To All Those Lurking on Pink Truth

Written by SuzyQ

This is for all of those who read but don’t comment. Have you seen enough? Have the writings on Pink Truth mirrored your experience in Mary Kay? Is it time to make a change? To the lurkers…

What will it take? What do we need to say to help you discover the truth about Mary Kay and your “chance” of success? There have been so many posts discussing everything from avoiding the expense of Seminar to the not so free cars, to NSDs doing and saying whatever it takes to keep the directors in their area from jumping ship, to product changes… the list goes on and on.

So, let’s talk about production, shall we?

Certain months tend to be “bad” months for production. July is one of them, as directors have tapped out their units in order to meet “year end goals” in June. No one has any money or credit left, and they certainly don’t need any more products after all they have stockpiled. Mary Kay likes to run contests during those slow months… things like double credit or special bonuses based on team production. Do you find this a bit questionable? January is another slow month as consultants look at all the holiday crap they haven’t sold (that they were told to order because MK always runs out!) and realize they shouldn’t order for a long time.

Have you figured out that when sales or recruiting is down, a new “contest” is launched? Just for fun… check out the newsletter this month from your director, or better yet, check out your NSDs newsletter or web page and see if the numbers are down. It might be fun, too, to think about the Queen of Sales at your meetings and sort of keep track of her sales versus her orders for the month.

Bear in mind that your Cadillac director needs  an average of $17,000 each month to maintain production, your Premier Club director needs $9,500, and the Grand Achievers need $7,000 to avoid a co-pay. Directors do get car credit when they recruit a new qualified personal, it counts as an additional $600 towards the car. It might be fun to ask your director to meet her new personal team members! Have you received the infamous “Dialing for Dollars” calls or emails from your director?

The same song, second verse will be sung again various times throughout the year, especially in May and June… and the pressure is on to finish the courts, the car re-qualifications and the unit clubs. The NSDs will hit the road for the final push to seminar, so count on a few “events” to keep the old pot stirred. Use your listening skills and hear the omissions, exaggerations, inflations, religious abuse and materialism. It’s fun. Besides you have heard it all before. Or maybe not, “I stories” tend to get better and better with innumerable recitations.

June will be huge. There are all sorts of exciting products for you to order. Wow. Never mind that they are overpriced and all. It is just SO exciting. And your unit will be soooooooooo close to achieving some impossible goal, and it’s not about you, it’s about achieving the dream together… remember TEAM means “Together Each Achieves More,” and UNIT means “U ‘n I Together.”

So, you decide. You can read and react, or read and think. If there wasn’t just a little curiosity, you wouldn’t be lurking. We are not monsters, we are not victims. We were once as pink as you might still be, and we finally paid attention to the warning signs we used to blow by. We are paying it forward. It’s your turn to pay attention now.

9 Comments

    1. MLM Radar

      At Seminar you’re divided up into unit achievement tiers for estimated sales, which is really 2x whatever your unit ordered during the year. It’s the ultimate in peer to peer envy baiting: $100,000 club, $200,000 club, $300,000 club, etc.

      For the months when “double credit” is offered, your unit orders are counted twice to determine your club ranking. If May is a “double credit” month and you get your unit to order $5,000 MK will count that as having ordered $10,000 “wholesale,” and say you have $20,000 “estimated sales” towards your unit club ranking.

      Smoke and mirrors. It’s all smoke and mirrors. Only in MLM are sales reps applauded for sales they didn’t and couldn’t possibly ever make.

      1. MLM Radar

        Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe “double credit” doesn’t count towards car production quotas. Car leases cost real money, and MK Corporate is not about to “double credit” you into something that could hurt their profit.

  1. Cindylu

    Whatever double credit means the reality is a saturated market and front loading. I realized later on that no male wanted the Men’s over priced line for Christmas or ever. I disliked the perfumed Christmas line and realized absolutely no one wanted it. So even with contests and cajoling I realized early on that many products just would not sell. Forget the impossible “Don’t break the Set”. Also how sad that we gave those unsellable products away as supposed gifts. Everything about MK is just so nonsensical. Very Happy I have been able to enjoy Christmas and every other holiday for many years after leaving this mlm. No warm stalking, no open house that nobody shows up for and no credit card debt because of front loading.

    1. Char

      “So even with contests and cajoling I realized early on that many products just would not sell.”

      Oh but the products did sell. MK is so clever at selling, that they are a debt free multi-billion dollar company. They can even get women to buy expensive men’s stuff that no man would ever buy.

  2. raisinberry

    great post, great responses… just want to add, remember, it’s NEW YEAR-NEW YOU!. This time of year, IBC’s will be manipulated into a retreat or meeting where new goals ( TO FINISH SEMINAR YEAR!!!) will be front and center. It’s coming upon a new year, where you can FIX what is broke in you! (not broke in mk)

    SuzyQ wants you to see the set-up…so you’ll finally get that all of this is one large scale manipulation. (We know it is because we were trained to perform it!) We were on the inside, and we are sharing what we did, what we knew and what we regret. If you can’t learn from all the Directors here, who quit and decided to no longer manipulate women for production, than I guess, you learn the hard way.

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