Hi, my name is Oppiejoe: I was a former Amway Independent Business Owner. [/AAmway meeting]
Not a scam… just an opportunity to make money if you practice network marketing by using the Amway corporation as your source of product (and services) and allows you to create a network of subordinate distributors whom eventually qualify you for profit sharing should your organization expand to a large enough level.
I am aware of business owners who use the corporation as a source of products & services for their OTHER business enterprises (think Restaurant being supplied with food stuff, cleaning supplies, disposable items, etc).
I left because I did not have a large enough network of friends or any business contacts that were willing to use the corporations products continously (and exclusively). There is a significant mark-up on a lot of the “name brand” products that were available when I was involved (20+ years ago) and the corporate products were not necessarily the least expensive products available on the market (they may not have been the highest quality either).
We ended up buying a brand new car with about a 20% discount via our membership FWIW…
That is all I have…
This is what I had to say before:
I ended up filing for bankruptcy after trying to build a group myself for three years. I ended up having one person become interested, and they decided to sign with someone else when it got to time for me to bring them a start-up package. That was the last straw for me. I am still good friends with my sponsor, but they have also dropped out after their group of people petered out (sorry Peter).
I was encouraged to attend several conferences out of state and spend tons of money on motivational tapes and books even though I was failing to pay my mortgage and credit card bills… when I tried to get better financial advice from my “upline” - they continued to encourage me to spend, spend, spend… “fake it ‘til I make it”... and all that kind of garbage. When I finally filed for my bankruptcy they were nowhere to be found to assist me with life after Amway.
The people at the top of the sponsorship tend to make a decent amount of income while those at the bottom levels of things really have to struggle to make ends meet. I suppose if you are really charismatic you might be able to sponsor a bunch of people and bring in a fair amount of money, but to really make it big, you need to have connections inside… since support is how you make things work when you can’t.