DALLAS, TX -- This company takes advantage of women and they should not be allowed to do what they do. The startup fee is crazy expensive and doesn't even include samples- those are extra. The pieces are GARBAGE. They are NOT MADE IN THE US. I emailed Premier and asked them specifically and they would not answer my questions but skirted the issue. The pieces fall apart constantly and for a $50 necklace I would expect WAY more. Save your money and go to a jewelry store and buy something that will last.
They make jewelers pay for MANY things like credit card fees, fees for each show you hold and then encourage you to keep buying more samples and more products and before you know it, you have made NOTHING. I was a designer in Premier after a year and had 10 people under me. I sold over 30,000 my first (and only) year. It is an absolute scam. Stay away from it.
After one year with 10 people under me, I barely made anything. They also fail to mention the $490 self employment tax that you will have to pay the feds. You pay for all return shipping (which is a lot because the pieces are JUNK). And they rope you in with numerous brainwashing phone calls and "rallies" and trust me, they are good at brainwashing you into believing you are selling a good product and "enriching" women's lives. You are basically overcharging people for an item, scamming others into joining the company and it's all about pressure, pressure, pressure.
I couldn't sleep at night thinking about the tactics this company pushes on weak women. And that is it, they prey on weak, low confidence, low self esteemed women who they can rope into doing this "wonderful business." It is all garbage. I could not sell another $5 necklace for $50 if I had to save my life. I felt awful charging people these prices. I am sure that Premier will find these posts and delete them, but I will keep posting them so people know the truth- it is freedom of speech after all. It is not 50% profit that you make - bottom line. And they don't allow you to sell online at all either.
They push you to ostracize yourself from friends and family with their "book a thons" and pushing you to ask, ask, ask for people to have parties and buy jewelry. They teach you that no doesn't mean no. It means not now. Really? I don't think so. The people at the very top are getting very rich from this so yes it is a pyramid scheme, even though they will tell you it is not and give you a handout showing you why it isn't. BS - it is a pyramid scheme. If I was a designer and that's the top 3% of the company and I made a measly 9,000 this year - then tell me how it's not a pyramid scheme?? BS - it is a pyramid scheme.
Luckily, I am a well educated person (a teacher) and I was strong enough to see through the tactics and the fake-ness of it all and I got out. I wasn't going to pay my $350 renewal fee. No thank you Premier, you can take your business elsewhere, to prey on a weaker, less educated woman who needs some confidence. I've got all the confidence I need in life and I know that I DON'T WANT TO BE A PART OF A CULT LIKE THIS!
I have purchased a lot of Premier Designs Jewelry over the past several years, through attending parties, being a Hostess for parties, and from eBay sellers. Unfortunately, I would have to say that I have been disappointed with the overall quality of the jewelry. I love the high-fashion designs and the opportunity to view the latest trends in fashion jewelry, and the sales reps are generally motivated, reputable, and knowledgeable about the jewelry line. They seem to genuinely believe in the product and the company.
I don't believe that there is any scam involved with this company as far as the sales reps are concerned, and the company itself has been in business - and from what I have read, debt-free -since 1985. That said, the actually quality of the jewelry varies tremendously between each piece in the product lines. I have had several pieces of jewelry break (links, clasps, lines of beads) before I even had the chance to wear it, and some of it tarnished easily with normal wear - by this, I mean normal wear for high-end fashion jewelry, not worn every day or even every week.
I have been greatly disappointed, because I LOVE the jewelry and just wish it would hold up better! Even with the company golden guarantee, it is often not convenient to return it to the company for a replacement, and if you buy a discontinued piece on eBay, the golden guarantee does not apply because the sellers are not - or are no longer - representing Premier Designs.
Considering that each representative who sells Premier Designs makes a 50% profit on each piece of jewelry, it's easy to see the necessity to have it manufactured fairly cheaply, and the cost of metals has increased greatly over the past few years. Premier Designs was intended to provide busy single women and especially single moms with an opportunity to supplement the family income and have fun at the same time, while setting ones own hours by booking home parties.
I would expect this jewelry to hold up at least as well as the average department store fashion jewelry I buy at Target or Macy's... but in most cases, it does not. It seems that the older pieces I have purchased (from the old line prior to 2003) were of higher quality and have lasted longer.
Perhaps they use different companies for manufacture of the jewelry, and there is tremendous variation as far as quality control? Or the materials themselves are cheaper.... I am not sure, but at any rate, with the recession we are currently in and people not having a lot of disposable income, I would think that QUALITY would be the most important thing to Premier Designs - the company name and reputation is at stake!
It is disappointing to receive a beautiful piece of jewelry and have it break or disintegrate after wearing it only once or twice. The last two pieces of jewelry I have purchased, one a bead necklace and the other a bead bracelet, broke almost immediately after purchase - with careful handling! The line of beads snapped and all of the beads went flying off the nylon string.
If you are thinking of purchasing Premier Designs Jewelry, especially the newer lines, be aware that it might not be of the quality that you would expect, and be prepared for having to have it replaced, or eat the loss. Be careful about buying on the internet on eBay, because generally there is no guarantee on of these pieces - often a representative is selling her own collection after getting out of the business, or reselling items she bought in bulk. I LOVE THE JEWELRY!! Just wish it all held up better.... with normal wear and handling.
RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA -- I went to a party to help out a friend and purchased a few items for astronomical prices, now that I see the real product. One item arrived already broken in the box. It took almost a month to get a replacement. And, the "jeweler" told me that she's had this happen a few times. Just a normal result of mass producing. What?? And you want me to have a party and let my close friends spend their hard earned money on crap, so I can earn more free crap. No thank you!
The jewelry is the same quality I would find at a Claire's or Icing store at the mall. One or two uses and it breaks. But, instead of paying next to nothing, this jewelry was so expensive. What a rip off.
FORT WORTH, TEXAS -- I have been a jewelry lady for a year and a half now. At first I thought I did a lot or research as to if I was making a good investment or not. I have seen many ladies be SUPER successful in this business and thought with my sales skills that I could be one of them.
Things started out great. My first few shows went well and then it just started to all go downhill. My customers began to complain that the product was overpriced and was not holding up as well as promised. I sent back many pieces (out of my own pocket of course.) Then I had trouble booking shows. I spoke to my Premier "mom" about it and she said that I need to get out and meet more people. I did as she recommended and tried to step out of my comfort zone to expand my business. On top of that I had to buy more jewelry each time the new seasons line rolled out.
I became sick last year and had to stop selling for a bit. While I was not selling I tried my best to meet new people and let them about my business. After much thought I renewed my contract with Premier, thinking I must have done something wrong and was determined to make it work. Shortly after I had more product issues than ever and no show bookings b/c guest were saying there is no way they would pay that much for jewelry.
I again spoke with my Premier "mom" who told me the people I were meeting were "flaky" and that I needed to meet people with "expendable income" What? I don't have that so how can I expect others to have it? I really do enjoy doing the show when I can get them, they are fun but I feel this has been a blow to my ego. I work in sales my other job and I am super good at it so I don't understand why this is not working.
I have done training after training and now I am just disappointed. I once was proud to be a jewelry lady and want to be again. I just can't seen to meet the "right kind of people." If any other jewelry ladies read this I would love your thoughts on what I might could do to improve my business. I don't want to give up but might have to if it does not start making me money. Thanks!
DALLAS / IRVING, TEXAS -- I've purchased many pieces of Premier Design jewelry 3-6 yrs ago. Some pieces were never worn. However, all pieces have a smelly rusty metal odor to them (as if you were rolling coins).
I spoke with customer service regarding the odor on the pieces (not just the clasp area) and was advised to wipe down with sudsy water. After 1 hour of doing as recommended, no change. Having to revert to customer service again, I was advised to send each piece back, with $5 per piece, for their review. 21 pieces x $5 = $105! Every excuse question under the sun was asked regarding storage, wearing of the piece, etc. Bottom line - I purchased "costume" jewelry from Target years ago and still looks like the day I purchased it.
In addition, a bangle bracelet tarnished - I returned it with my $5 for a replacement. It has tarnished again, and Premier Designs want another $5 to replace. I asked customer service why would I waste another $5, again, for the same to happen. Responses: "at least you're not paying the full amount, perhaps the humidity...." I interrupted her saying "are you going to put on your website if you live in certain states, PD should not be purchased?" Really?????
The above has been advised from Customer Service Supervisors. One of the biggest reasons I purchased from Premier was because it's a Christian organization. The quality of the jewelry does not live up to it's name no less it's price. I don't know about you, but I don't have disposable money which is what the outcome is going to be. Just wanted to share my thoughts on Premier Designs.
I went to this Premier Jewelry party that one of my friends were hosting. So I purchased several items on the catalog. They looked pretty decent on the brochure. After my order arrived at my friend's but my friend and I were busy so three or 4 months after my friend visited me with my jewelry boxes. When I opened the boxes I was really angry. My necklace came with missing part. The ring and necklace I ordered as gifts for my mother-in-law looked like a piece of crap. I wasted about 150 dollars or so. I put all those junk on the donation pile. Please do not waste your time on this product/company. Piece of junk that will not last.
Recently, me and several of my other family members purchased jewelry using Premier Designs... Needless to say, we were very disappointed when the jewelry came. I was told that everything was made in America... My jewelry said it was from Korea. I'll give it that my ring was very sturdy... some kind of surgical steel I'd say, it was supposed to be adjustable but wouldn't even move when I took a hammer and a pair of pliers to it. Also, it was so uncomfortable to wear that it constantly made raw spots on my finger. My sister in law ordered the same ring and hers never said it was made in Korea and she said hers was easy to adjust.
My grandmother's necklace looked like they had spent 75 cents and got it out of a gumball machine. My brother's wife ordered a $50 bracelet that was held together by fishing twine and broke on the first wear. This company is a complete ripoff and I don't imagine they have very many repeat customers. At best, they probably buy overstocks of Dollar Store jewelry and jack up the prices on it. I'll rate it 2 stars cause that ring sure is some kind of super alien stuff.
IVRVING, TEXAS -- They are a lot of $100 necklace in their catalogs. And they are just beads, no real silver or gold. Everything is plated. I got conned into becoming a seller $395, plus shipping, tax for membership. Over $900 for a kit. $40, plus tax and shipping just for 12 catalogs. I could sell a darn thing! Nobody wanted to put with doing home shows just to buy a piece of jewelry. I'm too old to be going door to door trying to sell it. As if someone wants to let a stranger in their house anyway. Well anyway later on, I get talked into renewing for a 2nd year and was told it would be better customer service and better quality jewelry.
So far every piece I have worn has tarnished & turned my skin green. I pay out $350, tax, shipping. $40, tax, shipping for 12 catalogs. I bought 3 packs plus mini sales catalogs to be able to leave them with girlfriends. As soon as it's all delivered, I get a letter from Premier Designs, stating that someone is selling the jewelry on my behalf on the internet and immediately closes my account! And the prices in the catalog were increased not decreased. Later found out the same woman that conned me into it makes commission of your sales! Last but not least my email was flooded with harassing letters from the company when I started sharing my story!
MARION, OHIO -- I am dissatisfied with the quality of the jewelry. It does not hold up very well and tarnishes easy. I return each piece in the plastic bag and box that it comes in and when I took it out to wear it I noticed it was very tarnished and did not look right. It was the shine necklace, which I love, but it looks terrible now because of the tarnish. I sent it back and they returned a different necklace and sent a note stating the item was discontinued. I was very disappointed. I bought from Premier because of the lifetime guarantee. What good is a guarantee if they are not going to send the same item back that you are returning?
The same thing happened to me with another necklace. I only had this one about 6 months and it broke. I sent it in for replacement and they sent a different color because the original color is no longer available. I ordered this necklace to go with a pendant that I bought from them and now I can't wear the pendant, so I am without two necklaces. So much for their guarantee. I will not be buying Premier anymore.
DALLAS, TEXAS -- I started selling this jewelry... if you want to call it that... a year ago and would never do it again or tell anyone else it is a good idea... First off the jewelry is not that great at all... It turns colors very quickly and sometimes looks nothing like it does in the catalogues. Second it is a total pain in the butt to always have to exchange and return the items because people get things that look nothing like they have ordered... Plus by the time you spend all your money, time and effort into the parties you hardly make any money... And all the promos and books change so often that if you actually have a real job it's impossible to keep up.
And be sure to pay every year to keep being a jeweler. I think almost $800 the first yr and $400 every year after that. Plus if you don't buy the new items yourself then your jewelry gets out-dated for the parties so there goes more money! Plus at the end of the year to file taxes is the biggest pain of all and of course another $300 to file them!
Oh and not to mention when you return items, the company will say they didn't receive it and then charge your bank account for it... When you catch this it takes weeks to get your money back, because you have to call them and give them your account number to credit your bank.... But they didn't need to call and get your account number to take the money out of it now did they??? What the heck is wrong with this company!