Friday, October 9, 2009

Amway - Contradictions By Upline?

What I noticed as an IBO, and still observe today is the contradictory teaching my many upline. I see it as sort of a bait and switch technique where IBOs may be prospected by being told one thing, and then having the teaching changed after they register. There are many examples, but one of the main issue is when the plan is presented, many promoters will talk about how an Amway business has little or no overhead, therefore you should be able to profit quickly.

A quick profit is definitely a pitch that prospects are enticed by. But what I have observed is that the teaching quickly changes to a real business owner must invest in his business. Usually this means that an IBO must invest in tools and other cost items allegedly needed to run a successful Amway business. IBOs will often claim that a business owner should not expect to profit for 5 or more years. But wait, that's not what was said in the opening presentation right? This is just one example of the bait and switch used by uplines.

Another one I have heard, and quite commonly, is to tell IBOs that meetings are not required. While it may be true that meetings are not required, uplines will tell prospects that they "need" to attend, but only if they wish to be successful. Does that sound optional to you? It sounds like a (defacto) requirement to me.

A big take also told my many upline is that an IBO should get out of debt. Now on the surface, this is good advice for most people, including business owners. But while upline will teach get of of debt, they will at the same time, say it is okay to go in debt if it is to buy standing orders of to attend functions. Huh? Why would it be okay to go into debt when upline is teaching you to get out of hock? Maybe they only want you to spend money you don't have if it will benefit upline?

Now these are just a few examples. I have many more, but you can see from these examples, that contradictory advice basically is to get you enticed and involved in the business, and then a seperate set of expectations are set forth for IBOs. Another one is how most people would never spend $300 a month (100 PV) on household goods, yet they see it as a component of getting wealthy so they will do it while they are "building their business". Once an IBO does not see it as a component of getting rich, they stop using as many Amway products, and in most cases, do not even buy Amway products after they quit.

The discrepancies are there. It's a matter of whether an IBO will recognize and question it or not.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I'm not sure if it is the right place to make this comment but I have a question

Have You ever heard again about the guy Who's bragging about how Amway is promoting reading in Mexico?

Those people and many in the MLM "Business" are claiming that they're making charitable work.

I don't know, but Al Capone made charitable
work (in the depression era), but he still was a criminal.

Claiming to be "charitable" but at
the same time making "questionable" business practices is for me an issue of double standard.

What a contradiction!