I felt it was important to share this Lularoe scam alert with my audience as I know many are looking for ways to earn extra income or become full time entrepreneurs. With all the ways to make money in today’s world, you really have to be careful what company you invest your time and money into because there are many that are scams and this is one of them.
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The Lularoe Scam is Real
Back in Dec 2015 I kept seeing all these posts from gals about these amazing leggings. Me, I was NOT a legging wearer. When I would see others wear leggings in public the first thing I thought was that they must be to lazy to put real pants on. To me, someone who wore leggings was just lazy.
Now I think differently as I love my leggings and have realized they are very comfortable, fashionable and versatile. Even though I like wearing leggings now, that is beside the point when it comes to the LuLaRoe leggings.
Online, I saw many girls sharing about these buttery soft leggings that they were buying and loving and I stumbled upon a group and found a consultant. Thus, began my journey toward the LuLaRoe scam.
My Start with LuLaRoe
Finding a girl to chat about LuLaRoe with online was easy. Being someone who loves something new with great potential, I looked at all the info she sent me. And, the fact the market wasn’t flooded with consultants yet (plus, the huge buzz about these leggings), I thought it was a great fit for me.
Even though the investment was steep, she really led me to believe that it was well worth it. She was doing very good and many of those she knew were doing very good. So, without discussing things with my husband, I dug out a credit card and made the plunge into a new business. A new adventure for me had me super excited and I just couldn’t wait to get my shipment.
Having a feeling of excited that I hadn’t had in a long time because I was going to be in with a company that was booming and I could finally find a way to run a great business from home. At the time, I didn’t think the large investment a sign of a LuLaRoe scam. It made sense that a company would consultant to have a good inventory and be willing to invest it their business. Many small business require an initial investment of much. For example, franchises require a substantial investments.
When I had ordered my initial inventory, which is a mix of styles because that is how they set it up. You can’t just order a few things, you literally order a shit ton of clothing, that by the way is ugly and never sells. I had to pick XX amount of styles and sizes and then got boxes filled with ugly patterned/colored clothing.
My interest in joining wasn’t to sell shirts and dresses, it was to sell these buttery soft leggings. But, I thought I would get the other required stuff and sell it off fast, in groups, like I saw so many other consultants doing. If others were doing it why couldn’t I? I never thought, from seeing the success of these consultants, that we were buying into a LuLaRoe scam.
When I placed my order, I was informed that the leggings were out of stock. They didn’t offer to send me my leggings when they came in stock, but yet I had to pick some other style of clothing in the place of my leggings. I was not happy with this, because I joined for the leggings.
They said leggings would be in stock soon, but that they don’t alert anyone when they are in stock. They just show up on the site for consultants to fight over. The day after I joined, BAM.. leggings back in stock. So, in order to get the leggings I had to place yet another huge dollar order. I was not happy about this, but my upline kept telling me not to worry that all will work out.
My initial order was in route to me and arrived end of December 2015. I had TONS of boxes and clothing and was a bit overwhelmed at where to start. And, I had set up a Facebook group as that was where we were to conduct business and the selling of the products. I started to take pictures and list my items and invite others to my group.
My leggings started selling right away, and a few shirts/dresses here and there. But, all of a sudden I was down to just the ugly leggings nobody wanted, and I had customers asking when I would have more leggings in stock.. so I did what all consultants do, I ordered a shit ton more leggings.
One thing people who are not with LLR (short for LuLaRoe) need to know is that you do not have control over your patterns/colors. You order XX pairs of leggings (or shirts, dresses, skirts) and you get what you get. Funky ass patterns, gross solid colors and this is where the spiral downward starts.
A consultant might order 50 pair of leggings ($550 worth at consultant cost), and out of those 50 pairs, maybe 20 will sell. Then, those other 30 pairs sit and sit because they are colors or patterns nobody likes or wants. So, a consultant orders another 50 pairs, and so on and so on.
Pretty soon, you have spent so much money only to never be able to make any money because you keep turning around and ordering more ugly ass leggings! WTF!! Before you know it you have 200+ pairs of leggings that nobody wants, just sitting in boxes or hanging on racks and you can’t move them.
You are not allowed to sell at a discount, offer sales, be in groups for clearing your LLR stash, etc. The company gives you no freedom to sell except in a private group only run by you, the consultant.
I sold off a lot of my leggings, had to order more. I did ok the first couple months with selling leggings, but never was able to put money on my credit card from the sale of the leggings because I kept having to order more leggings. But, I was selling stuff and that was good. (even with a broken ankle).
All of a sudden, there were no leggings to buy. The company had some quality issues with their legging supplier and the leggings were all gone and they had no idea when they would be in stock. So, here I sit, all these ugly ass leggings left, and 10K worth of ugly ass shirts and skirts and dresses, that nobody wanted to buy and I had no way of selling them.
Even though I kept venting to my upline and she kept telling me to be patient, companies go thru growing pains, that the owners were good people and felt for their consultants. Bullshit!! They didn’t care about their consultants. If they did, they would have offered buy backs of all the ugly shit we couldn’t sell.
It would have been nice if the company would have stopped having stuff made with horrible ugly patterned material and stuck to what did sell. Their idea of having only XXX pieces in each pattern was a pain in the ass and making life horrible hard for 1000’s of consultants.
Things Get Nasty!
There were girls doing bidding wars over certain colors and patterns. The leggings were to retail at $25 a pair and yet you would see some patterns on Ebay for over $100 each, and they were selling because people were stupid and just wanted their LLR. Hell, I even bought a pair over retail price because I wanted them. I paid $40 and felt terrible about that!
When the leggings finally became available, you couldn’t get them because they sold out quickly. Girls bought thousands of dollars worth of leggings just to make sure they got them and nobody else did. It was horrible. This company turned every day women into mean girls!
After about 6 months I couldn’t take all the rule changes. You can’t sell here or there. You can’t lower your prices. And, you can’t do this and that. I joined a group of consultants that were looking to buy unwanted stuff cheap and I unloaded the rest of my stock.
Which was a LOT! I sold majority of it to a gal in California and she got a hell of a deal because I wanted it gone and needed to pay some of my huge debt back.
Trying Again but More Issues
Fast forward to months later, I was still a consultant because I never cancelled my contract. So, I thought I would try again. I heard things were smoothed out, leggings were in stock, and all was good. I ordered more leggings and started doing live pop ups.
Leggings were selling good, but I was still in huge debt. I just felt I owed it to myself to try and make a go of this.
But, even though I was selling, I was still stuck with all these ugly ass ones nobody wanted. And, the leggings that were selling were now all wonky. They were made in a few different places so the sizing was off. The material was not quality and many girls had issues with holes, pilling, ripping at seams, etc.
That started a whole new issue because they were to return to a consultant, then a consultant had to contact LLR for a refund. WTH? It pulled money from consultants’ pockets while we waited for a refund from the company. Or, a replacement pair was sent, but the replacements didn’t match the original items. Oh what a crappy way to run a business and a warning sign that I’d fallen into the LuLaRoe scam!!
Frustrated and Sad about Being Scammed
This whole ordeal had me so mad, embarrassed, and in tears on many occasions for falling victim to the LuLaRoe scam. I am not dumb. Nor am I a bad business person. I just fell into a bad company and even though I tried, I just couldn’t keep my head above water. And, I know there are many consultants who do very good and I give them credit for sticking it out.
But, I believe in my heart this company is a scam and the ideal pyramid company. Over the course of a year I spent enough on LLR, to buy a new car. I paid some of the credit card debt by unloading the remaining stock to other consultants. But, there was still a huge balance. I was so ashamed and I never could tell my husband.
Because I have worked online and for myself for so long, I just dug into my blogging and online work to pay off the debt. Yet, every month I made my payments and every month I didn’t see the balance move much. Interest was killing me!!
Month after month my stress level rose as I kept my bad choices to myself. Feeling alone and ashamed and that is not a good way to live one’s life.
I finally couldn’t take it anymore and reached out to a debt consolidation company. I am now on track to be debt fee by 2020, or sooner if I can pay more each month. So, if you are like me and LLR put you in debt, or any company put you in debt, reach out to Pacific Debt. They are a great company and are there for anything you need.
There is a Minnesota woman who filed a class action lawsuit against LLR, and I haven’t heard how it’s going but if you want info on that you can visit Pyramid Class Action. I actually contacted them about a year ago, before getting in touch with Pacific Debt.
After I read all the info on the lawsuit and how many getting involved, I figured it wouldn’t go anywhere. Or worse, there is no compensation for the huge amount of money and time they all spent in this LuLaRoe scam.
Unless you have been sucked into the LLR scam, you just wouldn’t understand how easily it was to rack up the huge debt that myself and thousands of other women did. It’s very sad!
Legitimate Clothing Companies
The Lularoe scam may make you leary of direct sales. But, there are many direct sales/MLM companies out there and many awesome clothing ones. If you are into fashion and selling clothing, I suggest your look at ANY other company. And, steer clear of LLR no matter what other consultants say. If a consultant tells you they are making really good money with part time work, tell them to prove it. Then, still walk away!
There are many clothing companies out there today that don’t cost a dime to join. Find one of those before shelling out all your hard earned money, or putting yourself into huge debt with this terrible company. My favorite legging company is Legging Army.
If you love LuLaRoe clothing and want to find it at low prices from many women who, like me, were stuck with all their inventory you can find lots on Ebay.
LuLaRoe is seen often these days being bashed and talked about by many online for many reasons. For their business practices, their poor quality clothing, and in regards to all the girls who were put into debt due to this company just like I was.
I just came across a sad article in regards to LuLaRoe’s “family first” policy. They are not about family first, they are about making money, putting women in debt and living their lavish life while others suffer.