My Suspicions About Mary Kay Were Right
Written by Cassie
Thank you Pink Truth! Although I can’t say you were 100% the reason I avoided being recruited, you are 100% the reason that reaffirmed my suspicions.
I almost got recruited and thankfully decided to do some research because my “friend” who was trying to recruit me made it sound like I have to do it now or never and I am always skeptical when someone puts me or anyone in a position like that.
My “friend” neighbor girl was always nice to me. When I moved in this apartment building she would always hold the door for me and tell me her name (Amanda) and hand me her business card. It had her name and “independent beauty consultant” spelled in all lowercase caps. No company logo or anything. A phone number and an email. I really didn’t know what to make of it.
One day when leaving I saw her at the bus stop that is at least 3 blocks from our building and apparently the only one left in town. I pulled over and offered her a ride and she happily accepted. As she got in I complimented her makeup. Oh. What a mistake.
This is when she told me she was an “independent beauty consultant” for Mary Kay. I heard of Marykay before. When I was a kid, my mother’s friend brought over a ton of Marykay makeup for us to have. And it was FREE (imagine our faces when we realized it was free) it was heaven for us to play dress up. My mother would never allow us to play in her Estes Lauder, Chanel, Christian Dior makeup.
Amanda asked me if I was interested in making a 6 figure income and enriching other woman’s lives and gave the pitch I could even work part-time. I laughed to myself thinking “girl, you don’t even have a car” but then thought.. hmm “maybe she does make money cause these apartment aren’t cheap”
I do like makeup so I figured I would go to the meeting to “find out more”
Of course I drove us. We traveled 9 miles across town. I paid the $12 entry fee for both of us (Amanda forgot her wallet) there were about 5 cars in the parking lot. We get in there and after paying the $24 fee for both of us there must’ve been about 25 people there. Interesting I thought. (I notice weird stuff like this, 5 cars; and 25 women)
The whole thing turned out to be a recruiting event which I totally expected but I didn’t expect what came next.
After the event I drove myself and Amanda home. She asked me what I thought and I was honest. I told her it made no sense to recruit me to sell the same things she is selling. She told me it would all make sense after I signed up. She was very pushy and made it seem like I had to do it NOW. I was firm with her and told her I always think things through before committing to something especially when my social security number is involved. I even scolded her and told her she was being too pushy for my taste and I am skeptical anytime someone is pushy like she is. That made Amanda upset and she was quiet for the rest of the ride home.
I did some research and found your website and I am just blown away. The money comes from recruiting and recruiting looks a lot like recruiting strangers because it’s either you try to recruit friends & family or save relationships and recruit strangers like Amanda attempted to do with me.
Poor Amanda lives with her boyfriend and could never afford to live anywhere let alone here just selling product. I don’t say that to sound snooty. I worked hard to get where I am at. I live alone. I worked hard to get where I am at in life. I chuckle myself when Amanda now avoids me because I picture her asking me “where I want to be in 5 years from now” and still has not paid me the $12 back.
Amanda, I hope you can afford a car one day girl. I don’t say that to sound mean girl at all. I sincerely hope you are able to find a real job cause Marykay isn’t doing it for you. I just saw you in Walgreens 2 weeks ago trying to recruit strangers and was embarrassed for you.