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I Wish I Had Listened Sooner

Written by Christie

I just wanted to tell you that I wish I would have listened to Pink Truth before! I joined MK when I was 22 and was totally sucked in to the “easy lifestyle” they all appeared to have.

After winning a car and becoming a director, I could not take being manipulated and told what to do for another minute.

Quitting Mary Kay was the most traumatic experience of my life! I was talked down to because I wanted a career in my field (art history) instead of living the “glamorous” Mary Kay lifestyle. The part that pisses me off the most is they (the directors in my area) genuinely believe that my life is sad and pathetic because I don’t flaunt my money like they do.

I’ve done a lot of terribly dumb things in my 25 years, but this is the one I regret the most. Thank you for having this site… Too bad I was told not to look at it because of the “negative energy” and that you were just someone that was bitter and unsuccessful in MK.

Wow, what a cult.


  1. cindylu

    Thank you for being so brave. Hopefully with the help of women on this site you will have the best that life has to offer. Just be aware that you have made the right decision. In time you will find a great job in your field. After I left it took a while but many years later I am enjoying life to the fullest without having to focus on MK 24/7. My family is much happier. I get to enjoy all holidays and weekends to the fullest.

  2. Lazy Gardens

    Don’t think this: “I’ve done a lot of terribly dumb things in my 25 years, but this is the one I regret the most”! You were conned by professional con-women working with a company that has been conning women for twice as long as you have been alive. They LIED TO YOU to get money from you. They took advantage of your inexperience and willingness to believe in the best in people, and they used you.

    Welcome to the anti-MLM world.

    1. NayMKWay

      Christie, Lazy Gardens is right. The blame belongs not on you for being “dumb,” but on Mary Kay for deceiving you and conniving you out of your money.

      A few days ago there was a post on Reddit’s r/AntiMLM sub where an MLM victim said more women should be willing to stand up and say “I was stupid,” encouraging others to speak up. I responded the same way LG did: there is no reason for public self-flagellation; to do so is to let the MLM company off the hook. Rather, tell people these MLM-ers are con artists and warn others away.

  3. BestDecision

    I gave away too much of my life and time to MK, so I have felt dumb, too. At least you’re out now! My family of Directors are in no better place than when I left, either, so it’s all the same universally!

  4. Shay

    i am locked out of my facebook account until I send them my ID because a Kaybot reported me because I laughed that she was trying to recruit people for a virtual spa.
    This is getting personal.
    Do you know what a virtual spa is? It’s where a Marykay lady and intended victims meet. Before hand she will send you samples and you will go on video and she will walk you through. It’s a joke. And because I called out the fraud I get a message saying my account is suspicious. I have been on facebook for 10 years.

    1. Neverpink

      Shay, they’re getting really angry that their FB ads are being reported too (the MLM huns, I mean). I say several having capslock rant fests after their ads were taken down and reported as being a scam.

      I’m sorry you’re going through this.

        1. MLM Radar

          Nothing wrong with using your nickname on your Facebook account. The Facebook user agreement says that you need to use the same name that you use in everyday life. There’s no part of their user agreement which says it has to match your birth certificate or drivers license.

          So if your real name is Misha Smith or Nancy Sharandon, and you go by Shay (cuz maybe you never really liked Misha), you’re not violating the Facebook Terms of Service.

        2. MLM Radar

          Go ahead and show the ID, with an explanation about your name. Also send them a complaint that the person who reported you is a scam artist who posted a “bait and switch” advertisement for fake merchandise.

        3. MLM Radar

          21. Facebook Multilevel Marketing Policy
          Ads promoting income opportunities must fully describe the associated product or business model, and must not promote business models offering quick compensation for little investment, including multilevel marketing opportunities.

          23. Misleading Claims
          Ads must not contain deceptive, false, or misleading claims like those relating to the effectiveness or characteristics of a product or service or claims setting unrealistic expectations for users such as misleading health, employment or weight-loss claims.

          27. Unacceptable Business Practices
          Ads must not promote products, services, schemes or offers using deceptive or misleading practices, including those meant to scam people out of money or personal information.

          Go get her, Shay!

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