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.
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.
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.
|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:
WATER, GLYCERIN, NEOPENTYL GLYCOL DIETHYLHEXANOATE, ALCOHOL DENAT, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG 100 STEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, SORBITAN STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, FRAGRANCE/PARFUM, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, TRIETHANOLAMINE, CETEARYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, METHYLPARABEN, PANTHENOL, DISODIUM EDTA, PROPYLPARABEN, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ETHYLPARABEN, ALCOHOL, CARRAGEENAN, BUTYL AVOCADATE, PROLINE, ZINC PCA, HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL) BARK/TWIG EXTRACT, LECITHIN, SEA SALT, SODIUM HYALURONATE, CERAMIDE 3, BETA-SITOSTEROL, GLUCOSAMINE HCL, UREA, YEAST EXTRACT, ALGAE EXTRACT, ERGOTHIONEINE, LIMONENE, LINALOOL
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!
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To Everyone’s Success in all that they may endeavor,
Robert J Warneck (the Helpful Affiliate)