104 Ways to Humiliate Yourself in Mary Kay

This is what masquerades as “training” in Mary Kay. Unfortunately no amount of clever (or in this case, not-so-clever) ideas will get women to book and hold Mary Kay skin care classes with you. Sure, these are ways to run into more women, but they’re mostly silly and insincere. They create excuses for you to talk to women who are unlikely to want to participate.

104 BOOKING IDEAS by Deanna Spillman

Okay…here is your solution for any booking problem you may have. Booking really is an attitude. If you think you can – you can. If you think you can’t – you won’t. Continue Reading →

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Things I Don’t Miss About Mary Kay Directorship

Written by PinkPeace

Our friends. I have made/re-ignited real friendships in the real world, once I didn’t have to worry about hanging out only with “positive” people and trying to recruit every new person I met.

Make-up stashes. Mine consisted of the limited edition crap I couldn’t sell to my customers. Now I have I want without all the junk I couldn’t find in my conscience to throw away.

Customers. Almost all of my customers that I care about are so happy for me in my new life, and we make plans for lunches together, we e-mail each other, etc. On the other hand, I get to say SO LONG to the deadbeats and the ones who return seven shades of foundation before they decide that Mary Kay just isn’t for them. Continue Reading →

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Become a Mary Kay Sales Director in One Month!

Ridiculous.  This entire document is ridiculous. It’s supposed to be an instructional document on how to become a director in one month. There is absolutely no instruction to it. There are no “how-to” hints. All it does is tell you that you should want it enough, bee-lieve in yourself and work hard.

Really? Gee. Work hard. That’s all? Because the thousands of women who visit this site each day worked hard. But they didn’t make director in one month. Continue Reading →

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Digging a Crater by Filling the Hole

Written by Raisinberry

You may have not realized how sorry your life was before you met your Mary Kay consultant. In fact, you stupidly may have thought things were just kind of alright. You may have even been happy and centered and forward focused. When she called you to be her model at the sales meeting, or meet her for lunch for a practice interview, you probably thought, what a nice treat. You could have never known you were about to be plunged into a carefully orchestrated paradigm shift that would soon have your self esteem flushed down a pink toilet.

Mary Kay Sales Directors are practiced and extremely efficient manipulators, passing down their skills to each generation of initiates who manage to get the Suit. All verbal transactions are scripted, and since they work, no one has any reason to evaluate whether they are moral. Part of the programming was to get IBC’s to believe that they were enhancing another woman’s life- if they could only get her to take a chance on herself. The goal was to get her to do Mary Kay, for her own good. This justifies whatever scripting was employed to “enrich her life”. If she rebelled, we were taught these words, “I would never break your arm to join, but I would sure twist your arm to listen.” How noble. Get the shovel. Continue Reading →

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No Executive Income in This Mary Kay Area

Today I’m ranting again about the lack of the “executive income” in Mary Kay. Oh, I know the arguments by the Kaybots…. but what if women really don’t WANT to make an executive income.

I dunno. I heard so many women recruited with the promise of executive income and I heard so many women in Mary Kay talking about wanting to make an executive income… that I believe there are many, many women in Mary Kay who would like to be able to do it!

The fact is, almost no one is making that executive income. If they say they are, they’re probably lying. Continue Reading →

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Seeing Through a Glass, Darkly

Written by A Mary Kay Husband

As much as I love my wife, I truly resented the magnitude of the pressure she was under to perform the Mary Kay marketing plan. To do her sales job with this cosmetics company, certain aspects of our “normal” life were set aside.

That began over 20 years ago, and to an outsider she would have appeared rather successful. She had all the trappings of a winner evidenced by the string of cars and bling that she had accepted.

However, all that appeared to the eye was not necessarily the truth. As I have become an aficionado of Pink Truth and read your extremely intelligent reports of your own experiences, I can sense what has occurred in your lives also. One can almost count your tears, and the tears of your family as you plunged headfirst into the abyss of financial ruin because of high pressure “buying demand” from your upline. Continue Reading →

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Years After Mary Kay

Written by SuzyQ

I left Mary Kay many years ago. My product was charged back to my senior director in June, 2007. I still read Pink Truth almost daily and comment from time to time.  It is amazing how after all this time, posts by others sometimes bring back a flood of memories.

As the old-timers know, I was challenged to find anything negative on the internet about MK way back then.  Well, I found Mary Kay Sucks (what PT was called before it was PT). I was devastated, and was horrified when reading my story (which I hadn’t written yet).

I started my own blog with a couple of other people—we were sort of trying to make Mary Kay work without all of the frontloading etc.  Our blog floundered and was removed. There was really nothing we could justify about MK, and God knows we tried. Raisinberry imploded on that blog, and then I imploded on MK Sucks.   Continue Reading →

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MLM Products: Are they Overpriced? Do They Work?

Written by Jon Taylor, PhD

How do prices for products from MLM companies compare with alternative outlets? Not very well. In spite of the claims of MLM/DSA communicators that most MLM participants sign up to buy the products at a discount or to resell them for “a little extra income,” the facts do not support either claim.

MLM products purchased at wholesale prices are so expensive that few persons can be successful in selling them at retail prices for a profit. Also, since MLM sponsors have struck a deal with state tax commissioners, requiring sales taxes to be paid on wholesale purchases, and since shipping charges to one’s home must be added, the margin is too slim to provide much incentive for direct selling to non-participants.

To check this out, I asked representatives from ten MLM companies for the prices of their “best reasonably priced formulation of multi-vitamin multi-mineral products, with antioxidant protection.” Continue Reading →

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Mary Kay Slogans and Manipulation (Part 2)

Written by Raisinberry

Yesterday I talked about the various slogans and one-liners that Mary Kay directors and NSDs use to get consultants to stop thinking for themselves.  Today we look at the purpose behind sloganeering.

Mary Kay corporate has a symbiotic relationship with the upper sales force.

They rarely put in print, anymore, the slogans that NSDs model to Directors to repeat to beauty consultants. That might make them accountable. Those quippy slogans deflect the consultant’s real concerns about their businesses, the career path, and the inconsistencies they see between what “Mary Kay says” and what Mary Kay Corporate does, which is, create dissatisfaction in women. Continue Reading →

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Mary Kay Slogans and Manipulation (Part 1)

Written by Raisinberry

Before Mary Kay I worked human resources and taught supervision and organizational development with a large international firm. Part of my acquisition of information required that I attend some of the seminars of the major players in the world of “motivational speakers.” (I still can’t get SNL’s Chris Farley out of my head.)

Slogans and motivational quips were those quick mental adjusters that helped fear and lack of focus dissolve into confidence and determination.

They originally were designed to help a person through the lows of rejection and to become mentally tough. They were for our good. But, like any good thing, in the hands of a person with wrong motives, or bad intentions, a good thing can go very bad. Continue Reading →

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