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.