Stella’s answers to some commonly asked questions
about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator
1. How much do I have to sell to stay active as a demonstrator?
a. You must sell $300 per quarter (Jan-Mar, April-June, July-Sept., & Oct. – Dec.) to stay current. However, the quarter you sign up in is waived the first time. For example, if you sign up in July, you have until December 31st to fulfill the $300 in sales. After that you have until the end of each quarter.
2. What happens if I don’t sell $300 in a quarter?
a. All that happens is that Stampin' Up! gives you until the end of the next month to finish the previous quarter's shortage. If you don't get it done, you drop. Let's say you are short in the Jan-Feb-March. Stampin' Up! allows you to make up what you were short in April. If you still can't do it, you just drop out of our system as of May 1.
3. How long does Stampin’ Up! require me to stay as a demonstrator?
a. Stampin’ Up! imposes no time limit (short or long) on your role as a demonstrator. You can buy the Starter Kit to get the huge bargain that it is, receive it then after that first quarter you can just let it “drop.” No reason to resign early since you’d have up until one month after the end of your first FULL quarter without going into pending status. No penalty or fee or anything. Totally without any consequence.
4. How much of a discount do I get for merchandise for myself?
a. SU! offers us a 20% discount on everything.
b. A second way to earn is off volume. If your sales, in one month, reach $400 or more, you begin to earn a volume rebate AND you then qualify to earn a rebate off your own downline.
5. How do I pay for the orders I place personally for myself or a customer?
a. You use the online ordering system to place orders for both yourself and for customers. Customers pay you personally by cash, check (written out to you), credit card or Pay Pal and you pay SU with their money or your personal credit card or checking account.
6. How else can a customer order?
a. As of Oct. 2008, customers may now order directly from you on your Demonstrator Business Web Site (your online store). The system processes orders 24/7. You can be earning income in your sleep!
7. How much does the Starter Kit cost?
a. The Starter Kit costs $99 plus tax (shipping is free) yet it contains $125 in the product of YOUR choice = 100% customizable plus $65 in business supplies. A side note: In 2002, I signed up and my Starter Kit was $299 which is $200 more! SU! has really made some great adjustments.
8. When does Stampin’ Up! have incentives to sign up?
a. SU! advises us of all new promotions about 2-3 weeks before they’re to start. The monthly Stampin Success magazine typically unveils updates. That comes in the mail and is available online for demonstrators around the 15th of the month preceding the issue’s month. So, I’ll find out July 15, for example, if there is any promotion of any sort (sales or recruiting) for August. There is no “regular” schedule of unique promotions.
9. When is the best time to sign up?
a. Honestly, there is always something going on to inspire sales in new customers so any time is a good time to sign up.
10. May I share my demonstrator discount with others?
a. Yes, you may share it with anyone you like. I have several downline who signed up just so their office co-workers could all share in the 20% discount. They sometimes gather to stamp as a group of friends but nothing more. They and their co-workers, in essence, share the benefits of being a demonstrator though one person is officially the demonstrator. It’s a great way to do it and both Stampin’ Up! & I support it fully.
11. Can I be your downline even if we don’t live close to one another?
a. Yes! My team spans 40 states. You can live anywhere and be in my SU family!
12. Is there anything else I should know?
a. The number one thing I emphasize is that aside from all the above, it is quite taboo to sell current items on eBay. If you were to do so, you’d risk being terminated immediately. SU is very strict about this and so am I.
Terms to know:
Demonstrator: the only people authorized to sell new Stampin’ Up! (we are not called “consultants”)
Upline: the person you sign up under (what I am to you)
Downline: Your relationship to the person you signed up under (what you are to me)
SU: Stampin’ Up!
DS: Demonstrator Support (by email or phone – very helpful!)
Revised July 2012