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Name of company: 1-800-PARTYShop is headquartered in Sebring, Florida.
What it does: 1-800-PARTYShop aims to be a one-stop party shop with gifts and accessories to match every party theme. Their product focus is "Theme Parties in a Box." These products offer an all-in-one solution for birthday parties, wedding and baby showers, graduation parties and more. Unlike with many direct marketing companies, 1-800-PARTYShop representatives don't actively sell individual products, hold any inventory or distribute products. Instead, representatives, called consultants, spread the word and market the products through Websites and catalogs. All of the products are ordered by phone and delivered to the customer's door directly from the company.
How long it's been around: Tracy and Michael Fitch started 1-800-PARTYShop in 1998.
How it works: A potential consultant buys one of 1-800-PARTYShop's starter kits. Each kit contains the information (sales materials, catalogs and Website set-up details) needed to start selling. Consultants distribute catalogs and Website addresses to targeted customers in order to make a sale. Each of these consultants is essentially organizing, developing and maintaining an independent business. As such, she determines her own hours and sales goals.
What you would do: You would advertise by word-of-mouth and distribute catalogs and Website addresses to potential customers according to the needs of your community. Consultants try to target customers who will be throwing some kind of event or party in the near future. Some consultants double their sales efforts by acting as both the party planner and the supplier. Once a person orders from a consultant's catalog or Website, that consultant retains that customer for life, earning commissions on all future orders. 1-800-PARTYShop also offers financial incentives to consultants who recruit others to become company reps.
Cost to you: It costs approximately $100 to $249 for the Starter Kit (most consultants purchase the Executive Kit, which costs $249), plus an additional $19.95 per month for your Website. 1-800-PARTYShop representatives earn 25 percent commissions on the products they sell.
Where in the world you can sell: 1-800-PARTYShop currently only distributes products in the United States.
The next step: You can get more information by visiting the 1-800-PARTYShop Website or by calling 866-655-0607 for a toll free pre-recorded business overview. When you're ready to get started, call 1-800-PARTYShop and leave your name and phone number. A consultant from your area will get back you, usually within 24 hours.