Another Former MK Consultant’s Story

Written by Melody

I realized quickly after starting my Mary Kay business that this was going to take more of an effort than I could give.  The first year I worked my 40 hour per week job and did my MK business almost every evening, taking my daughter with me to meetings and such when I could.  After My ex and I divorced I noticed that everything started to go downhill with my unit.

My recruiter stopped working her business altogether but then picked it back up after urging from our Director.  I started feeling like the only reason our director even bothered to contact us was because SHE needed the money.  Her husband had met with us regarding how wonderful the opportunity was but I also realized after about year of this, he worked so many hours he didn’t even see his wife and was probably just glad she had something to do so she would leave him alone.

Currently, I avoid several phones call a week from my director and recruiter among the hundreds of emails they send.  Today I actually cancelled the email account because I am so sick of seeing their names EVERY TIME I log on.  I am also seriously considering changing my phone number so they will leave me alone.

My problem is though I really enjoyed meeting new people and enjoyed showing people how to take care of their skin.  I believe that is the way to go regardless of what you sell, take care of your skin, do not buy anything you don’t need and I did not try to sucker anyone out of money.

For instance, I had a customer who was going to buy several things for herself and family for Christmas.  Her total order came to about 240.  I had to use her bathroom when I was there and upon looking for a towel to dry my hands I saw 4 unopened microdermabrasion kits she had purchased from someone else.  I told her that if she wasn’t going to use it then there was no sense in buying it.  Why waste money on something you will not use?  I ended up not selling her anything but I can’t abuse it.  It’s not fair to her and would be going against what I believe in.

I would enjoy providing skin care to men and women if there was not so much pressure from the company and the consultants who want you to make money for them.  As of now I am inactive and will soon be terminated.  I was wondering if I wanted to keep myself active just to purchase items at ½ off for my family and friends.

6 Comments

  1. DeflatedPinkBubble

    The MK skin care line is actually not the way to go. There are much better products out there that cost a lot less. As far as helping others, you might want to consider a career as an esthetician. 🙂

  2. Char

    Hi Melody,
    I’m going to make a post highlighting the flawed thinking that many people in MK make – by design. This is no way meant to be critical of you as you sound like a very nice person.

    “I realized quickly after starting my Mary Kay business that this was going to take more of an effort than I could give.” – Not only is being a MK consultant not a business, the “effort” for what you are doing must be defined. That effort is pyramid scheming whether you work hard at it or not. A successful pyramid schemer is nothing to be proud of.

    “I started feeling like the only reason our director even bothered to contact us was because SHE needed the money.” – Of course. Ask yourself why YOU are doing this? Upline isn’t helping you for you, no more than you are helping your downline for them. Be honest, you want downline for you, right? See how it works in reality. It’s quite obvious, but MLM has a way of twisting the thinking.

    “I ended up not selling her anything but I can’t abuse it. It’s not fair to her and would be going against what I believe in.” – Again and pointing it out because I doubt you’ve thought of it this way. If you are such a good person, why associate with the scam of MLMing which MK uses?

    “I was wondering if I wanted to keep myself active just to purchase items at ½ off for my family and friends.” – What is half off when almost everyone pays that price? It’s the normal price!!!! Like those mall jewelry stores that trick you with their sale signs. If you must support and have pyramid scheme products, buy them off eBay. Help ex scam victim consultants dump their inventory to recoup their money. Now that would be nice of you.

  3. Jay

    What makes me sad is that some of the people who do MK could do much better. My cousin did some of those make up MLMs for a while. When she got fed up, she still loved make up and skin care, so she took some courses, and started working as a sort of truly independent consultant. She would give you the skin consultation for free, recommend the products and get her cut on that. She then started dealing in fashion too, in the same style. She would go to your house with a portfolio with pictures of her stuff, and if you liked it, she’d then take color and size, order or buy the clothes (we lived in a city that was in the middle of a textile area where you could buy good clothes on the cheap if you were willing to drive to a nearby town) and take her cut there. Not sure if she’s still doing it, but she did this for a long time and was pretty good at it.

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