One of the things that continues today, that should not is uplines refusing to help downline IBOs who are not dedicated to purchasing tools. It makes perfect sense that uplines would shun downline IBOs who no longer buy tools because the upline now has no profit center from an IBO who has shown less than 100% dedication to the system. One of the ways upline promotes the system is to love bomb their downline. I heard and have reason to believe uplines will discuss being friends for life with downline, yet that same downline, once they miss a few meetings, would be shunned and labeled as a quitter or a loser or both.
One example of this was when I was still an IBO and I had stopped attending meetings. About a month after I went inactive, I had a death in my family. Not a single one of my "friends for life" bothered to call me or attend the memorial service. I suppose it's friends for life as long as you continue to build the business. I remember some WWDB leaders saying that the relationship is fractured because of the person who quit the business. As if the only thread keeping that relationship alive was the business. Fortunately, I was able to rebuild friendships with my pre-Amway friends as I had missed many birthday parties and other social events as a result of my dedication to the business.
For those being prospected into Amway, something to observe and think about would be whether you have a genuine relationship with your sponsor and/or upline or a superficial relationship based primarily upon your dedication to the Amway business. If you are an ongoing IBO, what have you observed about your sponsor or upline? Do they know your kid's names? Are they interested in you as a person or only as a customer of their standing orders and functions? Only you know the answer but remember this. Upline's defacto demand that you attend all meetings, means you are putting your upline and the Amway business as top priority in your life, making family and other interests in your life secondary or less. Some upline even go so far as to discourage young people from college because Amway will give you a better life. Sadly, less than one half of one percent ever make any real money in Amway. The masses end up losing, ironically because of tool purchases. Ongoing IBOs can do the math and the result is conclusive. That tools eat up all or most of an IBO's profits. In fact when examining a group of tool consuming IBOs, it is very likely that expenses will exceed income, because of the tools.
Ask yourself if your upline is helping you because they want your success or if they want your dedication as a tools customer. I think you can only make one conclusion if you view this neutrally. Your upline is more interested in selling you tools than helping you succeed.