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Pampered Chef: Minimum Orders for a Catalog Show

  1. dianevill

    dianevill Senior Member Gold Member

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    Here's a new one, at least for me. I know that we only have to have a minimum of $150 in sales for a show to qualify, and that there's no minimum number of buying guests, but what if one customer wants to make her own catalog show so that she can get the stainless steel host special? She's willing to buy $150 in product as her own guest, and then she'd have a host order as well. Is this acceptable? It seems odd that shipping will only be $3.25 for the whole show, but I guess if she's willing to spend over $200 (as a guest and as a host), then she should get a deal on shipping. :confused: Will HO allow this? Anyone run into this before?

    Thank you!
    Diane
     
    Aug 8, 2005
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  2. DebbieSM

    DebbieSM Member

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    The $150 is in "Guest" orders. If she wanted to do that I would just put the order in someone elses name. My opinion, not saying it is right, but it is my opinion. :)
     
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  3. gmosullivan

    gmosullivan Member

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    I don't think I every had that situation. But to make sure you don't have problems, there is no reason you cann't use her mother, or sisters name on the one order and her's as the host. My mother in law is Mary T and I'm Mary A. So they wouldn't know if there the same person either since you don't use the middle name and you send the order in as a summary anyways. :rolleyes:
     
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  4. PampMomof3

    PampMomof3 Legend Member Gold Member

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    yes, you can do it! In fact, I just did it last month. :) Put the first order in under her husbands name up to the $150 in sales and then finish her order off under her name. That way, she will even get (I think) 15% off her remaining order. Don't forget to give her hubby the free cookbook with his order. :)
     
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  5. BethCooks4U

    BethCooks4U Legend Member Gold Member

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    You can do it but I wouldn't encourage it. After all the discounts (don't forget she also gets 10% for a year and can buy the host special for 60% off.) are meant for people who do a party. If I have someone who gives me a large order I will give her something as a thank you gift (like a discount on her shipping) if she is not interested in hosting; and if she hosts I will give her something at her party. Personally, I think that kind of thing (plus the increases in gasoline and shipping charges :eek: ) is what is helping to drive up the shipping cost. It was $2.75...now $3.25...and Sept.1 $3.50. That's still pretty cheap but I had people balk at the $2.75 and not want to pay it.

    Anyway, I have only run into one host who did it in one guest order. I always tell the host that we have to have at least 2 guest orders and explain how if she asks her friends to look at the book too, she'll get so much more. Most hosts that suggest that idea will magically have 2 guest orders but sales won't have changed. I don't argue.

    I've also had people combine orders for everyone at work to save on the shipping. When that is obvious I mention the guarantee and the need for a receipt. That doesn't really work - the host usually says that she'll keep it for them. I let it go. I have had people order a TON for themselves so you never know for sure...

    It's not our job to police the orders. It is our job to explain how it works.
     
    Aug 9, 2005
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  6. dianevill

    dianevill Senior Member Gold Member

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    Thank you

    Thank you to all of your for your responses, and I'm glad that I can do this. Beth, I agree with your comments, but one of the reasons she's doing this is to get the monthly host special. Most of the items she's buying are for Christmas gifts, according to her. Plus, she's an excellent customer and has hosted "real" shows as well, so I don't feel she's really trying to take advantage of P.C., she just wants those stainless steel bowls and she doesn't want to wait! She's already scheduled to host a kitchen show in October, too. :D

    Thanks again, everyone!
    Diane
     
    Aug 9, 2005
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  7. BethCooks4U

    BethCooks4U Legend Member Gold Member

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    I'm not saying she's a bad person! She is obviously a good customer to you and that's important. I have one friend who has a catalog show almost every other month - she should sell but she says not now and she does Longaberger right now anyway. Well, what SHE does is buy the items in the name of the person she's buying the gift for. That way the giftee has a receipt too in case she has a problem and needs to cotact PC.

    I suggested that to her because that's what I do. If I have a show myself and need to add to it to get to the next level in my sales or, more often, the next $$ level for the month I look at my "to buy gift list" and get something off there. (everyone gets PC from me. ;) ) We, as consultants, can not place an order on a show (at least if would not be commissionable) but we can pay for an order for a customer if we choose (buy a gift in their name). I get so much of the product for free and for half price at the start of the seasons that there isn't much I ever need to buy that way but whenever I do, that's how I do it.
     
    Aug 9, 2005
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  8. dianevill

    dianevill Senior Member Gold Member

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    Hi Beth,

    I didn't think you thought she was a bad person ;) . I just should have explained in my first note that she's not someone I thought was combining a bunch of orders to save on shipping. I like the idea of having her give me a name of one of the recipients as the guest.

    Thank you!
    Diane
     
    Aug 9, 2005
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