Former National Sales Director Says Mary Kay is a Pyramid Scheme

Written by TRACY on . Posted in National Sales Directors, Recruiting

A few years ago, former Mary Kay national sales director Amy Dunlap was sued by Mary Kay Inc. for breaching her agreement with them. It’s interesting how these women such as Amy and Allison LaMarr (now Allison Ben Shabat) http://www.pinktruth.com/tag/allison-lamarr are so gung ho about Mary Kay… until they’re not anymore. Mary Kay is the best opportunity on earth. Until it’s not.

I am bringing forth the Amy Dunlap lawsuit again to illustrate the point that many think Mary Kay is a pyramid scheme. Her answer to Mary Kay’s lawsuit was extremely interesting because she alleged that Mary Kay violates the Texas Business and Commerce Code by promoting a pyramid scheme.

The Texas code defines a pyramid scheme:

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:

Oh To “Sit At the Feet” of a (Former) Mary Kay NSD

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I never got into the idea of “sitting at the feet” of anyone, much less a Mary Kay national sales director. I am not beneath them, and therefore do not deserve to be sitting “at their feet.” Please. These were the musings of Allison LaMarr when she was a brand new, record-breaking NSD. (This was before anyone realized how making it to NSD was the beginning of the end for Allison… with plummeting earnings, eventual financial ruin, many failed business ventures, and a lawsuit by Mary Kay to follow.)

Allison Lee LaMarr was the one everyone was raving about because she made it to nsd faster than anyone in the history of Mary Kay.  This was proof that the Mary Kay business plan worked, if only you were willing to put in the work. (No word yet from Mary Kay about how the failure of Allison speaks to the failure of the “business plan,” of course.)

Are You Following the Mary Kay Motto? These National Sales Directors Say You Shouldn’t!

Written by TRACY on . Posted in National Sales Directors, Scripts & Training

flagWritten by The Scribbler

Why did you join Mary Kay? Are you one of the women who joined because you were looking for a chance to get away from a work week that rivaled that of a Hebrew slave and a prickly boss that made Pharaoh look like a kindly grandmother? Maybe you were looking forward to finally being able to enjoy a holiday where you didn’t have to keep your Career switch flipped to the “on” position, or perhaps you were eager to enjoy a relaxing 4th of July around a smoky grill with food, drink, and plenty of laughing with family and friends. Well, rejoice, dear consultant, because isn’t that how priorities get ranked in Mary Kay according to the company motto?  “God First, Family Second, Career Third!”   And it’s Independence Day, so that means it’s time to put Family Second and Career so far Third that you’re like, “Booking? Pfft; only thing I’m booking today is an overloaded cheeseburger and a cold beer.”

That being said, did you know that there are National Sales Directors in Mary Kay who do not want consultants and directors to put their Families Second and Careers Third? I know it’s hard to believe, but there are top leaders in the company who regularly promote negativity by attempting to guilt women like you into shunning holidays and family time in favor of working their businesses.

Mary Kay National Sales Director: The Impossible Dream

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Career Ladder, DIQ (Director in Qualification), National Sales Directors, Recruiting

Written by Personal Use Recruiter

As an award winning top personal recruiter in another multi-level marketing company, this was my experience.

For every SEVEN new customers I added to my customer base: I signed only ONE new recruit. (I know, I know… make-up MLM is an easier sell. You all kicked my butt at recruiting!)

For every TEN qualified consultants I recruited (who placed a first inventory order): FOUR would quit before the end of the year.

For that same TEN consultants I recruited on my team: Only FOUR would duplicate themselves by accidentally, or with my help, recruiting someone else

20 Reasons I’m No Longer Pursuing NSD

Written by TRACY on . Posted in National Sales Directors, Quitting Mary Kay, Sales Directors

A piece written by our member JTA, a longtime Mary Kay sales director who came close to becoming a national sales director, and then decided to give it all up.

1. I really analyzed my offspring’s production – About 1/3 of my offspring are at Grand Prix level doing that production regularly. After expenses, as you can see from the info posted on PT, that Grand Prix directors do not make very much money, 20k per year at best. The other 2/3 made and missed production, mostly every other month. Many of these were actually placing HUGE 2-4k orders on the odd months themselves to make the production happen. Almost always, in my National’s newsletter, the majority of the top 10 of personal wholesale were from my future area. This is heart wrenching. It is listed to be celebrated, like their personal sales are so huge, but I KNEW then and KNOW now that they were not selling this much. The orders are placed simply to make production. Add to this that several of those do National Court of Sales. So they are celebrated for this, when behind the scenes there are major debt issues, warehousing of product, etc. Very sad.

How to “Go National” in Mary Kay

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From Mary Kay national sales director Anita Garrett-Roe: How to get to national sales director status.

Anita says getting to national status involves making women feel “special”. (Let’s be honest though, if you contribute to the numbers for nsd status, they don’t care WHO you are!)

So tell them you’ve selected them and they can come with you to the top. More emotional manipulation, in my opinion!

My Letter to my Mary Kay National Sales Director

Written by TRACY on . Posted in National Sales Directors, Quitting Mary Kay

Written by Pink_Plunge

I wrote this letter to my nsd as I was leaving Mary Kay. I was hoping for honest answers to my questions and concerns. As you probably expected, I didn’t really get any.

I am writing this email to you to explain why I have decided to quit Mary Kay. You’ll notice an attached word document that is a letter written to my team members, customers, friends and family members to explain my story and how I’ve reached the conclusion to end my Mary Kay career. I thought I’d share the letter with you too, just to make sure that you are FULLY AWARE of how I feel and how things have changed for me! PLEASE DO TAKE THE TIME TO READ IT!! My team members and I would really appreciate being HEARD!!

Mary Kay Hookers: How Some NSDs Fell Into Temptation

Written by TRACY on . Posted in National Sales Directors

Written by The Scribbler

Last school year I completely read through “Room at the Top:  The Success Stories of Some of America’s Leading Businesswomen.”  Only you won’t find women from real companies listed, just NSDs gushing their personal I-stories.  As I read through the book, I noticed more than a few common threads, and I’d like to share the quotes associated with one of those threads today.

Let’s hit the button on the ol’ Wayback Machine and transport ourselves to that first encounter with Mary Kay.  It could be any encounter, really; a facial, a skin care class, a 3-way call with Beezelbub.  You remember asking “Why does it smell like sulfur in here?” only for the director to shrug and hold up a Yankee Candle with the words, “Hell Fire” scribbled on its label in black magic marker.  It looked legit, and the tip of the director’s tail had this cute bow on it, so you didn’t pry.