For many Amway prospects, there is a deal of deception that IBOs use in prospecting them. Now I don't believe that IBOs are evil or purposely trying to be deceptive, but I believe that many uplines teach some form of deception to unsuspecting IBOs, who in turn use these techniques and in many cases, contribute to Amway'a already battered reputation. There are many examples, but I will just give some of the more recent ones.
Take the perfect water fiasco. IBOs were promoting this product as if it were the cure all for any physical ailments, but apparently, it is nothing more than an expensive drink. The cost of one bottle of perfect water can just about get you a case of purified water at WalMart. Quixtar is not Amway. Another example of deception where IBOs tried to distance themselves from the Amway name and reputation. Another big deception was calling the Amway oppportunity a private franchise. Amway is not selling franchises and IBOs do not operate franchises. If this were true, there would probably be frachising agreements that an IBO would sign with Amway and Amway would provide the training, not individual groups such as WWDB, N21, or BWW.
Teaching such as "fake it till you make it is also deceptive. Uplines will teach IBOs to fake success as a means to attract people to the business. It is why you might see nice people in suits and business attire at meetings, all the while arriving in broken down cars and trucks. Try getting an IBO to tell you what they actually earn from Amway and watch the uncomfortable or belligerent reaction.
I write this post not only because I experienced much of it, but there is evidence and testimonies out there that indicate that nothing has changed. Amway apologists like to cite critical experiences as "outdated", but fail to point out that these deceptive practices are still more common than they like to admit. If you were prospected or retained in the business by deceptive practices, can you honestly believe that uplines have your best interest at heart, or that they really care abour your success? Recently, we have begun to see the hypocrisy and lies of some uplines. Bankruptcy, home foreclosures, terminations, divorces and "quitting" by some upline leaders have exposed the facade.
Sure, diamonds are just people, but they raised the bar on themselves when they made their claims and fortunes on stage. It's time for downlines to hold them accountable for their actions.