I just love their products, but I hate having to go through a consultant to buy them, because they act like used car salesmen (sorry if I offended anyone). Lately, I've been buying them on EBAY from a couple people that I trust. Recently, I met a woman involved in Mary Kay, and I bought perfume from her, which I love.
She started out being really, really nice to me and got to know me pretty well. She invited me to a meeting, and they offer their friends a free facial. Well, she told me that I could do this business myself, and they GIVE new consultants everything they need to start, all you have to do is buy the starter kit for $100. I should've known it was too good to be true.
I went to the meeting 2 weeks ago, I never got my facial, and was told that I had to purchase at least a $3,000 kit in order to make money with the business. Oh yeah, and there's a lot of pressure to recruit other people too. Some people are natural salespeople, and that's great, but Mary Kay (imo) sucks because they flat out lied to me. Now I'm stuck with this kit of stupid stuff that doesn't even look good on me, including bottles of foundation for ivory and bronze skin tones (I'm medium).
To top it off, the woman that was soooo nice to me in the beginning knows I'm not going to spend thousands of dollars, so she hasn't spoken to me since then! And the Director keeps sending me letters and postcards almost every single day of the week. Frankly, it's a bit weird. I know she's trying to get me to go into it, but isn't that sort of stalking?
BTW, the business is set up like an MLM (multi-level marketing), or a pyramid. So it doesn't matter how much a consultant sells, it matters how much they BUY from the company. And if a consultant doesn't buy thousands and thousands of dollars worth of stuff, they make zero to little profit on all their hard work.
So naturally, I'm frustrated and have no one to talk to about this. The $100 isn't a big deal, it's just the principal of the matter. I sort of feel sorry for women trapped in this situation, because they have to pretend to genuinely want to make friends with someone in order to get them to sign up, or they suffer the consequences. How smarmy.