Monday, November 23, 2009

Amway - The Facade Of A Diamond Lifestyle?

Have you ever been to the set of a movie? You may see a mansion for example, but often, in movies, it will be only the front of the mansion. When you see the full picture, you would note that there is no mansion, but simply the facade or the front camera shot of a mansion. I believe this is what many diamonds are doing.

Going diamond. While certainly it is not the goal of all IBOs, it certainly is what many IBOs are hoping for. Diamonds are often portrayed as having no job, waking up at noon every day and basically living a lifestyle full of luxury and leisure. At least that's what is being portrayed. I certainly though so when I was an IBO. But now I can easily see through the illusion.

The illusion is set up, I believe as a recruiting tool. Afterall, living a middle class lifestyle with a modest income wouldn't be all that attracive would it? A young couple might think $4000 or $5000 a month is a great income, but the reality is that you won't be traveling the world a sipping Martinis all day long, even with an above average diamond income.

Certainly there may be some tenured crown ambassador types who might make over a million dollars a year from Amway, but I do believe this is the exception and not the rule. I would suspect that most diamonds live average middle class lifestyles but simply provide the illusion of great wealth at functions or at recruitment meetings.

When you simply do the math, the diamond lifestyle doesn't add up. Think about taxes, medical insurance, private school for kids and other expenses. How much do you think you would need to earn to pay for these expenses and still be able to save some money? We are currently seeing bits and pieces of evidence that my claim may indeed be true. Diamonds with homes foreclosing, diamonds selling off homes, a significant diamond filing for bankruptcy.

The writing is on the wall. Most IBOs simply choose not to see it.

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