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Pampered Chef: Urgent Customers that don't pay

  1. I have a question. Do any of you have customers that don't pay up front?

    At my show last night I had 2 guests that I told at least 3 times to pay, still did not pay. I sent them e-mails last night just to remind them that I can't place an order that has not been paid for. Between the two of them they are responsible for $500 of the show's sales.

    I normally would go ahead and order the stuff since some peopl just insist on paying when they receive their order. I've had to travel 6 hours to do this show and I just don't trust that I'll see payment. I've been burned before only to have to resale the items.

    Another question: My show had cohosts. They wanted to use the November Host Special for the 60% off 2 Simple Additions. Can they order 2 pieces each? The show total so far is $1200, so they qualify for two. Is it two each or two total?
     
  2. Sheila

    Sheila Legend Member Gold Member

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    I do NOT, under any circumstance, front the money for my customers. They pay in advance or they do not get added to the order. If you tell the host that you are removing them from the show because they've not yet paid, your host will (more than likely) give them a call as well. ;)

    The monthly host special is 1 or 2, depending on the show sales, period. It's not per person, it's per show. If they each had $600 & wanted to split the show to two separate ones, then they would get the host benefit on each show. If one submits their show & has the other book off the first show, then submit the 2nd show in a few days when the host # is issued ... then they could technically get a past host benefit too.
     
    Dec 6, 2009
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  3. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    I agree- do NOT submit orders that haven't been paid for. Especially if they're that large! Occasionally, I'll submit unpaid orders for customers with whom I have a good history, but never for more than $25 or so. And since the host's benefits will be affected by those orders, she has every right to know that those orders may be cancelled. I'd let the guests know that unless you have CLEARED payment (check cleared at your bank, or a credit/debit card number) by XX date, the orders will be cancelled. Then give the host a call and just give her some basic information (she doesn't need to know the specific amount for each order) - let her know that her show total will go down by $500 if these 2 guests don't pay for their items and that you need payment for them by XX date.
     
    Dec 6, 2009
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  4. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    I personally do not take my time to track down payments for the show. I deal with the host. I either have the host collect payment from them afterwards or they don't place their order. The host can get a check wrote out to her after the show or give me a credit card or debit card number from the guest.
     
    Dec 6, 2009
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  5. Sheila

    Sheila Legend Member Gold Member

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    Good point! I generally follow that practice too. I did have one military host who was sent off the island at the last minute by the military. We were under the deadline to close by the 15th. She sent the past host to get the folder with the outside orders at her house, then the past host came to me & via e-mail & cell we closed the show for the host! We did end up having to call 3 of the guests for payments or addresses. That's the only time that I've ever done the work like that for the host. I don't mind bending my rules for extenuating circumstances like that. ;)
     
    Dec 6, 2009
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  6. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

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    No money=no order. Period.
     
    Dec 6, 2009
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  7. If you are having trouble getting payment but dont want to "lose" such a big sale, ask the host to pay with her credit card and let the customers pay the host back. Trust me, the host wont be handing the customers anything until she gets paid back.
     
    Dec 6, 2009
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  8. Thank you guys for the quick response. Everything was handled and the guests did remit payment. It's my biggest show at $1300 and I'm thrilled!

    Thanks so much for the feedback!
     
  9. Sheila

    Sheila Legend Member Gold Member

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    WooHoo! Congrats on getting the payment and your biggest show!!! :D
     
    Dec 6, 2009
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