The Start of Pink Truth

Have you ever wondered how and why Pink Truth was started? Below is a clip from my appearance on HuffPost Live (10 years ago!), in which I talk briefly about my Mary Kay experience and why I started this site.

It all began when I found other women on a consumer complaints board… and all of us were complaining about the Mary Kay “business opportunity.”   I spent time there an on a few other sites discussing MK, and in 2006 I decided I wanted my own site about Mary Kay, and I started a blog called Mary Kay Sucks. Corporate leaders at MK thought they would wait us out, since sites like these always go away eventually. And 14 years later….

I love Darrell Overcash’s advice to NSDs about how to handle us:

I would recommend that you not visit these sites at all, even to satisfy your own curiosity. I further recommend that you discourage anyone in your Area from visiting these sites – for two reasons. First, there is nothing positive to gain by reading the blogs. Why waste your valuable time reading such negative, false and upsetting exchanges when you can and should spend your time on positive endeavors? Second, because the life of any Web site is largely dependent upon the number of visitors it receives, we certainly don’t want to be unintentional contributors to their success.

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  1. Char

    “Why waste your valuable time reading such negative, false and upsetting exchanges when you can and should spend your time on positive endeavors?”

    2+2=5 (Of course not silly. Be more positive.)

    2000+2000=5000 (There. That’s better) 😂

    How about this for genuine positivity? I really enjoy reading PinkTruth daily, as it has become my ritual with morning coffee. PT is extremely knowledgeable about MLM, and it has helped save many women from being scammed out of their money. It offers a diverse group of ladies who post, along with some men, and they all add bits of information with the goal of stopping fraud.

    Tracy, the owner, has done a phenomenal job running the site for many years, and she has a special knack for keeping the articles interesting. Along with Tracy, deprogrammed cult participants generously provide their service of posting facts and warnings about the scam known as multi-level marketing – for free. They expect nothing in return, especially no commission for recruiting, as their reasons are truly altruistic. I, and many others, are very grateful for the site.

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  2. Lazy Gardens

    Activities like begging for production, stalking the aisles looking for recruits, hiding your increasing credit card debt from your spouse, and bragging about how much time you have for your family as you shush them because you are on a conference call? “Why waste your valuable time reading such negative, false and upsetting exchanges when you can and should spend your time on positive endeavors?”

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  3. Heather

    “Why waste your valuable time reading such negative, false and upsetting exchanges when you can and should spend your time on positive endeavors?”

    PROVE to me that what has been shared here is FALSE. I want actual, hard data, not your made-up cult-like drivel.

    PROVE to me that the info here is negative and upsetting. Because I’m here to tell you that it isn’t. In fact, people here tend to be more uplifting and positive than some of the ladies I worked with while in MK. (Those ladies turned out to be THE pettiest, most backstabbing, horrible women I have ever met, and I work in healthcare.)

    I found this site not long after I stepped back from almost everything in MK, and let me tell you, it was refreshing.

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  4. Samsquatch

    I know that this is a little off topic for this post but I received a call at random from a Mary Kay consultant last week. She asked me my name and she started yapping about how Mary Kay would be a great opportunity for me, yadda, yadda, yadda.

    I asked her how she got my number because I NEVER put my name in those silly fish bowl things that you see in lobbies. She said that she was cold calling numbers that she found somehow (she wasn’t very specific on how she got my number) trying to recruit people.

    I told her to go pound sand because me wearing a face full of Mary Kay garbage wouldn’t go over well in the supply chain internship that I am doing at a local manufacturing plant where 80% of the workforce is male. I don’t even wear makeup at all and I still look good. I am 36 but I pass for 26 because my skin is so good.

    Anyway, I blocked the kay-bot’s number and I still am wondering how she got my number.

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    1. BestDecision

      More shady IPAs! If MK was a respected brand, she wouldn’t have to dodge where she got your info OR ask people to sign up. When customers see and smell success, they want what you have to offer and don’t need convincing. You don’t have to rely on “practice interviews” to get your Red Jacket or $30 offers to scrape in low production.

      I’d block her and not look back. You dodged a bullet!

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      1. Coffee Canuck

        So here in Canada, I have threatened to report them to the CRTC, because I am on the DO NOT CALL List. and I never consented for MK or anyone to call me (I know I probably do not have a leg to stand on, but MK Bots don’t know that)

        I was at a market the other day, and an MK lady asked me to enter her draw for a basket, I politely declined and she said “Why? Don’t you like winning?” I said “Yeah I do, but I don’t like harassing phone calls asking me to host parties and buy crap.”

        End of conversation.

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