Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Do You Have A Complaint About Amway?

Over the years, I have seen literally hundreds (if not more) blogs and testimonials about Amway. Most of them decry the pitfalls of being an Amway IBO. Most of the complaints cite the fact that Amway in general has higher prices than comparable retailers and the fact that the system consisting of voicemail, books, cds and seminars ate up any profits the IBO may have made and resulted in net losses for most. One particular Amway apologist bemoans the fact that the internet is full of bad testomonials about Amway. The reason why there are so many negative testimonials about Amway is because over the years, thousands, possibly millions either had a bad experience for the reasons I cited above, or personally know of someone who had a bad experience.

Amway defenders will often cite the fact that many IBOs sign up and "do nothing" as their defense to this. But I will easily point out that I haven't seen anyone say they signed up, failed to do anything or order products, quit and started blogging about a bad experience in Amway. These defenders will also compare Amway to the gym where people sign up and "do nothing". Whether true or not, I also do not see people who sign up and "do nothing" complain about not receiving health benefits by simply signing up. It is a very weak defense. Conversely, I have seen numerous accounts of folks like myself who did put in effort, some for many years, who did what upline advised and did not see the financial rewards that is promoted in "the plan".

Amway defenders will then try to justify themselves, saying that the better business bureau (BBB) receives few formal complaints about Amway. I will agree with this. Many IBOs never bother to file formal complaints to the BBB or to Amway because in many, probably most cases, the person who quits and may have had a bad experience, was sponsored into the business. The sponsor was often a friend or family member of the IBO who left the business. Many will simply leave and forget the episode and chalk it up to a learning experience in life. Some will complain, but really have to no venue to voice their remorse about joining. Some of us have found the Internet to be quite effective in sharing our experiences and our opinions on why the business did not work. This is what one Amway defender calls the "internet war". What I have pointed out is that critics most often simply point out what the IBOs themselves have done. In many cases, the IBO is his own worst enemy. Afterall, critics didn't deny Amway and Quixtar had a connection, nor did critics make up claims about perfect water, etc.

It would appear that most of the problems has a root in the AMO systems, such as WWDB, BWW, LTD, or N21. Now, not all upline leaders are unethical, but it appears that many are, and new IBOs have no way to identify the good from the bad. It also appears that some of these upline leaders will issue bad advice. Advice that is detrimental to the IBOs, but financially beneficial to themselves, such as telling IBOs to never miss a function, or to buy more cds. In many cases, these unethical uplines do not care about IBO success, their goal is just to move as many support materials as possible, so they can fund their "diamond" lifestyle. Sadly, it is also apparent that the diamond lifestyle may be a facade in some cases. An illusion of wealth portrayed as a recruiting tool.

If you recognize some of these warning signs, ask tough questions of your potential sponsor and visit this or some of the blogs linked to this one for more information.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

JoeCool, I have a complaint about you. You sit here year after year bellyaching and bitching about Amway. Why don't you get off your ass and do something to better yourself instead of sitting in your own dirty diapers whining and crying? With the effort you put into this blog, you could have been a double diamond by now. What a looser you are.

Joecool said...

So now you bellyache and bitch about me? Why aren't you a double diamond?

Lucifer said...

To be. To do. To have. Do you have to be?

Lucifer said...

If you think that you have to be, is it any wonder then why complaints are filled against you? Defend yourself!

Anonymous said...

*finger* i just did. how's THAT? =D

**proud Amway hater**

Anonymous said...

Ambots are good at mindless double-speak and gobblygook thoughts. Brainwashing helps it make sense to them, but to no one else.

Rajeshwar Reddy Teegala said...

Amway Products not dispatched as per the list of order placed. Either they are not delivering the products sometimes or less then the ordered quantity. Really generates lot of disinterest because of poor delivery services without cross checking

Pawan Saxena said...

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Anonymous said...

Its funny reading these comments from ambots a few years back, guaranteed over 95% of them have quit by now LOL

Joecool said...

More like 96 to 100% LOL