Facts, opinions, and the real story behind Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Mary Kay Recruiting Reality

This is the reality of Mary Kay: In order to recruit people, you have to hit up hundreds of strangers until someone finally says yes. So many women have had MK parties, have been to MK parties, have been potential recruits, have signed up to be a consultant and crashed and burned….

The market for Mary Kay in the United States is so worn out. But if you keep after strangers long enough, you’ll find some who are naive and will become consultants. This is sales director Jamie Taylor talking about how she drove 6 hours to meet a stranger in the hopes that she’d sign up.

Yes, when a stranger sends you a private message on social media and expresses interest, you get in that car and drive 6 hours!

No, no. That’s not how it works. And while this one became a sales director and it worked out well for Jamie’s commission check, that is the exception. Such a thing almost never happens.

But now you see why they brag on Instagram and Facebook about their material goods and the #mymklife. Once in a great while someone will see it, believe it, and end up signing up for the scam.


  1. roo2

    I was reading about Kristin Sharp saying how good it feels to say “No” more. That must of been advice for everyone except someone she is trying to sucker into a $3,000 star order. Hilarious.

  2. Cindylu

    Back in the early 1970’s Barbara Sunden, Anne Newbury, Dorothy Dingler etc. recruiting perfect strangers worked out. Heck you didn’t have to drive for miles to sell product or find recruits. Women were stay at home house wives and bored silly. Having coffee in your home or inviting women to drop by was the norm. However even back then it felt scummy to invite friends over just so you could earn extra products or a gift. Imagine the embarrassment when MK’s facial turned out to be a sales scam. Eventually all those mlm parties became annoying. Avon, Tupperware, Weekenders, Nu Skin, Park Lane Jewelry, Herbalife etc. With the internet we became aware that MK was a Pyramid scheme. We knew that like Phishing, identity theft scams, grandparents scam, romance scams etc. we are to avoid those. That’s why fewer women are falling for the unlimited revenue, NSD proposal that has run its course. Face it the USA, Canada etc are now well aware that too much of this simply no longer works 50 years later. The pink car is not free, meetings are not free, few women buy the over priced ever changing products, there is really no where to advertise and training is not free.

    1. TRACY

      When MK was started, the retail part of the business model made sense. There weren’t a lot of choices with products, and getting to the store to buy them was a bigger deal. Bring products to the women? Genius!

      Today? Ridiculous.

  3. Rebecca

    My best friend attended a Mary Kay party and got recruited as a consultant 10 years ago. After she crashed and burned, I was shocked at the amount of inventory she had sitting in her closet. She had never shown me previously. She didn’t even know what she had because her director placed the order for her on the day she signed-up (complete with a new credit card account to pay for it, of course). I sold her product on eBay to help pay-off her debt. You are doing a wonderful service with this site.

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