Sunday, March 13, 2011
There are some Amway IBO’s who read blogs and books written by former IBO’s who are critical because we don’t use our real names and seem to think that if someone doesn’t use their real name that undermines their experience or is a lack of credibility and therefore anything these anonymous posters have to say should be ignored.
I’ll see if I can shed some light on that. The main reason is fear of retaliation from IBO’s just like yourself.
Many people have read Eric Scheibeler’s ebook called Merchants of Deception but not everyone knows he originally wrote the book under the pseudonym John Jacob. He received death threats against himself and his family when he was filing complaints to Amway about the deception he’d uncovered with the tool scam. He continued to receive threats while researching the book and after publication. So who is he getting death threats from? The mafia? The Secret Service? A CEO at a Fortune 500 company who’s never heard of Amway? Other authors jealous of his writing success? Amway execs or their hired guns? Or is it more likely that death threats are coming from otherwise seemingly normal people like teachers, waiters, cashiers, and electricians who have one thing in common: they’re Amway IBO’s. Too many IBO’s are over the top defensive of what they perceive to be the world’s greatest business opportunity made available to them by what they perceive to be the world’s most awesome company. Just goes to show what brainwashing can do.
Anyone who’s read Merchants of Deception knows that IBO’s sidled up to Scheibeler at business meetings and said they’d show their devotion to their beloved Diamond by dieing for him or killing for him. They would eliminate anyone who threatened the Amway lifestyle if their upline asked them to. Scheibeler describes threatening phone calls that his young son and wife received and noises in the bushes where he believed someone was lurking waiting to take him out.
If he knew who was making the threats, he didn’t say but obviously these were over zealous IBO’s who didn’t want anyone getting the truth out there about Amway and causing the downfall of their expected financial freedom.
Joecool has blogged about receiving threats from an anonymous IBO from Scarborough
. You don’t know what kind of nut is hiding on the other end of a computer keyboard but this one has left comments threatening physical violence if Joecool does not stop blogging about Amway. Anonymous from Canada Scarborough has dropped by my blog a few times to leave nutty comments but nothing threatening. He must find someone cursing out their upline and describing what went on at Amway meetings somewhat amusing but not a threat to his Amway lifestyle.
Just because I have not received threats doesn’t mean I’m not aware it could happen to me. I would be OK putting my real last name out there but that leaves me open for some brainwashed IBO to show up at my house with a grenade. Although I don’t name my upline other than referring to them as assholes, shitheads, bastards, etc if I put my name out there anyone with a little time to research should be able to find out who my upline are. I’m sure most of them wouldn’t be happy to hear they’re featured in a blog in derogatory terms and writing about what went on at their secret Amway meetings.
In this part of the world we have freedom of speech and should be able to express ourselves without fear. Its not against the law to have an opinion and its not against the law to curse someone out. Our Platinum did that all the time at Amway meetings ridiculing his downline IBO’s. Sticks and stones. He’s not being a believer of turnabout is fair play and would be outraged if anyone wasn’t properly worshipping him. That sack of shit might not like it but its not against the law curse him out or tell the truth about him.
Obsessed Amway IBO’s do not like the truth getting out there about the Amway business opportunity. They’d be the first to deny that anything described in Merchants of Deception could really happen and probably think the author just has an overactive imagination or is overly paranoid. Likewise there’d be IBO’s unhappy over the way I describe my upline instead of giving them the devotion and love they think they deserve. I can see as how they’re not happy with my interpretation of what goes on at Amway meetings and functions.
Over the top obsessive IBO’s are why we stay anonymous because we are concerned for our personal safety and for our families.
People take steps to ensure their safety. Everyone has different comfort levels. I have a monitored alarm system in my house and we sleep with a loaded gun in the bedroom. We had these measures in place before getting involved in Amway and now that we’re former IBO’s and I blog about our experiences you can be damned sure I’m not changing our security. You just never know when an outraged IBO is going to show up on the doorstep. And that's just our Platinum......!!!!