08/29/2011 02:28 pm ET Updated Oct 29, 2011

Unemployed Women Around The World Turn To Cosmetic Sales For Survival

During hard economic times, one industry remains impressively robust: direct selling. Door-to-door sales exploded during the Depression, and since then, women (and men, but mostly women) have been peddling Tupperware and Mary Kay cosmetics to friends and neighbors in ever-growing numbers. By last count, 62 million sellers around the world brought in $114 billion, more than the GDP of Bangladesh.

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