One of the things that the presenters hit upon when showing the plan was how you had a great advantage in joining Amway because you could avoid overhead expenses and profit right away. Plus they threw in the tidbit about saving money thru Amway.
But it appears that IBOs do not profit right away, moreso if they are on the system of voicemail, cds, books and seminars. What's troubling is that IBOs are taught that they should not profit right away. That businesses commonly take years to profit, and that any profits should be invested into more tools. So the business is promoted as being one where you can profit right away, and then upline changes the mindset of profit into Amway being a long term venture. This is often refered to as a bait and switch technique.
It is common for Amway promoters to target needy folks. People who could use an extra buck or more. Someone who is looking for ways to make more money, but not necessarily by working another job. Thus upline will promote the Amway as low risk, easy to get started and no expenses. Then when an IBO commits, the mantra then changes to long term business, reinvest profits, etc etc.
My upline used to tell us that the promise of money got us in, but becoming better people, helping others and long term firendship is what the business is really about. Really? How many people would join and spend all that money to accomplish these goals? Not that these are bad things, but they are contrary to the pitch of joining to own a business.
If you are involved or considering getting involved, I encourage you to ask your sponsor tough questions about this. To ask where the profits are if you're been involved for more than a month. Don't allow them to shuffle the answer under a rug. If they can't or won't answer you, then you have a big decision to make. Stay involved in a business that is losing money, even though profits were promoted as easy, or keep trusting someone who won't give you a straight answer.