Direct selling is the marketing and selling of products directly to consumers away from a fixed retail location. Pendding is the oldest form of direct selling. Modern direct selling includes sales made through the party plan, one-on-one demonstrations, and other personal contact arrangements as well as internet sales. A textbook definition is: "The direct personal presentation, demonstration, and sale of products and services to consumers, usually in their homes or at their jobs."
Most direct selling associations around the world require their members to abide by a code of conduct towards a fair partnership both with customers and salesmen...
Most national direct selling associations are represented in the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA).
Direct selling is distinct from direct marketing because it is about individual sales agents reaching and dealing directly with clients. Direct marketing is about business organizations seeking a relationship with their customers without going through an agent/consultant or retail outlet.