A recent comment left on my blog asks the question - how does someone actually make money in Amway? It's a great question and one that deserves to be addressed since it seems that so few people actually make any real money in Amway. The Amway corporation reports that the average IBO earns $115 a month. That $115 a month is after disregarding IBOs who "do nothing" and that also includes Amway diamonds. If you have ever been involved in Amway, then you know as a new IBO, you are likely to earn about $10 a month if you are in the lowest PV bracket (100 PV).
One of the things that Amway leaders like to talk about is how Amway returns about 33% of their income to the IBOs in forms of rebates or bonuses. In North America, that turns out to be over 300 million. Sounds like a great deal right? What they don't mention is that for the vast majority of new IBOs, the compensation plan is very unfair, with new IBOs basically getting peanuts while layers of uplines take the lion's share of that bonus. The only way an IBO can move up the bonus bracket is to find downline who will then sit in the unfair positions so you can get a bigger piece of the action.
But it still begs the question. How do you make the serious money in Amway? Apparently, the real money is made by acting wealthy, and showing off wealth, even if you don't have it. By showing off untold luxuries and lifestyles that most people only dream of, you can then get unsuspecting prospects interested and sell them materials such as cds or seminar tickets and convince these nice people that these materials contain the secrets to obtaiing the same wealth that you have attained. Even if more than 99% of the participants never make a profit, you simply blame them for not working hard enough or by claiming that they didn't follow your system exactly how yo prescribed. Then when someone actually breaks through, you tout them as a shining example of success, just as lottery promoters show the winners but not the harsh reality of the masses. Now Amway is not a game of chance, but certainly, the final outcome is eerily similar to that of a lottery. A few winners and masses of losers.
Even when your faithful followers start to realize that your system is not really working, you can keep them hanging on and purchasing more training materials by convincing them that quitting means they cannot succeed in life, or that quitting means you are doomed to poverty for the rest of your life, or that quitting means you are a broke loser.
So to summarize, you can make a lot of money in the Amway opportunity by pretending to be rich and then selling training materials to unsuspecting IBOs who think they can attain the same level of success as the tenured diamonds. Sadly, that apparently is how many diamonds and above make their "real money".