What About Amway? – Good, or Bad?

I was surprised to see that every month, on average “What about Amway?” is searched over 72 thousand times!

The fact is, the name Amway is very common to almost every network or internet marketer.

A lot of us used to be members years ago, including me.

My Experience With Amway

It was in 1981 that I was first invited to an Amway meeting in East Hartford, Connecticut.

I remember I was working at my job in the west farm’s mall at a business called The Perfect Pretzel.

A young man walked up to me and asked me if I was interested in making more income, I said sure. He gave me his number and told me he would pick me up at 6pm.

I lived with my brother at the time and asked him to go with me since this guy was a stranger, and he agreed.

The funny thing is I cannot remember this persons name but for some reason I remember the person doing the meeting that night.

Jim and Connie Agard!

They were apparently Diamonds in the business which is a very high level in Amway at the time.

I still remember they had their Coach Bus parked out front with their names on it.

As my brother and I sat down with my friend to see this presentation I had no idea what I was about to see and hear.

Jim did the entire meeting with a big white chalkboard on stage, oh, they had rented a school auditorium to do the meeting which happened to be only five miles away from where I grew up in Connecticut.

So there Jim went drawing circles. Circles, circles and more circles, that is what I remember, LOTS of circles.

If you are familiar with Network Marketing, or Multilevel Marketing, the first circle is you, then the first five people you sponsor go beneath you as five smaller circles.

Of course all five of the people that you sponsor will go on to sponsor five people, circles get smaller, and so on.

It actually became a little comical to me as Jim kept up drawing as many circles as he could fit on that white chalkboard.

We did however understand the basic concept of what Jim was trying to get across to us, that we get paid not just on our results but the people beneath us.

Jims success with the Amway Business could not be doubted, so both me and my brother decided to join.

Life as an Amway Associate

I remember the first thing that my sponsor told me was to buy a lot of tapes and listen to them, and also we had to go to the meetings every week so we could learn how to draw those circles.

After a few months of going to meetings and buying tapes and books, both me and my brother lost interest. We were told that we had to make a contact list and contact all our friends and family.

One of their big products at the time was their soap, so they would tell you, who doesn’t use soap?

There is no doubt that Amway is a highly successful company, and for those willing to put forth that kind of work and effort, they will succeed, but I was not interested in bugging my friends and family about buying soap.

For decades after that I searched for a company that I did NOT have to bug my friends and family to be successful, and finally I have found the answer!

History of Amway Six Decades of Success

Amway is the largest direct selling company in the world. Reported sales in 2018 were over Eight Billion.

Amway manufactures and distributes beauty, personal care, nutrition and home products.

These products are sold in 100 countries through Amways Independent Business Owners

The Real News You Need To Read!

In 1979 the Federal Trade Commission investigated allegations that Amway was a pyramid scheme.

At the conclusion of their investigation, the FTC ruled that Amway was NOT a pyramid scheme

The FTC said that Amway distributors are not paid to recruit people, nor do they require its distributors to buy a large stock of inventory.

The FTC did, however, find Amway “guilty of price-fixing and making exaggerated income claims”;

Amway was ordered to stop retail price fixing and was prohibited from misrepresenting the amount of earnings its distributors are likely to achieve with the business.

Amway was ordered to accompany any such statements with the actual averages per distributor, pointing out that more than half of the distributors do not make any money, with the average distributor making less than $100 per month.

Now I realize that this was back in 1979, but I would not be surprised if those numbers are about the same today.

After doing a little more research, my statement still stands above, except now the average distributor is making less than $200 per month.

So, Amway, Good or Bad?

It is hard to knock a company that is over 60 years old with gross sales over eight billion dollars.

They must be doing something right. It is clear the products are very good, especially their vitamin line called Nutrilite.

They are for the most part pretty pricey though, even for your average MLM. But if the vitamins work for you than it would be worth the price in my opinion.

So those are some of the good things about Amway.

The not so good in my opinion is that it is very difficult to achieve the level of success that most of us are looking for, which is, at a minimum to replace our income.

Yes. We all want to fire our boss!

But what was always a turn off for me, and most of us in Network Marketing is we were tired of telling our family and friends about the newest latest and greatest business opportunity.

We wanted a new and different way to market, and I have found the answer in Affilate Marketing.

Let Your Website Do The Selling

Did you know that there are over four Billion people online worldwide? And did you know that more and more people are choosing to go online and buy things now, more than ever? And that trend is not losing steam!

Why not let your website get a part of these sales thru affiliate marketing?

But, does that really work? Take a look at these income statistics!

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below. Thanks.

5 thoughts on “What About Amway? – Good, or Bad?”

  1. Hi! A friend of mine has been encouraging me to join Amway. I really don’t know if it’s a good idea, so I’ve come online to research a bit.

    I’m glad I discovered your site. I found your personal experience with Amway very useful and it gave me insights I would have never heard just by hearing my friend. It seems to me Amway hasn’t changed a bit, although a legit business, still low income potential. I think I’ll better check out this Affiliate marketing thing you mentioned. Thanks.

  2. Thanks for sharing your story! I read it from start to finish. You were right – there are ways to create a business without having to alienate friends and family! MLMs are one of the toughest endeavors to take on. I tried it back in the early 2000s with little success


    • You are welcome Sunny, seems everyone has heard of Amway, old school network MLM is the hard way to make money imo, I would rather have my website do the selling


  3. I had a short stint with Amway, first as a customer then, as a distributor. The health products are good and I consumed a long while before finding other brands of equal quality but slightly cheaper. Marketing Amway, however, wasn’t as easy as most people here aren’t receptive to the idea.  Friends I tried to sell to 5 years ago are still not talking to me to this day even though I have left the scene to do affiliate marketing. 

    I actually have more success doing the latter although it takes some time to actually generate a small stream of passive income.


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