Tuesday, December 05, 2006

This was not a good idea

And I definitely know better than to do something like this.

"ALLURE offers plenty of advice to its readers, but here's some for the beauty book's future staffers: Don't hawk products on eBay that were sent to the magazine for editorial use. Last week, assistant editor Molly Friedman was fired for selling beauty supplies that had been sent to Allure editors. Friedman had been working there for almost a year and was very recently promoted from her editorial assistant position. "She was asking makeup companies to send her products that hadn't hit stores yet, and she was selling them on eBay instead of putting them in the magazine," said our insider. "She's pretty much banned from Condé Nast for life." Before joining the Allure team under Editor in Chief Linda Wells, Friedman worked for Absolute magazine. Another source familiar with the situation asked, "How can she do this? You think of Allure - they are the beauty magazine. It's pretty shocking." Friedman could not be reached."

Conde Nast is one of the largest and most respected publishing companies and jobs there (even if you're just fetching coffee) are so respected and SO HARD to land. It's crazy competitive. (That said, I will brag for a moment and say my first job - exactly two weeks from graduation - was with a Conde mag, Lucky magazine.) It is a given that certain jobs at certain mags there can guarantee a faster editorial ladder-climb. (It's definitely guaranteed me interviews for almost ANY and ALL jobs I've ever applied for.) If you do anything to mess with that ... I'd have to say it wouldn't be the smartest thing you've ever done ...

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