From one of my favorite Reddit subs: anti-MLM.  Apparently if you want to get rid of your inventory after you quit Mary Kay, she’s “struggling.” This future national says the quitter doesn’t think she’s right for MK, but you and I know she is right for MK. I guess they know better than the ex-consultant what is best for her?


  1. But wait, I thought the directors were supposed to tell consultants to have a big inventory reduction/going out of business sale instead of sending products back to Mary Kay…just in case she changes her mind and wants to sell again. Is this actually a new script?

    • You’re right, most directors do encourage a going out of business/ inventory reduction sale rather than sending the product back to MK. (Directors get “chargebacks” on their commissions when products are returned to the company.) This director just doesn’t want anyone to actually buy from the consultant. No hypocrisy there, right? Actually, it seems to me this director is writing to other consultants. Buy products wholesale from the company, not another consultant who’s going out of business. It really drives home the point that MK doesn’t care how much a consultant sells, just how much they buy from MK Corp. And, that MK consultants are not real business owners.

  2. I was watching TCM last night about past vaccine breakthroughs. Not sure how historically accurate the movies were; but, nevertheless, a particular dialogue caught my attention and is perhaps relevant to today’s article:

    “Yes, I did, Dr. Wolfert, but you must understand it is the task of science to discover the truth. There is no shame attached to the recognition of error.”

    When I plugged it into Google, I got two other hits that, I think, might be appreciated here. I know I appreciated them:

    “On the abstract level, I have turned the belief in my own fallibility into the cornerstone of an elaborate philosophy. On a personal level, I am a very critical person who looks for defects in myself as well as in others. But, being so critical, I am also quite forgiving. I couldn’t recognize my mistakes if I couldn’t forgive myself. To others, being wrong is a source of shame; to me, recognizing my mistakes is a source of pride. Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes.” — Soros

    Is she “struggling”, or is she correcting a mistake? And…..

    “There should be no shame in admitting to a mistake; after all, we really are only admitting that we are now wiser than we once were.” ― McKeown

    Because now, she is wiser……and unloading that $hit. (That’s my attempt at a profound quote.)

    • “To others, being wrong is a source of shame; to me, recognizing my mistakes is a source of pride.”

      Have you ever been forced to work with someone who is pathologically unable to admit to failings of any kind? It’s horrible. Anything that goes wrong is someone else’s fault. They were never wrong, just misunderstood. People like that can poison an entire team, and bring down an entire organization. I’ve witnessed it personally. The guy wasn’t even all that high up in the organization, but instead of admitting he was wrong, he mule-headedly stayed his own doomed course until the company went under.

  3. I remember my first hint that something was wrong in MK. I had just signed up. I trusted my recruiter. My SD was creepy. I saw an ad in the newspaper (Before Facebook etc) and called the IBC. I asked why she was selling heavily discounted MK products. She mentioned that returning product meant she could never be in MK again. It seemed odd but somehow made sense. The IBC wasn’t critical of MK so my fears were alleviated. We are all one. Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way; Right Fighting: “Human beings will give up everything to be right: They will give up happiness, love, joy, peace, prosperity, romance, excitement, serenity, everything even health” to be right.”

  4. Her point #2 just confirms how warped their thinking gets. Saying in one breath that quitting is a bad decision, and in the very next saying everyone can make their own decisions for their life.

    Logic 404: not found.

  5. *SMH*

    Not ONCE does this writer (director/whatever she is) suggest that a proper business analysis (you know, the profit/loss statements that actual legit businesses use) be done by this troubled IBC. In any other business circumstance, if the business is failing, you do a proper P and L analysis to pinpoint the reason for the struggle. Kaybots of all levels, if you’re reading, PLEASE take the time to learn (on your own…per MK, you’re wearing your big girl panties now, so initiating and completing a run-of-the-mill business analysis ON YOUR OWN shouldn’t be a problem) exactly why your business isn’t achieving the goals you or your upline have set for you.

    The Pink Truth is that your upline/peers will NEVER suggest you do a legit business analysis. They use rhetoric (like what this post is chock full of) to make you think your lack of success is solely your fault. Does she mention ANY actual numbers/statistics/etc? Nope.

    And if you take your head out of the pink sand and learn the basics of business ownership, you’ll understand why this woman’s comments are absurd and have nothing to do with actual “business”.

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