Wednesday, November 3, 2010

So much to offer, too much to choose from

Since I started this blog a few months ago, I have been writing as though the reader has been a long time Longaberger customer, either with me or another consultant. I received today an email, that had me thinking, what if the customer has not bought a Longaberger product in a while, or has never heard about Longaberger at all. So this article is dedicated those out there who has never purchased anything in quite a while, received Longaberger as a gift, or has never purchased anything before.

What is Longaberger?

Longaberger started with Dave Longaberger over 35 years ago. The company started out with just making baskets, but it has grown to be much more than that. Longaberger today is run by Dave daughter, Tami Longaberger, and is consider a direct-selling company specializing in home d├ęcor products. In addition to baskets, Longaberger has other home and lifestyle products, such as pottery, wrought iron, candles, fabric accessories, wall art, and specialty foods. You may get purchase products through one of 45,000 Independent home consultants, which I am a part of.

How do I make a purchase?

As I stated, you may purchase Longaberger products through one of 45,000 independent home consultants through their website, catalog, or a home party setting. A typical website will be listed as You can go to that consultant’s website to make a purchase, sign up to join their team for free or to get a business kit, or just to browse. All consultants’ websites take Visa, Mastercard, and Discover Cards. Each consultant has additional information on how to contact them, and may be listed on the website and/or business card they hand you. You may also make a purchase at a craft show, if a consultant has products available for purchase at her both. Select purchases can also be made through groups who hold fundraisers, including Design a Basket.

What is considered a fundraiser?

Any current product can be considered a fundraiser. Longaberger has a brochure that list specific products can be most profitable for a group. Contact a consultant for the list of profitable products. Any group will earn 40% off of all sales, and anyone from a girl scout group to church groups can have a fundraiser with Longaberger products. Please contact any independent home consultant for details.

What is Design a Basket?

Design a Basket is a program where an organization or individual can design a basket specifically for them as a custom order. So for instance, a bride can have the colors of her wedding in a basket and her marriage date on the lid. You can also list a family reunion, church groups, anniversaries, birth announcements, etc… Specific baskets have been selected for this purpose, and you can purchase 1 for individual use or have an order form and have a fundraiser with it. Please see any independent home consultant for details.

Can I earn extra products?

As with many direct selling companies, there are ways to earn more products through the hostess program. You can host a party, either at home or through the catalog. The party must total $150 to start in order to earn Hostess Dollars and/or half priced item. For instance, a party total of $300 will get you one half-price item. Half price means a $50 product will cost $25. Hostess dollars mean that you earned a product for free up to that amount. A party total ending $350 get you 2 half priced items, and $50 worth of product.

You can also earn products by becoming a Longaberger consultant. At the moment, you can sign up to become an Independent Home Consultant for free or you can also sign up to get a kit for $49, $229, and $459. The free signup does not include any products or paperwork, and is perfect for those who want to sell via social media and their free website provided by Longaberger. For those who want sell the more traditional way of having parties in the home and through that catalog and through the social media and their website, you can also purchase one of the business kits, which includes paperwork.

If you have any questions or like what you just read, please let me know, or visit my website, I will be happy to answer them. I also love referrals, and will welcome anyone to the family of Longaberger consultants and customers. Until then, take care.

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