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Old 07-12-2006, 02:13 PM   #1  
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I'm trying to figure out if this would work for me. I have mentioned my idea to 2 demonstrators I know and got 2 different answers. Am I allowed to give discounts? I saw another thread where it was discussed that you can pass along your demo discount (20% I think it is, not sure) because SU looks at that as your money. I was thinking of printing on my cards something like free shipping or a percentage discount if you book a party?

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As a quick reply, yes you can give your discount away. Most Demo's don't do this because it is their business and that is their paycheck. I have heard of Demo's doing it as a fundraiser. But it is your 20% to do with as you please.

I have given away the samples I make to the hostess, you can split duplicate sets and give away 1 stamp from retired sets.

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As a matter of good business I would not recomend giving discounts, but rather as an incentive to book a party offering a product. I myself give a free ink pad to those who book.

Giving a discount hurts your business IMO, because it takes AWAY from your sales instead of adding to them, and it sort of downgrades the products I think. Trust me, people understand the products are great, and priced at value already! There are many great ways of offering fun free-bees to your customers that will not hurt, but instead contribute to your business. You can get more ideas on the Demo Only forums here at SCS (see the sticky at the top of the forum). Good luck with your buisness!
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Don't forget that you are supposed to pay income tax on the 20%. I guess if you give it ALL away then there may not be any tax to pay, but if you give discounts sometimes but not always then the discounting is costing you money!
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Don't forget that you are supposed to pay income tax on the 20%. I guess if you give it ALL away then there may not be any tax to pay, but if you give discounts sometimes but not always then the discounting is costing you money!
That is my thought. Unless there is a way to be sure you have amazing records to verify it all.
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Many more demos do this than admit it. It makes them very unpopular with other demos because they feel they are being undercut. I have had 2 demos who did this regularly as long as I promised never to tell another demo who lived in their area. They gave me the discount because they simply wanted to keep up their minimum amount and to get lots of freebies as a demo.
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I've given 10% discounts to certain friends, but I won't give my 20% away. The only person I give my 20% discount to is my Mom and well, she gave birth to me so she's entitled to it! I think of my discount as my perk for being a demo. I had to buy the starter kit, I have to meet my minimums, order catalogs, etc... I'm not about to give away my entire discount on top of it. But that's just me....
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I've given 10% discounts to certain friends, but I won't give my 20% away. The only person I give my 20% discount to is my Mom and well, she gave birth to me so she's entitled to it! I think of my discount as my perk for being a demo. I had to buy the starter kit, I have to meet my minimums, order catalogs, etc... I'm not about to give away my entire discount on top of it. But that's just me....
LOL yes, I'd say that deserves a discount.

I don't want to give away the whole discount but I am just starting out and need a way to encourage people to book in the first place and to keep coming back, which they will have if they want to keep using that 10% (or free shipping or whatever)discount. I really want to make this work but I live in a very rural area and am concerned about meeting my minimum. I thought of a free pack of paper but once they get it, why order from me and not another demo?

I just wanted to make sure SU doesn't have any offical policy against discounting or giving up part of my percentage.

Thanks for the info!
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