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Maybe Mary Kay Wasn’t a Good Fit For You

Mary Kay sales director Amie Kelly left the below comment on an article on my business website. The article is 14 years old. One wonders what kind of “income-producing activity” Amie was engaged in that led her to finding a 14 year old article and taking the time to comment on it.

Everyone who starts a Mary Kay business gets to start wherever they feel comfortable. If someone is recommending a new consultant spend huge amounts of money on inventory, that’s a problem with that person, not the company.

I started my MK business in 1999 with a very small inventory. I have grown my business with consistent work, and I have built a wonderful group of customers and a fantastic team. There is no requirement to recruit and to order, other than once a year.

If you didn’t have success with MK, then maybe consider it wasn’t a good fit for you. I’m curious about the root of your great efforts to speak negatively about the company. What is your motivation in this?

Starting MK was the best thing I’ve ever done, and it has impacted me, my family, and my relationships more than I can express. Anyone new to MK— don’t listen to the negativity. Get busy and be consistent. This is a wonderful place to be!

I wonder why Amie has been in MK for 23 years, but still isn’t even a “top director”? I wonder if she’s not working hard enough?

 

22 Comments

  1. FoggyFrog

    Her LinkedIn profile lists her as the owner of Mary Kay. That cute. I’m sure the executives at corporate laugh privately at these job titles the princess party crew bequest upon themselves.
    Meanwhile on her Twitter a tweet dated July 21, 2015 says “skipping a MK class … Don’t tell my boss…”. Why would an owner have a boss? I thought only losers with a j-o-b had a boss.
    The next tweet down on July 20, 2015 says happiness is earning a free red jacket. Once you earn the red jacket thru recruitment you still have to actually pay for it.
    And to her pint above that you don’t have to recruit or order more than once a year. You do have to recruit if you want to ever move up to the next level. You could legitimately sell a million dollars per year at full retail and still be an IBC if you don’t recruit.

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    1. Mountaineer95

      THIS:

      “ You could legitimately sell a million dollars per year at full retail and still be an IBC if you don’t recruit.”

      IMO that’s the biggest mic drop for any MLM critic or MK critic. How do you justify that?

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  2. Destiny Angel

    “Mary Kay sales director Amie Kelly left the below comment on an article on my business website. The article is 14 years old. One wonders what kind of “income-producing activity” Amie was engaged in that led her to finding a 14 year old article and taking the time to comment on it.”

    Bragging rights..”Look, I challenged Tracy in her professional space and she wasn’t able to answer me. That’s because we are right and she is wrong..blows raspberry!”

    “Everyone who starts a Mary Kay business gets to start wherever they feel comfortable. If someone is recommending a new consultant spend huge amounts of money on inventory, that’s a problem with that person, not the company.”

    Except we hear of far too many consultants being pressed to order more than they are comfortable with. It sounds like it’s systematic failure rather than a mis-understanding on one person’s behalf.

    “I started my MK business in 1999 with a very small inventory. I have grown my business with consistent work, and I have built a wonderful group of customers and a fantastic team. ”

    Bully for you, I guess. I just wonder how many wonderful team mates you have lost in 23 years.

    “There is no requirement to recruit and to order, other than once a year.”

    Our survey says… horn noise.

    “If you didn’t have success with MK, then maybe consider it wasn’t a good fit for you. I’m curious about the root of your great efforts to speak negatively about the company. What is your motivation in this?”

    Telling the objective truth is a good motivation. Showing people life outside MK isn’t bad. Showing how to get a percentage of your money back. How to over-come the negging of directors. All good things, IMHO.

    “Starting MK was the best thing I’ve ever done, and it has impacted me, my family, and my relationships more than I can express.”

    I wonder how many people you have hurt over the past 23 years an say the same thing.

    “Anyone new to MK— don’t listen to the negativity. Get busy and be consistent. This is a wonderful place to be!”

    Get busy and be consistent, but remember you don’t have to order more than once a year. And wait for your director to start pushing for your end of month, end of quarter, end of year, car production orders. Order more to fulfill our quota. Get into our Caddy. ENJOY!!!!

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  3. Data Junkie

    “There is no requirement to recruit and to order, other than once a year.”

    Imagine if all MK consultants responded to their directors’ phone calls this way:
    “Hi. Umm, I think you may be calling me a little more than what is normal in MK. Director Amie Kelly made it very clear that MK directors should really only expect orders once per year. Also according to Amie, pressure around ordering is ‘…a problem with that [director], not the company’. So could you back off a little? You are making Mary Kay look bad. Thanks!”

    Next up: I’d like to hear from Amie’s down-line on whether she and her directors follow this advice.

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  4. Kristen

    I’m sure it’s hard to come to terms with the idea that you wasted 23 years of your life with little to show for it. Not to mention that none of this “experience” is going to look good on a resume. I have to respect her restraint. Unlike most of the critics, she didn’t scream at us in all caps, misspell everything or forget to capitalize the letter “i”. Still, her comments are just another variation on the “gun to your head” argument.

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      1. Mountaineer95

        I keep warning Tracy about putting some yellow paint or safety rails around her sites to combat this abnormal “stumbling” activity…Tracy, if somebody sues you for stumbling onto your sites you can’t blame me, I tried! 😉

    1. Dorothy G

      I have come to the conclusion that some smart people are just plain stupid. This person cannot examine her own situation and realize that she would be better off without Mary Kay. As a the owner of a real business I’m free to retail many different brands. Participants in “direct sales” are limited to one brand (i.e. Mary Kay).
      How do these consultants not realize that their only contribution to Mary Kay is money? The only business decision they make is to keep sending money to MK Inc. And the only input that Mary Kay wants from them is…MONEY!!!! (That was satisfying)
      Friday posts always give me a headache.

  5. Char

    “If you didn’t have success with MK, then maybe consider it wasn’t a good fit for you.”—

    Which then raises the question, “Who is a good fit for the endless-chain recruiting MLM pyramid scam known as Mary Kay?”

    Let’s play the game…….. “Who is a good fit for a MK Consultant?”

    I’ll start:

    ~ A liar. Either telling a blatant lie, or repeating and perpetuating rumor without fact-checking. I find the latter more dangerous. Fun fact: It has been shown that if you repeat a lie enough times, people will accept it as truth.

  6. Mountaineer95

    “ Everyone who starts a Mary Kay business gets to start wherever they feel comfortable.”

    Well, maybe I care a bit more about my potential business prospects, but if I were considering starting a Mary Kay “business”, I’d treat it like any other business…first, by doing a serious study of the prospects for my potential “business” in my chosen territory. Like any other responsible entrepreneur, I’d want to know how much competition existed (how many MK reps already exist), how many consumer dollars are generally spent here, what the average annual sales of the existing reps is, and whether the population was on an uptick or down slide.

    I certainly wouldn’t feel “comfortable” committing to ANY level of an MK business (from the most basic kit to the highest initial inventory package) without knowing the true, in-depth status of MY local area. Yes, I know that some MK propaganda materials tout the lack of territories as a positive (Mary Kay has no territories; you can sell to anyone anywhere!) but that doesn’t benefit the lowest rungs of the MK ladder. What would benefit a new IBC more: the fact that they can sell to anyone, anywhere, OR the ability to have a nearby geographical area that is guaranteed to be theirs alone?

  7. Jacirene

    Hello girls!! Glad you found them here. I was away for a few months. I went through difficult situations: 4 surgeries on my left eye and, earlier this year, I found out the hard way, that my “beloved husband” is a perverse hidden narcissist. 😰😰😰😰 I’m slowly recovering, doing therapy and looking for a divorce lawyer. But, with God’s grace, I’m fine. Greetings from Brazil.

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