I get asked many times each week about a freebie of my Plexus products – and to be quite honest for a while I gave away freebies to my “friends”. I always felt like I sort of had to do that because I knew someone from high school, church, whatever the case may be as to why we had met. I felt obligated to them for some odd reason – eve the ones who I had not seen or heard from in YEARS. Sometimes I even get random messages asking for freebies from unknown people through my blog or social media sites.
Here is the problem. When I did give out my products to try for free to these friends or to others they would disappear after getting their goodies – never to be heard from again! No feedback, no hey I got your package, nothing. Just POOF. Gone. I used to give out freebies in the hope to get feedback and future sales for my business – a business that supports my family, a business that pays our bills and keeps a roof over our heads.
Don’t get me wrong there are times I will still give a small sample but they are pretty rare these days. It is more a trade for a favor (such as when someone helped us move our furniture to our new house) or something that person has in exchange for what I have. Those situations are a win win.
The other issue with this “can I have a free sample” is quite honestly this: I pay money out of my own pocket to have products on hand (no Ambassadors do not get them free just because we sell it). By giving out freebies I am basically giving away my money, my family’s money. If I gave out just one 3 day trial pack a week that would cost me thousands of dollars of my family’s income each year (and imagine if it was multiple requests per week -yikes)!!! An income that again I will stress pays our family’s bills and keeps a roof over our head. This is my ONLY job. It is our lifeline.
To those asking for samples – what they fail to remember when they want free goodies is that this is my bread and butter – my business. If they owned a store or other business would I be able to walk in and say “hey can I have all of this for free?” Hmmm. Probably not. So why do people feel that just because I work at home my stuff is free as well?
I have had some say “I guess you don’t want my business”.
Would you walk into a car dealership and ask for a free car in order to come back when you then want to buy one? Would you walk into a restaurant and say “I want a free dinner and if I like it then I will come back and buy a dinner and pay for it?” Okay so those are not exactly the same thing but in theory its the same basic principal or idea.
Besides that my products are valuable – they work, they produce results. They are worth more than nothing (and a freebie equals nothing – zero, zip, zilch, nada). What I do holds VALUE. If I were to just give out my stuff not only do I take money away from supporting my family I then place the value of my business at $0. On the flip side of that think about it – is your health worth nothing or are you willing to invest in yourself? I find that the people who get the freebies are simply just looking for a freebie – they have no reason to commit to making a real effort or a real change in themselves. Why should they – there was no commitment on their part – it was free! If they don’t put a little skin in the game they are not invested in making it work – pain and simple.
While I love my friends the truth of the matter is my business is just that, a business. Do I want them to get healthy, look and feel better? YOU BET I DO! But I also need to be able to support my family and run my business without feeling guilty.
So I will continue to only sell my products at the prices set by my company. You can buy a sample pack, continue on to purchase more items, or you can feel free to pass on that and move to something else. That is your choice. But I have to run my business like any other business has to.
If you want a trial pack and choose to purchase them or my product line I thank you for your support of my business and taking the steps to better your body, mind, spirit and business. I am here to support you as your coach and mentor once you become my customer.
What I cannot do and will not do is give any freebies out anymore in that process.