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Ten of the Most Popular Direct Sales Companies

Jul 23, 2008
Direct sales companies have been with us for quite some time now. The way these have generally worked is that a direct sales associate would take their products to home based events where they would demonstrate them to attendees. So what are the most popular direct sales companies currently? This list will give you some direct sales companies to think about if you are interested in starting your own direct sales business.

1) Tupperware, first developed in 1945 had by 1946 moved to a direct sales model. This is the company who invented the party based model of direct sales as we know it. Tupperware now has nearly 2 million associates in nearly 100 countries worldwide.

2) Avon was once the California Perfume Company, back in 1886 when it began; by 1928, however, they had adopted the more familiar name of Avon. This is one of the most well known direct sales companies on Earth now, with almost 5 million representatives in 143 countries worldwide.

3) In 1963, Mary Kay Ash began Mary Kay Inc. in the interests of giving women an opportunity to improve their lives through running their own business. There are now around 1.6 representatives of the company.

4) Discovery Toys, Inc. has been in the educational toys business since 1978. This company only does business in the U.S. and Canada and uses the party model of direct sales.

5) Home Interiors & Gifts, now celebrating its 50th anniversary in business, boasts more than 100,000 associates employing both parties and face-to-face marketing methods to sell their products,

6) Pampered Chef has been around since 1980; this is one of the newest direct sales companies. They have over 60,000 Pampered Chef consultants worldwide and use their own variation on the party plan (the Kitchen Show).

7) Also started in 1980, Arbonne International sells their skin care products via person-to-person marketing instead of the party plan method.

8) Peter Usborne's Usborne Books has been around since 1973, selling high quality books for children. They employ person-to-person marketing as well as parties to market their books.

9) Creative Memories, a scrapbooking supply company, has been using the party plan method of marketing their products since 1987 and have tens of thousands of consultants all over the world.

10) Meleleuca, Inc. has been in the business of green products since 1985 and markets their tea tree oil based skin care, personal care and home products worldwide via person-to-person marketing. They are the fastest growing direct sales company in the U.S.

These direct sales companies are just ten out of the multitude of such companies out there which you can become involved with. Before signing on with any company, do some research to determine what their compensation model is, if online marketing is permissible and whether the company's goals fit in with your own.

Doing this sort of evaluation on each company you are considering will help you to be better informed and thus make a better decision about which direct sales company is right for you.
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Robert Paul Williams is the Editor of Work At Home Business Website. Come Visit Often To Stay Informed of the Latest Intenet Based Home Business News, Success Tips & Strategies.
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