Thursday, February 20, 2020

The Tool Scam?

What I didn’t catch right away as an IBO and what many Amway IBOS and prospects don’t notice is that functions and support materials sold by the upline diamond is the real Amway business and the Amway products are actually secondary in many cases.  Think about it, rock stars make their fortunes by selling audios and concerts.  Amway diamonds sell audios and function tickets among other things such as voice mail systems and other materials.

And with food for thought, audios cost cents to produce and a function is similar to a concert.  Another thought for the Amway faithful is this:  are these materials helping you to sell more products and to increase your business income or are these expenses becoming the reason you are losing money in your business?  If you are paying for this training and motivation, then shouldn’t your business be growing each month?  If not, why not?   And if not, why keep paying for ineffective training?   Since the diamonds have much to gain with down line success, why aren’t any of the training sessions free?  I think you get the idea.

Approximately 10 years ago, a triple diamond filed to chapter 7 bankruptcy and the documents were public.  They diamond made just as much from tools and functions as from Amway.  Now you might ask what’s wrong with paying for advice?  Maybe nothing but making payments monthly or weekly for advice should result is some kind of success.  Where is that success or where’s the fruit on the tree, as some diamonds used to say,  the tree is withering and dying apparently.  

It’s very simple.  The diamonds entice people to join by implying test untold wealth and lifestyles can be yours by using and selling Amway stuff and you too can be wealthy if only you will dedicate yourself to following the advice that they can give you.  And that my friends, is the Amway tool scam.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Illusion?

Many people have seen a magic show or an illusionist.  Most people are amazed with the show but at the same time they realize that it’s a show and that you can’t really saw people in half or make an elephant appear out of nowhere.  I believe it’s no different in Amway but so many prospects do not realize that the diamonds are just putting on a show.  They are showing prospects the illusion of wealth.

If you lived next door to an average diamond or did their taxes for them you would likely see right through the facade.  You would see the nice suits and appearances at a function but these diamonds likely go home to middle class houses and an otherwise normal lifestyle.  Potential recruits only see the show and think these folks live a first class lifestyle every day.  Of course it’s hard to sell people on an opportunity if you aren’t showing fancy things and lifestyles.

Let’s say a diamond makes $250k each year and has a wife and two kids.  After taxes and other things such as medical insurance and business expenses a diamond might still have a decent income of perhaps 6-8 thousand per month.  But that kind of income cant purchase homes and sports cars in cash, let alone fabulous vacations.  And if that diamond in a faithful church goer as many claim to be,  10% of their income should be tithed to the church.

So if you sit and carefully consider what I’ve pointed out here, how can a diamond retire and enjoy life knowing that downline are quitting the business daily?  Never mind the thought of actually investing into a IRA for the future.   No, the exalted diamond lifestyle is more than likely very ordinary although you can argue that not having a job is awesome. But as my upline diamond once said, what good is your freedom if you don’t have enough money to do anything you want?  That is likely the case for an average diamond.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Why Amway?

I’m actually shocked that the Amway scam is still going on.  That people are still being dazzled with “the dream” and still perpetuating this business with an influx of new recruits.  Not it does seem as if function venues are getting smaller and due to easily available information, people can look into Amway and get enough information to make an informed decision.

But why do Amway in the first place?  The stock market is on an amazing bull run and there are opportunities all over the place.  Anyone willing to work hard and persevere can succeed in the US.  Most Amway recruits seem motivated and willing to work.

But the flaw in many recruits is that that want pixie dust.  In other words they want a short cut to retirement and riches.  Creating wealth takes some time and effort and that is the reality.  Unless you invent some fad or get some kind of lucky break, most people can’t retire until 60 or so.  And that just isn’t sexy.

To Amway recruits, I ask this.  Where are all the Amway retirees?  I know retired fire fighters, police, government employees and banking people but I don’t know any Amway retirees.  Sure, people assume that diamonds are retired and living large but why don’t any of them walk away to enjoy residual wealth?   Instead, diamonds stay on duty until death is so it seems.  That should be serious food for thought fir Amway prospects.  So I ask again.  Why Amway?

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

How You Get Sucked In?

Amway in conversation or on paper in a plan might seem reasonable, logical and sensible but it’s all in the pitch.  The pitch is carefully designed to suck you in.  They’ll say you make money and save money in Amway.  Who doesn’t desire those things?   It makes sense until you realize that you wind up spending more and losing money in Amway.

It also sounds great that you can possibly get wealthy and live the care feee diamond lifestyle.  But who has really taken a good look behind the scenes of a diamond lifestyle?  Fir all we know, diamonds are in debt portraying a rich lifestyle while they might be riddled with debt.  After all, Americans are generally in debt.  Why would a diamond living an excessive lifestyle be exempt from debt?

Where are all these Amway retirees who wake up at noon and play all day?  Do they exist at all?  The math in my opinion says no.  But I will admit that shining off wealth is a good way to suck people into the business opportunity.  Who doesn’t want early retirement and a care free wealthy life?  Sadly the diamond uses this to entice people into investing in a business where failure is nearly assumed but that failure helps to fuel the diamond illusion.

Are done diamonds possibly wealthy?  Sure, but that doesn’t mean rank and file IBOS will sign up and achieve the same results.  And even if you did, are you willing to sucker people into the business so you can profit?  I can’t fathom doing that to anyone so maybe a lack of conscience is a needed trait  to go diamond?  

Monday, February 10, 2020

Building It Right?

When I was at IBO many years ago, I heard the term “build it right”.  I suppose that means you build your business based on parameters that your upline advised.  My business at the time had the correct parameters and I was edified as a qualified “eagle” which meant I had a certain number of down line attending functions and participating in the tools system.  Basically it seemed that building your business right meant your upline diamond was making tool income off your group.

Thus building your business right is more beneficial to your upline than yourself.  Rank and file IBOS do not get to participate in the payout gif tools, only for product volume.  And even product volume rebates are heavily slanted to upline and not to the IBOS who moved the volume.  It is for these reasons that the vast majority of IBOS wind up with financial losses for  their efforts.

Another piece of food for thought is how diamonds quit, fall out of qualification or resign.  Does that mean these diamonds who teach “build it right” were unable to do do themselves?  Why don’t diamonds walk away from Amway to enjoy residual income fir life?  Is it because they too are unable to build it right?  Why do diamonds seemingly die on the job rather than in quiet retirement surrounded by luxuries?

In my opinion it is because the entire business and teaching systems are just a scam and there is no serious way to just build it right.  It’s why the IBO failure rate is high and why diamonds don’t enjoy luxurious retirements.  The diamond lifestyle that’s portrayed at functions is mostly a dig and pony show.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Stealing Dreams?

Some debates over Amway recently churned up some accusations once again about critics being "dream stealers". I thought I would address this but first I wanted to print the definition of a dream from dictionary.com:

dream  
[dreem] Show IPA noun, verb, dreamed or dreamt, dream⋅ing, adjective 
Use dreams in a Sentence
–noun 
1. a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep.
2. the sleeping state in which this occurs. 
3. an object seen in a dream. 
4. an involuntary vision occurring to a person when awake. 
5. a vision voluntarily indulged in while awake; daydream; reverie. 
6. an aspiration; goal; aim: A trip to Europe is his dream. 
7. a wild or vain fancy. 
8. something of an unreal beauty, charm, or excellence. 

–verb (used without object) 9. to have a dream. 
10. to indulge in daydreams or reveries: He dreamed about vacation plans when he should have been working. 
11. to think or conceive of something in a very remote way (usually fol. by of): I wouldn't dream of asking them. 

–verb (used with object) 12. to see or imagine in sleep or in a vision. 
13. to imagine as if in a dream; fancy; suppose. 
14. to pass or spend (time) in dreaming (often fol. by away): to dream away the afternoon.

–adjective 15. most desirable; ideal: a dream vacation. 

—Verb phrase
16. dream up, to form in the imagination; devise: They dreamed up the most impossible plan. 

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Based on these definitions, I do not see how it is possible for anyone to steal a dream. This dream stealing verbage is just more upline propaganda designed to get IBOs to shut off their critical thinking skills and to blindly commit themselves to buying more standing orders and function tickets, whose profit goes into the pockets of your beloved upline leaders. It the the upline's concern likely because the upline is selling dreams! Selling unrealistic dreams of retiring and walking the beaches of the world. Dreams that will never come true for the vast majority of IBOs. 

I believe #6 is the most appropriate definition for an IBO. A long term goal. But if an IBO's long term goal is retirement and riches, they should analyze their involvement in the Amway business and determine if that is the appropriate vehicle to achieve their goals. For the vast majority of people, this is not the appropriate vehicle and facts confirm this. It's a matter of whether or not an IBO was told to ignore the facts by his/her upline.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

But My Upline Diamond Is Rich!

Serious question for Amway IBOS.  How would you know?  Does your diamond let you see tax returns or bank balances?  Or do you simply assume that the diamond is rich because they are on stage talking big and showing you pictures of nice cars and jones?  I can stand on stage in a suit and do the same thing.  But for some reason, IBOS just blindly believe because we’ll, they want to believe.  They need to believe that 2-5 years of work can result in fabulous wealth and early retirement.

Without the hope that the diamond dream provides, there would be no good reason for anyone to join Amway.  Who would want to peddle household goods at premium prices if not for a big reward as the  end goal.  People wasn’t to believe that they can achieve the same things as the diamond.  I was an IBO at one time and there’s no way I would join if a middle class lifestyle was the goal.  And that’s where the scam is played out by the upline.

Join Amway and felt rich.  A few years of work and dedication will get it done.  I the diamond have the secret to success and achieving diamond but you must subscribe to my system of audios and functions so I can teach you these secrets.  In the meantime the diamond is making his bank from selling audios and function tickets while nearly all down line are losing money because of the cost of the training that does not work.

For the IBOS and prospects who think the upline diamond is rich beyond belief, I ask this question.  How in the world would you know?