As you people probably know, Amway is (already) a stable MLM in Malaysia.
Currently I’ve just joined Amway after being coaxed by a good friend and colleague for the past two years. (Partially to shut him up as well.)
However when I studied the business plan they offered, it seemed too good to be true, a self supported business venture, that is RISK FREE. I admit, the ‘risk free’ part got me (well, it qualifies as risk free for the first year of membership + not being an idiot and stockpiling on stuff before you get your customers.)
On a personal level, I have never taken any products from Amway, and I was skeptical about them, that was until I learned a few series of their products are already currently ranked the top products in the globe. However not being a user myself meant a delayed time before I could tell others of the business of my own experience in this.
Prior to agreeing to join, I did a quick search online on the people’s views and comments on Amway itself. I was shocked to find SCAM labeled all over it.
However after a few reads and more reads on people’s self published blogs, articles and comments, it seems they shared somewhat the same points :
- Flawed logic that defies gravity.
For example, some people who failed in making any money via Amway are blaming the system of Amway and labeling it as a scam. However at a closer look, it seems that all they imply are that uplines are forcing them to buy books, CDs, attend unnecessary seminars, travel for hours just to attend a meeting, etc. One article even featured the ex wife of a broken man who lost everything (family included) and got into debts through Amway.
Where the logic flaws however is pretty funny. As the first thing I learned when my friend brought me to their meeting is that Amway is still a business, no matter how much it does not sound like a business, but it still is one, and making unnecessary investments in the wrong end of the business does not helps. In other words, it is somewhat similar to you opening your own business somewhere, you need capital to start and you need to venture into risky areas. And what all people (at least my friend’s group) tell me is that Amway is your own business and no one is forcing you to do it. If you only want a discount on getting their products, you reached your goal. If what you want is to build a stable income using Amway, your goal is the limit. So as I would put it in a simpler form, Amway is like a baby, nourish it, educate it, cherish it, hate it, abuse it. All these actions have an effect on the upbringing of the said baby. Same as this business.
- Inaccurate facts + the numbers don’t add up
Some of the blogs have comparisons of Amway products against stuff you can find on the hypermarket’s shelf. However, when it comes to pricing, they would compare it with something extremely inferior compared to the said Amway products. Some of them even take the most expensive Amway product (which has cheaper Amway counterparts or the product does not fit the category of the compared non-Amway product) to compare with the cheapest of things that people would not touch with a 10 foot pole (not to be taken literally). Some sites on the other hand provide wrong/outdated (thus expensive) prices that caused people to have an inaccurate perspective of Amway’s product. Some sites do even more damage to themselves by not giving any facts and cover up everything with talk and so called ‘my friend told me…’ One even claimed the average joe six pack (Aus speakers would get what I mean here) or the so called people on the street would understand Amway as a scam better than say, a professional workers (lawyer, accountants, doctor etc…) who is currently building up their Amway distributorship. And here i thought, the first things out parents taught us is not to believe strangers on the streets.
3) Pure bull****
As the title implies. Some sites dig up a court hearing where Amway was sued 30, yes, read clearly, 30 years ago for one of their distributors who was scamming millions off thousands of people for spreading his own Amway system. So basically Amway took the fall of the scamming fellow and the fellow had to face the angry mob, end of story. How does that connect with modern day Amway is a cult/scam, it absolutely does not connect. The most recent few cases are a court case in India, a government inquiry in the UK and a court case of TEAM(a group of individual distributor who for some reason can’t read the rules and guidelines cleary) vs quixtar (now Amway Global) also in the UK. In India, it was caused by a 3rd party product that failed to list their nutritional contents accurately and again Amway took the fall for distributing the said product in India, business error, common in the real world, so I’ll dismiss that. The UK government inquiry that somehow shows only a small portion of high level distributors in Amway are actually making any money in the UK, got sued by Amway in a civil suit and they already won in lower court, which UK government appeal to higher court and still Amway won again. Another side note I found is countless people sued Amway for being a ‘pyramid’ scheme, howevever anti-Amway sites never listed out that all the cases got tossed out the window later on.
After a few more checks and reads with pro-Amway sites however, I noticed these people provide me with numbers, statistics and FACTS. The most important facts that would not lie. Like a wise man once said, opinions are silenced by facts. Why anti-MLM sites can’t give me the numbers that I’m looking for, while pro-MLM sites, watchdog sites and product sites can give me that. Why are the anti-Amway sites working with an hidden agenda to ‘warn’ people of the dangers that lurk in Amway and never provided proof of anything, akin to a false prophet. With that I discredited the anti-Amway testimonies and paid the RM85 to join.
Currently, I’m a bit out of touch of how things are really going on in Miri. And so I want opinions, experiences and views of Mirians, currently in the business, those who were in the business, those currently using Amway products or have used Amway products in the past.
I would like to stress that this is an open discussion and I hope colourful languages would not be used much here. Thanks for the future inputs