Mary Kay

  • slasherOCD

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    Sep 12, 2012 3:39 PM GMT
    I was approached by one of my patients to sell Mary Kay and joined one day before I lost my job. Now its my only source of income until I can find employment. Its been a tough sell. The products are really good, I've begin using them myself. But, its hard to get people to try something new. Once they try them though, they're hooked. Do you guys have any new or interesting ways I can get my products out there?
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    Sep 12, 2012 4:38 PM GMT
    Always start your sales pitch with a joke.

    Why can't lesbians diet and wear make-up at the same time?

    Because you can't eat Jenny Craig while you have Mary Kay on your face.

    Sorry, couldn't resist. Actually I have no advice but to warn in case you didn't already know that door to door sales is about the toughest job to accomplish. Just ask any of Jehovah's witnesses.
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    Sep 12, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
    theantijock saidAlways start your sales pitch with a joke.

    Why can't lesbians diet and wear make-up at the same time?

    Because you can't eat Jenny Craig while you have Mary Kay on your face.

    Sorry, couldn't resist. Actually I have no advice but to warn in case you didn't already know that door to door sales is about the toughest job to accomplish. Just ask any of Jehovah's witnesses.


    Have a Mary Kay party. Invite groups over to try the products with some entertainment, food, and a few games. Take peoples orders as you go and get their contact info for future networking.
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    Sep 12, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    theantijock saidAlways start your sales pitch with a joke.

    Why can't lesbians diet and wear make-up at the same time?

    Because you can't eat Jenny Craig while you have Mary Kay on your face.

    Sorry, couldn't resist. Actually I have no advice but to warn in case you didn't already know that door to door sales is about the toughest job to accomplish. Just ask any of Jehovah's witnesses.


    Holy Toledo, I laughed crazily at this! Good one.

    A co-worker was the office Mary Kay rep. One day she was applying cherry flavoured lip colour. I could smell it and said,
    "Hey are all those flavoured? You know, cherry flavoured n shit?"

    She gave me this pointed look and said, " See this one? It's cherry flavoured and this one over here is shit flavoured." I felt two inches tall. icon_lol.gif
  • slasherOCD

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    Sep 12, 2012 8:20 PM GMT
    Haha Thanks guys. I do try to start with something funny... usually something that makes light of the fact that I am a guy working in a predominately female group. That usually breaks the ice.


    I've had success with one party so far. I brought over wine and snacks while the girls tried everything. That worked but their network didn't provide me with more leads. I guess getting leads for more parties is the hardest part for me right now.


    I've had absolutely no luck with the lesbians though icon_confused.gif
  • AMoonHawk

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    Sep 12, 2012 10:56 PM GMT
    It's a huge competitive market. You have to realize that your completion are the cosmetic departments at Target, Walmart, etc, and the Cosmetic Department in just about every major department store in the country, and not to mention all those little carts people rent out in malls. It takes some real fortitude to do selling. I could never do it, so kudo's to you for being out there.
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    Sep 12, 2012 11:01 PM GMT
    It's a pyramid scam. The only people who are going to profit from this are way up at the apex. There just isn't enough demand/profit for the salespeople at the bottom.

    It's chilling that these sorts of pre-Web swindles are back in these horrible times.
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    Sep 13, 2012 12:16 AM GMT
    Cosmetics is my second home. There's a reason why it's not my first.

    1) I don't think highly of Mary Kay because it's a mediocre product with mediocre ingredients. The only good thing is that the price point is low in order to target housewives with little disposable income.

    2) You must remember that 50% of the price in a cosmetic product is the magazine or TV advertising, 40% is paying the paycheck to someone above you, and 2% is spent in ingredients.

    L'Oreal and Estee Lauder, of which own most every product out there, have done this for decades. They know how to market and how to price; they're genius.

    3) I spend hours and hours reviewing cosmetics still today. Know your ingredients and purpose. I know what's out there, who owns it, and what they pay in marketing. This makes me very skeptical, but when I sold makeup and skincare years ago that was my biggest asset: being knowledgeable.

    That's how you sell cosmetics.
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    Sep 13, 2012 12:20 AM GMT
    i sold Cutco briefly. The products are good but unless you are some kinda SERIOUS bon-diggity salesgod you have no chance of supporting yourself for longer than a few months at best until you tap out your social network. My advice, keep at it as best you can but do NOT stop looking for a new PROPER job.
  • slasherOCD

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    Sep 13, 2012 4:22 AM GMT
    Thanks guys. The company does have alot of tips to help out. I've been following them with some success. The hardest part does come once you go past your social network. Thats where I am now. But a few of the ladies have thrown some leads my way. Maybe things will pick up!

    I try to know just enough about the products to explain their purpose. I found that people zone out if you talk too much. And some of the girls think the deer in the headlights look is kind of cute. I've been told many times that men are the best sellers.
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    Sep 13, 2012 4:40 AM GMT
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    theantijock saidAlways start your sales pitch with a joke.

    Why can't lesbians diet and wear make-up at the same time?

    Because you can't eat Jenny Craig while you have Mary Kay on your face.

    Sorry, couldn't resist. Actually I have no advice but to warn in case you didn't already know that door to door sales is about the toughest job to accomplish. Just ask any of Jehovah's witnesses.


    Have a Mary Kay party. Invite groups over to try the products with some entertainment, food, and a few games. Take peoples orders as you go and get their contact info for future networking.


    ^^ Ditto! My mom sells Mary Kay and the best way that she makes connections is throwing Mary Kay parties. Also, maybe using facebook, or Twitter to let people know when there is a sale, that way your friends can know and possibly expand your business by word of mouth. Might have to check with that though, as some companies can have some pretty strict rules on how you go about promoting your business...
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    Sep 13, 2012 5:02 AM GMT
    RoadsterRacer87 saidi sold Cutco briefly. The products are good but unless you are some kinda SERIOUS bon-diggity salesgod you have no chance of supporting yourself for longer than a few months at best until you tap out your social network. My advice, keep at it as best you can but do NOT stop looking for a new PROPER job.


    Eww yeah i sold cutco as well for like 2 weeks. Sold a couple set and they invited me to some huge global meeting which was a bunch of people praising the product and some corp brainwash. Everyone was talking about how the product had changed their lives for the better... I just nodded smiled politely, but was checked out. When I left, my boss was so angry- probably since she figured out that at the rate I was selling their knives, her rating were going to skyrocket. She went from super nice to super bitchy.
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    Sep 13, 2012 5:26 AM GMT
    Are you in it to sell product, or to build a multi-level marketing business? They are very different business approaches.
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    Sep 13, 2012 3:33 PM GMT
    slasherOCD saidHaha Thanks guys. I do try to start with something funny... usually something that makes light of the fact that I am a guy working in a predominately female group. That usually breaks the ice.


    I've had success with one party so far. I brought over wine and snacks while the girls tried everything. That worked but their network didn't provide me with more leads. I guess getting leads for more parties is the hardest part for me right now.


    I've had absolutely no luck with the lesbians though icon_confused.gif


    Try this. Have sometype of gift or collection of samples as a parting gift. As a game, have the partygoers provide the names of 5 or more people who deserve to be invited to the next party and pampered. The ones who give u 5 get the parting gift. The one person who gives u the most names gets a gift certificate at Massage Envy!
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    Sep 13, 2012 4:00 PM GMT
    theantijock saidAlways start your sales pitch with a joke.

    Why can't lesbians diet and wear make-up at the same time?

    Because you can't eat Jenny Craig while you have Mary Kay on your face.

    Sorry, couldn't resist. Actually I have no advice but to warn in case you didn't already know that door to door sales is about the toughest job to accomplish. Just ask any of Jehovah's witnesses.


    This joke is FABULOUS. Thanks.
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    Sep 13, 2012 6:04 PM GMT
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    theantijock saidAlways start your sales pitch with a joke.

    Why can't lesbians diet and wear make-up at the same time?

    Because you can't eat Jenny Craig while you have Mary Kay on your face.

    Sorry, couldn't resist. Actually I have no advice but to warn in case you didn't already know that door to door sales is about the toughest job to accomplish. Just ask any of Jehovah's witnesses.


    This joke is FABULOUS. Thanks.


    You're welcome, of course, but I can't believe how many didn't know that joke. I've been saying it to myself and smiling any time someone mentioned either product over the last 20 years.

    To the OP, that's probably not the joke you'd want to open with in a roomfull of ladies, however.
  • calibro

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    Sep 13, 2012 6:10 PM GMT
    selling products from a woman who married her fourth grade student seems problematic
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    Sep 13, 2012 6:10 PM GMT
    icon_neutral.gif I think this was pretty thoroughly explained in several episodes of "Weeds." 2010 season, or thereabouts.
  • slasherOCD

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    Sep 13, 2012 6:59 PM GMT
    catfish5 said
    slasherOCD saidHaha Thanks guys. I do try to start with something funny... usually something that makes light of the fact that I am a guy working in a predominately female group. That usually breaks the ice.


    I've had success with one party so far. I brought over wine and snacks while the girls tried everything. That worked but their network didn't provide me with more leads. I guess getting leads for more parties is the hardest part for me right now.


    I've had absolutely no luck with the lesbians though icon_confused.gif


    Try this. Have sometype of gift or collection of samples as a parting gift. As a game, have the partygoers provide the names of 5 or more people who deserve to be invited to the next party and pampered. The ones who give u 5 get the parting gift. The one person who gives u the most names gets a gift certificate at Massage Envy!



    I like this! This will work. But maybe skip the massage envy part since I can do that myself.
  • slasherOCD

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    Sep 13, 2012 7:00 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidAre you in it to sell product, or to build a multi-level marketing business? They are very different business approaches.


    Was going to do it as a multi-level business to help out my assistants who needed raises at the time. Now I'm in it for profit until I get a regular job. Then back to multi-level marketing. icon_biggrin.gif