FAQ Frequently Asked Questions about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator


  • What is in the $99 Starter Kit?
    1. You choose 100% of it – select $125 (not a penny more) of anything you want from all active catalogs
    2. A free Paper Pumpkin kit is added automatically (value $20) through May 2017 (not sure how long this will continue)
    3. A free Business Kit, which included catalogs, is added automatically (value $50)
    4. It all ships FREE (value at least $12.50)
  • How much do I have to sell to stay active as a demonstrator?
    1. You must sell $300 per quarter (Jan-Mar, April-June, July-Sept., & Oct-Dec.) to stay current. However, the quarter you sign up in is waived. For example, if you sign up in January, you have until June 30 to fulfill the $300 in sales – that is months to try with NO risk & NO strings. You also get July as a grace period. You’d stay active until August 1. After that you have until the end of each quarter.
  • What happens if I don’t sell $300 in a quarter?
    1. If you do not sell $300 in a quarter, you will be automatically placed into “pending” status and SU gives you 30 days to catch up. So if the quarter ends June 30 and you had $250 in sales in that quarter, then in July you have to submit at least $50 in sales to stay active.
  • Any special perks for someone new?
    1. Yes! If you choose to have an online store, you must have a DBWS (an acronym for our personal online store). That is $12.95 per month BUT you can get TWO FREE months if you sign up for one within 21 days of joining as a demonstrator. This is the BEST business tool you can invest in.
    2. Stampin’ Up! rewards new demonstrators who satisfy certain goals via our Quick Start Program which is based on what you do your first full 3 and 6 months.
  • How long does Stampin’ Up! require me to stay as a demonstrator?
    1. Stampin’ Up! imposes no time limit (short or long) on your role as a demonstrator. You can buy the Starter Kit to get the deeply discounted items, receive them then after that first quarter you can just let it “drop.” No reason to resign early since you’d have up until one month after the end of your first FULL quarter without going into pending status. No penalty or fee or anything. Totally without any consequence. That’s why I advocate to “try it” since there is no negative to it whatsoever.
  • Do I have to have parties or classes or workshops {I think this is my #1 question}?
    1. Nope, not at all. You don’t have to have a single event. You can join just to get a discount for yourself. Really! Out of my whole team, perhaps 90%, or more, joined “just for the discount.” This is normal and welcomed!
  • How much of a discount do I get for merchandise for myself?
    1. SU! offers us a 20% discount on everything when we join then when we reach our first promotion, that bumps up to 25%!


  • How do I pay for the orders I place personally for myself or a customer?
    1. The preferred method for customers to order is via your Online Store where you do not handle any of the payment (but you get a weekly deposit for your 20-25% income on that order plus another monthly deposit if the total of all your orders is at least $600). If you order manually for a customer (you input it into our ordering system), you collect cash, check (written out to you), credit card or Pay Pal and you pay SU with their money or their credit card OR your personal credit card or checking account depending on how they paid you (how they pay you is up to you).
  • How else can a customer order?
    1. Customers may order directly from you on your Demonstrator Business Web Services {DBWS} website if you choose to get one. The system processes orders 24/7. You can be earning income in your sleep!
  • When does Stampin’ Up! have incentives to sign up?
    1. SU! advises us of all new promotions really close to their start. As we cannot see too far into the future in this regard, it’s always best to just sign up when it suits you rather than waiting for SU as there is no pattern to when they offer a recruiting kit deal. The kit, as it is, is a great deal.
  • When is the best time to sign up?
    1. The Holiday catalog starts September; Sale-A-Bration typically begins in January; the Occasions catalog comes out in January; and the annual catalog starts June 1. There’s always something going on so any time is great!
  • Can I be your downline even if we don’t live close to one another?
    1. Yes! I have over 200 group members/downline in about 40-45 states including Puerto Rico and a US military base in Belgium. You can live anywhere and be in my SU family!
  • Is there anything else I should know?
    1. The number one thing I emphasize is that aside from all the above, it is quite taboo to sell current items on eBay. If you were to do so, you’d risk being terminated immediately. SU is very strict about this. All I ever ask is to (a) use integrity in your business and (b) keep in touch with me – strangely I have found communicative customers sign up then go silent. Not sure why but I love it if our communication does not change once you sign up.
    2. The second this is that I love to get to know members of my group so please stay connected!

Terms to know:

          Demonstrator: the only people authorized to sell new Stampin’ Up! (we are not called “consultants”)

          Upline: the person you sign up under (what I am to you)

          Downline: Your relationship to the person you signed up under (what you are to me)

          SU: Stampin’ Up!

          DS: Demonstrator Support (by email or phone – very helpful!)


Stella MacKay, Independent Demonstrator for Stampin’ Up!® since 2002

StellarStamps@comcast.net – www.StellarStamps.com – 916.243.9113 (text)

Updated March 2017