It’s a joke

When I was first married we were in a small apartment with yard sale furniture. The sofa and chair matched but nothing else did and it was clearly 2nd or 3rd hand. One Saturday we got a knock on the door and it was the Cutco man with his assistant (read: trainee). We let him in (yeah, we were naive — we let a stranger with many sharp objects into our apartment) and he went through his spiel. We had already talked about such things and had set a rule that we would not spend more than $100 (okay, this was a few moons ago, you could tank up on less than $25) without 24 hours to discuss it.

This guy tried every close in the book but we were lucky because I had read the book (“How to Master the Art of Selling” by Tom Hopkins, a great book on sales). While he was pitching to us, his trainee fell asleep several times and snored so we could just barely hear him. At one point the sales guy said, “Well, I can see you have taste. You have nice furniture, nice decorations…” and he looked around, trying to indicate what was in our apartment and you could see a visible twist of repulsion on his face as he did so. What got us was that he thought we were so stupid we didn’t know our furniture was yard-sale modern.
Fortunately we could say, “We promised ourselves we would not spend over $100 without 24 hours to think it over.” He kept trying more closing techniques and I think I eve said, “I’ve told you about our 24 hour rule. Is there some reason you can’t respect that? We don’t want to do business with someone who doesn’t respect us.”

They scan the paper for just-married announcements and such to target young couples and the like. A friend’s son tried to sell through them for a while and after he got out had nothing good to report.

I think it’s a lot like Amway, in that many people hear “their products are good” and honestly believe that with very little evidence.

I wouldn’t bother with them, for income or for product.

Hahaha! Cutco/Vector Marketing likes to target young college kids (don’t they all?!)

I used to see Vector posters plastered all over campus. My little brother did it for one summer. It’s not door-to-door marketing, as claimed, but it’s not much better: you start out presenting your wares to your friends and their families, and from them you get your leads. Though I must say, the kitchen knives are REALLY nice, we still have the $300 set that my mom bought from my brother. I chuckle to think of the poor kid, he was 17 back then. Oh, and 5 years later he managed to get himself ensnared in Q*star until I gave him Merchants of Deception and rescued him (my parents thank me every day for saving my brother from their evil clutches). So to answer your question, no, it’s not an MLM, last I checked. But whenever I see a Vector Mkting poster, I make a point to scrawl a warning over with a big fat Sharpie. Too bad we can’t do that for the Scamway ads, har har!