New Consultant Taught to Lie and Cheat

Kristina got a dose of reality as soon as she signed up to be a Mary Kay consultant.

Words cannot express my gratitude for all the information and knowledge at this site.

I am 21, (newly) married, no children, still in college to finish my business degree, and will go on to attend school for cosmetology. I have been a Mary Kay Consultant for about a month.

I believed all the hype about MK. I don’t blame my recruiter because she is new to MK as well, but other consultants constantly spewed lies about the system…especially my director. My husband and I discussed our financial limits and we don’t exceed them, no matter how much my director talks about making HUGE Section 1 orders. I’ve found it very difficult and have only sold 2 items. ( a lipstick, and miracle set totally 113 not including tax) — and those sales were to my mother..

I stopped attending my meetings because I was feeling embarrassed that I hadn’t been selling a lot. Other consultant, senior consultants, directors etc really praise and reward the top seller/ recruiter. I work hard, if not harder and all I would get is “You need to try harder”.

I began to question if I had made the right decision joining this…..cult. I decided not to go to my meeting this week and another (senior, future director) consultant (whom was trying to help me get my business up and running, and that I had respected) calls me asking if everything is alright. I’m trying to explain to her that I have other things in my life I need to address at this moment. All she heard were excuses from me and she became rude about the situation, saying that the MK business comes FIRST.

To me, MK is low on the priority list. I have my religion, my family, my husband, college, friends, and any other important things that life throw in my way that I may need to address first. Then there is MK. She angered me so much. This woman had taught me to lie and cheat in MK, and I always felt deep down that it wasn’t right.

I went online and found Pink Truth. All the information I read left me disgusted with MK and the only embarrassment I feel now is being an MK consultant. I feel like a fool. I have decided that I am going to continue to sell MK to try to make up for the money I spent on inventory. I’m not going to cancel my contract, but just go inactive in the future. If I decide to continue to sell MK, I am not going to stock up on inventory. I figure if people can wait to receive shipment from online orders, then they can wait a little bit to receive orders from me. I’m not going to lie to future customers. I’m going to do what I know is right in my heart and if it doesn’t work out, I can at least hold my head high and not down in shame.

I am so thankful I found Pink Truth and I am so thankful there is a support system for those of us who have awoken from the false dreams of MK.

From this point on, I am a solo consultant until I quit.

7 Comments

  1. PeachyNotPink

    Kristina, please see the tab on top about returning your inventory. You can get 90% of your money back from MK fairly quickly instead of trying to sell what you have. (and you will NEVER sell all of it). Also call MK Corporate and ask them to cancel your IBC number. The SD that recruited you has the ability to place orders under your name and “reactivate” you without your knowledge.

    Cut all ties with MK now. You will be so much happier for it.

  2. Lazy Gardens

    You are not a fool, you had the misfortune of running into some expert con-women.

    “I have decided that I am going to continue to sell MK to try to make up for the money I spent on inventory.”

    NO – if they weren’t buying it before, they won’t be buying it now, and you will end up losing money trying to prevent the loss than if you just sent it back and took the loss.

    You are studying business: look up “Sunk Cost Fallacy”

    Just send it back for your 90% refund (plus 100% of the taxes) and consider the 10% loss to be rather cheap tuition in a class on predatory businesses.

  3. enorth

    — Those women are predators. They don’t “love” you or care about you. Don’t respond to their calls or texts.
    — They taught you to cheat and lie because THEY cheat and lie. That’s what they were taught to do. It’s pervasive in all MLMs.
    — You will have trouble selling the products because no one wants them. You’ll have to sell them at a steep discount to get rid of them.
    — Return the products to MK and get your money back.

  4. Mickey2942

    All of the above. I would be interested in how you met your MK recruiter, was it at church?

    Kudos to you for staying true to your self and your marriage. Your are not a failure for not making an MLM the center of your life.

  5. Char

    Kristina, you are on the right track and I applaud you for doing your research. The only thing that doesn’t make sense to me is this:

    “If I decide to continue to sell MK, I am not going to stock up on inventory. I figure if people can wait to receive shipment from online orders, then they can wait a little bit to receive orders from me. I’m not going to lie to future customers. I’m going to do what I know is right in my heart and if it doesn’t work out, I can at least hold my head high and not down in shame.”

    You cannot hold your head high AND BE A PYRAMID SCHEMER. Whether or not you stock inventory doesn’t negate the fact that you are partnering with a corrupt company and business method, and promoting their products.

    Please listen to the other posters and return your inventory.

  6. MLM Radar

    You’ve been in MK for a couple of months now. In just a few weeks your “discount”
    will vanish – unless you make another $225 wholesale / $450 retail order (plus pay 2x tax and shipping).

    You can be certain that your Director will be phoning, texting and emailing you to remind you about this. She’ll also push you to place that order before the end of the month (which is what she needs).

    Don’t place that order. Your active status is supposed to be for 3 calendar months, but if your order goes in on the last day of the month, that counts as a whole month of eligibility, and you only get two more months instead of three. (She won’t tell you this.)

    You best possible move is to cut your losses and return everything. Every other option will pay you less.

  7. DonewithMK666

    I gree with all of the above you have shown yourself to be a very smart woman but please please continue to be smart and return your inventory and get as much money as you can back!!! If you don’t think what other people are telling you is to go up to eBay and type in Mary Kay and see how many listings come up and these people are selling the same product that you’re trying to sell at up to 90% off just to get rid of it so please take advantage of the 90% buyback and also make sure you cancel your consultant ID number because it is true with the director will try to reactivate you to show that she has so many active people in her unit!!!

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