They told me it was a quick way to riches. Someday I could earn $250,000 or more like Joe the Plumber with minimal effort. Spent around 15 hours a week and present consumer products to your family, friends, and coworkers and your downline will grow.
Sound like a scam, all too good to be true? It is because Amway/Quixtar is a scam. Sound like Republican ideals of fraudulently producing fake wealth until everything crashes down hard? It is because it is a Republican scam.
Amway is one of the GOP's/Republicans' highest donors, and Amway in turn receives lucrative benefits for their political contributions. Mediatransparency.org reports on Amway's excessive contributions to the GOP and lucrative returns.
According to Scheibeler, some Republicans received as much as $100,000 for appearing at an Amway event. "After accepting speaking fees, [House Speaker Newt] Gingrich arranged a reported last-minute modification in a comprehensive tax bill that allegedly provided a $283 million tax break to just one company -- Amway.
For more than 35 years, the DeVos family has been a major benefactor of both the religious right and the Republican Party. In the final weeks before the 1994 election, the Amway Corporation gave the GOP $2.5 million, which at the time was "the largest political donation in recent American history," the Washington Post reported. And in 1996, the company donated $1.3 million to the San Diego Convention and Visitor's Bureau "to help fund a Republican cable TV show to be aired during the party's national convention," the Associated Press reported. The program featured "rising GOP stars as 'reporters,'" and aired on the Family Channel which was owned by Pat Robertson.
Richard DeVos and Jay Van Andel's Amway Corporation has its tentacles firmly planted in late-twentieth and early twenty-first century Republican Party politics. Masquerading as a Christian-oriented family enterprise, Amway leaders have made billions by selling a phony version of the American Dream, while bilking thousands of ordinary American dreamers out of their hard-earned life savings. The wealth of the founders has supported the nearly 30+ year conservative makeover of American society through millions of dollars in donations to the creation and development of right wing institutions and causes.
There are so many websites and blogsites revealing the fraudulent and dangerous tactics of Amway/Quixtar. You'll also notice websites praising or defending the reputation of Amway are non-existant as there is no reputation to defend. This is how Amway works and scams from my experience, although I was lucky to quit before becoming too engrossed in their pyramid scheme.
1) Amway products are often inferior and overpriced compared to brand name products.
2) To make any significant income off of Amway, you have to buy yourself and convince your downline suckers to buy at least $400 a month of Amway crap when in reality you only need to buy less than $50 a month in consumer products.
3) You have to find downline suckers to sign up as an IBO and buy excessive amounts of Amway crap.
4) You'll find out the hard way that everyone knows what Amway is, as they were once scammed a few years ago.
5) Selling and lying is very hard work. It is a full time job.
6) Amway claims you can easily make a 6-figure income, but in reality the average active IBO working full time makes less than $1000 a month.
7) You have expenses to pay, especially car and gas costs as you have to attend their weekly meetings and quarterly conferences and buy their brainwashing media subscriptions.
8) 99 percent of all IBOs lose money after their disastrous experience with Amway.
9) The other 1 percent making money do so after suffering 2 to 5 years of losses, then making about $30k after expenses and putting in 80 hours a week.
10) The top 1 percent of 1 percent who make over $100k from Amway did so because they got in the pyramid scheme over 20 years ago and are so high up due to fortunate timing. They also get most of their income through selling media subscriptions and profiting from Amway conferences, rather than the Amway products themselves.
Dateline NBC did a great consumer fraud investigation on Amway/Quixtar a few years ago.
While Amway can't promise you a good deal, I can provide you a two-for-one deal to fight corruption. Boycott the Amway/Quixtar scam at all costs and warn all potential suckers of the fraudulent Amway scam if they are ever so unfortunate to encounter them.
When Amway is suffering, you are saving your money and the corrupt Republicans they are so closely aligned with suffer as well. A true two-for-one deal.
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