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Old 07-24-2008, 07:28 PM   #1  
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Default What to buy if my demo is going bye-bye?

So my demo might be going inactive. I am going to her possible last event Friday. I am trying to decide if I should stock up and what to buy or if I should be rational and know I can probably find another demo. What do you think?
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Did you know that SU will soon be offering online ordering? So you can choose a random demo from the list, but you don't need to have a relationship with them. The goodies will come directly to your door.
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I'm assuming your demo is likely going inactive due to not making her minimums (I realize this might not be the case). If it IS-- then place as big an order as you can-- maybe you can help her stay afloat!
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Be rational. Only buy what you need and what you can afford.
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I'm assuming your demo is likely going inactive due to not making her minimums (I realize this might not be the case). If it IS-- then place as big an order as you can-- maybe you can help her stay afloat!
I agree! IF you love this demo, as in, like the services she provides, help her out! Stock up and help her continue on! But if she's "just a demo" to you, and you could care less (not sure WHY you'd still be her customer, but hey, I don't know the whole situation), then hold out and find another demo that you LOVE!
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I don't have any demos around me but I do order from a lady thats a SU demo online. I've been doing this for awhile and it works good for both of us.
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Remember that the new catalog will be out soon so don't go overboard on stuff now. If you love it and need it, order it, but don't pad an order with "iffy" stuff now. New "must haves" are just around the corner. If your demo drops, it is easy to find a new one.
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If I were in your shoes, I would make sure I have enough of the essentials (paper, ink refills, etc.) or if I'm low on something, order that to tide you over until you find a new demo.
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If she does go inactive, you can always ask her who her upline is and then if she comes back become her customer again if you chose to do so. Her upline should be more than willing to take care of you and chances are that she is in the area (or maybe someone else on her team is) and they would have workshops and classes for you as well.
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I think on-line ordering will be available soon... so don't sweat it! You have a new option! And heaven knows, you can swing a dead cat in SCS without whopping 6 demos, so you can always find someone else
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If I were going inactive (God Forbid!) I would find another demo for my customers. Knowing their personalities and style (and where they live) it would not be the same demo for all of them.

Customers who move always get an email from me with contact information for a demo that I've researched for them.

If in doubt, just ask your current demo.
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I would buy only what I need (a.k.a. want). Then I would use the demo locator and talk to a few new demos to see which one is offering what I'm interested in.
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This is my humble opinion, so take it for what it is worth. I've been there, done that as far as being a SU demonstrator and CM consultant and the guilt I feel when other people have "helped me out" in orders is directly related to how big their order was. I'd only order what you think you'd consume in the next three months (and only that if you can afford it). Your demo needs to have a healthy business and that requires many supportive clients, not just you.

If your question is based on the fear that there might not be another demonstrator close to you then maybe check the SU website and find out where the next closest one is. If you are in a big centre, you likely have several other awesome choices.

If your demo is deactivating because of low sales she would be better off making an hourly wage. The commisson for SU (with a business running at minimal level) to warrant considering it for income. Even at a minimum wage of $6, she'd only have to work an hour a week to make the same amount of money! In the long run (say a couple months later even), your demonstrator will probably be happier to be free of the burden of a failing business. If she really loves the business, she can always rejoin when her life allows her to give it more time and resources.

I am in the process of deactivating from Creative Memories right now. The decision to do so is long coming and not entirely based on money (part partially so). Basically the business has just become "work" as opposed to before when it used to feel more like "play". In my letter to my clients, I have asked them NOT to stock up. I have suggested some good consultants to replace me. I want my business to end happily and with no guilt on anyone's part.

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Unless there is something you really want/need such as something that is retiring soon, there is really no need to 'stock up.' As someone else pointed out, Stampin' Up! will be offering online ordering this fall which will make it very easy to order merchandise. You can also locate another demonstrator through the demo locator because it's alway more fun ordering when you attend a stamping event.
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