Written by Black Nova
“I can’t believe it,” I thought as I sat at my computer placing what would turn out to be my last personal use order. “I’m going to have to order crap I don’t need in order to make the $200 mark.”
You’d think with seven of us ordering, it wouldn’t be that hard to put together an order every 6 months or so of $200 wholesale. But after putting in everyone’s stuff, I was still short.
I was angry that I was going to have to shell out money on something I didn’t need. But I had already taken my friends’ orders and I wasn’t going to let them down.
Here are the basics of being a Personal Use consultant that you usually aren’t told prior to signing up:
- You must order $400 retail before your 50% discount kicks in.
- You will always pay for shipping.
- You will always pay tax on the full suggested retail value of the products.
- You will always be hunting for people to buy stuff. Even at 50% discount, you still have to sell!
- The 50% discount only lasts for the month you placed the order and the following 2 months.
Contrary to popular belief, even family and friends don’t like to be bugged unless they actually need something. Your personal use group will want to be able to buy an item here and an item there when they need it. They don’t like to plan for 6 months worth of stuff.
“But,” you say, “Once you have your discount, you can order any amount you like for 50% off!” That’s true, but that discount only lasts at most for 3 months (the month you order plus the following 2 months—not 3 months from when you place the order).
When women are stocking up on an order from their friend who’s a personal use consultant, believe me, they order way more than a 3 month supply. But there’s always that one thing they forgot, say a mascara, that they will have to pay full retail tax on, plus over $8.00 for shipping. That one mascara just got really pricey.
Allow me to debunk a few myths about being a Personal Use consultant.
You get 50% off all your Mary Kay Product! Only if you order $400 retail every three (or less) months. Factor in your costs of time, gas for deliveries, shipping, and taxes, and your 50% goes down significantly. You, your family and friends will not be getting a true 50% discount ever. Especially you.
You don’t have to sell. Oh, yes you do. You have to find out which of your family and friends use Mary Kay. Then you have to ask them if they’d like to buy through you so that you can get the 50% off discount. You get to convince them why it’s okay to buy from you, rather than their own consultant. When they give you small orders, you have to convince them that they need to pull their weight in the group so that everyone can get the discount—can you order just a little more? Did you see all the great new stuff? *gag*
It takes no time. You will spend hours finding people to be part of your personal use group. Organizing the orders, placing the order, running to the bank to cash checks, explaining why they are paying tax on the full retail. Then when the order arrives, you’re a real consultant now! You get to make deliveries! Oh, the joy! Time, time time. For me, it became one big chore. Mary Kay products are simply not worth putting out that kind of effort.
So, if you’re considering Personal Use because you think it will save you money, give it some more thought. Better yet, try Ebay, or the trading boards on Pink Truth. You’ll have a much easier time getting your product at a true discount—no $400 retail minimum required!