I find it somewhat humorous to see the kinds of stories and justifications that IBOs and Amway apologists use to try and pretend that they are running a legitimate and real business. That is not to say that none exist, but I believe that most IBOs are not truly running a business and I will suggest several bonafide methods of supporting this claim. If your sales are mainly to yourself, you are a customer, not a business owner. I read on a blog where an Amway apologist was claiming that Amway would still be legal even if IBOs never sold a product to a customer.
The issue is not whether Amway is legal or not. The issue is whether you as an IBO, are running a business or whether you are just a glorified customer? And just as importantly, are you also a customer of the tools systems? Some uplines operate in a conflict of interest, claiming they want your success, but what they really want is you to be a loyal customer of their tools system, where they make a significant amount of their income, in some cases, much much more than they earn from Amway.
But getting back on topic. Do IBOs really understand how their businesses run? Do they understand the recruiting plan? I believe most do not and they simply follow their upline or sponsor untio financial losses.
Try this, show your 6-4-2 or 9-4-2 recruiting plan to a loan officer at a bank and see what they have to say. I mean this quite seriously. Most likely, a real business owner who needed a loan would have to present a business plan to a loan officer. I challenge an IBO to do this and report the results. Will you be able to obtain a business loan or will you be laughed out of the bank? Seriously.
Or how about this? Try putting your Amway business up for sale. If you get any inquiries, tell the prospective buyer that your income is none of his business, or that you don't know your income or expenses because you don't track income and expenditures. Tell the prospective buyer that the facts don't matter if you have a dream. See how that conversation goes. Seriously.
So IBOs, Amway apologists and prospects, seriously, are you running a business or a joke? Because some of the answers I get from current IBOs is some humorous stuff. LOL