Why I Think Pink Truth is True

Written by CoralRose

I came upon Pink Truth by accident when I was still a personal use consultant. I was shocked by what I was reading:  Consultants and directors in debt?! Car co-pays? Making less than minimum wage?!  Mary Kay is all about recruiting and front loading, not retail sales?!

As I read, lots of memories from my time as an active Mary Kay consultant came back and lots of things finally started making sense.  I realized there were red flags there the whole time; I just didn’t recognize them as such. Here are just a few of the red flags I saw at my first (and only) Seminar that should have tipped me of:

Unsold Merchandise: I went to Seminar as a brand new consultant when they were phasing out the platinum compacts. There was a HUGE recycling bin at Seminar filled with THOUSANDS of platinum compacts the sales force was getting rid of. When I saw it, my stomach sank. I thought, “That is a lot money in unsold merchandise waiting to be recycled! (Some) Consultants must be losing money.” But, I reminded myself that we make 50% commission on our sales (yay!) so surely that makes up for any unsold product, right? And *I* wasn’t going to end up with unsold products; I was going to “work my business.”

Queen of “Sales”: My roommate (a stranger) was part of a different unit. She was telling me she was surprised that she was Queen of Sales for her unit, because she wasn’t selling that much. She even said “I don’t know how my director can be making much money if I’m Queen of Sales.” Unfortunately, my thought was “This is exactly what my director was talking about at our last meeting:  False Modesty!  She’s not giving herself enough credit for her accomplishments.” I encouraged my roommate to not sell herself short, and said that with the director’s clothes, nice nails, and expensive- looking hair highlights, I was SURE she was doing just fine.

Former Director and Unsupportive Husbands: At our National Area Awards Night/ Banquet, (which was NOT, by the way, the can’t-miss “gourmet meal” promised by my director) my director and another one were chatting right next to me about a Cadillac Director who recently resigned to return to her nursing job “for the benefits.” I heard, “Was she buying production?!” and “I don’t think her husband was very supportive.” I had no idea what “buying production” was at that time. After reading Pink Truth, now I know. I was very puzzled as to why her husband wasn’t “supportive.” Directors make executive pay for part-time hours, right? Who wouldn’t be supportive of that?!  And, if she was making so much money, why couldn’t she just buy her own health insurance? My dad owned his own business; he bought our family’s health insurance himself.

All MLMs are the same: Throughout Seminar, my Director kept saying to me “Isn’t our company wonderful for doing this for us?!  What other company does this for their sales force?” On the flight home, I happened to sit by a woman who was coming home from a National Convention for some candle MLM.  I was telling her a little bit about Seminar: So inspiring! There was music, lights, back-up dancers, prizes of JEWELRY and TRIPS, we wore ball gowns! Turns out her MLM had all of that, too, except the ball gowns. We both seemed to think OUR MLMs were the best opportunity. I have to admit, she was a better MLMer than me: I gave her my card and a sample hoping to gain a customer, she gave me her card and asked me to join her team.

5 Comments

  1. BestDecision

    So funny because I was a Cadillac Director and happily left for benefits, way better pay, and to once again be around professionals. I visited this site more than once, but it was hush-hush among everyone. No one admitted they came here, yet we had to just to be current on what was happening out there. I saw exactly what had been happening to me, and it finally confirmed I wasn’t crazy, lazy, or unreasonable. Directors HATED PT, yet I never saw one thing posted that didn’t ring true.

    So, here I am now with my Saturdays and Sundays emptied of workshops, guests events, and skin care classes, my weeknights free from those and unit meetings, and no pressure to be “on” 24/7 with a smile and made up face. Never happier!

    1. ShatteredPinkCaddyDreams

      Best decision,

      I do spend my Saturdays and Sundays doing work on my thesis, but that has given me benefits, time off, I only have to work 1/2 the year if I want too to be able to provide for my children. Ahhh sweet rest.

      I can’t believe I used to do 60 hours a week and never off.

  2. cindylu

    When I was at Seminar, I suddenly got this claustrophobic feeling looking around the room. Top NSD’s were speaking out about doing this the right way. Our SD didn’t even sit with us. Two of our DIQ’s had recently failed and their recruits helped our SD fill up her unit. Our SD wasn’t even sitting with her one and only director. I couldn’t believe the strangers crammed into my hotel room. Four unknown women trying to pretend they were having fun. One beautiful young woman was very insecure and trying hard to get her make up perfect. Constantly having to pay for meals and transportation. I now shudder at the thought of all of the toxic cosmetics including make up compacts etc. ruining Mother Nature. Stealing ingredients from the earth for a few billionaires to profit from. All those compacts, mascara tubes, lipstick tubes etc. going into our land fill. Thousands of unsold yellowed products sitting in basements which will eventually be wasted and thrown out. Seminar was cultish, creepy and fake. Fake awards dresses, fake women, fake free pink cars, fake diamond rings and fake production. A Cheap award show pretending to be real.

  3. Char

    (I know I repeat myself, but not everyone reads each article. And so, I again present the “big picture”. It is an imperative message to stop this scam called MLM.)

    “All MLMs are the same” – Yes indeed they are.

    “An MLM” is not an individual entity. MLMing is a method. It has a definition unto its own. No matter where you go or what product is used, the act of MLMing doesn’t change.

    The practical definition of MLMing is endless-chain recruiting the fake opportunity. What is written on paper and said in meetings doesn’t materialize due to the inherent flaws involved. One flaw in particular is recruiting your own customers creating your own competition in a supposed product sales business.

    MLMing is not a good act, it is a financially harmful one unless you are a scammer.

    Because the “industry” has trained us to think of “MLMs” as different, we all have gotten confused thinking each should be analyzed and perhaps one is better. Wrong!

    To help explain this, MLMing is the same type of word as these examples:

    Drowning, hooking (previous article), lying, cheating, killing, etc.. While all these words can have different circumstances surrounding each act, the act itself is what it is. Also, if you understand that all these words have a harmful impact on others, then you’ll also understand it doesn’t matter if you are a good cheater or a bad cheater. You are still a cheater, hooker, liar, MLMer….

    Imagine if the act/method of MLMing was banned. All these scams, including Mary Kay, would be abolished in one fell swoop.

    Exposing Mary Kay on this site represents excellent evidence toward the big picture. I hope everyone can make the connection regarding the act itself. That is to say, all MLM is the same and MLM is not a product!

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