I've been blogging for about 6 years now and I have seen many others come and go, both supporters and critics of Amway. There have been good debates, but the critics have come out on top because the truth is on that side of the ledger. While there are some very rare IBOs who build their Amway businesses ethically, the majority of IBOs end up in some LOS that will sell them tools consisting of typically, voicemail service, cds, books, and seminars or functions. The problem with these materials is that they don't work and most system IBOs end up with a financial loss primarily because of the cost of these materials. Ironically, many uplines gain their luxurious lifestyles by selling the system rather than from Amway.
Recently, some IBOs were bragging about how Amway sales increased from 8.2 billion to 8.4 billion from 2008 to 2009. However, considering that sales were up in India nd China, one can reasonably conclude that the sales in North America had to be down. I believe this is because information seekers using the internet can easily access websites containing valuable information like this one. I believe that the free flow of information has allowed potential IBOs to make informed decisions and apparently, many people are simply choosing not to get involved with Amway, thus the decrease in sales and an apparent decrease in Amway supporters visible on the internet. I also believe that this has led to fewer Amway critics as well. Overall, I see this as a positive sign that people are seeing right through unethical uplines and their bottom lines are shrinking.
I believe that because Amway may not be quite as lucrative as before, you are seeing diamonds quit, resign, or even take their entire groups to a new MLM. If Amway really had lifelong residual income as many IBOs mistakenlt believe, you would see or hear about diamonds walking away from Amway to walk the beaches of the world while the money rolls in. Sadly, that is a myth and while many chase that dream, I don't know of anyone who's achieved it. It is why crown ambassadors and double diamonds are still working, quite possibly because they have to.
Have the Amway critics won? I don't know but the evidence is pointing to "yes".