Greed at the Heart of Mary Kay

Written by A Mary Kay Husband

Recently I read a particularly disturbing email from my wife’s NSD. In the National Sales Director’s “marching orders” for the upcoming months, the NSD referenced the name “Mary Kay” no less than 40 times. Can you imagine that? FORTY one-liners, listing the attributes of this God/lady/or company called “Mary Kay.”

Typed on a average sized 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, about 3/4ths of the page was used to blast your senses, and the rest of the page is for praising God, and giving him his due, or credit for past production, and the last 1/2 inch or so are the offer of prizes for some kind of carrot being offered. These “personnel” goodie points appeared to be gleaned from ordinary, annual evaluation reports most executives get plus some godlike features thrown in for icing —but 40 times—C’mon! And greed was at the heart of it.

Deep in the recesses of darker days I recall the most subtle of brainwashing techniques and how they worked. Believe me, repetition is the best tool in the devil’s workshop when he wants something of value from you. In war it’s usually intelligence, and in the MLM of MK it’s perfected to relieve you and your followers of your money for products that they don’t care what you do with.

The technique I’m referring to is called the “Water Torture.” I’m sure most have heard of this, but for those who haven’t, it’s quite simply this:

The prisoner is immobilized, and deprived of most sensory input. Then the subject has a dripping water pipe positioned right above his forehead. He will lay there for hours and sometimes days with this contraption dripping water droplets right in the middle of his forehead, all the while listening to a recorded message set to soft music that contains a message your interrogator wants you to believe. Granted, this is referred to as “soft torture” and your captor will resort to other physically damaging methods if this doesn’t work.

The longer you resist, the drops of water seem to get ever larger and become like a trip hammer to your head and psyche. The message you’re supposed to “get” increases to a volume level that makes you feel like your eardrums are being ruptured.

The foundation of these techniques can still be found in modern day advertising. How many of us hit the mute button whenever a commercial pops up on the tube. Just keep in mind, all you have to do is accept one “reward” or in turn do the same to others as what’s been done to you and you are hooked. Good brainwashing techniques can begin after you take the offered rewards for your cooperation, and you see things their way.

In my humble opinion, people in this pink MLM act almost like captives after a thorough indoctrination by their leadership. Otherwise good intelligent women are schmoozed into this diaphanous world and they can become somewhat zombie like if they don’t have intervention.

Ask yourself… Aren’t you, with whispered voices, promised that this indeed is a business of women, run by women, for women? And doesn’t this have great appeal for anyone who has ever suffered abuse on any level?

By their nurturing, nature pathos runs rampant among women in the ranks. Everyone relates to your “I” story, and how you “stuck it to the man.” (One of actor Dennis Hoppers favorite movie lines in the 60’s.)

The part that bothers me the most is the women who believe they’re being protected by MKC are actually “sticking it to each other.” I don’t know what kind of creature feeds on itself, but Mary Kay women do. Greed takes over. It is often so subtle that these women don’t recognize it. And they certainly wouldn’t ever ADMIT they’re motivated by greed.

Additionally, there was an offer of a reward for anyone who jumped through her hoops (increased purchases by a certain percent compared to last year). In the movie Wall Street Michael Douglas, in his role as a Wall Street mogul, announced to a group of stockholders that greed was good. This apparently is the lever the leadership in Mary Kay intends to impress upon their downline.

You pay for everything you do in Mary Kay. You pay real money for cheap, shiny trinkets and the promise of rewards. You personally pay for every prize at every level that you buy. You will be allowed to BUY every step you walk across in that company “stage.” The designer dresses, shoes, purses, accessories, the airplane fare, the hotel expense, food, buses, director suits – everything connected with “your stage walk” is paid for by you. And it is paid for by you because EVERY LEVEL OF THE PYRAMID requires it.

You pull your credit card out and authorize Mary Kay to charge it for everything from the time you step through the door of this corporation until the day you leave.

Hear me loud and clear – the company pays for nothing! You pay for everything. The revenue the company brings in is solely from you—you are their only source of income including the “compensatory” incentives brought about by you using the Mary Kay sources. Please remember that. Please remember that there is greed throughout this entire organization, and every bit of “advice” you receive is designed to get you to spend more, so they make more.


    1. MLM Radar

      Not so fast. You’re dumping everyone in the same bucket. That’s like saying most Muslims are terrorists. They aren’t.

      People who are ignorant of Christianity would have trouble with anyone preaching this, and rightly so. But all they see is in-your-face hypocracy.

      On the other hand, people with a solid knowledge of genuine Christianity have trouble with it for a completely different reason. They know commercialization of God for personal profit, at the expense of others, is absolutely false teaching. And they are upset when genuine Christianity is rejected because of these false teachers.

  1. Cindylu

    Greed, Idolatry, abuse and repetition. Those NSD fake I stories designed to tug at your heart. The MK story of a woman who started this pink cult to help women. In fact like the door to door salesman, this company is all about exploiting and taking advantage of women. In MK the IBC and directors pay for every expense which ensures the heirs are the only ones benefiting financially. If the heirs and corp had to actually sell products based on this mlm pyramid scheme, they’d soon go bankrupt.

  2. Hilda Busitan

    There is a lot of company much WORSE than Mary Kay!.. If you expose like one of them in a blog same as this then you gain my salute comrade…….

    1. D. Phillips

      Hilda Busitan, I suggest you start saluting right now. The Pink Truth has been exposing many MLM companies, along with MK.
      If you would just take the time and read, there is been much information on this site exposing the abuse and scam of the popular LaLaroe.
      In fact, just scroll up on the right hand side of the page and read all about it. Duh.

    2. NoThanksMLM

      Hilda, the bad deserve to be exposed just as much as the worst. Just because another company may be even worse than Mary Kay does not mean Mary Kay escapes critique. But from what I have found out here and from seeing friends join Mary Kay and LLR, MK is among the worst. It’s a cult. It destroys lives and ruins relationships. They test on animals just so they can expand to a new market. They traffic in lies. Stop setting up straw men and open your eyes.

    3. MLM Radar

      I can tell Hilda never took a look at the Discussion Board. There’s an entire section on the board dedicated to other MLMs, and it’s pretty active.

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