I routinely receive invitations to “parties” for Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Premiere, etc. I have an array of feelings about these kinds of “parties.”
A short version is this:
1. I don’t mind (and will sometimes attend) if a good friend or someone I regularly socialize with invites me, although they’re basically asking me to pay for what they will receive “free” or discounted–couldn’t we all just go out to a nice dinner together instead of paying for all this overpriced stuff? I know that some of my better friends genuinely believe that I will find something I just LOVE…but, friend or not, having this kind of party all boils down to some level of greed.
2. I do mind when someone I don’t know very well invites me, because it’s an obvious ploy for their hostess gifts.
3. I hate that the invitations to such events encourage that you bring your own friends to this party where they won’t know the “hostess”, because it will increase the amount of her sales, and therefore her discounted and free items. bleh.
But the worst of these invitations is one I received via Facebook, inviting me to an online “party” to buy overpriced “gourmet” food mixes from an old co-worker I haven’t spoken to in at least 3 years. So not only does this party extend NO hospitality, but the “guests” are expected to buy various items, like an $8 bread mix (which I’m sure I could purchase an already-made gourmet loaf of at a smaller price) so that someone who hasn’t called, written, e-mailed or text messaged, and didn’t even post “Happy Birthday” on my wall (Facebook notifies you of people’s birthdays) will receive free stuff? Did I mention that, when we did work together, we never socialized outside of work?
I didn’t even decline it (as if an RSVP were even necessary for something with no actual party). I just removed myself from the event altogether. So unbelievably tacky. 0718-11
I’m with you on this one. I absolutely never attend any sales party if the hostess has no track record of offering regular hospitality to me. If sales parties are the only hospitality someone offers, they are a gimme pig engaging in faux hospitality for the sole purpose of reaping a financial benefit.