How She Found Her 3 Newest Customers

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Inventory & Selling

This one is designed to make you feel like you didn’t work hard enough. All you have to do is get more customers. More customers means bigger business for you.

Well, no kidding! The trick is actually finding enough customers to sustain a Mary Kay “business.” And that’s not nearly as easy as some make it sound. There are many reasons why women aren’t interested in Mary Kay: market saturation, recruiting pushes, low-quality products, better available product choices, disapproval of MLM, etc.

Understanding the Distance of Your Former Mary Kay Sales Director

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Quitting Mary Kay

 Written by PinkPeace

One of our members was upset about the loss of a friendship. She was a good friend first, and a member of the sales director’s unit second. Upon leaving MK, she hasn’t heard from the sales director, even though she’s going through a hard time with an ill husband.

Giving your ex-SD the benefit of the doubt and assuming the best about her, I could see the following scenario:

She finds out her close friend is leaving Mary Kay. She is sad, because she has been friends with her for a long time, and she takes it a little personally that she won’t be working with her anymore. In addition, she’s worried about how her loss will affect her unit’s production. The unit’s not doing too well as it is, and now she’s really going to have to scramble to replace one of her top people (Anna).

Mary Kay Doesn’t Work, Even When You Do

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Failure in MLM, Mary Kay Opinions

The struggles of new sales director who quit after the debt and the fight became too much for her.

Early in last year, Mia  was flying high. She was a new sales director, in a brand new Mary Kay car, and feeling successful with commission checks between $1,000 and $2,500 per month. The sky was the limit! She would determine her own success based on how hard she was willing to work!

But the truth was that Mia was faking it till she made it.  Mia was exaggerating about how much money she was making, because she believed in talking about your goals and acting as if they were already done! (Sound familiar, anyone?)

Being a Mary Kay Sales Director During the Holidays

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Written by SuzyQ

I’m just sayin’… that It would be incredibly difficult to be a director in Mary Kay during the winter holidays.

Those who are “working their businesses” have scheduled open houses to show their holiday gift packages. Lots of money expended there, mugs for the “coffee and cream,” assorted gift baskets (cello-wrapped of course), gloves paired with hand cream, lip and eye sets, mascara and lip stick stocking stuffers, the 12 days of Christmas gift towers… the list goes on and on. Although, the sales do not.

Advice for a Mary Kay DIQ?

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A Mary Kay DIQ wrote seeking advice on becoming an ethical Sales Director in MK:

I found your site on accident over a year ago when I began my business.  I pop in occasionally just out of curiosity to see what is being said.  While I disagree with a lot of the points that are made, I can identify with the emotion and hurt that are behind those defenses.

I am currently in my 2nd month of DIQ and am working on finishing my 3rd month of car qualification, and while this is a really exciting time, I am not completely happy with the way I am being taught to do things.  I.e: get production from recruiting new consultants who purchase large amounts of inventory (rather than train my current team to sell the product and consistently have a legitimate need to reorder product), put inventory orders and starter kits on my OWN credit card and have them pay me later, expect my husband to cook/clean/do laundry when I am fully capable of doing at least part if not all of that, guilt my best friends into joining by telling them I NEED them to or they aren’t my real friend, etc.

Mary Kay Inc. Says: It’s Not Our Fault

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Written by Raisinberry

The “Devil’s Advocate” sets the record straight…in the words of Mary Kay Cosmetics…

You Pink Truth-ers have sure had some rough times. And we appreciate all you have been through. It saddens us to see just how out of hand things have gotten, but it is really not our fault.

We exist to provide a vehicle that provides jobs for all the people in Dallas, and everywhere we have a distribution center, along with our vendors, along with our manufacturing staff and facilities that ultimately provide you with commission. We really don’t see what the problem is. It’s simple math, ladies. You buy for $1 and sell for $2. How hard can this be?

Mary Kay held a pretty firm grip on the company, but she trained the National Sales Directors. She wrote a few books, she left her principles in tact. Is it our job to make sure you sales people don’t abuse each other?

Magic Words to Help You Recruit Mary Kay Consultants

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You read that right. Here are the “magic” words to help you recruit women into Mary Kay. In other words, these are more scripted phrases intended to hit on some of the most common “hot buttons” for women. Is there anything inherently wrong with that? I suppose not. Sales in different industries are all made with some sort of pitch that shows you how their stuff fits your need.

I just continue to object to the extreme manipulation used in Mary Kay. Yes, I think it’s extreme and I think it’s manipulative. Mary Kay has a real “kick ‘em when they’re down” mentality behind everything they do. You know…. she tells you that her husband works long hours and you’re supposed to exploit that. She says she misses adult interaction, and you’ve got to pimp that out for all it’s worth. She mentions being on a tight budget, and you have to make her believe that Mary Kay is the answer to all money troubles.

So here’s the list put together by an ex-director. She put it together when she was at the top of her game, unit clubs and all… and within a year she had disappeared from Mary Kay. I don’t know how magic these words were for her.

What 5 Hours a Week Could Do For You

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Here’s another one of those Mary Kay “training” items that is really meant to make you feel like you just didn’t work hard enough. Who couldn’t five extra hours a week to do something important like Mary Kay???

Well, I’m sure that if we all tried, we really might be able to find five extra hours to do something that we’re really motivated to do. But the truth is that you can’t really get anywhere in Mary Kay with five hours a week. There is a far bigger time commitment if you want to do anything more than make some pocket change.

How to Save Face When You Sell Nothing and Someone Is Watching

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What happens when you hold a Mary Kay skincare class and you sell nothing…. and a new recruit is watching? Well nsd Anita Garrett Roe says it’s a good thing, and explains it like this.

She realizes that if you’ve got a new recruit along with you and you lay an egg on sales, it doesn’t look too good. The problem is that it is very common to have low sales at a class.

It is very easy to have 3 or 4 women at a Mary Kay skincare class and sell less than $100 retail. Don’t let them fool you with their bogus claims about averages and such. (”Average” in Mary Kay really means “I once sold that much as a class, and I think I could do it again, but I never have, and probably won’t, but I”ll still call it an average because it sounds good.”)

Living for Morsels… The Mary Kay Way

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Written by Raisinberry

There appears to be a common denominator, in my opinion, with women who suffer the most from their Mary Kay career. I am talking about those who fell for it hard.

I think I might be on to something regarding why the whole recruitment scam, and subsequent huge financial loses, occur. Just being a part of Mary Kay for many long years, and watching those who stay far too long sucked in by “the dream”, as well as those who come here to recover, there appears to be a female characteristic that is being exploited.