Numbers Don’t Lie in Mary Kay

Written by JTA

How many times have we heard that the numbers don’t lie? Well, the numbers are precisely what caused me to become disillusioned about this “business” and this company. A person in their right mind would not be able to look at the numbers I see and continue on.

Not so much my personal numbers in Mary Kay, although I spent an extraordinary amount of time working, doing the “short term sacrifice for long term gain” thing. My schedule was 8am-10pm Monday through Friday. I worked on Saturday, too, and took off from 6pm Saturday to 6pm Sunday and then got back on the phone. I was taught by other NSDs to only ‘relax’ those 24 hours so that I could become NSD more quickly.

I made okay money, usually around $10,000 per month, BEFORE expenses and chargebacks. But that was for an 80 hour work week. Pretty sad, isn’t it? When I added up the hours for the first time, I wondered why my family even put up with me! But that is for another post.

The numbers that caused my stellar career to crumble were that of my offspring. None of them made any money, and most were losing money. Yes, Mary Kay sales directors lose money. Lots of them lose money. I observed, for years, the deceptive and destructive practices by sales directors as it related to production, and finally I could ignore it no more.

It is important to note that not a single one of my offspring were willing to do what I did. They didn’t and still don’t work the enormous hours and make the sacrifices necessary to have a “successful” business. That is what it takes, if you don’t already know. You must work basically around the clock to keep it up in Mary Kay. I’m not shaming them for not putting in 80 hours a week like I did. Rather, I’m pointing out how difficult it is to make money if you don’t do it.

I admire that my directors had the good sense to spend time with their families and have some sort of a balance in their lives, as probably most directors who are categorized as ‘mediocre’ or ‘unsuccessful’ do. What is so puzzling, though, is WHY they remain on the proverbial hamster wheel, on the road to nowhere month after month, year after year?

Case in point: One terrific lady had been a director for about a year. She is beautiful, talented and smart. During that year, she made minimum production on 6 times. Of those 6 times, 4 times she made the minimum because of a large personal order she placed. Two of the later months she placed orders around $3,000.

You might wonder if this director needed that amount of product? Did she need the $1,200 of product or the $1,500 of product she ordered several months? Perhaps, but why were those orders always placed on the last day of the month, and for the EXACT amount she needed to hit the minimum production needed to maintain her unit?

This is not a coincidence.

These orders were purposely placed so that she would not lose her directorship. A position that has made her no money, but has cost her thousands, not to mention marital strife. Why would an otherwise smart and savvy person willingly participate in such madness? Why do her supposed leaders and mentors, again otherwise Christian and caring women, allow this to happen?

The only reason that I can come up with is this: They are all brainwashed. I don’t have an explanation for why corporate does nothing about it, even though they can see the same thing I do, but on a much larger scale with thousands of people instead of a dozen. Greed, I guess. (Hey Mary Kay, take a look at all those who you sent letters to that missed production last month. I bet you will see a lot of similarities to the above, several huge personal orders to make the minimum. Don’t you think you should do something about this?? NSDs, or even the senior directors, it has been happening for years, aren’t you supposed to be helping these women?)

If you are not making any money, if your unit size is less than 10, if you are having to order personally in the thousands to keep it up, if your family and husband are upset at what you are doing, if you have spent years and have gotten nowhere, STOP and take a look at your past year. Someone’s life is getting enriched, but it isn’t yours.

Wise up ladies. The numbers don’t lie.

9 Comments

  1. Char

    “The only reason that I can come up with is this: They are all brainwashed. I don’t have an explanation for why corporate does nothing about it, even though they can see the same thing I do, but on a much larger scale with thousands of people instead of a dozen. Greed, I guess.”

    Respectfully, included in that brainwashing is the expectation that MK Corporate would want to do anything about it, WHEN THEIR BUSINESS MODEL IS MLM.

    MLM is “direct buyers” recruiting other direct buyers so Corporate can stay in business. They don’t give a rats about what the direct buyer is able to resell at double retail.

    For anyone who doesn’t believe me, ask yourself what the focus is from Corporate. Recruiting or retailing?

  2. raisinberry

    “You must work basically around the clock to keep it up in Mary Kay. I’m not shaming them for not putting in 80 hours a week like I did. Rather, I’m pointing out how difficult it is to make money if you don’t do it.”

    ***And THIS IS NOT WHAT WE WERE TOLD***
    In fact, just the opposite. “Executive level pay” was supposed to be a thing you earned from running your business from home have your priorities in order: Faith first, family second and career third. Who doesn’t know this? The evidence is all over training documents and video recordings of every guest event ever held to mass recruit.

    What would happen if all of us, every pink survivor assembled representation to begin a class action suit against Mary Kay for false and misleading earnings claims that resulted in thousands of representatives going into debt, trapped to make production so as to not lose their status, or commissions, and worse, manipulated by sales leadership to continue the charade in order to keep the “gang” striving forward…ala “speed of the leader”.

    There is enough documentation out there to prove all this and more.

    1. BestDecision

      One of my former offspring has 44 hours/week availability listed on her personal website. And how is that “part-time hours”?

      And she’s not in a Cadillac, so there’s no convincing me she’s making an “executive income”.

  3. PinkyTuskMascara

    I think too that they ‘buy’ into production to keep directorship and to keep the car payments away (or at least low), justifying it by thinking, well, if I buy extra product I will sell it eventually. Thinking that is better than just paying a co-pay and no chance of recouping it.

  4. Princess Lea

    “The numbers never lie.” They sure don’t. And it was after looking at all my tax returns from a span of 10 years that made me snap out of the pink fog. Despite going to every single corporate event, every single local event and training, having MK on my datebook several times a week, carrying a full inventory at all times, and recruiting, I lost money every single year. Except for one year, I made a profit of $85 but that was the exception. Every year besides that one I lost an average of $2,000 sometimes a bit more, sometimes a bit less. It was the real numbers that showed me I needed out. Not the fake numbers my recruiter and directors kept fibbing about. I could say I wish they had been honest, but then how would they have had the chance to maybe turn a profit? I’m sure they didn’t either. But at least by lying they stood a chance. Basically, your recruiters and directors lie. But the numbers don’t.

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