Men selling Avon

by Jon Tees 24 replies
I was thinking about helping a female friend of mine sell Avon but I’m not sure about it. How much success can I expect as a man selling products geared toward women to women? I’m sure it probably doesn’t make a difference, but I imagine certain women don’t feel comfortable having men selling them certain products.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    How good looking are you?
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    • Profile picture of the author tish_lynn02
      If you think its something you can do then I say go for it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jon Tees
      Originally Posted by Gene Pimentel View Post

      How good looking are you?
      I sort of look like you, but my face is really young looking about ten years behind that of someone my age. Just an average/above average looking guy, who alot of other guys look like and many women would and do find attractive. I recently lost about 50 pounds but am still a work in progress so don’t really have any recent photos to post.
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
    I think that to do what you are suggesting effectively, you'd probably need a rainbow bumper sticker on the back of your car.

    ... and an extensive collection of Barbara Streisand albums.
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    • Profile picture of the author Scott Ames
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    • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
      Originally Posted by redfoxseo View Post

      Or just tell them your from Vermont LOL That is bad I am picking on my own state.

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      My disclaimer... I don't care if a guy sold cosmetics or not. It's just too much fun joking around about it. It's just that all the guys I've ever seen personally that sold beauty products were either openly gay, or must have liked to openly flame for the fun of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author joey88
    That's no so bad idea. I know some men who are selling avon.
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  • Profile picture of the author mgkimsal
    Originally Posted by Jon Tees View Post

    I’m sure it probably doesn’t make a difference, but I imagine certain women don’t feel comfortable having men selling them certain products.
    Sounds like it 'makes a difference' then, doesn't it?

    You'd probably get a bit of a novelty aspect out of it with some people, which may make up for some of the other prospects that would be turned off by it.
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    Yeah, a gay person could MAYBE pull it off. Frankly, I don't know what women see in THEM.

    Women tend to put some faith in Peer advice, woman to woman, and tend to be more comfortable being approached by, and touched by, women, in certain cases, such as this. There IS a reason why Avon encourages WOMEN.

    Women also understand the products better and can speak from personal experience.

    There is also the laugh factor. Of course, a lot of that is covered in Scott Ames link.

    Steve
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      • Profile picture of the author GuerrillaIM
        Originally Posted by BIG Mike View Post

        Never had a woman complain she was uncomfortable when I touched them. Might have been my hand over their mouth though
        Haha classic!

        I think women do better cos (in the UK) they are always in each others houses for cups of tea during the day. Like if a new person moves into a suburban neighbourhood all the gossipping old ladies intorduce themselves and have a cup of tea. I am not sure how comfortable they will be having a man in or to the door while their husband is at work.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kim Standerline
          lol I think your several decades out of date with this one.

          I'd suspect most women are too busy workin their asses off to spend the day suppin tea (bless)

          Kim

          Originally Posted by GuerrillaIM View Post

          Haha classic!

          I think women do better cos (in the UK) they are always in each others houses for cups of tea during the day.
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          • Profile picture of the author GuerrillaIM
            Originally Posted by Kim Standerline View Post

            lol I think your several decades out of date with this one.

            I'd suspect most women are too busy workin their asses off to spend the day suppin tea (bless)

            Kim
            I didn't mean all women. Every time I go to see my mum during the day there are always a few old darlings sipping on a cup of tea and munching on some biscuits.

            I have been there when avon lady comes round and she always pops in for cup of tea and gives the gossip for the street.

            I admit, this is a very limited survey, but I doubt its isolated.

            I know my mum doesn't feel comfortable having men in the house during the day and so do a lot of her friends. If a workman is coming round they go round each others houses so there is more than one of them. I am talking about the older generation here 50+
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            • Profile picture of the author Kat Bartone
              Hey Jon,

              I think it's a great idea! In fact, you could provide a rather unique perspective, don't you think?

              You've got the opportunity for a fantastic USP here I think - as long as you don't let your words or your body language communicate uncertainty about what you're doing.

              Remember all those commercials about men selling vacuum cleaners? Of course, times have changed, and I'm sure all our warrior brothers do their share of the housework - but back in earlier times, guys did pretend to be experts in something that by and large, women did.

              Seriously though, selling Avon doesn't mean you are an expert in using it yourself, but you can be or become an expert in your own experience of it (maybe your mother/sister/partner etc uses it - just get some personal stories together and it will work). Practice with your friends, and get comfortable with the role. Sounds like fun!

              I say go for it!

              EDIT: Hmmm, one man army has a point - women might be uncomfortable letting a male stranger into the house - but aren't a lot of these things sold these days through house parties, little gatherings that can be announced in the local weekly rag or the supermarket bulletin board?
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            • Profile picture of the author Kim Standerline
              OMG I'm laughin that hard you made my stitches hurt!!

              Older generation you cheeky sod, I'm 51, it's the first time I've ever thought of myself as the older generation

              and I admit my neighbor came in for a coffee this morning lol


              Originally Posted by GuerrillaIM View Post

              I didn't mean all women. Every time I go to see my mum during the day there are always a few old darlings sipping on a cup of tea and munching on some biscuits.

              I have been there when avon lady comes round and she always pops in for cup of tea and gives the gossip for the street.

              I admit, this is a very limited survey, but I doubt its isolated.

              I know my mum doesn't feel comfortable having men in the house during the day and so do a lot of her friends. If a workman is coming round they go round each others houses so there is more than one of them. I am talking about the older generation here 50+
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              • Profile picture of the author RobinSkeen
                Originally Posted by Kim Standerline View Post

                Older generation you cheeky sod, I'm 51, it's the first time I've ever thought of myself as the older generation
                I with you Kim. I'll be 51 in a few months. I have never thought of myself as the older gen. Sheesh. 50 is really young once you pass it.

                Yes, Avon sells lots of mens and childrens items. It's not just all makeup.
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                • Profile picture of the author dljmktg1
                  I know a few men who do well with Avon. If it's something that interests you, then give it a go.

                  Here's an idea that one of the people I know does... He specializes in selling the gift items to men who have know idea what to buy for the wives, girlfriends, or both. He has built quite a following who send him many referrals.


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  • Profile picture of the author RobinSkeen
    I sell Avon. In my district there are a couple of men who make a full time living selling Avon. They are middle aged men and one is probably in his 60's. I think it's the product that sells itself in this case.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    If you're selling it online, you could just pretend to be a woman. If you're selling door to door and don't make a very convincing drag queen, I don't know ... I would not let you in my house, but I would let an Avon "Lady" in my house.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Worner
    I know several married guys who sell Avon fulltime quite successfully, the ladies seem to find it very amusing having a guy sell them underwear and perfume though it doesn't stop them from buying the merchandise.
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  • Profile picture of the author Susanna Dodd
    You know I think it would be a good idea if you sold Avon. I used to sell it myself and I know that they have a lot of good quality products for men. My husband likes their cologne. You could be a good male representative for the company giving a male perspective on the products. Good luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Not only men's products, but Avon also has gifts such as jewelry, childrens items, toys...see,

      It's not just about women's make-up any longer!

      As a matter of fact, you could just carve out your niche in the men's market, selling not only the men's line, but to men in the arena of buying their special lady the jewelry, and bath products, and convince the men to play Santa and get kids toys for any children in their lives!

      My granddaughters are delighted when they get the little avon items, bracelets, lipbalm jewery, etc, in their stockings!

      Just my perspective, hope it helps!

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  • Profile picture of the author xbokcom
    I know many guys that make a killing in the cosmetic field. It is all about selling the need what the product will give to the customer. So listen what your customers want.

    All the best...
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  • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
    We used to have an Avon man, and although he'd always stop for a chat, his main business model was just dropping off catalogues and picking them up again. Worked fine for him.
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  • Profile picture of the author KimPup
    Doesn't Avon sell mens items also??

    And I would think a man selling to woman might be a good thang???
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