Mary Kay offers a popular line of makeup, skin care and anti-aging products that have won awards from magazines including Good Housekeeping, Redbook, O and Cosmopolitan in Espanol. If the cost of the products puts them out of your budget, don't worry. You can buy Mary Kay products at a lower price than that offered by the company's consultants.
Become an independent Mary Kay sales consultant. For a small startup cost, consultants get products at a 50 percent savings from retail cost as well as an opportunity to earn 50 percent of everything they sell. The company holds retreats, seminars and conferences to help new and seasoned consultants succeed and support each other. To become a consultant, contact another independent consultant. If you don't know one, go to the Mary Kay website (marykay.com) and click on "Sell Mary Kay" to find a consultant in your area.
Host a Mary Kay party. People who hosts Mary Kay parties can get products either at a discount or for free. The host can choose from three ways to save on products. Based on the total sales and whether any party guests decide to book their own party, hosts can receive a discount of 10 percent to 20 percent of total sales. Her other options are to receive $75 worth of products for $40 or to receive other special offers. To host a party, contact a local consultant to set it up.
Shop at online sites such as eBay, eBay Classifieds and Craigslist for discounted products. (Links to these sites are provided in the Resources section.) Many eBay sellers list their products for 50 percent off of the retail price, while others might list a $30 item for $20 and charge $5 for shipping. Depending on the seller's policy, buying in bulk may also save you some money. You might also be able to buy a product at a deep discount if the seller begins an auction at 99 cents and doesn't receive many bids. All sellers on eBay Classifieds and Craigslist offer their products at a set price, though some might be willing to negotiate. Some sellers may ship the product to you if they're a bit out of the way; otherwise you can save on shipping by picking up your order. When buying products this way, however, ask the seller when the product expires before purchasing. This will save you from spending money on a product too old to use.
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