Not $1 Million in Sales

I will never tire of exposing the false earnings claims in Mary Kay. Often it is the flaunting of supposed wealth from women who are not making anything close to executive income. It is regularly lies about how much product is sold.

Mary Kay sales director Megan Wilkes is talking about how her team will have sold $1 million in products by June 30. NO. THEY. WILL. NOT.

Megan’s team will order $400,000 wholesale value of products by June 30. That’s it. End of story. For that, she will run around and claim $1 million in sales that never happened.

What really happened was Megan pressured new recruits into buying inventory packages of $600 or $1,800 or $3,600 or more wholesale. Everyone in MK then doubles that number to get to full suggested retail value (i.e. the number that the products are almost NEVER sold for, if they’re even sold at all). Then Mary Kay adds on more to pad that number (they call this “double credit”) and we’re magically at $1 million in pretend sales.

The key here is that the vast majority of the products are never sold to third party consumers. When they are sold, they’re almost never sold at full retail price. Check out sales we’ve talked about by people like Chelsea Claytor Adkins and Ali Zornes.

It’s all a big con, and I hate these false earnings claims!

To add to the nonsense… Megan recruited her mom and her mom is trying to become a director. So they can both swindle women into signing up and purchasing inventory packages of products they’ll never sell.

10 Comments

  1. Kristen

    The husband’s face (in the photo with the car)…That expression just seems to say so much. He looks like he’s trying to look happy, as so many Mary Kay husbands do. It makes me think about the posts here from the husbands who’ve also been victims of this scheme.

  2. Neverpink

    I have to ask… why the up-close selfie? What’s the purpose of that? It seems very narcissistic to me.

    “Look at me! Look at my and my mIlLiOn SaLeS~ and my fancy pink car~”

  3. Cindylu

    Yes double everything is MK Math. Considering most Consultants or Directors can’t give MK products away for free. Thinking they’re sold full price is pathetic. Consultants /Recruits buy products which often don’t sell. Then they heavily discount them.

  4. AnonyMouse

    “Watch or join – either way, we are doing the dang thing!”

    Okay. I’m going to go off on one of my top annoyances. It really irritates me when MLM reps perpetuate this idea that if you’re not on their team, then you’re sitting on the sidelines of life and missing out on EVERYTHING. They talk a big game about not being fearful while instilling fear in people that they’re just being sideline losers. It took me a long time to strengthen my mind against that tactic. You know who else uses that tactic to get people to join their ranks? Cults. Yep, I said it. CULTS. They make you feel that by joining them you are joining some kind of elite classification of humanity. MLMs are not the only path to success and happiness. To perpetuate that idea is insulting at the least, and full blown gaslighting at the worst.

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    1. NayMKWay

      “Watch or join — either way…” That leaped off the screen at me, too. So passive-aggressive. Might as well say, “Hey, it’s no skin off my nose if you want to be a broke loser for the rest of your life.”

      Oh, sorry, I meant “looser.”

      That, and the manipulation in the post about Mama DIQ:

      “If you don’t think this business works, it does when you do.” No, it doesn’t; all you’re doing is setting your victims up to blame themselves when they fail.

      “And the $ can be INCREDIBLE if you stick around long enough.” More manipulation, trying to keep fresh recruits from quitting in time to send their unsold product back, since that could cost you money. (Commission chargebacks are a bitch, aren’t they?)

      How long is “long enough,” anyway? Isn’t the standard line “give it at least a year”? Hey, that just so hapens to be the product-return deadline. I’m sure that’s just coincidence, right?

  5. Char

    “Megan’s team will order $400,000 wholesale value of products by June 30. That’s it. End of story.”

    Yep, and an exact other way to put it in case folks missed it: Mary Kay Inc. sold $400k worth of products to their direct customers. The end.

    No wonder they are worth billions and offer so many benefits to their work force like: salary, insurance, 401k, paid vacation, etc., etc.. Surely, this must make the “buyers force” a little agitated. Maybe they should speak up? Form a Union? I mean, how is it fair that the so-called sales force doesn’t receive the same benefits? Oh I know, because they’re not the actual sales force! MKI, in fact, has paid salary positions for that to insure that their customers (consultants) place orders.

    Tip: Think like Corporate and not the MLMers buying tons of crap and clearing the corporate warehouse. Think, product out of their professionally stored warehouse shelves and into your closets and under your beds. Lol. The goal of Corporate is, the more you collect the better, as it grows their company sales. This enables the company to pay its work force a salary and provide all those lovely benefits.

    Are consultomer blood pressures rising yet? I’m trying!

  6. Mountaineer95

    I wish we had a way to look in the basements, the closets, the spare bedrooms of the women in her unit come early July and see exactly how much inventory is sitting there. Because there will be tons of it. And every dime of it that was ordered , she is going to count as sold. Just so frustrating that nobody at MK ever questions this.

  7. Enorth

    Signing up family members:

    There’s a story on PT from 2018 about Lauren Turner, who quickly moved into the car and suit; several people on her team had the last name of Turner. I see she is now IBC.
    So much time, energy and money poured into that failed initiative. (However, the company and her upline benefitted.)

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