Great point Marleybone - there is definitely a huge difference between the home parties like Pampered Chef or Tupperware where you can politely buy a token something and get away with it, vs having to consult a financial advisor and move funds around before even attending a party for Longaberger or Arbonne! Not to mention, I think that hosting these parties gets quite addicting for some. My best friend's sister seems to have one for something nearly every month! She just bounces from Pampered Chef to Discovery Toys, to stamps, to scrapbooking, to candles, etc etc. And she's not quiet in the slightest about the points she's hoping to accumulate so she can get what she wants. Lovely ... make us all carry the freight because you won't just write a check and buy what you want! Her parties, I don't feel guilty in the slightest if I go and don't order anything.