There was this time when I really wanted this brand new toy. Yeah. I was younger then. Weren’t we all? The thing is, I didn’t even like LEGO that much, so I didn’t know WHY I had to have it.
But I did. I just had to have it.
Maybe it was FOMO. Loads of kids in my class already had the toy. I wanted it too.
But I soon learned a few things the hard way.
Everyone wants to get rich quick.
Firstly, you can’t just get what you want straight away. You gotta WORK for it.
But also… Sometimes when you get that thing—It isn’t everything you thought it was gonna be. The thrill of the chase is sometimes better than the prize.
These are important lessons. They’re ones everyone has to learn sometime.
That’s why I’ve always been a bit sceptical about these “Get Rich Quick” schemes. You see them all over the place. Especially on the internet these days.
I’d recently started making some real money with Local Lead Generation. it’s a great gig, and I’ll tell you more about it later. But I also know there are a lot of less-legit gigs in the marketing world.
I’ve kinda made it my mission to drill down on these and let you know which are legit and which aren’t. That’s because I’ve seen loads of my buddies get burned by some of these schemes, and it’s not fun to see happen.
So when a few of my pals were chatting about Amway, I knew I needed to do a bit more investigation. To me, this sounded like a bus company or something—but no, Amway is apparently a legit venture that helps people start their own work-from-home businesses to promote a range of products.
But is it really legit? That’s the question.
There’s nothing wrong with home selling. You’ve seen how long Avon have been around. Totally legit. No argument here.
But there’s also a load of… let’s just say “less” legit players out there. A lot of stuff that seems awfully like pyramid schemes. Despite their protestations that they are definitely NOT pyramid schemes. Nope. Nothing to see here. Move along please…
So if you’ve got this far, you probably wanna know the nitty gritty about Amway. You’re in luck. That’s what this Amway review is here for. I actually signed up and jumped right in so I can give you the lowdown on whether Amway is something you should be joining, or avoiding like the plague. So let’s have a look…
That’s Amway… Not Tramway.
Ok, first thing’s first—you’ve got a question. It’s a simple question. What even is Amway?
Amway is a direct product selling business. It’s actually been around a long time. That normally stands for something, right? I mean, if something has been established for however many decades like Amway has, then it must be legit, right?
Look, this isn’t a complete Amway scam. They aren’t running off with your money. So in that respect, it’s legit. But is it really worth it? I’m not so sure.
Keep reading to find out why.
You see, Amway is a product selling business that makes you buy their products before you sell them on to other people.
This isn’t too bad in itself. I mean, it’s not like affiliate marketing where you can promote products without even buying them. Those are cool. But most businesses require you to hold stock. So this isn’t a problem.
However, as I soon found out… this wasn’t a great way to make money.
Firstly, the product line was limited. You’re left promoting less than great stuff. Oh yeah, you also have to promote it to people you know, rather than have some larger-scale online business venture. After all, these products aren’t really very unique.
So that’s not so good.
You’re probably wondering where people are really making money with Amway. Well that’s where things start to get a bit more pyramid-shaped.
Yes, you guessed it. Like a pyramid scheme.
What?! Another Pyramid!
The real money with Amway isn’t with buying and selling regular products like a normal business. It’s with hiring other sellers UNDER you to promote even more products. Bummer.
So the real money is made by having a network of other sellers that you’ve recruited. You take a cut from all their fees.
Now I think some of these Multi Level Marketing gigs get a bad rap. There’s nothing wrong with requiting different levels of promoters if the products at the bottom of the pyramid are still good. In other words, if even the guy at the bottom who hasn’t recruited any more sellers still manages to make some cash, then it’s all good.
The real problem is when those at the bottom can never really make any money. If the ONLY way to make money with a system is by recruiting other sellers on a never-ending cycle of dreaming about selling “products” but failing—then things aren’t so great.
And that’s what Amway is like.
Their product selection is poor.
I was like: wait, you want me to sell this crap? What else can I sell? Who am I even supposed to be selling it to? Nobody is gonna want this.
That’s when it was suggested that I recruit more sellers under me to start making real bank. Oh okay. I get it. Like a pyramid scheme? Yep, you got it.
And that’s the problem with things like Amway. The regular product sellers simply aren’t making any money. This isn’t a legit business opportunity in the mould you were probably hoping for.
It wasn’t what my pals were looking for either, and that’s probably why nearly all of them have failed with Amway.
Did I mention that you’ve got to jump through a few hoops to remain qualified at Amway so you can continue to “earn”? There’s a minimum monthly spend to remain qualified for commission. This wasn’t something I was happy with. I heard of some sellers actually buying products they didn’t need and couldn’t sell just so they could remain active. Ouch.
Amway has been around for over 50 years, so they must be doing something right. What that is, I’m not sure.
They’ve actually got quite an aggressive recruitment drive. I’d been approached to join a few times already. Now I know how a lot of these things work so it’s always been easy for me to say no. But for other people who’re a bit more desperate, it isn’t always that easy. That’s why I don’t like how these schemas prey on certain sorts of people. That’s why I’m here telling you that you PROBABLY want to avoid Amway. There are loads more legit ways to make money online. (we’ll get to that in a bit).
On the recruitment drive I was told I wouldn’t need any sales skills. Now I’ve never been much of a salesperson, so this got me interested straight off the bat. Trouble is, it wasn’t really true.
That’s because Amway IS a sales job. That’s basically the only way to make money. Either by selling the products or selling more sales positions.
This was a big negative for me. And get this, I talked to loads of people who’d been doing Amway for a while. Hardly any of them were making good money. All the actual GOOD salespeople had quit Amway already to make money with proper jobs. So those who were left were people without any real sales skills.
You’ll be given the hard sell with a load of “success stories”. These are pretty standard in this industry but the reality is that they’re a load of nonsense. They might be true. I really have no idea. But they aren’t a true representation of what’s gonna happen for you with Amway. Unless you get REALLY lucky.
I’ve yet to meet anyone who’s actually had real success with Amway. I think that tells you all you need to know. So I think those stories you get are completely made up. Maybe they’re not. But maybe they were from a time when Amway was actually a viable way to make money. After all, Amway has been around for over 50 years. They must have been doing something right at some point. But I can’t see what that is right now.
You can already tell I’m being pretty negative about Amway. Sue me. I gotta be honest for you guys.
The good news is that they ARE a legit business and shouldn’t be running off with your money. But that’s about as good as it gets. I’ve never really been a fan of those pyramid schemes. And while there are a lot worse ones out there. There are also a lot better ways to make money.
Oh and there’s one more thing that pissed me off. These motivational stories aren’t thrown at you for free, either. You’re not gonna believe this—but you gotta pay for them too!
This was crazy to me. Like you have to pay in order to have the privilege of being conned into buying the rest of their stuff. I didn’t get it. So I refused. That’s when another guy on the course “loaned” me his promotional material. When I saw it, I couldn’t believe he’d actually paid money for it himself.
At this point, things got even fishier. Someone got onto me from “higher up”. They were worried that I was gonna give away these CDs and MP3s for free.
This had me dumbfounded.
I mean, this is all promotional material that’s designed to get people to buy in to Amway and their products.
Every other affiliate marketing system I’d been involved in gave this stuff away for FREE. Some other programs were super happy for me to have ALL SORTS of content. For nothing.
Yet here were Amway getting a bit fussy over a few CDs and stuff.
You know why? It was because this was just another upline revenue stream for Amway. You got it. It wasn’t a way to actually promote their business. It was a way to sell more stuff.
And let me tell you, there wasn’t much value in them. Who wants to pay for promotional material like this? I know I didn’t.
Oh yeah, let’s get the popcorn in and watch a movie tonight. What’s the movie?…………. An Amway promotional video.
Amway really starts to fall down when you start to look at who’s making money from it.
On average, Amway IBOs (that’s the qualified seller level) made a loss of $1.176 per year. Yes, there are some people who made money. Some of them even made having-a-job money. But I didn’t know anyone who did THAT well from it.
All the people I met in my first few weeks with Amway were struggling, or they’d given up and jumped onto the next big idea. I met a lot of people at the first few meetings and a lot of these were motivated guys who wanted to find the next way to get rich. Trouble is, it wasn’t Amway. I hadn’t seen ANYONE get rich from this.
So if you’re gonna ask me if I think Amway’s worth it—It’s a bit fat no from me. They aren’t the worst online marketing business I’ve ever seen. SOME people make money. But there are simply so many better ways to go about things.
One of the best ways to make money these days is with a real legit online