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Amway/Quixtar Series Intro

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Okay, here goes. As I mentioned before, I recently got a lot of my thoughts on Amway/Quixtar out there in a MySpace forum. I call it Amway/Quixtar because the company used to be known as Amway, but then changed to Quixtar when online ordering was made available to the members. Word is that they are dropping the Quixtar name over the next year and transitioning back to Amway. I could go into why that is, but that doesn’t really matter for now.

In the said forums, I grouped my thoughts and observations into 8 categories to start, then posted 4 more times following that. I’ll put at least the first 8 on here, and I’ll take it from there. This being the intro to the series of posts, I’ll explain a bit of why I’m doing this. I’ve known at least 10 people over the past decade who are actively involved in Amway. Every time I’ve had it explained to me, I get confused over why anybody would want to take part in what sounds like such a poor business plan. All of these people seem to be really fired up about the whole thing regardless of any criticism they face. With those factors combined with all the vague, obviously misleading information (or lack thereof) I’ve received from participating members, I became very curious as to what this is all about.

So I began to research. I came across many web sites (mostly very poorly designed) with very pro-Amway content as well as many with very anti-Amway content. I was after an explanation as neutral as I could find, realizing it may not be possible with such a heated topic. In September of 2005, I eventually found a gem that opened my eyes. Eric Scheibeler actively participated in Amway/Quixtar for around 10 years (if my memory serves correctly, I’ll try to get the facts better as time goes on). He worked as hard as he could and did everything he was told over that time to try to get the dream life that was promised him by his associates. Long story short, he finally realized it was a lost cause, did some research, and was blown away by his findings.

After leaving Amway/Quixtar, Scheibeler refused to accept any money from Amway to remain silent about what he found. He went on to author a book entitled Merchants of Deception which presents his experience with Amway/Quixtar, his exit, and the after effects of his actions. I read the book (around 300 pages) in only 10 days or so, and I’m not a fast reader; I just couldn’t stop. I feel that he did his best to be as unbiased as he could, presenting the facts as honestly as he could. Obviously, he is upset with the business, and that shows a bit in the reading, but I felt that he kept the material as straight forward as he could.

My reading of his book completely blew me away and made me realize that Amway/Quixtar gives dishonest people power to take advantage of people who are hopeful for a better way of life. Even honest people end up in a position where they unknowingly take advantage of sympathetic friends and relatives, eventually ruining those relationships for years and years. I felt that I should do my best to share what I’ve learned about the business to those around me so they don’t fall into this financial nightmare. Until now I’ve only posted a couple small things on here about it, but those posts have received some hits, and I figure with a full series on the topic, I may be able to help people research the whole thing for themselves before making a decision they’ll go on to regret.

So that’s why I’m doing all of this. I hope to give people a place to read up on this new opportunity they’ve just found out about so they have a better basis to make a decision upon. If you want to read the experience of a former member of Amway/Quixtar, I strongly suggest reading Eric’s book. That will give you a better understanding of all of this than I can give you, but for those who want to take less time, you can read my stuff. You can download the entire book free of charge at its website, which is linked to below. My only complaint is that the book, as far as I know, isn’t actually in print in hard copy, so to read it, you’ll either have to do so on your computer, or print it all out.

Free Book Download Link: Merchants of Deception

Comments (2)

Billy, this is an interesting topic, and I have wanted to learn more about the MLM stuff. I didn’t even know about this stuff until 5 or 6 years ago when Anson’s cousin was involved. I still didn’t hear what these companies were all about for a few years after that. It’s important to know as much as you can so that you can be ready when a “friend” calls with a great thing they want to involve you in. This very thing happened to Anson just last week! This MLM co. was called Primerica. Ans didn’t research into it, but flat-out told the guy not to ask him about going to any meetings ever again. Anyway, thanks for the link to the book, will be reading. 🙂

We almost signed up with Primerica, but I decided to cancel when they came for their follow up visit. I let the dude who came over borrow a book which he never returned.

To me, wouldn’t it make more sense to start your own business that doesn’t rely on you hounding everyone you know to get involved in the business? I would think you get a good idea, and people come to you because they want to buy your stuff. MLM is a total piece of tar, it’s deceptive, promises big returns with minimal effort which aren’t there.
Go Billy go. The crusade against MLM. I want to join, we should make a club or something.

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