Some excellent conversation is developing on the "99% thing" post. Be sure to check that out and add your thoughts!
One thing that stood out to me is the disparity between the "more good than bad" and "more bad than good" camps. If you read on any of the anti-MK sites much you will find the feelings echoed by regular commentator Judi that there are far more problems and obstacles and unethical practices in Mary Kay than are worth the effort. If you read on many of the Pro-MK sites (including MaryKay.com) you find the opposite sentiment. Many believe that there are so few problems, obstacles and unethical practices that even entertaining the dissenters with conversation about it is a waste of time.
My strong conviction is that we can't possibly know the answer to this conundrum. With over 700,000 US consultants it seems unlikely that anyone claiming 300 members that have all testified to the EXACT SAME experience could claim a majority. Even if we make it 3,000 or 30,000 we are still no where near a majority. Add to that problem the fact that many who have had a "bad" or "unpleasant" experience with Mary Kay share extremely varied complaints. From "MK is too controlling" to "MK should be more controlling". From "MK is too expensive" to "MK is too cheap". Due to these and many other "lesser" differences, the overall "complaint" is not the same. Similarly, those sharing their "MK is great because..." stories tend to vary in what they are looking for and what they "get out of it".
However, since everyone loves to explain why their experience represents the majority, here is your chance.
Naturally, I am not looking for evidence here or 100% proof - but please also refrain from using exaggerations and assumptions.
As an example, I know my wife. She sells Mary Kay. I know and have spoken directly to her director, her recruiter, several of her units team members and all of her team members. They all seem to genuinely enjoy their experience. Her director is certainly NOT hurting for cash - but also does not pressure my wife to "buy" any achievements. I personally have not had any experience with out of state MK folk (except those on this site) so I will not speak to that personally.
Online I have read what amounts to "believable" testimony from both sides of the equation. I don't think that I have seen enough to conclusively state one thing or the other. However, I will say that based on what I have seen so far, there is a very small likelihood that the "squeaky wheels" posting online smear sites actually represent the majority. If the majority of the 700,000+ US consultants (350,001 or more) were being manipulated and suffering the atrocities posited by the Anti-MK sites I think we would see and hear a much larger outcry than we do now. That is my opinion based on my own logical deductions of the observations I have made so far.
So now it is your turn.
More good than bad?
More bad than good?
Sunday, January 27, 2008
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