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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Mary Kay Encourages Fraud

Written by Raisinberry

A revelation of the real business plan of Mary Kay Cosmetics… The fact that Mary Kay takes pains to invent the term “dual marketing” to disguise the business model tells you that even Mary Kay is embarrassed about being a multi-level “direct seller.”

Multi-levels or pyramid marketing scares off the majority of right thinking Americans, and rightly so. Pyramid schemes rely on the recruitment of people for income gains over the sale of the product. In fact the sale of the product is secondary if “going to the top” is your goal. Continue Reading →

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Mary Kay Cosmetics: A Pink Predator

A while back I appeared on HuffPost Live, discussing multi-level marketing and its negative effects on those who become distributors. Below is a clip in which I discuss my opinion that Mary Kay Cosmetics is one of the most predatory MLMs available.

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The Dozen Deadly Mistakes Sales Directors Make

A national sales director offers more “advice” to sales directors, even though we know that little of it really makes a difference when you’re working in the no-win MLM system.

This little gem comes from a Mary Kay national sales director who has been begging her area to increase her personal income for the last year. (Yes, you read that right.) From her sales director newsletter:

I believe I’ve come up with a TOTAL AREA WHOLESALE number that will take us to DIAMOND CIRCLE (my commissions=$200,000) and INNER CIRCLE ($325,000) Let’s shoot for Diamond Circle this year as a stepping stone WHILE WE BUILD to INNER CIRCLE!! Continue Reading →

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