Anyone want to work from home??

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Anyone want to work from home??
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Wed, 02-13-2008 - 2:45pm

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Registered: 10-30-2007
Tue, 03-04-2008 - 7:15am

The reason that they gave us was that we were independent contractors and we could only give their name when we were able to give all the information about products and such.

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Registered: 10-24-2007
Tue, 03-04-2008 - 7:27am
And another thing, before I get off my soapbox and pour another coffee - in ANY legitimate business, whether it's selling a product or a service or whatever, you try to protect your market share.
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Registered: 07-26-2007
Tue, 03-04-2008 - 7:37am

Yup.

I loves me some Pampered Chef, but I recognize that in most cases I'm paying for the 'brand'. I'm cool with it, but I don't expect others to feed my addiction :)

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Registered: 10-24-2007
Tue, 03-04-2008 - 7:47am

Pampered Chef and Tupperware seem to be in a slightly different category than the others, in that there seems to be less pressure to recruit new salespeople.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 03-04-2008 - 8:23am
Very good explanation, thanks!
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 03-04-2008 - 9:09am

Spot on! I completely believe that the Melaluca products are as non-toxic as they claim. Just as I believe that the Pampered Chef products are as helpful for cooking as they claim. But you are so on the money (he he) pointing out that the whole thing centers around AVOIDING being competitive in a crowded marketplace. Selling a crap product would torpedo the whole enterprise. But so would trying to be openly competitive on the shelves of stores. When a product really is a good idea (and non-toxic cleaners are decidedly a good idea), the competitive marketplace piles on. That particular type of product is very hot right now and Melaluca would be given a run for its money if it was sharing shelf space with all the other companies selling in stores these days.

Spot on with the comparison to regular sales jobs too. My BIL is in sales. He does quite well because he is very good at recruiting customers to his company. The more customers he recruits, the more money he makes. But he's never recruited somebody to work for the company. He has no incentive to. They would be in direct competition with him for recruiting from a limited customer base. And that is the key difference between a normal sales job and this sort of thing.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 03-04-2008 - 9:25am
Likely true. I think Tupperware also gets a pass because although they started this whole thing, they started it in good faith and not as a scam. (I stumbled across this in a history-of-housework book.) It truly was what today's MLM claims to be- a way for SAHMS to dabble in being WAHMS without losing their SAHM status. Of course, that was the 50's. A little bubble in time when SAHM and middle class were supposed to go hand-in-hand and a working mom was an omen of that family's economic slippage. It was also a unique product at the time and women COULDN'T just buy the same product cheaper at the A&P. Now a working mom is not the first sign of a family's financial woes and the product is no longer unique. Today's MLMs piggyback on that ancient (and legitimate) image by pretending that this is a way to dabble in working without really going there and that their product is as unique as Tupperware was in its time.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 03-04-2008 - 10:46am
Ah, ok, then it is simply legal CYA. They tell you to spam people on the net, or at least suggest it. If you used the company name, the company could get sued.
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Registered: 07-26-2007
Tue, 03-04-2008 - 11:32am

Tupperware seems to be going more mainstream--they have kiosks at the mall now, for an example.

Pampered Chef? Not so much. The salespeople still push recruitment pretty hard, but I'm a reformed Mary Kay lady and I'm now quite comfortable with my role as consumer rather than salesperson :)

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Tue, 03-04-2008 - 4:48pm

I think I love you.


You just sized up exactly what I despise about these home demonstration companies.



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