To this day, Amway has many critics and supporters. Some Amway supporters become critics if they leave the Amway business. Some Amway apologists are claiming victory as they say there are fewer new internet critics. But funny enough, there aren't any apparently new Amway supporters on the net either. But still, it doesn't appear that Amway is suddenly new and improved. The name Amway doesn't bring visions of sugarplums in most people's heads. In fact when you google Amway, you'll see many critical sites and the words scam or pyramid often associated with the name "Amway". You'll find horror stories and stories of people tricked into meeting. Recently, I've fond stories of IBO's getting hosed by the IRS.
What does the Amway name bring? People often think of "pyramid" or "scam". Some people are negative about the Amway opportunity and they don't even know why. Many people however, were involved in Amway at one time, or knows someone who had a bad experience. While many people's experience may have little to do with the Amway corporation, surely the motivational groups such as N21, BWW, or WWDB has had an impact on people's experience with Amway. Getting tricked into attending meetings or being lied to will lead to a bad experience. So will ridiculous snake oil campaigns like perfect water or claims about vitamin supplements. Most people are recruited by family or friends, thus these victims are often reluctant to file complaints against their family and friends to authorities.
But has Amway done anything significant about IBO abuses? Surely they must know something about this. Someone from Amway occasionally visits my blog to see what I am writing. But as far as I know, even the most abusive uplines have gone unpunished. Amway implemented an accreditation program, but I have yet to see ay significant changes as a result of accreditation and accreditation plus.
Amway criticism can be curbed quite easily. More transparency. Why not inform prospects of how many diamonds are currently qualified? Why not say how many IBOs are active or registered? Why not report North American sales? Why not say what the typical IBO earns? It would prevent critics and supporters from extrapolating information and making their own possibly inaccurate conclusions. Of course Amway is a private company and therefore will probably release only information that is required by law. And that is their right. But if that is the case, then IBO's will continue to make things up and the criticism will continue.
Like the AMO saying goes, insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. With no apparent significant changes forthcoming from Amway, the valid criticism continues.