Friday, June 17, 2016

Dreams (Your Upline's) Come True In Amway?

One of the issues I have with the Amway plan is that the newest IBO, possibly the one who does the most "Work", receives the smallest compensation. Amway pays about 32% of their gross back in the form of IBO bonuses. An IBO who does 100 PV generates close to $100 in bonus money, but the IBO only receives a 3% bonus (abuot $10) and somewhere upline and in between, uplines and sponsors receive the rest About $90). Some of the upline may not have even met the IBO who actually did the work. Is that really fair and is that a level playing field? What do some of these uplines do to deserve the lion's share of the bonus you worked to get? Yes, the upline diamond may show the plan in an open meeting, which may help you, but then again, you pay for entrance into that meeting. Basically your upline gets more bonus money than you by the simple virtue of signing up first.

Many uplines will talk about dreams and fulfilling your dreams. But if an IBO would stop and think for a moment, you can easily see that you are building the dreams of your upline, and not your own. You receive a tiny portion of the bonus for the volume that you move, and then in addition, if you are on the system, then you are also paying upline in the form of tool purchases for the priviledge of giving them bonuses with your product purchases. Does that sound like a good deal?

It is why your upline diamonds can parade around on stage with designer suits and show you their fancy cars and mansions and other toys. It is because they are cashing in on your efforts. You are making their dreams come true. Your dedication to moving volume and purchasing standing orders are fulfilling dreams. The upline dreams. Yes, someday you can hope to have your own group of downline to exploit for your own benefit, but unless you are adding members to your group regularly, you will never achieve the kinds of dreams that uplines talk about. In the meantime though, you are definitely helping someone upline achieve their dreams with every function you attend. Ironically, the upline leaders will tell you to never quit, even if they don't know your personal circumstances and/or how your business is progressing. Does that sound like sound advice coming from someone who knows nothing about your business?

Here's a challenge for IBOs and/or prospects who are being recruited into the Amway business. 100 PV will cost around $300 a month and dedication to the tools system will cost you around $150 to $250 a month on average (For a single person. Couples pay more). Would you not be better off simply writing a check to your upline for $100 and not even joining? Would you not be better off staying home and watching television instead of joining? If you read all of the information available on this blog and still decide to join, good luck to you, but remember this: Whose dreams are being fulfilled by your participation? Yours or your upline?

The math says not your dreams.


Anonymous said...

Well Joe, I think it's like this. The low-level IBOs know that up-line is taking the great bulk of the profit from their work. But they accept this as a given of the Amway "Plan." As they see it, if they work hard enough and progress far enough in Amway, they too will be in the position of "up-line" to a group of lowly IBOs underneath them. And then the lion's share of profit will be theirs.

It's like being in the Mafia or any other criminal organization. The lowly street hoodlum makes some money, but not as much as the kingpins above him. But as time passes and he goes farther up the chain of authority in the crime organization (by carrying out hits, by setting up robberies, by doing all the daily dirty work of crime) he will start to make more money from those newer hoodlums who have joined the racket later. Maybe he'll eventually rise to be a major crime boss (in Amway, a "big pin"). That's exactly what Al Capone did. He started out as an ordinary bouncer, and a small-time hit-man in Brooklyn. Eventually he was the crime czar if Chicago.

This is very likely how lowly IBOs in Amway think. They know they're not getting a big slice of the pie. But they assume that eventually they'll have a down-line, and be raking the cash in from their labors.

Of course the tragedy is that 99% of them won't get anywhere. They'll simply be bled dry by up-line. At least in organized crime, everybody (including the lowly street hoodlum) makes some money.

Joecool said...

Yes, the lowly IBOs think they are working their way up but what they are doing is losing blood until they bleed to death (not literally of course).

Some people snap out of it fast but some get hooked really good and stay in for years, losing tons of money in the process.

Upline knows this but they have the audacity to stay there and continue to fleece the flock. These diamonds basically have no conscience.