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Seminar is the Biggest Fraud of Your Life

Written by Raisinberry

Over a decade of postings on Pink Truth from consultants and Directors have yet to produce an honest response from the company or the Nationals concerning the abuses suffered from starting a Mary Kay distributorship. I say distributorship because it certainly is not a “business.”

Thousands of women have posted here about their years of working it, multiple earned cars, status on the career path, and still they have come away with the realization that they can rarely be truthful about the internal workings of Mary Kay because women wouldn’t join if they knew! Telling the TRUTH would definitely curtail all the enthusiasm!

The scripts have been revealed, the tactics discussed, the poor conduct and unethical behavior of those we were supposed to trust are now out in the open. Mary Kay Cosmetics, the Corporation, has the power to issue an apology, or at a very minimum, make their regret known concerning the core values that were compromised along the way. Instead, we are barreling towards a celebration in Dallas saluting how well we all deceive each other

It would be easy to say that Corporate owes us no apology. But that would be another deception in a long line of same. Corporate knows and has known all the atrocities that have been perpetrated on consultants and Directors for years! They choose to look the other way because they need the money… they want the money… they MUST HAVE the money.

They are totally aware that orders will come in to win a bonus product or a Mary Kay token. They are completely abreast of how many orders are placed on hold, or declined at month end. They can see how many orders are delivered to a Directors home in another persons name, and they also see the chargebacks. They know that consultants deep in the pink fog will order $1,000 worth and more to win a prize from corporate and to receive recognition from their NSD and Director. In fact, they bank on it. And Seminar is the great culmination of all those orders and recruits.

The fact that the company NEVER wants to see your actual retail sales, never requires your weekly summary, never requires them as mandatory, never asks you to include sales tickets, when doing so would be as easy as posting them on intouch under the PCP… this should SCREAM VOLUMES to any women with an ounce of sense. If they did, they would have to acknowledge that no honor bestowed at Seminar is legitimate.

The year end extravaganza has you, me, all of us, sitting in our seats, applauding not ONE SINGLE OUNCE OF RETAIL PROOF. What kind of mind control must exist if after 45 years, women still flock to a giant awards night to PRETEND they earned a RETAIL SELLING AWARD with the greatest portion of the wholesale still sitting in boxes or on consultant shelves.

This isn’t the “greatest night of your life”. It is the “greatest fraud of your life!” And you are paying for it. PAYING for your dress, PAYING for your transportation, PAYING for your food, PAYING for your hotel, Paying for your registration to sit in a Convention center and pretend! Those who are new to the game of course think it is all real. Plus, you get to sit the following day and listen to top director stories that are sanitized from what actually occurred for the sake of the newbies and the “PMA secret pact.” The actual events that led up to the so called “miracle year” can not be made public.

One of my offspring applauded her Queens Court of Sales winner at our area Seminar Awards night. She wanted to be QUEEN. It was her goal. When she found out who she had to beat, she coughed up the dough to achieve it. No, she didn’t sell it. She just wanted to BEE it. All night long, I sat there, watching the attention paid her, and the climatic moment as the NSD read off the Number 1… “Our girl”.

She wore the tiara, sat in the throne, got the microphone, shared her secrets to success… all those secrets anyway that didn’t involve interest rates. And I thought to myself, we are all supposed to swallow this as true. Smile and Nod.

In this area event, we watched a microcosm of the grander fraud happening in every hotel ballroom all over Dallas. Do some sell it legitimately? Sure…probably a few… those who do not recruit and those with a volume selling scam. Selling $40,000 a year means you sell $110 a day, everyday… $3,300 a month. Other than holiday open houses where big discounts are given, and fund aisers once or twice a year, the typical consultant is nowhere near that figure legitimately, so I think we can all agree that Queens Court rarely equates to $40,000 sold much less $20,000 in profit.

So there you have it. From start to finish, Seminar is a phony awards night, clapping for phony achievements while phony achievers sit on a cardboard throne, with a faux tiara, telling a phony story about how they achieved this grand accomplishment.

Since they can not reveal the total truth about the real condition of their area, or achievement, even their humble acceptance speech is phony. The only thing “real” about Seminar is the sweet deal they got on all the jewelry awards and the hard earned cash you’ll part with just being there. We are told Seminar is the Emmies, Broadway and the Academy Awards all rolled up in one! That is very true. It is true because all those awards programs recognize excellence in ACTING- which is the ability to stand on stage, convince your audience of a fictional reality and be a credible pretender! Sounds like a perfect description of Seminar to me.


  1. wild collards

    MKC, like many other MLM’s, don’t care what the consultant sells because the consultant is their customer. That’s what they base their sales and claims that they are the “#1 skincare/makeup company!” Anyone who isn’t swayed by all the sparkly prizes will realize what they purchase is all that matters. My aunt joined MK years ago and purchased the highest inventory package. At her unit meeting she was tiaraed and boa’d and danced around because she was the top consultant, and she didn’t understand why because she hadn’t sold a thing.

  2. Cindy lu

    The second time l went to seminar, one of our new directors in our area was very excited. She was going to be walking across stage. Our SD didn’t even sit with us. I managed to find one other IBC to be with. I once again was stuck with three strangers in a room. Our SD did manage to book one evening meal where 6 other IBC’s joined us. At Seminar the whole thing seemed contrived. It was a dream alright but more of a nightmare. Women were shouting out to do things the right way and yet the silly throne, sash, crown and flowers were given to the woman that schemed or rather used her credit card to get there. On our way home the brand new director announced she was quitting MK. Some time during those fake I stories, the fabricated training and the irrelevant classes, this brand new director realized what a sham MK all was. I went one last time for the show with my sister one year later. My sister saw the phoniness for what it was. We didn’t stay at the hotel but with a nearby relative. I just went for the final event. The academy award dresses, the hair styled, the make up etc. was over the top. MK put on a good show. Just like other mlm’s there were videos about the prizes including Jewelry, exotic trips etc. What my sister and I realized was that the whole thing was vulgar. I did enjoy being with my sister. I enjoyed getting our hair done, wearing pretty clothes and the girl time. I was actually embarrassed to be part of this over the top farce called Seminar.

  3. Char

    “I say distributorship because it certainly is not a “business.” –

    Agree, but If it’s a distributorship, it’s a lousy one.

    What kind of distributorship encourages you to have other people open up a competing warehouse, on every corner of the area, where you are supposed to be retailing the product?

    Regarding tracking “retail” sales and factoring in the above statement, the company would be exposing themselves. The MLM system can’t be a viable product sales business for the consultants when there are endless warehouses everywhere. Yet, this is encouraged by MKC because it’s MLM, where the distributors are glorified “direct BUYERS” – not direct sellers.

    With MLMers it’s more like disturb and worship. A disturborship.?

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