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Old 01-29-08, 02:13 PM
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To the "hostesses" who plan "parties" to sell stuff: leave me off your list!

I just got an email from a really nice person that I work with, inviting me to a "home party" for one of the Tupperware/Longaberger/Home Interiors/Mary Kay/Pampered Chef/etc. annoying group of stupid and overpriced retailers whose products I will never buy simply because their sales tactics are so offensive to me.

I responded with a polite 'regrets' email, and she countered THAT with an offer to bring her catalog by my desk so I could order from it without going to the party.

I don't think you should give parties if all you want to do is sell stuff. And yes, I know: I'm cheap.
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I don't know much about marketing, but I think you are missing the target demo here. (though I agree and it's annoying, and feel the same about coupon books etc...)

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Old 01-29-08, 02:27 PM
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I'm a dude that's never been to one of those, but I'd agree. Don't try and sell me your crap. If someone actually brought it by my desk and said "here so you can order without going to the party" I would have made sure they saw me throw it in the trash can in front of them.
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Originally Posted by Vibiana
I don't think you should give parties if all you want to do is sell stuff. And yes, I know: I'm cheap.
I have to agree with you there, I'm cheap too!
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Why not just go to the party, eat whatever food is served, and when it comes time to buy, just say that unfortunately you can't afford to buy anything? I think the invites will stop real quick.
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I hate those parties too, with the exception of the sex toy ones. A bunch of middle-aged suburban moms looking at vibrators? Comedy gold!
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Originally Posted by Jadzia
I hate those parties too, with the exception of the sex toy ones. A bunch of middle-aged suburban moms looking at vibrators? Comedy gold!
I've been to two and you're right! It's gold!!

Yeah.. been there, done that... too many times. I don't need any more Tupperware and I have no desire to burn your candles.
I'm also sick of the neighborhood kids coming around selling gift wrap! My kids are grown.. I have no grandchildren... I DON'T need another roll of over priced gift wrap! AGH!
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Originally Posted by Jadzia
I hate those parties too, with the exception of the sex toy ones. A bunch of middle-aged suburban moms looking at vibrators? Comedy gold!

"You've come a long way, baby."
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Originally Posted by Vibiana
I responded with a polite 'regrets' email, and she countered THAT with an offer to bring her catalog by my desk so I could order from it without going to the party.

I don't think you should give parties if all you want to do is sell stuff. And yes, I know: I'm cheap.
No problem with the party request since some people may want to go.

However, just respond that there is no need for her to drop the catalog off since you are not interested OR take the catalog and give it back saying no thanks. Give it back as long as it takes for her to ask for it.

If they still pressure you then you need to just come out and say it "[fill in the *** blank]"
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Originally Posted by Septemberbaby
I've been to two and you're right! It's gold!!

Yeah.. been there, done that... too many times. I don't need any more


pics....?
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When I was a sophmore in high school, a girl from choir invited everyone to her house for a birthday party...

...which ended up being a John Birch Society indoctrination party for children. Yeegods.

(Turns out they were Mormons & Birchers both. Allrightythen.)

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Originally Posted by adamblast
When I was a sophmore in high school, a girl from choir invited everyone to her house for a birthday party...

...which ended up being an John Birch Society indoctrination party for children. Yeegods.

(Turns out they were Mormons & Birchers both. Allrightythen.)

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I had hopes of it ending in one giant orgy.....
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These things are a kind of "pay it forward" for women.

The Hostess gets bunch of store credit to buy hundreds of dollars of overpriced junk worth about $20.

Her friends spend about $20-40 at the party, and then when that friend throws a party you go and spend $20-40

Both women come out feeling ahead of the game because the company gave them $300 in credit.

Women are more social and like to shop in packs and eat chocolate / junk food... this gives them the perfect excuse
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I had hopes of it ending in one giant orgy.....
We were a bit disappointed as well. If you're going to be used at a party, it's nice to be actually used at the party.
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W-o-r-d.....
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Back in a different dispensation...my wife and I met a nice couple at church. We were the same age, had kids the same age and got along very well. Naturally we invited them over several times for dinner.
When the time came for them to invite us over we thought nothing of it....and were really looking forward to it. Of course you already know what happened. We got the Amway-treatment for the whole evening.

We didn't make that mistake again....
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Originally Posted by Gambit
Why not just go to the party, eat whatever food is served, and when it comes time to buy, just say that unfortunately you can't afford to buy anything? I think the invites will stop real quick.

They really don't let you get away with that. You have to sit through the demo to get the food.
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My wife is WAY too nice and always gets roped into this crap by her friends. She has one that she ends up ordering about $20 worth of $1 Avon lotion from every couple of months.

The worst was the friend who had the glamour shot party. Everyone got a free make over and photo shoot. Then came the high pressure sales push to buy the $50 photos. They would call and drop by the house unannounced (only when they knew I wasn't home, cuz Iím a prick) and try and guilt by saying they drove all the way from LA to deliver her shots. I still pissed that she gave in eventually.

Oh, Amway (and all of its insidious incarnations) is a dangerous cult and its members should be treated as such.
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Dudes should start doing this with video games and porn.
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Don't try and sell me your crap. If someone actually brought it by my desk and said "here so you can order without going to the party" I would have made sure they saw me throw it in the trash can in front of them.
ha! I just tried that, and my boss wasn't too happy. His daughter was selling girlscout cookies or something.

That will show him.
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ha! I just tried that, and my boss wasn't too happy. His daughter was selling girlscout cookies or something.

That will show him.
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Originally Posted by covenant
Back in a different dispensation...my wife and I met a nice couple at church. We were the same age, had kids the same age and got along very well. Naturally we invited them over several times for dinner.
When the time came for them to invite us over we thought nothing of it....and were really looking forward to it. Of course you already know what happened. We got the Amway-treatment for the whole evening.

We didn't make that mistake again....

Oh God... Amway! We got sucked into one of those sessions many years ago..
Scary stuff! They left us a 'video tape' to watch.. I thought I was being baptized into some kind of crazy religion.
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The sex toy parties are a blast but everything is boring. I've told people to please stop inviting me to such events because I don't have the money, rarely can get a sitter and really don't want the stuff being sold anyway.
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I bought a few Pampered Chef knives from a woman at work, before I realized it was one of these types of companies. They seem like they're fairly decent, except they are made in China, so I guess we'll see how they hold up. I do wish I had declined, and ordered some Shun knives that I really wanted...
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Originally Posted by bdshort
I bought a few Pampered Chef knives from a woman at work, before I realized it was one of these types of companies. They seem like they're fairly decent, except they are made in China, so I guess we'll see how they hold up. I do wish I had declined, and ordered some Shun knives that I really wanted...
Yes... you should have. I love my Alton's Angles!

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