Please help! How to say "no" without hurting feelings (OT)
My sister in law just recently started a home-based business selling natural spa products through Lemon Grass, and she is super excited and, of course, wanting to sell to family and friends first. I TOTALLY get that! But the thing is that while I am glad she is doing well and is selling a product line that she loves, I personally am not interested.
As a massage and aroma therapist, I use professional grade products that are supplied to me through the spa I subcontract in. We even carry our own line of pure therapeutic proffessional grade essential oils so that we can provide high quality customized blends to our clients.
I tried right from the beginning to just politely explain that to her, but now she is contacting me again and again trying to get me to buy scented massage oils from her. I just don't know how to say "no" without hurting her feelings and having her be mad at me. Also, there is an issue of finances too. We buy our oils and supplies at wholesale prices, because we are a business, my boss isn't going to be open to spending more money on a lower quality product, or even a product of equal quality. Her latest email was asking me what kind of scented massage oils I use most on my clients....insinuating that SHE could easily supply them. I
IDK.....I'm just very much at a loss on how to handle this without causing needless drama within our family. Anyone have any suggestions? (PS: I'm also posting this in another group in the hopes of getting advice from different angles, so I'm sorry if some of you see it twice.)