Mary Kay Cosmetics: A Pink Predator

A few years ago, I appeared on HuffPost Live, discussing multi-level marketing and its negative effects on those who become distributors. Below is a clip in which I discuss my opinion that Mary Kay Cosmetics is one of the most predatory MLMs out there. Nothing has changed since this was filmed. Mary Kay is as evil as ever.


  1. pinkpeace

    Brava, Tracy! Every word is so true.

    When I was deep in the fog, I used to admire Mary Kay’s marketing and ordering schedules. I thought the Star Consultant program was brilliant, the product bonuses were to reward hard-working consultants, and the constant product changes were to keep consultants current with beauty trends.

    It was only when I detached from Mary Kay that I saw how precise the scheming was, and how the company ruthlessly preyed on well-meaning consultants. The company’s pressure for that big first order is relentless, and few new consultants are able to resist.

  2. cindylu

    To this day I am embarrassed that I ever became an IBC within MK. No where to advertise. Constantly having to find customers in a very saturated market. Decades of women who have been lied to. When I tried to do a perfect start, those I asked hesitated. Those who did attend, made pity purchases. Then there was the constant lying: Training was NOT free, products did NOT fly off the shelves, NO breaking the set lol (I was lucky if I sold a lipstick), etc., my SD’s high check from years before etc. The costs were unreal: Career conference, Seminar, products being constantly changed on purpose by this mlm. Everything geared to making profit for the heirs, a few CEO’s and a few NSD’s from the 1970’s. Most items I sold were heavily discounted. Yes all I remember is the embarrassment of being taken in by this mlm and schlepping make up in some areas that were less than safe.

  3. Is there a way to create participant guidelines and other laws protective of people’s pocketbooks? Ie: Taking into consideration an individual’s current income/assets, credit history and current documented customer base to limit purchase of inventory? Also, why not require companies to have a warehouse within so many mile radius of distributors so that once orders are made, the reps can deliver from existing stock without investing in it? For example, Kirby vacuums. We had 5 in the van for the day we went knocking doors and once sold, other orders taken were delivered next day. No investment by salespeople required and the Kirby owner supplied the demonstration products, transportation and trainers.

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