Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Amway - Buy From Yourself Doesn't Work - Tools Don't Work

One of the biggest shams taught by some upline is the nearly exclusive "buy from yourself" philosophy. I'm not saying that supporting your business is a bad idea, but are you really supporting yout own business? If your upline teaches this, you are being mislead and I will explain why.

When you think you are buying from yourself, you are really buying from Amway. Amway makes the profit from the sales. If you buy enough, they toss you a small rebate. An IBO is in reality, a distributor or a middleman. Also, if you are a new IBO at the 100 PV level, you will receive 3% in the form of a bonus while your uplines and sponsor will split up approximately 29 to 30% in bonuses off your efforts.

Think of it this way. If your spouse was in the business of making and selling cookies, would you make money by eating all of the cookies? Even if you received a small rebate for cookie making materials, you would not profit by eating all the cookies yourself. You would have to sell the cookies to customers to have cash in your pockets. I truly do not understand how IBOs get duped into thinking they can be successful and earn money buy purchasing and consuming Amway products without selling much. Amway's own numbers suggest that IBOs do not sell much, except to their own downline and to themselves.

And upline who sell tools that teach this method are more than likely selling you a flawed system that nearly guarantees you will lose money. A rare few IBOs will emerge now and then who can overcome overwhelming odds and barriers and reach higher levels in the business, but I would have to say that more than 99% of IBOs who sign up will never even get close to emerald or diamond. Sadly, the buy from yourself system will only profit the higher level distributors, as well as your purchase of tools, which rewards upline for teaching a flawed system.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I appreciate blogs like yours. I "lost" a great friend to Amway due to not supporting the business. I can't believe this would have come between us, but it did. He changed SO much since joining and I've convinced myself there is nothing I can say or do. It's helpful hearing that I'm not the only one to experience this.

Joecool said...

Anonymous, thank you for the comment. This is why I have continued to update my blog.

Anonymous said...

Are you sure you were his friend? If you were, you would encourage him, give him refferals or buy products you need from him. It sounds to me that you were not okay with him doing something you wouldn't do.

Joecool said...

Uplines cause the divide among family and friends. They will tell you that people who don't join are negative and to be avoided. Or that people who don't join are losers so you should associate with winners.

Anonymous said...

You should never be required to buy things from friends to continue to be a part of each other's lives. I didn't want him to be a part of Amway as he became obsessed with being rich, but I never would have ended a friendship over it. He's lost several friends because of this.

Anonymous said...

People who talk from stage tell many times, "If they are your real friends, then even though they dont want to do what you are doing, should be supportive of your decision and should not put you down and so on." Why do these same preachers(so called true friends), when a person decides to leave the business are not supportive of the IBO's decision and put them down and call them losers.?" "Why do these upline real friends do not want to do anything with you after u leave the business?"

Anonymous said...

sucks for you guys.

Michman said...

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Anonymous said...
Are you sure you were his friend? If you were, you would encourage him, give him refferals or buy products you need from him. It sounds to me that you were not okay with him doing something you wouldn't do.
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Anon, if you have a friend that sells Verison wireless, are you obligated to change phone companies?

If you have a friend that sells Chevys, are you obligated by friendship to stop driving Fords?

I would imagine that your life is filled with people who work for companies that you don't do business with.

So why is Amway any different?

Pratik Dube said...

Its hell for me..thanks to Amway bloody business i lost my friend too for the silly reason not attending those bloody meetings...hell with Amway

Anonymous said...

so sorry. but i'm with you on that one. to hell with scamway!