Written by SuzyQ
Oh, I wish I had the magic words! Just what does it take to get the message across to the pink believers that MK is a scam? What part don’t they get?
Maybe a short reminder would help:
1. Mary Kay is the best selling brand in the U.S. - TO CONSULTANTS. The stuff they count as a sale is in YOUR inventory.
2. Mary Kay is a dual marketing plan. NO. It is a multi-level marketing plan, plain and simple. Dual marketing is a lie. Why are they permitted to say it? Because there are different descriptors that are legal for MLMs to use that sound a bit nicer. It smacks of a pyramid scheme. The nsd’s at the top are making money off the orders from those below them. This is NOT a gift from Mary Kay for all of their hard work, this is from YOU! And your orders!
3. There are no quotas. Then please, explain the earned discount system and the minimum $200 wholesale order every three months to stay active.
4. You have to show up to go up. Wrong again. Seriously, how many of you have attended everything offered faithfully and are still not “moving up?” If you want to go up, you must recruit. Period.
5. You are the owner of a home-based business. No, you are not. You are a distributor of products purchased from the company. You are not allowed to advertise, sell your business, open a store front, or sell your customer base. Your dentist owns a businessâ€¦ you do not.
6. You have “job” security. You cannot be laid-off, fired, riffed or demoted. You really don’t believe that do you? Read your agreement. If the company chooses to, they can give you 30 days notice. If they choose not to, your termination is immediate, with no recourse.
7. Mary Kay products are on-trend. Not hardly. Look around the department stores and the discount stores/drug stores if you want to see on-trend cosmetics. You will not find them in Mary Kay. MK will tell you that product “delays” are as a result of intense product testing and quality control. This is a clever ruse. Remember Lumineyes? Triple Action Lip and Eye? Calming Influence? The former sales flops of the men’s line? The nail polish?
By the way, the ever-changing colors of the MK cases are signs of a loser. Chanel has been black for years and years and years. Clinique is green. Maybelline has not changed the pink and green Great Lash mascara barrel since it was introduced in the 60′s. And Mary Kay? So long to brand recognition. Floundering is the appropriate word to use here. I like to watch movies and see what line of make up the actors are using as props during different scenes… tell me… have YOU ever seen a Mary Kay product used? Me, neither.
8. You can write your own paycheck and give yourself a raise whenever you want. Not exactly. You CAN make more money if you can book and hold the classes and facials, and recruit those people. Good luck with the class holding thing. If you were in business for yourself, would you have another business owner hire your staff? Why does your director have to do the inventory “talk.” Why is she interviewing for you?
9. How about that warm chatting thing? Have you looked at it from a safe distance? What must people think when you approach them? Have you noticed that if you get a name and a number, it may not be accurate? If you have such a terrific opportunity and fantastic product, why don’t these women take your calls?
10. Having to “run through the numbers…” This is a “numbers game…” “No means next..” Again, if this is so wonderful, why do you need so many people to say no, before someone says yes? Are they all stupid? Can there be that many people who “don’t get it?” Is the “quality” of people you are asking the problem? Are you intimidated by “sharp” women and find it is easier to approach those who may need a hand up? Join the rest of us.
11. The unlimited income potential. See above. Note that they numbers you hear do not include any deductions. Nor does the facsimile check that your director can print from her Desk Top Manager screen. Just an FYI.
12. Time for your family. Not really. If you are showing up and going up, booking, selling and recruiting, working full circle, playing the numbers game… you are not available to your family during those times. If you are working on unlimited potential income, you are not seeing your family. At least, while they are awake and receptive to your attention. (And having your kid unpack more boxes of inventory you don’t need, does not count as family time.)
13. Being a team player. Benefits your director. Period. Your orders increase her check. That’s all. Really.
Decided to stop at 13 as that is the Mary Kay sacred number. Please. You can not make it in MLM. Read and listen. Watch and learn. I promise you, your dream is carved in sand.
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