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MK Didn’t MAKE You Do Anything

A note from a Pink Truth critic who says Mary Kay is simple, we made it hard, and it’s your fault if you were talked into buying inventory.

I am currently an IBC & I have found myself at this site as I too have had my occasional doubts about MK. Your right, these girls are pushed to order order order and their financials are rarely taken into account. However, I have to argue the fact that MK “put you into debt”.

MK didn’t MAKE you do anything, did one single person sit on you until you pressed that proceed to order button?? Did someone slip something in your drink and press the button for you??

YOU made those decisions. Maybe I am one of the lucky ones to be in such a considerate unit, and yes they still pushed the wholesale order and they push you to gain team members, (for their benefit? of course, but for yours as well) but they don’t put you in debt.

For those of you that let your director order for you… you gave her that permission and you did not ask to review the order before it was submitted. Again YOU are at fault.

I know what the area around me will be interested in and because of that, I chose to carry a small inventory which has helped me make sales and my clients know that I do not carry everything at all times.

I understand that debt builds up, but MK teaches you the skills to save money and put money aside, you cant just float out there and think your way will work. These ladies teaching you know what they are doing.

With a bachelors degree in entreprenuership, you have to realize that I have searched and searched for a start-up business and the start-up costs are out of the world for most. Every business takes some money to get you started and if you manage it properly then you can make the most of it. If you can’t afford something DON’T DO IT! Its a lot more simple than this site makes it out to be.

24 Comments

  1. Brainwashednomore

    “and yes they still pushed the wholesale order and they push you to gain team members, (for their benefit? of course”
    They are pushing you to buy and recruit for their benefit. The manipulation is everywhere so you’re not even aware. From the first time you met someone til when you leave and return inventory.

    “I chose to carry a small inventory which has helped me”
    Probably with more pressure, direct or indirect. Prizes and/or guilt from directors at end of month. ” Help me,” she says. ” If I lose directorship, it will be bad for you. Help me by placing an order. ”

    “MK teaches you the skills to save money and put money aside”
    Really, what skills exactly if they are not tracking sales? It’s optional to track weekly sales. Corporate doesn’t care how much you sell. They take what you buy to say that was sold. But, you bought inventory and they say you sold that amount. How is that the same?

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  2. Lazy Gardens

    I’ve read a lot of MK training material, and have never see this: “MK teaches you the skills to save money and put money aside” They do talk about “investing in inventory” and that your inventory is like an ATM.

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  3. PinkBoo

    Since you have a bachelors degree in Entrepreneurship, please explain why in MK the ONLY method for big money, promotion and obtaining the “free car” is recruiting and creating competition?? What you sell will never matter and never move you up in the company. How is creating other MK sales ladies that you now have to compete with “good business”?

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  4. Justine

    Off topic!! I was snooping on some mary kay ladies instagrams and just now noticed that megan wilkes instagram is gone what’s going on? Did she change her instagram handle or quit on jamie taylor? Anyone else notice this?
    Please update us pink truth on the truth of what’s going on thought you should know!

  5. Eyes Wide Open

    Fact: MK does NOT teach anyone how to save money!! They only preach reinvestment.

    Fact: Directors and Nationals “warn” about embezzling from your company (as in your money) when asked about paying yourself to cover your debt.

    Fact: As an IBC I created a spreadsheet that calculated each sale, tax, discount, reinvestment, repayment toward debt, supplies, event fees, etc. If a sale did not produce enough money to reinvest after debt reduction, no further product purchases could be made. After I shared the magic at a unit meeting, I was pulled aside by my Director and “counseled” to never show that to any of my fellow IBC’s. It took me about three months to determine that MK was a money loser.

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      1. Eyes Wide Open

        I do not have the spreadsheet any longer. However, it’s pretty easy to set up using EXCEL. Each sale was tracked and when entered the results cross posted across the other cells I had set up with mathematical calculations and end result totals. I tracked absolutely everything. I had borrowed the start-up costs from my personal savings and committed to repaying that debt first and foremost. I finally covered my debt, but made absolutely zero money. ZERO!

  6. NayMKWay

    Con artists do not MAKE their marks give them money; they sweet talk them into it. Police bunko squads don’t waste time blaming victims. Why do you?

    Never mind. Soon enough, those doubts you have will keep you coming back here more and more often. The pink fog will clear, and you’ll see reality for what it is.

    When you do, I hope you’ll write us again.

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  7. Destiny Angel

    “With a bachelors degree in entreprenuership [sic], you have to realize that I have searched and searched for a start-up business and the start-up costs are out of the world for most. Every business takes some money to get you started and if you manage it properly then you can make the most of it. If you can’t afford something DON’T DO IT! Its a lot more simple than this site makes it out to be.”

    Ah yes, Appeal to Authority fallacy. The misspelling is just a chef’s kiss to the whole victim-blaming rant.

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  8. Mountaineer95

    Why are the critics ALWAYS lowly IBCs? Why doesn’t a single director ever show up with their complaints?

    This critic needs to understand that buying the starter kit does NOT make her an expert. Instead, it makes her a pawn in the MLM game.

    Where are all of the directors who can prove our numbers (ie that you all barely make minimum wage) are wrong? Or at least, are willing to TRY and prove us wrong?!?

    Frankly these entry-level “#bossbabes” are wearing me out.

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