Post # 32
If I were a guest at this shower, I’d be really uncomfortable. I wouldn’t want people buying presents for me in front of me. I think that would be awkward.
I’m also assuming that the gifts wouldn’t be wrapped, which is also sad. Half the fun of having a shower is opening a mountain of presents!
Post # 33
I am so confused. I would hope that if you are invited to her shower, you would know whether or not she is obsessed with Pampered Chef – so is she?
Post # 34
@bmore – thats funny! i never thought of it that way! lol! guffee, the infomercial lady!! ha ha!
Post # 35
@heathaah – anytime you buy something, even from a store, someone makes money off of it. most large chain stores make alot in profit from the items they sell. whether you bought from a store or a consultant, someone is making money.
@jqoulart – when you do a pampered chef wedding registry they give you small cards that can go in with your invites so that your wedding guests know that you’re also registered with pampered chef and how to purchase items in your registry.
Post # 36
Thanks Guffee, I preferred only my shower guests know about my pampered chef, only because all the women invited to my wedding were invited to my shower and most likely know about pampered chef whereas the wedding gifts I thought would be more appropriate to be generic registries (not sure how else to put it! )
Post # 37
I don’t really see a problem with it. Someone is making money off of your purchase, whether it is Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, or the aunt. It’s not like this aunt is just doing it, that is her job to sell these products. I hope that she would have games and giveaways though to make it more fun. Honestly, I hate the part of showers where people open gifts and since that wouldn’t be included in this type of shower, it makes me like it better.
Post # 38
haha my mom mentioned doing this. i really dont like the idea. i want my guests to buy what they feel comfortable with and not feel pressured with everyone around them. i think it would be a little awkward. if it were me, id rather buy off the registry.
Post # 39
My mom had one of these types of things for china instead though for her shower. Appears to be not all that uncommon!
Post # 40
I was a PC consultant for a while, and it works like this – they pick what they want to give the bride, order it and pay for it, then the consultant puts in the order and the products are shipped to the hostess (in this, case the bride). The bride gets a specific amount off of whatever she wants to buy, plus can also get free products, so the higher the $ amount of everyone’s purchases, the more the bride gets for free or discounted. It can work really well for people who love PC, but I don’t think I would have done that as my bridal shower.
FYI – She probably won the show at a bridal show she went to, so the consultant pays for the food for the guests, the bride only has to invite guests
Post # 41
I understand someone makes money off of any registry gift anywhere. My point is that it I feel uncomfortable with a friend or family member taking advantage of the bride’s shower to make a profit for herself.
ETA: I would be uncomfortable and maybe even embarrassed if my aunt did this for me. I would not like the awkward position it puts my friend’s in.
Post # 42
I registered with Pampered Chef because I love the stuff, but I am not having a party like this. People can go online and buy the items off of the registry when they want and bring the gift to the shower or wedding or have it mailed to me.
Post # 43
I don’t like this idea for myself-don’t like the idea of people ordering gifts at the party and having friend/family make a profit on the gifts at a bridal shower. Just seems odd and awkward to me. But if that’s what you want, then go for it!
Post # 44
When my mom was a consultant she did a few bridal shower parties. It worked really well because the brides had never lived on their own and accumulated kitchen stuff (they worked in residence life at different college-thus no kitchen stuff). She didn’t do it like normal shows, but usually had everybody cooking together using the products. That way it’s more social and less product pushing. She also knew the girls she was doing the show for and then donated her commission to the bride.
Post # 45
@snmcdowel I’m with you. I get that William Sonoma, and Crate and Barrel all make money off of purchases, but I think it is more appropriate to equate those companies with the actual Pampered Chef company, not the salesman. To me, it is like someone buying stuff at William Sonoma, bringing it to the Bridal Shower, and selling it for a profit, even if it is only 10%. Having the sales person there would make me feel a bit uncomfortable.
The bride is not a pampered chef fanatic. If so, I would welcome a registry.
Post # 46
I really like going to pampered chef parties- but I don’t think its a great idea for a shower. I think its fine if they want to register for the stuff and and people can go online to buy it.