Why Your Director Harassess You at the End of the Month

In Mary Kay Cosmetics, it’s all about the wholesale order. No one really cares if you ever sell anything to a customer, as long as you keep ordering from the company. Of course they have to SAY that selling products is the business, otherwise they’d be a pyramid scheme. But the company doesn’t track actual sales to third party customers for a reason… it doesn’t matter.

You’re encouraged to stock inventory because every time you order, your upline gets paid. It doesn’t matter to them if you actually sell those products. Your recruiter and sales director are paid a commission when you order products, so why not get you to order a whole bunch right away?

The end of the month is a critical time for your sales director as she is calculating how big (or in most cases, how small) her commission check is going to be. Did you know how little sales directors make? Even if your unit does $10,000 wholesale production in one month, your sales director is probably only getting a commission check of $2,000 to $2,500. Not the big bucks you thought she was getting, huh?

So as the end of the month approaches, your sales director is looking for any and every way to get more wholesale orders from the unit. How many times have you been asked to place an order to “help the unit”, etc.?

Here is one director’s focus on making as much money as possible. Yeah, I suppose she’s just working the system to make as much as she can under the system. On the other hand, it’s a corrupt system that abuses consultants and relies on pushing them to order more products, whether they need them or not.

I created a checklist of “everything to think about when finishing the month” and “everything to think about if it’s the last month of the quarter” for me to reference each month.

I ask myself these questions:

  • Do I have 5 unit recruits that joined last month or this month and placed their $600 or more 1st order this month? ($500 Bonus)
  • How close am I to the next bonus level? Can I reach that level? ($100 bonus for each $1,000 wholesale, starting at unit wholesale of $5,000)
  • Have I ordered a minimum of $600 wholesale and do I have 5 + personals ordering $200 + wholesale? (13% commission on personals vs. 9%)
  • For the Team Leaders and above in my unit…have they ordered a minimum of $600 wholesale and do they have 5 + personals ordering $200 + wholesale? (13% commission on personals vs. 9%)
  • For the “Inactive month 3” = I3 – Do they have team members? If so, I let them know that they’ll loose their team members if they don’t order. (As of right now, the computer lets them keep their team members if they order in their “T month” but that could change… our desktop reports say that they must order in the I3 month to keep their team members.)
  • For those unit members with 4 recruits…could they get a 5th to get to 9-13% commission?
  • If I’m a Senior Director or above, is my unit production at $12,000 or above? (So I can earn ‘Tier 2’ commission of 5% instead of 4%.)

If it’s the last month of the quarter…

  • What will be my total production for the quarter? Am I above the amount required per quarter for the car I’m in, to avoid a co-op payment? (see Advance Brochure)

I’ve missed bonuses, etc. along the way because I’ve forgotten one of these points…so
hopefully this will help all of us not miss anything we can earn! 🙂


  1. BestDecision

    Anyone else glad they weren’t at Career Conference this weekend? I wasn’t sad to miss the assembly-line processed luncheon food, nor the Top 3 Directors’ speeches that are more of the same.

    Sorry for the off topic, but can we not just celebrate this for a second?

    1. Jamming Berry

      Saw pics on FB of this on Sunday! So sorry to have missed the eating my dessert first lunch. And all the Red Jackets and the stage walk. Sooooo exciting!!! 😉

      All the email/texts from my SD, so she could finish her car for the quarter. I don’t understand how these women equate thier ordering to paying for someone else’s car use? Average people on the street don’t ask for assistance to pay for their cars. They get a job and buy/lease their own car. I have done it twice and am getting ready for a third time. I would never ask others to chip in $$.

      1. enorth

        Duck-face selfies. A woman on stage holding up a gold purse she “earned.” Lots of new faces (because the ones who attended last year have already quit MK.)

  2. MLM Radar

    Have I ordered a minimum of $600 wholesale and do I have 5 + personals ordering $200 + wholesale?

    1. Isn’t it the Director’s role to be directing, and the consultant’s role to be selling? So why does becoming a Director mean her own selling quota goes up?

    2. 5 x $200 is a very low threshold. If the products really do “sell themselves” why should any Director need to worry about that?

    Answer: Because the reality is that there really are very few sales to end users, and the only consistent purchasers are the truly committed. MK Corporate considers Directors to be little more than cash cows.

  3. raisinberry

    Love how there isn’t one iota of calling to see what they sold in the month…
    but millions of reasons to order. It is a binded together network of cross dependence so there are multiple reasons to be placed under pressure to order!

    I hated dialing for dollars…so self serving and such fraud. If every Director suggested they do a 60% of what they sold order, the whole place would collapse!

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