IBO’s goals: Drag more people into their cult. Uplines (Platinum and above) don’t care much about Amway’s products; all they care about is getting more followers to full-proof their Amway’s strategies. Like any MLM, IBOs think that getting followers is far more important than selling actual products, which defeats Amway’s mission.
There’s something wrong with this business.
I’ve joined Amway IBO three years ago. I have no downlines nor do I do much in this business, because I have a strong work ethic. After using some of the products, I do agree that the products are decent. But they do not justify the cost at all. There’s no way I can promote these inferior products whose quality is worse than cheaper products in the market. For example, Dawn’s Power Clean cleans a lot better and faster than Amway’s Dishdrops at half the cost and half the “drops.” You can also find other such products in the market already. I don’t see how an IBO can just lie about how good these inferior products are without feeling any remorse. I bought eSPRING system to fulfill my $150 in 3mo deal in my first year, and now I just need the eSPRING filters, which is why I’m still an IBO (retail price = IBO price + membership price). However each year, Amway is raising the price on eSPRING products. The company thinks it can do whatever it wants because IBO’s can lie their ways to selling eSPRING. Legally, you can buy eSPRING products only from Amway businesses, which means that there shouldn’t be any other competitors selling these products.
As you are well aware, to become a platinum, one will need at least 7500 points (or 10,000 points). There are basically two ways to reach this goal. One is through sales, which is not the IBO’s recommended way obviously. The other way is to get as many downlines as possible to reach this goal. That means contacts and lies during work time. Second, average Platinums only make $35k/year, which means that they still need a job and will need a lot more contacts to get Platinum legs in order to become Diamond IBOs. That means that they will need to spend time during work to recruit people (“make contacts”). Third, although Diamond IBOs can make $150k/year, they will need at least 75 downlines to get this far. However, since not everyone is a “hard worker,” these Diamond IBOs usually have between 500 and 1000 downlines, which means that they will need to recruit even more followers during daytime. Fourth, “you don’t need to know much to start this business.” That was what I was told. Yes, you only need to be a big liar without feeling guilty by convincing others that Amway business has a strong future and is extremely promising and that their products are superior to the ones in the market. Fifth, Amway is not an “eCommerce business” for obvious reasons. It’s a business where you must redirect your buyers to Amway’s sites, in which you are not allowed to even have your own store. Finally, I’m not sure if you’re from the same crown upline “god”, Bill Britt, who had started out his BWW business to supposedly help IBOs to achieve their goals (free from jobs) and successes (millionaire, ongoing income). The costs for functions, CDs, and other BWW products do add up, and the commissions go to Britt, obviously. He doesn’t make millions just from Amway sales, but his loot mostly comes from his external BWW businesses and functions; IBOs are generally lied into thinking the other way around. After I’ve heard that Bill Britt had just died a couple of weeks ago, I felt relieved, hoping that this cult fad would soon end, but I don’t think that’s possible since there are others in charge of these lying functions. Yes, everyone treats Britt as a god, the main cult leader. But, he’s not going to Heaven.