I got invited to a product party by a friend. I hate those things, I hate feeling under pressure to buy some overpriced thing that I don't need.
Now that we have a baby on the way we are starting to budget carefully so I won't be buying any of the products. I can get them at the $2 stores so I don't feel the need to spend top dollar. I feel bad if I go & eat the free food etc & don't buy something.
This friend has also hosted another product party before & last time I just said it was too far to travel & she got really cranky at me for not going.
If I tell her I can't afford it she'll just say to come anyway & not to buy anything, but there is always so much pressure from the consultants etc & I don't want to just sit there the whole time feeling embarrassed.
Because I declined last time, I feel like it's even harder to decline this time. Is there a way I can tactfully get out of it without her getting cranky?
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14-04-2014 11:11 #1Senior Member
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How to tactfully decline an invite to a product party
14-04-2014 11:14 #2
Just tell her you have something on/you are out of town. I also don't like product parties, I hate the pressure to buy/sign up and be a host, so I also try to avoid them!
14-04-2014 11:26 #3
Is it in the evening? Can you say you're too tired because of the pregnancy to do anything after work?
Or if it's a weekend, can you say family function?
14-04-2014 11:29 #4Senior Member
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I would be honest....if she is a good friend, she will respect your decision.
14-04-2014 11:35 #5
14-04-2014 11:37 #6
I always feel uncomfortable when i get invited to them too, but after being sucked into unnecessary purchases a few times i decided i had to just be honest. My bank account, and my sanity thank me for it
14-04-2014 11:43 #7
Just thank her for the invite and say you won't go as you don't need anything and feel bad going along and not buying.
14-04-2014 12:04 #8
14-04-2014 12:15 #9Senior Member
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You don't actually have to give a reason... just say something like, 'sorry, I can't make it. I hope you have a good time.'
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14-04-2014 12:33 #10
I'd be honest and say that you don't want to go cos you can't afford to buy anything but maybe also add something like "I'd love to see you though, want to come over for a cuppa next week?" or something so she doesn't think it's her that you're avoiding fwiw, I hate product parties!
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