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Author: jlars One star, 50 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 121144  
Subject: Direct selling inventory Date: 2/13/2007 9:18 AM
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Hi Fools,

I have to start off by saying that I'm a regular lurker/reader of this board and have nothing but awe and admiration for the regulars that, year after year, post great advice and go out of their way to help those who come here for assistance.

On to the question:

My wife began selling jewelry via home shows (jewelry parties in other people's homes) in 2006. She purchased a fair number of pieces--50 or so, costing about $3K--which she uses as display items during the home shows. She has no intention of selling any of these pieces, although technically she could. (Customers order from a catelog and have the jewelry shipped to them.) The pieces are also available for her personal use (to wear) outside of their business use.

I scanned publications 334, 538, & 535 and, while there are a couple of references to direct selling, I still can't figure out how to account for the jewelry:
- Inventory?
- Start-up costs (capitalized)?
- Straight expense (they could almost be construed as advertising when she wears them)?

If I've omitted any crucial info, just let me know.
Thanks for any help you can offer.

jlars
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Author: ptheland Big gold star, 5000 posts Feste Award Nominee! Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 92094 of 121144
Subject: Re: Direct selling inventory Date: 2/13/2007 12:10 PM
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I still can't figure out how to account for the jewelry:

I'd call them inventory. And due to her ability to wear the items between shows, I would NOT deduct the cost of these items unless she sells them.

--Peter

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