Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Funny Amway Stories?

"This is my story. One of the women I teach with got involved with Amway. She had asked me to come to meetings many times and I refused (the "I can't tell you about it" is the tip-off). One day she asks me if I can come over to listen to a guy they are training. She says he needs to experience a resistant contact and I fit the bill. I was intrigued.

I go and meet this young man and we begin by me telling him I am not interested. He has a whole presentation on an easel. At one point I was laughing at it and he goes into this part where he asks me if I want to be on welfare. I say of course not and why would he say such a thing. He tells me it is a fact that 75% of Americans will be on welfare before they die. I literally yelled bullshit and asked him to show me where he was getting that info. Guess where? He was counting the collection of Social Security Benefits as "welfare". Needless to say he never got another word in and was backing out the door by the time I was just winding down.

I shared my views on the Social Security program and my guess that he didn't even know how Social Security was administered or how it was conceived. He knew nothing he admitted and this was just what he was told to say.

The teacher and her husband were silent and I left. I wrote them off then and there. As a footnote the wife of the founder of Amway was the head of the Republican Party in Michigan and a strong proponent of school vouchers. She is very powerful in Republican circles." +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

"This is the scenario. A good friend comes up to me and sez, "Dude! You gotta come to this meeting tonight, there's an awesome business opportunity, but I can't tell you about it." So, I fall for it.

I go to the meeting and it's a hard-sell indoctrination to the 'Amway Lifestyle'. Well, I'm no salesman, but I agree to sell a few things for them. Next thing I know, the 'friend' is pushing me to sell more and more. Actually, "buy" is the right description, because you pay up front for the products. Long story short, I give up on Amway and the friend because it just creeped me out.

Later, another two friends tried to do the same thing to me, invite me to a business meeting, hush-hush, etc. But in these cases, I asked them straight out, "This isn't Amway, is it?" They both lied to me barefaced. As soon as I got to these "sessions" and saw the Amway sign or products on the table, I turned tail and never looked back at the room or the friend again." +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

"I've lost two friends from college, and I can safely say the reason I stopped talking to them is because they joined Amway (or Quickstar, which is essentially and every single damn time I visited with them, they'd try to convince me to join. Under them, of course, so they'd make all that money and retire when they're 30) One of them even showed up at a friend's 30'th birthday party just to work the crowd. You know, looking for potential members (suckers) to join his "little business venture" as he liked to call it. Ask them what they did, and the replied "I'm in business for myself." Ask what kind of business, and they both replied "I create opportunities." Mind you, these friends didn't know each other, and they joined Amway six years apart. But the song-and-dance was nearly identical.

On Edit: They got so annoying that we simply didn't call them when we were having a party or other kind of get-together. Hell, two of my friends didn't even invite him to their wedding because they knew he'd work the crowd there, too."

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Amway Makes Deceptive Claims About Nutrilite?

Read About Amway Deception Here WASHINGTON—The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) accused Amway of making deceptive claims for its NUTRILITE line of liquid dietary supplements. CSPI said it would file a class action lawsuit against Amway if it continues to use "unsubstantiated nutrition and health benefits" claims for its Fruits & Vegetables 2GO and Immunity Twist Tubes products.

Labels for NUTRILITE's Fruits & Vegetables 2GO Twist Tubes claim the product represents two servings of fruits and vegetables and the fine print clarifies that a dose, “contains the antioxidant equivalent of 2 servings." However, CSPI said the 10-milliliter tubes do not equal the same health benefits as real fruit or vegetables; fruits and vegetables contain more benefits than just antioxidants, CSPI said. CSPI noted unlike fruits and vegetables, Fruits & Vegetables 2GO does not contain fiber, and real fruits and vegetables have up to 8,000 phytochemicals that may provide health benefits.

CSPI also took issue with Amway's claims for NUTRILITE's Immunity Twist Tubes. The product claims it is an “immune system booster" that will “protect your cells." The immunity claim is unlawful, according to CSPI, because it implies the product will prevent disease. It won’t, says the group.

Also, CSPI noted both product lines contain the artificial sweetener sucralose, despite a print advertisement for “fruits & vegetables 2GO" that claims the product has no artificial ingredients.

“Amway is sending a horrible health message to American consumers when it holds out its Twist Tubes as a short cut to getting the health benefits of real food," said CSPI staff litigator Seema Rattan. “People who want the health benefits of two servings of fruits and vegetables are far better off eating two servings of fruits and vegetables. And no one should be deceived into thinking that these pricey little tubes will prevent them from getting sick."

In a letter to Amway chairman Steve Van Andel, CSPI said Amway’s labeling and advertising for NUTRILITE products violates federal regulations and consumer protection laws in Washington, Massachusetts, Texas, New Jersey and California.

In a company response, Anna Bryce, Amway Public Relations, said, understands the importance of accurate product claims. "For this reason, we have a thorough claims substantiation process, incorporating published nutrition science and regulatory directives. Frankly, we were disappointed when CSPI decided to publish its concerns about the marketing of the NUTRILITE Twist Tube line, without first asking Amway about its product claims. We would have appreciated the opportunity to share the results of our claims substantiation process. We always take such concerns seriously and we are investigating the assertions made by the CSPI."