Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Duplicate Your Way To Amway Success?

Duplication. It was sold as the key to success when I was an IBO and I believe it is still promoted as an important component to succeeding in Amway. But I believe IBOs are misguided in understanding what duplication really is. Sure, it's very easy to stand on stage as a tenured diamond and talk about duplication, but in practical application, can it be done? In my opinion, duplicating sounds great in theory but will not work in practice. In the US, I believe Amway is not experiencing growth. The name change from Quixtar back to Amway was made for a reason. I believe that reason is because Quixtar had a bad reputation. Now I also believe that Amway has a spotty reputation as well, but the company braintrust must have felt it was still better to be Amway than Quixtar.

So back to topic. What are you duplicating? Many IBOs do little or nothing. That is not a mystery. So duplicating nothing gets you nothing. But let's look at the 6-4-2 plan. The majority in the plan do 100 PV and get about $9 or $10 as a bonus. In order to succeed, upline will expect these IBOs to be on standing order and to attend functions. Thus these IBOs will earn $9 or $10 but spend about $150 to $200 a month on training materials. So duplicating yourself will compound the overall losses of the group or team as some like to call themselves. If you sponsor a few people and move up to 300 PV group volume, you will earn about $30 but still spend about $150 to $200 in training materials. So duplicating yourself still creates more losses. Even if you achieve platinum or higher, you may finally reach a point where you have a net gain, but your downline will continue to lose money, primarily due to the cost of the training materials.

So duplication is the key to Amway success. Amway and the people selling the education materials become very successful by your promotion of "duplication", but the IBOs themselves get no benefit from duplicating themselves unless they can get enough downline to absorb the losses for them. It is why some people consider the Amway opportunity a pyramid. While legal, the opportunity still resembles a pyramidal compensation plan as you will only make a significant net gain when you have enough downline "under" you to take the losses. While you can outearn your sponsor, you will never overtake one of the tenured "crown ambassadors".

So the question for IBOs is, what exactly are you duplicating?


Anonymous said...

The problem for those in the Platinum is that they cannot control their downlines. If a downline quits, it has an impact on their PV value.

Anonymous said...

Joe, let's not beat around the bush. It's not a matter of opinion. It's a plain fact: AMWAY IS A PYRAMID SCHEME.

The creeps who run it were lucky enough to be able to corrupt the FTC and other governmental authorities to get a pass, and they have packed their cronies and toadies into high-placed positions where the Amway pyramid scheme will be protected.

Amway claims that its business is legal? Yeah, sure. Like organized crime was "legal" in Chicago in the 1920s. When corrupt government officials are on your side, of course you are "legal."

Joecool said...

I believe Amway is a pyramid scheme also. I highly doubt they have a majority of legitimate sales to actual customers. I say this because many groups teach "buy from yourself and get others to do the same". I believe this still happens because people just do not like "selling" products and selling the businesss. I believe the courts were ignorant and made a poor decision in the FTC charge against Amway in 1979 and pyramid scheme have blossomed since then, using Amway as the standard for creating compensation plans.

The recent ruling and injunctions against Herbalife however, might have teeth if the FTC follows through and enforces the injunctions against Herbalife. Stay tuned for updates on that.

John Doe said...

I believe that if every tenured member of the HoR and the Senate were replaced, then MLM would cease to exist. Between Senators Harkin and Hatch taking payments from the supplement industry while continuing to deregulate it, and the lobbying that is done by the MLM industry with their connections to our highest government officials.

Just look at this website (https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/toprecips.php?id=D000000111&cycle=2016, and you can see exactly what Amway/Alticor has funded this year during an election...it's ridiculous and upsetting.