Out of Work and Recruited Into Mary Kay

A story that is all too familiar:

I joined Mary Kay because I had been one of the millions of people who had been looking for a job for two years and after many job applications and only a few interviews, I decided to join Mary Kay because I was at the end of my rope.

Well, no one actually talked me into it and I did not hear the “opportunity” story. I just went to the Mary Kay site and put my zip code in.  Within a few hours a girl called me and invited me to a “Success Meeting” the next evening.  Considering I was very vulnerable at this point (and they knew it) I probably would have signed up for anything.

I sat there and watched this unbelievable meeting with a lot of kissing and hugging and dancing.  I sat though a facial and makeover and a lot of fussing.  After all this was over I was shown pink shiny rings and told that if I signed the agreement that night a ring would be mine.  So…. I signed the agreement.

The sales director made an immediate appointment with me to meet for an orientation at her house the next day.  Little did I know that I would be told that I “could order inventory only if I wanted to” but it would be wise if I did considering I would be having lots of parties and taking lots of orders.  I told her that I did not have the money and did not want to use my credit card.  No problem… I can get you a MK credit card.

So begins my MK career.

I was given a challenge of having 5 skin care classes in my first few weeks. What is a skin care class?  I stayed up two nights in a row reading every piece of literature I could find and watching videos that my director recommended to me.  Every single success meeting consisted of learning how to encourage women to book classes and recruit. I never learned about the products and had no idea what some of the products actually do. I finally decided that I was tired of driving the 55 miles round trip to these stupid meetings.

Well, here I am five months later and some of my friends are avoiding me because all I ever talk about is MK.  No one wants to have another party or do they want to sell MK. I am going to send everything back within the next few weeks and chalk this up to a scary experience. I know that everyone in the MK sisterhood talks about the new friends you make and the wonderful women you meet. I met a lot of women in the same boat as myself: scared, intimated and thinking that they can be millions just by selling MK. I also met some very snobby and annoying sales directors and NSDs.

I am going to get my life back and forget this experience. Maybe it will make me a smarter person.


  1. MK Mess

    Girl I was recruited at Sephora. Ulta and Sephora are the new stopping grounds for these predators. I am stuck trying to honor Mary Kay’s guarantee which means I, the consultant eats the price. I don’t want any products in return for credit. I want out.
    This is the worse company ever.

    1. Changeyourthinking

      MK Mess- are you familiar with product replacement? MK will send you a different product of the same price to replace what your customer returned or didn’t want. After that- send all your product back for 90%.

      1. MK Mess

        I have two customers who returned foundations, a time wise set and Mascara. They wanted their money back. My lovely director insisted when the sales were made if they didn’t like them they could return them for a refund. I had to refund them. HO is only willing to give me product and not the the money. I don’t want the product. I shouldn’t have to take a 10% cut when honoring MK ‘s money back guarantee.

  2. SuckedIn

    I found this site the day AFTER I ordered my $600 wholesale in inventory, which included the now “retired” timewise set. The SD failed to mention that in 2 short weeks, the new miracle 3d would be coming out, and that my kit would be useless, as would my spring look books.

    In my initial inventory order, she ordered what she thought would be “necessary” and “easy to sell.” Well. I have a shit ton of botanical effects shit that no one talks about nor wants. I have 2 old timewise sets that I will be lucky to sell at wholesale.

    I just want to get my initial investment back. I’ve done decently well at my recent parties, but I definitely have not repaid my debt to my husband.

    This all literally makes me sick to my stomach. And I am such an honest person that I cannot con other women into this.

    1. TRACY

      Your sales director is a jerk! The way to get your money back is to return the inventory to MK for 90% of what you paid for it. It means you can’t be a consultant anymore, but it sounds like that would be just fine with you.

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