Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Amway Global - World Peace and A Cure For Cancer?

Comments made on The Truth About Amway Blog. I guess Amway is great and can cure anything. I also didn't know that Amway increased their bonuses a billion times. Too bad Amway doesn't help improve someone's grammar. LOL

i thik amway is the best thing in the world,infact my parents are in Amway Globel and they have the best reasults.the monthly chek from Amway Globel is a billeon times biger than it was a few years ago ,and i am so glad that Amway Globel was invented and i wish that moae peaple find out about this and not have to live like we did years


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Amway Global - The Business Is Simple But Not Easy?

One of the silly things I hear all the time from IBOs is that the Amway business is simple but not easy. It's a pleasant way of saying something is difficult. Breaking rocks with a hammer is simple but not easy. Licking the sidewalk 5 hours a day is simple but not easy. Walking up 3000 steps in a building is simple but not easy. Many things are "simple" but practically impossible to achieve. I believe going diamond in Amway is one of these tasks that is simple but nearly impossible to achieve.

Buy products, sell products, sponsor downline. That's the Amway business in a nutshell. Certainly these tasks are not rocket science, but the only task that an IBO has control over is to buy products. Convincing customers that highly priced and unfamiliar products are "the best" is a daunting task, and it would appear that an overwhelming majority of IBOs simply cannot do this. Thus the vast majority of Amway sales are to IBOs themselves.

Sponsoring people is also a daunting task. In the US, past IBO behavior has given Amway a bad reputation. Many people cannot even get anyone to see the plan, much less be able to sponsor anyone. Just the mention of the name Amway can get you funny looks from people. Sure, there are some open minded people, but often times in the process of information gathering, they will decide not to get involved. Even for those who do sponsor others, the retention rate of IBOs is so miserable, that you can never stop recruiting if you hope to retain your level of business. And even if you retain some of your IBOs, it doesn't mean they will purchase anything.

So even if someone tells you that the business is simple, it doesn't mean that you will be successful. Remember, breaking rocks with a hammer is simple, but not easy.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Amway Global - Comparing Amway To McDonalds?

I think it's time to dispel any silly comparisons of the Amway opportunity to McDonalds. First of all, Amway is not a franchise opportunity. If they were, Amway would say so and you would have to sign a franchise agreement with Amway. Amway would also train you on how to run your business. But this isn't the case. As an Amway IBO, you are basically a middleman distributor who works on comission.

As an IBO, you are dealing with 2 businesses. Amway the corporation sells and supplies you with products. You also earn an income from Amway based on your movement of volume. The second is a for profit business, seperate from Amway that sells voicemail, books, cds, and seminars. Supposedly, these materials are designed to help you succeed in Amway. These for profit groups such as N21, BWW, or WWDB operate independently from Amway. You as an IBO have to decide whether or not you should participate. Given the miserably low success rate that these systems churn out, I would urge prospects and IBOs to think about this if they will spend money to participate.

McDonalds is a large worldwide franchise opportunity. They sell you the rights to a franchise and they train you to run the store. They research demographics and look at geographical locations to make the likelihood of your success nearly 100 percent. When you own a McDonalds, you get your supplies from Golden State foods. Golden State foods operates independently from McDonalds. Ray Kroc and McDonalds corporation does not profit from the sale of hambuger meat and napkins, etc.

Here's the tricky part. You can compare Golden State foods to the tool companies such as N21, BWW, or WWDB, but the difference is that Ray Kroc and other McDonalds owners do not profit from the supplies sold by Golden State foods. In Amway, you have a select few distributors, generally Diamonds and above selling training materials and promoting them as the key to success in Amway. Many of these diamonds and above profit handsomely from the sale of these materials and they are compensated whether an IBO makes a profit or not. Imagine if Ray Kroc and other McDonald's owners owned Golden State foods, and jacked up the prices of the supplies, and then made expensive and ongoing training for new McDonalds franchise owners and told them this is how you succeed, and then 99% of new McDonalds owners failed and went out of business. Now you have a valid comparison to the Amway opportunity as run by the groups such as N21, BWW and WWDB.

In summarizing, there is no comparison. McDonalds owners are very successful as a group while Amway business owners are not. Comparing the businesses are silly and I wish IBOs would stop. It makes them look silly.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Amway Global - What Business Do You Own?

Amway distributor. That's what IBOs were called some years back. I believe it is far more appropriate to call them distributors than IBOs. IBO = Independent business owner. Are you really a business owner? What do you own? You probably don't have a significant inventory. You probably don't have employees. You probably don't have office space or a warehouse. Most IBOs don't even have downline. If you have downline, they are also "independent", thus you don't own them.

Do you think you can use your Amway business as collateral for a loan? Can you leave your business for a month without it falling apart? Can you sell your business for a profit and walk away? What assets can you claim from your business?
Basically, you own nothing. One of the things that is used to attract recruits is the ability to "walk away" from your business and collect residual income forever and ever. Have you ever wondered why it seems that nobody ever walks away from their Amway business to live in luxury on the beaches of the world? I'm fairly sure a qualified crown ambassador couold walk away from Amway and collect an income for a while, but in the US, I believe most or all of the Crown Ambassadors are "old timers" in the Amway business.

So for those of you out there who are recruiting downline and making the pitch, I ask you: What is it you actually own? Do you own a tangible and sustainable business? Or are you simply perpetuating a myth that has been passed on from one Amway generation to the next?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Amway Global - Worldwide Dream Stealers?

Ruby Direct Lost 2 Homes and a Couple of Hundred Thousand Dollars

Hey there, Eric:

Thanks for your email…and your book.

Our story would be a little lengthy, but in a nutshell, as a former clinical Psychologist, Ruby Direct (stopped by our upline from going Diamond…no joke..we were paying out 28 bonus checks in width…my wife and I had one of the top 60 direct distributorships in North America…won numerous sales contests, trips, etc.), we “lost” easily 2 homes and a couple of hundred thousand dollars AND needed legal intervention and the ADA board to get our upline to stop the incessant attacks and slander! Good old Ron Puryear and World Wide Dream “Stealers”.

The only reason we persisted was because I have been successful in everything I have done in my life…2 time All-American in Wrestling, etc. I was not going to let Amway beat me! I guess we were making our upline look bad…by being honest about the system and making sure people managed their money right…”Don’t spend money on things that you don’t normally buy”, was not to their liking.

It’s a 17 year story….and a 4 year war…We could do a movie on this…

My best to you. Hope to chat soon.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Amway Global - Winter Conference?

Around this time of the year, you may be invited to a function called "Winter Conference", which used to be called "Dream Night". It was a sit down dinner and the diamonds would put on a slide show and speak about their lifestyles. The slide show had pictures of mansions, jet skis, sports cars, golfing, shopping and other trappings of wealth. The diamonds would proclaim that they need more friends to join them.

When I was an IBO, this function used to cost about $60 or so. I believe it is now about $75. I checked with the Sheraton hotel where our function was held and discovered that even today, you can still hold a sit down dinner for several thousand people for less than $30 per person. The function I attended had about 2500 people so you get the idea.

Anyway, this function is a facade. The diamonds will show you all the fancy things they supposedly enjoy. It is implied that these luxuries are directly attributable to the Amway business, but it is more likely that the tapes/cds and seminar business was more likely the source of their success. It is well known that tools account for the lion's share of a diamond's income in many cases. Back in my days, diamonds told the audience that nobody made a profit fromt tools. To this day, I don't know of any formal agreement that IBOs have, which entitles them to a share of the tools profits. I have heard of a discount on cds, but tools encompass many other sources such as voicemail, functions, and books.

But to sum up, Winter conference (IMO) is just a dog and pony show where diamonds try to impress downlline by showing off wealth. Unfortunately, too many IBOs don't know that the diamond wealth is coming out of their pockets by the purchase of cds, books, standing orders, functions, and voicemail. I hope this article reaches the eyes of new IBOs and prospects so they can decide for themselves.