False information provided when recruiting new members to Mary Kay is not new. It has been going on for years. Here is another example of misinformation on a Mary Kay sales director’s website, with our comments in italics.
Mary Kay Facts….Did You Know?
Mary Kay is #1 in brand loyalty among customers who buy skin care products. Three out of five women will buy the product after being introduced to it. It is estimated that 80% will continue to use the Skin Care after they have been introduced to the product —
Mary Kay philosophy for success is God First, Family Second, Career Third, Always working by the Golden Rule. (Yeah, right. HAHA!)
Some 30 million consumers purchase approximately 200 million Mary Kay products each year. And you track this how???
Mary Kay does not use animal testing. We have also donated to Johns Hopkins Research to help find alternative methods of testing.
Mary Kay is the #1 best selling brand skin care in the U.S. for the 10th year in a row! (Need to add qualifiers here)
Advancement is based on personal achievement at your own pace. (NO, it’s based on wholesale ordering and recruiting others who will place wholesale orders)
Skin Care and Cosmetic Sales is one of only three industries that are “RECCESSION FREE.
Mary Kay returns 37% of every dollar earned to Consultants and Directors in the form of bonuses and incentive programs. In 2000 this amount equated to over $400 million.
In the next few years, over 3 million women will start their own businesses investing more than $100,000 each . SOURCE?
It takes only $100 to begin a Mary Kay career. Inventory is optional and all Inventory has a one-year, 90% buy-back guarantee. (True, but the “inventory talk” is high pressure)
Consultants are independent contractors, backed by a fortune 500 company. NOOOOooooo! It’s a private company. Good grief, are most of your directors ignorant?
Mary Kay has been listed 5 times in the Top 100 Companies to Work for in America, and is one of the Top 10 Companies for Women.
Fortune Magazine stated that one-year in Mary Kay was equal to $4,500 worth of training. (Prove it. Date of issue? Page? More likely, it’s worth $4,500 or more in credit card debt.)In direct sales, Mary Kay pays the highest commission 50%. According to the Wall Street Journal, there are more women in Mary Kay who earn over $100,000 a year than any other company in the world today. We have developed more millionaires than any other company in the world. (PROVE it. Date of issue? Page number?)
Mary Kay training classes are equal to college courses in marketing, communications, personnel, and small business management. Training is free and local. (Local training is not free and consists mainly of juvenile antics and recruiting pitches for any guests.)
Approximately 66% of all consultants work a full-time job and work Mary Kay part-time. They learn the business, build a customer base, and may begin building a team to manage. They may quit their full-time jobs when they are making more money in Mary Kay.
March 2003 was yet another record breaking month with retail sales of $129 Million! That is a 13% increase from March 2002. Projections are that our sales will be $5 billion a year by 2005, with recruiting at an all time high!
We have a fleet of more than 12,000 cars on the road valued at over $180 million. There are Red Pontiac Vibes driven by Consultants (Grand Achievers), Platinum Grand Prixs and of course the Pink Cadillacs driven by our Directors. Mary Kay has the largest fleet of cars in the United States!
The company pays the tax, licensee fees and a majority of the car insurance for all company car drivers. Directors have paid life insurance.
National Sales Directors may qualify for a retirement plan called the Family Security Plan which pays them up to 60% of their average annual income (the best 3 of 5 years) for 15 years after they retire. Retirement funds go to the family in the even of death. (True, but the other million+ consultants and directors get NOTHING.)
Mary Kay is #4 in Internet Retail Sales in the World! (to its consultants)
Mary Kay’s marketing plan is taught at the Harvard School of Business and several other major universities. NOOOooooooo it’s not!
How are we different from other Direct Selling programs? We have a closed loop, balanced program:
Mary Kay manufactures what we sell
Mary Kay distributes what we order
Each consultant tracks what she orders
Mary Kay is a dual marketing plan (BS, it’s MLM no matter how you obsfucate the truth)
Mary Kay has approximately 10 percent of the U.S. facial skin care market and 7 percent of the facial color cosmetics market.
The Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation was created in 1996 to fund research of cancers affecting women, and in 2000 expanded its mission to include prevention of violence against women.
Mary Kay Inc. was one of 20 companies profiled in the 1996 book, Forbes Greatest Business Stories of All Time, and Mary Kay Ash was the only woman founder in the book.
Mary Kay Ash was named Texas Business Woman of the Century.
Mary Kay is international. We are not only in the United States, but in over 33 countries around the world.
Mary Kay Ash was Chairman Emeritus until she passed away on November 22, 2001. Her son, Richard Rogers, is CEO.
Average ANNUAL income for management positions in Mary Kay: PROVE it. Source?
Grand Achiever – $19,000
Sales Director – $50,000
Senior Sale Director – $75,000
Exec. Senior Sales Director – $100,000
National Sales Director – $250,000
Mary Kay’s annual convention draws approximately 45,000 Beauty Consultants and Sales
Directors to Dallas for five consecutive three-day sessions each summer.