Thursday, January 22, 2015

The CORE Program?

What is CORE? CORE is a program designed by some LOS to help you achieve higher levels in the business. But upon closer inspection, it seems that most steps are more beneficial to upline that the IBO.

Breakdown of CORE and why it doesn’t work. Here are the CORE steps. Some groups may have variations of CORE, but this is generally what many groups use:

1 - Show the Plan (10-15 per month)
2 - Retail the Products (10 customers @10 PV each)
3 – Tapes/cds
4 - Books
5 - Functions (attend all)
6 - Accountability
7 - Counsel with Upline (Be teachable!)
8 - Buy 100% of your own products
9 – Communikate

Many upline will tell you that your success is nearly 100% guaranteed if you follow these steps for 2-5 years. Some Amway enthusiasts will tell you that 6 months of this activity will nearly assure you of a platinum level business. Certain steps are within the IBO’s control, such as reading every day and listening to cds, and attending functions. It is also easy enough to be accountable, counsel with upline, buy your own products, and use KATE (voicemail).

Here’s where an IBO’s efforts will break down. Showing the plan and retailing products. And remember, if you cannot do these steps then you are not considered “CORE” and your upline will likely tell you that it is your own fault and that you simply haven’t been CORE, therefore you did not achieve success. There is some truth in this but let me expose the system in a different angle.

Amway has a spotty reputation in the US. I don’t think anyone can dispute this fact. Therefore, for the vast majority of people, being able to show the plan 10-15 times per month is a nearly impossible task. If you are able to do this, you are a really good salesman or a good liar. In this scenario, the IBO is already successful, but not because of CORE, but simply because the IBO has the gift of being able to convince people into seeing the plan. But for many IBOs, they may contact hundreds of people and not be able to get anyone to see the plan. Even IBOs who follow upline advice on how to contact will probably not be able to show 10-15 plans per month. Thus this IBO, who is doing the work, will not be able to succeed. The system will blame the IBO, but the reality is that the IBO has too big of a disadvantage to overcome.

Secondly, with high prices (on average) and with a spotty reputation, most IBOs are unable to retail products. Amway itself has admitted that less than 4% of Amway products are sold to customers (non IBOs). Thus most IBOs are unable to sell products, therefore they are not CORE, therefore upline will blame the IBO for failure..

What if an IBO contacts 1000 people and cannot get 10 people to see the plan? Upline will claim that IBO is not CORE and therefore it is personal failure of the IBO. IMO, the only reason why upline can claim that CORE works is because in order to do the CORE steps consistently, you have to already be at a certain level of success. The vast majority of IBOs cannot and will never be able to reach that level.

That is the myth and the deception that many uplines will use to attract recruits. That each IBO can do the CORE steps. When only a fraction of 1% ever reach the level of platinum or higher, the numbers strongly support what is written here. Apologists are welcome to try and prove me wrong, but they can't.


Anonymous said...

You forgot a step, it's up to 10 now, "Premier Membership." Only $49.95 a month! I bought in for a couple weeks but than luckily I woke up an got out.

Joecool said...

Good job. Better to see the scam and get out instead of blindly following the pied piper.

Anonymous said...

That's a very difficult to do core list you have. All that will set me back 500+ a month. Especially #2 on your list. Can't imagine finding any customers with their pricing

Anonymous said...

Can someone explain what premiere membership is? By the way I did zero of those steps. Just found it all expensive and lame.

Joecool said...

Premiere membership is around $49.95 a month and you get some cds each week and you get to buy additional cds for $2 or $3. The more memberships sold, the more guaranteed money the diamonds get.

Joecool said...

Absolutely right. Upline may teach it but not emphasize it. How would anyone get 10 regular customers without advertising and with Amway's high prices? Factor in person use and all the tools and functions and a single person will spend $500 or more monthly and couples would spen even more. How many people would join knowing all this up front?