One of the coolest perks about my line of work, is that I sometimes receive product gratis.
What many companies will do whenever they launch a new product, is provide training classes for all the salespeople, educating them on the ingredients and benefits so that they have a better understanding of how the product works. They will also (at times) give each salesperson the product to try so that they have a hands-on experience using it, whether it be skincare, makeup, or fragrance. And I think that’s a wise idea because the more someone knows about a product, the more knowledgeable they will be in selling it to customers. Also, it makes a salesperson passionately excited to suggest the product.
When I first got into this industry, companies were extremely generous with gratis, but over the years have gotten very conservative. God, when I first got hired with Chanel Beauty in the mid-90's, they had a 3-day training seminar and sent me home with TONS of gratis after each day. By the end of the third day, my apartment looked like it had been previously rented by Coco Chanel herself.
Yet, now we're lucky if we even get a small sample of a new product to try.
However this new job I have, offers their sales staff monthly training classes in all the products they sell in their store, and also believes in being extremely generous with gratis.
For instance, Wednesday morning I had a two-hour training class on about six different product lines. We watched videos, asked questions, and got acquainted with how to use each product. And I have to say, it was very enjoyable and informative. When the class was over, the store manage handed each one of us a HUGE bag of gratis, which not only contained the products we were trained on that day, but also many other items.
Now before going on, I should tell you that I’m a natural born product junkie who gets high on experimenting with new products. So when I opened my bag and saw what was inside, I almost keeled over from junkie hyperventilation. I started jumping up and down as if Santa Claus had just handed me an entire bag of my favorite toys. I kept saying, “Oh, thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I love you! Love you! Love you!”
Here’s what was in my bag…
And by the way, this picture does not show ALL of what was in my bag because some of things I received were makeup products, which I gave to one of the females I work with.
Oh, and I also need to mention that the first week I worked there, I was given FULL-SIZE gratis products of shampoo, body wash, sunscreen, and face wash to try on myself.
Yup, as you can tell, I'm lovin' this new job!
And what’s really amazing is that after using these skincare products for only two days, my epidermis looks like a baby. In fact, several people have not recognized me. I was even carded the last time I tried to buy a bottle of red wine because the checkout person thought I was underage.
As proof, here are some photos I took of myself, using the self-timer on my camera.
Have a faaaaaabulous weekend everyone!
Credit: photographs of me as a baby where created at Face In Hole