Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Amway "Quality" Argument?

One of the things that Amway IBOs like to argue to justify their selection of Amway products is that Amway has high quality, and they feel justified in paying the premium price because of that quality. Oddly enough, these IBOs don't seem to feel the same way once they leave Amway. I believe it's because when the IBOs are fueled with dreams of wealth and residual income, they don't mind forking out premium prices for what I consider average products. I am posting an article that shows exactly why Amway cannot compete with the big retailers. The consumers have spoken!

WASHINGTON » The vast majority of Americans say they prefer lower prices instead of paying a premium for items labeled “Made in the U.S.A.,” even if it means those cheaper items are made abroad, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.

Nearly three in four say they would like to buy goods manufactured inside the United States, but those items are often too costly or difficult to find, according to the survey released today. A mere 9 percent say they only buy American.

Asked about a real world example of choosing between $50 pants made in another country or an $85 pair made in the United States — one retailer sells two such pairs made with the same fabric and design — 67 percent say they’d buy the cheaper pair. Only 30 percent would pony up for the more expensive American-made one. People in higher earning households earning more than $100,000 a year are no less likely than lower-income Americans to say they’d go for the lower price.

Low prices are a positive for US consumers — it stretches budgets and allows people to save for their retirements, if they’re wise, with dollars that would otherwise be spent on day-to-day living,” said Sonya Grob, 57, a middle school secretary from Norman, Oklahoma


Anonymous said...

Personally I'd prefer to buy American products exclusively. But in a depressed economy that's not always possible. Sometimes one has to choose the cheaper foreign import.

Amway uses the "Wouldn't you pay more for quality?" bullshit as a way to shame buyers into shelling out for overpriced crap. As a matter of fact, the quality of Amway products ranges from generic to mediocre.

Joecool said...

I too don't mind paying for quality, but Amway products are generic in quality, not premium. They have premium prices though, and that's why it's a tough sell for IBOs. How do you sell average quality for premium prices?

Ben Dover said...

In the current state of affairs, I would say it is nearly impossible to buy entirely domestic made products. When you go to a store for anything other than food (not that food isn't imported as well), a majority of the products on the shelves don't give you an option to buy American. An example of this is the television selections at electronics stores. I would be curious to hear if anyone currently has an American made television.

The problem is we want both good prices, and great working conditions...and as history dictates, that isn't possible. I encourage you guys to watch the John Oliver piece on Clothing companies. While he makes it hilarious in certain parts, it is really depressing to see the lengths in which companies will go to be competitive in the market place.

Joecool said...

I own a Sam Sung television. LOL

All things being equal, I buy American but if other foreign made products are just as good and cheaper, well, I'm not stupid.