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As the recession deepens, the ranks of Avon, Mary Kay and Tupperware sellers grow. "Becke Alexander, sales manager for New York-based Avon Products Inc., hears each week from laid-off bankers and stay-at-home moms, but also gainfully employed people worried how long they'll stay that way. All of them are willing to knock on doors, host parties or do whatever else it takes to peddle some makeup." [Crain's]