Sunday, August 08, 2010
Amway helps you save 30% on average
One of the very first lies told to new prospects looking at the Amway business plan is that they can save 30% of their spending money by re-directing their buying power from other stores to their own business. This is told at every plan. The gullible prospect signs up listening to this, thinking he will save 30%.
Slowly, the new IBO hear statements like "Make sure you buy the high PV/BV items - focus on nutrilite and artistry - these give you the maximum value for your money." Coming from an Indian background like mine, people neither used vitamins, nor high-end beauty products. Even if I were using vitamins, I would be using a basic one like centrum. So this is not "anyway" money I was spending before. I have to spend more money to buy the products. Then the IBOs start defending and justifying telling how much goes into each amway product. The truth is that the amway deal is full of deception and lies and you learn about it only as you learn more and more.
(Guys like Kumar claim that as you go up in the Amway business, all you see is more integrity and more honesty. I don't think so - if this is the case, then why did Larry Winters, John Crowe & Joe Markewicz leave BWW? High up in Amway is as ugly as high up anywhere else. I think the Gala group also has a bunch of issues, especially with highly egoistical maniacs like Kumar, Sugeet Ajmani and Vishal Jain. It is just a matter of time before the issues come out.)
Coming back to the 30% savings, here are two comparisons:
Comparison 1 - Omega-3
Nutrilite balanced health omega-3 (IBO cost: $16.57 for 90 soft gels)
Trader Joe's molecularly distilled odorless omega-3 (Retail: $8.99 for 90 soft gels)
Nutrilite has 150 mg of EPA and 150 mg of DHA per soft gel.
Trader Joes' has 400 mg of EPA and 200 mg of DHA per soft gel.
Moreover Nutrilite is not odorless, meaning some people (like me) get the bad smelling fishy burps and/or after-taste and smell. Trader Joe's product works better for me! In this case, Nutrilite's product is actually not as good in quality as Trader Joes. All the purification processes and quality control done by Nutrilite is also done by Trader Joes.
I am no genius, but if you do the Math, Nutrilite is actually 84% more expensive than Trader Joe's and has only half the omega-3 (and the fishy burps).
Let's say the IBOs again defend by telling, you can get money back with nutrilite and not with trader joes. Alright - let us say you are in that smallest of smallest minority who reaches the 25% level, hopefully by building a big group and not buying your way through... Then you get back
25% of $21.20BV = $5.30,
so your net cost is
$16.57 - $5.30 = $11.27,
so you are still paying 25% more for Nutrilite!
Comparison 2 - Conjugated Linoleic Acid
Nutrilite CLA 500 (IBO cost: $51.97 for 180 soft gels)
Trader Darwin's CLA (Retail: $14.99 for 90 softgels = $29.98 for 180 soft gels)
(Trader Joe's sells Trader Darwin's.)
Nutrilite - 500 mg CLA per soft gel
TJ - 740 mg CLA per soft gel
Again, Nutrilite has 48% less CLA per soft gel and costs 73% more...
Like Kumar says "Where is the mystery? The Math is here. The numbers are clear - they don't lie. You have an extremely high chance to lose lot of money in Amway. Moreover the business makes you a super-hypocrite by making you lie at every plan. As you keep telling the same lie over and over again, you believe it is the truth. All it takes is an honest and objective evaluation like what I have done here and being man or woman enough to admit that you were dumb to join the business!"
I should thank Amway for one thing. Before Amway I used to believe that I was very smart and intelligent. But now I know I am not really "that" smart as I thought, because if I were smart, I would not have joined Amway in the first place. Thanks to Amway for making me humble!