Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Amway IBOs, The Real Losers?

One of the things I recall as an IBO was thinking how sorry I felt for people who were not IBOs because we were all going to be rich and everyone else was a loser. Our upline used to tell us that we were winners - and if you weren't a winner, then obviously, you are a loser. Many times, the term "broke" was attached to the term loser. That was my mindset back then, but having been out of the system more than ten years, I can look back and laugh, realizing that the losers were the ones buying stuff they don't need, stalking people at malls and bookstores, and wasting their time and money on tapes (cds), books and functions and an endless series of meetings.

What goes unnoticed in many cases, is how much time and money really goes down the drain for IBOs who work the system. Your life revolves around the business if you are dedicated and hard core. You are always looking for prospects and people to show the plan to, and you have to rearrange your schedules, or outright skip social or family gatherings because of the neverending number of meetings and functions, many of which teach you nothing about running a profitable business. When I first left the Amway business, I was sort of angry at the time and effort that was wasted, along with the cash I threw down the crapper. Sometimes I wonder what I could have done with the extra time and money I would have had at my disposal.

But after I did finally cut ties with the business and the people associated with it, I got back into a routine of sorts. I focused on my job and after some years of gaining experience and working my way up the corporate ladder, I received some promotions and I am scheduled to be retired before the age of 60 with a decent retirement income and will likely have my home paid off by then. So while I did have to work a dreaded job to be able to retire, pretty much all IBOs are also working a job or business PLUS having to expend their time and money to run their Amway business which has little to no chance of providing a long term stable and significant income. And if I may add, it is the systems such as WWDB or N21 that usually end up costing the IBOs the most money because of things like the functions. When you stop and look around, how many of these Amway bigshots are "retired"? It seems that the diamonds work up until the day they die. They are not walking the beaches of the world with cash rolling in like crazy.

So I will ask the question. Who's the real loser? The person diligently working and saving for their future or the person chasing a dream that is unlikely to materialize? Factoring in the expenditure of time also makes the systems even more costly than it appears on the surface.


Anonymous said...


I believe than nobody is a loser here.
Neither somebody who tries MLM nor somebody who builds their carrier in a corporation.
Everybody has the right to theirs own decisions.

Kris (C1REX)

Joecool said...


Thanks for the comments. What you aren't aware of is exploitive uplines who would have you sell your soul to attend the next function. Sadly, some of these upline are still around, still teaching people to spend themselves into debt to attend functions. A WWDB IBO who recently quit, admitted that he attended the same function multiple times (Dream Night). The upline likely "recommended" it. He had the same upline I had many years ago. It's sad these diamonds will try to extract every cent from people they call "friends",\.

Anonymous said...

I would suggest to avoid such people - MLM or not.
If it's against company policy then I would call their upline or amway head office to report such an unethical practice.

There are different kind of people in MLM - some very bad and some absolutely amazing ones. I would stick to the amazing ones.


Joecool said...

Calling the upline won't help. They're the ones teaching the bad practice. Calling Amway may or may not help. I filed a complaint and the same practices occur today, that happened when I was an IBO, and by the same leaders.

Kimchi Mikky said...

My sister joined Amway last year. Thankfully, she only lasted 6 months. She was burning through money going to "business meetings," "business trips," and buying overpriced Amway products. Who pays to go to a business meeting? She sold very little and became the most annoying Ambot I've ever seen. Thankfully it's over now. Unfortunately, some of her friends still won't hang out with her, for fear that she might try to sell them something. LOL

Joecool said...

Thanks for sharing that. Luckiliy your sister snapped out of it. My former sponsor has been in Amway for over 20 years and he hasn't quit and is probably losing his ass. He's a physician so can you imagine how much income he's lost by closing his practice to attend functions?