Is Mary Kay:
- A pyramid scheme
- A Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) plan
- A Dual-Marketing plan
- A Direct Marketing plan
- Something else
"I must ask..." "....in what way has MK enriched anyone's life? I ask in all sincerity. I see it as a company who sells skin care and make up and perfumes, amoung other things. How does this truly enrich anyone's life? And please don't say self esteem. Self esteem can be gotten from any other company where someone succeeds. What is it about MK that makes it so wonderful?
I had a horrible start with MK. I was lied to, manipulated...."
"...in what way has MK enriched anyone's life? I ask in all sincerity. I see it as a company who sells skin care and make up and perfumes, amoung other things. How does this truly enrich anyone's life?"
“Mary Kay Corporate (mkcorpse as they maturely refer to it) is just trying to make money off of us”
“Now that I don’t sell as much my director/recruiter NEVER calls me”
“I ALWAYS read contracts before I sign them, but it just FELT SOOO good to be “one of the gals” that I just went ahead and signed it”
“I never made any money because I just couldn’t charge FULL price to my FRIENDS and FAMILY”
“SHE told me it was going to be easy and I TRUSTED her because she was my FRIEND”
“How DARE the company that I am a distributor for tell ME what to wear”
“Updating product is not to remain relevant in a demanding market, it is a SCAM to make me buy more inventory”
“No one can sell Mary Kay because the market is saturated”
"A rateMD.com type of thing sounds like it would be good to have but for MK Directors and above so that new people coming in could choose the unit they'd like to work with."
Unfortunately, you ladies are in truly in the pink vortex.
There truly is NO way to do MK in the "right way."
The system is broken.
What does “pink vortex” mean? Are you telling us that the above “facts” are SO well established that anyone who believes you CAN do MK with ethics is in a vortex of ignorance?
Yes, old school training is to book, sell, recruit - working "full circle."
How well is that working for you really?
Are women calling you begging to hold skincare classes? Hmm?
Here is where some “pro-mkers” have the tendency to want to call “anti-mkers” lazy. You can’t expect women to call YOU begging for anything… it doesn’t work that way. YOU have to call them… lots of them! If someone told you that they would call you… I am sorry to say… they lied to you. No one on this site has said that this is easy (too my knowledge!)
Are you having $1000 weeks on a consistent basis? Making $400 profit with the 60/40 split?
or are you plowing all "profits" back into the MK business either attempting to pay off a credit card or purchasing even MORE inventory?
I will let the consultants answer these questions individually and not speak for the group but I will point out that everyone will have different goals in mind. For some “plowing profits” into their business is good. (I am NOT advocating debt though)
Even if you build up your selling business, you will at some point be encouraged by your Director, Sr. Director, or NSD to gouge your sales, but recruiting your best customers.
You will be encouraged to become a Red Jacket, Team Leader, on-target for DIQ, etc.
These things are all good… but you are making them sound bad. Care to elaborate?
The ONLY way you will move up in the company is recruit and frontload.
Simply not true. Recruit yes. Frontload no. In fact, I think frontloading is the quickest “ticket” to failure in Mary Kay.
HUGE thousands in "Production" is a requirement to move up and "win a free car" (with a co-pay by the way).
Achieving new levels and EARNING a free car are awarded when you are making the company money. If it didn’t require HUGE production it would be kind of pointless… don’t you think?
It has nothing to do with SALES, MK rewards women because of product ordered by them or their team members.
The intent is still for you to SELL. It is illogical to me how someone would decide to pay for thousands of dollars of product they have no intention of selling just to earn something that MAY be worth a few hundred dollars. Nonetheless, the fact that some people do/have done this does not mean that it was ever the company’s intention. MK (like most product based companies) offers its distributors awards based on the inventory ordered. Trying to “cheat” a company the way you are describing does not make sense for anyone. The company should not be held culpable for this sort of imprudence.
You WILL learn to frontload - but you will be told that you're setting the women up for success with a full store.
Again – ticket to failure. Hopefully no one on this site is doing this or will “learn” to ever.
Hmm... Are you really?
No, frontloading is not setting women up for success.
MK is all about greed. It's a Pink Cult of greed and until you ladies realize that, you're caught up in the lie.
Is it POSSIBLE that the MK you experienced and witnessed is a small part of a picture that if seen in its completeness turned out to be different than what you have seen?
Most people on this site have come to terms with the fact that their experience (good or bad) may or may not be the TYPICAL experience. Can you at least acknowledge that possibility with your experience?
You'll find out soon enough when you stop ordering excessive product that is not immediately needed, just to reach a star level order - that you hear from your Director much less often.
If you are not regularly producing for any company what purpose would they have to stay in constant touch with you? Do you want them to call you to chat? This IS a business. Can you imagine the district supervisor of distribution for (say) Pepsi daily or monthly calling a distributor that orders once a quarter? Not likely.
If you stop ordering for a few months, be prepared for a guilt trip that you're not being a team player.
This is being discussed here
Then, either the pink friendship fade-out will occur, or you will get kicked to the curb with thier "required close-toed shoe."
Sorry to hear that excuses needed to be made. This doesn’t really make sense to me…perhaps because I am a guy! If you were not producing I would have one conversation about it with you. Are you done? Yes, okay… thanks for everything, call if you need anything down the road. No, okay… what do we need to get you back “in the game”. I see no reason to make excuses for why I am not calling you.
They will step over you and say, "NEXT."
Why shouldn’t they? Again, it is a business.
If you think my "NEXT" comment is too harsh, have you listed to Pam Shaws cassettes? Or the offical MK DIQ training cassette from early 2000, where they talk about MK being a "numbers game afterall."
Why is this “harsh”? All sales jobs/occupations boil down to a numbers game. That is the nature of sales. Mary Kay is unique in that it allows for “half hearted distributors” OR Personal Use Consultants to get a discount. They don’t have to do that. If you fall into this category (NOT operating a BUSINESS style operation) how much time do you expect someone that IS trying to operate a profitable business to spend on you?
I pray for all of you that you get out now, while your family finances don't take more of a hit -
and you can save your marriage from the distruction that has happed to SO many in Mary Kay.
Just listen to the NSD I-stories and see how many women are married to their original husbands. It's quite telling...
I will continue to pray for you. I'm not "being negative" although you will probably label me as such.
Why would you take the energy to point out that you are “not being negative” immediately after making three negative statements? It seems that you want to make negative generalizations but not back them up with facts. How many (percentage) NSDs are married to their original husbands? Do you know? How many (percentage) of those who have been involved with MK had their family finances devastated as a result of MK? Do you know?
I'm just speaking the truth about this MK business with a BIG warning to you all.
Considering everything you said… I am left asking, “Of what ‘truth’ are you speaking?” I really didn’t see anything in that long comment that could be construed as TRUTH based on any of the definitions of truth that I am aware of. Please elaborate.
What do you think? Are there any other limits or suggestions you would like to see?
I will give my view of this and then I encourage you all to voice your opinions.
Let me give 2 examples:
Let's say I am a Director and I go over your inventory options with you. At no point do I tell you that a certain level is "required" - but I strongly suggest that you open with a "full store". However, the final choice is yours (which it is). What can MKC do about this if the new consultant regrets her initial inventory choice (other than offering the 90% buyback)? Ultimately, it is HER choice, right? Personal responsibility comes into play here.
Let's say a Director is "buying" her Directorship. Unless she is doing something illegal (such as activating a rep without her knowledge), I still don't see what can be done.
And, no, I don't think that all consultants should be punished/micromanaged because of some bad apples.
Okay, ladies (and gents) - let's hear what you think!
So, what do you think? Share your experiences!
So, what do you think?
Mary Kay is one of the few Direct Sales companies that encourages inventory.
On the other hand, it is one of the few companies that hands customers product as soon as they purchase it. Most other companies have a wait of up to 2-3 weeks for orders.
I know we will have people on both sides of this issue, and that's fine. Just keep it civil, folks. :D
Independent Contractor (can write off these expenses if qualifications are met):
Businesses write off every single penny they (legally) can so that their tax liability is as low as (legally) possible. Why? So they pay less taxes (legally)! You WANT your taxable income to be as low as possible (legally) so your tax liability is lower!
So if I travel 100 miles round trip for a SCC, I can write off whatever the IRS says I can per mile (let's say 50 cents). So in this example, I have 100 x .50 = $50 in a tax writeoff for mileage!
Did I pay $50 in gas for the trip? No. The IRS mileage takes into account gas, wear and tear on the car, etc.
So can you see how putting miles on your car can quickly reduce your taxable income? And that is just one example. I can't do that just for driving back and forth to work.
Directors do have expenses. IBC's have expenses. The great thing about it is that these expenses are tax deductible!
Employees have expenses, too. They just don't usually get to write them off.