Sunday, August 10, 2008

5 Reasons I Hate Amway (or whatever it's called this week)

Discovered this entry from a blogger while researching on anti-MLM. I love it!

#1 Because they lie. They lie about the nature of the company. They pretend to be one thing when they are really something else. When people want to show you the plan, they lie or trick you into coming. They lie about how much effort it takes to be successful. They lie about the economics behind the company, and about where the successful ones make most of their money. They lie to themselves about their motivations and their likelihood of succeeding. They deliberately try to portray a lifestyle of wealth, whether they are actually wealthy or not.

#2 Because every relationship Amway people have is compromised by business. Every friend they already have is now a potential convert, and every friendship they make (or every nice gesture within a friendship) now has two competing purposes. Amway people come up to you and pretend to be interested in you or your hobbies or whatever; their purpose is to invite you to a meeting of "businesspeople" or "entrepreneurs" or "consultants". They call signing someone up "helping someone", as in "If you found 10 people to help..." How do you know who your real friends are if you're trying to manipulate everyone you meet?

#3 Because they worship money. They call it "success" or "security", but it means money, and it's huge for these people. The diamonds and emeralds or whatever are revered by many of the lower echelon. "They're just like regular people!" said one starstruck Amway-ite to me after meeting a diamond at a convention. (That sound is me, gagging.) As if their wealth makes them better than the rest of us, and they're to be admired for not acting like the royalty they supposedly are. The first half an hour of an Amway presentation is about how much money you'd like to make and all the stuff you could buy if you had all the money you wanted.
Glorious, glorious money.

#4 Because they take advantage of gullible, low-to-middle income people. They encourage them to make stupid choices in search of the Amway Money Dream. They fill their heads with unrealistic expectations, and bleed them dry selling them tapes and seminars and conventions. They show up in their fancy cars with their nice clothes and their aura of success, and they flatter and manipulate people into signing up. They "take care" of their downline by calling them, by helping them present the plan to other people, etc. They make them feel important and successful and part of something special, but the main point is to keep them moving product and making ever more converts.

#5 Because it's controlled by Satan.

I think that pretty well covers the main points.

Yeap, it's the truth.


Jasonmumbles said...

You used to sell them, not meh? Or did I remember wrongly?

David S. said...

Awesome post. Totally agree with everything you wrote!

Miss Bimbo said...

what is Amway?

Ah_Mike said...

jasonmumbles: I used to join Amway (more specifically Network 21), and I got fooled by it big time. I was just lucky to lose AUD$ 700 from buying their stuff.

david s: Good to know you're with me on this! :D

miss bimbo: It's a multi-level marketing / network marketing. For more info just type "Amway" on Google search.

IBOFightback - Fighting the Amway Myths said...

ah_mike - how did you get "fooled" and "lose AUD$700"? Amway has money back guarantees on all their stuff, and N21 also offers refunds.

/ibofb, site admin for:
Amway Watch
Amway Wiki
Amway Talk
The Truth About Amway

Dax Cheng said...

Amway... yeah... wonderful memories calling people up so they tell u no. one thing though, it did thought me how to do business the correct way and not the Amway / N21 way.

Fred said...

Yep, amway and the N21 recruiters have slick talking con men who trick people into joining and then sell them tons of stuff they don't need. Nobody said anything about getting refunds.

rocket said...

I would recommend anyone seeking a balanced opinion of Amway steer clear of IBO Fightback's blog(s)

Or mine, for that matter.

IBOFB is an Asshat who is actively trying to build an Amway business, and he has something to gain by wasting your time with his rhetoric.

♠Jeff Jim♠ said...

my mum sell amyway back in the 80s. where is she? still a retired clerk. so what is your motivation actually sell one of those. its better to earn from adsense. hahahahha! agree?