Women considering quitting Mary Kay in order to reclaim their time, their families, and their wallets often agonize over how they will tell their sales director. Here’s how one consultant did it.
How do you tell her?
One option is to not tell her and not discuss it with her. Avoiding her phone calls is an excellent option because most Mary Kay sales directors will lay a huge guilt trip on you. Emotional manipulation is a favorite tactic for getting what they want.
If you feel that you owe your sales director or recruiter an explanation (you really don’t, you know.) then another option is to send a letter or email. That is exactly what Carrie did, and I get the impression that she is very happy that she did it.
Carrie was kind enough to allow us to re-post her letter, in case anyone needs to write a letter of their own and wants some ideas. Thank you Carrie, and best of luck to you in your post-Mary Kay life. You go girl!
Hi Sales Director
I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been doing a lot of thinking over my decision to sell MK and have decided it’s not the career for me. I love the products and would have liked to continue on as a personal use consultant, but I can’t justify the hundreds of dollars worth of products sitting in my closet. I’m contacting the company about the buy-back plan.
Why isn’t MK for me?
I should have known from the beginning that it just wouldn’t work. I don’t like to call people or talk to strangers. I’m not a born saleswoman. I tried using the scripts and they worked to some extent, but I always felt like I was being false to myself and I can’t continue to do that. You told me that I could just have an online business, but thus far I haven’t gotten a single online order.
I have tried very hard to work my business, but after the initial rush of selling to my family and friends I have not had any success. I tell everyone I know that I sell MK and talk up the product, but people aren’t interested. I really believed the product would sell itself because I love it, but I’ve not found that to be the case. People roll their eyes when they see me coming. Some of the women in my mom’s group won’t even come near me because they are afraid I’m going to try to sell them MK. It’s embarrassing.
My husband and I have analyzed the amount of money we’ve spent on this proposition and the amount of time I’ve invested in trying to make this work and the numbers are not at all favorable. I spent two hours doing a facial last week and sold a grand total of $25. After paying shipping (I didn’t have the items in inventory), I figured out that I made $3.15. That has been my typical experience and I don’t like working that hard for such an insignificant return.
I have also been doing some research–research I should have done before I signed the contract — and am not pleased with my findings. I was really impressed when you told me that Harvard teaches the MK business plan and it was one of the main selling points for me. Unfortunately you’ve been misinformed. They do not teach the business plan, and in fact denounce it. I also specifically asked you if MK involved uplines and you told me it didn’t. MK may be a perfectly legal company but there’s no way to get around the fact that it’s a MLM. I don’t want to be involved in an MLM.
You are a great saleswoman and I wish you all the success in the world. I just can’t continue on with this business opportunity because I’m a sharp woman and know when to cut my losses. I plan on using my former MK time as freelance writing time so I’ll be doing something I love and that I can be proud of. I know you have a million scripts to use to counter all these arguments. I’m not interested. I’m only letting you know about my decision as a courtesy because I do think you believe in the pink dream and are mostly sincere about it being a great opportunity.
Note to us from Carrie:
The weird thing was she forwarded the letter back to me about three minutes after I sent it. I am assuming she did that accidently and really forwarded to her senior to get advice? She then e-mailed and asked if she could call me to talk about this, but I didn’t reply. I was raised to be polite and it’s hard to just cut someone off, but then I think about what she did to me and my finances and realize being my being a little rude is incomparable to the damage she willingly inflicted on me.
Maybe she does believe the pink dream, maybe she doesn’t. Either way I know she had no qualms about telling half-truths and using scripts on me.I am a firm believer in only doing things that make me happy and enrich my life, and Mary Kay did not make me happy. It made me feel like I was a slimeball. I’m just so glad I found this site and upyourcadalliac! Without you guys it would have taken me longer to realize that the problem was not me, but the system. You’ve saved me from months of heartache.
You are more than welcome. I am so glad that you were able to benefit from the information and encouragement on this site. Please stick around if you have it in your heart. We intend to be here for a long time!