The Myth of MLM Income

Multi-Level Marketing expert Robert FitzPatrick debunks the myth of earning money in MLMs in his article, The Myth of “Income Opportunity” in Multi-Level Marketing.

Multi-level marketing companies live and die by the claim that participants can make money. From some extra part-time money to complete financial freedom, MLMs promise you can have it. Robert Fitzpatrick notes:

The claim by multi-level marketing (MLM) companies of offering consumers a viable “part time income” or an “extraordinary income” greater than most other businesses or occupations is their hallmark attraction. It is also their greatest defense against persistent charges of pyramid scheme fraud, mind control and deceptive promotions. Continue Reading →

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Can You Make a Living Selling Mary Kay Products?

If you wanted to just sell Mary Kay products and not recruit anyone, could you make a living doing so?

You might be able to make a living just sellng Mary Kay products, but it’s going to be difficult.

Suppose you sold $1,000 per week, EVERY week. Now remember… there are very, very few women in Mary Kay who sell $1,000 per week. There are very, very few who even sell $500 of Mary Kay products each week. But let’s just assume that you can and do sell $1,000 per week, every week, with 2 weeks a year off. Continue Reading →

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Spiritual Mentorship By Mary Kay Sales Directors & NSDs

Written by Anonymous

Mary Kay consultants are vulnerable. They are told to follow the direction of their sales directors and sales directors. Those in leadership have an opportunity to manipulate these women, especially when it comes to religion and spirituality.

We’ve all seen them: brand new, giddy, starry-eyed Mary Kay consultants. They are full of hope, expectation, awe, and a little bit of fear at their first unit meeting or first big Mary Kay Cosmetics event. They are like sponges, ready and willing to absorb everything they hear.

And of course, they are told from day one to do everything their director tells them to do. Continue Reading →

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Multi-Level Marketing is NOT Like Corporate America

One of the common statements made by people in favor of multi-level marketing is that it is just like corporate America. We call MLM a pyramid scheme, and corporate America is a pyramid too! That’s simply not true.

While the SHAPE of the hierarchy of people looks like a pyramid in MLM and in corporate Amercia (one person at the head of the company, a few below, managing several below them, and so on)… that is where the similarities end. Continue Reading →

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Do you Practice Blinded Bee-lief or Daring Discernment?

Written by The Scribbler

Ever see NSD Linda Toupin’s “Child of God” document? It’s a photo collage of all of Toupin’s homes – from her modest river cottage to her multi-turreted Helm’s Deep of present day. Listed underneath each home are benchmarks in Toupin’s Mary Kay career: Directorship, a National Area, signing the pact with Beezelbub, (sorry, I couldn’t resist) and so forth. Positioned underneath the aerial shot of Helm’s Deep, however, is this passage: Continue Reading →

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Don’t Blame Mary Kay For Being a Failure!

A bit of advice for us from a concerned Mary Kay consultant…

I find all your posts very amusing.

A lot of the women in here seem to be having a big hangup about Mary kay and about the way that Mary Kay does business. The REAL PROBLEM is YOU. You are the ones who are all at fault becuase you didn’t make any money in Mary Kay. It’s nobody else’s fault. It’s not your director’s fault and it’s not the company’s fault. You make your business become what you put into it. It seems like a lot of women in here are in denial that the REAL PROBLEM is themselves and NOT Mary Kay. A lot fo the Mary Kay consultants are not trained or do not want to be trained properly. Continue Reading →

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“Playing Ball” in Mary Kay

The concept of “playing ball” in Mary Kay is simple. It’s a fancy way to say that if you aren’t ordering, your director won’t help you. It doesn’t really matter if you have a ton of inventory that you’re working to sell off. All that matters are your current orders. No new orders, no help.

Here’s how one Mary Kay nsd explains it:   Continue Reading →

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Yes, the Mary Kay “Warm Chat” Does Hurt People

 This story was sent in by one of our readers. She was “warm chatted” by a Mary Kay consultant, and was very hurt when she figured out it was all a recruiting tactic…

I am a mom of a 10-month-old boy, he’s the light of my life. Since I had him I have joined in a few activities for new moms in my neighborhood but haven’t found a lot of other moms I “clicked” with. Most of my existing friends don’t have kids yet, and I would really like to meet some moms to hang out with and have playgroups with as my kiddo grows up.

I love my friends that don’t have kids and hang out with them when I can, but those with kids know that your life changes completely, priorities change and when you no longer have all day to get pedicures, lunch and go shopping it’s hard sometimes to keep up with what’s going on with your friends who do have that kind of time. I would really like to make friends with moms who have the same values I do about what to teach kids, and so far it’s been difficult to find that in my area, although I keep looking. Continue Reading →

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You’re Not Being Fair! You Didn’t Work Hard Enough!!!

A friendly note from someone who thinks we have no idea what we’re talking about and we didn’t work hard enough in multi-level marketing!!!

Hello Pink Truth:

I stumbled on your site by accident. I read on just to see if you had uncovered some things about MLM businesses that might be new and different and, of course, accurate.  To my disappointment, I found many generalized short statements not supported by sufficient detail to help any objective person to learn anything about the businesses. Continue Reading →

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Help Me Recruit You into Mary Kay

Here’s a little recruiting questionaire that a Mary Kay consultant is supposed to use to “get to know you better.” The truth is that it’s really meant for her to find out what you “hot buttons” are so she can manipulate you as much as possible.

Are you in need of some time with adults? She’ll play on that. Does your car need some expensive repairs? You’ll hear all about the money (mostly non-existent, but why let the truth get in the way). Want to make your family proud of you? Guilt trip from her about how you should be making them proud.

You get the picture… Notice especially the husband manipulation that is being set up.  Continue Reading →

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