April grew up with a passion for writing about her personal experiences and a desire to help others through her writings.
What Makes People So Bitter About Multi-Level Companies Like Mary Kay?
Is it sour grapes that they didn't have the idea first? Is it laziness, because they want to make money off the company but don't want to put any effort into it? Does the blame get twisted around when they don't make sales fast enough and then try to make themselves feel better by blaming the company, accusing it of forcing them to fail?
Whatever their reasons, the very vocal critiques of people who go so far as to create a website with the sole focus of supporting people who have been “betrayed” by a specific company seem a little unfair. A support group called "I Tried Starting My Own Business and Failed, Now I Need Help Getting My Confidence Back" would be better-respected than one where the group puts all of their time and effort into blaming their own failings on a well-known, highly successful worldwide business that is proven to be 100% legit.
Below, you'll find a list of complaints against Mary Kay composed by a leader of one of its largest bashing websites, Pink Truth. These are the supposed reasons to NOT do Mary Kay. After each reason, you'll find a Mary Kay representative's rebuttals.
You can decide for yourself whom to believe.
Top 10 Reasons to NOT Do Mary Kay, Complaint #10:
"The minute you sign your agreement, your recruiter and/or sales director is going to put the squeeze on you to buy an inventory package. They won’t shut up unless you buy $600 wholesale, and even if you agree to that much, they’re still going to try to get you to do one of the other packages ($1,800, $2,400, $3,000, $3,600, or $4,800)."
- Actually, my recruiter waited a full week before suggesting that I buy any makeup and when she did, she sent an email that made it very clear I was under no obligation to purchase $600 worth of products. I simply responded that I didn't have $600 to do that, which was the reason I decided to sell Mary Kay in the first place. She replied that she understood and never mentioned it to me again.
- Now, some recruiters and sales directors may be pushier than mine was, but you have to be honest with yourself: If you plan to sell Mary Kay products, you are electing to join a business that runs solely and purely off sales. If you are the type of person who hates going to a car lot because the car salesmen intimidate you, then you should probably not go into business for MK, where your business will be selling. Selling is also your recruiter and your sales director's business. Mary Kay does not only sell products to the public; we sell products and do business with anyone who is interested in joining the team.
- Therefore, it should not be considered offensive that salespeople are going to try to sell you something. If you don't have the money to spend, simply tell them you don't. If you don't have the guts to say "no," you are in the wrong business.
- If you have a pushier director, simply tell them to stop selling to you: Problem solved.
"The prizes they dangle in front of you are mostly dollar-store items more appropriate for your five-year-old."
- This is simply not true. There may be door prizes at meetings that were bought from the dollar store, but these prizes vary and it depends on who organized the party. These prizes are completely different from the ones you'll find in the magazine you are given at the beginning of your selling year, full of wonderful, expensive things that you have the opportunity to earn for free if you reach certain goals that are set for all MK consultants. These goals are not set for just you alone, so you should not take it personally if you do not reach them. You are not alone, and it does not make you a "loser."
- The prizes range anywhere from full sets of pretty traveling luggage, briefcases, and other baggage to gorgeous diamond jewelry. I would like to know which dollar store offers these types of prizes because I would gladly go shopping there!
"You’re not really allowed to advertise your business or sell through modern outlets such as eBay. Do any of these, and you’ll risk having your consultancy terminated."
- Yes, of course you aren't allowed to do that! Even though you are considered as the owner of your own business, you are still selling Mary Kay products. Therefore, it's more like you have purchased a franchise of an already-existing business, just as you would do if you decided to buy a McDonald's in your own hometown. Because the company already exists and you only "own" a small fraction of it, you must follow the rules and guidelines that were set for everyone, long before you came along.
- Mary Kay believes in playing fair. All I've ever heard at the meetings I have attended is, "We should never try to steal each other's clientele." If we open up avenues like eBay and Amazon to start selling our products individually, for cheaper prices, we are immediately turning the company into nothing but a competition. Selling on eBay would also allow non-consultants to buy MK products for dirt cheap to turn around to sell for more. If that happened, Mary Kay Inc. and its consultants would put themselves out of business.
- There are plenty of other ways to advertise and market your business online within MK's guidelines, though. It isn't rocket science: You just have to have the right mind for it and get creative.
- If you want to sell things on eBay and Amazon, my suggestion would be to find the aforementioned dollar store, purchase their products, and sell them on eBay. Another problem solved.
"The market is saturated. If they don’t already have a consultant, they got rid of their pesky consultant, they don’t want a consultant, they don’t like the products, or they don’t want to be harassed by the MK lady."
- It is clear that unfortunately the person who wrote these "Top 10 Reasons" is not a salesperson or entrepreneur by nature. Everyone who works in any market, anywhere, knows it's a constant game of hit-and-miss. But if you get bucked off the horse, you either get back on it or you give up, hang your head, and walk away. If you get turned down by one person, you move onto the next or find a new way to approach that same person until you get them to buy your product.
- Marketing has every single thing to do with the way you approach your customer and how you talk to them about your products.
"The products are constantly changing. The company uses new packaging or 'changes' to the products in order to get you to buy more. If you bought inventory, some of that is now outdated, and the company is hoping that you’ll spend your money on the newest things. (And if you’re really lucky, your sales director who placed your first order for you knew what was being discontinued, and ordered you LOTS of it. That way you’ll have to put in another order sooner to have current products on hand.)"
- I don't even want to respond to this one because it is just so silly. Yes, of course MK changes their products. Does Maybelline have the same product and packaging as they did 20 years ago? How about even since last year? That's kind of the purpose of owning a line and selling product: You always go with the flow and change with the times, change with fashion, change with the hottest trends on the market, and you even change with the weather. For example, right now, MK is pushing sun block because it is summer. In a few months, they will change their focus onto another product.
- If you are smart about sales, you will use the new products to your advantage; you certainly won't complain about it.
- However, one of the first things that was made abundantly clear to me before I ever started my MK business was that I am still able to sell my products after the packaging changes. Until I sell out, I don't have to get the new packaging.
- The other thing is, I personally do not order products until my clients order them from me. The less stock I have sitting on my shelf, the more room I have, and the less I am indebted to myself or Mary Kay. Yet again, it isn't rocket science.
"You’ll be expected to wear a skirt to all company events. Although Mary Kay Inc. has officially done away with the requirement to wear pantyhose and closed toe shoes, many directors are still requiring it. This dress code is made without regard to the weather, your other obligations, your health, or your preference. (If you don’t follow it, you’ll be ridiculed and asked to not come back.)"
- WARNING: I'm going to get a little sarcastic for a minute, but it only seems appropriate as a response. OH.MY.GOSH. We have to wear skirts?! They actually hold us to certain standards and expect us to dress professionally? OH.MY.GOSH, Why would someone who is trying to run a business, especially in the beauty industry, want to look their best and professional? That's just horrible!
- Sarcasm aside, as I have already said, it is pretty clear that whoever wrote this list is not an entrepreneur or salesperson by nature. And that's okay, not everyone is. However, my guess is they couldn't handle working a normal 8-5 job in a regular office setting either, because chances are they would be required to wear a skirt or at least dress professionally and perhaps put on some pantyhose.
"You won’t really make any money unless you recruit, recruit, recruit. Do you really want to spend your time trying to convince people to try to sell the products you’ve barely been able to sell?"
- Well, if you're not a salesperson, and you're not selling any products, then no, you probably wouldn't want to recruit. You probably are also in the wrong business if you can't sell anything, but that isn't Mary Kay's fault that you didn't realize starting a business for selling MK products meant you would actually need to sell something.
- Also, if you are struggling that much to sell MK products, the directors are available to help you self-evaluate and find out what you can do to improve sales. MK is a very popular brand, worldwide. In fact, within the first week that I started my own business, I had four women approach me and say they were so glad I started selling because they love MK. The products really sell themselves because they are wonderful and most people already know that. It's your job to make yourself available, consult, and work with them on the financial aspect. If you're barely selling product, again, it isn't Mary Kay's fault.
- It's true, you will make more money the more people you recruit. Why? Because you make a percentage off of each of their sales, as well. That sounds pretty good to me. To top it off, the ranking and recruiting is all made very clear to every person who is considering starting a MK business prior to them signing the contract. They don't lie about it, they don't keep it a secret, and they don't even beat around the bush. At least my recruiter didn't, and I haven't lied to the people I've recruited, either. So . . . yeah. Moving on.
"Your family and friends will not respect you or your 'business.'"
- The only thing I'm going to say about this is if you don't take your own business seriously, then how do you expect your friends and family to take it seriously? You have to respect your own business before others can. "Altitude is contingent on attitude."
"You will spend most nights and weekends away from your husband and children, attending events, looking for new victims, and trying to sell the products. (I thought Mary Kay was supposed to help you be at home with them?)"
Now, I'm going to go into a couple different directions with this one because time with family was the thing that sold me into becoming a consultant (more than making money).
- First of all, I can see where this person went wrong in their own MK business. I flaunt the fact that most MK representatives are stay-at-home moms who enjoy getting out of the house sometimes to have girly time with other women and earn money while they're at it. This complainer, on the other hand, takes a wonderful thing and paints it as something horrible. It's no wonder they weren't selling product or recruiting anyone!
- I love my children and husband very much. There is nothing I enjoy more than spending time with them. However, it is necessary for my own mental health (and theirs), as it is for every other human being on earth, to have some me-time away from my family. When I add money to that equation, it is another plus for my mental health as a stay-at-home mom to feel like I have something to contribute. Not all women need to make money in order to feel good, but for me, being an independent-spirited person, I need a dose of self-sufficiency every once in a while. Mary Kay helps me do that without really taking much time away from my family at all.
- When you become a consultant, Mary Kay is your own business to do whatever you want with. If you only want to host two parties per week, that's all you have to book. Heck, if you want to take a full month off from selling, you're welcome to do so! It's your business.
- I have gained three long-term clients from the comfort of my computer chair in my own house, with my one-year-old sitting on my lap. If you want to spend your evenings going around handing out flyers, you can do that, but you don't have to. You can advertise electronically with very little effort. The point I'm getting at is that if you're spending most nights and weekends away from your husband and children, that is totally and completely your choice. You are under no obligation whatsoever to leave your house, ever. Every decision you make is your own.
"People usually work to make money. In MK you’ll likely be one of the over 99% who lose money in the venture, and if you do make money, it’ll probably only amount to minimum wage."
- Of course you have to work to make money. That's a no-brainer.
- Again, it is your own business. You will get out of it exactly what you put in. I'm going to use McDonald's as an example again (and I'll tell you the reason why in just a minute). If you were to purchase a McDonald's franchise, you wouldn't expect to make money just because there are golden arches on the sign. If you didn't hire (or in this case, we'll say "recruit") people to work for you, you'd have nobody selling food (or "product") and therefore, you wouldn't be making any money.
- If you are not a driven, self-motivated person, you should definitely continue working a regular job. Rely on a paycheck while you contemplate the corporate ladder, hope for a promotion, or just settle for whatever position you're in. However, if you have the desire to run your own business and see what you can do for yourself, then consider Mary Kay.
- Don't just work for money: Make money work for you. That is what owning businesses and making investments is all about.
The Truth About How It Works
Let's get back to my reason for using McDonald's as an example. Ray Kroc, the man who built good ole McD's into the most successful fast food joint in the world, once asked a group of young men, "What is my company about?" They answered, "It's a fast food joint, of course!" Ray told them they were wrong. He went on to explain that his business was not in fast food, but rather in real estate. He didn't make most of his money from selling burgers, he made it from selling franchises worldwide. He was smart.
Do you see what I'm getting at with the McDonald's analogy? Because businesses like Mary Kay are home-based, they are quickly judged and placed in the pyramid category. But really, they are just like other franchised companies. The difference is, Mary Kay Ash, an independent woman, saw an opportunity to help other women who feel the independent drive within themselves. She could easily have marketed her products to stores like every other makeup company in the world (Maybelline, CoverGirl, Revlon, etc.). Her makeup and skincare products are good enough to sell in that format. Instead, she chose to give other women (and even some men) the opportunity to share in the profit, just like Ray Kroc did with his franchise. As a smart businesswoman, she also profited off of these same men and women. Again, she was smart, not evil or conniving.
You will make money from selling Mary Kay products, you sure will. The only thing this poor, misguided complainer got right in that top 10 list is that you will, indeed, make more money in Mary Kay by selling the business to other people (or in other words, recruiting). Just as Ray Kroc became more successful and wealthy through his real estate business rather than via his invention of the Big Mac, you could have the same type of success with your Mary Kay business if you approach it with the same attitude as Ray did.
How do you get to that point? First and foremost, by not giving up. If you're still reading this and thinking, 'Mary Kay is a scam! We can't sell the product, we have to recruit people, we have to leave our houses every once in a while, and we have to wear a skirt while we're doing it!' then you won't be successful. Women who have become successful Mary Kay business owners did not let their family and friends' negative opinions (if they had any) hold them back. Instead, they saw the potential in their business and they invested their time (more than their money) until they reached their goals. Guess what happened when they did that. They proved the naysayers wrong.
Creative Marketing Skills for Your Business
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Tim on December 10, 2019:
The arguments presented are laughably shallow and poorly written. Not a single one of your arguments made me believe that these women actually "own" their own business. What a joke.
Mike Eshleman on July 12, 2019:
It would always seem enticing to anyone to double your money buying and selling anything. Expensive makeup, like Mary Kay, does not sell itself very easily like McDonald Cheeseburgers. There's the difference of overhead in having to hussle and bustle to sell something to make someone "Look" younger when, in reality, you cannot fight the aging process from the outside in. On top of this, it is common fact that, for a small business owner to make it in this large business society, they need to, at the very least, be turning 300% profit to stay afloat and cover the overhead of travel, appropriate clothing, advertising, and other materials, let alone the Time, oh the Time. Anyway, back to point...the reality of any of the conglomerate makeup sellers are selling proverbial snake oils to people who are desperate to look younger than what they really are. Mary Kay, from what I understand, claims to be a Christian based company. So, if you think of Biblical Wisdom here, they are telling people to fight the inevitable effects of our inherited sin from Adam and Eve while making money to do so. Well, at least the senior consultants are making the money by getting a percentage of the sales of the people they institute under their umbrella.
The reality is this. If you want to look young again, look into doing it from the inside out, rather than the outside in. Read the Bible and study it. This, along with your heartfelt prayers to God, and faith in his Son, Jesus Christ, will truly revitalize how you look at yourself. You must apply what you learn and practice, exercise your faith, and look foward to the future hope of true everlasting life and youth in God's Kingdom which will come to earth very soon.
Dara Deloung on March 25, 2019:
and of COURSE the comments are moderated! haha well good luck to you and your bubble world go ahead and sensor any other kind of opinion but your own YAWN
Dara Deloung on March 25, 2019:
This post was completely biased and sounded suuuuper salty. not everyone is gonna love Mary kay let them be and focus on your own life. you took it personally and called the writer some names when they did nothing of the sort. just shows what kind of ugly person you are.
the whole skirt comment? you COMPLETELY missed the point. the point was that women can dress professionally wearing pants as WELL AS skirts. its the skirt requirement that they were talking about not having a certain color uniform or style of attire.
also, where are the sales figures for the company how come everything is based on wholesale not personal sales. the company doesn't have any statistics in that field....it just seems super odd and fishy that they wouldn't. Its a pyramid scheme and you know it just too blind to admit it
Éve on January 15, 2019:
The only probe I had with any of the MK reps. is that they were only interested in me as long as they saw some type of potential in our relationship. After that I was thin air. Even in the meetings. I think they are hard working determined woman. Good. Like about 80% of all businesses MK is a huge turn off for me. Nothing personal. Doesn’t make me better or worse. Just don’t understand why we people want to get rich on each other. But I don’t get a lot of things we humans do, so it could just be my weird brain. I dropped this note because one of my good friend just became a MK agent and she uses every opportunity to ,gently’ offer their products. Nothing wrong with it actually. Just that I have to see the light go out of her eye when I repeatedly refuse even though never the same items. She is stil kind and nice but she noticeably has less time for our friendship now. Her days are full of dreams of pink cars, jewelry, cruises, sense of accomplishment, numbers. By all means go for what you want in this life. It’s your right. But I am here right now this moment. Kudos to all woman who works hard for their dreams. If you can please separate friendship from business. ♥️
Mayna on December 08, 2017:
April, thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with Mary Kay. It certainly helps those who are trying to figure out if Mary Kay is for them or not. I am completely in agreement with you. It is your business and you put your effort as much as you want it to be successful. No tricks. Pure fair opportunities to those who want to give it a try.
Miki on August 30, 2017:
I'm single, and bought a house 5 years ago qualifying with just my personal sales in Mary Kay. I support myself from my own sales. Now if I were to recruit other women who wanted to work I certainly could have qualified for a larger mortgage. Mary Kay is NOT solely about recruiting other people, but the smart Consultant will sell and recruit to make the most of this opportunity. I have LOTS of 20 something aged clients and find they LOVE our products! Mary Kay isn't a pyramid because everyone buys from the company at the same price. We are a dual marketing company and the money we pay wholesale for our products (again everyone buys from the company at the same price) goes to produce the products and support the corporation as well as paying recruiting commissions. We don't actually make any money from the person we recruited (we're paid by the company when they make wholesale purchases) and there is a limit to how many people get commissions off each sale so it's a totally stable business model unlike the pyramid structure which self destructs.
AM on August 28, 2017:
And, sweet girl, Mary Kay was founded in the 60s by a lady who has been named by Forbes as the #1 woman entrepreneur of the century and by Entrepreneur as one of the top 16 legendary women entrepreneurs in the world.
Ann-Marie on August 28, 2017:
If you're going to make a personal attack on a very smart person who is simple sharing their experience please be kind enough to put a name and face with your words thank you. Now, this is key, if you guys have payed any attention, signing up for MK is a lot like buying your own store. Every single woman will run theirs differently. It's simply illogical to put a blanket statement on them such as "every time", recruiting is part of the success strategy in MK and it's nothing to cry about. If MK doesn't make you happy simply m eon, but please have the self respect to not use your own words to tear down the company those who are succeeding with it. Btw IAM name t even a consultant. But I am enthusiast of empowering each other to pursue our dreams. Love and respect.
Author is in denial...It's a pyramid scheme on July 06, 2017:
If any "business" you are apart of is solely about recruiting other people, it's a pyramid scheme. You can sit there and preach that you "sell cosmetic products" but every time a Mary Kay consultant talks to me, they talk about recruiting me, not selling me products. And it's 2017! This isn't the 90s anymore! Hardly any YOUNG woman is a consumer of MK. We like Anastasia, urban decay...the cheap SEPHORA brand, and dare I say it ?! clé de peau beauté. And none of those brands require you to sell their products or get harassed by a recruiter. MARY KAY IS A 90's HOUSEWIFE SCHEME
Lisa on June 08, 2017:
Very well said. There will always be bad apples in the batch but it doesn't mean all the apples are bad. Look at our government, churches, and schools. There is corruption but there are also wonderful people. Mary Kay Cosmetics is a company founded on solid principles and when one chooses to build their business according to those principles following the marketing plan they will reap what they sow. Your point of laziness, fear and lack of discipline are what cause most failures in any business is so true. It's all about the person in the mirror and who they want to become, not the opportunity.
Lori on May 23, 2017:
Good for you! Every time I read those nasty comments..I just want to yell at those people. "Mary Kay is called 'Direct Sales' because the product sells itself! Of course that's not where thd term comes from but if the shoe fits! (Or skirt in our case) ha
Tara Hill on October 23, 2016:
"If we open up avenues like eBay and Amazon ...,we are immediately turning the company into nothing but a competition." Could you please explain the role competition plays in the free market as you see it?
My second question, if you don't mind fully disclosing this on a blog, is how much debt do you currently have excluding first home mortgage?
April (author) from Fort Myers on September 20, 2016:
Wow, thank you all for the great feedback whether they were positive or negative! I'm sorry I have not responded in a while. I've been a bit busy outside of the hub pages world. I will try to respond individually when I have the chance, but for now this "Snot" has more articles to write. ;)
Liz MK consultant :) on September 20, 2016:
HAHA, thank you for posting this... I found that website filled with all those "opinions" and "real truth" basically came from someone who sadly did have a very bad experience.. That, or maybe the person is just extremely negative and blames others for his or her problems. -Victim, not a Victor-. I am so grateful my mentors and leaders are amazingly positive, uplifting women who genuinely want us all to be winners, because IF YOU KNOW MARY KAY, you know that nobody is successful by being shady, creepy, or pushy. I know, because I've seen first hand ^_^
I'm glad you rebuttal'd those awful accusations... It is a bit annoying being unable to defend this company that is SO giving to consultants, women, and our beautiful planet ^_^
themkdiva on August 09, 2016:
Great article! I have been in Mary Kay for almost 10 years and we are very big on wearing dresses or skirts. Studies show that women who wear a skirt have an 20% increase in sales. I have been told several times that I look like a MK Rep because I was dressed up. Dresses and skirts are part of the Mary Kay Brand. It sets us apart from other companies. Anyone who says they lost money in MK is either not well informed or not motivated. Mary Kay offers you 90% back plus tax and shipping on your inventory. I don't know of any other company that offers that kind of safety net. Anyone who has inventory and chooses not to send it back to MK is not following the program.
Ellyn on June 29, 2016:
Mary kay and home parties are more 1970';s but best of luck.
Dennis on June 25, 2016:
My wife is interested to be a consultant of Mary Kay here in Philippines but she don't know how yo start and how much the investment?
amy owen on June 14, 2016:
Ok I want to be my own boss. I am willing to do the work but what I need to know is what are the ways you CANNOT advertise? Also, I live in a small town where there are a lot of consultants and there is a lot of poverty... if I work really hard (and smart) what are my chances of qitting my current job and doing mk full time... my sister is my consultant but doesnt make a profit really because she said she doesnt want to work hard at it.. she just wants the discounted prices for herself so just does enough ordering... (thats what works for her... she loves her 9-5 job... I want to be successful so I can be my own boss and take vacations when I want to and not be denied time off
Kaitlyn on June 08, 2016:
Thank you so much for a view opposite to what I've been reading online! I've just recently been considering joining MK. I have some reservations because I don't have a lot of money so a little over $100 for the starter kit is a huge amount in my mind. On top of that I've seen mostly negative reviews through Google so it's nice to get a little of the positive as well! If anyone could I would love to talk with someone more about MK and really get a feel for it. I'm really leaning towards wanting to do this to hopefully/eventually quit my job. I'm a little on the shy side so that's another reason I'm hesitant but I appreciate anyone who might be willing to talk with me more about this! :)
RedDowell on June 01, 2016:
Whoever wrote this was clearly biased so this isn't an article to let 'you decide for yourself '
The extreme bitchiness turned me off 100% and I hope you would never actually respond to people in such an unprofessional manner. This is Mary Kay. You have no right to be such a snot
Wenda Leong on May 03, 2016:
I met a MK sales director for the first time last night when I visited my Friend who lives right behind her 2 million Malaysian ringgit terrace house (slightly over 500,ooo US dollars ). I saw two pink Mary Kay cars parked in the car porch. It was an impromptu drop in when my friend went over to her place to replenish her sun block. Jane the sales director spent the next half an,hour teaching me how to cleanse my face etc. Putting nice stuff on my face, eyes and lips. She did not sell me a single product. Though she said she can help me organise a party for my friends. She was in her forties, vibrant, full of life and her skin literally glows. Her face is a testimony on the efficacy of MK products. She had been in MK business for 11 years and I can sense her passion and joy in sharing MK products with me. Now I am inspired. But again, my success will depend on my level of commitment and my friends. There is no free lunch and money will not drop from the sky. I lectured in an educational institution for over twenty years and I am not able to afford her kind of housing and definitely my company did not give away any cars whatsoever. I received only $500 long service award in my 11th year and I worked by butt out for that company. I missed the second round of long service by nine months when I finally throw in the towel.
loveMK on April 13, 2016:
Cindy on March 23, 2016:
This is a great article and I also applaud the way comments have been handled. I hope this is okay, but I'd like to suggest a correction. Mary Kay is not Multi Level. That's a very common misconception. One that I'm passionate about debunking. We are dual marketing. I've often thought of writing my own post about the common myths you hear about this business. Thank you for being bold and obedient in your business and in your post. God bless!!
April (author) from Fort Myers on January 29, 2016:
Thank you so much for your input, roxi! It's always great to hear successful stories like yours. It's sad when so many people blame their own unsuccessful experiences on another party/business, instead of searching within themselves. We all have moments of failure; it's how we get through those moments that determine our true character and whether independent business is really for us!
roxi on January 28, 2016:
I'm a model instructor, makeup artist, and youtuber... and YES I also sell MK.. and I LOVE It.. all my models.. love it. you should see that makeup in the runway! actually you can, on project runway (lifetime) the makeup is amazing and inexpensive. you don't have to recruit in order to make a lot of money. Im a Senior Director as well and my team makes good money from just being knowledgeable beauty consultant. BUT I DO WORK and i teach my girls proper makeup application, and i give amazing customer service. I have the best and most loyal customers. and YES i do have inventory, and my team does too and guess what? they run out of it and they find themselves buying more, just like me. we work we have fun we love glamour fashion shows, makeup, everything. we sell A LOT.
wahm12345 on January 28, 2016:
Wow. This was a great read. I don't even sell MK, but my friend is a director and loves her job and the company. Pink truth is full of nuts and they all come off just crazy.
Laura on January 22, 2016:
Thank you, I needed this.
April (author) from Fort Myers on December 29, 2015:
Thank you, Emily, I used to have that link inside my article until someone took it upon themselves to edit my article and they deleted the link. :-/
EmilyDoe3 on December 28, 2015:
April (author) from Fort Myers on November 23, 2015:
Hi dear, I didn't glance over anything. The allegations you and others have made about the sexism have absolutely no support, so it isn't even worth my time to debate. You can say you've done all your research, but you provide nothing to prove that claim. You took the fact that MK had husbands at different stages of her life out of context. Please, I urge you to research deeper before attacking people pointlessly. My article in itself is proof that I've done my research, so this just isn't a fair debate. So I'll end things here. Take care!
I Just Don't Get It on November 23, 2015:
Why is it that everyone refers to Mary Kay Ash as a single mother, when she in fact had 7 husbands that helped her with her children. Her 'marketing plan' is also not taught at Harvard. The more I look into Mary Kay, the more I dread getting a phone call from a friend that is a consultant who wants me to join. It's not hard to look up the facts, and after doing some research, this 'business' is quite a scam. My friend told me all about the free car, but it reality it's not free. It's not even legally yours, and it's also hideous.
I'm sorry that you are so brainwashed that you cannot see what this company does to women. Also, I liked that you did not answer anything about the sexism that occurs within Mary Kay. I noticed someone else comment on that, but you glazed right over it.
Donna Ford on October 01, 2015:
hi i sell mary kay but its not working for me i dont know people that have lot of money to buy and i dont as well i an thinking of stopping it for now as i dont have money to buy invotory and dont know to many ladys what should i do the sells director wants to go for coffee and talk oh no hey lol thanks
April (author) from Fort Myers on September 19, 2015:
Thank you for your input. However, the lady who described the business as a pyramid was gravely mistaking throughout her entire comment. But even still, if you want to refer to it as a pyramid business that is fine. Pyramids and scams are not the same thing. Not even close. I don't see MK as either, but that is just my experienced opinion. :)
Mary Kay has never left anything out about her son. Both of her sons are very freely discussed in her biography, amongst other books. I am sorry that your representative would say such a terrible thing, even though you didn't actually hear it, but I have to say that I notice a pattern with a lot of you negative commenters... You all seem to attack your directors and supervisors. You blame Mary Kay as a business on your personal experience with one or two people. I suppose if you went into a restaurant and your server wasn't very polite or on top of things, the whole restaurant would suck (regardless if the owners were wonderful people and the food tasted delicious). When you work in sales, which nobody has denied MK is very successful part of the sales industry, you are met with many different people. Some sales people are patient and understanding, others (especially car salesmen) are more pushy and often times dishonest if it means earning them more sales. That is the personal individual's issue to deal with, not the business. We all need to stop and think about how ignorant we sound when we blame an entire industry that has been very successful for generations, on the faults of one person. Thanks in advance for taking that essential tip into account before any further comments. :)
Ps. Most stores and businesses refuse refunds to makeup and skin care products after they've been used, regardless if there was a reaction to them or not.
momsneedrealfacts on September 16, 2015:
How people can defend such a scam when someone in the comments literally describes it working as a pyramid scheme is beyond me.
Me and a friend of mine were almost dragged into this pyramid scheme just because the representative thought our autism made us stupid. Im not joking they said that when we left. Thank goodness for my brother telling us what she said or we'd of never known.
If this was really a good company how come Mary Kay leaves out the fact her son helped her start it up? How come when I look them up I find tons of negative reviews? How come there are so many stories about how bad this all is? How come Mary Kay constantly leaves out mentally ill and refuses refunds to anyone with allergies?
and it's not just Mary Kay doing this. It's all companies set up like this
And refuse to fall for them specially when they see me as nothing more than a sterotype
Also this story
April (author) from Fort Myers on September 09, 2015:
I never had my discount taken away, nor have I ever been threatened that it would be penalized, which is probably why it was so convenient for me to not mention it. Also, I guess it's necessary to note that in this article I responded specifically to claims that were made in another article. So in correction, it was the other author who conveniently didn't mention that unproven claim. :)
Just Curious on September 09, 2015:
Why does Mary Kay put a requirement for you to purchase what is it $400. of merchandise or they penalize you by suspending your 50% discount...I like how you conviently didnt mention that fact...sounds like pressure to by to me. Dont get me wrong love rheir products but that practice alone is why I wouldnt sale their product. And what do you have to do to get your discount back or can you...can someone actually answer that.
Rose King on July 04, 2015:
I just became a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant a week and a half ago. One of the points was about buying inventory. I do not have $600 - $3000 to spend on inventory and I have a very poor credit score. My recruiter offered the option that if I could get people to buy enough from her website that equaled the amount it would take to order my starter kit she would give me the money for it (because I didn't even have money for that!). I did that. I asked friends and family to help me start this business and they did! It took me almost a month (because some people had to wait until they got paid) but I did it and my recruiter ordered my kit. Before I got my kit in the mail my director did orientation with me. She talked to me about inventory options and how if I didn't have the credit score for it to see if someone would co-sign a loan with me to get the inventory and then pay it off with the profit I made. I called everyone I could think of and nobody wanted to do that. I didn't give up though! I told my director about it and she said that I could just start selling and see how much I could sell before I had to place my first order. Because it was the end of June when I became a consultant and that is also Mary Kay's end of the year, my director gave me a goal to just try to sell $600 ($750 with tax) in one week (June 23rd to June 30th). I went from business to business where I live and I advertised on FB and I talked to women in Walmart. Guess what... I placed a $750 order on the night of June 30th. It is possible to do it. You just have to believe in yourself, not give up, have confidence, and trust that God is guiding your every step. :)
April (author) from Fort Myers on June 15, 2015:
Michelle, I'm not sure who you are referring to being crazy..?
Michelle on June 02, 2015:
THIS IS INSANE! Are you crazy? I apologize, but, this is not how Mary Kay is run. They live for integrity, not for scams.
Susan on June 01, 2015:
I am still shaking my head at some of the negative elaborations! Mary Kay is what you make of your business and my recruiter and director have been nothing but respectful from the beginning. As in any company some are most aggressive than others. God knew that I was hunting for the right fit for me at this tome in my life and I was then introduced to MK.
April (author) from Fort Myers on June 01, 2015:
Hmmm, I've never heard of MK using spam for any of their sales. That's definitely a new one! Usually, they make their sales via makeup parties that are hosted by customers, either in-home or on an event page. Spamming ... very interesting.
Sydney on May 25, 2015:
ive never been so annoyed with spamming until I've seen mary Kay. The ones in Portland will push you so bad to buy or to give them contacts. Whether their products are great or not, I don't care... Spamming is never a way to sell.
April (author) from Fort Myers on May 21, 2015:
Hi everyone! I recently gave birth to my third child, so I haven't been as active as I usually am. But I wanted to pop on here real quick and show my appreciation. Thank you all for your feedback, good or bad!! I love reading everyone's opinions and it does mean a lot to see how well so many people enjoy this article.
FalboBros on May 14, 2015:
Full disclosure, my wife is a Mary Kay sales director:
You do a great job debunking the Top 10 list. Thanks for your effort. I am appalled that people create such websites as Pink Truth, and I appreciate folks like you that try to counter their attacks. Thanks again!
Besarien from South Florida on May 04, 2015:
Mary Kay has done me no wrong. They just sponsored the makeup for my favorite show, Project Runway. Several years back I was on a flight from DFW to Miami that was filled with pink ladies returning from a convention. Several of them were given cars to drive, apparently, for top sales. Any company that gives their top reps company cars couldn't be all bad. Yes I did buy some Mary Kay on that flight. One very nice lipstick out of a pink briefcase ( This was before 911 when they didn't care what you took on a plane.)
LDBrown on April 17, 2015:
I'm what you call an educated beauty and cosmetics junky. At one point I was interested in selling Mary Kay to make extra money but almost every representative I know seems to be uneducated when it comes to cosmetics and beauty products including Mary Kay. They rely heavily on the consultant that brought them into the program (none of those consultant knew what milling was). I even had one rep tell me that African Americans don't need sunscreen (I'm African American and so is she) then turn around and try to sell me skincare products. REALLY? HUGE TURNOFF! Personally, I only use what my dermatologist recommends when it comes to skincare. Another thing that bugged me was that none of these reps wore makeup or knew how to apply it. ANOTHER TURNOFF. My question to them was how are you going to sell the product if you don't wear the product or even know how to apply the product? On the other hand the Avon reps I know actually wear the products, hold makeover parties and were very educated about Avon's products as well as other brands. I can ask them about how long the product lasts on the skin, does it stay true to color, etc. They remind me of the Sephora girls. (I love them) So here's my question to the MK consultants here....What kind of training does Mary Kay offer when it comes to makeup application and such? Do they educate you on the cosmetics and not just their skincare?
B on April 13, 2015:
Hellloooooo! I noticed you have been responding recently, I thought I would share my story:
I was invited to sell MaryKay in college, I had recently turned 18, I come from a family line of direct-sales, I joined and quickly moved up. Goal-oriented, I thrived by the awesome star prizes, I completed one of the two qualifications to go on target for car and was halfway done with securing the team members before I had two friends pass away. In grief, I sat out and looked to my director, to sisterhood, to help me. She was my friend, and I her "number-one" consultant, I worked with her to directorship. I reached out to her to express my concerns: she lied to me, told me she would send me a prize for doing a debut for her but only made excuses and never did after 7 months- she changed when she became a director. She only called me to see what I could sell even when she knew I was struggling with suicidal ideation and depression. That aside, my upline was deceitful. I watched them pressure women into inventory and do many of the things the women of PinkTruth cry about. Though that website admittedly has become a cult of its own, it has relevance. At one career conference, one director reached out to me, she liked my hair. For whatever reason I got her number and kept it. My issues were also that my upline were not Godly women at all, they used God to manipulate. I said I would never do MaryKay again and planned to give away my inventory. But I believe God is calling me back to the company. One thing my director did say was when God would not place a dream in your heart He did not intend for you to accomplish. Truth is, I liked the MaryKay model. I liked the prizes, I enjoyed doing what I did, I was good at it! No... I did not appreciate, in fact I despised the women around me who lied for their gain but as do I the Christians around me who do they same thing! The new director I found was decent and in order and bore the fruit of a God-filled woman! I believe it was God that I met her, she is in Pearl division and even told me it was rare we were placed in the same conference, I was in Emerald. I have since allowed my contract to phase out and have been happy about it. I said I wanted nothing to do with a deceitful company. I think I've already answered my own question, it has been healing to write about it. I was dealing with deceitful people. A group. A small, minute group of 50-60 in thousands! I hear God saying 'Go back. This is the path I have for you.' I think it is time for me to open up this new contract and get back to doing what I enjoy. It is unfortunate that women do abuse the model- dangling sisterhood, belonging, and God above women. Perhaps this is why I was always "almost" there. Recruiting in twos and telling my director God will not give me the third until I can handle it. I had 8 recruits during my time, sold $8500 but my recruits only came in twos. I would get them and they would be active then fall off by the time I received the third. But I believe my new (soon-to-be?) director shows that not every one is the same. I think I will try her out. This company IS good. It IS positive. It DOES work. As it happens, I wanted to name my unit: "Precious Pearls". And for whatever reason I feel happier knowing I will re-sign back up. I try so hard to resist it. But it seems... It seems God placed it on my heart to be a difference and actually stand for what God placed in MaryKay's heart which is truth. God first, family second, career third does work. When you are actually doing that and not using God to get people in the door...
April (author) from Fort Myers on April 07, 2015:
Actually, no. What makes them BOTH a business is that they are both selling product. Period. If MK pretended to sell product, but in fact did not sell any product after collecting money, THAT would be a scam. As you can see, the similarities of MK to a scam are non-existent. Every business in the world has different audiences which they market to. McDonalds just happens to have a larger audience because it's business is food... greasy, unhealthy food, but food nonetheless. Therefore, because humans cannot live without food McDonalds automatically has a larger clientele than any makeup business would.:)
Philip Arlington on April 07, 2015:
Mary Kay is a scam because its business is selling product to representatives. McDonalds is a real business because its business is selling product to the public.
April (author) from Fort Myers on February 27, 2015:
You are not required to attend those meetings. They strongly encourage it, but very rarely have I attended mine.
Donna on February 26, 2015:
I already own my own business in sales. With ANY business it takes a while to get it up and running successfully (and a lot of hard work I might add! )
I have been using MK products for a couple of years now and I love them! I actually talked to my consultant today about selling MK.
It is not because I think I will make a lot of money or win the big prizes. BUT ..most women wear makeup and have some type of beauty product that the use. I use several of the products and my son uses the anti-acne system.
It makes sense to me to sign up and get my own products for a better price. I KNOW these products work well - it dosent take much to just ask another lady what she uses and if she would be interested in trying MK. What's the worse thing to happen. She will say no. OR she might say yes and I just might make a little money.
Anyway - I didn't think it would hurt to try it...to at least make back what I spend on product im already buying.
I think the one drawback for me is the weekly? meetings. Don't have time for all that!
So..what are my chances?
April (author) from Fort Myers on January 27, 2015:
madscientist12, I had no money in any bank account when I started with MK. It was a very big struggle for me to find the money to get started. That first statement from you was not true and it sounds like you may have been misguided by your original director.
Sylvia, I'm glad you enjoyed this. Thank you for your support!
Sylvia on January 26, 2015:
I love this blog post. I'm going to save it... And share it... And practice it. I would like to develop the kind of patience you have to express your sound logic. Me? I just get spun out by people's ignorance.... and then I get defensive. Oy! Anyway... Thank you.
Dani Alicia from Florence, SC on January 20, 2015:
Mary Kay is a business for people who already have money stored in the bank. I used to be a big supporter and excited consultant--I even wrote an article about Mary Kay. But since then, I've seen the light. I simply don't have enough money or time to build a Mary Kay business. Also, to prayingmomandwife, the only way to switch directors is to sit the business out for a year until you're contract with the company is terminated and then you can resign up with another director. I did this and it was so great to work with someone that I could actually get along with!
April (author) from Fort Myers on January 19, 2015:
Mon, thank you for support!! :)
April (author) from Fort Myers on January 19, 2015:
Prayingmomandwife, that is HORRIBLE! It is representatives like that who give the rest of MK reps a bad name. I'm so sorry to hear what she is doing. You pose a question that I've actually never had to face so I'm unsure of the answer. I will try looking into it for you, but if anyone else knows the answer please feel free to step in and help out! I agree, you should find someone else to help. I hate doing business in a deceitful way--ESPECIALLY against your spouse. I wouldn't want my husband to do something behind my back, and therefore, I show him the same respect.
Best wishes and many blessings to you and your business!!!
April (author) from Fort Myers on January 16, 2015:
Well said, Melbelle!
MelBelle on January 15, 2015:
Rob, so sorry to hear about your wife's story and also sorry to hear about her friends that struggle with the same thing. I honestly think that there are a few factors that go into success with this sort of thing. I think that sales can be one of the hardest jobs on the planet! There are times where it business can be booming! Then there are times where things are a bit more lean. I think that the prizes and potential to make a lot of money can draw people in, but I think you really have to be an extravert who is willing to put yourself in uncomfortable situations (at times) to be able to sell your product. I also think that a key part is to make sure that you have a great support system.
I think some good questions would be: Is my superior making money? Is my superior there for me if I need them? Will they physically come help me if I'm struggling and watch my presentation to give me feedback?
If you don't have a good support system you are setting yourself up for failure. Honestly, I'm sure there are some directors out there who aren't doing well and are barely succeeding which forces them to put pressure on those under them. This NEVER creates a good situation. However, I also believe that if that were the majority of the cases than they wouldn't continue to grow as much as they have.
It's so terrible to hear that it seems like those in your area have been in that situation. I truly hope that things get better for you and those you mentioned. God bless!
April (author) from Fort Myers on January 13, 2015:
EXACTLY!!! Thank you so much for your comment. :)
Mon on January 13, 2015:
Great Post !!
I can say my mom is a MK executive director, and she is happy, glamorous successful and the most independet woman I know. My dad is an enterpreneur too and as a business man he is the most supportive.
I agree that MK is not for everyone but seriously if the haters that write the PINK TRUTH would have invested the same amount of time promoting and selling the products that they have invested in discrediting the business model, maybe and just maybe they would have succeded in their MK business.
OF COURSE IT REQUIRES MONEY AND TIME!! BUT WHICH BUSINESS DOESN'T.
So to all the haters: LIVE YOUR LIFE, BE NICE AND LET OTHERS LIVE ;)
April (author) from Fort Myers on December 31, 2014:
I will say because I choose not to invest in a large inventory I haven't moved up as quickly as I could, but I'm still happy with the progress and it was a choice I didn't make lightly.
Rob on December 31, 2014:
Well I guess your one of the few that's doing good every body else that I talked to they love doing it too it's just so time consuming and it's almost like an expensive hobby lol well that's what I told my wife it was lol but glad to hear your one of the few who can do it with no problems congrats and enjoy life
April (author) from Fort Myers on December 31, 2014:
Wow, that's really sad. I have met people here and there with similar stories, but not that many.
Rob on December 31, 2014:
Actually there was a lot of reps that Were doing the same thing as far as borrowing and money lose we thought we were the only ones but turned out there were many more doing the same thing my wife no longer does it but the friends that she met at their Mary Kay meetings are still struggling to succeed or feel like they need to do it cause their so far into it they might as well be commented to it. But there life is still a wreck they'll call my wife for mental support and try to keep on track but through my eyes I don't see light on the other side I told my wife from the beginning it was a pyramid scam and not to get her feelings hurt when she found out the truth. I didn't want to be the negative one so I supported her with which I thought was more then plenty of income but it just was never enough seemed like so I tell other people that if you want to get sysrted in that you need to have a large bank account to back you up or a wealthy family that would be curtious enough to help you along the way.
April (author) from Fort Myers on December 31, 2014:
Rob, I've never had to experience any of that. In fact, I never bought large inventory to begin with. I always waited until I earned credits and used that to invest in more inventory. I'm so sorry to hear you and your family had to go through such hard times with your wife, though. It's definitely not an experience all reps go through. My family would not front me the money even if I needed or wanted to ask them for it. But then again, we're a very independent family.
"Name," I'm not sure where you're getting your figures from, but no. Not $6000. However, to build up to that status with a pink car and such, you have to have a certain amount of reps working beneath you. So even if you take a month off, you're still earning income from a percentage of their commissions. Also, I'm a firm believer in setting money aside and not living paycheck to paycheck, which has helped tremendously when I do want to take time off from work. Most women who climb the ladder successfully with MK have the same mindset of not spending all their money as soon as they earn it. However, the main point this MK Rep who commented was making with taking a month off was more of a fact that you don't need to ask for permission to take time off, because you are your own boss. I do believe you took her point a little too literal. :)
Name on December 31, 2014:
So basically you would have to set about $6000 to take off for a month to compensate your car and to keep your position which ever that would be a director or which ever else .:)
Rob on December 31, 2014:
All I want to ask to all these ladies who are so hardcore on defending Mary Kay how far in debt are you and your family in and don't lie about it ????? My wife did that Mary Kay deal we drained our bank account to buy products we borrowed money from family just so she can keep her red jacket position so she didn't have to start all over same thing for her car from Mary Kay too so we borrowed bout $4000 from family got behind on bills almost lost our other two vehicles due to not enough income cause most of it went to Mary Kay so my point is I tired of all these ladies talking about all this money the make but don't mention all the scarifies their families had to make just for her to get their and not be able to be a director at least so I'd like for them to speak the truth about it and not hide all the bs they have to go through which is A lot have a nice day
April (author) from Fort Myers on December 31, 2014:
Unless you keep enough of your earnings set aside as fallback money, so that when you hit emergencies or choose to take a month off you can afford to do so. :)
Name on December 31, 2014:
Just wanna say something really quick if you take time off for a month like the lady said you will not have enough money to keep your pink car so either you pull from your families bank account or lose your car you gotta keep making X amount of money to keep it
MikkiB on December 02, 2014:
I have sold Mary Kay since 1987 and in this business it is one of choice. You can choose to purchase inventory, choose to hold skin care classes or facials, choose to recruit others, choose to become a Team Lead/Red Jacket, DIQ, or Director. You choose to work hard towards your success.
Just imagine how great the lives and personalities those who bash Mary Kay or any other business would be, if they stopped. What a waste of time and energy!!
"The definition of successful people is simply ordinary people with extraordinary determination. You cannot keep determined people from success. If you place stumbling blocks in their way, they will use them for stepping-stones and climb to new heights. People who succeed have a goal, a dream and make their plans and follow them."
~ MARY KAY ASH
April (author) from Fort Myers on November 23, 2014:
Great points, Xaviera! Thanks for sharing!:)
Xaviera on November 22, 2014:
Mary Kay has outlasted many direct selling businesses (Warm Spirit, Jafra, and soon Avon). 51 years says it all! No other business that I know of has been the biggest supporter of women being women and Christians than Mary Kay. 51 years, the products have sold themselves and stars have been driving free cars! There are many ways to get money to get inventory! If someone approached you with this wonderful opportunity, they saw a need of you in Mary Kay and not you needing Mary Kay. If someone told you that there was a company giving 50% profit, free cars, diamonds, purses, tax breaks, flexibility, your own hours, sisterhood, best fellowships, money, gifts, rewards, and you could be your own boss, you would say "where do I sign"! That is why I LOVE MY MARY KAY!
April (author) from Fort Myers on November 20, 2014:
Thank you, Charlene. :)
April (author) from Fort Myers on November 18, 2014:
That's awesome, Heidi! Thank you so much for the support and for sharing your success story! I couldn't agree with you more. It's not for everybody, and that's perfectly okay.
Heidi Haney on November 18, 2014:
I'm so glad that someone finally said what has been on my mind all along about "Pink Truth". That site is unfair and bashes a company all because ONE woman didn't want to do the work necessary to run her own business. Mary Kay is NOT for everyone (otherwise we wouldn't need other careers in the world right?) If Mary Kay WERE for EVERYONE then who would manufacture automobiles, who would run the white house, etc... So, just because YOUR Mary Kay experience was not top notch (and maybe she should be bashing her recruiter for poor work ethics rather than Mary Kay the company as a whole) should not be blasted all over the internet! I started a completely successful Mary Kay business on my own with NO INVENTORY to start! I am now a STAR senior consultant and I've quit my corporate job. THANK YOU MARY KAY and THANK YOU to my recruiter who has trained me well!!! I LOVE MARY KAY!!!
Kc on November 09, 2014:
I actually love their products. My consultant wears it and has gained like 3 cars from selling. I've used drug store make up and it doesn't compare to Marykay. Marykay would probably considered more high end make up. For people to call it drug store duplicates probably don't wear it! I wear it, I've compared it and I know! I'm considering becoming a consultant just so it's more easier to get.
April (author) from Fort Myers on October 29, 2014:
Hi Shannon, I have to say I do agree some with your point about the gifts. They weren't really picked for a broad audience. I, personally, never really cared too much or paid enough attention to the prizes but I could understand your point for those who enjoyed using prizes as more of their own personal incentive. As for the skirt deal, in my own town group meetings there were a lot of women who wore dress pants or slacks. Some even showed up in scrubs from their day time jobs as nurses. I haven't personally experienced a group that is really as strict about the dress code as I've heard others say they are. Perhaps it just depends on the leader. I know that the company was founded by Mary Kay, who was a single mom during an era where it wasn't quite as common as it is today, and being an entrepreneur to a large company was also not as common for women. I think that the company tries to stay with a lot of the original traditions in honor of MK, who she was, and what her company represented. But again, I can value your opinion that times have changed and that perhaps some of the rules should be reconsidered in keeping up with the times. Thanks for sharing!
Shannon on October 28, 2014:
I can't really agree with you about the skirt thing. I'm not sure it's even legal to require you to wear a skirt. Do the male consultants have to follow this rule? It may not be intended as sexism, but it is. You can look professional without wearing a dress or a skirt, men do it all the time by wearing nice pants and a button up shirt. Or she could wear nice pants and a blouse. Nobody is saying they should be allowed to wear ripped jeans and yoga pants, but come on. In the winter, even a long skirt is much less warm then pants. I love Mary kay but the only issue I have with them is blatant sexism...the prizes are all stereotypical feminine stuff that a male consultant would not like and a tomboy would not like. Why do they have like three different kitchen related prizes but not one tool kit? I realize the company is mostly in the housewife type demographic but that doesn't mean they should ONLY offer prizes that would appeal to those types of women (or men). Why do they always emphasize that women can use their business to gain independence...as if they weren't already the breadwinner of the house, as many women now are. I just feel that it sends the wrong message. I do appreciate that the company does many great charitable things and everyone of my directors is very supportive and fun. But the way it is set up so only a certain type of people even would want the prizes they offer doesn't make sense. I don't like everything being pink and frilly and girly. I can deal with that being an option for others, but I would work harder for the prizes if there was an incentive that actually appealed to me. (BTW, what do guys even do with the starter kit purse? No other option like a briefcase for them?)
Love Pink on October 08, 2014:
Ashley, I would be happy to talk to you about Mary Kay if you are interested.
April (author) from Fort Myers on October 08, 2014:
Ashley, it sounds like Cristen would be a perfect person to talk to about starting up with MK! I actually stopped selling after my first *successful* year, not because I had any issues with MK but because my focus turned to earning a living from the articles that I write, online. Being at home with my children, I had to pick one main source of income for myself and writing has always been my passion. I have no doubt you will do awesome with Mary Kay, though, and I wish you the best of luck on your adventure!
Cristen on October 06, 2014:
I am a new mommy who just received my starter kit and I am super excited! My director hasn't been pushy about purchasing inventory and is super supportive! I am going to my first meeting tomorrow night, have orders to pay for my initial inventory, and have parties booked! Ashley would love to connect with you :-)
Ashley Coburn on September 30, 2014:
Hi I am a stay at home mom of a 1 yr old and a 6 year old and would love to start Mary Kay but I do not know where to start. A little guidance would be much appreciated! Thank you and have a great day!
April (author) from Fort Myers on September 10, 2014:
Absolutely, Allyson. Thanks for sharing your experience!
Allyson Garside on September 10, 2014:
I think this is ridiculous because I have never experienced those problems neither have any of my friends that also work with Mary Kay it is a great job and I love it
April (author) from Fort Myers on September 05, 2014:
Thank you, Johnb200.:)
Johnb200 on September 04, 2014:
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April (author) from Fort Myers on September 01, 2014:
Thank you, Higher Power!
Higher Power on September 01, 2014:
There are many business out there. Not everyone can sell, wear or use. There are stories about all the companies out there it would put your panties in a bunch. I have sold MK in a bar, sex toys at church, depends what they want. Selling stun guns, pepper sprays. You can make Money anywhere. Just don't lose sight. You want to make money! Its your business! invest what you can. There is no wrong way to sell anything.
April (author) from Fort Myers on August 29, 2014:
Great job and you're exactly right, IBleedPink!! So many hateful people comment on here with their negative opinions. Nobody is being forced to like Mary Kay, but the evil hatred is honestly uncalled for. There's nothing fake or wrong about MK. It's a thriving business that some people are and others aren't cut out for. I'm not cut out to be an actor or hairstylist but I don't hate anyone who is, just because I can't do their job. The end.
Ibleedpink on August 29, 2014:
If you didn't make money selling MaryKay you're just not cut out for the job. I just started and have $700 in sales in just 3 days. My 6 yr old could sell this, the women of Mary Kay are amazing!!! Love my job
April (author) from Fort Myers on August 29, 2014:
What a very professional comment. Keep it classy, Pyramid!lol
April (author) from Fort Myers on August 27, 2014:
Thank you! It is things like your misinformed facts and rude judgment that give me the fire to persevere. God is good! Your comment was a true blessing and perfect example to my readers of how believing false rumors can cause you to appear uneducated.
kellytruths from Singapore on August 27, 2014:
I once told a friend that I would help set her up her shopping store if she is promoting something good. Turned out she was promoting Mary Kay's cancer-causing products. I was soooo aghast! I do not know how she is now but she keeps changing phone numbers.
Health Godshalk can keep earning dirty money cos you know many are! God is watching. So, keep up the good work MOM IN GODS HANDS!
April (author) from Fort Myers on August 14, 2014:
Some of the comments to my article just play perfectly into the point that I'm making. Please, keep them coming. I love the feedback!
heather Godshalk on July 20, 2014:
WOW, You all spend so Much time Bashing the Company. If you spent that much time Selling the Product, YOU would learn Just how Awesome Mary Kay is. Oh, and I have never found Peals, Diamond Rings, Bonus checks, and A CAR at the Dollar Store....SMH You want the big prize but do not want to work for it...That's why America is in Trouble.....
Bonnie on July 10, 2014:
Sad how people put down MK distributors , Sales it's not for everyone, But every company needs agood marketing or sales team unless it wants to perish. I for one hate going to stores wasting my time, when i do i go straight to clerk ask for assistance. If i could have a professional consultants go to my home for all aspects of my life ill be in heaven. For the inventory issue lets be honest we are Americans we don't like to wait for anything, obviously the more you have available the more you will sale, simple supply and demand start small......I'm a furniture sales woman's, my husband an engineer, he only recently started respecting sales when he won a contest at work getting new accounts, Thanks to his amazing wife (me),....on the dinner with management he admitted my wife did the cold calls, his boss was impressed... i encourage everyone pursuit happiness no matter what career that is.
beautygal31 on July 05, 2014:
I think people just want to get rich quick and do almost nothing for it. You get what you put into it people. As a licensed Cosmetologist in WI state I have done so many weddings and I used to use Urban Decay and Benefit products and I sell Mary Kay now because I know what goes into them. They are super inexpensive compared to Beauti Control that I signed up for twice and bailed out of. Its like Redken people! They have lasted time and again because they are quality. If you can't sell or feel guilty about selling..clearly this is not the job for you. But since I have started selling this I only work part time and I spend way more time with my kids and I have fun when I go to work. No complaints here. McDonald's is always hiring tho ;)
Christina on June 27, 2014:
FYI MK offers a 90% buy back on any inventory you purchase after a year. And they are always updating their products to be top of the line. You don't have to respond to my comment. I will never actually see any response. But have a super day!!!
Dani Alicia from Florence, SC on June 26, 2014:
@alan bennett if the business plan is such a failure, why is there 2.5 million consultants in over 35 markets worldwide? Mary Kay is just like a franchise, yes you can compare it to selling franchises. I meet women all the time who have never even heard of Mary Kay. The way I see it, we don't have enough consultants to go around. Mary Kay Ash built her company to HELP WOMEN achieve success. That means sharing the opportunity, not keeping it all to ourselves. Great hub, btw.