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Old 07-14-2006, 02:45 PM   #1  
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If you sell $150 at a ten club, what do you estimate your expenses to be for the supplies/materials you use for card making, the bags and order forms for the orders and the gas to deliver orders plus any other expenses. I just wonder if my demo makes much for all her work. She supplies us a wonderful dessert and a drink, 4-5 fantastic samples including 2 full scrapbook pages. Everything is packaged so nicely. She also gives the hostess of the month a free stamp and a great bagful of goodies like paper, ribbon, etc. I wonder if I honestly should order more from her so I am not actually taking from her! I have another 2 demos who give me 20% off every single order but they do not have clubs at their homes.
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I am not a demo, but I see no one has answered you yet. If you have demos giving you 20% off, I believe this is their entire profit on your sale. I know there are other ways they make money when they, or their downline sell a lot, but you are very lucky to have someone giving back their profit! My demo has commented that she has yet to actually make a profit. She is a wonderful demo, but I don't think she has a downline. She does not give me a discount (I never expected it), but she gives me very nice gifts when I host a workshop (last time over $1000). I think she has quite a few clients, but she says she hasn't shown a profit yet. So, you are probably right that your demo is not making much on the activity.
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Old 07-14-2006, 05:02 PM   #3  
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I am a demo, and I'll tell you after what you listed, she isn't making much at all. I do 2 full scrapbook pages and a card at my monthly club. I figure with the cost of gas and my supplies, I may end up with $15 from a $300 order. I generally use that for a purchase of my own. I have no downline, so I am not making anything there. I have come to terms with the fact that I do it to pay for my bad stamping habit! The time it takes to prepare is just done for free!
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Old 07-14-2006, 05:07 PM   #4  
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Of course you should continue ordering from her. If she didn't want to do it, she wouldn't be a demo!! I suggest asking her directly if she is making any money at this simply because she is providing so much to you. Who knows, she may be really struggling and would love to hear that you go to her even though you could get another demo to give you the stuff at a cheaper price. She sounds terrific
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You're SO sweet for even thinking about this!!! Too many people think we get everything from the company for free and don't realize we have to pay for every single piece of paper and all the supplies that they see in front of them.

I'm a demo and I can tell you, the profit margin on a $150 minimum show is not great once you count in everything like gas, door prizes, copies of flyers and wishlists, etc. Most of us are doing it for fun, not to pay the big bills.

My business pays for my stamping habit and a little more, and that's fine for me for right now. Planning classes and clubs is so much fun, it rarely feels like work. And I LOVE to pass along little freebies and goodies and tips to my customers. Your demo probably is enjoying herself so much she can't help "giving away the store" so to speak. I'd just "repay" her with your loyalty and let her know now and then that you appreciate her going the extra mile for her gals. It will mean a lot to her. And of course an occassional extra-appreciative-big-order would not be turned down : )
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