Tuesday, January 26, 2016

In Amway Only Money Matters

A reader shares their story and some wise advice.

I was involved in Amway from May 2012 to March 2013. A friend invited me along to a monthly seminar and while I was overwhelmed with the terrible pop music, in-time clapping, positivity overload and promises of achieving my “dreams” and “goals”. Naively, I assumed my friend invited me for my benefit so I signed up that night.

I played ball for a few months (because I still had a shred of optimism), attended most of the functions (including three weekend conventions), bought stuff from the website, listened to the CDs and even hosted a house/launch party. I got put into a good team of normal people who all seemed supportive.

While some of friends knew it was a scam, I ignored them. Heading towards Christmas, reality finally hit. I lost my job momentarily in November and was limping by on my now meagre savings (thanks to all the money I’d spent on Amway). I was forced to look at the most important things to survive - pay rent and buy food – rather than wasting my time with Amway. Because of this reality check, I started to see through the feelgood bullshit of Amway. While they sell you on reaching your “dreams” and “goals”, the harsh reality is most of the money goes to the big guns: the Diamonds, the Oblongs, the Rectangles etc. Most of those who make it already have oodles of money and saving and don’t need Amway, they’re just being greedy.

Those who are students, low-income earners or who don’t have a secure income, Amway can be potentially damaging, spending money you don’t have on something you don’t need. In my time in Amway, I estimated I spent over $2,000 on various stuff and made less than $100. While I found the online shopping part convenient, it’s a hell of a lot cheaper to go down to your local supermarket and buy what you need. While I got my job back in late November, I immediately lost interest after the October conference (as I had to rebuild financially), I took until March to fully quit, mainly because my friend – who was now my “upline” – was away overseas and if I was going to quit, I wanted to do it face-to-face. In the ensuing months, I completely stopped activity: no more CDs, no more shopping, no more functions (I was always able to find a convenient excuse). When the March convention came around, I was upfront with my friend and he was fine with it. I left the convention on the Saturday afternoon and didn’t look back. It was a relief.

Looking back, Amway has had a negative effect on me emotionally. All the feelgood crap, false hope and focus on materialism made me cynical and bitter. Anytime people mention their “dreams” and “goals”, I roll my eyes dramatically. I’m nowhere near as optimistic about life as I was before I joined Amway. The worst part was, had I not been involved with Amway, my brief time out of work would have been more comfortable financially. Like most ‘get rich quick’ schemes, it relies on trickery and lots of materialistic, shallow rubbish. It’s basically saying “money is the only thing that matters.” I call shenanigans. Yes, money is great for peace of mind, but it doesn’t make you happy. If you want financial security, work hard, invest wisely and spend sensibly.


  1. The Amway cult is much like an expensive addiction. And once the Ambot loses his job and uses up his savings to feed his Amway addiction and his upline master's greed then he has basically two choices: panhandling or recovery. He can hold a sign while standing on the median that says "Broke, driving junk car, living on Amway shit bars and XS cat piss water. Please help me feed my Amway upline to keep the asshole off my back. God bless."

    1. Ray - even the IRS calls Amway an expensive social club. In other words with a 99%+ failure rates Ambots don't (or shouldn't) have any realistic chance of making money in this scam. I'm surprised the broke Amway loser isn't panhandling in the cements strips by traffic lights. Maybe trying to sell a bag of shitty Amway products instead of oranges! LOL!

  2. This account is all too familiar. It is a textbook case of the way in which Amway operates: mindless enthusiasm, over-hyped optimism, rah-rah-let's-go-team bullshit, and fantasizing about "dreams" and "goals."

    And the result? A trusting person gets bled dry of cash for several months (or if really unlucky, for years).

    Materialistic? Absolutely. There isn't a "dream" or "goal" expressed by Amway freaks that doesn't boil down to dollars and cents. The friendliness and chumminess are all fake.

    1. Anonymous - yup Amway is all about blinding the Ambots while their cult leaders steal from them. And yup I've never seen so many fake nice guys in my life as at Amway meetings.

  3. And the biggest irony is, the thing that matters most to Ambots - money - is the thing being drained FROM them by the upline. Their obsession of money and materialistic dreams never come to fruition for over 99% of them.

    1. Anonymous - that's very true. Ambots are a bunch of greedy bastards who worship material things but the only ones get rich are the fat cats sitting on top of the pyramid. Everyone else is having their money drained away from them.

  4. They say that "building friendship" was the reason of joining the "business" when in fact, profit is the main reason of the business. This is to keep IBOs motivated than ever to hide the fact that IBOs are losing money day by day.

    1. Anonymous - you got to think that most people who sign up to "the business" already got friends. But once they sign up to Amway their new friends or ambots and they're ordered not to associate with people not in Amway. The assholes in our Amway upline didn't push the building friendship shit that I remember but it was all about becoming a nicer person even if you didn't make money at Amway. Most people start a business to make money not to become nicer people. I'd guess if your business is not making money that doesn't help you become a nicer person because you're probably pissed off because of the losses.


Comments are moderated but we publish just about everything. Even brainwashed ambots who show up here to accuse us of not trying hard enough and that we are lazy, quitters, negative, unchristian dreamstealers. Like we haven’t heard that Amspeak abuse from the assholes in our upline!

If your comment didn’t get published it could be one of these reasons:
1. Is it the weekend? We don’t moderate comments on weekends. Maybe not every day during the week either. Patience.
2. Racist/bigoted comments? Take that shit somewhere else.
3. Naming names? Public figures like politicians and actors and people known in Amway are probably OK – the owners, Diamonds with CDs or who speak at functions, people in Amway’s publicity department who write press releases and blogs. Its humiliating for people to admit their association with Amway so respect their privacy if they’re not out there telling everyone about the love of their life.
4. Gossip that serves no purpose. There are other places to dish about what Diamonds are having affairs or guessing why they’re getting divorced. If you absolutely must share that here – don’t name names. I get too many nosy ambots searching for this. Lets not help them find this shit.
5. Posting something creepy anonymously and we can’t track your location because you’re on a mobile device or using hide my ass or some other proxy. I attracted an obsessed fan and one of my blog administrators attracted a cyberstalker. Lets keep it safe for everyone. Anonymous is OK. Creepy anonymous and hiding – go fuck yourselves!
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