The Controversy Around Amway – Can You Profit from It?

Amway is a name more known now than it was 27 years ago when I first tried it. Now when you read about Amway on the internet, it creates quite a stir and those that are against it have a lot to say about it; and those that support Amway defend it with tooth and nail. However, what is Amway? Why are there such strong opinions about it from both sides of the spectrum? Why do people fear MLMs and why do they always believe they are pyramid schemes? I do believe that Amway can be profitable; however, it may not be in the way that Amway traditionally shows you. Let’s dive in:

Some Facts About Amway

Started in 1959 by Co-Founders – Rich Devos and Jay Van Andel (Been around 60 years folks, a scam could not run for that long)

Amway stood for “American Way” – America is the foreground for independent business and starting up a business, and creative ideas.

It’s first product was L.O.C (Liquid Organic Cleaner) – The first concentrated, bio-degradable and environmentally friendly cleaning product. (In 1959 very few people even knew, or less cared to know, what “environmentally friendly” was.)

Go ahead and CLICK HERE for an actual timeline of Amway’s history of successes – whether you’re a fan of Amway or not, you’ll have to agree it is impressive.

Registration fee is $62(this gets you your IBO or ABO # (Amway Business Owner) – has a 100% Money back Guarantee for the first 90 days in the business

one-time fee of $83.99 for a product kit (this is optional)

Annual fee of $62

I wanted to add that I am not a member of Amway and any links on here to an Amway site, I do not receive any commissions on. Any other links referenced within this post, that are not associated with Amway, I may receive a small commissions on from the producers of that product at no additional cost to you (please check out this website’s affiliate disclosure and earnings disclaimer).


When saying Amway, it can often create a stir among people who have heard of it. Many times, folks will say “scam,” “pyramid scheme!” “cult!” However today, Amway has over 459 products they sell and are considered one of the leaders in nutritional items with there Nutrilite products. So Amway has some amazing products, yet many complaints are about the prices and they are accused of overpricing. However, when I was involved in Amway, I remember the majority of products were bulk. So though it may seem expensive at first, when you actually realize for how long the product will last you and how many uses it has – you actually do save money. Yes some of there nutrilite products are pricey; however they are rated to be some of the best worldwide. Check out a couple reviews on them HERE and HERE and LASTLY HERE. I put mixed reviews here so that you can view both sides of the spectrum on this product.

Another criticism of Amway is the different approaches that are taken to it. They definitely do promote having meetings and showing “the plan” to others and signing up others to create down line and that’s how the profits of your business grow to a point where you achieve financial freedom. They have motivational tapes that they want you to listen to, and monthly and quarterly meetings they want you to go to that can get rather costly. As far as recruiting folks into your down line, that is common even in what we consider “traditional” businesses; real estate, insurance agencies, fast food restaurants, Walmart, etc. All these types of businesses I just mentioned have an owner (someone at the top – a CEO) and in order for their business to expand and grow and become profitable, they have to double there work value, ergo recruiting others to work with them. In any business venture taken, you may have some success doing it all on your own, but if you can double, triple the amount of the work done, and in turn triple the amount of money flowing in, it makes sense to recruit more people on your team. However, with traditional businesses, there are overhead costs, paying your employees, warehousing your product, insuring your business, etc. With a business like Amway that is all taken care of. You buy the products and get a percentage, promote the products, and you promote the business idea to others.

Now let’s get to the meeting, conventions and listening of the tapes. When I was a member of Amway, these were strongly suggested to me as outlets that would help me in my business and what my up line believed would enhance my business and reach my goals of success at a quicker pace. Yet they never pressured me so much to the point that it made me feel forced. If I could afford to go to a meeting or a convention, I would go – if I couldn’t afford it, I wouldn’t go. I bought tapes of speakers who I saw at meetings and conventions that I felt were very inspirational and motivating. The same with the books; my up line had they’re suggestions and I respected them; but I pretty much did what I felt was necessary for me and what I felt was beneficial to me. Maybe because I didn’t allow myself to be forced into anything, that’s why I didn’t get that experience from it.

Yet there were others I would meet at a weekend convention, and they seemed uncomfortable and looked awkward and if I happened to sit at the same table as them, I would always try to start up a conversation with them. The ones that I were able to start a conversation with sometimes painted a different story. They took out a loan they couldn’t really afford to get to the convention and pay for their hotel, or one couple told me they sold their second car, so they could afford conventions and to keep buying products and tapes etc. I would tell them if I can’t afford it – it’s not happening! I only bought what fit in my budget and when profits came in, then I would use that to pay for more products, or put towards a convention. They all looked at me in shock and were like “Doesn’t your up line get upset with you? If we did that, our up line would be on our case faster than you can snap your finger.” That’s when I would look at them in shock and stated “My up line knows better not to pressure me because they don’t want to get put in there place!” So I would sometimes create a bit of a “stir” at these meetings, but I always stood my ground. It was at these meetings though when I realized that Amway as a company and ideas was good, but unfortunately there were people involved that didn’t act very good or have good ethics.

I started to understand why some folks may view Amway as a cult or complain of being made to feel forced to spend money they didn’t have. I seriously couldn’t believe that these folks were allowing themselves to be treated like this and, though it was obvious they were miserable, they would stick up for their up lines saying that their up line had their best interests at heart and that their sacrifices would pay off in the end. I would just politely tell them I hoped that they would be very successful. One thing I remember is when the speakers started to get all religious and start preaching from the bible and talking about all “the sins” with the world; that’s when I would tune out or leave the meeting room at that moment and go back to my hotel room. It’s not that I don’t have my own religious beliefs, I just don’t agree it should be mixed in with a business meeting. I came there to learn different aspects about business and new sales techniques and different products that sold better than others, not to get preached at. For me, save that for Sunday service, where there, folks could choose whether they want to attend that. That is something I strongly believe in; I feel you should thank the Lord for blessing you; however at a business meeting, to also start preaching along with it – not my thing. I believe that by doing so, you are forcing your beliefs down someone else’s throat and a business opportunity should be open to all walks of life and to people of all denominations and religious beliefs. When people start preaching the Bible within a business speech, it can create people who are not of the same faith, to feel uncomfortable; I’ve witnessed it with my own eyes! As you can see from the picture, people floating off because they don’t feel comfortable when a speaker starts spouting off religion during a business meeting.

As aforementioned, Amway itself as a business idea is great, but due to certain individuals on higher levels, acting unethically, have been accused of “tool scammers.” Those tapes and books I had mentioned earlier; the top performers have been accused of creating most of their income from sales of motivational tapes and books. They have been accused of making big profits from their motivational speeches when they appear on stage at the big conventions. What many people miss out on is that traditional businesses like McDonald’ s also use MLM tactics, as far as having a set system, that when followed, franchisees can be very successful (CHECK OUT THIS WEBSITE). Real Estate and Insurance Agencies use motivational tapes, and suggest motivational books all the time; plus they also have huge sales conventions. Huge MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKERS LIKE, TONY ROBBINS, who makes about $300,000 per speech, and millions of dollars from his programs and his tapes and books, which get promoted at his conferences, make him more money when thousands flock to the tables to buy them; yet no one points a finger at him. Amway distributors are also accused of being secretive and not upfront when trying to “recruit” others. I can say for me personally, whenever I approached anyone about it, I immediately told them it was Amway and I did not hide it because I had nothing to be ashamed of; as I said before Amway has great products and I had no problems letting people know that was what I was doing – if they wanted to listen or not, was up to them. The reason I no longer continued with Amway is due to the mass amount of products they promote and I was never great at approaching people and always much better at talking about certain products that I thought were fantastic. If I had known than what I know now about the power of having a website that is yours, that you create and you write blogs on products, I would still be an IBO in Amway.

Solutions and Some Suggestions

For those who are reading this that may be involved with Amway or may be looking into it; there is a way you can be successful with it and also avoid having to buy into the motivational tapes and books, if that’s not your thing – Also not having to go to all the conventions “as the only way to ensure your success,” if that’s not your thing either. See by CREATING YOUR OWN PERSONAL WEBSITE, and creating a link to your own IBO or ABO Amway website, you are not going against their guidelines, because your own personal website is not a third party website. It is best to find three or four really good products you like, and observe as good sellers, and write reviews on those. Promote them on your website using links intertwined in your blogs talking about the product. You can write about your own experience with the product, and blog about promotions on these products. You can add in pictures of the products and take pictures of yourself using the products and post those as well. If folks see the results firsthand of how great the products are and how well they work, they will be more likely to accept the price of the items if you show and let them know they are worth the cost; you do this by writing good content and showing results.


Three products that I observed were great products and also had some of the best sales were – Double X multivitamins, Artistry makeup and skin care, and XS energy drinks.

Double X

When I used this product, I had so much more energy and felt healthier than I did in a long time. My system felt cleaner (as it would help clean out toxins from my body through bodily waste). Though some folks don’t like the earthy smell of the vitamins, I loved it, because, that was proof to me that the ingredients were organic and made from concentrated vegetables and fruits.

What made this product worth it to me was the amount of healthy ingredients these multivitamins had in it, plus it is all natural.




Supplement Facts
Amount Per Serving % DV* Per Serving Amount Per Day % DV* Per Day
Vitamin A (from beta carotene and Vitamin A Acetate) (74% as natural beta carotene) 4,500 IU 90% 9,000 IU 180%
Vitamin C (from Ascorbic acid, Acerola Concentrate [fruit]) 100 mg 167% 200 mg 333%
Vitamin D (from Vitamin D3) 400 IU 100% 800 IU 200%
Vitamin E (from d-alpha Tocopherol acid succinate) 40 IU 133% 80 IU 267%
Thiamin (from Thiamine mononitrate) 2.25 mg 150% 4.5 mg 300%
Riboflavin 2.55 mg 150% 5.1 mg 300%
Niacin (from Niacinamide) 15 mg 75% 30 mg 150%
Vitamin B6 (from Pyridoxine hydrochloride) 3 mg 150% 6 mg 300%
Folic Acid 250 mcg 63% 500 mcg 125%
Vitamin B12 (from cyanocobalamin) 12 mcg 200% 24 mcg 400%
Biotin 150 mcg 50% 300 mcg 100%
Pantothenic Acid (from Calcium D-pantothenate) 5 mg 50% 10 mg 100%
Calcium (from Calcium carbonate) 250 mg 25% 500 mg 50%
Iron (from Iron (II) fumarate) 2.5 mg 14% 5 mg 28%
Iodine (from Potassium iodide and Kelp (Ascophyllum nodosum [thallus], Laminaria digitata [thallus]) 75 mcg 50% 150 mcg 100%
Magnesium (from Magnesium oxide) 100 mg 25% 200 mg 50%
Zinc (from Zinc oxide) 7.5 mg 50% 15 mg 100%
Selenium (from Selenium selenite) 35 mcg 50% 70 mcg 100%
Copper (from Copper (II) gluconate) 0.5 mg 25% 1 mg 50%
Manganese (from Manganese (II) sulfate) 1 mg 50% 2 mg 100%
Chromium (from Chromium (III) chloride) 60 mcg 50% 120 mcg 100%
Molybdenum (from Sodium molybdate (VI)) 25 mcg 33% 50 mcg 67%
Lycopene (from Tomato extract) (fruit) 0.5 mg 1 mg
Lutein Esters (from Marigold extract )(Tagetes erecta) (flower) 1 mg 2 mg
Quercetin extract (Dimorphandra mollis) (seed) 50 mg 100 mg
Rosemary extract (Rosmarinus officinalis) (leaves) 83.5 mg 167 mg
Tumeric extract (Curcuma longa) (rhizome) 18.5 mg 37 mg
Citrus Bioflavonoid Complex (Sweet Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin Orange)(whole fruit and peel) 15 mg 30 mg
Berry blend (Grape, Black Currant, Elderberry, Blueberry) (fruit) 20 mg 40 mg
AWPS Complex (Alfalfa, Watercress, Parsley, Spinach) (leaf, stem) 20 mg 40 mg
Peppermint extract (leaf) 10 mg 20 mg
Onion extract (bulb) 2.5 mg 5 mg
Mixed tocopherols concentrate 10 mg 20 mg
*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
†Daily Value not established.

Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Dicalcium Phosphate, Maltodextrin, Croscarmellose Sodium, Silicon Dioxide, Acacia, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Modified Food Starch, Magnesium Stearate, Sugarcane Fiber, Sucrose, Sodium Alginate, Pea Starch, Corn Starch, Glycerin, Soy Protein Isolate, Carnauba Wax, Soybean Oil.

Artistry Makeup and Skincare

So I did not wear the makeup (yeah it just wouldn’t look good with the beard); however all the women who wore it, said how light it felt and that it didn’t aggravate their skin. The makeup is made from all natural products and there is no animal testing used with the products.

Artistry’s skin products are also all natural and not animal tested. I actually used a facial moisturizer for men and I have to say it was amazing on my skin, and it really improved pock marks on my cheeks.

This actually lasted me about 60 days, but I always used it very moderately. It truly helped me to moisturize my face and lasted all day. These are the ingredients that keep your face staying moist and smooth:



XS Energy Drinks

The reason I showed all these pictures of XS is, one, I like to show a visual of what I’m speaking about, and two, this was my favorite product when I was an Amway IBO. This energy drink is actually good for you. Unlike other energy drinks that are usually not the best tasting or leave a terrible after-taste, XS tastes delicious and has great flavors, as you can see from these pictures here. They also as well have a gum and powder form drink for muscle gain.

When I would drink these energy drinks they would not just help me get through my shift, I work an evening shift, but I would not feel drained after a few hours, like with other energy drinks. These drinks are sugar free and have 0 carbs and are packed with Vitamin B12 (CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF B12).

As I previously mentioned, I was not real big into the selling; however with XS energy drinks I didn’t have to. Amway was having a big sale on the XS energy drinks, when they were first being introduced, and as a distributor I could get a case of 12, 50% off. I decided to take advantage of this sale and bought 10 cases (I did mention I LOVED these energy drinks)! Well I would take five of them, in my little cooler case I had, to work, Now I wouldn’t be drinking all five in one day, I would put them in the refrigerator at work and have one a day. One day as I was drinking a delicious wild berry blast, my co-worker asked me what I was drinking, as she had never seen XS before (she wouldn’t have as they are exclusively sold by Amway and not found in stores). I told her what it was, and I happened to have two left in the fridge and gave her a tropical blast – she fell in love! She would order at least three cases a month; but best of all she told her friends about it and let them try them and they loved them too. Soon I was selling between 10 to 12 cases a month of XS. Word of mouth has always been one of the best ways of advertising.

These are the ingredients found in XS energy drinks:

Let Me Get To The Point

You may be wondering if I don’t do Amway anymore why all these visuals and talking about the products? For two reasons, one to show that Amway really does have top quality products, and two because, if you are reading this and you are in Amway, I wanted to show you an example of what you could do if you create your own website. The best way to do this is by becoming a member of WEALTHY AFFILIATE, their Starter membership is FREE and you can create two free websites, utilizing one of the best tools – WordPress.  You receive incredible training and you have access to an incredible community that want to help you succeed – combining this with promoting your favorite products from Amway and I honestly believe you will be surprised at what a better response you’ll have when promoting Amway products.


Pick a few products that you really enjoy and that you love yourself. Most of the products you choose will have different varieties of the product so you will have plenty to blog about. You could write a blog a week on the different varieties of the products you choose and show lots of visuals. You could even post a video on you website or within your blog post, For Example:


This is a video for Amway distributors in Japan:


These are great examples of videos for the products I mentioned above.  One showing an example of XS energy drinks compared to two major energy drinks out there – Red Bull and Monster.  The other two videos on Artistry, and a Nutrilite product in Japan called Truvivity, are being endorsed by two mega superstars, who both are very conscientious about who who they will represent – Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lopez.  When you include videos like this within your post, you are showing your audience visual evidence of the products, who endorses them and that Amway has excellent products which you do promote; showing that Amway is not a pyramid scheme or a scam if done right.   This is why it is important for you to create a website that actually promotes you, and you build a relationship with people and build their trust.  That way when you write blogs (like I did here) promoting your Amway products people will trust your judgement.  You can create links (like I did in this blog) that will lead your visitors from YOUR website to your IBO Amway website.  As well as do the same with images and videos.

You can create success in your Amway business without having to spend a fortune on tapes and books and going to every meeting or convention.  When your site starts to really build a following and others see the success you receive from promoting Amway and their products this way; you may find yourself getting more people on board. You won’t have to make up stories to get someone to meet for coffee or in your home and feel uncomfortable.  You can speak proudly of what you do and show it, on your very own created website based on YOU!


To Everyone’s Success in all that they may endeavor,

Robert J Warneck (the Helpful Affiliate)


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  1. I had experience from a similar company some years ago that was selling health and nutrition products and I can confirm that they are not scams but their unusual way of recruiting people as well as their overpriced products make people a bit skeptical if these MLMs are real or not. After all there have been so many scams and pyramid schemes before that people are extra careful of what to believe. From my experience it’s hard to make any profit if you don’t know how to create a wide network for sales and it’s definitely not easy for newcomers. Scam no, extremely hard yes.

    • Stratos, I couldn’t agree with you more!  It is extremely hard and one of the reasons why I am not with Amway.  However, that’s why I created this website and wrote this post, so that folks who are involved in a program such as Amway, that utilizing a program like Wealthy Affiliate can help them to create that wider network of people, as they create a following with their blogs and all the aspects of having their own website and the knowledge Wealthy Affiliate teaches.

      All the Best,

      Robert J Warneck (The Helpful Affiliate)

  2. Wow, absolutely incredible! You are very good at what you do! I read through the whole page and the structure was perfect! You wrote your content, added links, and carried on was spot on! The moment I read through “Let me get to the point” was a plot twist in a movie! 

    Thank you for sharing your post! I’ll be learning a lot from you! 

    • Wow thank you Kelyee, I cant tell you enough how much that means to me to have such a compliment like that!

      Wishing you the absolute Best,

      Robert J Warneck (The Helpful Affiliate)

  3. Great, youtube video on the SX energy drink haha! I don’t know a whole lot about, Amway? My parent tried it out for a while. That is when I first started to hear bad things about Amway. It was like everyone we knew was selling Amway products. Actually, it did seem like they were trying to force it down our throats, not, knowing our parents were already part of the company. I had no clue that Amway was still around. Overall, you did a great job with the article. It is very informative

    Thank you for the information. Keep up the excellent content and have a successful day!

    • Thank you Carlton for your comment.  I’m sorry you had that experience with Amway, When I was involved, I refused to let myself be forced to do anything that was out of my affordability,  That is also why I wrote this post, so that others can see an alternative to feeling that their being forced, and utilize an incredible program such as Wealthy Affiliate.  Where they can create a website, focused on them and gain people’s  trust by writing honest reviews about Amway products and show results on their website.  As I said in my post, if I had found Wealthy Affiliate when I was still involved with Amway, I would still be in it,

      All the best and thank you again,

      Robert J Warneck (The Helpful Affiliate)

  4. My sister joined Amway some years back and it was great. I think they have a great business model and the variety of products makes it very possible for someone to earn a good income. From Africa, there has been not much controversy about their business model or profit, but unfortunately, in my country, they were overcome by competition and closed.

    I did not know you can create a website to promote their product. I think my sister would be interested, I will bookmark this post.


    • Thank You Adyns for your comment.  You definitely can create a website to promote any product, it is your own website, so it’s not a 3rd party website.  You refer products through links within your blog posts that refer your reader to the products website; this way they still purchase it on the distributor for the product’s website,

      Robert J Warneck (The Helpful Affiliate)

  5. This is quite an informative post. I have heard too about all the controversies surrounding the scheme of Amway and I feel since they’ve been in the business line since I was born, there’s no way the can be a scam. I have used their energy drink and I really liked it. Though I don’t believe in MLM schemes, because I feel they are just there to make people work for the company, I think this one isn’t that bad. Like Mary Kay cosmetics, there will definitely be controversies. I’m glad you could review this. Thanks for postingsuch great information. I’ll be sure to share with my friends too

    • Thank You Henderson for your comment.  I appreciate your open approach to businesses and not judging a book by it’s cover.  It’s good to find what the core of a business is before claiming it’s a scam or a scheme.

      Thank you again,

      Robert J Warneck (The Helpful Affiliate)

  6. Hi Robert, 

    I read your post with interest as I have in the past wondered about Amway and exactly what it is all about.  

    Your informative post helps me to understand that it is not a scam.  As you mention, Amway has been around for 60 years.  The fact that you actually were involved with selling Amway products and have first hand knowledge of Amway meetings, conventions, etc., adds to the credibility of your post.  

    As you illustrate clearly, Amway has some very good products; and also has honest, hard working people who sell their products.  As with any business however, there are always some people that have a lower standard of ethics; and may be most interested in making money at any cost.  

    You really helped to answer my questions about Amway; and after reading your post I see that Amway is a legit business that unfortunately has some people toward the upper end of the pyramid that seem to try and take advantage of people on the lower end.  

    Thanks for your thorough post.  

    All the best to you. 

    • Hello whunni, I truly appreciate your comment.  There are many honest, hardworking people in Amway; in fact I believe most people in Amway are honest people.  The problem is there are those few that do act unethical (this unfortunately happens in several different businesses like this) and due to this it gives Amway a bad name.  All it takes is one bad apple to ruin the whole basket.  As I mentioned in my post Amway has a great business idea and they have great products.  That is why I believe with the combination of Wealthy Affiliate, one could really prosper with Amway.

      Robert J Warneck (The Helpful Affiliate)

  7. Always love to know more about websites other than Wealthy Affiliate. I love being apart of the wealthy affiliate family, but it’s always fun to know how WA stacks up against other websites. Does Amway only offer natural products, or do they offer something else?

    P.S. = How on earth did you add a rating to your product? I’d love to know!

    • Thank You Jose for your comment. I actually love Wealthy Affiliate too, but I love giving suggestions as to how you can incorporate Wealthy Affiliate into any business to bring it more success.  To answer your question, Amway only uses natural products, to my understanding.

      Thanks Again,

      Robert J Warneck (The Helpful Affiliate)

  8. Wow Rob, that’s a good idea about creating your own site and then leveraging it to send traffic to your Amway site. It actually makes more business sense to do it that way because eventually all the hard work someone puts into their site can lead to evergreen traffic, and in turn increase traffic to their Amway-based site! 

    I’m familiar with Amway too, and I actually have no complaints about them. In my opinion, Amway is better than Herbalife! 

    • Hey Nate, thanks for the comment!  I don’t know about Herbalife, because I do not have experience with them.  However, I bet with Herbalife too, one could utilize their website to create evergreen traffic to increase traffic to their Herbalife site.

      Thank You again,

      Robert J Warneck (The Helpful Affiliate)

  9. Wow I remember back in the late 70s to early 80’s when my mom was with Amway. I can still remember their washing powder they were selling back then. NutriLite I can attest is a really good brand all its own. Does it work,yes back then it did and even though I am not into mlm’s myself the business model I believe still works at least for a few companies Amwy being one of them. Amway has a cult? The was the first time I ever heard that one. 

    • HI Cathy, LOL I remember too my parents using the SA8 and they loved it!  They joined Amway to get a discount on the products, they never were into the selling of it or recruiting other people.  It was from them I learned to not feel pressured into doing something I didn’t want or feel right about.  I get the not being into MLM’s, but having your own website, I believe, has totally changed the stakes.

      Robert J Warneck (The Helpful Affiliate)

  10. Such an excellent and exhausting overview you have done up here concerning Amway. I’m glad you took your time to clear the various misconceptions about Amway that I personally have. Seriously, due to the flock of reviews I read about Amway, I thought it would be a scam. But then, having established that it isn’t a scam, being a MLM business too is not a good turn on for me because of my bad experiences with MLM businesses in the past. But I agree that creating website might actually help to boost income potentials. Thanks

    • Thank You RoDarrick for your comment!  LOL yes the article was a bit long winded, I have to say,  I did want to be sure that I expressed the point that I was trying to get across, and that was to dig a little deeper into a program before assuming it’s a scam, and to also consider some of the methods our ”traditional” businesses use which themselves can appear to be a pyramid structure and the people “on top” utilizing those on the lower end of the spectrum to only bring them more success, and those there at the lower end of the spectrum usually don;t move up at all.  I get your hesitation when it comes to MLM’s because so many have methods that seem to never get you go anywhere or making any money, and quite honestly do sometimes have an almost “cult” following.  After Amway I was involved with a jewelry MLM called Premier Designs, and actually was doing well with it, but I was promoted at my job and my time was taken up there and I no longer could show jewelry at hostesses parties.  However, you are right after finding Wealthy Affiliate and creating a website, I realized that I could utilize the website to promote products that I enjoyed and believed in.

      Thank You again ,

      Robert J Warneck (The Helpful Affiliate) 

  11. WOW, Robert, I did not realise Amway had been around that long. I like how you explained the recruiting aspect and how important it is to stand up for yourself and to run it like a business. So many people get hung up on going thru the ranks and spend money when they can not afford it. That is a great tip on creating your website and takes a lot of pressure off yourself, and you can be confident in promoting the products you know. A top example of using the products you selling and then it sells itself. Good article. Thank you. Helen.

    • Thank you Helen and Cleopatra for your comment.  It is important, regardless whether the business is a good one or not, to stand up for yourself.  If you see that the business has a great product, or products, than being a business owner, you make the decision how to go about selling that project and if you feel you can help someone else to start a legitimate business you “recruit” people honestly and legitimately.  It’s also important to take a stand, if you find that something is not legitimate, and may be a scam to not go along with it and to let people know, so they won’t get caught up in it.  The same goes if people are taking actions, in a legitimate business, that are unethical and you know they are, to point them and out and say “No, I’m not going to use those kind of methods to achieve success, I will achieve it honestly and with integrity!”    I believe to be a leader you have to not just be honest and truthful but you have to let your peers know that you will not go along with misleading methods  just to benefit yourself; as a leader you take actions that will benefit everyone.

      Thank You again!

      Robert J Warneck (The Helpful Affiliate)

  12. Hi Robert. I really enjoyed your post. I almost joined Amway about 35 years ago. My aunt and uncle were selling it. I really loved their products but didn’t have the money to join at the time.
    I have found that with a lot of MLM companies, although I love the products it costs so much to get into the real money-making business. That is why I have joined a few for the products alone not really to make money.
    I have found that there is a difference in Affiliate marketing, the biggest being the start-up costs, and the fact I don’t have to try to get friends and family to buy into the business.

    • Hi Lynda,
      I completely agree affiliate marketing is so much easier, because you don’t have to push people to join and have the costs of buying a bunch of products. Affiliate marketing is great because you create a website, write reviews on products and if people like your reviews, they will click on your links and buy the product based on your review of it. There is no pressure, it’s all about writing reviews with rich content and advertising to the right audience.

      Thank you for your comment,
      Robert J Warneck

  13. Thanks Robert. I like the domain name you chose for this page. This article was very thoughtful. I knew someone in Amway. They seemed to be making money. Someone from work tried to get me into Primerica. They didn’t disclose their referral bonus to me. 

    I appreciated that you included a very clear disclosure about your commissions. I am a big believer in FTC compliance. And I will tell you, if I was reading your site, it would not make me less likely to buy anything there. I think sometimes FTC compliance is hard because some people don’t do it. And they get away with it! So it seems like, “Why should I have to comply with the FTC? He doesn’t She doesn’t.” But I believe in FTC compliance. You did a good job too, putting it right in the article, not trying to hide it, etc. 

    I am doing Wealthy Affiliate now. I like it so far. I like how there’s no cold calling. 

    Well, I look forward to reading more from you in the future. Always very thoughtful and helpful articles. Take care. 

    • Thank You Charles for your comments.  I believe honesty is always the best policy and straight forwardness.  I wouldn’t be comfortable with something if the person representing it was not forthcoming and upfront; so I wouldn’t want to do that with anyone.  I agree I like the “no cold calling” part too!  That’s why I love Wealthy Affiliate.

      Robert J Warneck (The Helpful Affiliate)

  14. If it’s been there for 60 years, then it can indeed not be a scam 😉 That would make it a very successful scam, right? 😉 

    From what I read in your review, Amway seems like a good company, but sadly it is because of people who do not represent the company correctly that Amway gets a bad name, for example when you mention those up lines who would get upset when some of their people could not pay to go to conventions, creating unnecessary pressure. Conventions can be useful, as long as they don’t start preaching religion, I agree, but for people who cannot travel or who are too busy to travel, there is the option of online webinars, which work just as well. 

    The products look great, and I liked the vitamin supplements. It is a great idea to link Amway products to your own website as affiliate links. I’m not sure if I would use Amway, but Wealthy Affiliate definitely is a great platform to build websites, I agree. 

    • Thank You Christine for your comment.  Yes I agree that online webinars work very well, because as you say not everyone is able to travel for all different reasons.  I believe with a platform like Wealthy Affiliate and what they teach, you could build any business online.

      Robert J Warneck (The Helpful Affiliate)

  15. Hi

    Great review about Amway. I was not personally involved with Amway but I heard a lot about this company. Acthually I was involved with another well known MLM company, from where I don’t have any good experience as well. I have totally agreed with you, building an online business is more legitimate and profitable than involved with MLM company I think, because it is easier then MLM as well. I seen personally how hard to recruit people, it is not easy. And it is harder for an introverted person to convince people to recruit for MLM.Thanks a lot for this great Amway review.

    • Thank you Nazmun for your comment.  I agree with MLM it can be uncomfortable to recruit people if you are a shy person and not comfortable with that form of business.  That is why I like a program such as Wealthy Affiliate, where I can create my own website and they teach you how to write profitable blogs and rich content.

      Thank You again,

      Robert J Warneck (The Helpful Affiliate)

  16. Thanks for you post! To be honest, I never knew most of that bit of the history of Amway. It’s refreshing to see someone who obviously is passionate about the business take the patient and gentle approach. I remember attending a meeting a long time ago after which I felt it wasn’t a good fit for me. The months of followup phone calls and mailings helped convince me that it absolutely wan’t for me. Most of the time, the hard sell only works because the other person just give in because they feel that’s the best method to get you to go away. Thanks for not taking that approach! All the best to you and your venture!

    • Thank you for your comment Rob.  I agree that pushy approach is not for me either!  That’s one of the reasons why I am no longer with Amway.  However, that is also because I did not know at that time about a great program like Wealthy Affiliate, where I can create my own website and blog.

      Thank You Again,

      Robert J Warneck (The Helpful Affiliate)

  17. HAH! Too bad you aren’t still in Amway. Amway + WA could make you a bundle. I can’t agree with you more that religion and business should never be mixed and that could be a huge reason for many people to get turned off of it. Neither should you feel that you should sell your car or put yourself into debt just to go to conventions. Having motivational tapes and videos at your disposal, however, is a very good thing. Many people buy motivational books. Heck, much of the conversation at WA is motivational. We all need this in order to keep going. I guess you just have to take what you want from the company and leave the crud behind. Best of luck to you!

    • So true Darlene! Thank you for you honest comment here. Exactly a company, MLM, affiliate marketing, etc. is what you decide to do with it, and how you plan to make it successful for you. All the best back at ya!

      Robert Warneck (The Helpful Affiliate)

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