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Do you have experience as a rep for products sold at parties (Tupperware, Pampered Chef, PartyLite, etc.)? How did it work for you?

Asked by SuperMouse (30713 points ) September 28th, 2011

A friend of mine is very successful selling one of these products and I have been toying with the idea of giving it a try. I haven’t been able to bring myself to do it because it is a decent up front investment and I just don’t know if it will generate enough income to make it worth it. Have you ever done this? Were you able to make money at it? How much work did it really take? Please share any experiences that might be helpful!

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Judi's avatar

I never was good at that social small talk stuff. It was an abysmal failure when I tried to do Tupperware. Now I do Doterra Essential Oils, and although I have given plenty away (I love the stuff) I have never sold any. That’s OK because I am a distributor for the discount. That alone makes it worth it.
I wish I could sell it though. I just don’t like making people feel uncomfortable or pressured.

digitalimpression's avatar

This sort of program (Mary Kay, Tupperware, Candles, etc) has a real potential to be a money pit if you’re not careful. The ones who profit most from your work are basically having you do the work for them. I am not a fan.

JilltheTooth's avatar

When KatawaGrey was an infant I tried to do direct sales for Discovery Toys. The product was good, the target demographic was a group I related to well, but the amount of work required to really pull it together was just too much for me as sole parent of a young baby. If she had been older, maybe I could have done it, but as it was I just about broke even. I was however, delighted with the kit Your kids are older, you could probably devote the kind of attention to it if you’re so inclined…

SpatzieLover's avatar

@SuperMouse I’ve read several articles on this. Most of the women involved in this type of small biz make less than if they took on a part time job. Average profits for the year are in the range of $2500 to $5K per year. To make that amount most women work every weekend and at least a night a week.

I took on one of these years ago…I’ve found selling stuff on eBay to be much less time consuming and much more profitable for the niche I wanted to fill.

@JilltheTooth My MIL also sold Discovery Toys. She had three boys and was a substitute teacher at the time. It didn’t profit for her well. She wound up with a lot of stock. A lot of it she used as gifts…which is what I did with stock from my past ventures.

If I can find an article or two I’ll come back and post a link. I’m going to be off-line for a bit

lillycoyote's avatar

I can only tell you from my end of it, but unless you work really hard and love to sell and are really gregarious and have a very wide circle of friends, family and neighbors who are not as curmudgeonly as I am, they will run from you like the plague. I used to get a lot of invitations to these “parties,” and to be honest, I’m sure there are some people who like these these things, but I really started to resent all the invitations. I felt bad about not attending, because because they were my friends and neighbors, but I didn’t like feeling pressured to buy things, but selling and buying just happens to be what these things are all about.

jca's avatar

What I don’t like about the products is that they’re often overpriced (to me, and I’m an avid shopper so I have a pretty good idea of prices). I’ve been to a Candle Lite party and a Mary Kay party, and the prices were way out of line with what you would find at a store. Not that you’d find those brands at the store, but similar products in a store are way cheaper. Plus in a store there’s no pressure to buy, whereas at the parties I felt obligated.

I also went to a sex toy party, of course I had to buy a few things!

fizzbanger's avatar

My mom sold Tastefully Simple. She had trouble with selling/parties and wound up with a huge stock of items she couldn’t get rid of because they were a bit overpriced. Luckily, she was able to sell off her stuff and get out of a jam by convincing her corporate boss to buy a bunch of gift baskets for an event.

My mom-in-law does the Pampered Chef thing. I don’t have the heart to tell her I hate cooking. She hasn’t really made a lot of money doing it, but for her, it’s a side thing to socialize and get discounts for her own stuff.

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