Written by The Scribbler
Back about 90 years ago, I worked in our church’s nursery. On this particular day, my three-year old daughter and her playmates were playing the classic toddler game, You Scream and Run Like Hell and I’ll Try to Catch You While I’m Laughing My Can Off. I was changing an infant’s diaper when my daughter raced past me, made the off-comment of, “It’s hot in here,” and continued onward. I finished cleaning/dressing my young client, turned, and gasped as I witnessed my little girl running and laughing with her friends. Stark naked. Hey, Mom, I told you it was hot in here, remember? Find a way, make a way!
Aside from the fact that I can now tease my daughter about having lived out the American Dream by running through a church au naturale, her situation made for one nifty object lesson: the Mary Kay guidance of “Find a way, make a way” does not mean that the right thing will always be done. I want to highlight one NSD who is teaching Mary Kay consultants how to lie; an act I would definitely file in the “Doing Whatever It Takes” drawer.
Continue reading “8 Out of 10 Mary Kay NSDs Are Okay With Lying to Customers”
Dr. Jon Taylor, the founder of the website Truth on MLM has spent years researching multi-level marketing companies like Mary Kay Cosmetics. He’s done a variety of research, but one of his really interesting projects was surveying hundreds of tax preparers about their MLM customers. He gathered data about sales to actual consumers, commission levels, and profits.
I’m also a fan of the 5 red flags of recruiting MLM’s that he came up with. Here are the red flags, with my comments about Mary Kay inserted:
1. Would you, as a new recruit, be permitted and even encouraged to recruit other participants, who would in turn be encouraged to recruit others, and they still more, etc… from whom you could collect commissions and/or bonuses on what they buy or sell? Continue reading “Red Flags of a Recruiting MLM”
Mary Kay Cosmetics is all about the initial inventory order. They know if they don’t get you to buy right away, you almost certainly will never by much. (Mainly because you will quickly see how hard it is to find anyone who wants to buy the products from you!) Here’s one way of squeezing a large order out of a new beauty consultant.
This piece is by Mary Kay national sales director Anita Garrett-Roe. She’s got a fabulous track record for manipulative scripts. We’ve learned in previous posts how Anita goes about stealing recruits while technically following the rules, why it’s a good thing to have a class with no sales when a new recruit is watching, and a sneaky little technique she calls “backup recruits”.
Today’s lesson is all about getting a big inventory order out of a new recruit. This is something that the do-it-fasters like Dacia Wiegandt call “pulling inventory”. (Isn’t “pulling” so appropriate? Kinda like pulling teeth?) Continue reading “Suckering Recruits Into Ordering As Much As Possible”
Written by The Scribbler
Note: If you haven’t yet read the article, “8 Out of 10 Mary Kay NSDs Are Okay With Lying to Customers,” please do so now, as it will provide you with the necessary background information required to help you fully appreciate this piece. Thank you!
After posting NSD Dacia Wiegandt’s “lie to customers” guidance on the Facebook walls of ten Mary Kay National Sales Directors, I received some interesting correspondence from an NSD whose personal testimony reads as such: “Mary Kay has been the perfect career to allow me to expand the opportunity to minister. I know that as a National Sales Director, I will be anointed and appointed to win even more souls...” I figured that someone claiming to be a soul-winner for Christ would have more than a few things to say against Dacia’s deception. Boy, was I wrong. This NSD wrote:
Continue reading “How One Mary Kay NSD Exchanged Truth for a Lie”
Written by Raisinberry
Recently I posted a tongue-in-cheek rebuttal to the spiritually manipulative letter that was circulating and attributed to NSD Dacia Weigandt (through another author). I value my faith and the Sovereignty of God above all other things. I am a student of the Hebrew and Greek scriptures (over 28 years) and take the call to “rightly divide the word of truth” seriously.
All kinds of people say they speak for God, or God says “this” and God says “that”. They use their “logic” and their knowledge of sermons and other man-centered dogma to be their guiding light. Continue reading “Let Me Tell You What God Says About Mary Kay”
Religious abuse of the highest order, compliments of Mary Kay nsd Dacia Wiegandt.
The pressure to order unneeded and unsold products is never higher than these last two weeks of June. All the Mary Kay sales directors and national sales directors are “finishing goals” and they don’t want to do it with their own credit cards. They will if they have to, but they’d rather have YOU do it.
Guilt. Shame. Being a team player. Doing it for the cause. Getting recognized. Many, many ways your director will try to con you into buying. I know, I know…. no one holds a gun to the consultant’s head. She shouldn’t buy it if she can’t sell it. We all get that. Continue reading “Do It Already. Just Order. God Wants You To.”
One Mary Kay sales director isn’t impressed by the Pink Truth website and the women who post their comments here. However, I think some things hit home with her, especially when she comments about looking at old inventory on her shelf.
She sent this to a group of Mary Kay sales directors:
I’ve been reading the comments on here about pink truth…. and I am with everyone else that it’s apalling. I think it’s a great idea that xxxxxxx is going to go to the extra work to check out everyone’s status as a current director…. thanks for taking that extra time from your business to do all of that to help secure our forum. Continue reading “Imploring Sales Directors to NOT Read Pink Truth”
I am often asked, “Do you think Mary Kay (the company) is today what Mary Kay Ash envisioned it to be?”
When you look at the era in which the company was established, the 1960’s, I think it’s clear that there was a different need and a different way of life. Women had fewer career opportunities, and Mary Kay Cosmetics offered something new. Women were typically at home with their children, so in-home parties were convenient and often enjoyed. It was a new career opportunity and the “unlimited” income and advancement was appealing in an age when women had fewer choices. Continue reading “When and How Did Mary Kay Go Wrong?”