One of ths things I have heard many times from Amway supporters is how can Joecool keep on blogging for years and years after having left Amway? Some Amway supporters try to quickly dismiss my claims by saying my experience is dated. To that, I will say that I haven;t burned my hand on a stove for over 30 years but I still know it's a bad idea to put my hand on a hot stove. There are many things I haven't recently experienced that I still have much knowledge about. Amway's AMO tactics is something that really hasn't changed much over the last 15 years. If anything, all the AMO leaders did was add tools that bring them more profit, such as the addition of KATE. When I was an IBO, we used Amvox, which at least gave an IBO PV and BV.
I left Amway in 1998. I got back into my normal routine and re-established relationships with my friends who I had neglected somewhat because of my time spent building Amway. But I remember reading a Newsweek (?) article that explained how the Amway kingpins had made most of their money on tapes and functions. I was ticked off, I realized my upline and sponsor had outright lied to us about the profit from tools. We were told that WWDB was a non profit organization (which was later retracted), but we were also told that nobody made a cent from the tools, a lie that was never retracted. I never thought about filing a formal complaint and life went on.
In 2003 or so, I started finding all kinds of Amway information on the internet. I later found the Quixtar Blog Forum and became a member. There I first encountered insider aka ibofightback aka David Steadson. He and I had many debates there and I frustrated him immensely. So much that he is unable to debate with me anymore and stays in the friendly confines of his own blog where he can take editorial liberties and has the support of other sold out Amway-ites. Despite the back and forth bantering, Joecool never resorted to name calling or below the belt tactics. It was IBOfightback who wanted to start a smear campaign and was apparently refered to as a cyber bully by an Amway corporate blogger. IBOfightback also thinks that Joecool secretly runs every anti Amway blog and forum on the net, but it is not true. I dare him to offer proof when he and Bridgett Baron make these claims and not one iota of proof has been displayed, ever. Bridgett Baron also told lies about Joecool. That I was anti everything Amway. That is not true. In previous posts here and on other forums, I said as an IBO, I received great service from Amway and that Amway was a good employer that took care of their employees. I also acknowledged that Amway does good for their community. My concern is for people whose finances may have been ruined by leaders who lie and influence new IBOs and prospects into buying system tools that they profit from, and with apparently little success.
It's been relatively quiet in the world of Amway lately. I think it's because there is so much information that anyone with half a brain can google Amway and find enough information where most people would think twice nefore signing up. For this reason I believe that Amway is shrinking in North America. I have thought about walking away from the blogging worl before and with new challenges set before me in my life I thought about it again recently. But as usual, I made contact offline with an active WWDB IBO, and also discovered the blog of an active WWDB IBO and it appears that many of the same upline are still teaching the same garbage as 12 years ago.
They apparenty still teach the buy homes in cash concept. They still have a function called dream night where they display wealth. Whether they own all of these goodies or whether they paid for them with Amway income is still questionable. They still talk about residual ongoing income and walking the beaches of the world. Apparently some of these leaders has suffered setbacks financially in recent years, perhaps due to the economy. While I do not wish harm upon anyone, I do wish to see some of the injustices made right. It is why Joecool is not retiring from blogging at this time.