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New Consultant With No Customers

I just wanted to take a minute to say thanks! I just became a consultant. I was about to get really involved when another consultant actually gave me a link to your website.

I went to a men’s expo and had no idea I even signed up for one of their drawings. I get a call TWO months later and was told I won a gift certificate for $10 and a free makeover. At the time, I was like okay, sounds like fun. This is something me and my teenage daughter can do for fun together.

So, the sales director comes to my house, we get the makeovers and I of course wind up doing a bubble package for $99. I do love their stuff. At this time, I was in a job that I absolutely hated and was looking to get out of. I am also new to the area and trying to make friends.

She shows me her profile and tells me she is on her THIRD car and that she has been doing it for like 7 years and has no other job. She also shows me a copy of a check that one lady in Florida received for over $50,000 that she earned in just ONE MONTH!

Sooo…..I’m thinking this lady is sincere and super nice and I get to thinking about it. Surely, if this is her only means of income and she is single, it must really work.

About two weeks later, my husband says that if I want to do that, I had his blessing to quit my part time job and do this full time. So…..I did. My husband also made a decent living and we could survive on his salary alone. So….I put my two weeks notice in my job to do this full time. THEN, my husband was laid off from work. We were so devastated because we did not see this coming. This happened the day before I was supposed to go to my first “weekly meeting”, the one you describe on your site where you have to pay $2-5 to go to.I was already emotional.

So….here I am with this starter kit, go to the meeting, hoping for instruction and got NOTHING! I was so overwhelmed. My husband is a liver transplant recipient and has to take anti rejection meds for the rest of his life. Without them, he will die. These medicines cost over thousands of dollars for one month without health insurance. I told my director all of this too. I left there feeling like they could care less.

One of the girls tried to explain how she does it. (She is in line to be a director) I didn’t tell her what was going on with me personally. I just told her my world just got turned upside down and I didn’t know if I can take on all this at once. She was telling me I had to get two checking accounts and a savings account and all this other stuff.

I just wanted to cry and all she could say was “well, this is a business.” My sales director was the only one who knew the details of my dilemma. She just keeps saying she is praying for me. That’s another thing that I have a real problem with. We are religious people and I was told this is a Christian based business. They do pray at the end of their meetings. They use Jesus to attract you. I was told that these girls go to these seminars and drink and party. I am not a luke warm Christian. My husband and I take religion very seriously.

So…..here I am….$400 of my own money already invested, complete with my own website, a starter kit, business cards on the way and NO CUSTOMERS in sight!

Everything you say on your site is true. I’ve been hounded about going to these out of town seminars and events that cost money. I can’t afford that right now. I emailed my director yesterday and told her that I had to focus on my family and try to find a job with health insurance for my husband’s sake. Her reply was simply “do facials and book parties”. They claim they are all about building relationships, but their true motto is to destroy them. This is my life…and it’s real, complete with real problems. I’m so thankful for what you’re doing because it totally stopped me in my tracks.

I am still going to “attempt” to sell what I can while I still have the 50% discount, but have decided not to do any of the extra stuff. I figured if I just paid for all this stuff, I may as well see if I can do a LITTLE something with it. If I can’t, I’m just going to let it go. Thanks agai

8 Comments

  1. Kristen

    Thank you for your heartbreaking story. 🙏

    Sadly, this is typical:
    “I’m going through a really horrific experience. My world just got turned upside down.”
    “So, you’ll need to open up two checking accounts.”

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  2. enorth

    Please don’t just “let it go.” You will find it very difficult to find buyers willing to pay full price for MK products. Return as much as you can to the company — NOW — and get your 90% buyback. Ignore any “advice” or “offers of help” from your SD.

    Focus on your husband and a new job. Forget all about MK and be thankful it wasn’t worse.

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  3. NayMKWay

    ” I figured if I just paid for all this stuff, I may as well see if I can do a LITTLE something with it.”

    This is a very common logical error called the sunk-cost fallacy. You’ve put money and/or time into something dubious and want to get your investment back via the very dubious thing you invested in rather than abandon it completely. Everyone here at Pink Truth will encourage you not to fall into this trap.

    Ask yourself where you should be directing your energies: into trying to recover a few hundred dollars or into finding a job with decent salary and benefits? Surely you can earn $400 faster in a salaried pisition than you will trying to sell merchandise to zero customers, right?

    When you factor in Mark Kay’s buy-back program, your decision is even easier. Send back what you can, toss the rest, and wipe the dust of Mary Kay off your feet.

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    1. Tara

      I was just thinking today about weekly meetings. Although we didn’t pay at ours, I know most do. There was literally zero information that is worth anything at these meetings. How about sales techniques? How about how to book keep? If this is “business training” why is the only thing being discussed someone’s i-story? It just goes to show that this “business” is all about finding people who are down on their luck and playing on their emotions. So so so terrible.

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  4. Data Junkie

    MK (or any MLM) product sold to non-consultants ends up going almost exclusively to family and friends in the form of pity purchases. Please keep this in mind. Any effort you expend to find buyers of your product will be seen as begging.

    Is this really how you want to make your money back? Just think what this will do to your reputation and your relationships. Your best bet is to return everything to MK and write off (figuratively) the 10% loss as an educational expense.

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  5. BestDecision

    The sick, twisted parts of MK are exactly what you’ve a,ready experienced. Even in a Cadillac, you wouldn’t have insurance, and it takes time and a LOT of work to make it even that far.

    Far too many are doing what you described—using God, scripture, prayer, and a religious ribbon woven through what they say so that you’ll trust them and follow what they do about questioning them. I’ve seen divorces happen with women who claim to put their families second only to God, yet they put their kids in daycare to hand out business cards. I’ve seen them flaunt a wealthy, successful facade but then find out they took out loans to finish cars and units. They have multiple credit cards and rotate balances to get a lower interest rate. Much like a shell game, they also hide balances from their husbands.

    Not very Christian-like, right? You hold your ground and know you’re not wrong at all. Hold the line on their trap!

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  6. MakeUpLover

    Please consider not waiting and returning your inventory for the 90% buy-back. Time is money and it will take a lot of time and effort trying to unload your inventory. It would be less taxing to concentrate your efforts on finding a new job with benefits and supporting your husband in replacing his lost job. I too am a transplant recipient as of 7 months ago. I know the anti-rejection meds are considerably expensive. Make sure your husband contacts his tranplant team for resources to help him afford his medications.
    When it comes down to it, Mary Kay is a lose-lose proposition. You would have to reach National Sales Director to even have some kind of benefits and they still come at great cost. Statistically the reality is almost NO ONE reaches that level! There is no security in Mary Kay. No sick pay, no holiday or vacation pay or any retirement plan. Thank God I had my work’s benefit plan when I became sick. If I had only Mary Kay I would have been left holding nothing but pink boxes. My regret is that I didn’t return my inventory. At least I would have had some cash for wasted time and boatloads of stress.
    Good luck to you and your hubby.

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