Monday, December 22, 2014

Beyond The Amway Facade?

One of the things that Diamonds and some other leaders do to attract new IBOs is to put on a dog and pony show. They want prospects to think that you can consume Amway products and get others to follow your lead and in a few years, you will be set for life financially, speaking on stages and securing the future for generations to come. They might use props such as pictures of mansion. slideshows of cars, yets, yachts. It looks impressive but based on what I know now, who knows whether the diamonds actually own this stuff or if they are simply showing you a slideshow of "lifestyles of the rich and famous". The reality is very likely that many diamonds are actually living in debt or bonus check to bonus check. It is a fact that more than half of NBA basketball pros end up broke, and they earn more than diamonds. Why would a diamond be different than the average Joe, especially when they appear to live beyond their means.

In the few cases where diamond income was exposed, we can see that they were not making the kind of money they would have you believe. Triple diamond Greg Duncan was making about half a million a year from Amway. A nice income for sure, but not what people would think, and not enough to save Mr. Duncan from bankruptcy. David Shores lost a home to foreclosure. Another diamond, unnamed but documented in the book "Amway Motivational Organizations, Behind the Smoke and Mirrors", talks about a diamond who had a gross income of over 3 million dollars, and a net of about $320,000. This diamond was in debt, had back taxes owed to the government, and was working hard to portray the diamond lifestyle.

Some of these leaders also use religion or Christianity as a means to justify their involvement in the business. For those who know, the Bible is clear that the love of money can lead to destruction. When you have functions such as Dream Night, what does that say? I would also like to note that in cases where these diamond's financials were exposed, there were no significant contributions to charity. I wonder if these charlatans talk a good game but do not contribute time or money to worthy causes? Where are the ten thousand dollar checks they talk about donating to charity? These leaders often refer to themselves as mentors, but any help they provide to downline results in some kind of compensation for them. This is not a mentor, but more like a paid consultant who is not getting effective results.

Behind the nice suits and the glitz of the functions, I believe that IBOs and prospects would see a world they truly would not want to be a part of. A world where deceit is practically needed to succeed. Where you take advantage of people who trust in you. Where you pretend to be wealthy and free, but in reality a slave to the mighty dollar. Where you traded a 9-5 job for a job that works the graveyard shift. If you look objectively behind the facade, you might see what I see.


quixtarisacult said...

Like I heard a Herbalife kingpin say, "people got to faking it so long, they forgot to make it." Then he went on to describe how they never will make itl. Applies to Amway as well. Fakirs trying to make con men out of others in a game of greed that nearly all will lose.

Anonymous said...

Joe, unsure if you had tom vu real estate seminars in your area during the late 80s or early 90s. But Amway leaders remind me of this tom vu promoter. The info commercials had him living in mansions,yachts,tons of luxury vehicles,and his arms around hot girls. I think dateline or some news agency exposed this tom vu as a fraud. But I remember going to his free info session because I'm curious. Then being involved in Amway. The leaders just hype the potential. Just like the ton vu character.

Joecool said...

Yes, I believe that most MLMs are the fake it till you make it variety. The money flows to a select few while the rest scramble and work hard trying to find the end of a rainbow that won't be there.

Joecool said...

I've heard of Tom Vu. He's a scammer who scams people into real estate stuff.

Anonymous said...

Some of their stories are very questionable also. Like Greg Duncan quitting med school for Amway. Looking back I think he probably wasn't passing med school. Then recently I see Vinny Pappalardo look like he's lying his ass off on YouTube. With Vinny saying he's 1.5 mill in debt. People buy into these stories but I want proof. When I was in wwdb I heard of some guy eating out of a trash can and drinking alcohol like a fish. People just don't question any of their stories

Joecool said...

Yes, they do tend to make up a lot of stories and people don't bother to actually question them. I remember Greg Duncan telling the story about quitting medical school. I also remember him saying loans are stupid then we find out he was filing chapter 7 and could not pay his LOANS.

I also remember Greg Duncan telling a touching story about when his daughter gets married, he would ask his son in law what his best (job) offer was. Greg said he would then double the offer and his son in law would work for him. Somehow I doubt that one came true.