More and more companies are embracing in-home product sales parties to reach more consumers. Tupperware, Intimo, Avon, Undercoverwear are some of the products that depend largely on in-home parties for their sales.
Do you host or attend such parties? Do you feel obligated to make a purchase? Do you love them or loathe them?
They're good fun, except the pressure to buy in a relaxed situation is not good. Sometimes the hosts are quite pushy. Great for friends to get together, yet it is nicer to invite your friends to dinner without any shopping party plans involved. You have to like the product at hand. I mean you may not need any Tupperware yet you still no. Better ways to socialise.
Not if there's pressure to buy and/or I have no interest in the product. If it's more of a casual friendly thing then it can be fun. Thermomix parties are good because there is free, yummy food. I am going to a Norwex (cleaning products) party next week, mainly as an excuse to see the hostess and get out of the house.
Do Avon depend largely on in-home parties for sales now? I thought they were primarily door to door. They were when I used to sell Avon. People often confuse them with Amway.
In home shopping parties were very popular about 10 to 20 years ago - with tupperware, makeup, etc. However, the last time I had an in home party was about 10 years ago...and I am not sure if it is something I would have again!
I was one of the very first in Australia to go to the Tupperware Parties many decades ago.
Back then...it was a very unusual idea.Who ever came up with it, was a genius.
It was geared at the lonely bored housewife, and because the product was very well made....it was a winner.
I have tried a good few of the home products that come from parties, even though I have not attended that party.They are great in quality.
I think the idea is wonderful...because there are a lot of people who are house bound.
It's a way to connect to others, have fun, and buy a few goodies.
Having said that as long as it is not overly expensive.
One is obligated to make a purchase I feel, and really it would be bad manners not too.
They have their place, and I for one think they are a keeper.
It depends. I think if the hostess begs you to come to make up the numbers (because sometimes they are eligible for rewards only if there are a certain number of people attending) then you are already doing them a favour and have no obligation to buy. Also, Tupperware is really, really expensive. It lasts a long time, but that's not a good enough reason for me to justify spending $20-$50 on plastic containers, especially when they're not BPA free (and therefore may leech harmful chemicals into food).
I absolutely loathe these kinds of things. I always dread receiving invites to tupperware or linen parties and the like. The products are usually overpriced compared to what I can get them elsewhere and the pressure to buy is awful. The whole concept of it being a bit of fun and bubbly is so far beyond what it really is I always decline now. In the past I bought products that I never used or liked purely through pressure and never want to be in that position again. This is also coming from someone who sold Avon but never needed to hold parties to be successful.