[Elle:] Most people will have heard of Usborne Books at some point in their lives, whether as a parent or child. I’ll give you a brief overview of this multi-level marketing scheme (with credit to the Usborne Wikipedia entry).
Founded in the UK in 1973 by Peter Usborne, Usborne Publishing is a well-known publisher of children’s literature. It has a sister company known as Usborne Books at Home, founded in 1981 and operating an MLM/direct sales model selling to families, schools and communities. The USA wing was established in 1989 and based in Tulsa, OK.
The company is known as Usborne Books and More in the US. Both arms are members of the Direct Selling Association (DSA). Usborne recruits independent distributors (typically referred to by the firm as “consultants”) to sell products to private individuals, schools and/or libraries.
You may also be familiar with the sole US trade publisher of Usborne; the Educational Development Corporation (EDC). It was incorporated in 1965 to develop curriculum materials for schools. In 1978, the Publishing Division was created to distribute Usborne books.
The EDC’s president, CEO, and board chairman is Randall W. White.
Consultants earn 25% to 30% commission on the books they sell to private individuals. In the UK, when they sell to schools or libraries, the commission rate is 20% rather than the normal 24% rate they get for selling to individuals. Organisers are not allowed to sell directly to book stores..
In the US, schools contact Usborne Books through their website to be connected with a consultant who deals in schools. To become this consultant, you have to purchase an Educational Consultant Kit in addition to the Business Kit.
When it comes to finding out more about Usborne and the EDC (NASDAQ: EDUC), its only right that we direct you to someone who has been speaking out since 2016.
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As ex-consultants, Uzzies Uncensored and Amber have “witnessed the abuse, lies, hypocrisy and fraud that this MLM company has used to prey on women and their wallets“. They aim to make their website a safe-place for those who have been silenced and hurt by consultants, team leaders, advanced leaders and even those directly employed by the EDC.
Through their dedicated website UzziesUncensored.com, you will find a whole wealth of information about this MLM, including Facebook chat threads, the lowdown on promotions and incentives, top reasons not to join Usborne, and of course, real experiences.
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Holy heck. Over here in the UK they seem really legit because you see them in loads of shops and stuff. When I heard people saying it was an MLM I thought “surely they mean something else” but no! Really got me down a rabbit hole here
same, i had a couple of language picture books from them in the 80s. illustrated by Richard Scarry. i hope that they weren’t quite so exploitive here in the uk at that time but yuck, i am very disappointed.
This info is really outdated. Curious what a current consultant would say.