1. Pampered Chef relies on relationships and communication. How are you managing your business in the wake of Coronavirus and social distancing? Discuss here
    Dismiss Notice

Pampered Chef: Consultant on overseas military base?

  1. mrshamel3808

    mrshamel3808 Member Gold Member

    438
    0
    So I did a booth at a mall this weekend and lady came up to me to order but was talking about how she used to be a consultant. I asked her why she quit and she said it was because she moved overseas and it's illegal to do PC on a military base overseas (according to the government's regulations about using the apo mail thingie to make a profit) Is that true? I know some of you are on base but not sure if any of you are overseas. I thought maybe the law had changed since then but she said she just moved back a year ago and up until she left it was that way. I know I missed an opportunity this time but I'd like to know for next time.
     
    Dec 7, 2009
    #1
  2. Sheila

    Sheila Legend Member Gold Member

    5,425
    84
    There are Pampered Chef Consultants on bases all over the world. Someone informed your potential recruit incorrectly. :(

    I have a business license through the base here in Okinawa, Japan that says I can do Pampered Chef, as long as I follow the military rules and regulations AND the Japanese Customs Regulations.

    It's a violation of military regulations to use your FPO/APO mailbox for business purposes. We are also not allowed to accept mail for other people unless we are their official sponsor with orders in hand. The military WILL allow us to get order forms & catalogs, but we are not allowed to get cash & carry items, to accept mail for others or to use the "ship to host" option at our shows. All orders for military members have to go the "direct shipping" route.

    We are also not allowed to sell to the locals, since we do not pay import taxes. We can only sell to SOFA Status Personnel.

    The people who do crafts, can get their supplies and MAKE something to sell, but you can't get ANYTHING that you plan to re-sell without altering the product. So the people who get scrapbooking paper, tape, embellishments, etc & MAKE decorative cards, etc. can get their supplies, make their craft & sell it. The girls who do jewelry can get the beads, the claps and the string/wire, make their craft & sell it. But since we as PC Consultants do not alter the product, we are not allowed to get mail that we will turn around and re-sell. Does that make sense?

    I can give away SBRC and calendars. I just can't sell them.
     
    Dec 7, 2009
    #2
  3. mrshamel3808

    mrshamel3808 Member Gold Member

    438
    0
    Yeah, that does make sense. Maybe it was just too much of a hassle for her to look into it further and figured it's bascially against the rules and didn't try digging for ways to make it work. So basically, you only can sell to military members, you can only do direct ship, and you can't order prodcuts for cash and carry. Tricky but if you want to stay active, doesn't sound impossible!
     
    Dec 7, 2009
    #3
  4. Sheila

    Sheila Legend Member Gold Member

    5,425
    84
    I've been doing $3,000-$4,000 a month here lately. And that's WITH the military stipulations. So it's definitely not impossible. ;)
     
    Dec 7, 2009
    #4
  5. Ginger428

    Ginger428 Legacy Member Gold Member

    4,499
    5
    you go girl!!!!
     
    Dec 7, 2009
    #5
Have something to add?