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My wife is thinking of selling CAbi. CAbi is women's clothing sold via the Tupperware party model. It requires a $1500 up front investment. She's very excited about the idea. Has anyone had experience selling CAbi or dealing with the company at all?

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You're not serious.

Un-insightful, non-constructive, unhelpful, peanut gallery ilk comments aside, does anyone have any real experience with this company?

no experience with this company, but heres a thread with plenty of experience in MLM /network marketing schemes...

http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/arcmessageview.php?catid=52&threadid=254231

If she thinks its a way to financial freedom, both of you will be sorely disappointed. and she will piss off her friends.

On the other hand, if you see it for what it is - a $1500+ loss ( it will be more with purchase of more product) and she just wants to pass time with friends (and take their money) then go for it

Tell her to look into Silpada jewelry.

I know someone who switched from Longaberger to this company,
and it's selling like hotcakes! The overhead is lower, too.

Sorry you found my comment unhelpful...what makes CAbi different from Avon, Mary Kay, Tupperware, or any other MLM scheme that requires a big chunk of money up front? A quick look at their website suggests to me that their clothing is geared toward the Coldwater Creek or Chico's crowd - and is wildly overpriced. DYS's advice is, as usual, right on the money. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

That seems like a very large up front investment for a home party company. She might want to shop around for other opportunities. Most companies have a start up package that is $100-200.

And, of course, avon is only $10.

I sell high end women's clothing on eBay with no upfront investment. What a waste of money. That $1500 could be used towards inventory.

brokestudent said: [Q]I sell high end women's clothing on eBay with no upfront investment. What a waste of money. That $1500 could be used towards inventory.Unfortunately, not everyone knows a bulk low cost source for high end women's clothing.

MaxRC said: Unfortunately, not everyone knows a bulk low cost source for high end women's clothing.

I have no bulk source. Every woman in America has access to my very best source. I am just intelligent, motivated and a great bargain hunter. Plus, it has been engrained in me for my entire life that anyone can pay Wal-Mart prices for top of the line goods if you know how to shop right. So, I guess maybe not everyone has the years of bargain hunt-ress training I do...thanks mom, haha <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

brokestudent said: [Q]MaxRC said: Unfortunately, not everyone knows a bulk low cost source for high end women's clothing.

I have no bulk source. Every woman in America has access to my very best source. I am just intelligent, motivated and a great bargain hunter. Plus, it has been engrained in me for my entire life that anyone can pay Wal-Mart prices for top of the line goods if you know how to shop right.Oh... so you have more of a hobby than a business. Nevermind. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0>

MaxRC said: [Q]Oh... so you have more of a hobby than a business. Nevermind. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0>

I'd love to call it a hobby - but the IRS calls it a business. I am profiting about $1000 a month for about 10 hours of work per week (eBay listing + shopping). Not premo money, but its fun and if I am ever a stay at home mom or whatever I know I can produce an easy side income. Plus, I get to shop and get paid to do it...I couldn't stomach selling any more stupid electronics on eBay, the money is there it is just soooo boring. I love skirts, silk, purses and coats - so much more fun.

brokestudent said: [Q]MaxRC said: [Q]Oh... so you have more of a hobby than a business. Nevermind. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0>

I'd love to call it a hobby - but the IRS calls it a business. I am profiting about $1000 a month for about 10 hours of work per week (eBay listing + shopping). Not premo money, but its fun and if I am ever a stay at home mom or whatever I know I can produce an easy side income. Plus, I get to shop and get paid to do it...I couldn't stomach selling any more stupid electronics on eBay, the money is there it is just soooo boring. I love skirts, silk, purses and coats - so much more fun.I commend you for being successful at what you do. The only reason I pointed out the hobby/business distinction is that you used business terms to describe an alternative to how that $1500 could be spent. You then go on to describe something that is entirely different from what your original post suggests. You don't have a stable supply for your inventory, your sources are local rather than national, and your "business" isn't very scaleable since you depend on a personal knack for finding bargains with decent resale value at a handful of discount/outlet spots. To top it all off, $1000 for 40 hours of work amounts to $25/hour, which to me doesn't seem like a whole lot of money for operating a business.

While some of what you say MaxRC is correct you make a lot of assumptions. I buy most of my inventory online (which is why I said it was available all over america, I guess all over the world) and it is easily scalable to a degree - the supply of accessible clothing out there to sell hugely outweighs the time I can devote to it.

Also, I don't know what word other than inventory should be used??? Its inventory to me, the IRS treats it as inventory and its all accounted for and tracked like inventory. I also buy things in multiples, not just one offs here and there.

I don't consider $25 an hour (after all expenses are taken into account) to be a paltry sum of money for something that is so flexible, especially when we are on an MLM thread. What MLM participant (except maybe those at the top of the pyramid) wouldn't love to get $25 per hour spent working on their MLM, the hours they choose, doing something they enjoy? Aside from techy stuff, which I am also qualified to do but loathe, or other specialized skills, there are few part time jobs with that kind of rate of pay.

All I was saying is its a lot easier to get started selling clothes than to pay $1500 to someone as an 'investment' - if you consider my $1000 a month profit a hobby and foolish to work for that wage unlike serious business ventures which are all much more profitible per hour that is fine - but I am sure that a lot of people wanting to work part time with flexibility which is what pushback's wife is probably going for would love this kind of opportunity.

doing what brokestudent does ia a much better financial decision than spending $1500 to get enlisted into a MLM, and thats the bottom line.

SUCKISSTAPLES said: [Q]doing what brokestudent does ia a much better financial decision than spending $1500 to get enlisted into a MLM, and thats the bottom line.This we all agree with. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>




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