I went to private grade school and we had to sell crap nearly every month. I had to go door to door in a neighborhood where 80% of the kids went to the same damn school as me and were selling the same stuff. Humiliating and awful for an already shy kid. I would never make my kid do that.<quoted text>
I don't buy from others and I don't push my kids stuff on others. I just think it's gotten ridiculous.
My mom used to drop me and my two bros off at farm & fleet and have us sell stuff outside the door when we had fundraising for baseball. We'd be decked out in our uniforms. I absolutely hated it. We'd be there for what seemed like an eternity. I won't make my kids do that.
What's even worse is they have all these fund raisers for school and tell the kids they can get all these prizes if they sell stuff. My kids came home thinking they are going to get an ipod. I told them ... no, this is a scam ... you would need to sell a bazillion of these things before you could get that ipod ... you if you work really, really hard, you might get an eraser, at best.
We have a fair at school (with carnival rides and games), fundraiser nights at various restaurants, and book fairs ... I'd much rather do stuff like that to support their school than have me or them have to pitch stuff.
J put up a "no solicitors" sign by our doorbell and kids selling delicious goodies are apparently the only ones that can read it and comprehend it. The fecking Jehovah's Witnesses don't realize it's for them.