Kristina got a dose of reality as soon as she signed up to be a Mary Kay consultant.
Words cannot express my gratitude for all the information and knowledge at this site.
I am 21, (newly) married, no children, still in college to finish my business degree, and will go on to attend school for cosmetology. I have been a Mary Kay Consultant for about a month.
I believed all the hype about MK. I don’t blame my recruiter because she is new to MK as well, but other consultants constantly spewed lies about the system…especially my director. My husband and I discussed our financial limits and we don’t exceed them, no matter how much my director talks about making HUGE Section 1 orders. I’ve found it very difficult and have only sold 2 items. ( a lipstick, and miracle set totally 113 not including tax) — and those sales were to my mother..
I stopped attending my meetings because I was feeling embarrassed that I hadn’t been selling a lot. Other consultant, senior consultants, directors etc really praise and reward the top seller/ recruiter. I work hard, if not harder and all I would get is “You need to try harder”.
I began to question if I had made the right decision joining this…..cult. I decided not to go to my meeting this week and another (senior, future director) consultant (whom was trying to help me get my business up and running, and that I had respected) calls me asking if everything is alright. I’m trying to explain to her that I have other things in my life I need to address at this moment. All she heard were excuses from me and she became rude about the situation, saying that the MK business comes FIRST.
To me, MK is low on the priority list. I have my religion, my family, my husband, college, friends, and any other important things that life throw in my way that I may need to address first. Then there is MK. She angered me so much. This woman had taught me to lie and cheat in MK, and I always felt deep down that it wasn’t right.
I went online and found Pink Truth. All the information I read left me disgusted with MK and the only embarrassment I feel now is being an MK consultant. I feel like a fool. I have decided that I am going to continue to sell MK to try to make up for the money I spent on inventory. I’m not going to cancel my contract, but just go inactive in the future. If I decide to continue to sell MK, I am not going to stock up on inventory. I figure if people can wait to receive shipment from online orders, then they can wait a little bit to receive orders from me. I’m not going to lie to future customers. I’m going to do what I know is right in my heart and if it doesn’t work out, I can at least hold my head high and not down in shame.
I am so thankful I found Pink Truth and I am so thankful there is a support system for those of us who have awoken from the false dreams of MK.
From this point on, I am a solo consultant until I quit.
“You need to try harder”…. MK business comes FIRST…. I am a solo consultant until I quit.
You’re never enough is the message. Glad you’re noting this now.
I thought it’s God first family 2nd and career 3rd?
What’s going to make you quit? Are you waiting for this to get better? It doesn’t. Pink glasses off is good to notice the real story not the hype.
“I feel like a fool.”
Don’t. Getting sucked into Mary Kay has nothing to do with intelligence. The founder of this site is a FORENSIC ACCOUNTANT and also was in Mary Kay at one point. Mary Kay plays on human emotions. If we are vulnerable or trusting in human nature, they take that and run.
I don’t know how much you spent on inventory but you will probably be better off just returning what you bought within the year. Selling a few items here and there, it will take a long time.
There is no reason for you to stay in Mary Kay; just cut the cord. Send back what you can, give the rest of it away or toss it, and wipe the dust of Mary Kay off your feet, is my advice.
Do you want to earn back the money you’ve already spent? OK, then, do it by working at a conventional job; it’ll certainly take less time. So far, your only sales have been pity-buys by your mother; do you really expect that to change? Anyone who really likes their products already has a source for them; probably E-Bay (at half price).
You’re planning to attend a school for cosmetology, right? Try visiting a few, and ask their views on Mary Kay quality and value. Don’t be surprised if they burst out laughing.
Just flush Mary Kay out of your life; don’t leave bits of it hanging on like a parasite. A clean break will leave you feeling better. Trust me.
Very nice to see the young women who call this a cult.
This is who MK targets for the new business.
I was a little disappointed to get to the part where she is just going to sell now, not quitting but going inactive. There is absolutely NOTHING to be gained by doing that. Everything you bought should be returnable for 90% refund since you have only been in for a month. Consider the “extra” 10% the cost of making a mistake. No big deal, we all make mistakes. No need to keep hanging on.
Meh. I don’t really fault her for that. I did the same. I didn’t want to lose money. I should have sent it all back, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go back to MK in the future. (Yes, I bought that line of crap). I broke even on the products, but I wasted so much time. I would have been much better off sending it back.
I totally agree on not blaming her for her hesitancy to make a clean break. I remember when I was her age, and I hated admitting failure and cutting my losses. My comment this morning was intended to provide her with information for her to make a logical, unemotional, wise choice.
When I was in college, my father-in-law-to-be started up his own business, but it didn’t work out. He told me later he was glad he was able to close up shop and sell the office space before he lost any more money. At the time, that concept seemed so jarring, just throwing in the towel like that, but I get it, now. It only took a few decades.
Take our word for it. Send the inventory back. You’ll still take a loss but it will be way less hassle than trying to sell it. It will be better than having expired products you can’t sell still sitting in your house a year from now.
Don’t feel bad. Most of us here have fallen prey to this. I’m 9 years in and still trying to pay off the $1800 my director pressured me into spending on inventory that’s still sitting in my basement-despite playing the “numbers game” perfectly my first 90 days.