Mary Kay Consultant Agreement

Below is the consultant agreement for the United States. Canadian consultant agreement is found here.
Independent Beauty Consultant Agreement: General Terms and Conditions

1. THE INDEPENDENT BEAUTY CONSULTANT AGREES:

  1. To promote and sell Mary Kay® products to ultimate consumers and not to sell or display those products in retail sales or service establishments.
  2. To provide each consumer with the written Mary Kay Satisfaction Guarantee and to promptly honor it upon request. I understand that Mary Kay Inc. (“Company”) sponsors a complete satisfaction or money-back guarantee as to each Mary Kay® product sold by me to a consumer.
  3. To maintain the highest standards of integrity, honesty and responsibility in dealings with the Company, consumers and other Beauty Consultants. To present Mary Kay® products in a truthful and sincere manner and hold the Company harmless from damages resulting from misrepresentations by me.
  4. To protect the Mary Kay® trademarks and trade name by obtaining the Company’s written permission prior to my use in any advertising (including but not limited to the Internet) or literature other than Company-published material. I understand that display or sale of Mary Kay® products in public, retail or service establishments of any kind is inconsistent with the terms of this Agreement.
  5. As an independent contractor, to assume sole liability for all self-employment (Social Security), income taxes, and other reports required by my activities as an Independent Beauty Consultant and to abide by all federal, state and local laws governing my Mary Kay business.
  6. To purchase the Starter Kit and all Mary Kay® products only from Company. All orders submitted to Company shall be accompanied by cash, credit card charge, cashier’s or certified check, or money order made payable to the order of “Mary Kay Inc.” for the full amount due. I understand that all orders are subject to acceptance by Company and the terms of this Agreement.
  7. I am not a joint venturer with, or franchisee, partner, agent or employee of Company. I have no power or authority to incur any debt, obligation or liability on behalf of Company. I understand that all Independent Beauty Consultants, Independent Sales Directors and Independent National Sales Directors are independent contractors and are subject to this provision.
  8. When presenting Mary Kay career opportunities, to do so in a truthful and sincere manner and ensure that any prospective Beauty Consultant recruited by me is the age of 18 years or older and receives education and materials related to a Mary Kay career upon submission of an Independent Beauty Consultant Agreement.
  9. Company may release my name and telephone number in response to a customer’s request for a Beauty Consultant in my area. If this information is not to be released, I agree to notify Company that I do not want this information released by written notice directed to: Consultant Records Department, P.O. Box 799040, Dallas, TX 75379-9040.
  10. To comply with any changes to the General Terms and Conditions to the Independent Beauty Consultant Agreement that may be made by the Company.

2. MARY KAY INC. (“COMPANY”) AGREES:

  1. To allow a discount from suggested retail prices on Section 1 items of the then current Consultant order form (“Section 1 products”). The discount shall not apply to samplers, premiums, demonstrators, literature, hostess gifts or sales promotion items.
  2. To pay Beauty Consultant with one or more active team members a monthly personal team commission on all purchases of Company products (excluding Starter Kits and sales aids) made by persons whom Beauty Consultant has personally recruited to become Mary Kay Beauty Consultants and who have been accepted by the Company, with commissions to be calculated and paid in accordance with the then current Company-published monthly personal team commission schedule for so long as both Beauty Consultant and team member are active, provided that commissions and bonuses paid on merchandise not sold at retail to ultimate consumers which is subsequently returned for Company repurchase pursuant to this Agreement, may be charged back or deducted from commissions or other sums payable by Company to Beauty Consultant. A Consultant must be active and have one or more active team members in order to receive a monthly personal team commission. An Independent Beauty Consultant is considered “active” in the month a minimum $200 wholesale Section 1 product order is received by Company and in the following two calendar months.
  3. Company may change suggested retail prices, discounts, commissions, transportation charges, contest rules and active status requirements at any time. Company will give Beauty Consultant at least ten (10) days’ prior written notice of: a) any changes to contest rules and active status requirements; b) increases in suggested retail prices and transportation charges; and c) decreases in standard discount and commission schedules. Written notice may be given by posting notice on the Company Web site(s).
  4. No geographical territories or limits concerning sales or recruiting within the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam are imposed on Beauty Consultant.
  5. Company reserves no right of control or direction of Beauty Consultant’s activities, other than the right to question results.
  6. To accept Consultant’s cancellation of this Agreement within thirty (30) days after acceptance of the Agreement by Company, and upon return of Consultant’s original and unused Starter Kit to Company, to refund to Consultant the Consultant’s cost of the Starter Kit; or if Agreement is terminated and Consultant’s original and unused Starter Kit is returned to Company after the cancellation period and within one (1) year of purchase, to repurchase such Starter Kit at ninety percent (90%) of Consultant’s original net cost.
  7. To repurchase, upon termination of this Agreement, at ninety percent (90%) of Consultant’s original net cost, original and unused Section 1 products, provided such items were purchased by Consultant from Company within one (1) year prior to return.
  8. Starter Kit and Section 1 products must be shipped freight prepaid, accompanied by a “Request for Repurchase” form to the Mary Kay Repurchase Department in Dallas. Consultant agrees that Company’s cost of any prizes or product bonuses awarded to Consultant because of the original purchase and any indebtedness Consultant owes Company will be deducted from the repurchase amount. Consultants who return merchandise to Company are not eligible to rejoin Mary Kay as a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant. Consultant agrees that Section 2 items are not intended to be purchased from Company for resale and are not subject to the repurchase provisions.
  9. Customer names and addresses furnished by Beauty Consultant to Company in connection with optional programs shall remain the sole property of Beauty Consultant and will not be used by Company or disclosed by Company to other parties without Beauty Consultant’s permission, except as may be required by law.
  10. There will be no direct sales from Company to the Beauty Consultant’s customer without a commission being paid to customer’s Beauty Consultant, provided Beauty Consultant is a member of the Mary Kay independent sales organization at the time of the sale. Company will not accept an order directly from customer without the name and Beauty Consultant number of customer’s Beauty Consultant. Commissions will be charged back on customer returns.

This Agreement is subject to acceptance by Company at its corporate headquarters in Dallas, Texas, through issuance of a Notice of Acceptance. Such acceptance is conditioned upon receipt of a Starter Kit by Beauty Consultant. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Texas as to all matters. The parties further agree that if any dispute or controversy arises between them concerning any matter relating to this Agreement that any issues which either party may elect to submit for legal jurisdiction shall be submitted to the jurisdiction of the courts of the State of Texas and the parties agree that the proper venue shall be Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.

This Agreement is not subject to alteration, modification or change, except in writing, signed by an authorized executive of the Company and shall not be deemed to be changed, modified or altered by reason of any advice, suggestions, guides or sales aids furnished by the Company to the Beauty Consultant. This Agreement shall be effective from the date of acceptance until December 31 of the same year and shall thereafter be automatically renewed each January 1, for additional terms of one year each, provided that the Agreement may be terminated by either party effective immediately for any breach of its provisions or by either party at any time during the initial term or any renewal term by not less than thirty (30) days written notice.

It is not necessary to submit a new Agreement (or purchase a new Starter Kit) if reinstating within one year of last order month (anniversary month, if no last order) as the terms and conditions of the then current Independent Beauty Consultant Agreement will continue in full force and effect. For record purposes, a Consultant must have a minimum $200 wholesale Section 1 product order to update her last order date.

This is the sole and only Agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter hereof, and both parties acknowledge that the Independent Beauty Consultant is not an employee of Company and will not be treated as an employee with respect to this Agreement for federal, state or local tax purposes, or otherwise.