Your Name: Annie
Are You Active or Inactive?: inactive
If Inactive, Date You Left MK: Around March 2008
Amount of Initial Inventory You Purchased: $3600 on a new MK credit card, with shipping and taxes was over $5000
How were you recruited? :
I went to my sister’s debut party, and 3 of the 4 guests signed up to be consultants. That should have been my first clue: market saturation. The gal doing the recruiting used all the cutesy little sayings (e.g., “buy it for a dollar, sell it for two”).
Do you have a memorable experience from your time in Mary Kay? If so, please tell us about it.
I did a HUGE debut (invited about 50 people, and ~30 showed up). My director was SOOO encouraging (of course, I just bought $3600 inventory, duh), and told me she knew I’d sell at least $1000 and get tons of recruits. No recruits, and sold about $325. That’s when the sleepless nights began. WHY had my director ordered me 15 items of a product that was being discontinued (“you’ll need LOTS of these– they’re being discontinued but everyone LOVES them!” I later sold all 13 I had left for $.99 on ebay)? HOW was I going to pay off this ridiculous debt? WHY weren’t my friends excited for my new business venture like they were supposed to be? They were treating me like a pesky saleswoman and running when they saw me… And WHY did I have to PAY to go to a motivational meeting? And if I’m an independent contractor, why do I have to wear a certain “required” uniform and why am I not allowed to advertise and sell wherever I want to? How come I HAVE to give away $40 of product to a hostess? Wasn’t I supposed to be able to buy it for $1 and sell it for $2? I spent a whole evening doing a show and any profit I made was swallowed up by the hostess’s free $40 of product. I think I actually lost money on that show. And how come I HAD to order $200 wholesale every quarter to stay “active”?
I WORKED MY BUTT OFF to sell enough inventory to pay off the credit card (while also working two other part-time jobs). Thankfully that motivated me and my husband to pay off both our cars and we’re debt free except the house. I’ve sold most of my outdated inventory on ebay now for a loss. Dave Ramsey calls it “stupid tax.” Never a more appropriate name. It was an expensive lesson.
What are you doing now?
I’m a stay-at-home mommy of 3 who rarely wears makeup and washes her face with organic products.
Feel free to include any additional comments here:
Stay away from Mary Kay! Buy your stuff for pittance on ebay! (hey that rhymed!)