Direct Sales Opportunity Review: The Pampered Chef
by guest contributor Laci Blanton
The Pampered Chef is a direct sales company headquartered in Addison, IL. Its goal is to preserve the joy of the shared family meal for even the busiest modern families through time-saving tips, tools and recipes. In addition, the company strives to provide an avenue through which consultants can provide for their families with greater freedom using their unique talents.
The Pampered Chef was founded in 1980 by Doris Christopher. Christopher was an educator, a home economist and a mom who saw the need for real cooks in regular kitchens to have professional-quality tools. Putting to use her expertise in the kitchen and her talent for teaching, she assembled a group of what she considered the essential kitchen tools and began teaching and direct selling at home parties.
The Pampered Chef has grown from Doris Christopher’s basement to include 60,000 independent sales representatives worldwide. The company has grossed over $700 million in sales and has served 12 million customers.
The Pampered Chef is a Better Business Bureau accredited business and a proud member of the DSA (Direct Selling Association). DSA membership is equivalent to a promise to uphold the highest standards of business practices and to be honest and forthright in all dealings with consumers and sellers.
The Pampered Chef has a long standing tradition of generosity. Today, the Pampered Chef sponsors many charities, including “Round-up from the Heart” in which customers are encouraged to round up their product orders to the nearest dollar or more. Proceeds go to America’s Second Harvest—The Nation’s FoodbankNetwork.
The Pampered Chef product line includes as many as 300 items at a time, with 80-90% of those being exclusive to the company. Many of the products have become iconic. Who doesn’t have the round baking stone? ( I won’t bake on anything else!)
The staff at The Pampered Chef Kitchens is made up of home economists, chefs, product developers, dieticians and food scientists. They work to continually develop new products that are not only time-saving, but multifunctional, so that kitchens are not cluttered with tools that are only used once a year for specific food preparations.
Products are primarily sold through home demonstrations known as Cooking Shows. One million shows are held in the U.S. each year. Customers can also purchase products through an online catalogue on the Pampered Chef’s website.
At the Cooking Shows, the consultant prepares a recipe selected by the host in order to demonstrate both the tools and the recipe before the guests. Then, as guests are nibbling away at the food, the consultant answers questions, takes orders and books parties.
If you’re going to distribute Pampered Chef, you had better like toting your wares around, cooking and chatting!
Host bonuses include free, discounted and half-price products, a 10% discount for a year, and free shipping. There are also monthly host specials, like 60% off of selected items.
It costs $155 to become a Pampered Chef Consultant. Compared to businesses such as Mary Kay or Scent-Sations, this is a moderate price point for entry in direct sales. The fee covers a demonstration kit of 25 of the most popular products, a tote bag designed to carry them in, and business materials to help get consultants started.
Consultants can earn product commissions, dream vacations, jewelry and free products. There are eight consultant career levels progressing from Pampered Chef Consultant to National Executive Director, so the set up of Pampered Chef is relatively simple compared with other MLM companies.
Unlike most MLM opportunities, with Pampered Chef you actually make less on the sales of your downline as you advance in the company. So the best way to make money with Pampered Chef is to sell a lot of product, rather than to focus on recruiting. (which is true with many direct sales/home party companies)
Is The Pampered Chef Right for You?
Pampered Chef could be a great opportunity for those who love sales, talking, meeting new people and cooking. However, this type of direct sales opportunity may not suit someone looking to build a business beneath them and make residual income from their downline or from leveraging the internet.
Pampered Chef from around the web:
Pampered Chef – Review – In a recent Fortune Magazine report, Pampered Chef was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the USA. Pampered Chef also has many unique gadgets and tools that are not usually found in stores. …
Websites With Pampered Chef – The website that I own is through The Pampered Chef. I am an Independent consultant and being able to have my own website helps generate business. The Pampered chef is the web hosting provider and I must say that they do a very good job …
Pampered Chef Guarantee is For Real – I had mishaps with 2 products from Pampered Chef and both were replaced free of charge and personally delivered to me by my Pampered Chef Representative. One was a garlic press that broke when I applied too much pressure to extract …
Just signed my second recruit! – Forum: Chef’s Lounge Posted By: Chef Stephanie Petersen Post Time: 07-30-2008 at 01:26 PM.