Are You Active or Inactive? inactive
If Inactive, Date You Left MK: 8/9/10
Amount of Initial Inventory You Purchased: $1800
How were you recruited? Tell us all the details.
My husband and I relocated to NC and started attending a church. The secretary is a MK Director and immediately seized upon the fact that I was not yet working and proceeded to seduce my husband into nudging me into the MK zone. We needed income and since I wasn’t working I felt obligated to at least sit down and listen to what she had to say. I had many reasons not to join – I was new to the area so I didn’t know anyone, I had no friends as of yet, no contacts, I didn’t wear makeup, I was not a girly girl, I am introverted and shy, non aggressive, hate pushy sales people, etc. In other words: if a MK person is looking to recruit – you don’t want me! Anyway, she told me all about her free car, the immediate $ you make at a party, the health insurance (yep she lied), the tax breaks, everything. It was just a two hour power session where life just couldn’t get any better for her. It was only after I decided to do it that I was told I had to purchase a starter kit. And once I had the starter kit I was told I needed to purchase inventory ‘because you can’t sell from an empty store”. But before I was led into the inventory buying portion I was shown all the ‘prizes’ I could get by selling so much. Right. You mean ‘buying’ my prize, don’t you? It killed me but I ordered $1800 worth of inventory. My director decided what to order. She promised me she would be there every step of the way to help me. We booked my ‘debut’ party and I invited every woman on my FB friend list that was local. I invited them to invite a friend as well. So technically I could have had as many as 50 people show up at my debut if everyone came and brought a friend. I was encouraged to provide refreshments as well. So debut day comes, I pop about $50 on drinks and snacks, little paper plates, napkins, etc. I had ONE person show up. She told me to not get discouraged, that it was a bad time of the year, blah blah blah. I had a second party and a friend and I invited 75 people personally by invitation (again, asking them to bring a friend or two), I created an ‘event’ on facebook and invited all my friends and church buddies and again invited them to bring a friend or two. I made two friends admins on the event so they in turn could invite all their friends (and their friends, and so on and so on…). Then a week before the party I personally messaged every single one of them reminding them of the party, asking them to bring a friend or two, etc. Day of the party I again popped $ for refreshments. I had FOUR people show up. What little I actually sold was eaten up by travel expenses (1 hour round trip), refreshments, free hostess gift to my friend, all the paper and ink for printing the invites, and oh yea, since I used the church’s space I should make a donation to them as well. Hmmm.. I actually lost money.
And I also paid for the MK web site, advertised on Craig’s List, gave out Look Books and offered to hold classes in towns that are over an hour drive from my home. The only thing I didn’t do was SELL anything. But hey, I was a ‘STAR CONSULTANT’!
Do you have a memorable experience from your time in Mary Kay? If so, please tell us about it.
Getting my STAR pin in the mail. Do you know why this was so instrumental in me quitting? Because I got the star status for doing NOTHING but giving MK my money! All I did was BUY product and store it in my spare bedroom. I didn’t ‘sell’ a certain amount. You get rewards based solely upon what you buy, not what you sell, and off of what your recruits buy not what they sell. In companies I’ve worked for that have had sales teams, the ones that got the kudos were the ones that SOLD. Everyone loves a little recognition and a pat on the back, but I want it for what I did, not what I bought. I’m sorry, but you don’t deserve a prize, a sash around your evening gown or a car for buying product from MK or enticing others to buy inventory as well. MK is a house of cards. They build it up and it looks substantial until you breathe too hard and the house comes crashing down. And that ‘free’ car my director drives? I am sure that when my inventory goes back that she’s going to have to make a co-pay on it when her bottom line takes a hit. Bottom line: their ‘sales’ numbers are not real! Those numbers are based on what consultants purchase, not what is sold to actual customers.
What are you doing now?
Looking for a real job with real benefits. Just boxed up all my inventory and waiting on the repurchase form to ship it all back. Meantime my director is sending me ‘happy birthday’ text messages asking if I’ve booked my cousin’s party yet and have I ordered my star prize? Um, no and no!
Additional comments here:
I’ve read other comments on the dress code. I am a jeans and t-shirt girl all the way. I grew up a tomboy and have not changed one iota. I do not (ever) wear anything that resembles a dress or skirt. I also have lymph-edema, which means my legs are swollen 24/7. I won’t even wear capris. There is no way I am going to be bullied into wearing a dress or (gasp) evening gown!
I was looking at all the 2010 seminar pictures and they all look alike! They all have the same hairstyles, the same makeup look, the same smiles, the same poses.. and are they all dancing alike as well? To me MK seems like the BORG on Star Trek – you will be assimilated and lose your identity. And IDK… it may be just me. But if you are selling makeup for a living I really don’t think you deserve a sash, a crown, a bouquet of flowers, a limo, a red carpet…etc. Are you kidding me? I know people that deserve recognition for a job well done but you’ll find these people at hospitals, fighting fires, being a first responder at an accident, defending our rights as Americans. All that fluff that MK spends millions on…(all the pageantry fluff at Seminar, etc.) hey… donate it. Your ‘Go-Give” don’t mean squat when its going right back to MK.