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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1998 | DAWN HOBBS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The arrests of door-to-door salespeople on suspicion of prowling and falsifying documents have prompted Camarillo officials to revoke the solicitation permits of a Dominguez Hills cleaning-supply company. But the president of Austin Diversified Products, which sells Advantage cleaning products, has appealed the city's decision, saying action should be taken against individual employees rather than the company as a whole.
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BUSINESS
June 14, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Rep. Linda T. Sanchez asked regulators to investigate allegations that Herbalife Ltd. operates a well-disguised pyramid scheme that victimizes "our country's most vulnerable populations. " The Lakewood Democrat said in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission that she was "troubled that this company may be harming consumers," noting allegations that Herbalife's independent distributors are compensated more for recruiting new distributors than for sales. Herbalife is a Los Angeles nutritional products company that sells weight-loss shake mixes, vitamins, protein bars and other such items through independent salespeople, or distributors, who profit from their sales and from the sales made by others they recruit into the business.
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BUSINESS
July 21, 1985
Regarding "Real Estate: Comeback's New Terms" (Part I, Page 1, May 30), I believe some of the examples given in the article provided a distorted picture of our industry. With regard to the real estate firm that went from 45 employees in 1978 to only two in 1985, I would question how many employees that company had in 1975 and I would guess the answer might be five. You are comparing 1978, which was probably the wildest and most "insane" market that ever existed, to the worst real estate market since the Great Depression.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2011 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
Alibaba.com, China's largest e-commerce website, announced the resignation of two of its most senior leaders Monday after an internal investigation found more than 2,000 fraudulent virtual storefronts had been set up with the help of company salespeople. In a statement, Alibaba.com said Chief Executive David Wei and Chief Operating Officer Elvis Lee were not involved in the scams but wanted to shoulder responsibility for the "systemic breakdown" in Alibaba.com's "culture of integrity.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 1999
Despite the uptight review given by Kathy Foley ("New Tragedy Visited Upon Anne Frank," April 16), I took my teenage daughter to see "Anne Frank Superstar" at the Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica. A friend told me it was a must-see for adolescent girls in need of a boost of self-esteem and courage. Maybe Ms. Foley had problems with the play's decision to take the higher moral ground--let us not cringe just because someone suggests that the culture surrounding the entertainment industry is awash with snake-oil salespeople.
BUSINESS
March 19, 1997 | (Greg Miller)
StarTronix International Inc., a multilevel marketing company that sells home technology equipment, said it has laid off 47 employees to cut costs while searching for an infusion of funding. The cuts affected nearly 60% of the Irvine-based company's 82 employees. A company spokeswoman said that most of the layoff victims were customer service representatives and technical support workers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1987
Los Angeles Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky's recent "idea" that it might be interesting to see what happens if the city initiated a plan to ration access to streets and freeways during rush hour traffic appears to reflect an ignorance of the income-generating requirements of one of Southern California's largest and most important population segments, namely outside salespeople. There's an old saying at the cornerstone of American business: Nothing moves until someone sells something.
REAL ESTATE
May 19, 1991
I must respond to a reader's criticism of the level of service provided by the sales personnel at Home Depot. I prefer to do the repairs to our rental houses myself. Some jobs require guesswork on the amount of materials needed. At the La Mirada Home Depot, where I have spent thousands of dollars, I have never had a problem with returning any unused material with the sales receipt. I've never waited behind more than two people at the return desk. I've never purchased an item with parts missing.
NEWS
June 2, 1999 | MIKE DOWNEY
A lot of you probably saw a story in the paper about a California legislator named Liz Figueroa and her proposed "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" bill. If this bill passes, you could pay a few extra bucks every year to keep salespeople from calling your home phone. I, personally, would prefer a law that permits phone calls from interesting strangers while blocking calls from boring friends and relations. But, hey, that's just me. Figueroa, a state senator from Fremont, is sponsoring SB 988.
NEWS
June 19, 1992
I wish to respond to Gordon Monson's article "Car Buying: A Game of Truth or Dare, Minus Madonna" (June 7) regarding his experiences in buying a new car. Monson is absolutely right. The process is a total hardship; however, there are reasons for it. The public is not aware of the status of automobile salespeople in the workplace. There are exceptions, but the majority of these representatives function under the primitive conditions reminiscent of exploitative sweatshops at the turn of the century.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2010 | By Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times
The buses full of Chinese tourists started moving through Southern California last weekend, heading to Disneyland and outlet malls in convoys of as many as 100 at a time. For the next month, they'll keep coming — carrying wave after wave of men and women with money to spend in a mass visit estimated to bring in $10 million for the local economy. Behind this economic boon is the direct-selling company Amway, which has a sales force of 3 million people in 80 countries and territories around the world.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2008 | Daniel Costello, Times Staff Writer
Until last spring, Marc Engelman was a successful salesman for biotech giant Amgen Inc. His specialty: selling Enbrel, a powerful psoriasis treatment that costs nearly $20,000 a year. The highly profitable medication is approved only for patients with serious forms of the skin disease and comes with side effects including an increased risk of severe infection and congestive heart failure.
IMAGE
December 23, 2007 | Emili Vesilind, Times Staff Writer
This time of year, there is plenty of merchandise begging to be returned: that Santa applique sweater your aunt gave you for Christmas, the fab frock that fell apart at the seams, the menswear-inspired trousers you bought for the office holiday party that you realized (once you got in front of your own full-length) made you look more Dudley Moore than Demi Moore. And then there's the stuff that isn't begging, but gets returned anyway.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
orlando, fla. -- This Avon rep wears a hard hat and carries a pile of company catalogs to his day job on a construction site, encouraging the men to buy their ladies a little something. Perfume and lingerie are his top sellers. Oh, and he won't go a day without the women's wrinkle cream. Meet Bobby McKinney. Your local Avon man. "Forget the product, forget it's Avon. This is a very viable business," says the 58-year-old fire code inspector from Winter Haven, Fla.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2006 | Don Lee, Times Staff Writer
Eight years after banning door-to-door sales for wreaking social turmoil, China is reopening its doors to the Avon lady and her rivals from Amway and Mary Kay. Hundreds of thousands of Chinese -- women and men -- are beginning to hit the streets and go online to plug the latest face cream and lip balm in flavors such as green tea.
AUTOS
March 8, 2006 | Warren Brown, Washington Post
Given recent news about declining car and truck sales, one might assume that selling cars and trucks is a dismal business with few openings for bright people in search of meaningful careers. But like many assumptions, that one is wrong. According to a report just released in Orlando, Fla., at the 89th annual meeting of the National Automobile Dealers Assn.
MAGAZINE
January 18, 2004
I am a professional salesman, and the essay "Life of a Salesman" (by Marc Porter Zasada, Metropolis, Dec. 21) is a perfect example of why so many people feel the way they do about salespeople. I am not a "peddler," "hopelessly prosaic" or a "poet." I will be the first to admit that my chosen profession is full of people who would not qualify as a "professional salesperson." However, the examples set by people such as Zasada do not represent the millions of hard-working, honest, professional people who build solid relationships based on trust and the value that they and their products can provide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1995 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Cal State Fullerton officials said they have been alerted that magazine salespeople in the area have been posing as communications students at the university. "It's a scam that is tarnishing the image of the department," said Robert G. Picard, chairman of the university's School of Communications.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2004 | William Wan and Erin Ailworth, Times Staff Writers
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating allegations that security guards hired to patrol downtown's Fashion district extorted money from the illegal street vendors they were supposed to be removing from the streets. Detectives said several guards were involved in a "shakedown" operation in which they collected $15 to $50 daily from vendors, who sell everything from counterfeit purses to pirated DVDs. In exchange, the vendors were allowed to operate.
MAGAZINE
January 18, 2004
I am a professional salesman, and the essay "Life of a Salesman" (by Marc Porter Zasada, Metropolis, Dec. 21) is a perfect example of why so many people feel the way they do about salespeople. I am not a "peddler," "hopelessly prosaic" or a "poet." I will be the first to admit that my chosen profession is full of people who would not qualify as a "professional salesperson." However, the examples set by people such as Zasada do not represent the millions of hard-working, honest, professional people who build solid relationships based on trust and the value that they and their products can provide.
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