There were a couple of very rude articles posted on multiple blogs, and the internet is in a tizzy over the nastiness of one blogger in particular. Before you dismiss what I’m going to say, please hear me out; I’m not going to bash anyone. What i’m posting below is a comment I wrote on a blog post defending direct sales reps.
While I am a “momtrepreneur” myself (not for a DS company – my own), and understand the nature of direct sales companies, I also think that the completely legitimate feelings of people who feel harassed by the continual requests (for parties, sales, etc to be hosted) from consultants need to be accepted as valid. I don’t hate DS consultants, nor do I feel that they are bad people [whose goal is] to exploit others.
The reality, however, is that many people do not want to buy these products for a variety of reasons. I understand that you can “just say no” but it gets old to “just say no” to the very large number of people who continually request the hosting of sales parties. Direct sales is a trend right now, so as a result I know many consultants for the same companies. Saying no to one doesn’t guarantee that another consultant from the same company won’t ask you [for the same thing you just turned down]. It gets to a point where I feel guilty for saying no – to a product I don’t want, need, or have the disposable income to pay for.
I am genuinely sorry for the hurt feelings caused by the rude articles, as I feel that intelligent adults should express themselves with much more intelligence and respect, and without name calling. To some extent however, the core message is something that needs to be expressed: I’m tired of getting asked to spend money on direct sales companies. Saying no does not prevent me from getting added to Facebook groups, getting requests for parties from consultants i’ve met both personally and professionally, and it doesn’t keep me from being made to feel guilty or like a bad friend just because I don’t want or need to spend money on non-essentials.
I have no doubts that these companies work, and that many of the consultants are genuine individuals trying to support their families. I simply am tired of just saying no.
So here’s the deal.
If you want to be a direct sales rep, good for you! Please also respect that if I want to purchase something I’ll come to you. Really. I will.
Also – did you notice the Cosby meme? Let’s lighten up, please! This isn’t a life or death matter, it certainly won’t affect my eternal soul, and it doesn’t sum up my views on feminism. It also doesn’t make me a “momtrepreneur” hater.