I didn’t mean a promotion and a raise!  Sorry!  The meeting was to let you know you’re fired!  Good luck with your Scentsy MLM scam!”

ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE SCENTSY MLM HOME PARTY OPPORTUNITY?  IS IT A SCAM OR LEGITIMATE OPPORTUNITY?  SHARE A COMMENT BELOW!

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213 Responses to “SCENTSY MLM Scam Deceptive Advertising by Sleazy Independent Consultants?”

  1. Trista De Leon says:

    First of all, that is my graphic you’re using and I have a copyright. So remove it ASAP.

  2. ADMIN says:

    Trista De Leon:

    Could you please

    1) Substantiate that it is your graphic,

    2) Substantiate that you have the copyright

    Thank you,

    ADMIN

  3. Guest says:

    More Scentsy nonsense. Of course Trista De Leon is lying… she’s a stinksy rep isn’t she? She’s one of these delusional self-important scentsy legends-in-their-own-minds “consultants” who come in all puffed up and demanding and then run away like little girls in a huff when they get challenged or exposed as the frauds they obviously are.

    How is that her graphic? Looks generic.

    I also like how she starts “First of all…” then never gets to a “second of all.”

    stay away from scentsy and the stinkers who pushit!

  4. Trista De Leon says:

    I’ve already chatted with you through email. I don’t do drama. Do what you would like to. I’ll file Copyright infringement and be done with it. Remember just because it’s on google.. does not mean it’s yours to take. :) Have a great day!

  5. ADMIN says:

    I take no pleasure in calling out Scentsy Star Director Trista De Leon and demanding an immediate public apology.

    The apology is not for me or UnhappyFranchisee.Com, nor is it for our readers whom Ms. De Leon misled. The apology is for the group of more than 400 hardworking Scentsy consultants across Canada, Ireland & the US who look up to Trista De Leon as a leader, mentor, role model and source of inspiration… as the guiding light in their wickless candle of entrepreneurship.

    Trista De Leon accused UnhappyFranchisee.com of infringing on her copyrighted work. She demanded that we remove a graphic of a cartoon woman that she created. She threatened us with legal action. And she hurt my feelings by calling me “rude.”

    Trista De Leon wrote “You are using my graphic on your site. I own the copyright… It’s mine. I did it with photoshop and have used it for years.”

    We researched the illustration in question and found that it was created by Lauren Burke, a graphic designer/illustrator in San Diego California, and licensed as stock by Getty Images and iStockPhoto. See:

    http://www.istockphoto.com/vector/gesturing-woman-7838301?st=e103ec1

    When we confronted Trista De Leon with irrefutable evidence that she had lied, she admitted that it was Ms. Burke’s illustration and Scentsy’s logo, and she had only created a background.

    Trista De Leon has racked up significant awards and achievements, including the 2009 Annual Mentor Award – Scentsy Wickless Candles, 2010 Annual Mentor Award – Scentsy Wickless Candles, Hawaii Trip Earner – Scentsy Wickless Candles, Dominican Republic Trip Earner – Scentsy Wickless Candles, Cancun Trip Earner, and Star Director status.

    Trista, with much recognition comes much responsibility. You have soiled the Scentsy reputation with black carbon-like stain one would expect from wick-based companies. We believe all those who began selling witless candles because of you would like to hear an explanation, or at the very least an apology.

    We think you owe them that much. Don’t you?

    ADMIN
    UnhappyFranchisee.Com

  6. Trista De Leon says:

    Wow, you are an angry person. Its sad that you feel the need to hurt people. Just wondering are you going to remove the image since you didn’t pay for the license to use or alter the image? Like I said, I created the graphic. I didn’t day that I created the girl. I paid to use the image of the girl. A lot of bloggers know this image of the girl has been around for years. You know what I’m sorry about? Wasting my time and giving you the pleasure to create drama to add to your blog. You’ve insulted me over and over just because of a request to remove an image that I’ve been using for years. I hope that you can find some happiness in your life and not feel that you have to treat people the way you do.God Bless You.

  7. ADMIN says:

    Trista:

    I appreciate and accept your apology. Even Star Directors make mistakes, but only super-Stars can apologize when they’ve wronged others! And you are a Super-Star Director in my book!

    Wow, you are an angry person.

    Trista, I admit that I was angered by your attempt to bully us with demands and legal threats. But then I put ROSE CHAMOMILE LAVENDER fragrance in my Scentsy warmer and was immediately transported to a romantic garden path with billowing chamomile, spikes of lavender and lush, and feminine rose notes. I now understand why those feminine rose notes have been long-trusted for their soothing effects!

    Just wondering are you going to remove the image since you didn’t pay for the license to use or alter the image?

    It’s allowable under the doctrine of Nominative Fair Use. It’s legal, unlike claiming a copyright to someone else’s work.

    Like I said, I created the graphic.

    At most, you put a colored background behind someone else’s illustration and a company’s registered trademark. I am glad you see the difference between what you did and what graphic designers go to art school to learn.

    You know what I’m sorry about? …giving you the pleasure to create drama to add to your blog.

    Apology accepted.

    God Bless You.

    Thanks! I don’t know why I keep sneezing. Hope I’m not allergic to billowing chamomile or spikes of lush!

  8. Mrs. Letterman says:

    In my opinion Scentsy is great. I love the products & that they are guaranteed, warrantied, & not all Scentsy consultants are “scum” or “sleaze bags”. If you were so unhappy & this lady lied, why did you not just leave when you showed up and realized it was a Scentsy Party? Bashing people is not the right thing to do, lying to people or tricking them certainly is not acceptable; however, not every direct sales consultant is like another. Some do it for hobby, some to purchase for themselves, & some do it to make friends & have fun. I do not understand why you feel the need to be so judgmental and say “Consultants” because each individual are their own.

  9. Adult-Child says:

    What an insane bunch of petty, sensitive adult-children.

    There is a market for overpriced anything and it will be capitalised on so long as consumers have the cash to throw at it.

    Instead of overreacting to a party ( you’d call this consultant scum and would fire her over this incident if you became her manager, that’s retarded.) You could have capitalised on the get together by enjoying free snacks and socialising with other coworkers as you had intended to had you not been so offended by some crap about warmers.

    It’s not like your coworkers actually wanted the product being sold and therefor threw money at it or anything, right? How absurd.

    Grow the fuck up, petty woman.

  10. Girl's Club Fun says:

    “Adult Child” says “You could have capitalised on the get together by enjoying free snacks and socialising with other coworkers…”

    GREAT suggestion, Adult Child! I can tell you, it really works! My friends and I do this several times per month for free food and drinks. We call it Girl’s Club.

    Here’s how it started: A girlfriend and I went to Happy Hour after work one Friday and I complained that I had gotten roped into going to the Scentsy party that night by a particularly annoying co-worker. I mentioned that she lived in a big expensive house and seeing it was the only positive thing.

    My friend asked “Will there be booze?” and I said, yes, scentsy lady had mentioned that they’d have wine and beer. They are kind of show-offy so I knew it would be top shelf stuff.

    “Let’s go!” said my friend.

    We had a blast! Instead of spending our money at the bar we each had at least 4 glasses each of this really good wine (French names, corked bottles – no twist off caps). At, say $7.50 a glass, that would easily have cost us $60 at a restaurant or bar.

    She had these great appetizers like puffy pastry things and these big ass shrimp. We stuffed ourselves with ate least $30 worth of food. So by going to the Scentsy party we saved like $90 worth on food and drink, $99 total if you figure in a 10% tip. That doesn’t even count the swigs of Fireball we snuck from the bottle we found in the freezer!

    Almost every other week my friend and I and now another friend go to basket parties, art parties, cosmetics, cooking crap, you name it. Three of us work different places so we’ve tripled our exposure and once you start going you get a bunch of invites from other people at the parties for THEIR stupid parties. None have been as fun as that first one, but we regularly score over $100 worth of food and drink and goodies. We call it “Girl’s Club.”

    If you want to start a Girl’s Club, here are some tips we’ve learned:

    – Always find out if there’s going to be alcohol. If not, take a pass.
    – Find out what they’re serving in advance. You can do this subtley by saying “You’re hosting a home party? I’ve always wanted to do that but know nothing about it. What do you serve? Is it expensive?”
    – Bring a large purse to hide goodies “to-go.” Include a few ziploc bags in case there’s stuff like shrimp that might smell up your bag.
    – Never buy anything, but make a big fuss about how great the products are. Several party hosts are on to us but still invite us because we help sell their crap and we swell the numbers.
    – If you feel pressured into buying, place an order then text the host right away and cancel. You can always cancel a check or charge back a credit card purchase and claim you never ordered it.
    – NEVER feel bad. Remember, they were trying to take your money for overpriced crap. F- them. Turnabout is fair play.

    Most important thing: Have fun! Keep a running count of the $$$ amount you consume at each party and try to top your highest score! We’ve topped $250 but that included a Swarovski crystal paperweight that turned out to be a limited edition that “fell” into my friends bag… Oops!

  11. EVIL SCENTSY CONSULTANT says:

    What Scentsy consultant peed in your damn cheerios? lol this post is straight comedy. Damn don’t buy the produts and move on with your life. How extremely bitter and pathetic. Get a hobby, and quick.

  12. Girl's Club Fun says:

    “Get a hobby, and quick.”

    EVIL SCENTSY CONSULTANT: I HAVE a hobby, a wonderful one called “Girl’s Club.” It’s profitable, too!

    Didn’t you read my message… or are those Chinese-made Scentsy fumes corroding your short-term memory?

    Do you have a scent called “Burned Con-sultant” cuz I would order a dozen or 2.

    (and later cancel).

  13. Britt says:

    Thanks for the good laugh at a boring day of work! ;) These comments are HILARIOUS.

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