Are You Active or Inactive? Soon to be Inactive
Amount of Initial Inventory You Purchased: $3,000
How were you recruited? Tell us all the details.
A friend of mine was approached at her work by a woman who thought she was beautiful so she wanted her to be a “model” for her portfolio. She then asked her to invite some friends to get facials too. She invited me and I reluctantly went. I told myself I would not buy ANYTHING!! I ended up getting sucked into the hype that is MK and made an appointment to talk about joining. I also purchased some product which I actually don’t regret as it has worked wonders on my skin. I met with her at Starbucks and she was 20 minutes late which really put me off as I am in Sales for my full time job and I always make a point to be early for appointments with clients. I should have taken that 20 minutes and ran! I ended up signing up and then found myself being talked into buying inventory. Her points seemed valid to me at the time. I am an instant gratification kind of person so I understand the argument of having inventory so people can take home what they purchase right away. I went in at a higher level than I should have to “maximize” on the freebies. I got a phone call everyday from my recruiter and her director to see if I was ready to make the inventory purchase. They insisted that the director MUST place the first order for me. My debut had gone well so I figured I would have no problem selling a lot of product. I gave in and let them place the order.
It is very unlike me to not research something before committing. I let the “pink dreams” get inside my head and I made a big mistake. I found this site and a few others shortly after making my first inventory purchase. It definitely put doubts in my mind and gave me something to think about. After attending a couple of meetings I knew I had to get out fast. The women in my unit are so fake! They had a special meeting where my director’s director came down to speak. They acted like this woman was a celebrity. I could read her from the moment I shook her hand, she was a MKbot to the extreme! It wasn’t until she suggested clever ways to hide your purchases from your husband that I felt like I needed to run screaming from that place. Are you kidding me? The number 1 cause for divorce in this country is finances and you want to encourage women to hide large purchases from their husbands?! Can somebody say GIANT RED FLAG! That’s another thing, they assume that all women in Mary Kay are married. I kept on getting invites to all of these “cute” little socials but they were only for couples. I am single and perfectly ok with that!
I am just ready for my final order to come in so I can get the product to my customers that they ordered and send back the rest. Yes, thats right, I have had to place 3 more orders since my $3,000 inventory order because I didn’t have everything that I needed. I do have friends who love the product, as do I, so I will probably let them go through my inventory and buy it at wholesale and return what is left over to the company. After that I am done!! Yay!!
Do you have a memorable experience from your time in Mary Kay? If so, please tell us about it.
The only positive experience is that my skin does look and feel great since using the products. As for the negative memorable experiences I have several. For the most part my debut went really well. I had a great turn out and even filled up my power start poster board. I sold over $700 worth of product that night. I was pretty excited. The only thing that bothered me was that when we had our “individual consultations” my recruiter was trying to pressure my friends into joining Mary Kay as well. I know my friends well and I could tell that it was making them uncomfortable. Recruiting was never my goal in joining the company. I have since realized that recruiting is all they want you to do. All of the training that goes on at meetings is how to recruit more people. I thought that training would be about how to use the products and which products work best for different people. I had to figure all of that out on my own. All these women are willing to help you out with is purchasing more inventory!
Side note: my quotes around the word model in the answer to the first question are because this means of approaching new clients is a joke! I have never been to a MK party where the consultant pulled out the “portfolio” to show you different looks. It is just a way to get into your home, sell you products, and hound you to listen to a presentation or conference call about becoming a consultant.
What are you doing now?
I am still working my advertising sales job full time. I am trying to find a job that actually has something to do with my degrees though. I would love to do social work or be a probation officer but the ultimate goal is to work for the FBI.
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I don’t doubt that there are units out there that are honest and successful but I have seen too many examples on these websites and have had a bad experience myself and that is enough for me to be finished with MK. The fact that the company allows these things to go on is wrong. I am still deciding if I want to continue to use the product or not. If there are any suggestions for comparable products out there please let me know!! Thanks for listening to my little rant!!