Monday, November 30, 2015

Do You Know Your Amway Upline?

One thing that I was unaware of as an IBO was that our uplines were massively profiting from our tools purchases. I was in WWDB at the time and I was told very clearly that nobody made money from the tools and in fact, I was also told that WWDB was a non profit organization. Both of these statements were bold lies told by WWDB leaders and they have never been held accountable. We were told that upline cared about us and our success, thus they spent their own money to fly to functions to teach us how to succeed. Turns out they were all lies.

Eventually, the internet amd other media made it impossible to cover up these lies and uplines finally admitted that they profitted from tools. However, it looks like they downplayed the magnitude of the tools profits. I believe some upline may have made most of their income from tools, especially leaders who may have fallen out of qualification. Now days, the upline admits they make some profits from tools, but there is still a great deal of secrecy in the tools business. What makes the whole thing ironic is that the uplines allegeldy are not supposed to entice Amway prospects into joining by using the tools money as a draw, but at the same time, they are told that tools are vital to their success. Uplines also show off trappings and lifestyles to attract recruits, but I believe that these trappings were likely obtained with tool income. Tool income has a higher profit margin than Amway products and fewer people in the pay plan so it makes perfect sense.

I wonder how many prospects or IBOs would be fired up about buying tools if they knew that their uplines might not currently be qualified at the level they claim to be, and knowing that the uplines will make a ton of money whether or not you make a cent as an IBO? Also, some uplines are shameless in pushing the tools on downline. Sure they might cut the newest guy a break and loan them some cds, but once that IBO decides to start building downline, they are likely to be told that a real business owner buys their own tools, or that a business owner needs to be a leader and purchase extra tools for their downline.

How would you feel uf your upline is touting themselves as a financial genious but in the background, their homes are foreclosed or they have financial difficulties? What if your upline touts their morals and you find out they are divorced or getting a divorce? What if your upline said Amway saves marriages? Your upline certainly won't say they are perfect, but conversely, they should be held to the highest standards if they are using their status to be able to sell tools and make large profits.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Since the purchase of tools is technically "voluntary" and "optional," the law can't go after Amway for this crime.

We know, of course, that buying tools is not actually optional in Amway. Your up-line will browbeat and coerce you with threats and contempt if you don't shell out cash regularly for various books, tapes, and CDs. The same thing is true for those spectacularly absurd "functions." If you choose not to go, there will be hell to pay from your up-line.

The question is this: if you are a halfway rational person, as soon as you've listened to one or two of those stupid "tools," you know that they are just a lot of rah-rah hype and bullshit, with no real business value. So why do rational IBOs keep buying them?

I think it's fear. They are terrified of what up-line may say or do. As Prof. Blakely said in his famous report, Amway is no different from the Mafia in its structure and discipline.

Joecool said...

Absolutely. It's pressure from upline. Tools are optional but so is success. So and so diamond is a millionaire and says tools are vital but if you want to try and be the first to succeed without tools.......

They make it seem as if you're stupid to not use the tools.

Anonymous said...

So, if you listen to your "upline boss", does your upline give you wages in return?

Anonymous said...

Your up-line doesn't give you shit. All he wants from you is obedience, and standing orders for Amway products.

Qiunan Tang said...

None of my upline buy or sell tools at all.

Joecool said...

What country are you in? I've never heard of a group that doesn't sell tools.