Are You Active or Inactive? Inactive
If Inactive, Date You Left MK: 7/12
Amount of Initial Inventory You Purchased: $0
How were you recruited? Tell us all the details.
A friend’s wife did a facial party for my friends and me. A couple months later I thought it might be a good way to make extra money so I contacted her.
What are you doing now?
Stay at home mom.
Feel free to include any additional comments here:
I started with no inventory because the huge pressure to buy inventory at the very start sounded fishy to me. Instead, I would order for my customers. It worked ok. I did one party that make me about $80 (out of $230 of sales).
I think it’s quite difficult to make money unless you are around lots of higher-income women (like if you work a corporate job). My recruiter does this and she seems to be doing quite well.
I really think that Mary Kay as a company intends to make its money off of the salesladies rather than the customer. That’s why there’s a huge push to buy inventory right off the bat, despite business sense telling you to wait until you know what your customers will want.
It’s also very difficult to make money because the market is flooded with heavily reduced priced products. When I was trying to get rid of my last products, I would routinely put them on craigslist for half price. A lot of other ladies did as well.
If Mary Kay really wanted to help the sales force, the would reduce their product list. For every product they add, there is additional risk that the saleswoman assumes because there is yet another product on their shelf that customers may not buy. It almost seems like they offer so many products because it will force saleswomen to increase their inventories and buy yet more samples.
I think my friends and family felt awkward when I started because they felt obligated to buy even though they didn’t like the overpriced products. I also felt guilty trying to sell products that have cheap and unhealthy ingredients (like talc) to people even thought I’d never use it myself.