I just received a phone call with an invitation to attend a Dior christmas party (presumably because I’m a Dior member and not because I’m a blogger.)
I was first told the date of the party, then a list of highlights, including makeup and fashion shows, food and drinks, limited edition products on sale, and a door gift, all of these read off a page in monotone.
“Is that all?” I asked.
“The price is $50. If you want to bring a friend, it’s $80. But you can redeem products with your tickets.”
“Oh, okay. I’m not interested, but thanks.”
The caller asked for a reason, so I said I wasn’t interested in buying any Dior products at the moment. Parties are okay, but having to pay to attend one where they will try to make you spend even more money is plain ridiculous.
She said, “Oh, you don’t have to buy anything.”
“But I have to pay to attend the party,” I said.
She then went on to inform me that I can redeem other stuff with the price of my ticket, but neglected to explain what she meant.
I wasn’t interested, anyway, so I just said, “No, thanks.”
But she wouldn’t give up.
“You can have fun at the party with your friends,” she persuaded.
“No, it’s okay, thanks.”
“You’ll also get a door gift.”
“No, I’m not really keen, but thanks.”
“There’ll be free refreshments, and you can just come and have fun with your friends.”
“Erm… no, thanks.”
She finally accepted my polite refusal and allowed me to hang up.
Although I hate telemarketing, I can kind of understand why companies would use this channel to sell, for example, insurance policies. But telemarketing for parties? I think it’s a new low.
Not very impressed with Dior now.
A bit off-topic, but some time in the beginning of this year, they sent me my membership card with a letter asking me to go pick up a welcome gift at any Dior counter.
I went to pick it up.
The gift was a welcome letter and a brochure.
Thanks, Dior. What I always wanted.