I could rant a rave all day about the unethical practices of Mary Kay Directors, Recruiters, and Consultants, but I feel it's better to let a woman make her own decison based on facts rather than the opinion of one woman.  I'm posting the following websites for you to hopefully visit.  Many of these women were just like you--perhaps looking for a work-from-home job, an exective income with flexible scheduling, a free car, or just some girlfriend time.  These are all things a Director, Recruiter, or Consultant will tell you that you can have with Mary Kay.  Ladies, I'm here to tell you that the $100 you spend on that starter kit is just the beginning of a blood sucking venture that will leave you in debt up to your eyeballs if you are not cautious.  They sell you the kit for "ONLY $100", then call the next day to help you make your inventory decision--will you buy $600, $1200, $1800, $2400, $3000. or even more to get your business up and rolling???  They will ask you "Do you want to make a little or a lot?"--which is a tactic used to guilt and excite you at the same time into buying a larger inventory package. 

 Ladies, contrary to popular belief--the product does not sell itself!!!  Truth be told, it rarely sells at all!  It is NOT  cutting edge, as they will tell you, and many people do have bad reactions to the products.  In my opinion, the product SUCKS!!!

 So, if you are invited to an event to "Be a model for an evening", or asked by someone to help with her training by listening to a speil from her Director, or even offered a facial--RUN AWAY SCREAMING!!!

 As I stated before, I don't expect you to base your career decision on my experience--but I do think you should have the facts.  Visit either of these sites (listed in order of my preference, or where I post more often) and you will find an abundance of info that just might help you or someone you know save tons of debt!!!

 www.pinklighthouse.com

www.pinktruth.com

www.thepinkingshears.com

 My screen name on those sites is "Done with DIQ"--if you visit, please let me know you've been there!  The women are very welcoming and just like this site, there are an abundance of topics!

 

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pengu...
Feb. 26, 2007 at 11:03 PM I used to sell Mary Kay. I got sucked in. I hated it. The kicker is that I don't even wear make up.

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OnceU...
Feb. 26, 2007 at 11:07 PM I am so sorry that happened to you! I have just joined a company and have thoroughly enjoyed it, I do not expect to make executive money at this point, maybe after many many years, I could bring home a decent income. I am really sorry that happened. I had been talking with someone on here that chose to go with another company, and she also has ran into many problems. I always encourage others do what you will love and what products you will thoroughly believe in or it won't work. But it's ashamed you felt tricked, and sounds like that may have happened. Good Luck and feel free to chat any time.

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bigbl...
Feb. 26, 2007 at 11:07 PM i'm sorry you had such a disappointing venture with them......i've never been a consultant for them but my mother was.....we both like the product....just not the prices......lol......we've never had any reactions to the produts either......i do know a lady that is very high up that has done wonderfully with mary kay and she's one of the most friendly, most honest women you will ever meet......i understand what it's like when you sign up with a company that doesn't deliver.....especially when money is already tight and you really need the income.......hope you find something soon

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3teen...
Feb. 26, 2007 at 11:15 PM

I used to sell Mary Kay.  I still use their products, I haven't found any better.  I loved selling the product and doing the shows and facials.....

but I didn't like trying to recruit others.  I didn't like the "scripts".  I don't sell now because it is true that the product doesn't sell itself.  And, like any other career where you intend to make money, you cannot pick and choose your own hours....you have to be able to work all of the time.    I also found out that if you don't have A LOT of friends and relatives, you won't book a lot of shows....and if you aren't careful you will end up losing a lot of those friends. 

But, it was a learning experience for me, and when a salesman comes to my door, I recognize all of the ploys!  I hear the rehearsed speeches!  I usually just tell them to show me what they have and skip the speech.  I also know that any company that depends on sales uses the same tactics. 

 

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my4guys
Feb. 26, 2007 at 11:16 PM

I did Mary Kay and loved it.  I worked hard and received the grand am.  The thing with mary kay is to do research and see how the business works.  I did purchase inventory, but the key is to take the half profit that you make and put it back in your business.  You wont make money for a while, but it will start to pay if you get others to sing up under you.   Most companies that someone would start, would start out slow and you wouldnt begin to see a profit until after a year.  In the beginning it is very hard, but in the end it will pay off.  If you like the product you  get a 50 percent discount.  If you dont like the product, it probably wasnt a good idea to get started selling it.  Alot of times passion is the key to a successful business.  Something will come your way that will be right, this just wasnt it.

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bella...
Feb. 26, 2007 at 11:22 PM my aunt lost her home and car because of mary kay. she got sucked into buying all these products to "sell" and all the products did was sit on a shelf in her back room. she had so much products the shelf covered the whole wall in the back room. she was addicted to it. i think she really thought she was going to become rich and get a new car. i was at her house when they took the car away. i was only 7 at the time. my aunt and her husband went to texas to hear mary kay speak at some convention. so my mom was watching her kids. we were all asleep when they came and took the car. the electric got turned off that weekend too. my mom couldnt believe my aunt spent all that money to go to texas to hear mary kay when her car wasnt paid or her electric bill. she lost her house shortly after that.

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ElleB
Feb. 26, 2007 at 11:22 PM

Mary Kay is all scripted--nothing comes from the heart!  The company is completely deceptive and has even recently blatantly lied to its consultants about upcoming product line changes (which for some insane reason, they feel the need to do quarterly). 

 I now work from home--I have an Ebay store and an Etsy store that I play with a little--just for my "play" money.  I was fortunate enough to wise up to the happenings within the company and sent my product back for a quite nice return check!

As I stated before, this is just my opinion.........but it is backed by facts that have been proven time and time again.

I'm happy to speak with anyone who is considering a career with any of the MLM/Pyramid Home-Party Businesses--just send me a personal message!

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bella...
Feb. 26, 2007 at 11:24 PM oh and when we moved to fl when i was 9 my mom wanted to work from home so she thought she would try it but not buy as much as my aunt did but when my mom just bought the small kit those ppl tried to get her to buy more. then they wanted her to recruit more ppl. my mom ended up stopping after only a couple months she said those ppl were like steppford wives

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ElleB
Feb. 26, 2007 at 11:36 PM I've heard it called many things from a Cult to the Stepford Wives Club.  For those of you who have commented that the business did not work for me because I was not passionate.............well, If working 7 days a week, 12 hours a day, $12,000 in Credit Card debt, and missing an entire season of Little League games and school activites for my 3 children isn't passion, I don't know what is!  I lived and breathed Mary Kay--and moved up fast in the company.  Would have become a Director after being in only 6 months--I could sell the "opportunity" to anyone, anywhere, anytime.  And when my consultants came in, they came in with Inventory--I had it no other way!  If I was going to devote my time to help you build a business, you had to make that commitment to me.  I was passionate.........so passionate that I forgot about everything else that mattered to me.  I did not fail in this business--this business failed me.

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momma...
Feb. 27, 2007 at 12:18 PM

Thats funny... i am a consultant and i love Mary Kay products!!!

 

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