Many people looking into side hustle income consider companies like Hello Pink, and if you are searching for Hello Pink reviews to help you make up your mind whether to invest time and money or not, you will find a great deal of material online written by people who are Hello Pink stylists. We’ll get to that in a moment, but first, what exactly IS Hello Pink?
How Hello Pink Works
Hello Pink is a fashion brand started in 2014 by Lauren Gagnon–the official site sells leggings, sweatshirts, hoodies, accessories, and related products. When you join Hello Pink you are given discounts on the merchandise for personal use, and subscribers set up websites to sell Hello Pink merchandise for commissions. Basic subscriptions include an official Hello Pink website branded with the subscriber’s name.
According to the company’s official site, “When you join us, you are joining a group of independent Stylists who have a passion for confidence and style. When you complete an application and purchase a Stylist Kit, you will receive access to weekly training, an invitation to our exclusive Facebook group for training and support, a sponsor (if desired), and marketing tools to help you sell.”
The Hello Pink official site states there are “no sales minimums to earn commissions” on the products you promote and the company does not require Hello Pink stylists to carry inventory. The company does not require a monthly fee for basic accounts, but you will pay a fee to join. For any sales you make and for commission earned through those sales,. Hello Pink pays Stylists by PayPal each week.
Is Hello Pink An MLM?
The main thing many people are searching for when reading Hello Pink reviews is whether or not this is a multi-level marketing scheme. The company is very careful about the wording of its’ website and you likely will not find the phrase “multi-level marketing” on the official site. However, Hello Pink IS a multi-level marketing program and for those of us who understand the limitations, flaws, and drawbacks inherent in MLM schemes will need a bit of time to review the website to find evidence of the MLM nature of Hello Pink, but it’s definitely there.
One clue to this is in the wording of the Hello Pink terms of service, which contains a reference to “sponsors” which is a common MLM tactic–the newcomer is recruited and trained by a “sponsor” who adds the newcomer to their team, which in theory is meant to generate income within the team. A compensation plan established by Hello Pink rewards such teams based on performance. Hello Pink’s terms and conditions also contain the phrase “downline” referring to the recruits a Hello Pink stylist has brought onto their team.
One example is the following statement found in the Hello Pink Stylist Policies and Procedures Guide:
“Stylists must have ongoing contact and communication with and provide supervisory support to their downline sales organization, which shall include but not be limited to contact and assistance through the telephone, mail, email, and personal contact, as appropriate and available to foster the success of said downline.”
Is Hello Pink an MLM? Yes. And for a certain segment of readers, that is all the Hello Pink review needed–a business savvy person who understands the drawbacks and limitations of multi-level marketing will quickly move on from companies that behave like MLMs. And when you research Hello Pink reviews online you may encounter people who attempt to split hairs about “pyramid schemes” versus multilevel marketing, saying that these are two different things. However, according to the Federal Trade Commission official site, pyramid schemes and multi-level marketing offer risks many would-be business people consider to be unacceptable.
Joe Wallace specializes in personal finance, military affairs, and consumer protection topics. Since 1995, his work has appeared on Air Force Television News, The Pentagon Channel, ABC and a variety of print and online publications. He is a 13-year Air Force veteran and collects unusual vinyl records, which gives him an excuse to write the vinyl blog Turntabling.net.