It seems as if the most common problem with the Amway opportunity is the presence of unethical uplines. What is scary is that these upline may tell you that they care about you and that they want you to succeed. All the while, they are working on another agenda. The root of the problem is that some of the upline leaders profit from tools, thus they operating with a conflict of interest.
An IBO's business should be treated as such, and a case by case, person by person assessment of the business should be made before an IBO should be strongly encouraged to be involved in the tools systems. But most uplines don't do this. They will just address the audience and promote the system as the key to success, without knowing what each IBO is trying to achieve. In some extrememe cases, families are told to do without basic necessities in order to buy more standing orders or to attend another function. It boggles my mind when I think about it.
There are some red flags that may indicate if your upline has your best interest at heart, or his own best interest. A lack of emphasis on selling products is a red flag. A business exists to make a profit, and not selling products is a good way to fail in business. Not watching your profits versus income is another way to fail. If you are taught to ignore facts, you are likely being mislead by upline. Does your upline show off wealth and at the same time, spend time in bankruptcy court? Does your upline actually have wealth, or just the illusion of wealth? Are you told that total dedication to the system is all important?
If you see any of these signs from your upline, it may be in your own best interest to step back and take a close hard look at your business and see if you are getting to where you want to be. If not, there is no harm in doing something else or at least looking at making adjustments to what you are doing if it is not working. But the main thing, IMO, is to assess whether your upline leader is giving you advice that is in your best interest, or in his best interest?