Saturday, February 26, 2011

Amway - Life Goes On?

As I said in a previous post, I am a former Amway distributor, or IBO. While I was active, my life was consumed by Amway and Amway related activities. If I wasn't at a meeting or showing the plan, I was at coffee shops or at other public places looking to meet potential recruits to add to my group. I was in Worldwide Group at the time and I was always taught that we were "helping people". I dedicated my life to the "cause".

Looking back, we didn't help anyone who didn't join the business. Even those who joined didn't actually receive "help". The help that my upline refered to was simply someone upline showing the plan and helping active IBOs to recruit others. Sometimes this was done for free and sometimes you paid (for open meetings). Every opportunity was used to look for recruits, even weddings and other social events. We never provided anything unless prospects were interested in Amway. If they were not interested, that was end of any help they received. My sponsor would say "They're not bad people, but they just don't get it", meaning they don't see Amway as their financial savior.

When I finally realized that the Amway opportunity was not going to deliver lifelong residual income for me, and due to some conflict with my sponsor, I decided to leave the business. Well, all my lifelong Amway friends never spoke to me again. Most of my group quit except a few of them. Allegedly, one of them continued on in the business and allegedly reached the platinum level. All that means to me is this person continued to be brainwashed and spent tens of thousands of dollars on tools.

The really strange thing for me was after I left the Amway opportunity and Worldwide group, I suddenly realized how much extra time I had on my hands. I also realized that I had extra cash to save as my income wasn't being consumed by PV and support materials. I was able to save and invest some of that surplus and I am glad that I did today. At of this writing, I am living very comfortably because of my J-O-B.

As time passed, I also read and heard about some of my crossline friends losing their homes and/or going bankrupt. I am fairly certain that their consumption of standing orders and function attendance was a major factor in their lives. I also discovered through various media that our WWDB leaders had lied to the downline about tool profits. They had said nobody made a profit from tools. I later found that some of them made most of their income from tools. These leaders have never been held accountable for their lies.

I also discovered later that some uplines lied about paying for their homes in cash, and who knows what they may be lying about today. I believe upline greed has led to many of the problems the business opportunity faces today. I started to learn about some of this back in 2003 - 2004 and I eventually registered as a member on Quixtar blog. I have been debating Amway since then.

The best discovery I have made was that life goes on quite nicely after Amway!

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

ya got THAT right, bud!

Anonymous said...

Someone is trying to recruit me into the "World Wide Group" to start an online business to sell Amway products to people. They keep mentioning how they're helping people yada yada. Anyways, I would just like to pick your brain a little or for you to give me your inside info on the subject so I can avoid what seems like a massive mistake to get involved with! Thanks!
email me @ w-verville@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I am also like Anonymous above. Someone in World Wide Group is telling me about it and I don't know what all to make of it as yet. Any thoughts on the company and more specific things I should know? If you're able to email me: integritystandard9@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

just read more of joe's blog!

Anonymous said...

I have been approached by a couple who wants me to join their team with World Wide Group and Amway. Can you please let me know more information before I make my decision. Thank you. Email : Christinatxgirl@yahoo.com

Joecool said...

Feel free to contact me. My email and contact info is on my profile. Ask questions, do your research and due diligence. If they tell you not to, be very afraid. Ask your sponsor and some other uplines to show you (with proof) that they are making the kind of net income they are selling you on. If they refuse, be very afraid. Good luck

Anonymous said...

I am a current member...I am sorry your up line was not helpful. Mine is....it's the people that you worked with not the program. This group has not only motivated me to help people randomly while not prospecting. But to help and communicate as much as possible down line. Good luck with everything I wish you financial freedom anyway.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Joecool I was in a line of sponsorship back in 2010 I understand how you feel. The reason for you not getting anywhere is cause of the line of sponsorship you had. I changed my line of sponsorship and I am so stoked I did it is not all about spending money it's about being core and learning first that is what I am doing now and it has helped tremendously.

Joecool said...

How did you go about changing your line of sponsorship? Did you sit out 6 months?

Anonymous said...

I have a couple trying to recruit me. They keep telling me how much of a millionaire I will become and that I will be able to retire in two years. I don't believe it's a scam yet I know I am being lied to because they told me from the first meeting that they are not a recruiting network marketing agent. But they are. Everything they have said to me sounds so scripted and I just don't trust it deep down. I know amway make work for some but it's not working for me. It sounds a lot like wake up now, where you have to get others under you to make more money. So, you have pretty much answered my question lol thank you

Joecool said...

Do you really believe you can become a millionaire buying and selling soap and vitamins?

klutzy247 said...

I really encourage you to do more research and open your eyes to the idea of Network Marketing. It is about helping people and creating financial freedom outside of a job. You don't actually have to SELL anything.

Joecool said...

How does a business profit without selling anything?

Unknown said...

I’ve been involved with amway on and off over the years, this included Quixtar and a couple of other subsidiaries.. While there is a lot of fraud and it can be time consuming.
You should take a look at the business as a tool. For learning, use that learning to strategize and execute for your own goals. – don’t let the business, functions, lines etc consume your life. and don’t fall into the traps of oh, I have to do this or that, learn, set a budget, manage your time. The concept behind the tapes or books is to help you learn. If you want to share that, awesome, but also don’t let yourself or anyone you share that info with become hoodwinked, and then you’ll create a strong network, which may help you build that bonus value. Amway is not and has never been a get rich quick plan

Joecool said...

Amway's a not get rich at all plan. If people were told upfront about all the tool profits (the real business) that uplines get rich off of, how many people would sign up for Amway and how many would sign up for tools?

I'll bet both numbers would drop dramatically without the lies, hype and hard sell.

Anonymous said...

This just saved me from what would've been a really awkward "face to face meeting." No wonder they kept avoiding my questions, soap products? no thanks.

Joecool said...

Avoiding your questions while recruiting you into a business opportunity should be a "stop" sign with bells and whistles.

william said...

You gave up the oppurtunity of a lifetime!

Anon said...

Thank you Joecool! I am finally old enough now to listen to that "beware" sign that my brain has flashed me over the years! My wife and I are being "courted" by the evasive group now! That ends today! Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Joe Cool! We are in meet three coming up, and still have the same questions as meet one! ( This ends today. ) Glad I bumped into your Blog. Back to making money the old fashioned way. Hahaha Take Care

Joecool said...

Good for you! I'm glad you were able to access important information here!

klutzy247 said...

You are shopping from yourself. You are going to go out and buy consumable goods for yourself either way. Why not make a profit from it? And build yourself mentally, emotionally and become an amazing leader. I'm sure working for 40+ years sounds like a much better option then.

klutzy247 said...

It's not recruiting because they don't care whether you get in or not. NEXT! Its about helping people create an income that they wouldn't have had working a job.

Joecool said...

That's the broke mentality your upline taught you. You think you own a business but all you are is a glorified customer of Amway, who actually makes the money.

Joecool said...

Then how come hardly anyone in income makes any money?

Think like an owner said...

It's good you gave amway a shot and formulated your own opinion. That's development I'd say but maybe this way of thinking and living wasn't meant for you because you have a "comfortable" "employee" mentality. That's fine. More power to you. For those that have vision of going beyond working for someone else the rest of their lives, it's worth at least exploring for yourself and not making your decision based on what one person's negative experience was. If it's not for you then it's not for you. Move on. Either way Amway will continue to do business well into the future. It's been going for 50+ years, who's to say when it will stop? Or if it ever will? Do your own research!

Joecool said...

Maybe you didn't notice that Amway sales dropped 12% this past year. Now that Amway has gone into China, there is little room for expansion and the real life saturation is taking place, especially with Amway's reputation.

If you want to run a business, open up a street corner lemonade stand. Much more lucrative than an Amway business.

Unknown said...

Hi Joe, thank you very much for your information. Just yesterday I had my first Coffee with one of these people and they just denied a hundred times what the business is about they said I had to keep going to meetings to find out; she didn't even want to give me the website because I was not trustworthy. She kept saying that the business side or "passive income" was just a 5% of the whole thing and that the true purpose is to get a mentor, let him help me and then I would be able to help others. The words, "hep" and trust" were said at least some 15 time during the hour. I couldn´t stop thinking why in the world do hey feel they need to desperately help people.. how? Are they psychologists? Therapists of any kind? This woman never mentioned Amway or even what ype of activity they do; she refused vehemently saying that if I wanted to find out I would have to read a book and attend some meetings to complete "the process"; this way we could get to know each other and gain our trust.....Well, that was a hard no for me.
However, I am curious (since I was refused to get some more details) now that you mentioned that the money comes from the "tools", I wanted to ask you what those tools are.

Canadiangirl said...

Hi Joe, thank you very much for your information. Just yesterday I had my first Coffee with one of these people and they just denied a hundred times what the business is about they said I had to keep going to meetings to find out; she didn't even want to give me the website because I was not trustworthy. She kept saying that the business side or "passive income" was just a 5% of the whole thing and that the true purpose is to get a mentor, let him help me and then I would be able to help others. The words, "hep" and trust" were said at least some 15 time during the hour. I couldn´t stop thinking why in the world do hey feel they need to desperately help people.. how? Are they psychologists? Therapists of any kind? This woman never mentioned Amway or even what ype of activity they do; she refused vehemently saying that if I wanted to find out I would have to read a book and attend some meetings to complete "the process"; this way we could get to know each other and gain our trust.....Well, that was a hard no for me.
However, I am curious (since I was refused to get some more details) now that you mentioned that the money comes from the "tools", I wanted to ask you what those tools are.

Anonymous said...

Success does not come to all who sign-up in Amway/WWDB. Success in Amway is like success in any other business - rare. I had moderate success in Amway but could not get past differences with my immediate upline Diamond. I should have handled it different, but I was mad. In the end I had no beef with Amway or WWDB. What I learned in Amway allowed me to to open another business outside Amway. The money and time spent in WWDB gave me the knowledge to open/run a successful business.

Joecool said...

Of course, getting scammed in Amway and WWDB helps you learn what not to do in the real business.

Anonymous said...

Joe your so ignorant, you got jealous and mad that your upline and WWDB was making money and you felt you were lied to. So now you have created this waste of time blog to steer other people away from a great and life changing opportunity. I've been part of Amway and WWDB for 13 years. I haven't made a ton of money but with the values and teachings from those tools I paid for in which yes my upline made a small profit. This changed my life. These books and audio teaching have saved my marriage, made me a better father, husband and person. I was a better employee and even became debt free. Because I used the tools provided to me. Why would I be upset for my upline or WWDB making a profit on my purchases??? Other book retail stores would have made the profit. Why is it ok for the other Corp to make all the profit? I will tell you if it was not for this business opportunity and WWDB leaders teachings, the books I read and counsel I received. I would be a divorced, broke, depressed person with no hope. This business means more to a lot of people than just making money. Of coarse making money is important to survive. But sometimes people are going through more important things than just needing to make money. Listen if I can show someone a vehicle that has the potential to make them a great income and also help them with other issues of their life that they may be looking for answer In and potentionally help save their marriage, family, help with depression, financial stuff etc. I will continue introducing people to this business and the Great group of people in WWDB organization. Even if I personally never put in the hard work to become a diamond or beyond I can say I have helped people. So lastly if you think this blog is helping anyone your wrong. You could be steering people away from the answer to what they have been looking for. Being successful doesn't just mean making a lot of money, it about all aspects of your life.

Joecool said...

""you felt you were lied to."" No, I didn't feel I was lied to. Bold faced lies were told by WWDB leaders.

"" I've been part of Amway and WWDB for 13 years. I haven't made a ton of money"" So Amway is a hobby for you and not a business. That means your expenses aren't even deductible.

""These books and audio teaching have saved my marriage, made me a better father, husband and person. I was a better employee"" That's nice but has nothing to do with Amway and WWDB.

""Why would I be upset for my upline or WWDB making a profit on my purchases???"" You might if they lied and aid they made no profit while telling you to buy 9 extra cds ever week, plus buy extra function tickets for each function.

"" I will tell you if it was not for this business opportunity and WWDB leaders teachings, the books I read and counsel I received. I would be a divorced, broke, depressed person with no hope."" Odd, WWDB leaders has divorcees who advocated for marriage (Wolgamott, Kosage).

"" So lastly if you think this blog is helping anyone your wrong. You could be steering people away from the answer to what they have been looking for. Being successful doesn't just mean making a lot of money, it about all aspects of your life.""

This is where you are DEAD WRONG. The vast majority of people make nothing or lose money because of Amway and WWDB. Not joining at all is a sound financial decision. I can tell you about people who became bankrupt because of Amway and WWDB and that some people's marriages broke up with Amway and WWDB being major factors as to why.

Even if you are truthful about your experience, you are a very very rare exception. And I'd say whatever benefit you received was not directly from Amway or WWDB. You could have had similar results from joining a church or a support group.

Being successful isn't all about money. I agree. But Amway is a business so if you're not making money, then business wise, you are not successful.

My blog is just that. Nobody is forced to visit and read my posts. But hundreds of thousands of people have read my material and greatly benefitted from it so I'm not prepared to give it up.


Anonymous said...

You brag about how many people view your blog and allow them to see YOUR opinions. It is quite clear that you pick and choose which comments you allow to be published.

Let's be honest, Amway is in no way shape or form a SCAM. If you truly believe they are a scam, I suggest you get on the phone with the FTC, and let them know there is this billion dollar business that has been around since 1959 that is going around and scamming everyone since they obviously were too blind to see what you see.

Just because you failed at a business opportunity does not mean the company is by default a scam. Let me ask you this...Have you EVER succeeded at owning a business? So, is it the business that failed you or did you fail the business? It is the curse and blessing of MLM...it is too easy to get into due to such low cost to get started. This allows people who should never be in business in the first place to give companies like Amway a shot, and then bitch online once they realize that they are not cut out for something like this or because they went into the business with unrealistic expectations such as expecting to get rich quick, or thinking the business can be built with little to no effort on their part.

I can see why you never succeeded in Amway (or any MLM for that matter), you never learned how to effectively communicate with people or take responsibility for the failures in your life. That is why you had to create this blog where you can control what is posted instead of allowing an open forum.

I am sure you will not post this to your website, but I will just have to get the satisfaction out of you reading it and realizing how correct my words are. Enjoy your cry baby attitude in life, and continue to always blame blame blame instead of taking responsibility.

Anonymous said...

I just want to point out that Amway offers more than just soaps and vitamins. They are also partnered with a large number of fortune 500 companies who offer discounted rates on their products, when purchased through Amway. (I guess Apple, Target, BustBuy, Sears, etc, didn't know they were getting into bed with a scam when they signed the dotted line.... oh wait, it's not a scam. it's a distribution company that has been around for 47 years and has no debt.)

Joecool said...

No, Amway is a scam. They used to partner with Enron and Worldcom. But the term "partner" is misleading. Amway sells the products of "partner" stores but the "partner" stores don't sell Amway products.

Who said Amway has no debt? That's an old lie. They financed some of their expansion which is not a bad idea, but it's a lie to say they have no debt.

John Doe said...

Anonymous said,

"They are also partnered with a large number of fortune 500 companies who offer discounted rates on their products, when purchased through Amway. (I guess Apple, Target, BustBuy, Sears, etc, didn't know they were getting into bed with a scam when they signed the dotted line.... oh wait, it's not a scam. it's a distribution company that has been around for 47 years and has no debt.)"

This is one of my favorite IBO lines, because they don't realize they are in a business of selling and not buying. When you start a business you are supposed to be providing a good or service, but in Amway all you do is consume goods or services and then teach others to do the same. This is no exception with the "partner" stores as they utilize the Amway network to sell more products...that's why they "partner" with Amway. They are just utilizing Amway as a marketing tool to sell more of their stuff to misinformed IBO's.

Not only do you not sell stuff that comes from "Apple, Target, Best Buy, Sears, etc.", but it would probably not be legal to resell that stuff without proper licensing. I don't understand how IBO's don't realize that they are just glorified customers at this point...At least with the Amway products, you are allowed to get rid of them.

Anonymous said...

That stupid verb "to partner" should be banned from the English language. Amway freaks use it endlessly, like a mantra.

The Amway racket has never "partnered" with anyone. Big companies sometimes allow Amway to sell their products, that's all. Claiming that this is a partnership is like saying that a whore's half-hour tryst in a hotel room with an anonymous guy is a marriage.

Joecool said...

IBOs like to use the "partner" store names as credibility, but fail to mention that Amway also partnered with Enron and WorldCom at one time. The term partner is misleading because as mentioned, Amway IBOs get to buy and sell the "partner" store products but those "partners" don't sell Amway stuff.

Anonymous said...

It is truly amazing how all these a way freaks sounds exactly the same.
Same terms and language used on their post and meetings, is like talking to a robot.

Brittany Romance said...

It's all in the way you look at it. If you live in America all you are is a consumer and a worker. If you work in a traditional job setting upward mobility is limited, income is limited and in most cases you are very replaceable but entrepreneurship isn't for everyone and WorldWide/ Amway isn't for everyone. Also as a consumer, you don't make any money at all. At least if you buy from yourself you get some of that money back. Same for people who make their money frok affiliate marketing. All they do is shop their and direct people to certain companies but you could also call them product pushers.
Anyways it's all about perspective and what you want out of life, how hard you are willing to work, and how long you're willing to wait for your reward.
And also I feel it's a bit disrespectful to be critical of a whole company for your bad experience. If I go to Petsmart and the workers are rude, I can't just generalize one Petsmart to all the rest. Because each person along with their upline is their own business, they can choose to run it differently. Just my opinion as someone who respects business people and entrepreneurs

Anonymous said...

To Brittany Romance:

First off, it's not a question of "perspective," but of plain facts. This website and many others have pointed out, over and over, for several decades now, how utterly corrupt and fraudulent the Amway MLM racket is.

You had one bad experience at Petsmart? OK, maybe that's not representative of the company as a whole. But dammit, Brittany, there are literally hundred of people who have come to these anti-Amway websites to complain about how they were treated and ripped off! After a while, the numbers of the complaints and the horror stories have to be taken seriously!

Then you give the same old tired story about "buying from yourself." Have you ever stopped to analyze what utter crap that idea is? All you are getting is a minor discount and a credit on the purchase of some mediocre products that you probably don't need. How the bloody hell are you going to get rich that way?

And guess what? In Amway,"upward mobility is limited, income is limited, and in most cases you are very replaceable." Those are your own words. Now go ask anybody who has struggled for years in Amway and has never gotten more than $100 per month as a bonus check if Amway is the answer to your financial hopes and dreams.

Get smart, Brittany. And get the hell out of Amway while you can.

John Doe said...

Brittany Romance,

Your name is well-suited, because you are not an entrepreneur and you do not have the "mindset of an entrepreneur". Rather, you have the mindset of a romance fantasy character that believes everyone can have a dream, and Amway/WWDB is the answer to the prayers of the masses as they have no hope otherwise.

"If you work in a traditional job setting upward mobility is limited, income is limited and in most cases you are very replaceable but entrepreneurship isn't for everyone and WorldWide/ Amway isn't for everyone."

In a traditional job "upward mobility" (I'm guessing you mean promotions) is very viable, and if you do a good job, stay the course, and show initiative, then you can rise within a company quickly. I'm always curious as to how people get to this sort of logic that "upward mobility" is better in Amway than it is in a traditional business...there is no "upward mobility" in Amway, and it is actually the most stuck business position you will ever be. You cannot rise in Amway, you can simply get people to jump in below you...if someone is above you, then they will always be above you NO MATTER WHAT (yes you could make more, but regardless you will not rise above them). This "upward mobility" jargon is just a programmed, steamy pile of...

"Also as a consumer, you don't make any money at all. At least if you buy from yourself you get some of that money back."

Except...you don't. In fact, you spend more buying from "your store" than you do from Target or Walmart, because they charge retail while "your store" charges 300-500% above retail while giving you back somewhere in the neighborhood of 10%. This again, is nonsense your sponsors and uplines have told you, because they know you can't do math or figure out the truth.

"Anyways it's all about perspective and what you want out of life, how hard you are willing to work, and how long you're willing to wait for your reward."

It isn't about "perspective" it's about earning and making smart decisions based on your position in the market place. At the end of the day, your perspective isn't worth anything without money in your pocket...fair?

The last part of your statement reveals how much of a dreamer you are...wait for your reward? How about going out and earning it! Watch your hard work actually materialize instead of waiting for some "reward".

"And also I feel it's a bit disrespectful to be critical of a whole company for your bad experience. If I go to Petsmart and the workers are rude, I can't just generalize one Petsmart to all the rest. Because each person along with their upline is their own business, they can choose to run it differently."

No, it isn't disrespectful, and that is how the world works! If you go to a TGI Friday's and the wait staff is awful, you make a complaint to TGI's Corporate and then they take action. They have a specific department designed to handle customer resolutions, and they are liable for ALL ACTIONS from their employees. Nobody sues an employee for being bad, they go after the company, because they are responsible for hiring the employee...PERIOD.

They aren't their own business, they have no ownership rights to run it anyway they want (no creative ability, marketing ability, distributing ability...they have 0 CONTROL). You don't have control of other people who become "distributors", you don't have control of what your upline (boss...ooo that dreadful word) does, you have NOTHING!

"Just my opinion as someone who respects business people and entrepreneurs"

If you respect business people and entrepreneurs, then you wouldn't call yourself or anything to do with Amway entrepreneurial or business-like. No exceptions to this rule.

NeverStopDreaming said...

Sounds like you quit to me. Glad you like to make money for someone else at your J-O-B. Hope you enjoy your retirement when your too old to enjoy it!

Joecool said...

Current IBOs are "pre quit" IBOs, they just don't know it.

Anonymous said...

To "NeverStopDreaming" --

Your name should be "Never Stop Hallucinating." If you think you're actually going to get rich in a rip-off scheme like Amway, you truly are living in a dream world.

Unknown said...

I am considering investing my time in building something with WWG. I would like to learn a little more on your experience with the company if you have the time.
Sarahc4d@gmail.com
I work three jobs and really haven't seen myself living in the E quadrant my whole life. Your insight wI'll be appreciated.

Joecool said...

You're free to write to me in private. My contact information is on my profile on this blog.