I was at a jewerly party a few months ago and the topic turned to buying the discontinued jewelry on Ebay. From there, we discussed other Ebay finds. I mentioned that I've heard you can get some good deals on Ebay from former Mary Kay consultants who are trying to unload their inventory and recoup their investment.
Wouldn't you know it, there was a Mary Kay consultant at the party. She quickly pointed out that they don't recommend buying off Ebay, because you should only keep makeup for a year. Yes, shoe leather left an aftertaste in my mouth that night.
MK Corporate and Directors tell their consultants to say that. The image that they hope to create is one where eBay sellers are wiping their bumm with the makeup right before they list it.
The reality is that many of these sellers are the same as these Directors and Consultants, just a few months/years later. They are the ones who were told "you can't sell from an empty wagon" and convinced that the only way that they would be successful is with a "full store" of products that are quickly discontinued, revamped and/or repackaged.
The other people selling are MK liquidators, who make their living buying remaining inventories from Consultants looking to cut their losses and don't have the time/energy to eBay it themselves. And of course, there are the people selling for Directors...the ones who have a unit that is not producing enough for them to maintain their Director status, so they make up the difference on their own credit cards and then try to recoup the money by having a friend sell it for them on eBay.
MK Reps like to say "well, you don't know if the stuff was kept in a hot/freezing car" or whatever "scare tactic conditions" they want to say. But the truth is, you don't know what conditions under which ANY rep keeps their product. You just have to trust that the seller (whether an eBay-er or current MK Rep) is providing you with honest and accurate info.
(oh - of course there is the standard disclaimer that if the color/product was discontinued 4 years ago, then you know it is 4 years old. But if it is a current product in the current packaging, then chances are the item is safe to buy)
Sorry - don't mean to sound ranty - I just know too many people who were bullied/pressured in to spending money on inventory they couldn't afford, then guilted in to keeping it (as opposed to sending it back for the 90% buyback) because their Director (who pressured them to buy it in the first place) would be charged back the commission. I sold MK for about 6 months, made money (because I never bought in to the "must have a full store" mentality") and got out when I opened my eyes and saw what they were doing to a large portion of the sales force. I still liked the products - I just refused to have my name associated with a company that silently condoned the horrible tactics of the Directors.
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