Friday, February 10, 2012

IBOs Lose Friends Because Of Amway?

I read on another blog recently written by an IBO, that your real friends would not walk away or cease to be your friends because of involvement in Amway. I do not believe your good friends would abandon anyone because of their involvement in Amway. However, they might avoid you for a while if you are always talking about Amway, or bugging them to join Amway. They might also feel that it is the IBO who has deserted the friendship in order to attend the endless number of Amway meetings and conventions.

As a former IBO myself, I know that I sacrificed many birthday parties and backyard barbeques. Our upline told us that these minor sacrifices would pay us back a hundredfold in the future. Looking back, not a single IBO crossline or my sponsor, ever got any significant payout from Amway. I believe that some IBO's relationships with friends and family may suffer, but not because of their involvement in Amway per say, but because the IBO is putting the relatiionships on hold while they pursue their Amway dream. It's almost like a friend who leaves home to attend an out of town college. Eventually they come home and your friendship is still there.

As an IBO, I remember our upline telling us that we needed to separate ourselves at times, to avoid negative. I believe this is still true today, based on what I see coming from current IBOs. IBOs might call it "association", where they think they are "hanging out" with successful people, but the reality is that the masses of IBOs are broke dreamers hanging out with each other.

Ironically, our upline taught us that we as IBOs were all friends for life. I recall a high level WWDB leader commenting that an IBO who "quits" is leaving their friendship, therefore the remaining group is not responsible for the failed relationship between current and former IBOs. When an IBO says friends for life, what they really mean for most is that you are friends for life as long as you never quit Amway. This is one of the reasons why Amway has been compared to a cult.

Shortly after leaving the Amway business, my father passed away. Not a single person upline or crossline called or visited to pay their respects or to express their sympathy. Friends for life indeed.


Anonymous said...

It's true that Amway has a negative image and this was caused by the motivational support groups like WWDB not the Amway company or it's products. My wife and I have been in this business for over 35 yrs and have 200 personal customers or more not to mention a nice group of business partners. We promote the value and performance of the products. If one takes the time to figure out the cost per use we often beat the discount stores in price and our product performance is legendary. Many times they are rated # 1 in consumer report magazine but keep in mind the cost per use when figuring price. We don't promote buying CD's or getting involved with the so called support groups and organizations. Amway has all the support we need for "free." The diamonds of these motivational groups do in fact make much of their income from the tools and meetings they promote. Also, we don't miss out being active in our church and good times with our friends. If you would like to order green products, Amway received the "Environmental Excellence Award" from the UN a few years ago, without dealing with an up line or support group go to our personal Amway site and we'll give you the wholesale price. Registration is free. Once we receive notification you're registered we'll set the pricing for you at wholesale. Not everyone in Amway is a bad or dishonest person! In 2012 Amway did $10.9 Billion in sales world wide ( 80 countries). This say's lots of customers agree that the products are in fact a great value!

ST said...

I don't think that most people in amway are dishonest, some are but I'm sure most are just buying into the hype. My friends that are involved I'm sure are just caught up in the impossible dream, but at a certain point they have to know their downline is not making any money. said...

In most cases, it's possible for that to happen anytime.