My most popular post on this blog is Mary Kay Cosmetics: Destroying half a million women a year, and with good reason. Each day, thousands of women are searching for information on the Mary Kay “opportunity.” Until a few years ago, the only information they could find was produced by the Mary Kay Spin Machine.
Almost five years ago, women started speaking out about Mary Kay on the internet. My site Pink Truth is the most visited “anti-Mary Kay” site around, and each day, we have thousands of visitors to the site.
The reason why Pink Truth is telling the “other side of the story” about May Kay is because the company’s success depends so heavily on half-truths, long-running myths, and outright deception. Of course, Mary Kay Inc. isn’t directly involved in these deceptions, but they’re aware that their representatives are telling tall tales in furtherance of Mary Kay domination of the world. We want to give the rest of the story at Pink Truth!
Below is an excellent example of how women repeat untrue things about Mary Kay ad nauseum, and those who hear these lies are none the wiser. Without sites like Pink Truth, they’d have no way to debunk these myths and find out the truth. This comment was left by a visitor to this site:
WOW! Funny how this article is supposed to “educate” women to make a good decision… but yet it says NOTHING about what Mary Kay is founded on: God first, Family 2nd, Career 3rd… I know literally hundreds of women who bring in tens of thousands of dollars a month, who have travelled around the world for free, and whose husband retired in their 20’s or 30’s and stayed home full time with their family BECAUSE of their wives’ MK careers. I know mothers who get to be at every soccer game, every PTA meeting, and anything else BECAUSE of their MK careers. I can’t even begin to list all of the things I find wrong with this “article” What an amazingly one-sided, narrow-minded, un-researched blog.
This woman claims she knows hundreds of women bringing in tens of thousands of dollars a month via Mary Kay. That is a flat-out lie, and here’s the data to prove it.
Every month Mary Kay puts out a publication called Applause, which is the promotional magazine they send out to consultants. In that magazine is a rundown of the top commission earners in the company. This data proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that hundreds of women are not bringing in tens of thousands of dollars a month in Mary Kay Cosmetics.
Here are two pages from the December 2009 Applause Magazine. These pages show the highest earners at the level of National Sales Director (NSD) and Sales Director (SD). I added up how many women made $20,000 or more (that’s tens plural, right?) in commissions for the month of August 2009, which is what is presented in the December issue.
NSD – 40 women at $20,000 or more commission
SD – 0 women at $20,000 or more commission
What if we get rid of that plural — tens of thousands — and just look at who made $10,000 or more:
NSD – 143 women at $10,000 or more commission
SD – 24 women at $10,000 or more commission
But wait! The Mary Kay supporters may say that August is one of the lower earnings month for all of the pyramid participants! In that case, let’s take a look at June 2009 earnings. That is always the highest earning month, because the upline is putting extreme pressure on the downline to buy more and more product to “help the team” achieve a goal for the end of the fiscal year (June 30).
Here are the two relevant pages from the October 2009 Applause Magazine. The women making $20,000 or more in the highest earning month of the year for Mary Kay representatives:
NSD – 97 women at $20,000 or more commission
SD – 7 women at $20,000 or more commission
Again getting rid of the plural and looking at who made $10,000 or more:
NSD – 185 women at $10,000 or more commission
SD – 227 women at $10,000 or more commission
What do these numbers tell us? That the commenter’s claim that hundreds of women are making tens of thousands of dollars each month with Mary Kay is false. In the best month, 104 women made $20,000 or more. That’s not hundreds of women. In a regular month,40 women made $20,000 or more.
Even if we lower our standards and look at those who made $10,000 or more in a month, we only have 412 women in the best month, and 167 in a normal month.
You think that sounds impressive? Well remember that these figures are gross income. All of their business expenses have to come off that figure. And don’t let anyone convince you that the expenses are low. At this level of the pyramid, the expenses are high.
And you might look at the 412 women in the best month making $10,000 or more and think that’s a big number. Remember that there are approximately 750,000 representatives in the United States. That means 0.05% (yes, a fraction of 1%) made $10,000 or more in the best month. 99.95% of the representatives did not.
And there are 14,000-15,000 sales directors in the United States, which are considered to be near the top of the pyramid in a prestigious position. Yet of those 14,000-15,000 women who are “at the top”, only 227 of them made $10,000 or more in commissions in Mary Kay’s biggest month of the year. 227 is a whole 1.6% of those top people. 98.4% of those women at the top are making less than $10,000 per month with Mary Kay.
So please, let’s stop the lies about the earnings in Mary Kay. Almost no one makes an actual living from Mary Kay, and even fewer make what might be considered an “executive level income.”