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Pampered Chef: Cash and Carry ordering

  1. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

    In October, I am doing an event where they highly recommend we do cash and carry. It's put on by the library (the cost of my booth, only $25), and they are piggy-backing off of 2 other events (an antique car show and a craft fair). They all bring in their own crowds and all 3 events share advertising and even shuttle people around to them. The organizer said that this is their 4th year doing it and it always draws a big crowd, and the crowd loves to shop.

    So...how do I go about ordering cash and carry? Do I buy them as a non-commission order and then I'm selling them at catalog price? Or do I buy them on a show order? In my name?

    Also, since a lot of people for the car show part are from out of the area, I'm wondering how I should handle any orders, should I get them.

    One more thing, if there's going to be a Tastefully Simple booth w/ cash and carry, what do you think I should have on hand? I was thinking rubs and sprinkles and dipping oils, but not sure if that's not a good idea since TS is competition. I've read other suggestions in other threads to have things like: SB, mini serving spat., mix n chops, kernel cutters, quick cut paring knives, Dinners-Done recipe cards. Do you think that's a good idea? How much do I buy of this stuff? I just have no idea...this is my first time doing C&C.
    Sep 16, 2009
  2. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

    Someone else may have some more advice on this, but I thought I had seen something in the Policy Guide. Here it is (was on page 11 of the guide):

    Sep 16, 2009
  3. floccies

    floccies Member

    Sell things that you could use in your door prize basket it they didn't sell.

    Quikcut knives, mini spatula, can strainer, citrus peeler, seasons best etc

    Focus on bookings not sales. I try to do at least one on these events per month sales are typicall $80-$120 per day. I have a box with a slot, a sign in a plastic sign that says "enter to win a free cooking show, seasons best, $10 gift certificate". If I have one booking from the leads I consider it a success -- of course I am happier with 3 bookings.

    Don't invest in any inventory that you do not need for personal use or gift giving -- do not count on large sales.
    Sep 16, 2009
  4. NooraK

    NooraK Legend Member Gold Member

    If you really want to put some time, effort and investment into it, look for some of those Homemade for the Holidays recipes from last year on CC. Put together some of those batter bowl brownie sets. Wrap it up in some cellophane with a Mix 'N Scraper tied to the bow or something. Or look for some other gift basket ideas. Some people will already be looking for gift ideas.
    Sep 16, 2009
  5. SaraH5


    I saw some fliers on this in the files. How do you do this? I saw that last year some one was selling a set for $25 which included the products, ingredients, ribbon, and card. Did you sell these as cash and carry at shows or was this something that you sent to previous hosts and guests separately, and then placed the order yourself. The math doesn't seem to add up very well unless you were placing an individual order and getting a discount on the products. Otherwise it looks to me I would be giving free shipping, and all the ingredients for free too. I was not a consultant last year, so any help would be greatly appreciated. I looked on CC, and they had the recipes and helpful hints, but I could not locate any more information. They look like awesome gift ideas!
    Sep 16, 2009
  6. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

    I don't think I have it in me to put together the BB mix gift sets. :D They are a great idea though. I could see making one as a sample, or doing them for a craft show event. Since my area is just a regular area for vendors selling cash and carry, I'd rather stick to bare bones products. :) I also think some people wouldn't necessarily buy a food mix that someone handled and prepared on their own and didn't come from a manufacturer where food safety is monitored. Having one as a sample to show people gift giving ideas would be good and I could e-mail them the recipe files they could use.

    But in general, I think I want to offer some cash and carry plus have a way for them to place orders. Anyone have experience w/ collecting orders and if it's worthwhile to extend some sort of deal or discount?

    So everyone who does C&C orders them as a personal inventory order, and we really have to do it through paper and mailing it to HO? We can't do it on P3? The description in the P&P confuses me a little bit. I'm not fully understanding the part about figuring out the sales tax. I thought I just would let P3 calculate the tax on my whole order. If I pay the tax, then am I supposed to charge the customers tax to reimburse myself? Or do I not charge them tax. I thought I read how others don't charge people the tax.

    Is it breaking a rule if I just order things on a show order? That way it goes towards my sales?
    Sep 17, 2009
  7. kam

    kam Legacy Member Staff Member

    So basically, you will earn nothing for selling any items you carry as inventory (if done according to policy). No commission and does not count toward sales?? Doesn't seem quite worth it. It doesn't say, but do we get our 20% personal discount on the items?
    Sep 17, 2009
  8. JennLizFran

    JennLizFran Member Gold Member

    I'm wondering about this too. I am doing a booth in October, and planned on ordering some cash & carry. I thought I would just do it as a show on it's own, that way I earned the commission on it. Is this against the rules? Or are we getting a bigger discount by ordering on the paper cash & carry order form?
    Sep 17, 2009
  9. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

    I'm so glad I'm not the only one who is uncertain about all this. Anyone out there know more, or should I call HO? I hate calling HO for things like this because depending on who you ask, you may get different answers! :rolleyes:
    Sep 17, 2009
  10. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

    I have only done one booth with cash and carry. I basically sold all the extras I have laying around plus used items. I made sure to mark the used items and sold them at 50% off. I would never carry "inventory" for cash and carry purposes unless it was the small door prize items as listed above.
    Sep 17, 2009
  11. jnsr96

    jnsr96 Member

    IMO I would buy the products as a show and get the disount/comission that way. Then, you could give a discount/ no tax or free shipping at the booth and people feel like they are getting something out of buying products from you. But I agree with everyone else when it comes to small products. HTH!
    Sep 29, 2009
  12. debmiz

    debmiz Gold Member

    The most successful events that I have participated in have been ones that I had Cash & Carry items to sell. Throughout the year, I collect items that I've earned free or that I have received as Host Benefits when turning in individual orders as a catalog show. I price everything at current catalog price (all new items). Any discontinued items are discounted and labeled as "retired". The "special of the day" is one that I have found works well... Cash & Carry is a flat rate catalog price (I "pay" the tax & shipping) -or- Special Orders at 10% off (they pay full tax & direct shipping). Either way they get a deal. Last year I had 2 events that each totaled over $600 for the day (a combo of both types of sales).

    As for the types of products, small items are easy sales. People do love to go through my many bins of stuff. But don't forget the larger items if you have them on hand. I have sold lots of stones, food choppers, tool turnabouts, etc... even a couple of DCB's!

    I love doing these events. They are tiring but worthwhile. They really bump up my Fall sales! My fave part... my "groupies" that follow me from fair to fair! Okay, so there are only a couple of ladies that do that. LOL. :) But it sure makes ya feel good when they come looking for ya!
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2009
    Sep 29, 2009
  13. Maragib

    Maragib Member

    I was at a fair this weekend and everyone that saw my display food chopper said - oh that slap chop from tv blah blah... they all asked if i had one to sell ( I didn't) but only a few wanted to order when they found out they had to wait/shipping. I would have sold 20 at least if I had had a bunch on hand. other hot items were the 2 cup prep and the new measuring cups - they wanted to buy my used display ones even that everyone had been touching all day!

    Sep 30, 2009
  14. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

    I was thinking about having food choppers and batter bowls, but then people wouldn't get the guarantee. Plus, that's a higher ticket item, so if they don't sell I'm stuck spending a lot of money. I like Debmiz's idea of offering a 10% discount for the day on orders.
    Sep 30, 2009
  15. caraighan

    caraighan Member Gold Member

    You can actually use any "gift in a jar" recipe that is for a quart-size jar. I have a couple of gift in a jar cookbooks in my LARGE assortment of cookbooks. (I'm a cookbook junkie!!!) :D I probably have about 300.
    Sep 30, 2009
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