(Closed) Direct Sales Companies – How do you HONESTLY feel about them?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: How do you feel about direct sales?
    They are FUN! Love attending the parties and seeing the products, always order! : (0 votes)
    I will attend on occasion, sometimes order depending on the product and pricing... : (18 votes)
    44 %
    Never attend, they aren't for me - but I would order from a catalog or a website. : (11 votes)
    27 %
    Not for me, period. I like to shop in stores. : (12 votes)
    29 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    769 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    I honestly don’t like them.  No offense at all to people who work in direct sales, but I usually feel uncomfortable when I feel the “pressure” to buy stuff.  I do know other people, however, who like hosting direct sales parties.  It’s just not my thing.

    Post # 4
    Member
    455 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’ve never been invited to one. 😮 BUT, I’d attend if I knew the host or the house-owner. Otherwise I’d feel socially awkward.

    Post # 5
    Member
    4486 posts
    Honey bee

    Is this like Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Avon, etc? I don’t have a problem with them just because I have never felt pressured to buy anything. I haven’t felt awkward because I don’t know the host if I tag along with someone else to a party. I’ve always enjoyed myself even if I’ve never purchased anything. That said, I have no opinion either way. In the current economy, anything that helps a person get by that is not dishonest or illegal is better than nothing.

    Post # 6
    Member
    2008 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I’m not a fan of the parties.  I don’t really purchase many things that aren’t necessities or nearly so.  As a result, I either don’t have the money to buy anything or the products don’t interest me.  My MIL threw a jewelry party last week.  I didn’t go. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    3126 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    Hey Christalynn! I have been to one or two parties before, and I’m not a big fan. I like to really think about purchases, and don’t mesh well with the vibes at the parties. Example – i need a rug for my patio. I could go to a Rug Party and see a catalogue with 100 outdoor rugs, but I have one in my mind and i’d rather look for months to find exactly that. I’m not an impulse buyer. Former co-workers really enjoyed them, though, and thought the parties were a good excuse to get together with friends also. Not for me though – I always politely decline. I feel terrible if I don’t buy something or find something i like, and I like feeling happy when i go to parties, or buy stuff.

    Post # 9
    Member
    2821 posts
    Sugar bee

    I’ve attended before but I’m hesitant to ever go again.  It just has happened that I end up there and buying stuff I don’t really want, I feel less pressure online. 

    Post # 10
    Member
    2030 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I hate them. Even though some of the companies have products I actually like (such as Pampered Chef) I absolutely refuse to attend these parties or purchase any products because the companies are unethical. The vast majority of “consultants” do NOT make money, although the companies use fuzzy math to convince people that they are making money. Check out http://www.pinktruth.com for more info (although the site focuses on one company in particular, the info is generally applicable to all MLM’s). When I learn that someone is a consultant, I lose respect for them and think they are very gullible. I wouldn’t touch direct sales with a ten foot pole.

    Post # 11
    Member
    2209 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I will usually show up at a party, though I may not buy anything. My relationship with the hostess really dictates if I go, and then the quality of the products dictates if I buy.

    With skin care and makeup, I am very careful about the products I buy, so I’m unlikely to buy something on a whim. However, to this day I only use Mary Kay eye make-up remover and their line of hand products. I sold MK very unsuccessfully for a little while (my fault, not theirs, I was actually rather impressed with their structure). So now I buy most of my things from a lady at the office.

    One recent thing I heard about is direct sales custom bras. Now THAT I would go to. As it is I buy expensive bras, but I prefer to have fewer, really good bras then a whole bunch. I love the idea of getting one that fits me perfectly. And direct sales seems like a perfect model for this, as you would be going to a friend’s house to be fitted by a regular woman, not to a strange store front. Just a thought.

    Post # 12
    Member
    2205 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’ve been to a couple (usually dragged).

    I find it entirely depends on the crowd attending. If it is a close group and everyone is having fun and enjoying themselves and most importantly, the sales person is not super pushy pushy, then they are fun.

    However, when the sales person doesnt read the crowd well and is too “salesy”, they are just miserable. This is especially apparent when the hostess invites people she doesnt know well and keeps mentioning what she gets in return for not only hosting the party, but if she gets more “goodies” the more people buy.

     

    Post # 13
    Member
    601 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception

    I almost always decline invitations to the parties. I don’t exactly dislike them, but I do feel like if you attend, the polite thing to do is to buy something. I rarely have any use/need for the things the parties are selling, so I usually just don’t go.

    Post # 14
    Member
    2821 posts
    Sugar bee

    I’ve been offended a couple of times by them.  It became popular at work a few years back and people who never invited me to other get togethers invited me to these parties and honestly it hurt my feelings a lot.  The first one I went to but I just sort of felt used, I’m all about including people, but not just when you’re in it to make a profit.

    Post # 15
    Member
    3126 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    i will say though – i’m wearing two silpadia toe rings, and have been since 2006 when my MIL ordered some for me as a gift from one of those parties. Now, if those toe rings broke? I would consider going to a silpadia party to replace them straight up. If I liked the hostess, and if I had already decided to replace them. I’m weird about buying stuff – sometimes i’ll shop, and then at the register, decide i don’t need those things and walk out of the store. At those parties, I kind of feel like a caged animal – I want to just eat all the food and run if i don’t like anything I am seeing right away haha.

     

    Post # 16
    Member
    234 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    They make me feel kind of weird.  The problem is that the woman hosting is a friend, and I know that this is her job and her income depends on what people buy.  Most of my friends who’ve done this have been in pretty tight financial situations (student who needs the extra money to pay for tuition, working mom who’s husband got laid off, etc).  And since we’re friends, we chat about life and how things are going, I’m aware of just how much she needs the money.  Since most of the sales for these companies comes from friends, especially when they’re just starting out, I feel like I have to buy things even if the sales rep herself is trying to be very low key and not put on any pressure.  It’s like, how can I listen to a friend tell me that she doesn’t know how she’s going to afford to buy her books next semester in one conversation, and then not feel guilty if I don’t buy something from her another time we talk?  I mean, if people make money from them when they need it, then it’s good for them, I guess, but being completely honest about it it makes me feel weird.  It’d probably be different if I knew someone who was just doing it for fun or for extra spending money.

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