I used to sell for them a few years ago....I really LOVE their products!!! You can find comparable things out there in stores, etc...but most don't come with the guarantee that Pampered Chef gives, nor the service...that's what a lot of people like about it.
I wish I could've stayed with it, but it was difficult for me. At the time, I had a 3 yr old and 1 yr old...and my husband and I had started our landscaping business the same year, which we ran from the home & I was the bookeeper/secretary, etc. for....so Pampered Chef just kind of fell to the side.
The only draw-back that I found is that you really have to have a WIDE WIDE circle of friends & family who have other friends or acquaintances who don't mind having or going to the parties and buying things. It's fine to start out with your friends, but after a while they're not interested in doing parties or buying lots of stuff....so you have to have the time and an out-going-ness about you to really get out there and meet new people and get your cards circulating, etc. You've got to have more free time than they'd like you to think it will take to actually make a business out of it and really make any money. I also would try to find some local shops that wouldn't mind setting out some of your cards & catalogs...and leaving the catalogs at the doctor's/dentist's office, coffee shops and places like that is a good way of reaching people who aren't friends or family. ANother piece of advice I have is to maybe NOT start out trying to sell to your friends and family....Pampered CHef actually recommends to start out with them, but they can get "worn-down" rather quickly and easily!! lol You could start out by just getting the word out @ school, church, family, etc. But don't bring up the subject of hosting a party with the people you know/are related to....just make sure everyone knows you're a rep and then work on making contacts outside of your circle of friends/family with the above mentioned ideas of leaving catalogs/cards places, posting flyers @ the grocery store, etc. Eventually, when the people you know see you're serious about it and all, then they'll get interested and ASK YOU if they can host a party....then it just snowballs from there!!
Of course, this was just my experience and opinion!! lol I'm sure they're others that may think differently.....it really all comes down to what works for YOU!