Shopping and selling at parties: A new old trend

Two weeks ago, I was invited to a dildoparty. My reaction: embarassment. I felt like a giggling 12 year old who even thinks that the word pen has a sexual connotation. How was I supposed to possibly enjoy this party like an adult? However, I accepted the invitation – and had a blast. I wasn’t any less giggly, but it was more of a social event with funny accessories. We had wine and snacks in the comfortable environment of our friend’s home, products were displayed right in front of us and questions could be asked anytime. The sales representative was a young woman who contributed to the relaxed atmosphere with her open-minded personality.

Could there be a better way to shop?

Homeshopping parties have been popular with housewives since the 1950s. We all know a neighbour who’s thrown a Tupperware party at some stage because it is a great way of socializing and getting some shopping done at the same time – it’s perfect for busy moms. They often can’t find the time to go to a mall, but don’t want to miss out on new items. In addition, the hostess gets something for free depending on how much her guests buy. It also doesn’t cost anything until you order a product, so the risk is borne by the salesperson. How it works Should you decide that you want to host a homeshopping party, this is what you need to do:

  • Call an independent sales representative and ask for an appointment for a party.                                                                                                                             

  •  Invite friends, neighbours or whoever you would like to join.

  • Prepare snacks and drinks, so your guests feel comfortable.

  • At the end of the party, you and your friends have to tell the sales representative what you want to order.

  • You collect the money and transfer it to the saleswoman’s account because she won’t order the products before she receives it.

  • You take the delivery and make sure your friends get the products. 

Why it works

One of the reasons for the increasing popularity of homeshopping parties is the variety that exists today. Back in the days, it was Tupperware, but today companies offer products like jewelry, decoration, makeup or ‘fun toys’. Even men have shown a growing interest in this type of party – Man Cave is a company that specializes in selling everything that is related to barbecue, which allows men to have a ‘manly’ evening with their buddies.

Another reason is that not only the buying, but also the selling is perfectly designed for people who don’t have a lot of time and need to be flexible like mothers or students. The job allows you to take care of your family or go to college during the day and work in the evening.

However, the reasons for throwing a homeshopping party should not be selfish. People don’t want to be expected to buy things they may not need just so that the host will receive a discount. If you want to read more about why some people even ask their friends not to invite them, check out this article:

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/articles/2010/04/08/at_home_shopping_parties_are_on_the_rise/?page=2

So if you ever have the chance to go to a homeshopping party, do it! It’s fun and you might end up with a great product.

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