Monday, February 7, 2011
Get Rich Quick in Amway?
At Amway meetings I attended the speaker was very careful not to use the words “get rich quick”. Those particular words make most people wary. The old saying about how if it sounds too good to be true comes to mind.
The Platinum or Diamond speaker avoids saying the actual words “get rich quick” but everything else they say implies that a person will get rich in Amway fairly quickly.
Take a popular phrase at Amway meetings “two to five years”. What can happen in two to five years? Why - you can go Diamond of course! The Diamonds show all these videos at Amway functions with mansions, sports cars, private jets, and exotic vacations. The message is that in two to five years that’s the lifestyle all the IBO’s in the audience will be living. Anyone remember that TV show called “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”? That’s the perception we’re getting with the Diamond’s videos. That type of lifestyle. The people that Robin Leach was interviewing were earning millions of dollars a year to sustain that lifestyle. The same lifestyle that Amway Diamonds show that they’re living even though Amway literature says average Diamond income is about $150K/year. Here the skeptic in me comes out. Its a lot cheaper to rent a house, cars, airplane, etc for a few days for a movie shoot than to actually own the stuff. I have no way of verifying one way or the other that the things the Diamonds are jumping all over in their videos are actually owned and fully paid for by them or staged for the video.
Is two to five years a long time? Or is that a reasonably quick time to be earning millions of dollars a year?
OK I’m going to pick on Nicolas Cage here. And not in a mean way. Only because he’s been in the news. I like him as an actor. I’ve seen a lot of his movies. “Gone in Sixty Seconds” he made $20 million dollars. The “National Treasure” movies he made $20 million each. Here’s a guy who works lets say maybe a year on a movie and he earns millions of dollars. That sounds pretty “get rich quick” to me. On the other hand this man has lost 2 homes - probably mansions - in
New Orleans to foreclosure and his home to foreclosure. He’s having all kinds of money problems. He can’t even sustain an Amway Diamond lifestyle and he earns millions of dollars a year more than those Diamonds. I think Nicolas Cage better make another National Treasure sequel before he gets prospected by some Amway IBO! Las Vegas
Our Platinum says if you are CORE then in 6 months you’ll be earning $80,000/year. Although that might not be “rich”, 6 months is still a reasonably “quick” time to make $80k. Our Platinum also said if you get 20 friends to buy $25/ month from Amway you’d be earning $1000/month. Hunh? Let’s do the math. Amway is earning $500 from those 20 friends spending $25 each. How the hell can the IBO earn $1000/month from that??? That sounds pretty good to me too. Earning double what Amway takes in. Our Platinum claims he works 8 hours a week and earns $100K a year. To a person working a cash register for minimum wage 40 hours a week, I would say working 8 hours a week to earn $100 thousand a year sounds like “get rich quick”.
I realize its all about perception. Some people out there will think $80 or $100 thousand a year is dog chow while someone else will think they’ve hit pay dirt.
Perception. Illusions. Its all part of the Amway scheme.