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Mary Kay Top Director: Making Money Off the Backs of Women

Do you think it’s only the “bad” women who do bad things in Mary Kay? Those who frontload new recruits, dial for dollars at the end of the month (i.e. get people to order products they don’t need), talk only about their highest commission check, lie about how profitable Mary Kay is, or hide the debt they incurred via Mary Kay?

Unfortunately, these problems are systemic in Mary Kay. These are the things that must be done to get to directorship and to maintain directorship. And what about those super successful directors and national sales directors? They’ve just done more frontloading and general deception. So don’t buy into the excuse that you must have just had a bad director. They all lie. It is how things are done in Mary Kay.

Listen to this former Mary Kay sales director, who was only a step away from becoming a national sales director when she walked away. On ABC’s 20/20, she explained how her “success” was at the expense of other women. (Just like all of the other top directors and national sales directors.)

If this video doesn’t play for you, please watch it here.

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Hello Mary Kay Directors Who Saw 20/20

Written by Suzy Q

So, we taped hours and hours of painful, humiliating, humbling information about our experiences in Mary Kay, and ABC diluted it down to about 12 minutes. However, it made an impact and I was pleased to know that. It is not often that Darrell Overcash interrupts his Saturday to contact the directors.

This is for you, my sister directors. I left Mary Kay Cosmetics several years ago after a non-stellar run in massive debt. I peaked in 2003 or 2004, I can’t remember… and before all of the “I am quitting drama”, I started reading Mary Kay Sucks (the original name of Pink Truth) and I was totally devastated. I had never before heard or read anything remotely negative about MK. I couldn’t believe people were actually posting negative information— it was the first time I heard the term “frontloading.”

I told everyone I would bleed pink if it was required, and thought of myself as a lifer. I would never ever leave Mary Kay. I had given up a career, let my professional credentials lapse, and my only goal was to be the woman Mary Kay wanted me to be. I remember the call from corporate telling me about her death and I burst into tears. Continue Reading →

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Mary Kay on the 20/20 “Not So Pretty In Pink” Story

little pink liesMary Kay Cosmetics was hoping that ABC’s 20/20 would share their version of the story: that lots of products are sold, lots of money is made, and Mary Kay enriches women’s lives. Unfortunately for them, Rebecca Jarvis dug into the other side... the ugly truth about Mary Kay. The company runs an elaborate scam that takes hundreds of millions of dollars out of households each year, while enriching a very small minority of participants.

The sad truth is that more than 99% of people involved with multi-level marketing will lose money. It is nearly impossible to make a consistent income (no matter how small or large)  just selling the overpriced products. The data that proves that almost no one is making money from actually selling Mary Kay products to customers. And even at the top of the Mary Kay pyramid, not a whole lot of money is being made.

Here is Mary Kay’s official response to the segment:

Important Message from U.S. President, Darrell Overcash
Published 10.3.15

To all Independent Sales Directors,

As you know, from time to time we will have people try to discredit what Mary Kay has built. In the face of adversity, please remember, Mary Kay has been in business for a long time – – our 52 year history of continued success demonstrates that Mary Kay is one of America’s best and strongest companies and beauty brands. Mary Kay products have achieved top 10 beauty brand status globally and we continue to top consumer loyalty lists. Continue Reading →

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Pink Truth and Mary Kay on ABC’s 20/20

pinktruth_on_2020Tune in to 20/20 on ABC on Friday October 2  for a story on the truth behind Mary Kay’s multi-level marketing “opportunity.” MLM is not a business opportunity, it’s a clever scam that has been made to look like a business. Host Rebecca Jarvis takes a look at long-time multi-level predator Mary Kay Cosmetics. Those on the side of MLM say you can make “unlimited” money on your own terms, while those who are on the opposite side have found that 99% of distributors actually lose money.

Four long-time Pink Truth members were interviewed at length for they story. They were all sales directors, and therefore part of the “top 2% of Mary Kay.” These women are part of the Mary Kay Cosmetics success story. Or are they? The truth is that the majority of the sales directors are barely making a minimum wage living, while some of them are actually losing money.

This story digs into the Mary Kay con that has been crafted and refined for over 50 years. Please take the time to watch this story. And if you have any friends or family involved in multi-level marketing, please encourage them to watch too.

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Mary Kay’s Claims Following the Harper’s Story

Written by The Scribbler

Since we took a trip down memory lane regarding Harper’s article, “The Pink Pyramid Scheme: How Mary Kay Cosmetics Preys on Desperate Housewives”,  we should also take a look back at the flurry of media activity that followed. Forbes released a damning article titled “Mary Kay Preys on Women,”  and Virginia Sole-Smith was featured on NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook. After witnessing so many Mary Kay leaders play the Dodge/Deny/Be Too Dumb to Doubt game when they were asked tougher questions about the business, it was most refreshing to see these issues openly addressed on the program. Continue Reading →

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Mary Kay’s Pink Pyramid Scheme (from Harper’s Magazine)

I thought today was a good day to take a trip down memory lane. Two years ago Harper’s Magazine published an excellent article (the cover story!) about the pink pyramid scheme known as Mary Kay: The Pink Pyramid Scheme: How Mary Kay Cosmetics Preys on Desperate Housewives.  The story got tons of buzz, and there were spirited discussions about it all over the place.

Virginia Sole-Smith went undercover to dig into the world of Mary Kay, finding out the dirty truth about recruiting and inventory frontloading. She found out the sad truth: Mary Kay uses the public image of “enriching women’s lives” as the basis for misleading recruits in a “business opportunity” that almost guarantees they will lose money. Continue Reading →

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Pink Truth Hater Hotline

This week’s official release of Harper’s Magazine story “The Pink Pyramid Scheme: How Mary Kay Cosmetics Preys on Desperate Housewives,” along with the NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook episode entitled Investigating Mary Kay has brought out the haters.

I generally don’t allow Pink Truth haters and trolls to comment here. The reason is simple: Mary Kay doesn’t allow alternative (“negative”) viewpoints on its site or FaceBook page, so we don’t allow opposing viewpoints on Pink Truth. When Mary Kay changes their policy, we will consider changing ours. Those who want to bash Pink Truth and its mission have plenty of “positive Mary Kay” sites on which they can share their opinion, so we don’t need to give them a platform here. Continue Reading →

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Investigating Mary Kay: The Truth Behind Mary Kay Inc.’s Claims on NPR’s On Point

Written by The Scribbler

The pink veil of Mary Kay Cosmetics was ripped from top to bottom this month as freelance journalist Virginia Sole-Smith’s article, “The Pink Pyramid Scheme: How Mary Kay Cosmetics Preys on Desperate Housewives” screamed the truth from the August 2012 cover of Harper’s Magazine.

In turn, Forbes released a damning article titled “Mary Kay Preys on Women,” and earlier this week, Ms. Sole-Smith and her findings were featured on NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook. After witnessing so many Mary Kay leaders play the Dodge/Deny/Be Too Dumb to Doubt game when they were asked tougher questions about the business, it was most refreshing to see these issues openly addressed on the program. Continue Reading →

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Harper’s Magazine: Mary Kay’s Pink Pyramid Scheme

Today the August issue of Harper’s Magazine officially went on sale, and the cover story features the pink pyramid scheme known as Mary Kay. The internet has been abuzz with this story, The Pink Pyramid Scheme: How Mary Kay Cosmetics Preys on Desperate Housewives,  and it has been featured on sites like Jezebel and Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish.

Virginia Sole-Smith went undercover to dig into the world of Mary Kay, finding out the dirty truth about recruiting and inventory frontloading. She found out the sad truth: Mary Kay uses the public image of “enriching women’s lives” as the basis for misleading recruits in a “business opportunity” that almost guarantees they will lose money. Continue Reading →

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