A submission from a reader of Pink Truth:
Last week I find out from a mutual friend of a co-workers that it is my co-worker’s birthday. The mutual friend asked if I would make sure the office did something nice for her birthday since her husband had really blown it and she was pretty upset. Knowing the husband this puzzled me. He’s a pretty sharp guy.
What happened you ask? So the well intentioned husband takes his wife out for a nice dinner for her 44th birthday and over dinner he gives her a present. She excitedly opens the present to find….Mary Kay Eye Firming Cream. Let’s be honest what woman wants to receive eye cream from her loving husband as a birthday present? “Are you trying to tell me something?”
Turns out that the husband had received a call from his wife’s Mary Kay Consultant (a Director) to see if he needed any help with a birthday present. Happy for suggestions he listened. She suggested the Eye Firming Cream since his wife hadn’t re-ordered that in a while. He obliged. Thankfully he later explained how the purchase came about and his wife has since forgiven him.
How many times do I remember my Director saying, “Be sure to get your customers birth dates and husband’s names.” “Husbands need help!” “The husband will appreciate your help and the wife will thank you because she will get a gift she needs and wants.”
Every holiday we were told to contact the husbands – birthdays, Christmas, Valentines Day you name it! Lets be honest here, perfume, a gift card, lotion, all lovely gifts. Selling Timewise to a husband to give to his wife is a recipe for disaster!
But hey the Consultant/Director sold product, made profit, and met a goal, so it is alright. Too bad it was the customer who had a lovely evening ruined, an argument with her husband, and a memorable 44th birthday- not in a good way!
Keep up the good work at Pink Truth. I am happy to report when I told my husband the story, he said that while he can see how it happened he would have known better then to give eye cream as a gift! Bonus points for him!
As of December I will be out. The inventory I have is only for personal use. It isn’t worth the headache come tax time, and I can’t continue buying products from this company with a clear conscience given how many women’s lives have been negatively impacted by Mary Kay.