Maybe it’s the phase of the moon, but I feel ready to pick a fight today. In a Clint Eastwood, Go-Ahead-Make-My-Day kind of way.
We get bizarre e-mail messages sometimes, calling us to task for being shameless scammers, or from a victim of negative option marketing demanding their money back. Today’s “Huh?” moment came in the form of a comment on the Jordangetsgreen post. Kim writes:
I live here in Bentonville and I want to know if you are a real person and if this really works. I can meet you in person and talk about it.
Kim [last name removed]
Ummm….Kim? You do realize I’m not Jordan, right? And that the Jordan you see isn’t a real person? And that this non-real person doesn’t really live in Bentonville, just where you happen to live? (His page uses a script that detects where your computer is coming from and then reprograms the page accordingly.)
Of course you do. You were just giving a suggestion for a snarky reply to his cheesy Web site. I get it…that’s funny!
Anyway, because those messages are sometimes amusing, I figured I would toss this out and see if I can get some of the capitalist, Ayn Randian Kool-Aid drinkers to reply.
Stay Away from the Quixtar “Opportunity”
Quixtar is Amway’s reinvention of itself, which was necessary after the original name became more toxic in the 80s and 90s than collateralized debt obligations are today.
Why so toxic? Because disreputable and unethical Amway distributors have for decades made unrealistic claims about income potential and money-saving potential of buying Amway products. In short, they lied through their coffee-stained teeth.
I should know. I was one of the smiling zombies for about 4 years in the early 90s. I was trained to lie. (I just didn’t know I was doing it.)
But don’t take my word for it. Take the word of a high-ranking (Emerald) former distributor, who is now telling the truth about Amway/Quixtar. You can even download a free ebook about his experiences, called Merchants of Deception.
If you join the
cult “opportunity,” you’ll be joining a business that boasts:
- A 99% failure rate (99% of the distributorships lose money)
- A 97% attrition rate (97% of distributors quit by year 5. There goes your downline!)
- Unabashedly higher prices than for comparable products at retail outlets
- Unrestricted opportunity to buy “training” tools and “motivational” tools to help you “build your business”
I could go on, but you should really go read the whole story for yourself, especially if you’re considering getting involved with a business whose legal status is constantly being challenged with litigation charging deceptive practices.