Are You Active or Inactive? Inactive!
If Inactive, Date You Left MK: April 2013
Amount of Initial Inventory You Purchased: $600
How were you recruited? Tell us all the details.
My cousin was once a Mary Kay consultant about 2 years ago. She became inactive, but in January of 2013, she started to give Mary Kay another try, this time with a new director than in her first attempt. I attended her business debut party, and her director put on the party for her. Her director was very convincing, so convincing that I forgot about everything bad I had heard about Mary Kay, and I became entranced in the “pink dream” as I like to call it. She told me her husband got to quit his job because of the income she was bringing in, and that she was on her second pink Cadillac. She said the products sold themselves, and I believed her because my cousin sold $1000 retail during her business debut.
I went to my cousin’s director’s unit meeting, and got pinned as a consultant that night. I was beyond excited, I got recognition for being a new consultant, I gave my director my credit card number, and my starter kit came in the mail a few days later. But then, “the call” came in: the dreaded inventory call. Up until this point, I told myself I was not getting inventory. I had hardly any money in the bank, and was starting Mary Kay in the hopes to gain money, not spend money. But my director convinced me otherwise. She told me I wouldn’t be active unless I placed an order, that women wouldn’t wait for product that I didn’t have on hand, if I didn’t have product this would only be a hobby not a career, that inventory will make me a successful consultant. Well, I fell for it, and order the “minimum” of $600. She ordered my inventory for me, and once I received it, I became discouraged. It was full of lots of color products in weird colors (dark brown lipstick?) and I was confused how I was going to sell it all, but she told me they were all “best sellers” (yeah, right).
My director told me to invite everyone I new to my debut, and I did. I texted, called, Facebook messaged, even sent out invitations in the mail. I had 80 people invited, but few said they’d come. Because of snow, the debut got postponed, and even fewer people agreed to come to the rescheduled date (like 5 people, who were all family). At this point, the pink fog started to lift. If I couldn’t get people to come to my debut, how could I get a datebook full of classes and parties if I couldn’t even get people to come to one party? I realized that I wasn’t the “Mary Kay type”, and that it was time to get out now. I called my friend, who was also in my director’s unit, and told her my concerns. She called my director and told on me, and I got a phone call from my director. I ignored it, and called MK headquarters to get my product repurchase sheet sent to me in the mail. Once I did that, I called my director back and told her I was no longer in the company. She tried to tell me that I quit before I even got started, but I didn’t care. I saw enough of Mary Kay to know that I didn’t want to be a part of it any longer.
Do you have a memorable experience from your time in Mary Kay? If so, please tell us about it.
When I got my inventory return check in the mail, I was so happy! Finally, some money gets to go back into my account. I lost a little money in MK, but it’s a small price to pay compared to the hours and hours of time I would have spent as a consultant trying to earn money unsuccessfully.
What are you doing now?
Going to school, giving my cousin my starter kit items that I never used, and being grateful I’m not in MK anymore.
Feel free to include any additional comments here:
Do NOT buy inventory. You customers (if you have any will wait). If you decide to quit, your director/recruit will guilt you into staying, DO NOT LISTEN! They only don’t want you to quit because any commission they made off of your order(s) they have to pay back. Don’t feel guilty, you’re not a loser for quitting, you’re smart for quitting.