Why I Will Always Buy Stuff from my Friends First

By: Regan Burke

Why wouldn’t I? I mean let’s be real here – direct sellers get a bad rap sometimes. I see it on a daily basis in my news feed. From blog posts to memes, there are plenty of resources dedicated to the bashing and/or shaming of “the biz” of selling stuff to your “friends”. But why? Why would anyone not want to support the mom of two boys on traveling soccer teams rather than the big box store?

To be quite honest, I just don’t get it.

I am not talking about buying things I wouldn’t probably buy already. I am not talking about buying truly junky things that I do not need or wish to possess. I am talking about buying things that make my house smell good from a Scentsy rep instead of Target. I am talking about purchasing makeup from a Younique or Mary Kay rep instead of going to Ulta or the mall. Yes, maybe it would be super simple to stroll through Target and pick up everything I could need or want – and yes, I might have to wait or even drive to meet someone to get my item from a rep, but to me – it is totally worth it to help out a fellow mom.

Here’s why:

  • Nine times out of ten, that rep is a parent, just trying to support a family just like I am. Yes, occasionally those incessant posts about that fabulous product can absolutely seem a little over the top and salesy, but the overall goal of that person is one that I can completely relate to.
  • The products are almost always pretty awesome. I have loved my skin care line from Rodan and Fields. My skin looks fabulous but the added bonus is that I get to help a mom stay home with her two boys. Win-win!
  • I actually like the in-home parties when I am able to go. I get to meet new people, and wine – there’s almost always wine involved. But seriously, who doesn’t like to shop with other grown-ups while also supporting a friend? Again win-win!
  • Buying things online is also amazing when you have a village of small people like myself. Plus wine – there’s usually wine involved their too, and pj’s. I call this a triple win since I can not shop at the mall in piece, with wine, or in my pajamas. I mean I could, but it’s probably frowned upon.

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In all seriousness, I think of making my purchases through people I know because I feel that it is always good to empower other women who are just trying to do the same as the rest of us – survive. Think of the motive behind the actions rather than viewing them like we all view the kiosk person at the mall or the used car salesman. So go ahead, get next year’s mother’s day present from your Premier Jewelry rep and give that person’s child their next ballet lesson. I assure you, the mall won’t miss that one purchase but you will do something amazing for another family just like your while also receiving something you probably would have bought anyway. Remember they win, and so do you!



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