This is a popular meme floating around that is meant to discourage consumers from buying their Mary Kay products from eBay, Amazon, or other online outlets. But directly from a Mary Kay consultant!
The biggest argument is that you risk buying expired or damaged products. Newsflash: the risk is the same with a Mary Kay consultant. In fact, the risk may be HIGHER with an MK lady because she isn’t subject to an online rating system. Sellers on Amazon and eBay can get rated by the buyers. If they were selling expired products, they’d get bad reviews and you’d be able to see that.
The MK ladies also say you might get counterfeit products. Stop it. No one is making fake Mary Kay products to sell. High end brands? Maybe. Mary Kay stuff? No. I’ve also heard about the “porch thieves” who allegedly steal boxes of MK products of front porches after UPS delivers them. I don’t doubt that boxes are stolen. I just doubt that the thieves spend their time trying to sell one cleanser at a time on eBay.
The one advantage to buying from a Mary Kay consultant is the product guarantee. You are supposed to be able to return your products for replacement or a refund at any time. Good luck getting your consultant to give your money back! If necessary, you CAN go directly to corporate regarding the guarantee. But you have to have proof of who you purchased it from and when. If you don’t have a receipt, they won’t help you. If you got the products off Amazon or eBay, the guarantee is void. I doubt many buyers care about this aspect, however.
If you ever signed a Mary Kay consultant agreement, it is a violation of the terms of that contract to sell on Amazon, eBay, or any other site… even if you are no longer a consultant. Sorry, it’s what you agreed to. What about people who buy products from consultants and sell them on the internet? They don’t have a contract with Mary Kay, so they *should* be able to sell products that they legally purchased. Unfortunately, Mary Kay Inc. has a bad habit of suing these sellers, on the basis that they are damaging Mary Kay’s brand by selling products that may be expired and that do not come with the product guarantee. They have scared many into not selling on the internet, and they have also won court cases against others who didn’t willingly stop.