Are You Active or Inactive?
not sure & don’t care–returning my inventory
If Inactive, Date You Left MK:
Haven’t placed an order since July 2011
Amount of Initial Inventory You Purchased:
$1800 wholesale, plus add’ $400 w/in 60 days
How were you recruited? Tell us all the details.
My neighbor invited me to a facial. I have a full time job with benefits and was looking for a way to supplement my income. I didn’t want to take a second job, so I was looking for something in direct sales, I had heard good things about MK, and I thought it would be a good fit for me.
Do you have a memorable experience from your time in Mary Kay? If so, please tell us about it.
There was a HUGE push to order my kit before the “special” expired. I was okay with that, but I had to travel for work and wanted to order my initial inventory upon my return. My newly-minted sales director was so set on getting my initial inventory ordered before the end of the month that she didn’t explain that we made our own product selections. I thought “initial inventory” was a standard set; I later realized that she created my account and selected my order for me. When I gave her $1800, she clicked “send” and submitted “my” order for $1800 of random MK product.
My inventory arrived ahead of my kit. I was absolutely furious when I unpacked my initial inventory. Although I ordered a mineral powder kit, the initial inventory she chose for me included mostly liquid foundation and didn’t include enough skincare or mineral powder foundation to cover anticipated sales at 1 booking of 5 guests. Not only that, but there were NO mineral powder brushes in my initial inventory!
When my kit arrived, one of the most popular colors was missing. It took about a month for the replacement to arrive. I was so disgusted that I didn’t even try to book a facial.
However, I really needed the extra income. So, I gave myself a pep talk and took an “I’ll make the best of it” attitude…then promptly spent another $400 when my tax refund arrived, thinking that when the product got there, I’d begin booking in earnest. Meantime, I earned a bar pin and never received it.
When I realized how much of their own business expenses sales directors pass along to consultants and that doing so is entrenched in MK culture, I was irked. When I realized my sales director was making most of her money by pushing initial inventory rather than her own bookings, I was done.
I decided I’d try to unload as much of my MK as possible “at cost” and then return anything that was still on hand a year later. Since then, I’ve decided that I don’t want to wait that long.
What are you doing now?
I remain employed full time. The majority of my MK remains in boxes on my living room floor.