Pampered Chef party — do I have to buy something??

posted 2 years ago in Cooking
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

aekc:  I would decline the invite to the party and invite any friends that you wish to socialize with to your own place (if possible) in order to catch up instead.  I’m sure all your other friends who aren’t PC salespeople would appreciate an opportunity to get together that wasn’t really a front for attempting to sell things to them!  🙂

Post # 4
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Busy bee

My co-worker is a PC consultant and that’s definitely not the norm. She never expects people to buy stuff but obviously that’s the only way she makes any money. Between my 4 SILs, I have to attend these parties at least once a year and I always end up buying something, even if it’s just an ice cream scoop or spices. 

If you really can’t swing it then don’t feel obligated to buy anything but there are lots of inexpensive things that you could get just to make an order. 

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I just decline these invitations unless I know I really want to buy something. There is always that subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle pressure to submit an order.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

aekc:  They will both tell you that. Secretly, neither of them mean it. Neither of them will make money if the guests don’t make purchases.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I hate these parties. In fact “party” is such a misnomer when what they really are are sales pitches disguised as social gatherings with the added embarassment of having to come across as deeply mean in front of your friends! Clearly you ARE expected to spend money or the host will be out of pocket but I still think it is a mightily sneaky way to con your friends. So I just politely decline ALL invitations to these events nowadays.

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