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Remember Amway?

January 27th, 2008 at 01:33 pm

I let an acquaintance pitch me an unnamed business venture yesterday over coffee for 15 minutes. She didn't give a name to the venture, but it sounds very much like what Amway used to be.

Anyone have experience with them?

Supposedly entails purchasing your household goods directly from the manufacturer, saving a good percent of cost. No pyramid scheme, each purchaser makes their own profit.

Anyway, I am not interested. Just wonder why these organizations are not more high profile if they are so profitable.

7 Responses to “Remember Amway?”

  1. dmontngrey Says:

    These types of "businesses" are very much still around. Every once in a while my brother-in-law tries to pitch us one. "No thank you" we say. He'll then try to get us to buy the products from him. "No thank you" again. Never hear about it again. They all claim that they're not a pyramid scheme, but your profits are still boosted by the people you recruit. I can't remember the name of the last one pitched to us, but right after claiming not to be a pyramid scheme, there was a nice little pyramid drawing of your chain of command. Just run far far away!

  2. Aleta Says:

    What is the name of the company/

  3. Amanda Says:

    I had a manager at my work try to get me in on one of these companies about two years ago. He managed to get a couple of people I know into it ... and he kept on and on and had one of my other friends talk to me about it almost daily.

    I kept telling them if they made a whole bunch of money by the following year I would sign up ...

    After three months, I never heard them mention it again. Guess it wasn't that great of a deal.

  4. dtjunkie Says:

    So is Avon essentially a pyramid scheme? Just with products people actually want to buy? I've never actually wanted to sell Avon, but I'm always a sucker for an order or two.

  5. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    Aleta-she wouldn't say. In fact it was too subversive all around, although this friend is a very upfront type.

    dt-I also do make an occasional order with Avon. Actually I like some of their prices/product. But have never learned of the business side. I think each rep has a 'territory' and probably is primarily working for themself, not a regional person.

  6. dmontngrey Says:

    I just did a little searching and now remember that Quixtar was the company my brother-in-law was trying to pitch to us. Just a little heads up in case anyone hears of them. No amount of convincing will get me to believe they are not a pyramid scheme. They are affiliated with Amway.

  7. George Says:

    Amway is quixtar. In fact, Amway just recently released an announcement that quixtar will be changing their name to Amway Global. The products and everything was the same except for the name. Anyone denying the connection was likely being decptive or lying.

    The products are too highly priced and the systems used to teach distributors are a scam.

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