Mary Kay Marketing Video: Do You Believe Everything You Hear?

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Career Ladder, Culture & Manipulation, Sales Directors

mary-kay-video-marketingWritten by Raisinberry

I was recently prompted to watch a Mary Kay recruiting video, and I couldn’t help but feel the pull all over again. These ladies are good. Really good. I know what’s going on under the surface of Mary Kay, and even I was smiling and nodding! Why, any outsider would have no idea how rehearsed and perfected these little talks are. How they are practiced at every skin care class till they are memorized, with inflection, and breaks, and smiles and nods dropped in at all  the appropriate places.

I even remarked at how some of the quips and sayings were mine, but then, it is hard to remember what you came up with yourself and what you borrowed. One thing is for sure-they know what works. And if you can hit all the key hot buttons aimed at today’s woman, you will have her on your hook.

So the lady on the video wants us to be amazed at how early in her business she won her pink Cadillac. She leaves out all the advantages she had and all the obstacles, and promotes the idea that you just go to work and it happens.

Rush for Red: Why Do it Slow When You Can Do it Fast?

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Written by LighterShadeOfPink

This is part of my “I story” and how I became a Red Jacket.

I started out as a Mary Kay customer with a facial with my soon-to-be Sales Director.  My first purchase was the Miracle Set, eye products, and Satin Lips.  My SD said, “I think you would be great at this business.”  A month later I had a follow-up facial and purchased Color 101.  Again she said she thought I would be great in the Mary Kay.

She invited me to several breakfast events and after declining several times, I accepted her third invitation.  The “MRSCAB” survey was on my plate.  When I saw that I could buy my products at cost and earn a little money on the side, I signed up.  Little did I know that the “rush” was about to begin.   

Mary Kay Directors and Ethics

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Career Ladder

This message was posted by a sales director on a board for Mary Kay directors only:

Anybody have a letter or email you send to a new DIQ’s team members?  I have a new DIQ with a very weak team and I really want to encourage them to rally behind her! Thanks!

And the first thing I thought about was the ethical dilemma that this director should feel. Sending a letter to team members doesn’t make them strong. Chances are, these team members will always be weak.

Mary Kay National Sales Director Commissions

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Career Ladder, National Sales Directors

The ultimate goal in Mary Kay is to make it to national sales director. The idea is that if you get there, you are set for life. That’s not really true, as the company now has requirements that must continually be met to stay at that level. But even if you can meet those requirements, you aren’t necessarily making the big money. In fact, there are plenty of national sales directors who aren’t making anything near the “executive income” that Mary Kay recruiters boast. They aren’t even making six figures in gross income (before paying business expenses).

We were allowed a peek behind the curtain when Mary Kay Cosmetics filed a lawsuit against former national sales director Amy Dunlap. This isn’t news (the case was ultimately settled and the terms are confidential), but it’s always good to review information like this. Women are continuously being led to believe there is a ton of money to be made in Mary Kay. That’s just not true, and here you have it from one of the most “successful” members of Mary Kay after she came out of the pink fog.

In an affidavit in the lawsuit, Amy made it clear whey she left Mary Kay. She wasn’t making much money:

Mary Kay Lie of the Week

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Career Ladder, Mary Kay Cars

From Mary Kay Inc.:

You’ve accomplished what it takes for on-target for Grand Achiever status! Congratulations!  But I know you’re not stopping when your goal is in sight. The most important thing for you to do now is fill your date book with appointments and watch for that special person at each one. If you talk to at least five new people every day about the Mary Kay opportunity, I know your dream of driving that car can become a reality!

Consultants Who Are Easiest to Coax Into Directorship

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Career Ladder, Culture & Manipulation

mary-kay-pink-twinsThis is a piece about finding new offspring Mary Kay directors. It focuses on the type of women who are easiest to talk into becoming a director. I’m sorry, but if you have to “talk her into” becoming a director, maybe it isn’t such a good idea. This is just one of the many ways Mary Kay recruiters lie and manipulate women in the pink pyramid scheme.

I hope this time of year finds you happy and warm with lovely times with your family and friends!

As you plan your New Year’s Goals, you may find it interesting to know about three different styles of running a unit.

The first style, the Director mainly does personal selling, has a small unit and rarely gets an offspring. If she does, it will also be a strong personal seller who will also have a small unit.

Need a Job? Don’t Choose Mary Kay

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Here is one Pink Truth reader’s experience with Mary Kay when she needed a job:

I joined Mary Kay because I had been one of the millions of people who had been looking for a job for two years and after many job applications and only a few interviews, I decided to join Mary Kay because I was at the end of my rope.

Well, no one actually talked me into it and I did not hear the “opportunity” story. I just went to the Mary Kay internet site and put my zip code in.  Within a few hours a girl called me and invited me to a “Success Meeting” the next evening.  Considering I was very vulnerable at this point (and they knew it) I probably would have signed up for the Foreign Legion.

A Former Mary Kay Director’s Story and Numbers

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Career Ladder, DIQ (Director in Qualification)

Written by GettingOutOfDebt

Attention: Every person who wants to move up in Mary Kay- please read.

If you’re reading this as a consultant, please know that every word is true and meant to help you learn the other side of the MK story.

I originally started in Mary Kay Cosmetics in April of 1991 in college.  What attracted me most was the dream of earning free cars, diamond rings, the glitz and glamour of Seminar.  I was a very high- I, and my sales director at the time pegged me right away.  She knew showing me the Seminar video tape would get me to sign right away.  I did and a week later I was asking my parents fora $1,000 to get inventory.  I even shared with them the line- “You can’t sell from an empty wagon”  So of course, they sent me the money so I could get started.

Mary Kay Top Director Income

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Career Ladder, Failure in MLM, Mary Kay Prizes, Numbers in Mary Kay, Sales Directors

mary kay top director incomeMany recruits are snared into Mary Kay Cosmetics with the lure of executive earnings. They are told that the sky’s the limit, and the earnings are unlimited, if only you are willing to work hard enough. Sales directors tout their “highest checks” without ever mentioning all the business expenses that must be paid out of those checks, or that those are a one-time deal and don’t represent their normal commission checks.

The hard workers are the ones who make it big in Mary Kay, right? Wrong. One has to look no further than superstar Allison LaMarr, who was the fastest woman ever to make it to Mary Kay National Sales Director. Yet all of that hard work resulted in a downward spiral that culminated in Allison becoming the fastest quitter in Mary Kay history. She has flailed around since, attempting to be a personal coach, a failed participant  in multi-leve marketing company MLM Bellamora, a former “executive” for multi-level marketer Seacret Direct, and has been spinning her wheels trying to build a downline as a distributor for Seacret. (No wonder she stopped posting publicly about her Seacret stuff long ago!)