Are You Active or Inactive?
Soon to be inactive
Amount of Initial Inventory You Purchased:
How were you recruited? Tell us all the details.
I had a couple classes in college with a girl who was extremely into Mary Kay. She devoted at least 50 hours per week into MK at the expense of her classes and other responsibilities. She kept asking all the girls in our department to host facial parties for her. After e-mails, texts, and asking in-person, I finally agreed to host a party for her. I invited all my roommates and a few other girls. All of us intended to only spend maybe $20 on some eyeshadow/lip gloss/etc. We ended up getting sucked into the MK hype and ended up spending wayyyy too much money. Four of us agreed to meet to talk about joining MK the next morning. I ended up signing, then was immediately approached about which level of inventory I wanted to purchase. I had thought purchasing inventory would involve spending maybe $300… boy, was I wrong! I was being told I should borrow from my parents, private lenders, and any other number of sources to start at $1800 minimum wholesale. I ended up telling my SD that I could do the $600 level so I got some of the bonuses, but when I went through and ordered with my SD, I somehow ended up charging around $900 to my credit card. The red flags should have gone off when I was being told to ask my parents for over a thousand dollars, or take out a student loan with no intention of putting it towards school costs. Additionally, I was told I should place my order by midnight that night to help my recruiter’s numbers out (fortunately I at least put my foot down on this). Although my recruiter and SD were very nice people, I did not appreciate the amount of pressure placed on me to spend money I didn’t have.
Do you have a memorable experience from your time in Mary Kay? If so, please tell us about it.
As a full-time college student with two other jobs, I didn’t actually have too much time to put into MK. I was told that I could work on it only a few hours a week and make great money, so I chose to try it out. My most memorable experience with MK was a realization I had when I finally was able to figure out what the feeling I got every time I asked people about hosting parties was. When I asked a family member or friend about hosting a party, the response I almost always received was ‘Okay, but I don’t plan on buying anything’, which I knew translated to ‘Don’t try to pressure me into buying stuff I don’t want’. I realized that I felt sleazy about asking friends and family to host parties because I knew they would end up spending money they didn’t want to spend either to be supportive or out of the MK hype. I knew I couldn’t do this to them, so I decided then that I wanted nothing to do with MK. This was the best decision I’d made since I started down the pink path.
What are you doing now?
I am currently waiting for my check to come from the MK product repurchase department. As a related note, I searched for hours on MK sites to find information about how to go about sending back my unused inventory and found absolutely nothing. The only way I finally found out what to do was from this site!
Other than that, I am still a full-time student, working two jobs relevant to my area of study and planning on going to grad school and getting a job that doesn’t require me to spend obscene amounts of money and sell people I care about things they don’t need or want.
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I now carry an MK business card in my wallet, on which I’ve written “Don’t be impulsive!”.