Monday, January 07, 2008

We hates it. Hates it. FOREVER!*

Since we're all getting to be friends here in the blogosphere, here's something you need to know about me, especially if you live in my town and/or we ever actually hang out in person and not just through our computers.

I hate, loathe, detest, and utterly dislike home parties that require the participants to buy something. Tupperware, Longaberger, Mary Kay, and the like -- they're all untenable in my book. Sure, the hostess may say something like, "Oh, you don't have to buy. Just come and have a night with the girls." Um, yeah, I don't think so, because I know the ace salesperson there will guilt me into some sort of unnecessary purchase.

I have sworn an oath to go the rest of my life without attending any such event and, believe me, I will not attend, no matter how much you beg, threaten, or nag. Even if you are my mother, my best friend, or my husband's boss' wife. I promise you I will not attend. I won't even lie about it and say that I have a prior commitment on my calendar. I'll just decline politely, but firmly.

So please, pretty please, don't ever invite me to one of your home parties.

Just so we're clear.

(If anyone reading this actually sells the aforementioned products, no insult was intended.)

* Gollum in "The Hobbit."

17 comments:

Flutterby said...

LOL.. I used to sell Tupperware. I have enough freaking plastic shit in my kitchen for two lifetimes and then some. We won't even talk about what is packed away in the storage shed. The best sales guilt to use... the one about how your hostess gets more free the more YOU buy... "aww just a few more and she gets... whatever"... then you get the glares from your hostess if no one is buying anything. "Just come have fun" my ASS, LOL.

The Guider said...

I'm with you. I don't mind Body Shop parties, because there's loads of stuff for about £3. But that's it.

Ree said...

hallelujah!!!!! Actually, I'm happy to look at the catalogs and whatever, but don't make me come to your house for the competition. ;-)

countrymouse said...

So the next time you get invited to a one of those parties, just tell the person that you'll attend hers if she'll attend yours. Then give her the date and time of your Jehovah's Witness party and just see whether you get an invitation to hers ; )

(Yeah, I know--this comment is going to offend someone out there. No harm intended . . . )

Family Adventure said...

I just find they are so awkward. I mean, how can it be a party when spending money is required?!? So no chance of any such invite coming your way from Norway, in other words :)

Heidi

daysgoby said...

I LOVE that quote!

And it's so appropriate, too....

Suzanne said...

I'm with you, sistah!

Melissa said...

Amen, my sister.

Melissa said...

Amen, my sister.

Bunny Bunster said...

With the exception of Tastefully Simple gormet food parties I'm with you!!
They have some really, really good food items.

Linda and her Surroundings said...

My older sister once held a "sex toy" party. I did not attend (cannot sit in a room with multi coloured dildo's and middle aged women with comfort). My sister said I was uptight. You bet I am when it comes to that.

I have been stung for the last time this year at some underwear party - those overpriced knickers I bought live half way up my bum when I wear them. No, no, no more of those parties - besides, I think I have done them all.

drawer queen said...

I TOTALLY agree!! I have been invited (in the last three months) to
1) Three Jewelry parties
2) One sex toy party (WHAT??)
3) Asked by three people to Arbonne (body products) events where they not only try to sell you stuff but also try to sign you up so you can annoy and piss off your own friends. I think it is he lowest form of marketing (and we're starting pretty low to begin with)

Lisa @ Take90West said...

Agreed.
I just can't go and not by anything.
Especially after I ate something from the cheese ball or the cheese dip or the cheese plate.
I then feel obligated.
I should just stay home and buy my own cheese products.

Sue said...

Oh, me too. I hate Pampered Chef parties. And jewelry parties are all the rage around here. I have one friend who doesn't sell it, but she has a party every single flippin' month. I've taken to avoiding her because she's always mad that I didn't come to her jewelry party. I'm like, um, have you MET me? Do I wear jewelry? Sigh. I really liked her too.

Fannie Mae said...

Wrote on this same topic a few months back, so with ya!

Lori Anderson Designs said...

The only one I ever enjoyed going to was Tastefully Simple, and that's because we got to eat the entire time!

Jill said...

In our last neighborhood, I was invited to a ton of stamping parties. I always went and bought something, just to support my friends, (even though I don't stamp or scrapbook.)
When I hosted a party, none of them came.
We have lived in our new neighborhood almost three years, and they don't seem to have those parties here. This is a great place to live:0)
A while ago, I had a lady call me who I hadn't seen for several years. She acted like she was my best friend, and wondered if she and her husband could come over and tell us about their exciting new business opportunity. She was relentless, and wouldn't accept any of my excuses of why we weren't interested. I had to promise to think about it just so she would leave me alone. I guess I should have just said "No, I don't want to be in your down line."

Jill

p.s. Does anyone want to buy some never used stamps?