Saturday, October 27, 2018

Same Old Amway?

A friend of mine ad former downline (when I was an IBO) told me that his daughter recently joined Amway and WWDB. Despite his warnings and objections, she joined anyway, and insists that things are different in Amway today. That gave me some food for thought. What is different between Amway of today and the Amway I was in? The products are basically the same, perhaps with some new packaging. The concepts are the same. Buy your own stuff and try to get others to do the same. And recruit like crazy. That part of the business hasn't changed at all.

But what also hasn't changed is the same old Amway reputation that hinders the ability to sell products and/or to recruit others and to show the plan. Seems as if people joining and quitting without doing much is still the same. There is still an emphasis of the consumption of tools and functions by the rank and file IBOs, and why not? The diamonds make nice profits from the sale of business support materials and unlike the Amway compensation plan, the rank and file IBOs get no compensation for the tools.

It sure seems as if the same old - old diamonds are around. The Duncans, Puryear, Leslie Wolgamott (Divorced from Brad - WWDB saves marriages?). Harimoto, Tsuruda, Danzik. Where are the new diamonds? It might also be significant to note that Amway revenues have declined significantly from 11.8 billion in 2013 to 8.6 billion in 2017. And that is while the US economy has been doing very well. Perhaps perhaps people are seeing Amway for what it is? A poor business opportunity where your chance of failure is nearly 100%. And it's not because of a lack of effort or motivation. The Amway system is just set up for failure.

A quick look at the common 6-4-2 plan is 79 IBOs. One platinum and a whole bunch who aren't. And this plan doesn't factor in that many people join and quit without doing much of anything. Thus there can only mathematically be a small fraction of 1% who make anything with a whole bunch of wannabes who never make it. And that is what Amway is. The same old sorry ass Amway opportunity where the diamonds sell you false hopes and dreams while their dreams come true from your tools and function purchases.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Joe, one question --

You say one of your former down-line has a daughter, and now she has joined Amway?

I don't get it. Her father has told of her of the lies and fakery of the entire Amway racket, and no doubt has mentioned how much money he lost during the years of his involvement.

And the girl still wants to join?

It seems to me that if the girl can simply ignore the actual experience of her father, and make the very same mistake that he made in the past, then what we have here is a case of hereditary vulnerability in a family. Whatever sick psychological reason prompted this man to join an MLM scam is also present in his offspring. Could this be the source of so much MLM activity? Is there a genetic strain in the population that is susceptible to mindless emotion, erratic non-logic, and off-the-wall dreaming? Are some persons just natural "believers"?

Joecool said...

It's like telling someone that only 1% can possibly make anything out of the Amway business and a room full of dreamers all believe they are that 1%. The facts get in the way of their "dreams". It's an interesting phenomena.

Gmoney said...

Having been in three different MLMs the last 15 years (none of them Amway), I was approached a week ago with a business opportunity. At various points during the last week, I knew in my heart of hearts it was Amway.I held out a little optimistic corner of my heart and brain hoping it was something different, something better, something new. It's human nature. I knew better, I just wanted to have found a legitimate chance at flying solo and doing something great. The 8 hour meeting on Saturday that they invited me to was the cold splash of water in my face to awaken me to reality.