Saturday, January 11, 2014

Truth, the Enemy of the Amway Global Cult


In the past this blog has described Amway's entry into the Republic of India.  Anti-corruption author David Brear has described this entry into India as a 'Trojan Horse'. Right thinking Indian authorities have correctly deduced that Amway is indeed a illegality which violates Indian laws against Prize Chits and Money Circulation schemes. (What people in the United States might describe as 'pyramid' scams.)

 Now, it seems that Amway has gone on what Harish Bijoor describes in an online 'business article' as a media blitz to redeem Amway's tainted image in the World's largest Democracy. I must laugh about this authors use of

"micro-entrepreneurs"

(or as Amway calls them 'IBOs,' supposed 'Independent Business Owners'-an incredibly misleading terminology.)

Unsuspecting 'marks' recruited into the Amway cult have very little control over how they operate their supposed 'independent' business with Amway dictating BY CONTRACT what these 'drones' can and cannot do. Entrepreneurial and Independent 'business owners' these believers in the Amway system are not!

 Anyone familiar with Amway knows that recruits into this cult are taught to follow a very strict methodology: which is to buy and consume the intentionally overpriced products and recruit others who are then brainwashed with this same 'self defeating' strict code. Indeed, for Amway, a chain of customers is formed by its own sales channel 'non-distributors'. These Amway's drones are asked to devote themselves religiously to the  'pie in the sky' insane idea of achieving 'financial independence'. They are brainwashed by pictures of  successful upline distributors who are displayed 'living in the lap of luxury': driving expensive autos, vacationing on yachts, and living the American dream.

Amway recruits are 'schooled' by the Amway Kingpins to consume their own purchases. (Amway intentionally prices their products to be unmarketable to those not participating in the 'distribution channel' and the primary method the Amway Cult Initiator's (DeVos/Van Andel) have used to 'over-charge' for relatively mundane crap--vitamins, energy bars, water filters and the like--to extract billions in U.S. dollars and leave those who fail to realize an impossible dream in a carefully devised scheme to blame themselves.

For all intents and purposed, those recruited into this money circulating scheme are those who 'believe' the Amway message: that they can become fabulously wealthy by devoting themselves whole-hardheartedly to a 'narrowly defined' marketing scheme which can be described as a 'zero sum game' where nearly all lose their time, money and self respect in a futile attempt to recruit family, friends and strangers into Amway's carefully 'plotted' product pyramid scheme.

Truth is indeed the enemy of all cults!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Why is Amway Apologist David Steadson Obsessed With Anti-Amway Blogger Steve Nakamura?


David Steadson is best known as "IBOfighback" on the World Wide Web. He is a shameless "Apologist" for the Amway MLM Opportunity Fraud. Steadson, along with a few of his followers to include "Bridgett Baron" and "Wearyeyed" who collectively travel throughout the Internet promoting Amway as a great business opportunity and supposedly setting anti-Amway bloggers and commentators straight. I have accused Steadson, a citizen of Sweden, previously of committing the crime of "Intent to Defraud". Steadson cannot be unaware of the fact that nearly all who join the Amway Cult make no money, but lose their investments of time, money and prestige. Amway operates a "Closed Market Swindle" whereby those recruited hoping to make money lose it instead and become victims of the very fraud Steadson and his ilk promote, although they provide zero proof that they themselves have been or are successful in the very scheme they advocate to others.

Who is Steve Nakamura? Steve is a Anti-Amway blogger, a former Amway adherent who writes Amway - The Dream Or The Scheme and who also has a presence on the Internet as a well known anti-Amway author and commentator best known as "Joecool". Steve Nakamura's views about the Amway opportunity are diametrically opposed to those of David Steadson's. As Joecool, Steve asks his readers to critically analyze Amway, the Amway 'tool systems' and the real chances of success in the Amway scheme.

David Steadson as IBOFightback in his role as apologist for Amway seeks to divert the attention of prospective Amway Cult Recruits to the lies and deceits that Amway has promoted for itself over the past half-century. Anti-Amway author David Brear describes these lies as the 'Amway Labyrinth'. Steadson basically parrots the lies the Amway Cult has been promoting as reality inverting truth. One of these lies is "that if the dream is big enough, the truth doesn't matter."

Steadson has written an article critical of Joecool, Steve Nakamura on his "The Truth About Amway" in which his primary goal is to smear his arch nemesis as some sort of sexual deviant who makes up lies about himself and Amway. The author of this blog asks readers to ask who is the bigger liar here? Why would Steadson spend so much of his time to smear Joecool? Obviously, the truth hurts, and so Steadson has gone to extremes to paint Joecool as the ultimate anti-Amway troll. The truth is, there is no bigger pro-Amway troll on the Internet than the Amway whore, IBOFightBack, the pundit of deceit: David Steadson.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

How is Being a Amway IBO a Cult?


Today I moderated a comment left on this Blog by a person named Isaac. Isaac wrote:

How is being an IBO a cult? First of all, there is a 90 day money back guarantee, so what do you have to lose? Second, your buying items you need (such as face wash, shampoo, body wash, make-up, vitamins, etc.) and getting paid for it. Would you rather get paid for buying those items, or not get paid and support Walmart? Next, you say this is a "swindle" and a "scam". Well why don't you explain that a little bit, because this business is not a "get rich quick" business. There is extrememly high potential for making money in Amway, you just have to get educated, take advice, and put forth some effort (which im assuming you didn't do). Lastly, you were apart of Quixtar, which technically is the same thing, but Amway has newer and better products now. IBO's get them for wholesale price, and so do our customers. Amway does not want people like you, quixtarisacult. They want people that are positive, excited, educated, determined, and willing to take advice.

This is the response that I gave poor Isaac:

Obviously you have joined the cult. Why is Amway/Quixtar like joining a cult? Just read any of my blogs and you will soon discover your answer. I notice that you seem to repeat much of the Amway "tape-speak" that is paraded out for new Ambots.

Maybe you haven't devoted much of your time or money to your new association, so you can probably get out before losing too much of your own time, money and self respect.

Regarding, how do you get paid for buying your own inventory? How do you save money by buying badly overpriced Amway goods when their discounted price to you is generally much higher than nearly all brick and mortar stores retail?

You repeat that Amway is not a get rich quick business. What then is their 5 year plan all about?

Oh yes, Amway wants people to be excited and positive for their scheme. It works for Amway, but will it really work for you?

Want to find out about your wonderful Amway upline? Read "Married to an Ambot." Are you married? If yes, I'm sorry to hear about what your wife most likely will be going through.

Amway Cult Intervention works if you work it.

My friend Isaac is a perfect example of how new recruits begin to talk like their recruiter. They begin to look and sound like everyone else in their insane cult. They repeat the same things--the tapespeak--of their upline cultic leaders. Isaac parrots maybe the biggest lie of them all: that IBOs get paid for buying all the things they need from Amway. Isn't that insanity?

Notice that Isaac also repeats what nearly all Amscam cult members say, that "Amway isn't a get rich quick scheme." (Doesn't this imply that Amway is a get rich scheme after all?) I suppose that the Soviet style '5 year plans' must be considered an exceptionally long time by Ambots, and Amway therefore must not be considered a quick scheme--since it takes upwards of five years to achieve "financial freedom."

Isaac, are you a real person? You have lost your ability to think independently. You have become just another obnoxious Ambot drone? Cults lie, and yes, my dear Isaac, you and hundreds of thousands of others like you in your cult have swallowed the same camel.

No, Isaac, I have never been an Ambot, and no I've never signed up for the Quixtar cult. You don't need to be taken in by these either. Let me know how well you've succeeded after your 5 year plan is up, okay?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Amway Imitator Found By Belgium Courts To Be Carefully Designed Pyramid Recruitment Scheme With No Real Retail Customers


Recently I received an email from Robert Fitzpatrick, a consumer advocate and prominant critic of 'multi-level marketing.' Mr. Fitzpatrick brought to my attention a Belgium court decision that found Amway clone, Herbalife, to be a disguised recruitment pyramid scheme.

The court found that Herbalife could not conclusively prove that it had any significant retail customers, and therefore all profits were generated via a never ending recruitment of new distributors.

Herbalife, Amway, and nearly all of their numerous MLM clones, seek to describe their own 'distributors' as 'retail customers.' Readers of this blog know that I have always maintained that the products these MLMs supposedly market are effectively unsellable to outside retail customers. The court correctly determined that Herbalife failed to prove that it had any real customers and therefore all commissions and profits were paid by the ever churning recruitment of new distributors.

I have maintained that few people signing up as a distributor in these MLM frauds ever make a cent of profit and most ultimately despair and quit. Many are decieved by the 'dream selling' nature of these MLM cons. They are lured by the potential of lucrative profits and follow a destructive course of action where their own money is extracted to enrich the company founders and a small group of distributors who sell 'tools,' useless propaganda that prompts the newly recruited distributors to convince even more of their relatives, friends, and neighbors into 'investing' in the scheme.

Mr. Fitzpatrick went on to say in his email:
If Herbalife is a fraud, as the Belgian court decided, it is one of vast proportions, affecting millions of people worldwide, year after year. Herbalife has 1.2 million distributors in 74 countries. Each year it enrolls hundreds of thousands more to replace the huge numbers who lose money and quit.
The full decision of the Belgian court is available at the Pyramid Scheme Alert website.

In the past Robert Fitzpatrick has called Amway the 'American Scam' and it is to the shame of all presidential candidates in the U.S. who accept campaign funding from these disreputable schemes spawned by a supposed 'cult of free enterprise.'

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Black Amway Gift From the Dark-side Revisited



I thought I'd revisit a January, 2009 blog post entitled 'The Black Amway/Quixtar Gift From the Dark Side.' I didn't know it at the time, but these so called 'Ribbon' gifts were to become the subject of a class action civil suit in the state of California and eventually another of Amway's famous "out of court" settlements. Of course we have the same answer from Amway that they have provided countless times when corporate Amway has been called to task for treachery before the bar of justice. Amway North America spokeswoman Jenie Altruda said:
“We feel we're completely innocent in this matter."

The controversy began over expiration dates appearing on the black ribbon gift cards. Amway claims that the date appearing on the cards was intended to encourage buyer/recipients to redeem the cards in time to secure the best selection of gifts. (The gifts behind the card are a selection of rather mundane, over-valued candle, potpourri, and bath items.)

How these cards really work describes how Amway Global Cult fleeces its very own and profits handsomely from their only real customers. The intended customers for these gift cards are not 'outside retail customers,' but the very gungho Amway 'dream believing' cult adherents themselves (the so called Independent Business Owners, IBOs). These erstwhile, albeit bad businessmen, are taught by their 'up-line' recruiters to buy, for general self consumption, a significant amount of Amway product, soap powder, vitamins, and sundry consumables each month; all to maintain the magical "PV" (Purchase Volume) which is the core of the Amway 'closed market swindle.' To maintain the magical 100 PV, an 'Ambot' would purchase $300 worth of 'core' Amway products. These core products are those closely manufactured either for or by Amway itself. This smaller subset of available Amway products creates a bit of a 'bottleneck' problem for the cult stooge intent on ponying up their 100 PV 'pound of flesh' because choice is vastly more limited. Core products primarily consist of health bars, vitamins, gourmet coffees, and energy drinks. This invariably leads to 'distributor stock pilling' of the core Amway products.
(My daughter in law's larder began overfilling with uneaten health bars, unused energy drinks, individually wrapped vitamins, gourmet coffees and enough soap powder to wash several years worth of 'whitey tighties.')
Add to this short list of high PV core products the Amway Ribbon gift cards. What better way to make PV without stock pilling perishables than to buy these black gift cards with ribbon? These black gift cards might be described as an Amway Utopian savings bond with no shelf expiration date. An Amway product intended to have no end customer beyond the stooge. Of course Ambots could 'consume' these cards as any occasion gifts and still further their Amway dream of becoming an Amway 'pin' in Amway's product based pyramid scheme.


Purchasers of the cards brought suit in California claiming Amway would not honor the expired gift cards which holders discovered actually had just as little shelf life as a stock-pilled, stale health bar. (Again, a situation where Amway cultists turned traitor and brought suit against their primary business partner, the Amway cult mother ship in Ada, Michigan.) These gift cards became relatively worthless fancy black paper. Thousands of thousands of aspiring Amway Cult millionaires were left holding the 'trick' bag on these ticking time bombs. Even when redeemed 'on time' these cards only redeem in my estimation nearly worthless, incredibly overpriced 'trinkets' (like a scented candle or bath soap combination). Not much to show for the minimum $50 retail cost of the card.

Believers in the Amway Myth get fleeced in the Closed Market Swindle by purchase of overvalued products that they buy and self consume in an incredible advanced fee fraud.



Saturday, August 20, 2011

Is Amway Knocking on Your Door?


I was clicking on some links under the heading What's New on Scott Larsen's extensive web site when I discovered an article by Forbes wherein the author described Amway thus:
"Amway, the privately owned global direct sales company, known for its network of salespeople who sell vitamins, beauty products and other household staples door-to-door..."

The article went onto describe Amway's ongoing campaign at damage control concerning its well deserved bad reputation. What struck my attention was Amway being described as a 'door to door' operation. Hmmm? Of course anyone who actually is knowledgeable about how the Amway Cult operates knows this door to door description to be another Amway myth.

There indeed are a lot of door to door selling scoundrels, but Amway's products are generally not something you will ever be confronted with by a knock on your front door. Amway's potions and pills are peddled mostly to those willing to join on as an 'associate' and who are then taught to recruit others into buying into the 'closed market swindle' themselves by recruiting more potential suckers in a well disguised pyramid scheme. Generally, Amway cultists hope to initiate their scheme by a 'curiosity invite,' a simple ruse to lure unsuspecting victims into a carefully disguised 'advanced fee fraud.'

Door to door sellers do not generally have a very good reputation anymore. Isn't it significant that Amway intends to garner good will with the public by promoting the myth that it is a door to door company? The Amway Devil is just as bad as the door to door devil, but it's methods differ greatly.

I would like to thank author David Brear for coining many of the terms I used in this blog post to more easily describe the Amway devil.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Soap Crew Worker Discovers Horrors of Traveling Sales Crew Devil


I recently noticed a comment made on one of my several articles on the horrors of the traveling sales crews Amway Cult Youth Initiate's Deaths Possibly Related to Sleep Deprivation. msawyer wrote:
"I came from a soap crew and I was abused by most of the staff and the owners too. Its really hard to find some place to go when you give your life to these people. I had no clue that for the first year I would be stuck selling this junk. They treated me good at first. and then when my mom ended up in the hospital that's when I saw there true colors. They would extort me and threaten me. you guys that don't have a clue what this is about are foolish and blinded. these companies trap,brain wash and threaten. They take your pay that you earned so you cant go any where. Then you feel lost and homeless , so you end up going back to them so you have some place to go. Its Sad and I will help to get all door to door sales companies to be gone, they are the devils."

It has been some time since I have visited the Horrors of the Traveling Sales Crew issue or wrote any blog posts concerning Malinda's Law. The beautiful summer weather brings with it the likelihood that you will be receiving that unexpected knock at the door from a wondering "soap crew" salesperson of one type or another. Just as in msawyer's comment above, those victimized many times do not understand what type of "devil" they are signing up with. At first, all seems to be bright adventure and travel, and then degenerates into what Phil Ellenbecker has documented as a potentially horrifying experience which exploits youthful exuberance and has the potential to end badly.
"Persons seeking "financial freedom" in the Amway Cult also arrive all bright eyed and exuberant, pursuing their dream, only to discover the devil that preys on its own as well"... quixtarisacult

Please visit the Traveling Sales Crews Information Web Site.