One of the things our upline constantly taught us was there is no PV (point volume)in TV. They advised the group to avoid Television, the newspapers, and other forms of media. This cult-like tactic was apparently their way of having us avoid any negatives that could affect our thinking. But it renders obedient IBOs as apathetic. As if IBOs didn't need to learn of any news. IBOs don't need to learn about any issues, after all, your upline will tell you what to do and how to vote, and how to think. Looking back, you gotta wonder how in the world your upline would know what was going on in the world if they were following their own advice?
It is true that there's no gain in PV for watching the television, but then again, IBOs engage in many activities that doesn't result in gaining PV. Attending a function, or listening to a standing order doesn't get you any PV either. Hanging out with your upline or attending a night owl doesn't get you PV. If PV was the priority of IBOs, they should be pounding pavement selling products or making contacts with potential buyers. Instead some groups teach that selling is not required or the famous "buy from yourself" technique of running a business. When you sit down and think about it, at least television isn't as costly as attending a function or listening to a standing order, even if you don't get PV for it.
In fact, IBOs spend so much time in non income producing activities, it's no wonder that the vast majority IBOs end up with a net loss after business expenses are considered. What's worse, IBOs run their businesses on the internet but in most cases, it's against Amway rules to advertise their products on websites such as ebay or craigslist. Instead, IBOs employ the least efficient means of working their business. Person to person, one person at a time. For many, the only way to increase PV volume is to sponsor downline. Even many IBOs who emphasize selling, seem to rarely have more than a handful of regular customers. But what can you expect when your means of increasing business is person to person, one at a time? There's a reason why advertising during the super bowl has a heavy price, because tens or hundreds of millions of people see your message all at the same time. IBOs go person to person, one at a time.