Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Why "Playing" Amway Can Be A Dangerous Game?

One thing my sponsor often told the group was that many of us were "playing" Amway. What he meant was that many people can listen to a tape or CD every day, read a success book 15-30 minutes each day, attend all the functions, use and/or sell 100 PV or more each month, but never make progress in the business. Basically what he was saying was unless you are showing the plan and sponsoring downline, you are just playing Amway. And while I agree, I honestly believe that most IBOs simply "play" Amway.

They can do most of the CORE steps such as listening to standing orders or cds each day. They can read every day and attend all the functions. They can even use and sell Amway products. But because of previous IBO behavior, many people cannot get anyone to see the plan, let alone sponsor others. Seems like everyone (at least in the US and Canada) know of someone who was lied to, or tricked into attending an Amway meeting. This alone has given Amway a shady reputation and just the mention of the name Amway can send people running. I was tricked into a meeting once, and as an IBO, I saw people get up, cuss and leave the meeting because they were lied to or tricked into attending a meeting based on the curiosity approach.

I do not believe that IBOs in general are dishonest or deceitful. I believe that most of them are probably motivated, wanting more in life, and hard working. But they are taught to duplicate or copy their uplines. I believe it is some of the tenured leaders who teach bad business practices that are duplicated and spreads a bad reputation like an infectious disease. I believe that because of this, Amway's North American sales tanked and now they don't even report the North American sales seperately from Global sales.

When you stop and take a deep breath, you see the signs of weakness and the chinks in the armor of the once untouchable and "divine" diamonds. We see diamonds suing other diamonds and Amway. We see diamonds losing their homes to foreclosure (so much for paying cash). A triple diamond was in chapter 7 bankruptcy and hoards of diamonds leaving their LOS along with their "awesome" mentors and lifelong friends to form their own LOS. Why is this happening? I believe it is because of greed. Why else would you leave a "mentor" and "lifelong friend" to start your own LOS? It's all about the money.

Sadly, while all of this goes on, most IBOs come and go, lose money and "play Amway" along the way. It truly saddens me that this has gone on for so long, and it looks like (in my opinion), that my former LOS, WWDB, seems to have been the worst of the bunch with no apparent improvement in the last 15 years or so.

You can "play Amway" hard, but you most likely won't make enough net profit to buy a value meal a McDonald's. Of course you are welcome to prove me wrong.


Anonymous said...

So true. Boomers are finally exhausted from chasing the elusive 'dream.'

Amway and other MLMs are gonna have a helluva time convincing the next generation to do what we did. They have not spine for it. They will laugh at product pick-up and call-in.

With technology like 'Go-To-Meeting,' and the like, just try to get them out 6 nights a week showing the plan and attending an endless parage of freaking meetings and opens.

Hey, amway and other MLM cults, leave us the hell alone. We are frantically busy working full-time excellent jobs and raising our families.

Anonymous said...

I agree Joecool, WWDB are definitely the worst of the bunch and have or did have very close ties to BWW (Britt World Wide), Bill Britt is without a doubt the God Father of the Tool and Motivational Business. From the comments on this blog, other blogs and sites nothing has changed with them since I was in WWDB other than almost a 100% turnover of IBOs and a few Diamonds with foreclosure and Bankruptcies.


What I don't understand is with all the information available on the internet compared to the limited info we had 17 years ago people still get caught up in this money sucking cult.

***Former WWDB Lemming***

Anna Banana said...

IBOs may not have started out as deceitful and dishonest but they became that way after being brainwashed by their upline. The people who come into the business as established liars and scanners probably have a better chance of success.