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Mary Kay is an MLM and a product-based pyramid scheme. Mary Kay's true customers are its Consultants and Directors, not its end-users.

They change product packaging and formulations to keep the consultants and directors ordering, not as a benefit to end-users. In fact, Mary Kay Inc. does not even track end-user sales. They only track the money made from consultant/director orders.

Queen's Court of Sales at Seminar should actually be named Queen's Court of Ordering. Mary Kay only cares about recruiting more consultants to order more products. Consultants and Directors are free warehouse storage units for products that Mary Kay Inc.

knows are not going to "sell themselves." The only reason why Mary Kay has the 90% Buyback policy is because it is Texas Law. All MLM's (and MK is an MLM) must adhere to that policy to operate legally.

DeuxCentimes wrote the review because of not as described at Mary Kay. Reviewer claimed that he or she lost $4000 and wants Mary Kay to read this review and look into the issue (if any).

The most disappointing in user's experience was being lied to and misled, cult-like atmosphere, fawned over for ordering and no real sales training. The author asks this business to immediately contact him/ her to briefly discuss his/ her negative experience with the company.

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It is unfortunate that you feel this way. This is not my experience with the company. Thru the Mary Kay consultant website, it does track customers and orders and automatically sends emails to your customers to help you sell.


This was obviously written by someone who doesn't know how Mary Kay truly works and just wants to trash the company. Mary Kay Inc.

is a WHOLESALE make-up company. YES, consultants are their customers because we BUY THE PRODUCT WHOLESALE and sell to the customer FOR PROFIT..duh! I never get why people like to display this fact when it's well known that we buy our products from the company and sell them for profit. Ok, so what?

Also, if this is the definition of an MLM, then ALL companies are an MLM. Do you really think when you go into a department store and pay $100 for a designer handbag or pair of shoes that the company didn't have it made from a sweat shop in China where they pay the laborers 50 cents an hour and then they up sell it to you for 1000 times what they paid for it. Be serious!

The dumb things people say sometimes.....

If you aren't interested in Mary Kay then keep stepping but don't bad mouth a company that works for millions of others. If MK was such a scam, it would not be successful in 39 countries around the world...


The buyback thing would be great if you actually knew what you were talking about. Mary Kay has a buy-back policy all over the US and it's not because of any laws.

If you decide that Mary Kay is not for you, they will buy back your product within 1 year of purchase.

They also have a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Please get your facts straight before you trash a company with lies.



My name is Allison Pohle, and I assist Virginia Sole-Smith, who is a freelance writer. She wrote about Mary Kay as a MLM for Harper's a few years ago (http://www.pinktruth.com/wp-content/uploads/harpers-pink-pyramid-scheme.pdf) and is working on a follow-up.

Would you be interested in commenting for her article? If so, please feel free to contact me at allisonpohle@gmail.com.

Thanks so much,


to Allison Pohle #986024

LOL, yeah, we know all about Pink Truth-but, legally I'd watch it since libel (intentionally spreading false info) got her in trouble.

MLM- multilevel marketing. People who recruit, take a cut of their recruits commission.

Direct-Sales-there is no middle man.

(P.S. It is in The Top 100 Best Companies to Work For, Most Admired Companies...not to mention-part of the Direct Sales Association of America).

Yes, I agree pyramid schemes/MLM's are "bad" in my personal opinion, because I don't like "taking" from other people. That's the diff in Direct Sales.

I never warehoused product in my garage selling it to one person at one price and this person at that price.

Every Consultant and Director MUST Purchase their product directly from the company (at wholesale (50%) + retail Tax, and they sell it to the consumer at retail. Now, if you live in podunk arkansas and are too cheap to get your inventory shipped at flat rate shipping of $9.85...then maybe your Director was nice enough to pick it up at the Distribution Center (the SE is in Atlanta), I believe there are maybe 4-5 others total in the U.S.. If she was trekking over there. Back to the Direct Sales vs.

MLM...that's the product side. On Recruiting. MLM-they take a cut. Direct Sales-the Company pays us if you choose to start a business.

The money comes from MK, it never takes Anything away from our people. I would never have a mentoring relationship with anyone who was "taking a cut" of anything of mine, and vice versa. That's creepy.

And, it's Allison Poehler, we know. Seriously get a life

to Allison Pohle #1313283

virginia sole-smith is probably the worst writer i have ever come across. seriously.

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