A Job or Mary Kay?

This is one Pink Truth reader’s experience with Mary Kay when she needed a job:

I joined Mary Kay because I had been unable to find a job in my chosen field after two years of searching, 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 internet 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 the Foreign Legion.

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 SD 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 class? I stayed up two nights in a row reading every piece of literature I could find and watching videos from my SD.

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. Oh, did I forget to tell you about the new meetings that are every other Sunday for anyone interested in the DIQ program.

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


  1. MLM Radar

    I’ve been exactly where you are, and I have plenty of friends who passed through the same situation. There’s no shame in being fooled the first time. Fortunately you saw the truth and recognized it: MK is a scam and not a business.

    Please understand that you didn’t fail. The multi-level marketing system is designed to convince you to voluntarily hand over your money while giving you nothing in return.

    Please also know that nearly every other “small business opportunity” out there produces the same result as Mary Kay. They’re large and small: Amway, Herbalife, BeachBody, It Works, Primerica, and a cascade of small lesser-known “opportunities” (Join now! Be the first in town!) all produce the same sad result. You waste time and lose money; they get your money. Just look at what happened at LuLaRoe.

    So, no, it wasn’t you. And you won’t succeed by taking your “how to do it right” lessons learned and using them at another “business opportunity.” Changing the technical details doesn’t change the big picture: Never buy inventory companies are just subscription buying schemes. Complicated compensation plans simply cause confusion and take your money. Fast-growing “just you and two friends” companies are bubbles that burst even faster. Get In on the Ground Floor companies aren’t; there is no ground floor and you’re just another victim.

    Network Marketing, Relationship Marketing, MK’s Dual Marketing, or whatever you call it, Multi-Level Marketing is a fraud disguised as a business opportunity. There’s no amount of investment you can put into a “you have to spend money to make money” company that will make a difference. They simply are that evil.

    I wish you well in finding a real job that pays you,

  2. Char

    Everything MLM Radar said.

    MLM-ing is a scam system. Period. If you can endless-chain recruit, this is MLM. “Build a team” is code. Downline, upline, leaders, all of them code words.

    Don’t fall into the trap of analyzing the product even if it’s supposedly new and innovative – if it’s attached to the MLM system. In this case, the product is a cover for the scam. Products that are start-ups, not using MLM, are a different matter and require different research. If it’s MLM, pass. It’s that simple.

    They might avoid telling you it’s “MLM” using those code words above, so be on the lookout. Why? They know MLM has a scam reputation. Gee, I wonder why! BECAUSE IT IS! Example: Mary Kay uses the code “dual-marketing”.

    You might hear, “It’s not a scam because I made money.” Well, anyone that makes money in MLM is the result of scamming people below them. Hellooooo? And as I’ve written before, drug dealers make money too.

    Some people don’t realize they are participating in a scam. They “believe” what they are told and then simply repeat the lie. They don’t do due diligence and fact check; or they might research the product instead of the MLM system itself. Big mistake. They are willing-victims. Ultimately, this produces two results:

    1) They are the true victim in the end, or
    2) They become a well-informed perpetrator of the crime, aka a successful MLMer, a leader, etc..

    Never pay for a job. Have them pay you. MLM is not starting your own business. It’s not a franchise either in case they pull that one too.

    Congratulations on figuring this out so quickly. Live and learn. Good luck with your “real” job search.

  3. BestDecision

    Not one person I was “friends” with in MK are real friends with me afterwards. You’re right also about the lack of product knowledge because I actually used that as I discussed my leaving with my Senior. I told her the recruiting and bookings will come if we were knowledgeable about the products, target markets, ingredients, and competitors. Deaf ears, but she’s now in the same place she’s been in go over 15 years. And I’m not!

  4. Cindylu

    So angry that this company and these women exploit others. One of the reasons I left was that my SD coldly recruited and financially abused women. I hated that desperate women were put into debt or lost grocery money on this horrible scam. 🙁

    1. BestDecision

      That’s actually an objection we were taught to overcome. Whatever reason the prospect gave you, your response was to be “That’s why you need MK!” So, if she said she couldn’t afford groceries…”That’s why you need MK!”

      Sick. Hunting like a predator does a wounded animal.

  5. Starsy

    Off topic but yesterday Dacia Weigandt was shilling a microsonic cleansing pad and then a skin tightening machine when MK just brought out a new Skinvigorate brush with the same qualities. Surely the kick back from the c/o products aren’t more than 50%.

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