D. Amway And Other MLM News

1/6/2016 – ALL NEW NEWS STORIES WILL BE POSTED ON WWW.ALLMLMFACTS.ORG. All existing information on this website will remain indefinitely.

1/14/2016 – Eric Worre is worried, as he should be: https://www.businessforhome.org/2016/01/eric-worre-network-marketing-pro-the-truth-is-more-than-enough/ He says MLM is 2% away from a tipping point, i.e., too many people are finding out the truth about how most MLMs operate, and even the legitimate ones are suffering from being associated with the vast major that are scams. Of course, as someone running his own generic tool business, he doesn’t mention tool scams and is loose with his definition of what selling is, namely, selling the MLM product and/or service to non-distributors.

The problem with NOT exaggerating the products and/or opportunity is most MLMs would collapse and fail without the hype and lies, as the products are overpriced in order to pay for the low volume production costs, company profit, and distributor bonus payouts, and the distributor “leaders” would leave MLM if they didn’t have their tool scam profit.

I checked one statistic, his claim that over 90% of people who get a real estate license never sell a single home. This seemed extraordinarily high to me, so I did some quick research and and this:  http://www.inman.com/2014/04/04/an-open-letter-to-anyone-wanting-to-get-their-real-estate-license/ which states 75% of new agents “don’t make it.” This means 25% DO “make it,” and it is assumed at least one house is sold in order to qualify to “make it.” In addition, there must be some of the 75% who “don’t make it” that probably sold at least one house. so this makes Eric another liar in the MLM field awash with liars. Of course, he or anyone else is welcome to make a comment and correct me.

1/12/2016 – I made the Michael Savage radio show again, this time about court disaster experiences: http://conservativestream.com/recorded-shows/Savage_01-12-2016_WCB_FULL.mp3 My part starts at the about 9:30 point, but I recommend you start from the beginning, to get some background information. As you can see, this is further evidence why it is hard to get our story about MLM scams exposed, the second you start to talk about a specific company, in this case Amway, the story is cut off, because of fear of Savage and/or the radio company being sued by Amway.

1/7/2015 – Looks like these class action lawyers don’t want to be left out of the class action lawsuit money “game,” much like what happened with FHTM, when the FTC and three AGs crowded out a class action lawsuit against that scam: https://www.truthinadvertising.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Class-action-plaintiff-request.pdf

1/6/2016 – Michelle Celarier blocked me a few months ago on twitter after I corrected her about Robert FitzPatrick not ever being in an MLM (he never has) and exposing her being a flaming liberal after I said I like Trump, then says this:

What I’m reading in 2016: “Merchants of Deception” about Amway and the tool scam that Tex is always ranting about. Shocking stuff

 
This comes after I defended her repeatedly when she was personally attacked. Oh well, at least she is educating others about the ATS.

12/27/2015 – In contrast to the story from 12/22/2015, this is what we, the anti-MLM people, should be doing, working together: http://thesouthern.com/news/local/rural-brain-drain/the-gone-generation-turning-the-rural-brain-drain-into-a/article_8ad8e98a-d0f8-59ee-be49-f6624f240f03.html#utm_source=thesouthern.com&utm_campaign=%2Femail-updates%2Fdaily-headlines%2F&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline

12/26/2015 – Joe looks to be desperate: http://directsellingnews.com/index.php/view/2015_a_year_in_review#.Vn1bDFlWfEZ

2015: A Year in Review

by Joseph N. Mariano

It’s hard to believe another year is about to come to a close. –> I agree, one would think we could have put MLM scams out of their misery by now, Joe.

When I think back on what we’ve been able to accomplish together in 2015, it’s clear that our progress is possible because of the strong partnership between the Direct Selling Association (DSA), the Direct Selling Education Foundation (DSEF) and, of course, our members, who work across dozens of industries for the benefit of the retail sales channel we believe in so deeply, and that we know benefits so many Americans in numerous ways. –> Why does the DSEF support retail sales to customers but the DSA doesn’t, Joe?

Perhaps our biggest collective achievement in the past 12 months was putting in place a structure that yielded, through months of hard work and consensus building, some of the most substantial revisions to our Code of Ethics in the history of the Association. –> In other words, add more words to make it look better, but keep doing what you’ve done for decades – don’t enforce them.

As I mentioned in this column earlier this year, the Code has always been a living document, changing from time to time as the marketplace and stakeholders’ expectations have evolved. –> A living document for a dying industry….

That’s one of the advantages of a robust system of self-regulation—the ability to act quickly. –> Self regulation? How is that working out with Vemma? Why did Tupperware and Avon, a founding member, both recently quit the DSA?

Our actions give greater clarity and guidance regarding earning and product claims, and provide the DSA Code Administrator with greater authority to resolve disputes, making DSA and the direct selling channel even stronger. –>If you didn’t address the tool scams, you didn’t do squat.

Additionally, the creation of a public registry of complaints and resolutions will enhance the credibility of the Code. –> That assumes you post them, which is extremely doubtful.

Since these notable changes to DSA’s Code of Ethics were announced, the Communications Committee has begun to implement a comprehensive stakeholder education and engagement campaign for member company executives and members of the salesforce.–>

Working together, we organized two educational webinars and a series of fact sheets that discuss Code modifications and why they matter so that members understand what it will take to comply with the new provisions when they take effect on January 1, 2016. Also in the works is a compendium of best practices for member companies to consult for guidance in various areas, such as earning and product claims, and a toolkit of materials that, utilized by member companies, will speak directly to members of the salesforce about these important issues.

Earlier this year, DSEF set the stage for these important initiatives at an event that examined different approaches to responsible, consumer-centric self-regulation around the Federal Trade Commission’s National Consumer Protection Week.

DSA also scored some notable victories in the states in 2015, including helping prevent damaging legislative proposals in Illinois and Rhode Island and keep in place a law in Montana, which DSA helped pass, that exempts our member companies from having to register with the state as multi-level marketers due to their strong commitment on ethics and compliance with the Code.

At the federal level, more than 30 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle joined a new Direct Selling Caucus co-chaired by Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Marc Veasey (D-TX). Direct Selling Day on Capitol Hill was a resounding success, with more than 500 distributors from nearly 20 companies and 32 states participating in meetings with members of Congress and their staffs, a bipartisan speakers program and a new Direct Selling Marketplace offering a glimpse of our business to the policymakers whose support we must constantly continue to cultivate. The Association and members of our Government Relations Committee also met with dozens of federal policymakers to begin to educate them on the challenges in the direct selling marketplace around what makes a pyramid scheme a fraud. Following up on that important effort, we also released new research from independent experts at NERA Economic Consulting that offers new insight into this issue.

DSA members also participated in a series of two events this year with the respected Washington D.C. think-tank American Action Forum. These events help educate policymakers about the value of direct selling through enlightened policy dialogue on the importance of independent work and its benefits in a constantly changing economy. The public affairs team will continue to pursue opportunities that elevate our channel with policymakers by injecting our issues into relevant conversations at relevant times.

Globally, DSA engaged in high-level trade negotiations with officials representing 51 countries involved in the Trade-In Services Agreement (TISA). DSA and its member companies are actively pursuing a direct selling addition to the agreement that would open trade between participating nations and facilitate the continued growth and success of direct selling globally. The adoption of the direct selling addition would ensure that millions of independent entrepreneurial opportunities in both new and existing markets are not inadvertently prohibited.

As I look back at 2015, proud of our accomplishments, I am also realistic about the challenges that lie ahead. On many occasions in our more than 100-year history we have faced—and overcome—adversity because we stuck together. As we navigate what is to come, it is this same spirit of partnership and solutions-driven thinking that will make the future bright.


Joseph N. Mariano is President of the U.S. Direct Selling Association.

cpublic registry of complaints and resolutions will enhance the credibility of the Code.

Since these notable changes to DSA’s Code of Ethics were announced, the Communications Committee has begun to implement a comprehensive stakeholder education and engagement campaign for member company executives and members of the salesforce. Working together, we organized two educational webinars and a series of fact sheets that discuss Code modifications and why they matter so that members understand what it will take to comply with the new provisions when they take effect on January 1, 2016. Also in the works is a compendium of best practices for member companies to consult for guidance in various areas, such as earning and product claims, and a toolkit of materials that, utilized by member companies, will speak directly to members of the salesforce about these important issues.

12/25/2015 – We need to use this technology to get the word to those most likely to be approached and about to join an MLM scam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG8ptZBZj58&feature=youtu.be

12/23/2015 – I heard about this program while listening to Peter Mingils’ radio show: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Choke_Point The listed items that apply to Amway are in bold, and illegal categories are shown in italics (although miscreants populate all of the categories, as well as most other unlisted categories), below:

  • Ammunition Sales
  • Cable Box De-scramblers
  • Coin Dealers
  • Credit Card Schemes
  • Credit Repair Services
  • Dating Services
  • Debt Consolidation Scams
  • Drug Paraphernalia
  • Escort Services
  • Firearms Sales
  • Fireworks Sales
  • Get Rich Products
  • Government Grants
  • Home-Based Charities
  • Life-Time Guarantees
  • Life-Time Memberships
  • Lottery Sales
  • Mailing Lists/Personal Info
  • Money Transfer Networks
  • On-line Gambling
  • Pawn Shops
  • Payday Loans
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Ponzi Schemes
  • Pornography
  • Pyramid-Type Sales
  • Racist Materials
  • Surveillance Equipment
  • Telemarketing
  • Tobacco Sales
  • Travel Clubs

Looks to me that Amway is a target-rich environment.

 

Also, this story has been out for a while, and I initially ignored it, because part of the subtitle was so insanely stupid, “Do short-sellers make good regulators?” but I took a second look, and it is a pretty good summary of the Herbalife saga, and it even has some very interesting tidbits about the early days of the investigation from Christine Richard and the company she worked for back then, although it suffers from a few errors, such as:

  1. The 70% rule (Herbalife has one),
  2. Herbalife didn’t HAVE to spend almost $90 million, but they CHOSE to do so (they could have audited the retailing records the distributors are required to maintain for 2 years AND are required to do by the 1986 permanent injunction): http://fortune.com/2015/09/09/the-siege-of-herbalife/?xid=soc_socialflow_twitter_FORTUNEhttp://fortune.com/2015/09/09/the-siege-of-herbalife/?xid=soc_socialflow_twitter_FORTUNE
  3. Ackman campaigned against MBIA for about 5 years until he was proven right, and made about $1 billion,
  4. There was no mention of the 1986 California permanent injunction, a key part of the Herbalife saga,
  5. Michael Johnson also rejected the notion most Herbalife distributors join for the discounts, he said so himself in the 2005 video Herbalife keeps trying to take down off of the internet,
  6. It should be pointed out the lead generation names cost $130 EACH, at least by one of these scam companies,
  7. It’s not just “sleaze” to make the money from the lead generation and other tools, by showing the lifestyle and not explaining it came from the tools is also called RICO fraud,
  8. The nutrition clubs are populated by distributors visiting various locations ostensibly for training purposes and are told not to talk to others, not exactly customers nor encouraging each other,
  9. $5/day is about $150/month, quite a bit more than the $39.90 cannister for the monthly supply of shakes, not exactly a good deal for the “customer,” (I know, I know, there’s also an aloe and tea drink, but it’s STILL $150/month, and these people are supposed to be poor, so $150/month is a good chunk of change, and $150/month buys a LOT of beans and rice) but needed by the club owner to pay the rent, utilities, insurance, etc.,
  10. The assumption that pyramid schemes collapse because of saturation is flawed, the real problem is they don’t saturate and continue for decades,
  11. There are numerous reasons why people don’t return MLM products, including embarrassment, shame, lying about having customers, impacting their uplines’ bonuses, which are often their relatives and/or friends, the hassle of boxing everything up and shipping it, laziness, are illegal aliens, etc., and
  12. It should be noted that in the days prior to Herbalife gaining 25%, it lost about 25%, making the net effect a nothing-burger,

THE best part of the story is this, which confirms what was reported by the New York Post reporter in June, “At a videotaped global management retreat in June 2005, viewed by Fortune, Johnson appeared to walk a tightrope, discussing the need for these changes while trying not to alienate powerful distributors. “Those of you who have been around,” he said at the meeting, “know that lead generation is a source of many evils as well as a source of many opportunities. It puts distributors in debt up to their ears.”

Ackman was also [slightly] wrong, when he said that Herbalife is the “best-managed pyramid scheme in the history of the world.” Amway is over twice Herbalife’s size and still has a massive tool scam, which means Herbalife has been schlonged by Amway.

12/22/2015 – I never knew this guy, and that’s the problem: http://patrickpretty.com/2015/12/21/memory-paul-schlegel-1963-2015/ What’s the problem? The “critics” don’t work together, so our ability to brainstorm, cooperate, and coordinate our efforts mean the MLM scams continue to scam people, second after minute after hour after day after month after year after decade, and will continue for a century or more if we don’t get our act together and start to work together. Those with the big egos and entrenched positions also don’t have the extensive experience I have, so it would be more appropriate for them to approach me for my expertise, research, and analysis, not the other way around. Rant over, have a Merry Christmas!

12/18/2015 – Avon feels MLM negative “vibes,” sells off its North American company: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/avon-avp-sells-stake-to-cerberus-to-enhance-performance-cm556432 Euphamistically titled “enhancing performance,” Avon has been cratering in terms of sales and stock price, so this is really much more of a desperation move.

12/17/2015 – Herbalife’s CEO Mikey Johnson admits what we already knew, in the first 10 seconds of this 2005 video: https://vid.me/AmCl and NOT what Herbalife has been claiming since David Einhorn asked about retail sales in May 2012, not the mention Ackman’s research.

12/12/2015 – This isn’t news, but I wanted to get the issue of the “endless chain/saturation” documented in this section. The first and best example of the silliness of this theory was the Ger-Ro-Mar case: http://openjurist.org/518/f2d/33/ger-ro-mar-inc-v-federal-trade-commission and I highly recommend reading the entire decision; the two paragraphs of particular note, and note particularly the judge not just rejecting the FTC’s “endless chain/saturation” theory, but he mocks it, pokes fun of it, and ridicules it, unlike many of the other MLM critics who continue to support it:

18 The sole evidence to support the Commission’s holding that the plan is inherently unfair and deceptive is a mathematical formula,3 which shows that if each participant in the plan recruited only five new recruits each month and each of those in turn recruited five additional recruits in the following month, and this process were allowed to continue, at the end of only 12 months the number of participants would exceed 244 million, including presumably the entire staff of the FTC. The Commission concludes that this, in effect, is the impossible dream and that the siren song of Symbra’Ette must be stilled. We find no flaw in the mathematics or the extrapolation and agree that the prospect of a quarter of a billion brassiere and girdle hawkers is not only impossible but frightening to contemplate, particularly since it is in excess of the present population of the Nation, only about half of whom hopefully are prospective lingerie consumers. However, we live in a real world and not fantasyland.
20 The cases relied upon by the Commission to establish that potential injury is sufficient to constitute a section 5 violation involve false advertising claims where the Commission has established by evidence that the claims made in the material are false and hence the courts have not required proof of actual deception.5 Even then the courts have often not talked about a theoretical possibility but rather, as Judge Kaufman noted in FTC v. Sterling Drug, Inc., 317 F.2d 669, 674 (2d Cir. 1963), the situation where “the representations made have a capacity or tendency to deceive, i. e., when there is a likelihood or fair probability that the reader will be misled” (emphasis added). Here there is no showing at all that even the most credulous prospective distributor was likely or probably gulled by the plan discussed. The validity of the rule of mathematical progression must, in our view, not be considered in vacuo but must be put in the context of actual competitive conditions, see Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc. v. FTC, 414 F.2d 974, 978 (7th Cir. 1969), cert. denied, 397 U.S. 907, 90 S.Ct. 903, 25 L.Ed.2d 88 (1970); Korber Hats, Inc. v. FTC, 311 F.2d 358, 360-61 (1st Cir. 1962); Ford Motor Co. v. FTC, 120 F.2d 175, 181 (6th Cir.), cert. denied,314 U.S. 668, 62 S.Ct. 130, 86 L.Ed. 535 (1941), where whatever expertise the Commission may have in determining possible adverse competitive injury or consumer deception will weigh heavily with us. However, here it has relied solely upon an abstract mathematical theorem without any attempt to relate the theory to the marketplace. The Commission has made no study, offered no analysis and has no greater familiarity with the law of geometric progression than the court. It is for the courts eventually and not the Commission to determine what unfair competition is. FTC v. Beech-Nut Packing Co., 257 U.S. 441, 453, 42 S.Ct. 150, 66 L.Ed. 307 (1922).
Another landmark case from the past is the 1979 Amway lawsuit: http://www.mlmlegal.com/amway.html#FINAL%20ORDER which states
“SaturationThe complaint alleges that distributors are not long likely to recruit other distributors because ‘recruitment of additional participants must of necessity ultimately collapse when the number of persons theretofore recruited has so saturated the area with distributors or dealers as to render it virtually impossible to recruit others.’ (Complaint, p. 9)The term ‘saturation’ as used in the complaint and by complaint counsel is one of the legitimate proofs in a case involving a pyramid distribution scheme. Koscot, 86 F.T.C. at 1135; Holiday Magic, 84 F.T.C. at 979; Ger­Ro­Mar, 84 F.T.C. at 119. Since Amway is not such a pyramid, the concept is immaterial here. [109]Irrespective of the materiality of the concept, the facts in this record do not show that Amway distributors in any market were unable to recruit new distributors or to sell Amway products because of any inherent defect in the Amway Sales and Marketing Plan. [FN28] Products are consumed or wear out. (Patty, Tr. 3110) The population of the country continues to grow and to move about. Only one in four Amway distributors engage in recruiting, and there has been no decline in that percentage in recent years. The sales trend for Amway has shown almost uninterrupted growth. (Finding 151) The markets for Amway products and distributors, in short, are not static.The preponderence of the evidence in the record does not support the allegation of ‘saturation.’ (Findings (Findings 148­52) From my observation of the demeanor, inconsistencies and uncertainties in the testimony of the witnesses called in support of the complaint in this regard, I believe the reason for their failure was more accurately described by a marketing expert who testified about this subject (Patty, Tr. 3109): ‘I think generally speaking when a saleman tells you that a market is saturated, he has become discouraged for some reason, usually he is simply not making the sale effort that is required.’ [110]”12/11/2015 – While I’m glad this mini-series is coming out, and it’s a great opportunity to educate people about Ponzi schemes and their first cousins the illegal pyramid/RICO fraud MLM scams, the connection to Zeek Rewards and TelexFREE is thin, at best. Madoff attracted the upper crust investors, as do most Ponzi scams. The combined Ponzi/pyramid MLM scam, or pure pyramid MLM scam victim, one the other hand, is usually a middle to lower class person, often an immigrant who won’t even watch this show, as they don’t speak/understand the English language: http://patrickpretty.com/2015/12/11/watch-the-trailer-for-madoff/

There were two other actual Zeek Rewards stories that came out today:

  1. First, there’s this dirtbag, who didn’t show up in court and now has a U.S. Marshal warrant issued for his arrest: http://behindmlm.com/companies/zeek-rewards/darryle-douglas-ordered-to-surrender-zeek-database/
  2. I spoke with one of these dirtbag lawyers (Nehra, a former Amway lawyer dirtbag) a few years ago, and he merely shrugged his shoulders via the telephone when I brought up the issue of not speaking up against the ATS RICO fraud and illegal pyramid, and now they are reaping what they sowed: http://behindmlm.com/companies/zeek-rewards/nehra-settles-for-100000-acknowledges-zeek-a-ponzi/ In fact, I think they got off very lightly, and the receiver should have insisted they be disbarred, but TelexFree awaits….

12/10/2015 – I hope Canada isn’t hurting their arm patting themselves on the back, they (finally) arrested the scam artist Banners Broker owners a year AFTER it was shut down: http://www.businessforhome.org/2015/12/banners-broker-ceo-chris-smith-and-rajiv-dixit-arrested-in-canada/

When governments take down MLMs, it’s similar to taking a pellet gun to a field of locusts devouring a crop, or shooting fish in a barrel, in fact, in the case of Banners Broker, it’s like shooting dead fish in a barrel. Come on, man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1NwW3GCn7k

12/8/2015 – More Zeek Rewards developments, this time against a serial MLM scam artist Trudy Gilmond: http://www.sec.gov/litigation/complaints/2015/comp23421.pdf

In the biggest MLM nothing-burger of the year: http://www.foxbusiness.com/investing/2015/12/08/herbalife-attorney-warns-ackman-team-to-steer-clear-employees/ Charles (Chucky) Gasparino, reporter extraordinaire from Fox Business, breathlessly reports his “scoop” about an Hebalife letter, which isn’t even an Herbalife letter, as it came from an outside lawyer, and not one of the myriad of inside lawyers. Nor did it come from anybody with BSF (Boise, Schiller & Flexner), a high-powered firm that represented Al Gore during the infamous Florida “hanging chad” presidential election controversy in 2000, was one of 2-3 firms who sued Amway (Pokorny v. Quixtar) before jumping over the fence and representing Herbalife. In the Amway/Quixtar case, BSF cashed out for $15 million instead of taking the contingency case to court and taking the chance of making nothing, therby leaving the real Amway financial and time scam victims, like me, with almost nothing, not to mention no justice by not putting Amway out of business once and for all. My theory is the inside and BSF lawyers already knew too much about Herbalife’s scam and they would get in trouble for signing such a ridiculous letter, so they brought in another legal “hit-man” to do their dirty work for them: 2015.12.08 Letter.gasparino  The best part of the story is that Chucky got his usual “no comment” from Aaron Smith-Levin and Bill Ackman. Something most people don’t know about Aaron is he is a former Scientologist, Scientology has a very strong program to spy on members who they think are “going astray,” and Aaron was involved in that program prior to quitting Scientology, so he not only knows what he’s doing, he knows his legal limitations. The letter also made Bill Ackman salivated profusely, hoping Herbalife would start a formal legal action that he could then attack, especially pursuing discovery that would make Herbalife’s head spin, which is why only this weak letter was published.

12/7/2015 – Vemma court settlement/trial schedule is out: https://www.truthinadvertising.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Vemma-Joint-Proposed-Case-Management-Plan.pdf

12/5/2015 – Wonder why the politicians don’t clamp down on MLM scams? Wonder no longer: http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/1153761/public-eye-chicago-pols-push-controversial-sales-program-5linx

12/4/2015- Just what we need, a hot babe pushing MLM scams:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/erin-henry/network-marketing-is-the-dream-career-i-overlooked_b_8578938.html

12/3/015 – I came across this website, which shows justice moves slowly in India as well: http://www.corporatefraudswatch.blogspot.com/

11/29/2015 – Information from someone who emailed me about another scam, OneCoin: https://translate.google.fi/translate?hl=fi&sl=pt&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fraude.pt%2Fonecoin-fraude-golpe-moedas-virtuais%2F&sandbox=1https://translate.google.fi/translate?hl=fi&sl=pt&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fraude.pt%2Fonecoin-fraude-golpe-moedas-virtuais%2F&sandbox=1, http://www.top-coin.de/videos/?lp=06, and hts://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUrGlBXReUg.

11/27/2015 – Nice summary of Herbalife’s problems: http://quoththeravenresearch.com/2015/11/27/have-herbalife-executives-already-confessed-publicly/

11/25/2015 – TelexFREE declared to be a pyramid/Ponzi scheme without a full trial: http://www.ponzitracker.com/main/2015/11/25/court-telexfree-was-a-ponzi-and-pyramid-scheme.html Setting up a potential appeal because of lack of due process, although in this case the company is not only morally and ethically bankrupt, but financially bankrupt as well, so it will be difficult to find a lawyer who wants to touch this case.

 

Also, here’s another (small) FTC victory, I wish the FTC would instead kick the stuff out of MANY more MLM scams: https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2015/11/ftc-halts-bogus-envelope-stuffing-scam

 

11/22/2015 – I came across this website that appears to have a lot of great content, such as the story about how many large MLMs are failing: http://www.worldofdirectselling.com/a-glance-at-the-third-quarter/

11/21/2015 – Amway is in BIG trouble in Malaysia, their net profit is down 52.9% from a year ago: http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1614915 It appears Amway is boosting bonuses in order to stay alive.

 

In other news, another MLM bites the dust: http://www.geekwire.com/2015/multi-level-marketing-mobile-service-provider-solavei-shuts-due-competitive-landscape/

11/17/2015 – I’ll dismantle this recent DSA letter: http://www.dsa.org/news/individual-press-release/letter-from-dsa-president-joseph-n.-mariano-to-direct-selling-caucus The bracketed parts are my response to each sentence of tripe:

Letter from DSA President Joseph N. Mariano to Direct Selling Caucus

October 30, 2015

Members of the Direct Selling Caucus:

The night before last, a single mother of two, who got divorced and went bankrupt eight years ago, tearfully told me direct selling had changed her life, pulling her and her family back from the brink of disaster. [This is the typical, heart-string tugging opening we expect from the DSA’s “leader.”] Her story isn’t so unique among members of our community.  [FAR more typical are the stories of people losing valuable time and money, but let’s look at the rare exceptions, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, right Joey?] In fact, more than 500 direct selling consultants representing 20 companies, 32 states and the District of Columbia were here in Washington, D.C. this week to share with you and other members of Congress compelling, personal stories about how direct selling has improved their lives. [We don’t need anecdotal, rare sob stories, we need facts It is a given there are a handful of people making money, that’s the nature of scams. That’s how scams attract the victims.]

Recently, you received a letter and may have also noticed an op-ed in The Hill newspaper from Robert FitzPatrick representing a group calling itself the International Coalition of Consumer Advocates (ICCA). [For the record, I’ve asked FitzPatrick to remove me from the ICCA roles, as he’s a nutcase, but not everything he says is 100% wrong.] These communications contained a substantial amount of misinformation about direct selling. [Care to list the misinformation and rebut it, Joe?] I am writing on behalf of the DSA, our nearly 200 member companies and the more than 18 million Americans who are involved in and benefit from the direct selling channel to set the record straight. [No, you’re going to continue to lie, such as your recent declaration that zero selling of products to customers is okay, even though “Selling” is literally your organization’s middle name, see the 11/16/2015 story below for additional information.]

To our knowledge, ICCA is an extremely loose affiliation of long-time direct selling opponents with FitzPatrick at the helm. [That is a direct reflection of FitzPatrick’s absolute lack of a coherent theory and leadership skills.] His well-documented agenda of fear mongering and lack of credibility on direct selling issues has remained constant for years. [While FitzPatrick’s theories are bunk, particularly the “saturation/endless chain” BS, he nevertheless has kept people away from MLM, and that’s a good thing.] Ironically, FitzPatrick claims that ICCA does not lobby or profit financially from its work, even though its members routinely attack direct selling in forums designed to aide investors, such as Seeking Alpha. [It’s called being a non-profit, have you ever heard of that, Joey?] If consumer protection was truly at the heart of ICCA, it would attempt to reach the general public where it actually resides, not where investment pros go for insight into billion-dollar decisions. [Do you mean places like Twitter and Facebook, where I am a constant presence?] Furthermore, FitzPatrick is critical of short sellers, which he says harm the public interest, yet it is he and his ICCA cohorts who are partially responsible for aiding the irresponsible tactics of Pershing Square. [When you make sweeping points like that, it would be nice to reference your source, Joey.]

At the heart of FitzPatrick’s other claims is a belief that direct selling is illegitimate and does not provide a broad-based income opportunity. [The evidence of that statement is plentiful, and you have offered only a denial rebuttal not based on facts.] ICCA members may not like companies that compensate participants for their sales and the sales of others within their organization, but that does not make the entire direct selling channel illegitimate. [You’re right, just most of it. YOU make similar sweeping claims based on very few data points,  hardly a rigorous analysis.] On the contrary, those involved in direct selling benefit by being able to purchase products at a discount, supplement their income, work when they want to, or, with substantial effort, build a bigger business. [A discount off from a very overpriced product is merely overpriced instead of very overpriced, most lose money, so they are in a negative “supplement” scenario, people must also work when told and when they have spare time, a far cry from “when they want to,” and a bigger business means a bigger scam.]

Average earnings are routinely blown out of proportion by critics like ICCA members who fail to appreciate these many different motivations for becoming involved in direct selling. [I’ll  give you that one Joey, but that’s a minor issue, not a major one.] It’s a part-time pursuit for many; a smaller number put in the effort that is required to build a business and a sales organization that is capable of generating a sizable income. [Of course it’s part time, the upline wants your job money to fund their tool scam and illegal pyramid.]

FitzPatrick also fails to mention that everyone – DSA included – benefits when pyramid schemes are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. [I’m surer you’re delighted that DSA member Vemma is imploding.] DSA and the Direct Selling Education Foundation (DSEF) enjoy a productive working relationship with regulators and law enforcement at the federal and state levels and set best-in class self-regulatory standards that challenge the entire channel to improve when it comes to ethics and consumer protection. [Does that include giving out Ethos awards to Vemma?] In fact, DSA turns away a sizeable number of applicant companies each year because they do not meet the high standards set forth by our Code of Ethics, which has been in force since 1970 and was recently strengthened. [No, that means you have lots of even  worse players trying to join your scam organization.]

In the past 20 years, merely a handful of direct selling enterprises have been the subjects of government investigations, and the schemes cited by ICCA were not members of the DSA. [I think you’re “forgetting Herbalife and Vemma, Joe.] The current investigation raised by ICCA is only starting to make its way through the courts. [Which one, Vemma or Herbalife? You are REALLY short on specifics, why is that, Joey?] If it is determined that the company violated our Code of Ethics, we will not hesitate to take enforcement action that could include termination from the Association, in addition to any remedies prescribed by the courts. [Why did you have to wait for outsiders to inform you of the scams that are DSA members, I thought you were self-regulating? Not very effective, are you, Joe?]

It is unfortunate that a group of individuals professing to act in the public interest continues to confuse consumers by blindly associating a high-performing retail channel benefiting millions with illegitimate behavior. [Why did you bring up retail? You’re on record as saying retail sales don’t matter. So pick one a side Joe, don’t try to pick both, it destroys your credibility.] Plenty of government and non-profit consumer advocate organizations, such as the Better Business Bureau, offer resources that help people make prudent decisions about direct selling companies. [Those resources are woefully inadequate, especially when the MLMs lie about their business models.] Dismissing all of direct selling as illegitimate is not only irresponsible, it also fails to protect consumers. [Actually, I dismiss most of them, not all of them, while you support all of the DSA members like Herbalife and Vemma.]

In an economy that increasingly values opportunities for meaningful, independent work, this latest round of tirades against direct selling appear dated and out of touch. [It’s called a lousy economy, with MLMs preying on people desperate to find other ways to make money. The MLM scam techniques haven’t changed much, so being dated is not the issue, although as I’ve described above, FitzPatrick is out of touch.] Please do not hesitate to contact me directly at 202-416-6419 or jmariano@dsa.org if I can answer questions or address concerns raised by FitzPatrick this week. [I’ve called and emailed you, the ball is in your court, Joey.]

Thank you again for your support of direct selling in the United States. [If these politicians knew the truth, they would be telling the regulators/law enforcement agencies to not only shut down most MLMs, but also the DSA, which is obviously  an MLM industry puppet on the MLM company strings.]

11/16/2015 – What DOES DSA stand for? The DSA claims it stands for Direct SELLING Association, but the DSA also claims MLMs don’t have to do ANY selling: http://seekingalpha.com/article/3687026-has-the-direct-selling-association-and-multilevel-marketing-given-up-on-retailinghttp://seekingalpha.com/article/3687026-has-the-direct-selling-association-and-multilevel-marketing-given-up-on-retailing, so a couple of suggested more accurate names are Don’t Sell Anything or the Direct Scamming Association.
11/15/2015 – An update on various cases: http://asdupdates.com/wordpress/archives/6810 It’s unfortunate people like to chatter and report about scams, but are not willing to take action.
An update to the 10/25/2015 ACN story, below, the site has been taken down, but is still available here: http://web.archive.org/web/*/www.acnpyramidscheme.com This type of corporate bullying is similar to what I experienced with Amway, except this person was unwilling to stand up to them. In the event the link goes away, I’ve already saved all of the pages and will post them on this website, as well as the new website being developed: www.allmlmfacts.org
Read the reaction about the Vemma 51% retail requirement: http://www.businessforhome.org/2015/11/vemma-compensation-plan-signed-off-by-the-ftc/ Is there any doubt most MLMs have little to no retail sales by most distributors?
11/12/2015 – It appears some former Vemma folks are learning the lesson Amway has been preaching for years, stay off of social media: http://mlmblog.net/site/2015/11/vemma-top-earners-tom-and-brad-alkazin-move-to-xango.html Now that they are in Xango, and apparently overseas to try escape the long arm of the law, they are trying to teach their people, most of whom are young people, and many of whom live on social media as if it were oxygen, to stay off of it. That is not only a recipe for failure, but telling them to stay off of social media will cause them to be even MORE curious what is being said about Xango and other MLMs even more. The online beatdown continues….
10/31/2015 – During last week’s Republican debate, Dr. Carson was asked about his involvement with Mannatech, another MLM scam. Then, the internet and particularly social media, blew up with each side exaggerating and misstating the facts. But here’s the facts for all to see. First, a link to a 2004 speech, and the Mannatech portion comes in the first few minutes of the video: https://youtu.be/ekSvMpbPsUI Also note later in the video that Carson “encouraged” Mannatech to do real medical/scientific studies to back up their claims, including using the standard random, double-blind placebo peer reviewed methodologies. That’s a nice way of saying that he warned Mannatech about their illegal medical claims, but since Carson wanted to be invited back and didn’t want to develop a negative reputation from the organization that set him up with speeches to a number of companies/organizations, and lose out on the speaking fees, he stated it in a “friendly” manner, WHICH DOESN’T HELP PEOPLE GETTING RIPPED OFF BY MLM SCAMS! Of course, Mannatech ignored his suggestion, and was soon thereafter hit with class-action and Tex AG lawsuits: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mannatech
Here’s the Mannatech related portion of the CNBC debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO55mI5gQSE Mannatech settled with the Texas AG in 2009 for $7 million regarding making illegal health claims, although, as usual in these kinds of settlements, Mannatech did not admit any fault: https://www.google.com/search?q=mannatech+fined+texas&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS596US596&oq=mannatech+fined+texas&aqs=chrome..69i57.6228j0j9&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8  Here’s some additional background information on Mannatech’s founder Sam Caster, and as usual in MLM-land, it’s not a pretty picture: http://www.dallasnews.com/investigations/watchdog/20131123-watchdog-mannatech-founder-banned-from-company-still-works-from-inside.ece
Carson is also on the Board of Directors of Costco. Here’s a google search for Costco being fined for various issues: https://www.google.com/search?q=costco+fined&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS596US596&oq=costco+fined&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l2.5954j0j4&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8
So the question becomes, why was the question about Carson’s Mannatech involvement so controversial, but not Costco? Obviously, it’s because Mannatech is viewed as an at least a shady MLM, if not illegal, yet the only thing being done about it by the government was from a single state and a paltry fine almost a decade ago. Why is all of the attention being put on Carson, when it should really be on Mannatech?
10/30/2015 – Happy Halloween Eve, everybody! Here’s a holiday trick everybody should know about: http://behindmlm.com/mlm/where-do-you-get-your-mlm-news-from/ An example of a company that probably pays businessforhome.org the tens of thousands of dollars/year is Jeunesse, see the 10/25/2915 ghoulish call here: http://www.team-legacy.com/conference_calls_2015.html, and the full video here: http://www.visionallianceinc.net/Videos/va-controlling-your-internet-message/ and the VAST majority, in other words, almost ALL, of the links being promoted were from….drum roll please… if you guessed businessforhome.com, you win the treat of not falling for MLM scams! Can’t wait to see what we get for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I’m hoping for the demise of MLM scams in general.
What about the FTC’s position about endorsing a product and the need to disclose monetary benefits? In this case, the MLM company would be an ACTIVE participant in such apparent illegal behavior. Also, the .org extension is supposed to be for non-profit organizations, so the website name itself is very misleading.

As I emailed truthinadvertising.org (a great site in general, by the way),

Shana,
I know you monitor the behindmlm.com website, and just wanted to point out the vast majority of the links Jeunesse used during their phone call with the online visual presentation were from businessforhome.com, so the usual “follow the money” approach applies here. There’s little doubt in my mind Jeunesse and many other MLMs pay this website $36,000-$48,000/year to keep the “negative” stories off his website and the “positive” ones on it. Even the non-paying MLMs benefit, because he doesn’t want to create doubt that the MLM industry is a sham, as that would undercut his paying customers.
10/28/2015 – Vemma’s plan got shot down: https://www.truthinadvertising.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Vemma-order-re-revised-comp-plan.pdf I wonder which little birdie told the FTC about the obscure Amway 10 customer rule? Tweet-Tweet!
10/26/2015 – We know why this is a problem: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/services/retail/direct-selling-companies-hit-by-ecommerce-hul-eureka-forbes-embrace-change/articleshow/49531489.cms People try to sell products at retail markup or even their own cost, and they’re too expensive, so they quit and try to get some return on their money by selling at deep discount prices online. Then, even more distributors can’t sell, because customers and even distributors can save money by buying online. Amway’s lame excuse of “An Amway spokesperson said the company does not sell its products through ecommerce sites or retail stores. “People purchasing Amway products from these channels run the risk of receiving products that could be, among other things, out of date, spoiled, altered or even an imitation,” the Amway spokesperson said.” is pure bunk. I’ve purchased plenty of Amway products online and NEVER had a problem.
10/25/2015 – The rumor is going around that the owner of this ACN informational blog has been sued by ACN and told to take down his website: http://www.acnpyramidscheme.com/ This type of legal intimidation is nothing more than a SLAPP/frivolous maneuver, and one that allows MLM scams to continue.
Also, we’ll see how long this lasts: http://www.businessforhome.org/2015/10/network-marketing-is-booming-in-iran/ as many Muslims consider MLM gambling and therefore prohibited by their religion.
The trifecta story of the day: If you’ve read this site, you know who Phil Piccolo is, and once a scam artist, always a scam artist – be sure to watch the video here: http://patrickpretty.com/2010/12/28/bulletin-national-institutes-of-health-says-owow-multilevel-marketing-firm-using-agency-press-release-on-cancer-research-inappropriately-separately-piccolo-says-product-prevented-amputation/ If you can’t recall who Phil is, see this link: https://stoptheamwaytoolscam.wordpress.com/the-earliest-evidence-of-the-amway-tool-scam/
10/24/2015 – Coming on the heels of Pampered Chef being shut down in the UK: http://www.irishnews.com/business/2015/09/17/news/surprise-pampered-chef-closure-affects-70-consultants-in-north-264000/, another MLM-like business is now pulling out: http://www.businessforhome.org/2015/10/barefoot-books-cuts-uk-operations/. Plus, Amway in the UK STILL hasn’t reported their court-ordered 2014 UK annual earnings disclosure statement, which should have been issued in the February 2015 time frame. Looks to me like the UK has figured out MLM scams like Amway, and even legitimate MLMs are feeling the blow-back.
10/23/2015 – Ever since the DSA got squished by Bill Keep and yours truly, see the 10/2/2015 story below for the details, the DSA apparently took to the warpath to take down Bill, Peter Vander Nat, and tried to throw Stacie Boswell under the bus for good measure: NERA DSA Report 2015
While the NERA “gunman” made some good points about Peter and Bill’s positions that I agreed with a long time ago, namely that internal consumption should be eligible for compensation within the compensation plan, I diverge from the NERA report and agree with various court rulings (not to mention common sense) that internal compensation should be paid ONLY if there are adequate retail sales to non-distributor customers, as this is the only way to ensure free market demand for the products that is not encumbered by what the BurnLounge judge stated was a “conjoined opportunity” for the distributors purchases.
The term “adequate” has not been defined by the law or the courts, but the minimum in my opinion should be at least half of the gross profit for the company and distributors should come from the sales to customers. This includes profit from tool programs, sign up fees, renewal fees, etc. I can think of no other business where only half the gross profit comes from those not compensated by the business, be it a convenience store, a major retailer, a service provider such as a law firm, insurance agency, etc. Therefore, the 50% criteria is an extremely low bar that most MLMs would fail, and could be compared to running a track and field hurdles event with 3″, instead of 3′, hurdles. Just picture all of the other athletes (all non-MLM businesses) clearing the 3′ hurdles while the 3″ hurdle runner (MLM businesses) trips over the 3″ hurdles!
However, just like Bill, Peter, and Stacie,  it is obvious the people writing the NERA report have never been in an MLM, or they would know the tool scam must be addressed first, and retail sales are a distant second place issue in the presence of a tool scam, which fundamentally changes the business model and introduces RICO fraud to the analysis and legal considerations. There are many other issues that all of the above have gotten wrong, but these are the major points. Perhaps I will do a more in-depth write-up of all of their positions at a later time, to point out what they got right and wrong in their uninformed claims.
As always, I am open to discussing these and any other MLM issues with ANYBODY (except, of course, current Amway IBOs), but it takes 2 to tango. You can start by emailing me here: stoptheamwaytoolscam@yahoo.com
10/20/2015 – Another high quality Amway guy: http://www.dglobe.com/news/3864337-worthington-man-charged-vehicle-theft “When an officer asked Lopez-Lopez for identification, he produced an Amway card and a Guatemalan passport.”
10/19/2015 – My feedback, sent to Bill via email regarding his latest article: http://seekingalpha.com/article/3583236-a-legislators-guide-to-pyramid-schemes is here:
The DSA claims about 17 million people in the U.S.: Frequently Asked Questions | Direct Selling Facts – quite a few more than the FTC’s estimate of 1 million. Amway alone has 300,000 in the U.S. If the FTC can’t get this simple fact correct, it doesn’t appear they have a clue how big this problem is, and that should be the first thing they get calibrated on.
What is a pyramid scheme? 2,3,4,5,6,7,8
  • Recruits obtain the right to sell an “opportunity,” often in conjunction with selling a product*. –> Pyramid schemes and legitimate MLMs have this feature, so this is confusing.
  • The right to sell includes the right to earn rewards by recruiting others. –> Ditto.
  • Fees and/or product purchases sustain eligibility and are required for the prospect of any significant rewards. –> Not just required, but also if highly promoted or otherwise incentivized.
  • Rewards derived primarily from recruiting others, who typically buy products and/or pay fees for the sake of pursuing the opportunity, and not primarily from selling products to the public. –> Bingo, that is a key differentiation. Also, the BurnLounge judge agreed with the 1979 Amway judge, that there is a “conjoined opportunity” (buying products for the value AND to make more money) that makes the question of motivation impossible to answer, which is why customers, which buy products ONLY for the value the only way to measure legitimate free market demand.
  • Pyramid schemes have company policies, marketing material, and compensation plans that reinforce recruiting new participants into the opportunity rather than selling products to the public. –> Not just policies, but product prices, which make products nearly impossible to sell to customers, so virtually all of the purchases are made by distributors having the above conjoined opportunity. Company policies include allowing tool scams, and no legislator’s guide should leave out this issue. If companies had lots of retail sales, the MLMs with tool scams would merely adjust their tool costs to take the retail profit from the distributors and return the lack of net profit situation for the vast majority of the distributors to square one.
Product-based pyramid scheme symptoms necessarily [I would use the term typically] include: deceptive earnings claims, a compensation plan that rewards recruitment [as the FTC website states, this also includes ongoing distributor self consumption purchases] unrelated to sales to the public, a convoluted set of policies and procedures, an inability to demonstrate consumer demand independent of recruitment, and ineffective anti-pyramid scheme safeguards [such as rules against inventory loading and a generous return policy]. Unsupported product claims (i.e., product efficacy) may or may not be [are often an issue, because the overpriced products have to be differentiated from other comparable market choices] an issue and product margins considerably higher than competing products in the market are commonplace [owing to higher production costs caused by lower production quantities compared to major brands, high company profit, and high distributor compensation costs].
 
 
Of course, without Vemma and other MLM scams, Bob wouldn’t make any money, which is why Kevin Thompson and Troy Dooly have made similar pleas for customers: https://youtu.be/6VNX-9vpSQA and https://youtu.be/KnkMij_u3JA  and also this one, starting at about the 1:25:00 time frame: http://www.buildingfortunesradio.com/mlm-after-hours/mlm-after-hours-radio-show-discussing-the-ftc-versus-vemma-forward-progress-504 and now this one: http://www.businessforhome.org/2015/10/direct-selling-defense-fund-announced/ This is what is called artificial demand, and NOT legitimate demand. Here’s a pdf of the above businessforhome.org link, I expect my comments to be deleted: Direct Selling Defense Fund Announced
10/15/2015 – Paul Burks, who goes on trial May of next year for the Zeek Rerwards scam, comments on Amway: https://youtu.be/I5ocmzOnB_U?t=495
10/10/2015 – Vemma is on “sale,” and so is their compensation plan! Vemma reduced their prices, and guess where they took a hit? Answer: the distributor bonus payout. Here’s a Variety Pack from shortly before the FTC court ordered shutdown: VemmaVariety Pack Pricing August 2015 and after the recent reopening: Vemma Variety Pack Pricing October 2015. Note the price went from $36.95/$40.50, with and without auto-ship, respectively, and 30 QV, a measure of volume and how people get paid, to $29.95/$37.95, with only 12.50 QV, a QV decrease of almost 60%, while the price is being reduced about 25% for auto-ship and only 7% if not on auto-ship. The least expensive shipping is $10 for 3-5 day ground shipping, and up to $32 for overnight shipping, which would result  in more for shipping if shipped via auto-ship! Assuming the least expensive shipping charge, and pre-shutdown shipping was the same as the recently reopened shipping, the price reduction is 15% for auto-ship and 5% for a regular order. How would you like to give up almost 60% of your bonus for a 5-15% reduction in your produt plus shipping cost?
10/8/2015 –  Want to hear some audio clips from Dexter Yager, the biggest MLM scam artist on the planet? Here ya go:
10/7/2015 – I wonder if this hovel: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20151006/CRED0701/151009919/chicago-mansion-sells-at-loss-for-amway-founder-richard-devos-firm was somehow related to keeping this guy quiet: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/12/ex-orlando-magic-ceo-denies-drunk-dialing-star/ For other stories about this unmitigated disaster that chased Dwight Howard away from Orlano, see: https://www.google.com/search?q=Orlando+Magic+CEO+Bob+Vander+Weide&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS596US596&oq=Orlando+Magic+CEO+Bob+Vander+Weide&aqs=chrome..69i57&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8 as well as cheating on his wife: http://terezowens.com/orlando-magic-ceo-caught-cheating-on-magic-owners-daughter/ and subsequent divorce: http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-10-09/sports/os-mike-bianchi-vander-weide-divorce-1010-20121009_1_divorce-dwight-howard-magic-s-dwight Amway is great at one thing, lying with full smoke and mirrors special effects!
10/3/2015 – My, how times have changed (but not really), as “expert” MLM lawyer Babener:
1. Admits Amway doesn’t comply with the 1979 ruling regarding the 10 customer rule, as most volume would not be internal if the rule was actually being complied with: https://youtu.be/04Jw5Y7VqZ8?t=774,
2. Babener trips over the concept of “conjoined opportunity” in the later BurnLounge case: https://youtu.be/TDV4PvLrl84?t=561,
3. The FTC doesn’t arrest anybody, as this and the Vemma case is a civil case, and they don’t have that authority, but the FTC did shut down Vemma, via a court order without contacting any company officials: https://youtu.be/TDV4PvLrl84?t=1208 and
4. Here Babener admits Amway, Shaklee, etc., are scams, because they charge so much more than similar products and already stated above that most of the purchases are internal, the very definition of an illegal pyramid: https://youtu.be/NrGaMOOYAc8?t=144
10/2/2015 – The head of the DSA (Don’t Sell Anything) recently responded to Bill Keep’s Seeking Alpha article: http://seekingalpha.com/article/3523496-vemma-college-cheer-followed-by-investor-worry with this garbage: DSA Keep Press Release, which led to my response to this clown, everybody on the DSA website with a posted email, and Bill Keep, along with some back and forth from Bill (I haven’t heard from Joe, yet. I’ll be the one not holding my breath waiting for their reply):
To: jmariano@dsa.org
CC: jaquilina@dsa.org abehuniak@dsa.org bbennett@dsa.org mbrunton@dsa.org nburke@dsa.org and 18 more…
Joe,
Well, you are now official off their Christmas card list.

Bill William W. Keep, PhD | Dean | School of Business – ranked #63 nationally, #1 in NJ (Businessweek 2014) | The College of New Jersey | 609-

To: William Keep
Dang, I guess I didn’t think through all of the issues before sending it off….
9/29/2015 – You gotta give this guy credit for the size of his gonads, but it’s also an illustration of “once a scam artist, always a scam artist” mentality: http://asdupdates.com/wordpress/archives/6670
9/27/2015 – Here’s another similarity between Vemma, Amway, and Herbalife… drum roll, please…the tool scam! It started with the Vemma owner’s parents being involved and probably kicked out of Amway: Star Pinnacle Leaders Tom and Bethany Alkazin’s Success Story and the parents’ downline became Vemma’s largest distributor (and their son was #2): Vemma Achieve (“Achieve” is also the name of Amway’s online “success” magazine, achievemagazine.com) and here’s an example of Vemma’s tool scam, straight out of the Amway book: Roadmap To Success Workbook and CDs – NEW for 2008! [VEMMA-31] – $29
9/26/2015 – Stand by, Amway, Herbalife, Vemma, etc., this clawback of 20,000 TelexFREE net winners is in your future: http://asdupdates.com/wordpress/archives/6664
9/13/2015 – Amway expanding, but only in Communist countires where they haven’t figured out the ATS, yet: http://www.businessforhome.org/2015/09/amway-opens-25-million-manufacturing-plant/
9/12/2015 – Want to see Vemma, Herbalife, and Amway’s future? Here it is, the medium to large net winners have to give back their ill-gotten profits: http://asdupdates.com/wordpress/archives/6621
9/7/2015 – India selling around distributors in India? This story is unclear on that topic: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Amway-to-sell-directly-to-consumers/articleshow/48850670.cms
9/5/2015 – That loud FLUSH sound you hear is the last of Vemma’s scam going down the toilet: Vemma Receiver Report 9-4-2015
9/4/2015 – Amway FINALLY gets the white guy out of India. After being arrested in 2013 and 2014, with the latter including being in jail for about two months, Bill “I don’t know what the BLEEP is going on” Pinckney finally gets a reprieve from being in India: http://www.businessforhome.org/2015/09/amway-looks-to-work-with-authorities-after-recovering-from-arrest-of-a-ceo/
9/2/2015 – Looks like Herbalife’s business is a wee bit more exciting than just chalky tasting shakes: http://www.primeraplanadigital.com.mx/archivos/663496#sthash.S8lYONFv.MguaNgtD.dpbs
8/27/2015 – Scammed by Vemma? Either email your information, and/or go here and fill out the form as instructed and email it to: stoptheamwaytoolscam@yahoo.com, and I’ll ensure it gets into the hands of the FTC: http://www.businessforhome.org/2015/08/vemmas-defense-shields-up-asking-for-testimonials/ Be honest, and tell about everything you can think of regarding your disastrous experiences with Vemma, including how much time you lost, money you paid and lost for meetings, travel, meals, any “tools” such as books, CDs, website access, voice mail, etc., the lies you were told, how you were “pumped up” to keep trying, the “love-bombing” that was constant then stopped when you quit, and anything else you can think of. Be sure to direct everybody you knew was in Vemma to do the same thing, including contacting everybody THEY knew, and so on. If Thompson gets 1,000 affidavits, we should be able to come up with 10,000 or more. Be sure to get it notarized, this is usually a free service at a bank, church, etc.
8/26/2015 – What a weak response from the “do-nothing,” weak, MLM sycophant DSA:  http://www.dsa.org/news/press-releases/individual-press-release/statement-of-joseph-n.-mariano-on-today-s-federal-trade-commission-action So much for DSA “standards.” LOL
8/25/2015 – Vemma gets shut down. Here’s a few of the court documents:
1. Request to seal complaint, so Vemma wouldn’t be warned and move money around and/or destroy records: Vemma – Temporary Seal
2. The Vemma lawsuit: Vemma Lawsuit Notice how many times Robert FitzPatrick’s favorite “endless chain/saturation theory is used, exactly ZERO times!
3. Supplemental lawsuit information: Vemma Lawsuit – Supplemental Information
4. Request to unseal complaint, after Vemma office raid/shutdown: Vemma – Temporary Seal Lifted
And guess who’s house is for sale, for a reduced price? None other than the Vemma company CEO: 12654 E Gold Dust Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85259 _ Zillow and here’s the link: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/12654-E-Gold-Dust-Ave-Scottsdale-AZ-85259/89456609_zpid/
8/19/2015 – Amway’s pre-tax profit drops nearly 10%, it couldn’t happen to a bigger MLM scam: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/business/article/amway-1h-pre-tax-profit-dips-to-rm63-million Amway’s ad also tanks:
8/13/2015 – I wonder if this woman is related to Amway’s rules supervisor, Karen O’Neill: http://nypost.com/2015/08/10/ex-avon-employee-claims-company-exploited-celebrity-clients/ It looks like Mary got all of the ethical/moral genes, because Karen is a corporate whore/sycophant for Amway, protecting Amway’s ATS, lack of retail sales, etc., against all honest people raising legitimate issues.
8/9/2015 – Nice story in an Aussie outlet, but they miss the main points. Namely, the tool scam and overpriced products. The are, respectively, the RICO fraud and illegal pyramid that Amway represents: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/amway-subsidiary-under-fire-over-misleading-recruitment-20150805-gis9qb.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
8/4/2015 – Want to see how quickly and thoroughly someone can get pulled into these scams, and block out all outside input? Read this from the bottom up, it’s amazing: Tweets with replies by Aaron Schultz (@AaronSchultz6) _ Twitter
7/30/2015 – Here’s another MLMer coming unglued, be sure to watch the video, it’s HILARIOUS:  http://www.businessforhome.org/2015/07/matt-trainer-goes-on-tirade-against-dubli-and-corporate-leaders/
7/28/2015 – Alex Mor[t]on, aka Mr. Vemma, has jumped ship to go to Jeunesse, which is probably also an illegal pyramid and RICO fraud scam, although I don’t have detailed information about it – but with former Amway and Mona Vie LCK also joining Jeunesse, I have little doubt. Also, you gotta love his kiddie haircut!: http://make1kadaywithimmacc.blogspot.com/2015/07/alex-morton-left-vemma-did-alex-morton.html?showComment=1438130767003 If this video is every taken down, just email me for a copy at stoptheamwaytoolscam@yahoo.com Here’s his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/alex.morton.37
 7/25/2015 – Here’s some information sent to me today that is of interest, with minor editing to conform to my agreement with Amway: “…you should research how laughable their business model went in China. They claim large sales…which is true, they did achieve lots of sales, but the reality is that MANY of their purchases were later returned. I believe what was happening was that the Chinese would take advantage of certain policies and abuse them to the max, using entire products up before complaining and getting another product free. They got kicked out of China for lack of better terms (or at least changed up their business model) but I think they’re still in business there, as well as other similar companies (think Tupperware parties, sex toy parties etc)”
My response cleared up the situation with China booting Amway out for a few years, “All MLMs got kicked out of China, because there were a lot of bad actors, and Amway is back in now, about 40% of Amway’s total (apparently ghost) volume, but they aren’t supposed to be using MLM, only direct sales. However, they are probably cheating like Herbalife is: factsaboutherbalife.com/media/2014/03/HerbalifeInChina.pdf
So how does Amway count all of the returns as far as reported volume? This is no small question, as China has been responsible for most of Amway’s growth over the past few years, and shrinkage in China contributed a major part of the $1 billion DECREASE last year. Since Amway is a private company, they can make up their own numbers, and probably do, given how they have supported the ATS for decades.

and this one: “Some stories about how evil this sh!t is, just read this articlehttp://news.kuwaittimes.net/multi-level-marketing-targets-filipino-community-kuwait/Filipinos make $350 a month here in most jobs, just so you can imagine. In the US you can earn at least $800 working full time for Burger King or something. My blood boils just reading this sh!t, so I think you can imagine why I have no interest discussing these businesses.

Same paper, different article: read this bullsh!t and read the last line carefully http://news.kuwaittimes.net/wants-millionaire/

How can you write this and NOT comment on the bullsh!t it obviously is? This mother focker didn’t die of stage 3 cancer supposedly? If he gets a hammer in the skull I swear I’d dance on his grave. His people are escaping poverty to come work in a xenophobic country and he comes to rob them!

You want to battle this evil sh!t, get representatives from different poor communities to help spread the word about these schemes. These are Ponzi schemes and shouldn’t be dignified with the term MLM. I better stop now cuz of my blood pressure lol, I better blow off steam via gaming I’m too young for this!”

7/24/2015 – Found this Reddit question and answer: Q: Is Pyramid Scheme (e.g. Amway) haram in Islam?

A: I am not sure if the business practice itself is haram or not. Of course they lie about every other thing in the business, which is a different issue. I built Amway for many years until I realized it is not for me. Let me tell you this; in their quarterly conferences, they have a separate session for all the religions, and for muslims, all they focus on how this is not haram. If you ask a muslim who is doing Amway, he is brainwashed pretty well and will be offended by it. They use this phrase every time “This business is very halal and very zabiha” My response: That’s interesting, it used to be that if you weren’t Christian, you were trash. I guess they’re getting desperate. LOL

 7/19/2015 – Bill Ackman lays down the gauntlet yet again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCT-kO_2R_U&feature=youtu.be
6/25/2015 – Looks like solid proof of Herbalife being aware of the lack of retail sales and the tool scam going back to 2005 are now coming out: http://nypost.com/2015/06/25/video-reveals-herbalife-boss-saw-pyramiding-signs-early-on/
6/24/2015 – Did you earn a bad reputation in Amway (or any other MLM scam, for that matter) and want to try to shake your image? Easy, just change your name, like the two goons highlighted at the top of page two: The Management Team_ Allysian Sciences – REDEFINE POSSIBLE Dean Grey’s “maiden name” is Dean Kosage, and Casey James’ used to be Casey Condom…err, Combden (inside joke). For more information on Dean “whatever”: https://amthrax.wordpress.com/?s=kosage and Casey “pick a last name” is known for being sued by Amway when he joined a competing MLM called bHip: https://www.google.com/search?q=bhip+combden+amway&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS596US596&oq=bhip+combden+amway&aqs=chrome..69i57.9060j0j9&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8. Amway sued bHIP and used the same lawyer they used against me. Bundren is 0-2, what a loser! Search for “Bundren” below to get more information about him.
6/23/2015 – This should make David Brear’s head explode: http://www.businessforhome.org/2015/06/france-launching-direct-selling-university-degree/
6/19/2015 – Troubles in Thailand. The sequence of the largest countries from 2012 were:
1. China
2. Japan
3. South Korea
4. United States/North America
5. Russia
6. Thailand
The 2014/15 sequence according to this Amway COO executive statement: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Amway-braces-for-flat-sales-growth-amid-30262609.html
1. China
2. South Korea
3. Japan
4. United States
5. Thailand
6. Russia or India?
Also, Amway is obviously targeting younger people who don’t know how to protect themselves as well against scam artists as older people, as they stated, “Five years ago, the age of Amway business owners started at about 35 years old but now it starts at 18.”
6/15/2015 – What’s up with Bill Ackman/Pershing Square/David Klafter regarding Herbalife? Why was this story taken down? Misunderstanding? Lawsuit threat? Other? Hopefully, time will tell: Federal Investigation_ Pershing Square Capital Management – Tactical Rabbit
6/11/2015 – Amway and other MLM products are banned by India. To be fair, something Amway and the IBO LCKs are not, there are also traditional businesses that had their products banned by India as well, but the MLM representation on this list heavily leans towards Amway and other MLM scams: https://factly.in/maggi-ban-in-india-more-than-400-products-rejected-by-fssai-including-ones-from-tata-starbucks-kellogs-etc/ The entire list can be found here: India Rejected Products
6/6/2015 – Happy ten year anniversary, MLM scam artist Rich Devos. I didn’t know how much Amway supported and benefited from the ATS when this letter was written, but have since figured it out, and the letter would be written MUCH different today: DeVos 2005 Letter and here’s the FTC comments I made about a year later in response to the Business Opportunity Rule changes: Business Opportunity Rule and https://www.ftc.gov/policy/public-comments/2006/06/27/comment-522418-04681
6/5/2015 – What a wonderful letter, written by a guy would would later plead guilty both criminally and civilly to fraud in Canada, get fined 10s of millions of dollars, refuse to go to Canada to answer for his crimes, get rejected and criticized by Avon when offering to buy them out, run the largest MLM scam in history, etc.: http://www.amwayinsider.com/2015/06/05/from-one-to-thousands/?adbscl=GLOBAL%3Aall%3Aamway%3Asocial%3Agen_20150605_46468926&adbid=606782849572675584&adbpl=tw&adbpr=20120693  and amwayinsider.com-From one to thousands
5/28/2015 – I came across an interesting website that exposes Shaklee, another MLM scam, check out this Shaklee review: http://shakleemlmreviews.pyramidscheme.wiki/shaklee-reviews/
5/27/2015 – This should send a shiver down the spine of ANY MLM scam artist who thinks being overseas is protection against the long arm of the U.S. justice system: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/28/sports/soccer/fifa-officials-arrested-on-corruption-charges-blatter-isnt-among-them.html
5/26/2015 – Looks like Herbalife is getting nervous, adding more people to fend off Ackman and the subsequent government regulator and law enforcement attacks: http://www.stocknomics.co/site.php?url=http://smarteranalyst.com/2015/05/26/stock-update-nysehlf-herbalife-ltd-adds-top-talent-to-expanding-global-corporate-affairs-team/
5/23/2015 – In case anybody wants to know why I fight the ATS, Denzel summarizes it pretty well: http://insider.foxnews.com/2015/05/11/video-denzel-washington-graduation-speech-put-god-first-everything-you-do
5/21/2015 – Watch this film to get insight on how Amway operates, it has been banned in Poland since it was made in the late 1990s: https://mega.co.nz/#!xJpm2ZRD!26MIC2Zlo3WDTVuW-wTNBYz_oKHBrSibcbXkEumqvzs,
5/16/2015 – Amway must be getting desperate, their XS Energy drink promotion is blatantly plagiarizing what Vemma is already doing: #RevolutionNext pairs XS Energy Drinks with Amway
5/14/2015 – NuSkin in trouble again in China, can Herbalife and Amway be far behind? http://www.naturalproductsinsider.com/blogs/supplement-law/2015/05/nu-skin-faces-sec-probe-related-to-chinese-operat.aspx
5/13/2015 – Looks like Amway is having logistic problems in India, better call UPS, check out this tweet:  May 13

pathetic shipping service frm .Last time I got products after 10 days.I was assured this is one-off thing.Same thing again

5/12/2015 – There are two things unions are very good at doing, communicating and organizing, so this should be a BIG problem for Herbalife, and I’ve contacted the union to let them know there are plenty of other MLM scams out there as well, particularly Amway: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150512006124/en/UNITE-Leaders-Action-Herbalife-Local-54-calls#.VVSNQ_ldWSr

5/11/2015 – Amway is in trouble [again] in India, but at least this time it isn’t the CEO being arrested and put into jail for two months: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/cons-products/fmcg/amway-making-false-misleading-health-claims-for-nutrilite-daily-up-court/articleshow/47240783.cms

Also, Walmart is getting some heat about their expensive water during a CA drought: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2015/05/08/wal-mart-bottled-water-comes-from-sacramento-municipal-supply/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20quicksnailsfeed%20%28quicksnailsfeed%29, although imagine the shipping cost to bring water from another location! Also, it’s not as if people are using the water to shower and flush their toilets, the largest uses of residential water. Sacramento charges $0.00132/gallon (or 748 gallons/$0.99) for their tap water, Walmart has a supplier purify it (reverse osmosis, filtered, and ozonated, which should make it close to perfectly pure) and sells it for $0.88/gallon, and Amway’s Perfect Water” sells for “only” $16.06/gallon, plus it is sold in 16.9 oz bottles, increasing plastic waste. This makes Amway’s “Perfect Water” over 12,000 TIMES more expensive than Sacramento’s tap water, compared to about 665 times for Walmart’s purified water, which makes Amway’s water over 18 TIMES more expensive than Walmart’s water. Amway cracked down on the debunked “miracle” effects of their H2O, so why is it 66,500% more expensive than Walmart’s purified water?  https://youtu.be/qQynGvjGUz0

5/10/2015 – This looks to be a great opportunity to make your anti-scam dollar have maximum impact: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1515676843/man-on-top-documentary-film

Also, let’s make the same fate come true for Amway, Herbalife, and many other MLM scams: http://www.sltrib.com/news/2491834-155/utah-based-monavie-faces-foreclosure-after-spectacular

5/9/2015 – Many MLM scams are like trying to flick a booger off of your finger, such as this one: http://ethanvanderbuilt.com/2015/05/09/disrupt-worldwide-scam/#more-6433

5/8/2015 – What does this crazy fake organization have to do with Amway? Nothing and everything: http://patrickpretty.com/2015/05/07/masonic-fraternal-police-department-fictitious-sheriffs-dept-says/ Nothing in terms of selling overpriced Amway products to the downline, but everything in terms of plenty of lying about the true nature of the organization. Plus, anyone who think the U.S. can’t go after these scammers in other countries needs to review this story: http://patrickpretty.com/2015/05/06/urgent-bulletin-moving-zeek-receiver-files-clawback-lawsuits-against-residents-of-brazil-israel-france-sweden-denmark-germany-ireland-netherlands/

4/30/2015 – Looks like Europe is going after Vemma, Amway should be next on their list: https://www.truthinadvertising.org/vemma-facing-judicial-inquiries-in-europe/

4/26/2015 – Anybody who thinks Herbalife, Amway, and other MLM scams are going away without a LOT of effort is wrong. These scams are struggling for their survival, it’s going to take a LOT more than posting on a blog: http://www.forbes.com/forbes/1997/1020/6009043a.html Forbes obviously never heard of the term “pop-and-drop,” the phenomenen that when an MLM enters a new country, there is a lot of anticipation ahead of massive growth before reality sets in, then a fallback to a lower, more grinding scam. They also never heard about expensive lawyers, who can slow down the process to the extent the other side, particularly if they’ve been ripped off and don’t have much money, eventually gives in and gives up. The point of the story is that we are now 18 years after this Forbes story, and Herbalife is still grinding away, ripping off people around the world, and Mark Hughes checked out 15 years ago.

4/24/2015 – Former Amway LCK Andy Andrews is guest speaker for another MLM: http://www.businessforhome.org/2015/04/stream-energy-set-to-host-2000-attendees-at-2015-event/, which states, in part, “New York Times bestselling author and celebrated speaker Andy Andrews will speak at the Saturday morning Ignition general session.”

4/18/2015 – This is one of the most disgusting videos I’ve found in a long time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=192&v=4ICzrRqhDvc I don’t have an issue with the principles being taught, just the scammy company behind the teaching, Amway. The third principle discussed in the video makes any former Amway IBO feel like throwing up in their mouth a little bit.

4/16/2015 – Nice Herbalife historical summary: http://www.thestreet.com/story/13102580/1/for-herbalife-controversy-is-nothing-new-as-latest-investigation-unfolds.html

4/12/2015 – Not be to outdone by the Amway illegal pyramid and RICO fraud, the Amway owned Orlando Magic made “history” on the basketball court, giving the Amway scam a run for its money: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/knicks-magic-score-record-low-15-points-in-quarter/ The only thing less impressive than the Orlando Magic is the Amway “opportunity.” LOL

4/11/2015 – This reminds me, it’s almost that time of year for Amway’s India CEO to be arrested again, as he has been the last two years: Qnet, an MLM scam that operates very similar to Amway, recently got 12 of its “leaders” arrested in India: http://www.abinet.org/hyderabad-crime-branch-arrests-12-qnet-officials/

MEETING RAIDED

https://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mMPOYzg53o

https://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWmMhehFPJs

QNET IN BENGALURU

https://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2TmgU8e9BI

OTHER

https://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r58cJciYusQ

Here’s another one that got busted today: http://patrickpretty.com/2015/04/11/developing-story-thai-police-bust-ufunclub-yet-another-cross-border-network-marketing-program-case-may-involve-307-million/

It will be a good day for the world when the executives and high level distributors of Amway, Herbalife, and other MLM scams are escorted to jail, and they end up locking the prison doors and throwing away the key!

4/10/2015 – Not since Amway sued me (lost, and will forever regret that bonehead move) has an MLM company made such a stupid move: http://www.valuewalk.com/2015/04/herbalife-owns-web-domain-billackmanlies-com/ There’s no content on any of these sites, obviously because Bill Ackman does NOT lie, and if Herbalife lied by accusing Bill of lying, he would sue them pronto, and get deep into Herbalife’s inside records via the discovery process. What a disgusting company, exceeded only by Amway.

4/6/2015 – Typical story about Amway products: http://girlwiththeskewearring.blogspot.com/2015/04/artistry-signature-volume-mascara-review.html

4/5/2015 – Amway slammed again, this time associated with Bernie Madoff and the New York Mets: http://nypost.com/2015/04/04/mlb-commish-defends-silly-wilpon-committee-call/

3/31/2015 – Just as MLMs like Amway invade coffee shops and take up valuable table space, don’t buy any coffee, and are so loud, noisy and disruptive that customers are upset, Herbalife has now crashed a YMCA in Texas: http://sanangelolive.com/news/san-angelo/2015-03-31/y-member-san-angelos-ymca-overrun-herbalife-boondockers

3/30/2015 – Here’s another isolated report of a country that increased its volume last year. Mexico increased by 38%, but we don’t know the baseline dollar amount: http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/finanzas-cartera/2015/amway-logra-crecimiento-de-38-en-mexico-1073847.html However, since the overall volume was down almost 10% last year, that means other countries decreased by similar dollar amounts just to get back up to zero change in 2014 volume compared to 2013, and this is NOT good news for Amway’s survival.

Also, a Bill Ackman/Herbalife update, as Bill appear as determined as ever to take down this illegal pyramid and RICO fraud scam: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/30/us-herbalife-ackman-idUSKBN0MQ27420150330

3/27/2015 – Wanna bet? Here’s a challenge from Bill Ackman against an antagonist of short sellers: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/03/bill-ackman-herbalife-marty-lipton While I don’t have a million bucks jingling in my pocket like Bill, I’ll debate anybody on the other side of the MLM conversation. Record it and let the people listening live and later make up their minds who was right on the facts.

3/21/2015 – Well, this can’t be good news for Herbalife or Amway: http://www.naturalproductsinsider.com/blogs/supplement-law/2015/03/attorneys-general-met-with-private-lawyers-to-ens.aspx, as it confirms at least 2 state AGs are still investigating Herbalife, and possibly many more. Here’s a couple of quotes from the story, emphasis mine: “Lawyers for the parties conferred with attorneys general in several states to ensure the settlement will not interfere with ongoing investigations or “release claims which could be prosecuted by attorneys general,” Thomas G. Foley Jr., one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs, wrote in a March 10 court filing.” and ““However, the interest of numerous state attorneys general in the terms of the proposed settlement is indicative of the high level of lawyering required by experienced Class Counsel to address those concerns,” Foley wrote in the March 10 filing.”

One would think the “almighty and powerful” Steve Van Andel, Chairman of the Executive Committee U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of Amway, and coming from a definitively anti-gay family that pours money into opposing changes like gay marriage like IBOs pour their dollars into the ATS, would have something to say about this development, which occurred just south of Amway Scam Headquarters in Michigan: http://www.godfatherpolitics.com/21186/chamber-of-commerce-goes-gay-and-throws-one-its-members-under-the-bus/

3/19/2015 – SEC ramping up effort in MLM fraud: http://www.sec.gov/news/testimony/031915-test.html#.VQwwqPldWSq, which states, in part, “Microcap Fraud/Pyramid Schemes

The staff also has recently seen what appears to be an increase in pyramid schemes[6] under the guise of “multi-level marketing” and “network marketing” opportunities.[7]  These schemes often target the most vulnerable investors, and social media has expanded their reach.  The Division is deploying resources to disrupt these schemes through a coordinated effort of timely, aggressive enforcement actions along with community outreach and investor education.  We are also using new analytic techniques to identify patterns and common threads, thereby permitting earlier detection of potential fraudulent schemes.”

However, there is also doubt in Congress (and elsewhere, such as myself): http://financialservices.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=398785 starting at about the 1:09:00 point.

3/15/2015 – Interesting how these Amway sycophants have it backwards, and don’t recognize Amway is the square and regular jobs are the round wheel: https://www.facebook.com/diazedwin116/posts/394674787380839

3/13/2015 – In the usual dribble of country-specific sales information, Amway discloses the South American overall and Colombian 2014 sales volume, but only because they went up. As stated in earlier stories, for every country increasing in sales volume, another country has to go down, and we don’t know which countries went down (except China) or by how much (including China): http://america-retail.com/industria-y-mercado/colombia-representa-46-de-los-us196-millones-que-amway-vende-en-la-region It appears the “increase” is mostly coming from the unusually favorable exchange rate the Colombian Peso had against the dollar during the 2014 fiscal year (Oct 1 2013 – Sep 30 2014) and so far in the current 2015 fiscal year, things aren’t quite so “peachy,” so I don’t expect a similar story next year: http://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?from=USD&to=COP&view=2Y Here’s some of the story content, the translation is a bit cumbersome:

“The American company Amway, number one in the direct selling industry on the globe, reported that in 2014 sold $ 91.4 million in Colombia. With this figure grew 2.4% compared to 2013, when it posted sales of $ 89.2 million.

With the new amount, the country enters represent almost half of sales that the company makes in the region, with 46%. The total figure [presumably South America] is $ 196 million.

Additionally, the company reported in its global operating a closure very encouraging year, which took place 80 years Nutrilite brand leader in sales of vitamins and nutritional supplements. He excelled at the Artistry line as one of the top five brands in sales of products for skin care. The corporation invested US $ 3,300 million in bonds for their employees.”

I don’t know how a nearly 10% decrease in global sales can be spun into a “very encouraging year,” but that’s par for the course for the Amway scam.

3/12/2015 – Dick DeVos, son of the founding scam artist himself, Rich DeVos, “fires back” at yesterday’s story like the wet noodle he is – just listen to that voice, is there any wonder he flamed out while running for governor? See: https://soundcloud.com/mibigshow/dick-devos-president-and-ceo-of-the-windquest-group#t=5m20s I found while reading this MLive sycophantic story: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/03/dick_devos_weighs_in_on_house.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter What’s obvious is DeVos isn’t bound by the truth, either, because he’s surrounded by legal goons he calls his lawyers.

Also chiming in on the heels of yesterday’s story, here’s another story directed towards young people: http://cccnews.info/2015/03/11/the-16-people-you-should-immediately-unfollow-on-facebook/ and guess who came in #1? Amway, of course:

“And…

1. The home-business salesperson — they only have friended you to invite you to their jewelry parties or Amway groups. RUN FOR THE HILLS AND UNFOLLOW THIS LOW-RENT CAPITALIST.

My recommendation is to not only unfollow them, but also ban them from viewing your Facebook page, AND most importantly, pass the word to all of your non-Amway facebook friends and relatives to do the same (including passing on the word, “networking” style), so they don’t get scammed.

3/11/2015 – Every once in a while, a gift drops into our laps. Today is one of those days, and here’s the original link: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/03/amway_joke_in_house_of_cards_i.html. My responses to the story below are followed by the arrows (—>):

Amway responds to ‘pyramid scheme’ joke in ‘House of Cards’

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Kevin Spacey stars as U.S. President Frank Underwood in the Netflix series, House of Cards. (Courtesy image)

Shandra Martinez | smartinez@mlive.comBy Shandra Martinez | smartinez@mlive.com
on March 11, 2015 at 7:40 AM, updated March 11, 2015 at 9:17 AM

ADA, MI — A joke about Amway in the popular Netflix political drama “House of Cards” didn’t get any laughs at the Ada-based direct sales giant. —> However, Amway is a joke (but not the funny kind) and also a house of cards. I’ll bet there are plenty of employees laughing behind their supervisors’ backs, and hoping to find a new job soon working for a legitimate company.
Todd Woodward, Amway’s vice president of marketing, says the problem with the reference is that it perpetuates the contention that the nearly $11 billion global company is an illegal racket. —> Any relation to one of our “favorite” former Amway/Quixtar LCKs, Orrin Woodward, who is described on this website? Also, it’s not a contention, Amway is a nearly $11 billion/year illegal pyramid AND RICO fraud, as thoroughly described on this website.

“We spend a lot of time trying to educate people what a pyramid scheme is, and why Amway is not one of those,” Woodward said. —> Amway spends a lot of time LYING to people, and Amway IS “one of those.” This website provides accurate education about Amway’s dual scams, not Amway marketing propaganda and lies.

Amway comes up in the first of episode of recently-released Season 3 when Kevin Spacey’s character, President Frank Underwood, is being interviewed by Stephen Colbert on his now defunct political satire show, as one of Underwood’s former employees watches the program. —> Yes, that show and Larry Wilmer’s more recent Amway reference are shown below.

Underwood is on the show to promote his ambitious agenda, America Works, which he has shortened to AmWorks. —> Yes, the similarity is thick with irony – both government and private scams.

Colbert mocks the moniker, responding: “Is that like Amway? Is it a pyramid scheme? Is that what you are selling the American people?” —> The answer is “yes.”

The line did generate some laughs at Amway’s expense, and sparked some snarky tweets. —> Amway should be laughed at, right before they are put out of business. Not only snarky tweets, but accurate ones as well. Like mine.

But so far, it hasn’t launched worried calls from distributors, or triggered any other fallout for the company, according to Woodward. —> Do you REALLY think Woodward is going to admit to this? I think Amway is worried because the “new blood” for any MLM scam is young people, and Colbert and Wilmer are both closely followed by young people and older people.

Amway is hoping to capitalize on the joke by using the attention as a springboard to again explain the difference between an illegal pyramid scheme and its business model that sells vitamins, cosmetics and household products through a network of independent distributors instead of in stores. —> Amway has no hope, only lies. Very few of those products are sold to external customers, which is the exact definition of an illegal pyramid.

“What makes a pyramid scheme is circulating money without ever selling any product,” said Woodward. —> That is a lie, see above. Woodward is a liar.

“That’s a ponzi scheme. —> Another lie. That is an illegal pyramid, a ponzi scheme is similar but has significant differences as well, and both are defined on this website: https://stoptheamwaytoolscam.wordpress.com/glossary-of-terms/

We have manufacturing all over the world. —> Immaterial. See above, LIAR.

Nobody makes any money in our business unless you sell an Amway-made product. —> Another lie. The retail rules are not enforced, and the proof the requirements were recently weakened can be found below, see the post dated 11/23/2014.

We are by definition not a pyramid scheme. —> By definition you ARE an illegal pyramid scheme. LIAR.

We hope people understand that but we have to be more on the offensive about explaining that.” —> I can’t wait for Amway to be more offensive about “explaining that,” it will give me more opportunity to tell people the TRUTH. However, I agree Amway is already offensive….

It can be difficult to quantify the value of a business’ reputation. —> And Amway’s value reputation is a HUGE negative.

But companies trusted by the general public tend to be more successful than those that are not trusted — which is why it is important to Amway to clarify misperceptions about the company, Woodward said. —> Oh please, do clarify, Woodward. LIAR.

Amway’s tie to the phrase “pyramid scheme” dates back decades to when the company was investigated by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in the late 1970s. —> Yes, it’s too bad the FTC didn’t insist on seeing the retail sales records, or Amway and the thousands of other MLMs that have come and gone since, causing massive financial, mental, emotional, and other damage.

The federal agency ruled Amway was not an illegal pyramid scheme, but was guilty of price fixing and overstating income potential. —> And Amway uses the price fixing finding to pretend they don’t know how much retail sales are occurring, and unfortunately the FTC didn’t even TOUCH the tool scam, speaking of overstating income potential….

The direct selling giant has survived similar investigations in other countries in subsequent years. —> Survive is the right word, except Bahrain recently prohibited ALL MLM, the UK nearly kicked Amway out in 2008 and allow zero tool profits, although it is unknown whether these rules are enforced (the UK hasn’t reported the court ordered results from 2013 yet), other countries also control tool purchases, and China doesn’t even allow the MLM model to be used.

Amway operates in more than 100 countries and territories, including China, which is its biggest market. —> And China was down massively last year.

In 2010, Amway agreed to pay $56 million in cash and products to settle a class action lawsuit brought by distributors in California who alleged the company and high-level distributors committed fraud, racketeering and operated as an illegal pyramid scheme. —> It’s too bad the plaintiff lawyers chickened out. But you can’t blame them, Amway delayed the process so long they built up $15 million in fees, which was at risk had they gone to trial and lost the lawsuit.

While denying the allegations in the suit as “sensationalist claims that remain unproven,” Amway said that as part of its settlement the company would make changes to improve distributor education and expand its money-back guarantee. —> Neither of which addresses the two big problems, the ATS and lack of retail sales.

Naming real entities in fictitious drama happens a lot. —> What isn’t fictitious was the fact that Amway is an illegal pyramid and RICO fraud.

It can be problematic for companies when viewers can’t distinguish fiction from reality, or they think the fictitious portrayal is based on truth and not a point of view or exaggeration for dramatic effect, said Tim Penning, associate professor of advertising and public relations at Grand Valley State University. —> In this case, it’s good that viewers can’t distinguish fiction from reality, because Amway has been feeding everybody fiction for 56 years.

“Viewers of ‘House of Cards’ may have their mind made up about Amway, or never have heard of them,” Penning said. —> The good news is LOTS of both groups will know more about Amway, thanks to this story.

“Either way, it’s an opportunity to engage in social media and elsewhere to state what Amway’s business model really is.” —> Yes it is, as I smile like a Cheshire Cat (“old-timers” will recognize the reference to Jim Mainor’s “Oh Harry” tape).

Still, Amway is taking a departure from the path usually followed by companies after unflattering references in the media. —> This shows how nervous they are about the young folks being indoctrinated about the REAL Amway, if the walls inside the Ada offices could only talk….

The traditional response is to ignore the reference and move on unless the attention turns negative and explodes in social media. —> And how do we know this isn’t what is happening?

Jefferson Long, head of creative at Fairly Painless Advertising in Holland, recalls running into a similar scenario during his days at the Chicago office of Ogilvy & Mather. —> I’m sure the similarities to Amway are trivial.

At the time, the Manhattan-based international advertising, marketing and public relations agency represented retailer Sears. —> See what I mean?

Bob Vila, the retailer’s pitchman for Craftsman, became a punchline for David Letterman on his “Late Show.” —> Except Bob Vila wasn’t behaving illegally.

“Letterman used to make fun of Bob’s abilities as a carpenter and some in the agency wondered if it undermined Bob’s credibility,” said Long. —> I think Bob had a lot more abilities as a carpenter than Woodward and the rest of Amway has in telling the truth.

In the end, the agency concluded that Villa taking it on the chin and being a good sport equalled higher visibility and “a more likable Bob.” —> Just like we like to bring more visibility to the Amway scam.

John Truscott, co-owner of the Lansing-based public relations firm, Truscott Rossman, doesn’t think most of show’s estimated 13.4 million viewers noticed or even took the Amway joke seriously. —> I do, and I’m making sure of it, too.

“It was done by a comedian so that lessens it,” said Truscott, who readily admits he is a fan of both “House of Cards” and Colbert. —> Yeah, don’t worry about it, just go to press with it! LOL

“I think in this case most people laugh it up. —> Laughing at Amway’s dual scam is more like it.

It was such a fleeting moment.” —> The “fleeting moment” is guaranteed to last a very long time.

Truscott works with the family of Amway co-founder Rich DeVos. —> Figures, he’s a Amway sycophant.

He also served as communications director for Dick DeVos’ 2006 gubernatorial campaign. —> Oh boy, a two-fer.

What is amusing to Truscott is that AmWorks — an Underwood initiative that is a major plotline in season 3 — has similarities to the Michigan company co-founded by DeVos and the late Jay Van Andel. (It has made the DeVos and Van Andel families two of the richest in Michigan.) —> Yes, as described above one is government scam and the other a private scam.

Amway, short for the American Way, is based on the idea of owning a business that sells Amway products — and AmWorks is President Underwood’s plan to put 10 million unemployed Americans to work. —> No, it isn’t. Amway sells very few products to legitimate external customers. Both businesses are also fictitious.

Both are based on the idea of helping people find economic independence, Truscott said. —> No they aren’t, they are both scams.

“Amway does it in the private sector, and Frank Underwood does it with public money,” Truscott quipped. —> The “it” is scamming people.

Shandra Martinez covers business for MLive/The Grand Rapids Press. Email her or follow her on Twitter @shandramartinez. —> I did email her, as well as “Brian,” another MLive reporter who made a comment on the story. So far, no response. As usual.

Then there’s this ridiculous lie of a comment, from our “favorite” village idiot:

David_724 3 days ago

 @Shandra Martinez | smartinez@mlive.com @fred76 Yes, just the opposite – Amway doesn’t even sell much of that kind of material (known BSM – business support material), it’s from 3rd party suppliers. If you look at the court documents from the class action it pretty much proves that the company distributors *don’t* make much money that way. According to the findings of an independent expert consultant for the class action, fewer than 1 in 6 distributors even spends $100 on training materials from the 15 affiliated BSM companies, and for those that do they spend on average less than $1300 across the entire time they are registered with Amway. —> The “expert” doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

In the case of the class action group that works out at less than $63 million/yr in North American BSM sales – spread across 15 BSM companies – but it compares to Amway’s sales of around $10 billion in the same period. So sales by the BSM companies was something like less than 6% of Amway’s sales, and Amway pays out in bonuses around 30-35% of revenues. —> Besides mixing up North American tool sales and worldwide Amway sales, I have a SINGLE former IBO referenced here, scroll down to #5: https://stoptheamwaytoolscam.wordpress.com/what-is-the-basis-of-the-real-amway-tool-scam-size/   who clearly stated he made $8-$10 MILLION/YEAR from the tool scam, and there are thousands of LCKs who make tool scam money in the US alone. There is NO WAY they make only $63 million/year, much closer to $6.3 billion/year: https://stoptheamwaytoolscam.wordpress.com/what-is-the-basis-of-tens-to-hundreds-of-billions-of-dollars-being-made-by-the-ats/

3/10/2015 – Although down over 8% overall for the year (see 2/4/2015 story below) and not disclosing country by country statistics, Amway has no problem “bragging” about Spain growing by 9.5%, a very small market: http://news.amway.es/amway-anuncia-unas-ventas-de-mas-de-11-millones-de-euros-en-espana/ Keep in mind for every country increasing in sales of this percentage, there other countries are shrinking by about twice the same volume.

3/9/2015 – Not only did Stephen Colbert slam Amway: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/02/27/stephen_colbert_on_house_of_cards_one_last_interview_with_colbert.html, so did Larry Wilmer, about 4 minutes into this show: http://www.cc.com/full-episodes/hy217q/the-nightly-show-march-9–2015—high-tech-moral-dilemma-season-1-ep-01024

3/8/2015 – A perfect match! See this story: http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20150308/NEWS/150309855/amway-kin-buy-piece-of-cubs-let-the-countdown-to-regret-begin which states, “Wrigley Field, informally known as “The Place Where Hopes Go to Die.” and is where millions of people wishing for making money also have their hopes and dreams turned into utter despair and financial nightmares.

3/7/2015 – In an odd lawsuit that Amway preemptively initiated, which is essentially a counter lawsuit against the record companies for again suing Amway and various IBOs for copyright violations, and a reprise to the record company lawsuit that led to me to discovering the ATS, Amway was slammed with twisted logic, over and over again: http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/03/06/conspiracy-claims-tossed-against-sony-universal.htm The only remaining charge involves “implied duty of good faith and fair dealing.” It looks like the judge is daring Amway to keep the lawsuit open. This lawsuit reminds me of Amway claiming the ATS should be considered “an enticement” rather than what it really is, LYING about the business model. LYING is the exact opposite of good faith and fair dealing. The real enticement is Amway and the LCKs saying what a great business Amway is while they BOTH clean up on the tool scam.

3/6/2015 – Coming on the heels of Christine’s excellent article about shipping profits being used to pay upper level HLF distributors massive amounts of money: Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) Said To Mislead Distributors About Compensation [UPDATED]

is this news: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/snuggie-seller-settles-charges-deceived-171621738.html?soc_src=mail&soc_trk=ma

Doesn’t that make you feel all “warm and fuzzy” about the FTC’s investigation with Herbalife? It also makes me wonder how much money Amway is raking in with their shipping costs, and where the money is going? Of course, money is the most fungible thing on the planet, so the latter issue is moot.

3/4/2015 – I guess the Amway India CEO isn’t the only scam artist on the radar. Most MLMs operate similar to Amway, the largest MLM scam on the planet: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/qnet-case-2-more-company-representatives-held-115030401353_1.html

3/2/2015 – Another nice, priceless Amway slam: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/02/27/stephen_colbert_on_house_of_cards_one_last_interview_with_colbert.html

2/28/2015 – It really helps if you never had any morals, ethics, or time with the family to begin with, right Kelly? http://kellygrogers.blogspot.com/2015/02/kelly-rogers-i-never-had-to-compromise.html Oops. I forgot Kelly can’t see this, he’s in prison!

Also, looky here, a fairy tale “story” from Orrin Woodward, former Amway/Quixtar/MonaVie/TEAM and now LIFE scam artist: LIFE Leadership Review _ Orrin Woodward Leadership Notice what Orrin DIDN’T say, such as he sued Amway the day after being terminated from Quixtar (Amway), disclosed a confidential Amway study that showed only 3.4% of sales go to external customers (as discussed elsewhere on this web site, even that paltry number is inflated – can you say illegal pyramid?), and claimed he tried to lower Quixtar prices while his Emeralds and above secretly made 4-5 times more from his tool scam than Quixtar, according to Orrin himself. He also didn’t try to sit out for 6 months, he continued his tool scam while waiting to join MonaVie, in order to produce profit and bring as many people with him as he could. The real problem with going back to Amway wasn’t that it wasn’t online, it was ONLY a name change, but that both Amway and Quixtar (which everybody was learning was really Amway) were scams, thanks to the internet. It’s been several hours, and still no response from my comment, #70.

2/27/2015 – Last June (see 6/5/2014 story, below) Herbalife prohibited profit for ALL tools, and specifically included meetings. Here’s some samples of meeting prices before and after the letter coming out: Herbalife November 2009 Ohio STSHerbalife December 2009 Ohio STSHerbalife March 2015 Ohio STSHerbalife March 2010 Michigan STSHerbalife July 2012 Michigan STSHerbalife March 2015 Michigan STS Most of these places can be fully paid for with just a handful of attendees, all additional attendee tickets are pure profit. This explains why there wasn’t a major high level distributor exodus from Herbalife, they simply aren’t enforcing the edict. If anybody has additional formation for any other “before and after” tool costs, such as larger meetings, books, CDs, websites, voice mail, etc., please forward them to me, thanks.

2/20/2015 – New Amway contacting method, and they have you trapped in their car!

At Waffle House with our Uber driver. He sells Amway. Pitchin vitamins to us right now. He said that if we eat like this then we need em.

2/19/2015 – There are two stories out today that show how delusional pro-MLM scam artists and their sycophants are: http://www.businessforhome.org/2015/02/kingdom-of-bahrain-bans-network-marketing/ and it’s obvious Bahrain is one of the very few countries that DOES get it, as they have banned ALL MLMs, but allow direct selling, just as I’ve advocated for years. And a “sad story” about another MLM going down: http://www.businessforhome.org/2015/02/wakeupnow-officially-shuts-down-u-s-operations/ and never mind that it was the most obvious illegal pyramid since BurnLounge.

2/11/2015 – How clueless can you get? Look at the last part of this story: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-10/amway-billionaires-debut-after-bad-year-for-direct-seller ““It is fair to say if Herbalife is a pyramid scheme, then so is Amway, so is Nu Skin, so is Usana Health Sciences Inc.,” Ramey said. “The answer is none of them are.”” Here’s the email I sent to the reporters and editor, and a response from one of them:

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2/9/2015 – Some great information from Bill Keep: http://business.tcnj.edu/our-people/office-of-the-dean/publications/
2/4/2015 – Amway tanks almost 10%! Looks like a big chunk of it is from China, perhaps the Chinese are figuring out what we already know – Amway is a SCAM: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/02/amway_corp_will_ride_out_8_per.html
Also, Amway caught in another scandal, this time over election money gifts: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2015/02/term_limits_grand_rapids_campa.html
2/3/2015 – It’s been a bit slow in the Amway news front, but Amway has made up for it by ignoring India and getting hammered: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Amway-asked-to-withdraw-six-products-from-market/articleshow/46100811.cms Perhaps India’s Amway CEO misses being in jail, where he spent 2 months last year and a few days in 2013 as well!
1/25/2015 – Interesting video about Amway in China. It was made in 1997, the year before China shut down all MLM and then opened it up several years later, minus the MLM, in other words, direct selling only, at least theoretically:  I wonder what happened to these people? Not that China hasn’t done well, does this sound like a sardine can cruise to you: http://www.cei.asia/Article/393857,ice-excellence-award-incentive-programme-of-the-year.aspx
1/23/2015 – This story was all the rage on twitter today, I guess you could say twitter was atwitter with the news: http://www.mainstreet.com/article/medical-marijuana-inc-acquires-kannaway-the-amway-of-hemp-and-cbd-products As I said in a story last year, you have to be on drugs to join either Kannaway or Amway, or at least an illegal alien.
Here’s how Amway’s largest LCK is now attracting Hispanics:  
1/20/2015 – Okay, so now I’m “famous,” I made some points on the Michael Savage show: http://conservativestream.com/recorded-shows/Savage_01-20-2015_WCB_FULL.mp3 The MLM discussion starts at about 1:02:10, but if you start a couple of minutes early, you can also learn about Greek foods. I intentionally didn’t bring up any specific companies, such as the most scammy and runner up, Amway and Herbalife respectively, as that is often how people get cut off on radio shows, by getting too specific and opening the host to lawsuits. If more people call in and state they heard this story, and would like to agree with it and add to it, we could keep increasing awareness. Savage has moved to a new format, called, “unprotected radio,” there is no screener, only somebody who reminds you to state the radio station you are listening to, your first name, and topic, when your on-hold number comes up and you go live on the radio show, and don’t ask Michael how’s he doing, or say hello, just rip right into what point you want to make or question you have for Mike.
1/19/2015 – Here’s a video I tripped across while doing damage to Amway on Twitter tonight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjSMYIE7JtM If you’re football fans and old enough, Tim was an all-pro defensive back for the Miami Dolphins, and on the first and only undefeated NFL team in the 70s. I don’t know where in New York this was, but you can see it is mainly Hispanics, which is typical in Amway these days. Try to listen to it as if you haven’t read any of this website, and go back to before you were aware of Amway/MLM, etc., and try to imagine how good it sounds. However, since reading this website you know they are operating an illegal pyramid (little to no retail sales) and have a RICO fraud tool scam (hidden tool profit), you can see the layers upon layers of deception. Almost everything coming out of Tim’s mouth is a half-truth, which is actually a full lie.
1/17/2015 – It appears the first Amway Crown Ambassador qualified in Vietnam. I wonder which tool scam system she uses, and how long she will be around in Communist Vietnam before being disgorged and put in prison for life: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.883614688326504&type=3&l=bf93edf360
1/16/2015 – Found this on an IBOs website, it sums up Amway pretty well. Oyinbo means “white man,” but Amway is willing to take your money regardless of color, so that makes them an equal opportunity/non-racist scam: https://mtc.cdn.vine.co/r/videos/118B0B43841150579089850417152_39ca634a5f8.1.1.7922763494031361039.mp4?versionId=ZLrjzoqJnRMEcb4s6QXedzJ9COWGoYLT Suggest you right click on the video and select “loop” to get the full impact!
1/15/2015 – OUCH! It’s about time these companies started waking up to scams like Amway and Herbalife: http://www.intercooleronline.com/stocks/herbalife-price-target-lowered-to-10-00-at-barclays-hlf/175511/
1/14/2015 – Amway tries to horn into the NCAA football national champion publicity – typical sleaze from a sleazy company:  Jay Whatley on Twitter_ _Someone tell @USATODAY that that’s not the @CFBPlayoff trophy and those hands belong to a player from Florida State. http___t
Also, in a Vemma-like move to target the under 35 demographic, Amway also buys XS Energy: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/amway-648168-business-vanderveen.html
1/13/2015 – Although directed towards Herbalife, this video is a near dead-ringer for Amway:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVUUbEw_Pm8 and here’s the Spanish version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCkQh7RNrSA  I encourage you to forward it to everyone you know, with the exception of current Amway IBOs and Amway corporate owned or controlled social media.
Also. Bill Ackman, who heads up Pershing Square investment company and has taken a well know $1 BILLION+ short position against Herbalife’s stock, was in Chicago yesterday, and here’s a story, complete with pictures: http://www.valuewalk.com/2015/01/ackman-herbalife-hicago/ and here’s another story from last night where Amway was mentioned: http://www.macroinsider.com/business/ackman-leads-hispanics-in-rally-against-herbalife-h61849.html

1/12/2015 – Here’s an email I got from an idiot IBO today, and here’s my response (obviously directed towards the public at large, as are all posts and comments on this public forum), followed by the arrows (—>):

I’m interested in what exactly you’re trying to accomplish by an all out assault on Mlm in general. —> This idiot should have read the entire website to find out. Here’s a clue, the title is “Stop The Amway Tool Scam.” Duh.

Seriously interested, that is. —> He should have seriously read it, then.

I know of people outside the industry that support it (Kiyosaki, Buffet, Trump,etc). But they sell books to Ibo’s (or their equivalents). So they make money (not so differently from what you claim to be a scam). —> If he read my entire website, he would know I don’t have an issue with making money, I have an issue with lying about where the money comes from, which is what the LCKs do.

But what do you gain from injuring a thriving industry? —> Amway and/or MLM is NOT a a thriving industry, it is a scam, and if this idiot read my website for comprehension, he would know this and not ask such a stupid question.

Are you somehow bent on moral revenge? —> Moral, ethical, legal, financial revenge. And probably some others I haven’t thought about.

An econoterrorist? —> That is a great label for MLM in general and Amway in particular.

You have some valid points. —> I don’t have “some” valid points, I have hundreds to thousands of valid points and exactly ZERO invalid points.

However, I think you also have your own brand of kool-aid. —> This is a nonsense statement from a pure idiot who obviously hasn’t read my website, or can’t comprehend it.

I mean, you took a straight up legal “anti libel, pfa, restraining order”, and you can that a victory? —> So now the idiot is complaining about some minor restraints that are fully explained on this website as having close to zero benefit for Amway and he doesn’t think that is a victory. His entire email and this public at large directed response proves the agreement is a victory for me over Amway.

So what gives? —> I give people facts, so they don’t get ripped off. THAT’S what gives.

Is this like a twisted hobby? —> No, it’s a crazy like a fox destroy a scam project, as opposed to the dumber than a door nail Amway.

Or is there money to be made in spreading butt-hurt? —> There’s LOTS of money to be SAVED by people not getting ripped off by Amway. THAT’S worth a lot of butt-hurt.

Please inform. —> Everybody is now informed.

I’m seriously curious, after reading your whole blog, which you posted (unsolicited, directed at Ibo’s, in violation of your pfa), on the article about Steve Van Andel and the AGER study. —> This guy can’t even read for comprehension, assuming he isn’t lying about reading this whole blog. There have been NO violations to my agreement with Amway. There is no restriction on what I post from a solicited or unsolicited point of view, I direct the blog towards the general population, and even if I did direct a message towards IBOs as a post on this blog, this blog does not count as communicating with IBOs as described in paragraphs 5 and 6 of the agreement, as it is, by definition, directed towards the general public, by the nature of the posts being public, as well as this blog isn’t owned or operated by Amway or an IBO.  It’s called layers of protection. Also, it is clear from the agreement that I, and people I work with, cannot communicate with Amway or IBOs in social media that they own or operate, and this blog is owned/operated by me. The remainder of the www universe is ours. I don’t even know what he means by a “pfa,” it doesn’t appear to fit any of these 92 candidates: http://www.acronymfinder.com/PFA.html

This guy’s name is Luke Walker, so if you get any emails from him, not only is he an Amway IBO scam artist, he’s extremely stupid. Don’t try to contact him or answer any email or other communication from him, he’s a piece of trash who is only worth ignoring, as thoroughly demonstrated above. However, if you do get an email or other message from this idiot, please forward it to me, I would be delighted to respond to it here, directed to the public at large, of course.

1/9/2015 – We have officially entered a parallel universe: http://patrickpretty.com/2015/01/09/battling-zeek-related-malpractice-claim-mlm-attorney-kevin-grimes-now-a-new-partner-at-thompson-burton/ and here’s a couple of emails I traded with Thompson:

 Today [1/10] at 12:12 AM

Thompson responded, but he has a confidentiality disclaimer on his email, so it is not repeated here. However, much of the content can be determined by the nature of the below response. I’ve asked him if he is okay with me posting it here. [Update: He chickened out, as I expected]
Today [1/10] at 11:27 AM
Today [1/10] at 11:43 AM
1/8/2015 – Herbalife AGAIN exposed as liars. This story addresses the postponed meeting between Herbalife and Pershing Square. Herbalife publicly accused Pershing Square of canceling the meeting because Pershing Square didn’t want to learn how Herbalife really works. Pam even pulls the “I’m a professional” stunt, then Herbalife openly LIES about the meeting being postponed, and not canceled, as well as the reason for the postponement. See this article and find the “email correspondence” link to read the REAL story: http://www.heraldonline.com/2015/01/08/6683307_pershing-square-responds-to-statement.html?sp=/100/773/385/&rh=1 This is EXACTLY how Amway tells lies and half-truths. Here’s another link to the emails: http://www.factsaboutherbalife.com/media/2015/01/0852_001.pdf
1/4/2015 – There appears to be more than one way of getting Amway out of a country, just have Russia invade it: http://crimea24.info/2015/01/04/amerikanskaya-kompaniya-amway-tozhe-pokinula-krym/?_utl_t=tw I particularly enjoyed this line, “However, as a law-abiding company….” Hardly. Here’s the article, although the pdf did not provide the entire content: Amway leaves the Crimea To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time Amway has left a country (in this case, part of a country), with the exception of China, which shut down all MLMs temporarily a few years ago.
1/2/2015 – The year is off to a running start, as Bill Ackman will be in Chicago talking to the local LULAC chapter: http___lulac.org_assets_pdfs_Fraud_Town_Hall
1/1/2015 – The new year rang in a great conversation with someone who just quit as a Platinum from BWW (Britt World Wide). ALL of the issues found on this website were confirmed to be “alive and well,” and then some, as I expected. A couple of examples include not telling the downline about the massive profits being made from the tools, the groups are now solidly minority in nature (in his case, Somali, someone from the U.S. can’t even understand the English of the open meeting speakers!), and selling XS Energy drinks to convenience stores to get the retail volume, if not done by doctoring the paperwork, whichever is easier. It’s not known who drinks the XS Energy drinks displayed in the convenience stores in clear violation of Amway’s rules, but it’s probably IBOs getting back late at night after “showing the plan.”
12/29/2014 – Not much different than TEAM/Orrin Woodward’s lawsuit in 2007, from the perspective of suing and claiming illegal pyramid, after YEARS of participating in said illegal pyramid (and in the case of Woodward and probably these folks, tool scam): http://behindmlm.com/companies/talk-fusion-terminate-top-ranked-affiliates-lawsuit-filed/

Also, I wonder why Russia hasn’t gone after Amway like they did Talk Fusion last year, AND it was upheld in court: http://rapsinews.com/judicial_news/20130605/267677089.html Hopefully, I’ll hear back from some of the executives at VK, I sent them this message: I understand you banned Talk Fusion last year and the courts agreed with you. Another illegal pyramid, very similar to Talk Fusion, is also operating in Russia. It is Amway. The products are so overpriced, most distributors sell little to no products to external customers. Also, the high level distributors make FAR more money from selling the “tools” (various meeting tickets, books, tapes/CDs, voice mail, web site access, etc.) to their downline than from Amway and lie (by omission) about this fact. Read more about Amway, which is how most other MLMs also operate, at Stop The Amway Tool Scam If you would like to discuss any issues, just email, I also have a Skype account.

Regards,
Scott Johnson
12/27/2014 – I spoke with an “independent” Amway Emerald a few years ago, and he was at a meeting when these kinds of bonuses were first being discussed, and the higher pins were militantly against these kinds of “starter” bonuses. One of the women LCKs screamed, “But WE (the high level pins) do ALL the work!!!” It appears Amway is now getting desperate, offering these bonuses to longer term IBOs, not just those starting out. I’ll bet the veins in her neck and forehead popped!!! LOL: FastTrack
12/26/2014 – Example of how Amway and the upline teach people to stay ignorant of the facts: Aaron. on Twitter_ _Get personal with your dreams
12/23/2014 – Happy Festivus! If you don’t know what Festivus is, here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8g4Ztf7hIM As you may know, this includes the airing of grievances, and here’s a conversation I recently shared with someone on Reddit, who provided additional information regarding accused sexual serial predator Dexter Yager:

[–]Window_to_your_heart 2 points 20 days ago*

Thanks for telling your story. My parents got in Amway when I was eight years old back in the 70’s. Were you by chance in Yager or Britt’s down line? They are super sketchy people. For me, as a child, all Amway did was make my parents absentee parents and at age eight on I cared for my little brother far too often. My older brother was in charge but he used the time to sexually abuse me for years. That was already happening when they got in, but Amway gave him much more access to me. I wish I had my dad around more when I was a teenager. They asked my brothers and Me if we wanted to inherit the business (yes, they are still in, not very active but they qualify as emeralds and usually get the free Amway trip each year) and my younger brother and I said we wanted nothing to do with it. My parents were also royally screwed on their books and tapes $.

Amway is evil. It steals your time for an almost impossible dream to achieve. My parents, and you, are in the lucky 1% that actually have some success in this business. The goal was to make enough money so they could spend more time with us. That didn’t happen until they had grandchildren. So much time lost, vacations lost so they could drag us to another hotel and leave us on our own for the weekend. My older brother raped me on one of those hotel stays. I did make some good friends with other Amway orphans. We traveled to some cool places but mainly saw only the hotel. I got to meet a lot of big names in the business and visiting guest speakers. I also had to sit on the lap of an unnamed crazy [later named as Dexter Yager, thanks to yours truly, below], yet extremely successful (I don’t want to say who) up line with another friend of mine when we were just 16. It was backstage and he was talking to a line of people but wouldn’t let us get off his lap. He had a hard on. Very creepy and disgusting.

I am so glad you are out of it. I have let friends know to stay far away from it. Funny, none of the other Amway orphans I hung around with went on to have their own Amway businesses. I would highly suggest seeking help with a therapist that is knowledgable about cults. Peace to you.

There is a good book by a guy who was in Amway that you can read free online. Check out the blog Ambot by an Ambot’s wife, or google Ambot and you will find the blog. She has a lot of hate but in there are some good pieces of info. I found the book through her blog and it was free. She has the link somewhere. Sorry, I can’t think of the title. I had my dad read it and a lot of it resonated with him.

[–]Window_to_your_heart 1 point 10 hours ago

Okay, you twisted my arm…it was Dexter Yager. It was a very long time ago. It really creeped me out because I had met his daughter who was /is my age.

12/21/2014 – Here we go again, another Amway LCK sent to prison, once a scam artist, always a scam artist:  http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/928271ee463b4a9586757f9482206d11/OR–Developer-Sentenced/ By the way, I couldn’t find out why he quit Amway (Quixtar back then), but probably because his business collapsed.
12/17/2014 – Throw in the ATS and substitute the word Amway for Herbalife, and the scenario is virtually identical: 
12/15/2014 – That was’t a Perfect Water or XS Energy drink Van Andel took a gulp from, it looked like a Coke: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2014/12/amways_2014_global_entrepreneu.html
Regarding “2. Education is key. What are the most crucial aspect of entrepreneurship education? Topping the list was “basic business skills,” according to 42 percent of respondents….” I agree, and business skills include digging into whether a business is legitimate, or like Amway, an illegal pyramid and RICO fraud. A few days ago, I emailed all of the “Academic Partners” I could find emails for from this site: http://www.amwayentrepreneurshipreport.com/home and guess how many responded? If you guessed zero, you’re right! Here’s the email:

me

To

john.breen@vu.edu.au norbert.kailer@jku.at B.Surlemont@ulg.ac.be howard@uwaterloo.ca ylzhang@nankai.edu.cn mdabic@efzg.hr korab@fbm.vutbr.cz teemu.kautonen@aalto.fi iselin@hec.fr isabell.welpe@tum.de wiebke.wendler@tum.de c.coleridge@ucl.ac.uk y.caloghirou@ntua.gr karsai.judit@krtk.mta.hu preetamkhandelwal@fms.edu thomas.cooney@dit.ie enrico.santarelli@unibo.it hiro@waseda.jp profkang@snu.ac.kr auste.kiskiene@sunrisevalley.lt jrts@unam.mx t.elfring@vu.nl Lars.Kolvereid@uin.no uuklich@cyf-kr.edu.pl Rui.Baptista@brunel.ac.uk m_dragusin@yahoo.com shirokova@gsom.pu.ru marian.zajko@stuba.sk bostjan.antoncic@ef.uni-lj.si Boris.Urban@wits.ac.za jaume.valls@ub.edu karl.wennberg@hhs.se dietmar.grichnik@unisg.ch tokera@boun.edu.tr isakova@nas.gov.ua daudrets@indiana.edu
Dec 9 at 10:21 AM
12/14/2014 – You just can’t help some people, and this illustrates why I didn’t mind giving up the right to exercise my First Amendment right to contact IBOs, because they are too far “gone” to pay attention to the facts, as is “Shea,” below:

Those without knowledge should not speak.

I have knowledge. Did you read my website?

why should I when all it would do is dishearten my courage. Why does it matter to you what I do with MY life?

Who’s in these photos?

It has nothing to do with your courage, it has to do with you being scammed.

I don’t want anybody to be scammed, but I’m willing to make an exception if you refuse to read the facts about Amway’s scam

And here’s an example of why people don’t complain about losing money, and Amway IBOs are taught that if they don’t succeed, it is their fault, because the “system” is perfect: http://patrickpretty.com/2014/12/13/feds-liberty-reserve-figure-mark-marmilev-shilled-on-talkgold-ponzi-forum-and-also-hired-shills-to-do-so-memo-speaks-to-vast-wasteland-of-online-criminality/, which says in part,“Aftermath of Liberty Reserve Shutdown. Following the shutdown of Liberty Reserve in May 2013, law enforcement agents monitoring various online criminal forums (such as “hacking” or “carding” forums) observed numerous postings by users of these forums bemoaning Liberty Reserve’s closure and the resulting loss of funds that they had on Liberty Reserve’s system. Many users complained of losing tens of thousands of dollars or more that they had in their Liberty Reserve accounts. By contrast, very few Liberty Reserve users have contacted the Southern District of New York seeking to recoup their Liberty Reserve funds on the basis that they were conducting legitimate business on the site. When the Liberty Reserve takedown was announced to the public in May 2013, users were instructed to contact the Southern District of New York if they wished to recoup their funds. Notwithstanding that Liberty Reserve had more than 5 million registered user accounts, only 32 persons have contacted the Southern District of New York from May 2013 to September 2014. Similarly, notwithstanding that numerous Liberty Reserve accounts were doing a high volume of business as Liberty Reserve “exchangers,” only one Liberty Reserve exchanger has contacted the Southern District of New York about a potential claim since May 2013, and that claim was ultimately not pursued.”I hope the FTC is listening, because they told me a few years ago they need a significant volume of complaints to go after these perps.
12/12/2014 – An interesting review, but he doesn’t quite fully understand the ATS/RICO fraud and lack of retail sales/illegal pyramid: http://www.jasonleehq.com/amway-review/ This paragraph is particularly interesting, as I knew the stairstep breakaway has this weakness (which is more than overcome by the ATS, and was an incentive, along with greed, for the ATS being created), and here’s a specific story: “The compensation plan is called a “stairstep breakaway,” which requires the business rep to effectively rebuild a leg once it has reached what’s called Platinum status (7500 points). Basically, legs break off once they qualify and the commissions turn into 4% royalties instead of commissioned payouts. I asked a former Amway emerald once what it was like having his first leg break-off and his reply was: “it’s awful, you really know how to ask painful questions don’t you.” He went on to explain his commissions dropped by at least 80% when they turned into “royalties.” It should be noted that the royalties technically disappear if the volume in the leg drops below 7500 points, so it’s not really a “permanent” royalty unless you maintain your volume.”

Amway’s fortunes dip in India

Amid its run-ins with the police over direct-selling model, firm’s net profit falls 20% in FY14, revenue down 8%

Looks like this is why Amway recently announced India is planned to be the manufacturing hub for that part of the world (http://www.indianretailer.com/article/whats-hot/trends/India-set-to-become-Amway-s-regional-hub-2642/#.VIhBsfldWSo) and this rare interview was given, it’s called damage control: http://fortune.com/2014/12/09/amway-steve-van-andel/

12/6/2014 – Herbalife sounds a lot like Amway by refusing to answer simple questions: http://wnpr.org/post/whats-driving-electric-rate-hike-connecticut-herbalifes-so-called-pyramid-scheme
12/4/2014 – Want to see what putting lipstick on a pig looks like? Here’s the pig with the lipstick: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stanleyvanetten and notice his bio is blank between 2006 and 2013. Here’s the pig without the lipstick, and tells what he was doing during that time-frame: http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/11157466/ Notice the law enforcement folks had a devil of a time putting him out of business by suing him civilly for running an illegal pyramid, but were ultimately successful with a criminal prosecution. This has lessons on a multiple of levels for Amway and most other MLM scams, including telling only part of the story, glossing over major negative issues, the difficulty and length of time it takes to serve some semblance of justice, using criminal activity as part of a resume, etc.
12/2/2014 – This has been in the news for the past couple of weeks, and the parallel is being drawn of being physically raped and not coming forward and being financially raped and not coming forward: https://celebrity.yahoo.com/news/janice-dickinson-says-bill-cosby-drugged-raped-her-143000218-us-weekly.html In both cases, the rape occurred, the problem is not reporting it allows it to continue. So, if you’ve been scammed by Amway or another MLM and don’t step forward, it’s YOUR fault these scams continue, just as it is Janice Dickenson’s fault Bill Cosby [allegedly] raped many other women. In the case of Amway and most other MLMs, there is no need to use the term “allegedly,” because this site is full of evidence to the contrary. Amway did NOT sue me for libel/slander in 2010, and they can’t win by suing me for libel/slander now, because I speak the truth and the facts.
11/29/2014 – Amway’s Pinckney steps in it again. As far as I know, he is still under house arrest in India, awaiting trial from his arrest and 2 month visit to jail last summer: http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/letters-amway-s-vision-114112501431_1.html. Here’s my response, sent via email to the editor:
Dear Editor,
A recent letter to the Editor from Amway: Letters: Amway’s vision is full of half-truths, i.e., lies.
William Pinckney, Managing Director & CEO, Amway India is very careful not to mention who the products are being sold to, and it is well known most of the overpriced products are sold to distributors, who have a future hope of making a net profit. Unfortunately, this will not be realized for most of them. Instead, they will lose money, drop out, only to be replaced by another victim. This is called an illegal pyramid. In addition, most of the profit for the high level distributors comes from the Amway Tool Scam. This is called RICO fraud. This is Amway’s formula. These issues are explained in detail on my website: http://www.StopTheAmwayToolScam.wordpress.com
I would gladly debate ANYBODY from Amway regarding this matter.
Regards,
Scott Johnson
(Actual addrress/phone number sent, withheld here for obvious reasons)
11/28/2014 – The drumbeat against MLM scams continues around the world, as Norway declares World Ventures an illegal pyramid: http://www.nettavisen.no/na24/–dette-er-et-pyramidespill/8514999.html Key to this decision is the 50% criteria. In other words, if 50% or more of the profit does not come from external customers, the MLM is considered an illegal pyramid. As the SEC and FTC websites clearly state, this includes bonuses for signing up people AND their ongoing purchases. This should include ALL profit, including the ATS profit.
11/16/2014 – Ever notice how state AGs are quick to go after easy targets, such as these womens’ gifting programs, yet Amway remains untouched? –> http://www.jrn.com/kivitv/news/Idaho-Attorney-General-issues-pyramid-schemes-and-gifting-circles-warning-283988381.html It boils down to who has the lawyers, how simple or complex the issues are (state AGs like easy targets), and who has political influence (hint: it isn’t these housewives). Of course, once one understands the $10,000 pencil MLM illustration and ATS, Amway should be an easy target, their lawyers become meaningless, it is 2 simple scams, and political influence becomes a moot point.
11/25/2014 – So much for saturation, Amway is still targeting universities, a great source of “fresh meat”: https://gregguy.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/amway-the-american-way-and-selling-the-idea-of-becoming-rich/
11/23/2014 – Can’t get enough real retail customers? Just cheat, and Amway is glad to help you do it: John Bohman (@John_Bohman) _ Twitter All you need is somebody’s name (a phone book is good for that), how you contacted them (the usual, telephone, at work, at play, email, twitter, facebook, etc., etc., etc.) and then assign the desired PV, that you bought for self consumption, to them. Just like the old days, except it was the upline who taught us how to fake out the computer, which is no longer needed! Of course, this doesn’t mean they don’t keep claiming miracles (see in particular towards the top of page 3): SANJIV VERMA (BABLU) (@wwwpurenaturopa) _ Twitter By the way, it’s also illegal to advertise an Amway business online, but who cares, right Amway?
11/20/2014 – Think Herbalife is doing anything REMOTELY novel with their curing cancer claims? How else do you sell overpriced products? Nutrilite/Amway figured this out a LONG time ago, prior to May 21, 1951, to be exact: http://business.tcnj.edu/files/2014/11/1951-Nutrilite-FDA-extravagant-claims.pdf Once the government cracks down on the false medial claims, the next logical “opportunity” to scam is tool scams! Keep in mind Nutrilite is where Amway founders Van Andel and DeVos got their MLM start, before starting Amway in 1959. Once a scam artist, always a scam artist.
11/9/2014 – If anybody ever doubted, here’s another Twitter, for the proof that Amway is a scam. I wouldn’t doubt the picture is photo-shopped, but what is true is when I was invited by Amway to attend a PR conference in Prague, Czech Republic in the spring of 2008, 2 Amway female employees were gushing over Barry, that he was so “dreamy.” That’s one heck of a criteria to lead the free world, and the past 6 years are proof that the only bigger mistake than electing this clown was reelecting him:

AMWAY: The way to go to obtain financial freedom. — — Sent by WhatsApp

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11/8/2014 – Here’s just one example, from Twitter, of the typical “love-bombing” that goes on with Amway and many other MLMs, be sure to click on the instagram link:

And this is just 20 secs of our … imagine the rest! If not …

Everyone is hugging each other because they hope the direct contact stops the financial bleeding most of them are experiencing. All of that “love” goes away once the bank accounts are empty and credit cards maxed out. So if anyone thinks that my agreement with Amway not to contact current IBOs, or encouraging, aiding, or abetting others to do so was a “win” for Amway, I can guarantee most IBOs are too far “gone” to pay attention to the ATS facts!

11/6/2014 – http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/06/herbalife-ackman-letter-idUSL1N0SW2I920141106 “Ackman gives Herbalife’s new compliance chief pointers on job” LOL! Here’s a story on why Herbalife stock took another nosedive: http://www.bidnessetc.com/28670-herbalife-tumbles-as-the-biggest-bull-slashes-target-price/1/ and here’s the actual letter: http://cdn1.valuewalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Letter_to_Pamela_Jones_Harbour11.6.14-1.pdf
10/31/2014 – Let’s hope this doesn’t get final approval: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/herbalife-pay-15-mln-settle-005057261.html, but it unfortunately probably will, in order for the judge to get an item off of his/her docket, instead of resulting in justice. The $15 million is just the attorney’s fees for the Pokorny v Quixtar (Amway) lawsuit a couple of years ago. Why the courts allow major changes to be made and simultaneously allow Herbalife/Amway not to admit fault is beyond comprehension.
10/29/2014 – One of the reasons why some people say the FTC won’t go after large MLMs like Amway and Herbalife is because they are too big, too politically influential, etc. That thought can be tossed out the window, as AT&T’s revenue was nearly $130 BILLION last year, so these MLMs are like stepping on the cockroaches they are: http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/10/ftc-says-att-has-misled-millions-consumers-unlimited-data
Amway and Herbalife COMBINED are about 10% of AT&T revenue.
10/27/2014 –  Dave Ramsey lays an egg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7e-089JOLM
10/26/2014 – Lawsuit against Vemma could have been written against Amway: https://www.truthinadvertising.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Horanzy-v.-Vemma-complaint.pdf, especially when one considers how people are recruited: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1y5l5l_this-is-vemma-welcome-to-the-revolution_lifestyle
10/24/2014 – What a perfect description of an Amway LCK: http://www.edmontonsun.com/2014/10/24/ringleader-of-a-6-million-alberta-mortgage-fraud-handed-a-10-year-prison-term, which says, in part, “Several victims were crying in court and nodding along with the judge’s description of the “unscrupulous fraudster” who caused some to lose money and homes and caused failed marriages and despair. “Mr. MacMullin epitomizes the definition of a racketeer,” said Germain, calling the real estate businessman and Amway recruiter a “pathological, dishonourable, deceitful individual who didn’t care who he hurt.””

10/18/2014 – The SEC may have some upcoming fireworks for scams like Herbalife and Amway: http://www.sec.gov/News/PressRelease/Detail/PressRelease/1370543184660#.VEHDNPldWSo, which says, in part,

10/17/2014 – A good series on MLM, story #3 focuses on Amway: http://projects.aljazeera.com/2014/multilevel-marketing/mlm.html
10/15/2014 – Although a pro-MLM site, it appears the facts regarding the need to have external customers are beginning to seep through: http://www.businessforhome.org/2014/10/home-party-companies-with-a-unique-twist/
10/14/2014 – India slams Amway and the DSA, AGAIN! See http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/govt-plans-to-catch-chit-funds-under-rs-100-cr-that-escape-sebi-net/, which states, in part, “…the Intelligence Bureau reported in 2012 that “fresh” illegal financial activities of chit fund companies were cheating lower middle class and poor people, especially in rural and semi urban areas. The proposed changes, prepared by Department of Financial Services (DFS), also drags in “pyramid marketing schemes” within the act with some safeguards to exclude selling of goods and services, but not those sales where there is no economic activity or addition of economic value save for creating a chain of new participants and distribution of economic benefits to the existing ones. The department has also turned down request of Indian Direct Selling Association (IDSA) – comprising biggies like Amway, Tupperware and Hindustan Unilever Network – to include direct selling schemes as an exempted category under Section 11 of the Act.”
10/12/2014 – This video is a few years old, but it tells the right message in an energetic manner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qISR7KrQ5xo
10/10/2014 – Wouldn’t it be great if this guy wins this year’s ArtPrize? http://visitsteve.com/news/no-thanks-artprize/
10/9/2014 – Ever wonder why the FTC is so slow on the uptake when it comes to shutting down MLM scams like Amway and Herbalife? Here’s some evidence: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-08/herbalife-s-new-compliance-chief-comfortable-risking-neck.html which says, in part, “Herbalife Ltd. (HLF)’s new compliance chief said her experience using the company’s shakes, as well as an informal look at its operations, made her willing to stick her neck out for a business that’s being probed by regulators.Pamela Jones Harbour, who spent seven years with the Federal Trade Commission, was introduced as Herbalife’s first senior vice president for global member compliance and privacy on Oct. 6. That experience with the same agency that’s now investigating allegations Herbalife runs a pyramid scheme boosted the shares 6 percent after her hiring was announced.”With “geniuses” like Pam as one of the 5 politically appointed commissioners, it’s no longer a mystery! It should also be noted all of the HLF stock gains, and then some, have disappeared.
10/8/2014 – The more things change, the more they stay the same. Here’s the latest on Brig Hart, former Amway and MonaVie tool scammer, and his new business scam: https://thelifesupportsystem.com/
10/7/2014 – Yesterday, HLF hires a former FTC commissioner to clean up distributor behavior: http://nypost.com/2014/10/07/former-ftc-big-jumps-on-board-herbalife/ and today, HLF admits they will be punished and brace in hope it isn’t a total shutdown: http://www.valuewalk.com/2014/10/herbalife-ltd-hlf-will-shut-ftc-fbn/, I wonder if she is having second thoughts?
10/6/2014 – Herbalife outlaws personal retail sites: http://cdn1.valuewalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Herbalife-Advisory-Jun-9-2014-re-online-sales-through-GoHerbalife-com-on….pdf Probably in response to outrageous medical claims, HLF put the hammer down on personal retailing sites, as well as reminded their distributors about the longstanding prohibition regarding sales on eBay, Amazon, Craigslist, etc., but you can find numerous products being sold on these sites RIGHT NOW.
9/28/2014 – I don’t think this is the XS Energy drink “Blast” that Amway sells: http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/226142321 As any regular reader knows, I am not in favor of physical violence against Amway, but Amway shouldn’t be surprised by people exploding 3 hand grenades outside of India offices every third day for the past few days, given the long pattern of scamming others, threatening, and beating up those who get taken advantage of by Amway and their high level IBO LCK sycophant mafia bosses, all of which is thoroughly documented on this blog.
9/27/2014 – Amway may have qualified for this club, but their growth rate is less than most of the companies listed in this recent report: http://directsellingnews.com/index.php/view/the_100_million_growth_club#.VCaivvldWSo Of course, the bottom half companies listed are the typical flash in the pan MLMs that come and go every year. Only well constructed scams like Amway can last for decades.
9/20/2014 – I went to the Amway traveling road show in Denton, TX similar to the one Amway did in 2008, except I was an IBO back then and went inside. What I noticed was this one was much less attended, and I thought the Hispanic session would have more attendees than the English session, but both had less than 50 people show up, I estimate about 30 for each, whereas the one in 2008 had several hundred attendees. Therefore, it is some combination of:
1. The location being less centrally located than in 2008,
2. Being for IBOs only (we were encouraged to bring customers in 2008, although there were probably very few there),
3. Not being as well promoted by Amway than in 2008,
4. Not being as well promoted by the upline, and/or my favorite,
5. There are much fewer IBOs around than in 2008.
What was similar was how few Anglos showed up to the one in both 2008 and 2014. Even the English session was composed of mostly Oriental/India area people, plus a small handful of older Caucasians. Hopefully the Amway employees also participated in 2008 and were very disappointed in this year’s attendance. In any event, it had to be considered a complete failure/flop.
9/17/2014 – Another great article from Whitney, be sure to check out my comment as well: http://www.valuewalk.com/2014/09/whitney-tilson-3/
9/12/2014 – Avon, one of the small handful of founding DSA companies, is so disgusted with the other companies in the DSA such as Amway, as well as the DSA itself, they followed in the footsteps of Tupperware, a company that quit a couple of years ago (see below January 9, 2013 story)  As Tupperware did, Avon didn’t leave quietly, they kicked the walls and doors around on their way out: Avon Open_Letter_to_Direct_Selling_Companies The letter clearly identifies the two major issues that MLM scams have and are discussed in detail throughout this blog, namely, the tool scams, which are RICO fraud, and overpriced products, which results in little to sales to external customers and is an illegal pyramid.
9/11/2014 – This blog gets a shout-out from Whitney Tilson, close friend of fellow HLF short Bill Ackman: http://www.valuewalk.com/2014/09/whitney-tilson-discusses-short-hlf-and-exas-positions/ Thanks, Whitney!
8/14/2014 – This story is from Brazil, from another MLM who was upset that he was ripped off by his upline: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fgazetaonline.globo.com%2F_conteudo%2F2014%2F08%2Fnoticias%2Fcidades%2F1494817-homem-atira-em-ex-colega-de-trabalho-que-o-convidou-para-entrar-na-telexfree.html&edit-text=, which states, in part, “..an investment in the failed scheme pyramids Telexfree would be the motivation of the crime… He was injured by a co-worker…Two shots were fired at the victim from behind. One of the shots hit the back of the employee’s head, went through the skull and out the victim’s face. The other bullet caught him in the arm.” As I’ve said before, I’m not in favor of physical violence, and wouldn’t encourage anybody to be violent, but that position is obviously not universally held by everybody, such as Amway, as shown on this blog, in the Amway Physical Attacks/Threats thread, section N.Where man was shot by a former coworker at the Glory in Vila Velha
8/11/2014 – Sometime during the day, this obscure blog went over the 100,000 page view mark, and this blog has only been around for about a year and a half! Thanks to each and every person who visited, and one of the best things you can do is forward the blog link to every single non-Amway IBO you know.
8/4/2014 – Amway pulls another 1979 trick, this time in South Korea. Amway was hammered in the U.S. for price fixing, now they’ve been slapped on the wrist in South Korea as well: http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/5734/multi-level-shady-amway-korea-flaunts-regulations-receives-slap-wrist
8/3/2014 – Yet another hilarious slam on Amway: http://www.tylerpaper.com/TP-Life/203241/moore-thoughts-inflict-meetings-on-illmannered-cretins-or-boors#.U964EvldWSp, which says, in part, “A cretin who drives in the left lane at the same speed as the person in the right lane would deserve the much harsher sentence of an Amway meeting; after which, they’d be required to repeatedly ask all of their friends if they’d like to make an extra $3-$5 thousand a month, until one of their friends pummels them.” Of course, I don’t support physical pummeling, but Amway does: https://stoptheamwaytoolscam.wordpress.com/amway-physical-attacksthreats/
8/2/2014 – I wonder how many of these new distributors came over from Herbalife, ever since Herbalife shut down their tool scams: http://www.businessforhome.org/2014/07/usana-q2-revenue-188-million/ and http://news.vemma.com/2014/07/08/vemma-joins-100-million-growth-club/ Of course, none of the 3 companies are going to admit it; Herbalife because they don’t want to advertise people leaving after the tools scams were banned, and the other two MLMs, because they want their people to think the growth is organic. But we know MLM “leaders” often hop from MLM to MLM and take their groups with them, because the new MLM typically pays these “leaders” millions of dollars to create “growth” and increase the production, which decreases production costs/item and increases their profit by both margin and volume perspectives.
8/1/2014 – You just can’t make this stuff up! I’ll bet Amway is excited they named this MLM after dope (Cannabis) and Amway. Also, you have to be a dope on drugs (or an illegal alien) to be in either MLM: http://kannaway.com/
7/31/2014 – Besides Herbalife, Vemma is now in the mainstream news, so Amway’s days are numbered as well, we just have to keep pushing to make the number as small as possible: http://www.today.com/video/today/55762945#55762945
7/30/2014 – An update to the Herbalife price increase from 7/26/2014, is this price decrease story from USANA: http://www.businessforhome.org/2014/07/usana-q2-revenue-188-million/ Note the price decrease happened in 2013, when the Ackman/Herbalife controversy was heating up, and USANA took a hit to their financials in the short term, but now has 11% more distributors, and these distributors are probably able to sell more products to external customers as a result.
7/29/2014 – Amway CEO/scam artist out of jail on bond, unclear what his restrictions are, but it appears he is being confined to India: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1140729/jsp/business/story_18664372.jsp#.U9kJQPldWSo An earlier story (see 7/11/2014, below) reported Amway was trying to pressure the India government for his release, which would have included allowing him to leave the country, and counting on various financial, diplomatic, and other means of forcing this outcome. But when it became apparent India wasn’t going to allow him to leave India, they at least got him out of jail until the trial was finished. Of course, Amway denied everything back in the 1980s when similar charges with Canada popped up, but ended up pleading guilty both criminally and civilly, and ended up paying 10s of millions of dollars for both. These stories can be found elsewhere on this blog, such as here: https://stoptheamwaytoolscam.wordpress.com/amway-physical-attacksthreats/
7/28/2014 – I haven’t seen much said about last week’s Herbalife press release (Prominent Expert Economist and Former FTC Advisor Provides Analysis of the Herbalife Business Model _ Business Wire July 2014) that supposedly refutes Bill Ackman’s presentation. However, I have a few questions:
1. From the headline, why does it take a “Prominent Expert Economist and Former FTC Advisor” who “Provides Analysis of the Herbalife Business Model?” Wouldn’t a lower level accountant be able to perform the simple math required in yesterday’s story? There are 2 major conclusions, listed at the top of the press release, and the problems are evident:
A. There are no definitions of terms. For example, when the so-called “expert”  concludes “Estimates That 97% of Herbalife’s Products Are Purchased for End-Use Consumption,” does this mean 3% are given away? I am assuming an “end user” could be a distributor or a customer, who else could be purchasing the products? Herbalife has already said a much lower percent is returned, on the order of 0.2%, so what happens to the other 2.8%? Do they make YouTube videos with exploding coke bottles with the remainder? How does Herbalife know what happens to the 2.8%, since they have already stated they don’t even know how much is self consumed vs. sold to external customers, something they are under permanent court order to produce upon demand? What is the basis of the 97% estimate, and what compromises the remaining 2,8%?
B. Another major conclusion is that this “expert” then “Determines That Herbalife’s Operations Are Consistent with Legitimate Multi-Level Marketing – i.e., Not a Pyramid,” but is silent on the recently prohibited tool scams. What about the previous decades of abuse, is everybody supposed to forget about these, as if they never happened? Also, what is the definition of a legitimate MLM vs. a pyramid? Enquiring minds want to know. I have proposed one in yesterday’s story, let’s see if Herbalife comes close.
2. The author’s bio doesn’t even mention MLM: HLF Expert Bio Walter Vandaele, Ph, and if he was doing consumer protection while at the FTC, he either wasn’t involved in MLM or did a VERY poor job. Either way, I’m not impressed.
3.  The question isn’t whether “Herbalife’s U.S. business operations are consistent with the socially beneficial MLM model and inconsistent with the socially harmful pyramid scheme model,” the queston is whether the operations are consistent with being a legal MLM model, the term “socially beneficial” has no meaning in this context.
4. The claim that “The vast majority of Herbalife’s product volume (80%) is consumed by individuals outside the Member network (39%), or consumed by Members who join the Herbalife network primarily to receive product discounts for their own use or that of their family (41%),” the 39% external sales is not supported with the basis, yesterday’s news story shows the retail records are not legitimate, Herbalife doesn’t require them to be turned in, and rarely audits them. Also, there is no basis for the 41%, as many of these people tried to sponsor/sell to customers and failed, so they decided to eat/drink their stock. Also, there is nothing in the law that permits someone to “primarily” join for self consumption/saving money vs. making money. To accept this position is to muddy the waters so much that nothing can be defined, which is obviously one of the main goals of this press release.
5. There is no basis for the 62% or 46% of retail based sales to produce primary profit from retail. In any event, comparing this to the 97% consumed by “end users” is NOT retail sales. The “expert” is making fruit salad with apples and oranges.
6. Stating that only 20% of the products are purchased for distributor self use is not supported by any other source, and the basis for this value, as shown above, is not defined.
7. The statement that “Herbalife products have significant intrinsic value and market demand” is not supported by anyone except this expert, as shown above, did not provide basis for this statement.
8. The claim that “The investment required for Members to join Herbalife is not large and is mostly recoverable. Member starter pack purchases, unsellable inventory, and discretionary training material purchases can all be returned to Herbalife through a 100% money-back return policy” is not true, given the numerous other overhead costs, both legitimate and illegitimate, such as the lead generation and other tool scams that were only recently prohibited. Also, the many/most training materials come from the upline, not Herbalife.
9. The so-called expert also said, “For those who choose to participate, the Herbalife business opportunity offers a reasonable prospect of operating a financially successful business,” but does not define what he considers reasonable.
10. The statement that “Members have a reasonable prospect of being able to profit from reselling Herbalife products” is not supported by any evidence, price comparisons, or other methods of determining the accuracy of this claim.
11. The claim that “The low participation costs allow lower level Members to resell profitably” does not describe the participation costs, so the conclusion is not supported by facts, and if even the customers considered the recently raised prices that were already too high (see yesterday’s news story), then how could the distributors be expected to resell the products profitably?
12. What is the basis of “Many Members who choose to pursue the resale business opportunity do in fact earn performance payment incentives?” Specifically, what is the definition of “many?” And what is the size of the resale payments?
13. Why is the following statement not measure, and instead “estimated?” “An estimated 32% of those individuals eligible for performance payments with one or more Members in their downline earned at least $1,000, 7% earned at least $10,000, and 2% earned at least $50,000.” It is assumed the numbers given are annual amounts, and there is no mention of net profit, only gross profit. Other data shows the 91% who made less than $50,000/year operated at a net loss, and many of the 2% who made $50,000 or more also operated at a net loss. In other words, probably less than 1% operated at a net profit.
14. This is another unsupported and nebulous statement, “Members can earn significant performance payments in reasonable periods of time. Of the three highest level Members, 64% were only in this position 10 years or less and 26% were Members for 5 years or less.” What are the definitions of “significant” and “reasonable,” and the question isn’t whether someone “can” make money, the question is whether they DO make money. The statistic on the 3 highest levels probably includes those who quit after the lead generation systems were banned, which means scammers kicked out produced turnover that created that statistic. Also, normal “pop and drop (out)” accounted for some of the turnover as well. In other words, distributors attained a level, found out it couldn’t be maintained, so they either settled at a lower level or quit Herbalife altogether. These are not flattering facts about Herbalife.
15. The source of the information came from surveys that have already been discredited by others, I see no need to repeat these points. However, it should be noted all of the above expert claims are now known to be based on this highly questionable data.
16. The expert was admittedly involved “…in the design of the survey sample, the development of the survey instrument and the analysis of the survey responses.” Not exactly a detached, 3rd party view.
17. Also, the data from 2012 did not include ANY information regarding external customer retail sales, which is the heart of the debate.
18. The “expert” was only with the FTC for 5 years, and obviously as a junior member of the organization, which looks good on a resume, but only at first blush. The remainder of his career is as a paid consultant. Many consultants know to tell the story the customer wants to hear, that’s how many of them get hired in the first place.
19. I doubt VERY seriously this “expert” could be considered an expert in the MLM area, he has shown remarkable lack of knowledge and facts.
20. We know other MLMs lie about the level of retail sales, just visit section “O” of this blog.
21. Other than the above, I think it was a great press release.

7/27/2014 – When everything is boiled down to the fundamental issues, there are only 2, perhaps even 1.

The first is the tool scams, which Herbalife has supposedly ended. This assumes HLF actually enforces the rules, and it is unclear whether they have ended them only in the U.S. or worldwide. However, the previous 30+ years of tool scams should not be dismissed, just like a 30 year bank robber, when caught, and promises to never rob another bank, should not be let go without punishment. 

Unfortunately, the tool profits were not even mentioned in the 1979 Amway case. I don’t know if this was because the FTC was not aware of them or considered them as not being a part of what Amway could be held responsible for, as the tool profits go to the upper level distributors, not Amway. However, more recently the UK and India have clamped down on tool profits, with no tool profits and very limited tool profits allowed, respectively. 

The second, whether there is more than little to no retail sales to external customers. I don’t have an issue with the Nutrition Clubs (NCs) that offer workouts and other social benefits, but I believe most of the NCs have the forced consumption of 100 “practice” shakes to be “qualified” to make them. The FTC and SEC clearly state the “primary” source of profit should be from these retail sales, which implies greater than 50%. 

However, so far the FTC has only pursued court cases that are obviously extremely illegal; companies with little to no retail sales, less than 5%. Therefore, the 50% concept has never been confirmed by the courts. The 1979 Amway case occurred prior to the above FTC/SEC positions, and the FTC erroneously didn’t challenge Amway’s statement that they enforced their retail rules. However, the courts are clear that significant retail sales must occur in order to not be an illegal pyramid, and the 10 customer/month rule was cited by the court in 1979 as a major element in letting Amway stay in business. 

I was specifically taught, along with MANY others, how to manipulate the computer to show self consumed items as retailed items. Other tactics being used include shipping products to a nearby relative/friend, including using their credit card, then picking up the products, personal check in hand, to pay for them. 

Here’s one of the tactics HLF distributors use – do a search for “receipt” Will Herbalife Earnings Be The Final Nail In The Coffin For Short Sellers? and you will find these comments, “Jasonm, I work with two former HLF Senior VPs and they have said exactly what you just wrote. In their opinion most retail receipts were date changed photocopies that distributors submitted every month. No audits were conducted by the company and, in their opinion, most of the receipts were for fictitious transactions.

Assuming Bill doesn’t already have this information, these people should be contacted and investigated, to see if this is the exception or the rule. From my Amway experience, I suspect it is quite common. 

If total profits, from the products and tools are included, a “unified theory” is reasonable. That is, total product and tool profits must consist of over 50% coming from retail sales to non-distributors. With Herbalife’s zero tool profit rule, this means 50% of profit must come from external customers, which is exactly the FTC/SEC stance.

7/26/2014 – Just like the overpriced Amway products, check out the last sentence in this comment: guest-ssiiesl Jul 25th, 15:51 at Shake, rattle ‘n’ roll HLF has the gall to raise prices during all of this, probably in an attempt to keep revenue up. It says, “Why target Herbalife, is it because Ackman want public support that it is a pyramid for his own gain? Is he threatened by Herbalife’s growth. What if the like of Amway and Tupperware and others all up there with Herbalife? He will be trying to pull all these companies down to make way for him. I use the product and because I love the product I joined to get the discount not for the business. My family enjoys the product as part of our daily food. But Im not happy that Herbalife raise their price up as it is already expensive
7/25/2014 – Obviously feeling the heat despite repeatedly denying they run a massive illegal pyramid, Herbalife hires a big gun lobbyist: http://www.corpcounsel.com/home/id=1202664598282?kw=Herbalife%20Hires%20Lobbyist%20With%20Deep%20Roots%20in%20Washington&et=editorial&bu=Corporate%20Counsel&cn=20140725&src=EMC-Email&pt=Afternoon%20Update
7/24/2014 – Some good commentary from Bill Ackman, after his Herbalife presentation from a couple of days ago: http://money.cnn.com/video/investing/2014/07/22/bill-ackman-herbalife-exclusive-explaining-pyramid-scheme.cnnmoney Also, while not actually news, but a nice Herbalife historical summary: http://moneymorning.com/2014/07/22/herbalife-stock-nyse-hlf-soars-despite-ackmans-effort-heres-how-this-battle-began/
7/23/2014 – One can tell a lot about somebody by how they use their money. In the case of Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn, who have been at odds with each other (and that’s an extremely mild mannered way of describing it!), they have pledged at least half of their wealth during and/or after their death to philanthropy: http://givingpledge.org/index.html, while  DeVos/Van Andel, who are the 2 Amway founders and multi-billionaires who are NOT on the list, and instead name various buildings after themselves, all of which except for one are for-profit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Andel_Arenahttp://www.vai.org/http://devosplace.org/http://devosperformancehall.com/, not to mention the NBA franchise that has chased off two of the most talented big men in history, Shaq and Dwight Howard, who were voted as the 2 best all-time Orlando Magic players (bleacherreport.com/articles/83299-all-time-best-orlando-magic-players): http://www.amwaycenter.com/
To be fair, which the reader will find here like no other source, DeVos and Van Andel are involved in various philanthropic interests, mainly to look like Bernie Madoff, to make everyone think they are great guys, and out of the guilt of running a lifelong scam: http://learningtogive.org/papers/paper380.html
Here’s DeVos’ “explanation” on why he reluctantly agreed to name things after himself, although we all know the major reason is ego/grandstanding: http://videos.mlive.com/grpress/2009/05/rich_devos_discusses_why_his_n.html

7/19/2014 – Herbalife letter to LULAC: http://nypost.com/2014/07/18/herbalife-fires-back-at-latino-activist/ and here’s my email response to Jimbo (also note I contacted Univision, had a nice talk with them, and they may contact me next week for additional information):

Dear Mr. Berklas:
 
On July 17, 2014, you sent a letter to a Ms. Julie Contreras in which you took issue with the following statement recently made on Univision: “…according to LULAC’s Julie Contreras, there is fear in the community that Herbalife is spreading the rumor that those who make accusations against the company will be reported to immigration authorities.” Besides the fact that “Herbalife” could include Herbalife corporate, its employees, etc., as well as any Herbalife distributor, you have an extremely weak position. Also, I have reason to believe that you have many illegal aliens as distributors. 
 
I strongly support MLMs not ripping off people regardless of their ethnicity or legal status. I have collected information for several years, mostly regarding Amway, one of your fellow MLM scam companies. I also noticed the striking similarities between Amway and Herbalife. You can view the Herbalife related information here, I suggest you do a page search for “Herbalife”: https://stoptheamwaytoolscam.wordpress.com/new-news-and-old-news/
 
Herbalife has strong support in the Latino community due to the widespread lying about your products and the business model. Herbalife cherishes those lies, and has/is deeply operating an illegal pyramid and tool scam RICO fraud. 
It matters little that, “Herbalife can unequivocally state that it does not, nor has it ever, used immigration status as a conflict resolution tool.” As I have already advised Univision, as well as the FTC, FBI, DOJ, SEC, all 50 state AGs, that Amway and businesses similar to Amway are illegal pyramids and RICO fraud, and are therefore criminally and civilly responsible.
 
As an officer of the court, it is your legal responsibility to correctly and accurately portray Herbalife’s business model with the world, a relationship that has been consistently reconfirmed as unfair and deceptive. The integrity required of a corporate leader demands that you refrain from spreading these falsehoods and correct your misstatements. Other lawyers are currently being investigated by regulators and sued by victims for providing false information and advice regarding MLM behavior, such as TelexFree. For example, Herbalife is under permanent court order in California to maintain information that can be easily converted to retail volume upon demand, yet when David Einhorn asked a simple retail level question in May 2012 at the quarterly conference call, over 2 YEARS ago, there was no responsive answer. Over the next few months, the “answers” were extremely inconsistent. To this day there is no answer, yet Herbalife has made major changes regarding how distributors vs. members are counted. Also, only because of Bill Ackman’s pressure, Herbalife stopped the abusive lead generation systems last year, and the remainder of the Herbalife tool scam last month. However, the financial abuse these unfair and deceptive practices have wrought on millions of people over the past few decades is extreme, and Herbalife has been aware of these abusive systems for a VERY long time, as some of the distributors running them served/serve on the Herbalife Board of Directors. Merely stopping the unfair and deceptive behavior is not enough, the past decades of abuse have caused a LOT of damage to a LOT of people. Just as a 30 year bank robber being caught wouldn’t be let go if they promised to never rob a bank again, Herbalife is in a VERY serious legal position.
I suspect that your statement is the product of misinformation disseminated by Herbalife corporate’s paid employees. Nonetheless, these lies are illegal and will probably be prosecuted. By the way, you stated that repeating a false statement is defamatory, but it isn’t, unless the person repeating it knows it is false or is acting in an extremely reckless manner. I demand that you cease and desist from this conduct and that you submit a written retraction of your statement to Ms. Contreras immediately. I demand that you publicly retract in as conspicuous a manner as possible any statements you have made, orally or in writing, to the effect that Herbalife is a legitimate business. I also request that you meet with me so that I might correct your misunderstandings regarding Herbalife’s strained and remote relationship with the truth.
This letter is not intended as a full enumeration of my claims, rights, remedies or damages, or the factual and legal bases thereof, each of which is expressly reserved. Should you choose to sue Ms. Contreras or any other person speaking the truth about Herbalife, the discovery process will shine a very bright light on the dark and illegal underbelly of Herbalife.
 
Sincerely,
Scott Johnson
(Phone number provided to HLF, but withheld from this blog – there’s a LOT of weirdos out there!)
7/18/2014 – Amway’s lawsuit with the recording companies (see 4/5/2014 story below for background information) is going down in flames. The judge already rejected huge chunks of Amway’s lawsuit against the record companies, even before the lawsuit gets out of the gate:  https://www.law360.com/ip/articles/559137/sony-warner-get-amway-copyright-ambush-suit-trimmed, the free portion of which states, “A Florida federal judge on Friday threw out Amway Corp.’s claims that Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group Corp. conspired to interfere with UMG Recordings Inc.’s agreement to notify Amway of any copyright violations by Amway distributors, finding Sony and Warner were part of that…. ” Here’s the entire document: Amway Sony 7-18-14 Essentially, the judge stated the conspiracy and tortuous interference charges are impossible, as there is an existing agreement, and therefore it is IMPOSSIBLE for the record companies to conspire or interfere, that would have to come from an entity not associated with the agreement. It’s amazing how much money Amway pays these goofball lawyers, just like they did for my settlement agreement with them, after they sued me and got virtually NOTHING out of it, with the exception of high lawyer and other costs, as well as my “green light” to pummel Amway into submission without the possibility of Amway being able to do anything about it.
7/16/2014 – Look out Rush Limbaugh, here I come! Here’s a recently interview/discussion I had recently, listen and learn: http://thewomreport.blogspot.com/2014/07/stop-amway-tool-scam-blogger-scott.html
7/15/2014 – After 5 years, Steadson finally gets around to adding to his “Part 1” lies on his blog regarding the ATS: https://stoptheamwaytoolscam.wordpress.com/r-my-favorite-amway-village-idiot-ibofb/ search for “half a decade”
7/13/2014 – Another MLM scam gets some media attention: http://www.cincinnati.com/search/vemma/ Vemma is run by a guy whose parents were in Amway, and I believe he participated as well, so he knows the scam scenario very well. Here’s another Herbalife story about how similar Herbalife is to Amway: http://www.valuewalk.com/2014/06/herbalife-ltd-hlf-responds-to-lulac-amid-concerns/#comment-1451589258 As usual, she didn’t keep up the conversation or respond to my email request. This is why these scams keep going, people with the information don’t want to work together to bring change. Sad, but true.
7/11/2014 – This “news” is actually over a week old, but I just saw it: http://apthenewstate.in/2014/07/cops-tracking-diamonds-of-amway A couple of India states are now working together to round up Amway Diamonds (I assume this includes Emeralds and Platinums as well), and keeping Pinckney in jail, where he belongs. Apparently, Amway wanted him to get his passport back as a condition of being released on bail, and India refused. Guess he’ll be eating jail food for a while. Perhaps this is Amway’s new weight loss program, go to jail for a few months and come out much “trimmer” than you went in.
7/9/2014 – Amway gets publicly hammered again: http://www.telegram.com/article/20140709/NEWS/307089549, which states, in part, “Boston is 39-51, 12 games below .500 with 72 to play. The Red Sox’ current losing streak is four games, and they are 1-7 on the homestand. The first-place Orioles were rained out at Washington, so Boston is 10½ games behind them.Still, Sox manager John Farrell has been answering questions about his team as though he just got back from an Amway convention. “We’re not ready to turn the page on this season,” Farrell said before the game, but during this homestand, he has crossed the line from positive thinking to delusional.”
And here’s another one: http://fortmyers.floridaweekly.com/news/2014-07-09/Arts_(and)_Entertainment_News/Confessing_to_an_intense_summertime_fling.html, which states, in part, “…I’ve written before about the fact that I’d prefer to attend an early morning Amway meeting or drink white zinfandel out of a box rather than have anything to do with sports.”
7/2/2014 – Amway gets access to half their Indian money, while Amway CEO rots in jail: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/140702/nation-current-affairs/article/amway-can-operate-accounts-high-court
7/1/2014 – Herbalife class action lawsuit inches forward: http://www.naturalproductsinsider.com/news/2014/07/herbalife-agrees-to-let-other-distributors-join-i.aspx This lawsuit fits hand in glove with Ackman’s effort, and will probably trail the regulatory efforts.
6/26/2014 – This story reminds me of Amway’s interest in fixing the ATS, which is financial rape: http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/editorial/2014/06/27/prison-attack-teacher-met-indifference/11433269/ Also, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! It’s been one month that Amway’s India CEO has been in jail. YYYIIIPPPPPPPEEEEEEE!!!!!!
6/24/2014 – A match made in heaven: http://www.nujournal.com/page/content.detail/id/535162/Federal-regulators-idle-charter-bus-company.html?isap=1&nav=5031 There’s no mystery that this bus company and Amway are made for each other. The parallels are numerous, and Amway should also be ordered “off the road” of being in business:
1. Faking religious beliefs in order to get people to trust them,
2. Doing the right thing is the first thing to go out the window when in a pinch,
3. Using unqualified people in positions of responsibility,
4. Cooking the books is standard operating procedure,
5. Faking shock and claiming authorities went overboard when caught red-handed,
6. Doing whatever it takes to make a buck,
7. Being an “imminent hazard to the public,” in Amway’s case, to their wallets.
6/23/2014 – DeVos, groveling at it’s finest. We’re working REALLY hard to get the India CEO out of jail, it was supposed to be a 2 week hold, but given the news from 6/21/2004 below, he may be there a VERY long time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w596ezYrdng Why don’t YOU go over there and take his place, Doug? Come on, take one for the team! Or are you too busy sailing, taking vacations, etc., while your India CEO rots in jail? And where is the regional CEO, he wasn’t supposed to leave until the guy got out (see 6/2/2014 story)? Is he still there? How long can HE stay in India without getting arrested?
6/21/2014 – Amway criminally removes $1.3 BILLION from India over a period of 10 years: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/140621/nation-current-affairs/article/amway-sent-rs-8000-crore-us-says-enforcement-directorate
6/12/2014 – What an IDIOT! Steadson and his sycophants don’t understand why Amway wants him to take down Amway Wiki! Because it’s a cornucopia of information for regulator and lawyers showing Amway is a scam, what a bunch of abject IDIOTS! LOL: http://www.thetruthaboutamway.com/amway-legal-wants-me-to-shut-down-amway-wiki/#comments
6/11/2014 – India brushes off Amway and number of complaints mount: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/140611/nation-crime/article/amway-probe-already-us-says-cid Also, as far as I know, Pinckney is STILL in jail, and it’s been over 2 weeks!
6/8/2014 – Doug DeVos sounds like he owns a country, and he is such a liar:  Not to mention the 2 week detention period is almost up, so what does this video do, except give the illusion of having influence? And here’s the regional Bozo: 
6/7/2014 – What a joke Amway has become, and not the funny kind: http://businesstoday.intoday.in/story/amway-says-govt-should-help-release-pinckney/1/207023.html
Why should the “government” release Pinckney? The “government” has Pinckney in jail!
Doug, why don’t you go over there and take Pinckney’s place, just like Barry traded a traitor for terrorists? Then they can throw away the key and save prison space over here. LOL
Just like former Diamond Kelly Rogers, who was recently sentenced to 20 years for various Ponzi schemes he honed the principles of while in Amway, and he’s got LOTS more charges against him to last him the remainder of his scammy life.
DeVos just came up with the lie of the year…Amway transparent?
Then what about the Amway Tool Scam, Doug? See http://www.stoptheamwaytoolscam.wordpress.com
There will be a LOT more confidence in India’s business potential, once scams like Amway are kicked out.
6/6/2014 – Happy D-Day everyone! Amway fails in India again, making it a great day for America for another reason: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/140607/business-companies/article/amway-india-enterprises-fails-get-stay
6/5/2014 – STOP THE (ELECTRONIC) PRESS! BREAKING NEWS! HERBALIFE HAS BANNED ALL TOOL PROFITS! herbalife tool profit zero A REGULAR READER OF THIS BLOG WOULD ALREADY KNOW HERBALIFE BANNED THE MOST ABUSIVE PART OF THEIR TOOL SCAM, THE “LEAD GENERATION”  SCAM LAST YEAR, WHICH LED TO VARIOUS PROBLEMS, INCLUDING LOSS OF SOME OF THEIR HIGH LEVEL DISTRIBUTORS, BANKRUPTCIES OF HIGH LEVEL DISTRIBUTORS, AND OTHER MAJOR, LIFE CHANGING EVENTS. NOW AMWAY IS HANGING OUT THERE LARGELY BY THEMSELVES! It is interesting how Herbalife is instructing the distributors to keep detailed records for at least 2 years to prove they are not making ANY tool profit, which is very similar to the permanent court order Herbalife is operating under from the state of CA for their retail sales levels – and Herbalife hasn’t answered David Einhorn’s retail sale question from OVER two years ago! COME ON AMWAY, STOP THE AMWAY TOOL SCAM!!!
6/2/2014 – Amway is sending the India CEO’s boss, they should lock him up, too: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/services/retail/amway-india-ceo-arrest-will-hit-foreign-investor-confidence-says-companys-regional-head/articleshow/35952719.cms By the way, this isn’t going to damage investor confidence, it will increase it, because India is serious about keeping scams out of their country.
Also, here’s the newest targets of Ackman’s campaign against Herbalife, who run a tool scam very similar to the ATS: http://www.herbalifepyramidscheme.com/perpetrators/david-bevan-jane-clark/
5/31/2014 – LULAC comes out swinging against Herbalife, now we need to get a similar Amway email out as well: LULAC Herbalife Complaint 5-31-2014
Also, does this guy’s head look like a ping pong ball: http://week.manoramaonline.com/cgi-bin/MMONline.dll/portal/ep/theWeekContent.do?programId=1073754899&contentId=16939315? I ask, because he’s getting bounced around from police station to police station like one!
5/30/2014 – Is this bizarro world or what? The largest MLM scam, Amway, is visiting the closest communist country, Cuba, while the largest democracy on the planet, India, has his CEO in jail. LOL: http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/30/world/americas/cuba-us-delegation/
5/29/2014 – Interestingly, there has been little news coverage of the Amway India CEO in the U.S., and I couldn’t find ANY in the Grand Rapids area. I think it’s related to the Herbalife stink in the air, Amway doesn’t want to attract any more attention to itself than they have to – I wonder what the jailed CEO thinks of this “dying on the vine” abandonment  treatment? Looks like MLive, the local Grand Rapids rag, finally got around to covering the story. However, we are in a battle to post comments, I’ve had one of mine removed already and posted a couple more, then saved the page. If they remove the new comments, I’ll post the previous version with my scathing comments. Update: It happened, see the 5/29/2014 story here: https://stoptheamwaytoolscam.wordpress.com/mlive-exposes-amway-not/
5/25/2014 – DeVos gets MUCH less than he wanted to for one of his houses: http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2014-05-23/business/sfl-lois-pope-manalapan-mansion-20140523_1_manalapan-generoso-pope-life-memorial-foundation – probably because it stinks like Amway!
5/24/2014 – Is Herbalife imploding? A high level Herbalife distributor sells a huge chunk of stock right smack-dab in the middle of investigations by the FTC, SEC, DOJ, FBI, and at least 2 state AG (Illinois and New York) investigations: http://www.mideasttime.com/insider-selling-john-tartol-unloads-50000-shares-of-herbalife-stock-hlf/149116/ Has his business cratered, and now he needs some quick cash? Has he lost confidence in the Herbalife business going forward? Who knows, but it comes on the heels of the CEO cashing out on a large chunk as well: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-05-08/herbalife-s-johnson-pockets-13-million-after-exercising-options Time will tell, meanwhile, the Herbalife and Amway businesses are strikingly similar, so hopefully the regulators’ next target will be the largest MLM scam on the planet, AMWAY.
5/23/2014 – Amway dirtbag FINALLY sees justice: http://kellygrogers.blogspot.com/After an often delayed trial, former Amway Diamond Kelly Rogers finally got his due. Too bad it wasn’t with regard to Amway, then quite a few other LCKs would be sharing his cell.
5/14/2014 – Good news and bad news.  The FHTM saga is over, as they have settled out of court for $7.75 million: http://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proceedings/112-3069/fortune-hi-tech-marketing-inc-et-al That part is the good news.  The bad news is the government apparently didn’t go after any “net winners,” which means these people not only profited, but those who lost money will get pennies on the dollar.  There were 350,000 who were dooped in the past 4 years alone, which means they each get an average of about $22.
5/13/2014 –  Check out the idiots on this supposed anti-scam blog: http://www.realscam.com/f22/textexs-amway-trunk-mlm-tree-lets-chop-down-thread-gone-wild-3101/index18.html Not a SINGLE one of them, except for EagleOne, is “brave” enough to make a simple and confidential phone call. As of this post, there are 18 pages, be sure to read them all.  By the way, this is related to the 5/2/2014 story below, showing not only do people not report MLM abuses to the FTC, but they refuse to work together to take action. No wonder Amway is still around.
5/2/2014 – This documentary (http://www.factsaboutherbalife.com/former-herbalife-distributors-in-their-own-words) and webcast (http://www.factsaboutherbalife.com/former-herbalife-distributors-speak-out) reinforce what this blog is all about, the 2 major problems with Amway are the same 2 major problems with Herbalife.  Namely, the tool scam (lead generation in Herbalife lingo) and lack of retail sales.  However, just as significantly and missed by most, are 2 other critical issues:
1. The distributors are convinced that if they fail, it is their own fault, as the MLM has a perfect system for attaining success, so why report the financial abuse, and
2. Most former distributors don’t know where to turn for help. In fact, the only Herbalife distributor in the above story who apparently notified the FTC was told to do so by her daughter, a lawyer. Imagine how much less the non-English speaking/reading minorities, many of whom are illegal aliens (see the November 16, 2010 story toward the bottom of this page), would report these abuses.
4/29/2014 – Well, that didn’t take very long. There’s a new Amway lawsuit on the streets of California, known to be an arbitration unfriendly state, as proven by the Pokorny lawsuit. Here it is: http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/04/29/67407.htm
4/28/2014 – Although this has been out since February, I haven’t looked at the site for a while, so it was news to me, and my analysis below may be news to you. Simply substitute “Amway” and “Amway Tool Scam” for “Herbalife” and “Lead-generation” in this Ackman analysis, and you will find these programs are virtually identical, except Herbalife shut down their long-term scam after Ackman applied pressure: http://www.herbalifepyramidscheme.com/deceptive-practices-supporting-herbalife-pyramid-scheme-lead-generation/To be clear, the Amway LCKs don’t sell leads, but they DO sell various meetings, books, CDs, voice mail, web sites, etc.
The second BIG story of the day is Herbalife has suspended their dividend. Not increased it because they are doing so well, not kept it the same because things are a bit dicey on the regulatory front, not reduced it in order to conserve cash for their high legal bills, but outright STOPPED it: http://www.dividend.com/news/2014/todays-after-hours-earnings-herbalife-ltd-ameriprise-financial-inc-and-plum-creek-timber-co-inc-hlf-amp-pcl/ They are obviously doing this in order to prop up their stock price with repurchasing shares on the market. Now the momentum needs to keep moving to ensure Amway and other MLM scams are on the run as well.
4/17/2014 – What’s the big deal? It’s “just another state” AG office that has announced it is investigating Herbalife: http://www.businessinsider.com/illinois-attorney-general-herbalife-2014-4 Beside being one more nail in Herbalife’s corporate coffin, and focusing more attention to MLM in general, here’s the big deal: Illinois was one of 3 states that joined the FTC in shutting down FHTM last year, so they are fresh on the regulations, court precedents, and probably have good relationships with the other states and FTC. THAT’S why this is a BIG DEAL.
4/12/2014 – This is headline news ONLY because it’s so funny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-asYSHPJWQU Notice how “Fast-Eddie” says you sign up for free, then you spend thousands of dollars to join. At least Amway charges $50 to join (except many of the upline don’t tell you that and only offer a “package” for multiple times that much that includes products and tools).  Plus, with Amway you have the “opportunity” to save 30% off of a fictional and highly inflated, and therefore meaningless retail price (the average of 20% and 40% described in the video, which the “Dragons” didn’t believe from the first moment), then spend thousands of dollars on the uplines’ tools! They say imitation is the best form of flattery. Too bad all he had was a sign and not a white board. LOL
4/11/2014 – Two HUGE stories today, Ackman exposes more Herbalife LCKs that are dead-ringers for Amway very worst criminals: http://www.valuewalk.com/2014/04/ackman-reveals-herbalife-ltd-targets/
and the FBI/DOJ are now investigating Herbalife, which should open the floodgates for other MLM scams, such as the “granddaddy of them all,” Amway: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/jp-morgan-sinks-on-earnings-hr-block-surges-2014-04-11
4/9/2014 – WOW!  STOP THE PRESS!!! This news actually came out 2 days ago, but I didn’t see it until today, so it doesn’t count. Now Amway is joining all of the other cockroaches running around with their heads cut off. I don’t believe the PV/BV chart has changed since 1959, but now it will be, thanks to the belated FTC Herbalife investigation. There have been other changes to Amway’s pay plan, such as changing the high end bonuses, for example the 3% “breaking a Platinum” going to 4%, and other increases in higher level pins, leadership depth bonuses, etc., plus the more recent “fast start” incentives that are probably rarely achieved.  Here’s what is apparently being done with Amway’s plan (click on the link for full size view): Amway North America proposes biggest changes to compensation plan in 25 years _ The Truth About Amway and here is the live link: http://www.thetruthaboutamway.com/amway-north-america-proposes-biggest-changes-to-compensation-plan-in-25-years/comment-page-1/#comment-11252 Here’s the current chart:

North American Rebate Scale

PV Rebate (% of BV)
7,500+ 25%
6,000 23%
4,000 21%
2,500 18%
1,500 15%
1,000 12%
600 9%
300 6%
100 3%
What the sycophant folks on the above blog haven’t discussed is WHY the change is being made. I think it’s obvious Amway is feeling direct and/or indirect heat regarding the Herbalife FTC Formal Inquiry. Besides the ATS, the next largest issue in MLMs is the lack of retail, and Amway’s own confidential study in 2006 showed it was 3.4%, and this was BEFORE the economy tanked and most IBOs were not Hispanic and other minorities. I think it’s a safe assumption to postulate there are less available customers for overpriced products now than there was in 2006. There is still a lot we don’t know, such as:
1. Are the folks below 300 PV going to be customers or IBOs? If customers, this is a sneaky way to increase the retail sales above the paltry 3.4% (which I’ve described elsewhere on this blog is an inflated number), and a major issue with Herbalife. Amway could even call these people IBOs or some other name (IBO in training?) and label their purchases as retail sales.
2. Will the first person above 300 PV, whether the below 300 PV folks are customers or IBOs, keep the full 9% differential, instead of sharing it with the “downline” customer product coupon payout?
3. If these folks are customers, will the upline be prohibited from selling them tools?
4. Will the coupon “customer/IBO” be able to get credit for the volume any new “customer/IBOs” they attract? If so, they are an IBO with another name, although I doubt there will be many sales from this angle.
5. Will there be a cost to join and/or renew as a “customer/IBO?”
6. If there is no cost, will these people be treated as they are in the UK, “once an IBO, always an IBO?” See http://amwayukblog.wordpress.com/, which says in part, “However, even an ABO who stops buying products for their own use, let alone selling to others, is counted as an RC. Even an IBO who is attacked and becomes a human vegetable in a coma is counted! Only those who notify Amway they quit aren’t counted, but since there is no longer a renewal fee, very few probably bother with officially quitting by submitting a resignation form/letter. In other words, RCs are mostly the ACCUMULATION of RCs, not the actual number of ACTIVE RCs.”
6. How dark are the stains in the Amway executives’ underwear? LOL
Here’s how the new coupons compare to the “old” payment, assuming 150 PV is 500 BV, which is the ratio being used currently (the BV/PV ratio increases over time to keep up with inflation/product price increases):
PV     Old PV/BVPayment     New Discount/Coupon Payment
             (rises linearly)                               (rises in steps)
100                  $10                                                 $10
149                   $14.90                                          $10
150                   $15                                                 $20
199                    $19.90                                         $20
200                   $20                                                $30
250                    $25                                                $30
300                    $30                                                 ??? (see question 2, above)
For an example of an IBO having 2 personals, and each doing 100 PV, the 2 frontline “customer/IBO” folks get a $10 coupon that is good for a discount on next month’s purchases. It is assumed if one of these IBO quits, Amway gets to keep the $10 discount – a nice raise for them, as IBOs quit all the time! So the first IBO is in the organization would receive $90 (or $70, in the event the $20, $10 for each downline “customer/IBO” is subtracted), instead of the previous $40 ($60 minus the $20, or $10 for each downline IBO). The accumulation of $10 Amway “makes” when customers/IBOs quit or don’t use them in a given month will probably fund the $30-$50 difference.
Of course, the amounts being made are background noise in the environment of the ATS, as the best case, $90 (ignoring for now the fact that the Amway product prices are inflated, so the $90 is largely a myth, but it “feels” like $90 is being made, so all is good for Amway and the upline), is now available to get sucked up into the upline bank accounts. No wonder the IBOAI voted “up” for this plan! The IBOs who are giving their input on this change don’t have a clue regarding the above analysis, so I doubt there will be any significant pushback from them….
4/8/2014 – As reported on 4/2/2014, the cockroaches are scattering, and here’s another example, MonaVie (click on picture for full size view): MonaVie Retail
I checked the MonaVie website, and none of the products were being sold at significantly different prices than the others nor labeled as “new,” so either they aren’t there yet, or the lower pricing is a myth.
4/5/2014 – Amway pulls a “Woodward” and sues the 4 largest music recording companies on the planet: Amway Lawsuit Against Record Companies. The “Woodward” I am referring to is the lawsuit former Amway LCK Orrin Woodward filed in court against Amway the day after he was kicked out in 2007. Amway had their 3rd and final day of mediation with the “Record Companies” on April 3rd, couldn’t come to an agreement, and they sued them the next day, so Amway also obviously had this lawsuit prepared before the mediation, just as Orrin did, not expecting a good mediation outcome. After all, the “Record Companies” (technically, the RIAA) got about $9 million from Amway before: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-19783607.html and it’s quite probable there were additional, non-publicized amounts as well: http://www.amquix.info/amway_riaa.html
In addition to this lawsuit being a continuation of the mid-90s lawsuit the recording companies had against Amway and several high-level IBOs for including copyrighted music in VHF videos that were sold to downline, which included my upline and led to me researching and finding out about the ATS in 2005, there are several other oddities in this lawsuit, including these off the top of my head:
1.  I wonder if some little birdy named “Tex” provided the links to the “Record Companies?” Tweet-tweet!!! No, that couldn’t be, Amway’s highly paid pro-scam lawyers wouldn’t have left a loophole THAT huge in our agreement, would they? LOL Plus, why would I, and how could I, possibly report this old news that is over 12 hours old? Plus, I would have to develop a method to find the videos in a huge database that Craigsl…I mean, YouTube and other online sites, represents. LOL
2. Alternatively, what may have happened is the “Record Companies” didn’t pay much attention to the violations until they noticed how numerous they were, and that they were related to Amway. Then, being rightfully concerned about their names/music being associated with an illegal pyramid scam and RICO fraudulent company, they took action. Amway thinks the entire world revolves around Ada, MI, but they are seriously mistaken. Yeah, that sounds much more believeable. LOL Yeah, that’s the ticket: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx3wrfhQaqk
3. Amway claims the “Record Companies” conspired, concealed, and ambushed Amway with bringing up the issue of violations several years after they occurred. Amway never claims the agreement included prohibition on the “Record Companies” changing their minds.
4. It was filed in the federal court of mid-Florida. Although Amway has a presence in every state from their now-mostly Hispanic IBOs, including Amway’s co-founder and pappa-bear scam artist Rich DeVos owning the Orlando Magic and having at least one of his houses in the area, there are no corporate headquarters of Amway or any of the record companies in Florida or anywhere near Florida. Therefore, Amway probably went forum shopping and thinks thinks this is where the sleaziest lawyers for this type of lawsuit and friendly courts exist, as well as it being a smaller media market, so they hope to draw less attention. Fat chance! Apparently, the previous RIAA lawsuit against Amway was in Orlando as well. Perhaps Amway thinks they’ll get Mickey Mouse on the jury and he will be on their side, instead of the “Record Companies” that compete with Disney. Talk about a Mickey Mouse lawsuit!
5. Have you noticed yet, that even though only one of the four companies Amway is suing use the word “Record” in their name, and the one is a subsidy of another, Amway keeps referring to them as “Record Companies,” but what should one expect from a scamming company stuck in an old, worn out scam?
6. The fact that it took the “Record Companies” 18 months to put together the list shows how numerous the violations were. The fact that Amway claims to have put in hundreds of hours to investigate the infractions and needing to double the normal 30 response time validates the numerous infractions.
7. Amway claims the “Record Companies” are making a mountain over a molehill, but Amway is the one that filed the lawsuit in federal court, literally and figuratively making a federal case out of it.
8. Amway claims 85% were uploaded to YouTube, but doesn’t mention where the other 15% reside. Just think how many are hiding behind LCK password protected sites that will be uncovered once the discovery process gets underway.
9. Amway claims the “Record Companies” profited from the videos for years, but later claim most of the YouTube videos were accessed very few times. So, which is it Amway?
10 Amway “forgets” to mention while describing how their business works, that according to their own study, a Mickey Mouse-like measly 3.4% of products are sold to non-IBOs (distributors), a figure that is inflated as explained elsewhere on this blog. This makes Amway, by definition, an illegal pyramid that has ZERO standing in a court of law. Also, Amway runs a RICO fraud with the ATS, giving them a LESS THAN ZERO standing in court.
11. Unlike the Mickey Mouse amount of profit the “Record Companies” made from YouTube, Amway admits that “substantial profit” (see page 8, paragraph 23 in Amway’s lawsuit) was made from the 1990s VHS recordings. This is only one of several sources of “substantial [ATS] profit” that is then misrepresented to Amway prospects and downline, a lie by omission, that most of the profit for the LCKs does NOT come from Amway, but from the ATS, as described elsewhere in this blog. How I love lawsuits for proving the ATS! THANKS, AMWAY!!!
12. Amway may not have made a DIRECT profit from the VHS tapes and the other tools, but does make substantial INDIRECT profit from the ATS, as explained elsewhere on this blog. It is similar to me giving you a dollar (direct profit) or me giving someone else a dollar and then they give it to you (indirect profit). Either way, you received a dollar from me.
13.  What part of “…a report in writing regarding the charge of infringement” would be reasonably expected to include ONLY the IBO name and address, and would this information be expected to take 30 days to find and report?
14. Have I related how happy I am that Amway spent hundreds of hours finding the information?
15. I am also delighted that Amway failed to reach an agreement with the “Record Companies,” or this lawsuit wouldn’t exist, nor any other information regarding this topic. Thanks again Amway, especially for #11 above.
16. Amway claims the “Record Companies” are placing a cloud over their head. The truth is Amway’s own illegal pyramid and RICO fraud activities for the past several decades have placed a tornado over their own head.
17. Amway admits some of the people (1%) out of the hundreds of violators were involved with the 1990s lawsuit. I know many of the LCKs involved with the 1990s were later terminated, so this means the ones who stayed are repeat offenders. This doesn’t look good for Amway, which is a very good thing!
18. Amway claims many of the videos are in a foreign language and uploaded outside the U.S. However, the vast majority of U.S. violators are Hispanic, so this argument is weak, at best.
19. If 6 of the videos were made by or for Amway, how can Amway claim they didn’t create, authorize, or benefit from them?
20. If the “Record Companies” have copyright authority in other countries, they can sue Amway in these countries as well.
21. The “Record Companies” don’t have to prove the videos were for sale. The exclusions to copyright infringement are described here: https://www.lib.purdue.edu/uco/CopyrightBasics/fair_use.html and don’t appear to favor Amway.
22. I very much doubt Amway has emphasized the copyright laws with their IBOs, as this would have a chilling effect, and Amway is cold-hearted enough already. This is particularly applicable given the huge turnover that has always been present and younger population of IBOs with more technological abilities than previous years.
23. Note the same dirtbag, pro-scam lawyer (Sobieraj) involved in the 1990s lawsuit is still involved. Gotta love those billable hours, the gift that keeps on giving. LOL
24. In conclusion, this lawsuit is a desperate, weak attempt by Amway to protect their deep pockets and already terrible reputation.
If you have any other points to make, feel free to leave comments.
4/2/2014 – The rest of them are running around like the cockroaches they are, now that the FTC is investigating Herbalife. Here’s an example:  http://news.vemma.com/2014/03/24/new-vemma-affiliate-customer-perks/ This guy didn’t change ANYTHING, except change what he calls his business model from MLM to affiliate marketing, and you are a “customer” a split second before you sign up to be a distributor. Of course, the company still has an MLM payout system, and waving your hands around pretending to have customers that will not only buy overpriced products over the long term, but also find others who will buy them in order to get a discount. LOL
The truly amazing lie is that McEwen had one million people (or 1.6 million, take your pick!) in his downline when he was in Amway:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_fYMoVA1ns and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS4YXh2Yius While McEwen had a large business, note the total IBOs in North America is currently about 300,000, and was a bit higher when McEwen was around, but not more than double. The total IBOs on the planet is about 3 million, so McEwen is simply a liar to allow this lie to be told about him. This begs another question: IF he had one million in his downline, why in the world would he leave Amway? It’s possible he churned through one million IBOs during his time in Amway, but NEVER had anything close to one million in his downline, he was only an EDC: http://www.amquix.info/amway_exdiamonds.html . He didn’t approach 1/10th that amount, but that’s why liars do, lie.
3/19/2014 – Amway goes Muslim! As far as I know, this is the first predominantly Islamic country Amway has expanded into: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/direct-selling-leader-amway-expands-to-kazakhstan-250825971.html Could it be a sign of desperation? Me thinks so, too.
3/12/2014 – Herbalife is being formally investigated  by the FTC, and should be by the SEC as well. Amway is obviously crapping in their corporate panties: http://ftalphaville.ft.com/2014/03/12/1799012/breaking-the-ftc-has-opened-an-investigation-into-herbalfe/
2/27/2014 – The FTC reiterates its position regarding sales to non-participants: http://www.markey.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2014-02-27_FTC_re_Herbalife_Markey.pdf As described on this site, Amway fails miserably on this issue, as well as the ATS!
2/25/2014 – An upcoming historical analysis of MLM is available at one of the authors’ employer websites: http://business.pages.tcnj.edu/files/2014/02/Keep-and-Vander-Nat_MLM-and-Pyramid-Schemes_Final.pdf My analysis will follow soon.
2/24/2014 – The MLM scams are dropping like flies, it’s only a matter of time before Amway is targeted and shut down: http://www.valuewalk.com/2014/02/ftc-shuts-fraudulent-net-company-apply-knolwedge/ and http://www.businessforhome.org/2014/02/worldventures-closed-down-in-norway-as-pyramid-game/
2/18/2014 – Well, THAT created a lot of “excitement,” check out the comments regarding Amway’s new sponsorship: http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/writer/dennis-dodd/24447594/amway-new-sponsor-of-glass-football-national-championship-trophy LOL!!!
2/17/2014 – As an update to the 2/4/2014 volume report, the growth in China was 8.1%: http://www.menafn.com/3e39756b-93de-439b-9fb1-993c56ce6fd5/Amway-China-2013-Sales-Up-8?src=main, and is now about 41% of total Amway volume. This means the rest of the world increased by only 2.2%, which probably isn’t enough to keep up with inflation of the product prices (stayed tuned for an update on product price increases), further evidence Amway’s MLM business is shrinking. This increase also represents $360 million of the $500 million increase (72%), leaving the rest of the world to claim the other $140 million (28%) increase, AND this assumes the other businesses Amway has didn’t contribute to any of the increase! Also note Amway didn’t brag about growth in all top 10 countries this year as they did last year: http://news.amway.com/2013-02-07-Amway-parent-company-reports-record-2012-sales-of-USD-11.3-billion
2/4/2014 – Amway reports 2013 numbers, and it’s not looking good: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2014/02/amway_reports_2013_sales_of_11.html If it weren’t for the $500 million in water filters to the Chinese to clean up their filthy water, sales would have been flat. Is this the peak for Amway, and future years will see a decrease? Time will tell, but that is my goal.
1/31/2014 – Amway is cracking under the pressure: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/opinion/interviews/issue-regarding-executives-arrest-is-anti-fraud-not-anti-direct-selling-doug-devos-amway/articleshow/29627436.cms?curpg=2, “Are Amway’s sales slowing down across markets? An economic slowdown does distract consumers. In the US, the past couple of quarters, business has been flat. In Japan, it has grown, while in Europe, we have seen mixed results.” Will we see a DECREASE in worldwide volume for 2013 when it is reported soon? Will Amway report the North American volume ever again, as they did for most of their history, yet suspended until very recently, at least in terms of percentage growth from previous years. Amway has worked it’s way through their English-speaking and reading Americans, now they’re down to the end of the Hispanic/Oriental rope! LOL
1/26/2014 – As the focus on MLMs in China heats up, there are signs of massive fraud on the part of the big-4 accounting firms (so imagine what the rest of them are doing!), see item #6 here:  http://www.valuewalk.com/2014/01/whitney-tilson-nq-mobile-vips-ibm-short. This should create a LOT of questions regarding what is REALLY going on with MLM in China, not to mention the illegal pyramid and RICO fraud in many other countries.
1/23/2014 – In addition to the several previous letters from various politcians and organizations asking for regulatory/legal action against Herbalife, a United States Senator has now requested action from both the FTC and SEC: http://www.valuewalk.com/2014/01/herbalife-ltd-hlf-probe-call-by-senator Naturally, yours truly has contacted the Senator’s office in order to further educate them on the issues to ensure they don’t have the wool pulled over their eyes by these liars, and to inform them that most other MLMs operate simlarly to Herbalife, especially Amway, the world’s largest MLM scam. Here’s the letter to Herbalife: http://www.scribd.com/doc/201807783/Sen-Markey-s-letter-to-Herbalife-s-CEO-Michael-O-Johnson
1/16/2014 – Nu Skin now bringing attention to Amway’s scam, both companies have their largest volume in China: http://qz.com/167442/why-chinas-nu-skin-pyramid-scheme-probe-could-mean-trouble-for-amway-and-herbalife/
1/2/2014 – Getting the New Year off to a running start, India has issued a “Lookout Notice” for another MLM scammer: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/qnet-scam-lookout-notice-issued-against-michael-ferreira/article5530014.ece
12/16/2013 – Now New York is joining the Herbalife is a scam party:  http://www.valuewalk.com/2013/12/nypd-hispanic-society-herbalife/
12/16/2013 – As is typical with many MLMs, including Amway, this Qnet scammer describes how his company’s products are reasonably priced: http://www.timesnow.tv/Excl-Michael-Ferreira-denies-charges/videoshow/4444018.cms
There’s only 3 problems (and probably more) with that:
1. Most people don”t buy high-end products,
2. The quality claims of Qnet’s products, especially the “magical” ones, are not verified, and
3. Most of his “customers” are probably distributors, so they are buying the products in order to provide the APPEARANCE the products are great with the hope of “hitting it big” in the future, and most of them end of losing money until they go broke and drop out.
And the above analysis doesn’t even include Qnet’s tool scam, which is probably FAR worse than the high product pricing! LOL
12/11&12/2013 – The heat is being turned up on Herbalife, and they got rid of their tool scam (maybe) and reassigned distributors who don’t sponsor anyone as customers, and Amway still has BOTH problems. Nevada: http://www.mynews3.com/content/news/local/story/Nev-Senate-Majority-Leader-petitions-for/BlXdRTfhB0S5U17USvdL8A.cspx and
12/6/2013 –  The SEC put out guidance on 10/17/2013 regarding what constitutes an illegal pyramid versus legitimate MLM: http://www.sec.gov/investor/alerts/ia_pyramid.htm, the bullet points are analyzed for Amway and other MLM applicability:

 When considering joining an MLM program, beware of these hallmarks of a pyramid scheme:

  • No genuine product or service. MLM programs involve selling a genuine product or service to people who are not in the program. Exercise caution if there is no underlying product or service being sold to others, or if what is being sold is speculative or appears inappropriately priced. [Amway, and every other MLM I have looked at, has overpriced products. Amway and the others claim “top quality,” but this means customers outside the program are willing to pay that elevated price, not those involved wanting to buy $10,000 pencils so that they can get rich. For a more in-depth discussion of the $10,000 pencil illustration, see the Q&A section here: https://stoptheamwaytoolscam.wordpress.com/frequently-asked-questions/]
  • Promises of high returns in a short time period. Be leery of pitches for exponential returns and “get rich quick” claims. High returns and fast cash in an MLM program may suggest that commissions are being paid out of money from new recruits rather than revenue generated by product sales. [The commissions being paid out of money from new recruits includes money from tool scams, such as the ATS.]
  • Easy money or passive income. Be wary if you are offered compensation in exchange for little work such as making payments, recruiting others, and placing advertisements. [Amway and other MLMs have “gotten around” this issue by promising building the business is hard work, but much easier than the 40-40-40 plan (work 40 hours/week for 40 years in order to get 40% of your working income), and MLM is a “build it once” type of income (residual, although that particular work is prohibited). Of course, nothing could be further from the truth, virutally all IBOs have to lie to be “successful” at Amway.]
  • No demonstrated revenue from retail sales. Ask to see documents, such as financial statements audited by a certified public accountant (CPA), showing that the MLM company generates revenue from selling its products or services to people outside the program. [Amway already “furnished” these documents, a confidential study that was mentioned in the TEAM lawsuit in 2007, where 3.4% of product was retailed to people outside the program. As mentioned elsewhere, this paltry number is inflated, as I and many others were taught how to fake out the computer into recording self consumption as retail sales, and sycophants such as Steadson point to the 1979 ruling prohibiting Amway from know the sales price giving them cover from knowing the retail (PV/BV) volume, which are 2 different things.]
  • Buy-in required. The goal of an MLM program is to sell products. Be careful if you are required to pay a buy-in to participate in the program, even if the buy-in is a nominal one-time or recurring fee (e.g., $10 or $10/month). [Amway charges about 5-6 times that amount, and most Amway LCKs charge 10-20 times that amount.]
  • Complex commission structure. Be concerned unless commissions are based on products or services that you or your recruits sell to people outside the program. If you do not understand how you will be compensated, be cautious. [Not only is the known Amway payout structure complex, the unknown ATS payout structure makes it a total scam.]
  • Emphasis on recruiting. If a program primarily focuses on recruiting others to join the program for a fee, it is likely a pyramid scheme. Be skeptical if you will receive more compensation for recruiting others than for product sales. [This is the “buy from yourself and teach others to do the same” mantra. Add in the ATS, and this issue applies to Amway in spades.]

These bullet points, taken together with similar FTC guidance that came out in November 2012: http://www.business.ftc.gov/documents/inv08-bottom-line-about-multi-level-marketing-plans constitute a “drawing a line in the sand,” or a declaration what these agencies consider to be “unfair and deceptive” (FTC section 5 law) and illegal (SEC). Now we demand enforcement of these positions.

12/5/2013 – I don’t know exactly when this article came out, but it does provide a good overview of the various MLM legal issues, particularly the history of illegal pyramids shut down over the years:  http://mlmlegal.com/Herbalife_Article.pdf Keep in mind this lawyer’s incentive is to give MLM advice, so if he destroys the MLM industry, he loses consulting fees. He is also a lawyer, so he tends not to make logical arguments, rather arguments based on precedent, he takes things out of context to try to make his point, etc. Babener ignores the FTC and SEC guidance regarding legal MLM and illegal pyramids as well, as described in the 12/6.2013 story, above. For example, is it unfair and deceptive (the FTC criteria) for someone to “sell” $10,000 pencils in an MLM manner? Is it unfair and deceptive to make 2/3 to 9/10+ of your profit from a secret tool scam business? The courts haven’t answered these questions, so I would expect Babener to say it must be okay. Class dismissed.
11/29/2013 – Evidence that my theory most MLMs are now preying on minorities in the U.S. and third world countries because of lack of internet access, which would allow people to view this and other web sites to learn about MLM scams:
The good news is more and more people, especially young people who are the targets of these scams, are gaining internet access at a rapid rate!
11/22/2013 – Herbalife critic Bill Ackman continues to point out the illegal operations of that pyramid scheme. Amway is in the same boat, except Herbalife got rid of their tool scam: http://factsaboutherbalife.com/robin-hood-in-reverse/
10/24/2013 –  Although far from perfect, this petition is a good start: http://mlmpetition.com/ Keep looking for refinements.
9/28/2013 – Amway has been dumped by 2 high visibility organizations, Miss America and the Detroit Red Wings hockey team, and ibofb and his clan make it sound as if Amway was merely evaluating thier sponsorships, LOL: http://www.amwaytalk.com/Thread-Amway-no-longer-partnering-with-Miss-America?pid=25918#pid25918 and http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130925/NEWS/130929917/red-wings-won-t-replace-amway-as-presenting-sponsor-this-season. Of course, the hockey team put the best lipstick they could on a pig, It’s good to see these organizations don’t want to be involved with a scam.
8/20/2013 –  The Herbalife scam is again instructive to Amway.

Recent Herbalife Rule Changes

Prohibition of Lead Generation (announced in April, effective July 1st
“Prohibition on Lead Generation: Rule 1-O states…Distributors may not purchase(whether from other Distributors or third party lead providers) business opportunity leadsor product leads, leads-related advertising, advertising slots, or decision packs for their own use or the use of others.”
New Rules Discouraging the Use of Loans”1-C Incurring Debt, Obtaining a Loan, or Borrowing Money: Herbalife strongly discourages incurring debt to pursue the Herbalife business opportunity, or conduct theHerbalife business. Distributors may not encourage Distributors (or prospectiveDistributors) to obtain a loan or to borrow money for use in connection with their Herbalife business…Further, Distributors may not use in connection with their Herbalifeactivities money loaned or granted to them for educational or other specific purposes notrelated to the establishment of a business.”
Several top level Herbalife distributors have quit over these rule changes, preferring to take their tool scams to other companies, ones that will allow them to continue their scams and reap the rewards of more product volume/profit.
In stark contrast, Amway has no problem with the LCKs making as much money as they want from tools, and this allows Amway to inflate product prices and minimize bonus payouts, both of which increase Amway’s profit. The LCKs don’t want to rock the boat over these issues, or they would kill the Amway goose that laid the golden tool scam egg. Also, Amway is very clear an IBO should expect to have large losses the first few years of operation, further reinforcing the fine print fallacy that tools are optional.
8/6/2013- I found the following infomation on ibofb’s site, I wonder how long Amway will allow it to remain there: http://www.thetruthaboutamway.com/amway-sales-top-10-countries-2012/#comments
Here’s some results from 2010, estimated with the average exchange rate (http://www.amwaytalk.com/Thread-Amway-Worldwide-Ranking):
China: $3.12 billion Japan: $1.01 billion Korea: $647 million Russia: $480 million Thailand: $454 million India: Rs $375 million
Using the 2012 volumes and estimating from the growth percentage, 2011 volumes were approximately:
China: $4,342
Japan: $1,162
Korea: $868
United States: $820
Russia: $529
Thailand: $516
India: $461
Taiwan: $315
Malaysia: $244
Ukraine: $140
Country  2012 Sales (USD$m) Growth (from 2011)
China $4,385 +1%
Japan $1,185 +2%
Korea $885 +2%
United States $861 +5%
Russia $629 +19%
Thailand $568 +10%
India $493 +7%
Taiwan $340 +8%
Malaysia $263 +8%
Ukraine $150 +7%

source: Amway Europe Leadership Training Seminar 2013 This means the U.S. volume in 2011 was about $820 million, down from a high of $1.118 billion, or about 73% of 2006: http://www.amwaywiki.com/Sales_Data, and about what the volume was in the 2001-2002 timeframe before the obvious free-fall in 2007, when the numbers stopped being reported – can you imagine WHY (hint: Orrin Woodward)? Note: The above figures from amwaywiki are for North America, as Quixtar never separated the U.S. and Canadian sales volumes. Since Canada is about 10% the population of the U.S., there is a minor error in the calculations. However, since Amway is based in the U.S., the error is probably less than 10%. We don’t know the lowest level, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was $500-$600 million in the 2008 or 2009 timeframe, when the double hammer of Orrin and the UK occurred. Too bad North America is only about 7.5% of the total volume, or they would probably be out of business, which would be a GOOD thing. This is despite Amway being a contraction of “American Way” and North America having the largest market of people with an income that can support starting up a business and purchasing the overpriced products. LOL ibofb also does a “wonderful” job of not responding to a question today (http://www.thetruthaboutamway.com/welcome-to-the-truth-about-amway/#comments), notice how ibofb doesn’t write a single word directed towards the ATS, the central theme of Vincent’s comment:

vincent harte
Amway has been there for over 50 years but not many distributors have been around very long. Most have stopped or seen their business collapse. I see no problem with amway or any other mlm. Its the distributors who destroy the business image. I had an ex emerald come into my consulting practice recently who explained her business and several upline diamonds fell apart when the group got word of the tools scam. I saw the same thing happen to all the uk diamonds except one.
  • Vincent, a couple of years ago Amway did a special presentation to IBOs who had qualified Diamond every year for 20+ years (or was it 30?). There’s been numerous senior level IBOs recently die, effectively of advanced age. There’s been numerous other IBOships recognized as now being third generation. There’s ways to build sustainable businesses, and there’s ways to build the business fast. They’re often not compatible! I’d suggest that not being honest and transparent and working with integrity is incompatible with a sustainable business too. So if you want a sustainable Amway business, follow the Amway leaders that have done so. There’s plenty of them!
8/5/13 – Looks like the earlier warning from Amway that foreign investment would be damaged after arresting their CEO and 2 other executives on scam charges: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-05-29/news/39602245_1_amway-india-amway-business-devos was ignored by other companie. Or would Amway say it would have been even more? Amway is a joke on so many levels, LOL: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/indicators/fdi-into-india-rises-24-to-3-95-bn-in-april-may/articleshow/21621617.cms
7/25/2013 – I have information from a very reliable source the Amway Tool Scam is “alive and well” in China. There are 3-day sessions being held in China regarding how to lose weight using Amway products. Not 3 hours….3 DAYS! Plus, the customers being “taught” how to lose weight for 3 days using Amway products are encouraged to buy hundreds of dollars of Amway weight loss products. One thing is clear, their wallets are much lighter when they leave! LOL
7/16/2013 – The FTC is changing their approach on how to prioritize scams: http://www.ftc.gov/opp/gpra/strategic/d-spfy14fy18.pdf I sent the email below to the FTC yesterday, and I encourage you to do the same by the deadline of August 16, 2013:
From: Tex
To: gpra@ftc.gov
Dear Sir/Madam,
I applaud the two new sub-objectives (1.1.3 and 1.1.4) that are obviously directed towards Section 5 rules that enforce deceptive and unfair business practices based on the size/impact of such activities:
Goal 1 – Protect Consumers
* Key Performance Goal
Objective 1.1 Identify and take actions to address deceptive or unfair practices that harm consumers.
1.1.1 Percentage of the FTC’s consumer protection law enforcement actions that targeted the subject of consumer complaints to the FTC.
1.1.2 Rate of customer satisfaction with the FTC’s Consumer Response Center.
*1.1.3 Total consumer savings compared to the amount of FTC resources allocated to consumer protection law enforcement. (New)
*1.1.4 Amount of money the FTC returned to consumers and forwarded to the U.S. Treasury. (New)
These new sub-objectives will not only target large violators and result in the “biggest bang for the buck,” but also sends a strong message to others with similar practices. However, it is unclear HOW the FTC will implement these new sub-objectives, and raises a few questions:
1. Is the comparison the delta between consumer savings compared to the amount of FTC resources allocated, or based on a percentage basis, and over what time period are the consumer savings calculated, such as past, current, and future savings?
2. Can the dollars of total consumer savings be added to the standard FTC complaint form, such that knowledgable consumers can provide insight into the magnitude of the issue and help the FTC with a starting point?
3. How will these two new rules interact with the first two sub-objectives, particularly the first one that relates to consumer complaints, AND given the two new sub-objectives are key performance goals? For example, a large unfair and deceptive company may receive few complaints because the victims aren’t aware they are being treated unfairly and deceptively, so these victims, by definition, can’t/don’t complain. A specific example of this issue is the Amway company, which runs what I refer to as the Amway Tool Scam, which can be examined in detail here: www.stoptheamwaytoolscam.wordpress.com. I have been told in the past (from Kathleen Benway) the number of complaints drives FTC focus, which makes sense given the third and fourth sub-objectives listed above are new. I would think the FTC would include the amount of information assisting the FTC to be a major factor in making these types of decisions, as more information means less time/effort/resources needed on the FTC’s part, and I believe you will find the information on the previously mentioned web site to be extremely extensive. I can be reached to answer any questions that come from review of the web site via this email address or the below phone number.
I look forward to working with you on the above issues in order to protect others from being scammed as I and millions of others have been scammed by Amway over the past four-plus decades for 100s of billions of dollars.
Regards,
Scott Johnson
123-456-7890 (too many nuts out there to provide my real phone number on this blog)
7/5/13 – An update to the May and June 2013 India stories, in addition to the Amway corporation, the IBOs are now targets of the government for being an illegal money chain. Central to the investigation should be the high Amway product pricing and tool profit. My comment can be found here: http://english.manoramaonline.com/cgi-bin/MMOnline.dll/portal/ep/contentView.do?contentId=14456079&tabId=1&programId=11565538
6/9/13 – Although this isn’t technically news, is this a smoking gun? From the 1979 FTC decision: http://www.ftc.gov/os/decisions/docs/vol93/FTC_VOLUME_DECISION_93_(JANUARY_-_JUNE_1979)PAGES_618-738.pdfCross­Group Selling RuleThe cross­group selling rule requires Amway distributors to buy Amway products only through their sponsor. (Finding 81) The distributors, in effect, promise to buy their ‘requirements’ of Amway products from one supplier. There has been no showing on this record of any probable immediate or future market pre­ emption which might substantially lessen competition. Tampa Electric Co. v. Nashville Coal Co., 365 U.S. 320, 329 (1961).The cross­group selling rule also provides that distributors shall sell at wholesale only to their sponsored distributors. This aspect of the rule has the same economic justification as the retail store rule. [FN25]The cross­group selling rule is the basis for the Amway Sales and Marketing Plan. It provides the structure by which products, information and compensation flow from Amway to the Direct Distributors and down to the distributors engaged in making the retail sale. It provides lines of communication and responsibility insuring that distributors are properly trained and motivated and that consumers receive services provided under the Amway system of distribution. (Finding 82) Used in conjunction with the performance bonus system, the cross­group selling rule gives sponsoring distributors an incentive to recruit, train, motivate and supply other distributors in order to gain a reward based on the sponsored distributors’ sales volume. If sponsored distributors could buy Amway products from someone other than their sponsor, that incentive would not exist. The cross­group selling rule thus provides an alternative to payment of a ‘headhunting’ fee as an incentive for recruiting. (Patty, Tr. 3111­13) [101]This implies the crossgroup selling rule is considered to be the same as an up front headhunting fee, which is a red light for an illegal pyramid, and consistent with the language on the FTC website: http://business.ftc.gov/documents/inv08-bottom-line-about-multi-level-marketing-plans which states, “Not all multilevel marketing plans are legitimate. If the money you make is based on your sales to the public, it may be a legitimate multilevel marketing plan. If the money you make is based on the number of people you recruit and your sales to them, it’s not. It’s a pyramid scheme. Pyramid schemes are illegal, and the vast majority of participants lose money.” Also, “Avoid any plan where the reward for recruiting new distributors is more than it is for selling products to the public. That’s a time-tested and traditional tip-off to a pyramid scheme.” And, “One sign of a pyramid scheme is if distributors sell more product to other distributors than to the public — or if they make more money from recruiting than they do from selling.” All of these statements make a head hunting fee and mostly internal sales equivalent evidence of an illegal pyramid scheme. Given the dismal 3.4% customer retail volume from the 2006 confidential report commissioned by Amway and leaked by Woodward, Amway is operating as an illegal pyramid. In fact, the 1979 FTC decision included taking Amway at its word that most of their volume was to customers, but there is no evidence this statement is true.
6/7/13 – These “awards” are amazing, they made me laugh and gag simultaneously: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/61031-amway-hero-awards-for-independent-business-owners-ibos (these appear to be an error, as they are all reruns from 2012, unless Amway couldn’t find any new “heros” for 2013!): http://www.achievemagazine.com/determination-moraleshttp://www.achievemagazine.com/generosity-dornan,http://www.achievemagazine.com/leadership-schaible, and http://www.achievemagazine.com/patriotism-carroll )
6/4/13 – India is also going after vendors who support Amway, applying more and more pressure: http://www.medianama.com/2013/06/223-sify-ceo-kamal-nath-receives-warrant-in-amway-fraud-case/
5/30/13 – Amway’s DeVos complains like a small child, “not fair,” he says. See this link and my comments:  http://businesstoday.intoday.in/story/amway-president-says-india-events-not-fair-to-employees/1/195449.html#comment
5/28/13 – Amway was as “surprised” with their India CEO being arrested as they were “forced” to sue me, as they told the Connecticut AG in response to my complaint:  http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2013/05/amway_surprised_by_arrests_of.html Also, why doesn’t this article mention the FACT the Amway warehouses were shut down recently?
3/21/13 – Update to 2/7/13 story. According to this source: http://news.gnom.es/pr/harvard-business-review-article-highlights-how-amway-reinvented-its-china-business, introducing water filters to the China’s filthy water market in 2012 resulted in a $500 million increase in volume for Amway’s China business volume (Although the filters are normally changed out annually, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is going to be required much more often in China!). This exceeds the TOTAL annual growth from 2011 (went from $10.9 to $11.3 billion, a difference of only $400 million) by $100 million! Combined with a claim all top 10 markets grew for the first time in a long time, does something smell fishy to you, too?
3/12/13 – The National Consumer’s League (NCL) files request with the FTC to investigate Herbalife: http://www.nclnet.org/images/PDF/ftc%20letter%20on%20herbalife.pdf Yours truly contacts NCL to inform them Amway is just as bad as Herbalife, only bigger.
2/7/13 – Alticor (Amway’s parent company) volume was up less sales up less than 4% (amazingly, almost exactly the amount of retail volume from a 2006 confidential study that Orrin Woodward used in his 2007 lawsuit, and got sued by Amway for using it!). The top 10 markets showed gains for first time in over 20 years. Sounds like a lot of inflation and non-Amway Alticor gains to me, although Amway isn’t required to report detailed information like publicly traded companies, so they could be lying, again: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/55865-amway-parent-company-alticor-reports-record-2012-sales
12/22/12 – Not only did we survive the end of the planet (Mayan “prediction”), but the FTC gave us an early Christmas present last month: http://business.ftc.gov/documents/inv08-bottom-line-about-multi-level-marketing-plans Now what is needed is every MLM should be required to present this information with their signup form and answer the questions before the prospect joins. THAT would either put Amway out of business or force them to STOP THE AMWAY TOOL SCAM!!!
Herbalife, another MLM, has been bring a lot of attention to Amway, as the issues are very similar. See this presentation and informational web site on Herbalife, and you’ll find the similarities with Amway amazing: http://factsaboutherbalife.com/
11/30/12 – Judge accepts Pokorny settlement. All that remains is the former IBOs and lawyers getting paid. A huge disappointment, but now we know what needs to be done. I am also investigating some apparent “funny business” that went into the court decision.
4/16/12 – Amway sends out settlement emails to all qualifying former IBOs involved in the Pokorny lawsuit, the website can be viewed here: www.quixtarclass.com  I recognize it is difficult to read the words “Quixtar” or “Amway” along with the word “class,” but that is the euphemistic name they chose for the class action lawsuit website.  If you are a former Amway/Quixtar IBO, you should review my site protesting this proposed settlement:  quixtarclass.wordpress.com/
12/8/11 – I win in a settlement with Amway on their ridiculous SLAPP lawsuit. Amway had absolutely no legal standing except the force of financial intimidation, as they didn’t produce a SINGLE IBO who complained about what I was doing after a year and a half after starting the lawsuit. Then, they signed a legal “bully beatdown” agreement that I was ecstatic to get their slimy, corrupt, and frankly not very bright and therefore highly overpaid lawyers to agree to: https://stoptheamwaytoolscam.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/agreed3-1.pdf
OTHER NEW AND OLD NEWS – Newest news first, oldest news at the bottom. This is an active section that will constantly have new entries, so visit often:
June 17, 2014 – Looks like more desperate Amway LCKs, Tim and Cindy Kline, are trying to unload their mansion in rural, north Indiana, quite the hotspot: http://www.tribtown.com/view/story/abc5119a31dc485ea1c9aa804e5ab275/IN–Mansion-for-Sale
They couldn’t sell it for less than $5 million a couple of years ago: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3413-S-Wallick-Rd-Peru-IN-46970/2129907755_zpid/
But Amway loves to sell overpriced items, so it makes sense they are asking $8 million.
By the way, the property tax records show it is worth less than $1 million: http://www.in.gov/dlgf/4931.htm  LOL
May 26, 2014 – This sounds a lot like being financially raped by Amway: http://allafrica.com/stories/201405261375.html?viewall=1
May 22, 2014 – How is it that Uganda and Brazil are more responsive to MLM scams than the USA? http://behindmlm.com/companies/telexfree/top-ugandan-telexfree-affiliate-arrested/
May 14, 2014 – Interleukin continues to slide in Amway-produced volume, reaches out to dentists: http://www.istockanalyst.com/business/news/6853637/interleukin-genetics-reports-first-quarter-2014-financial-results
May 12, 2014 – Another MLM that is reacting to the Herbalife lack of retail issue: http://behindmlm.com/companies/that-free-thing/wakeupnow-fail-to-address-retail-elephant-in-the-room/#comment-271108 
May 6, 2014 – Nehra named in class action suit for pattern of supporting scams: http://behindmlm.com/companies/telexfree/gerry-nehra-i-payout-named-in-telexfree-class-action/ I spoke with Nehra a few years ago, as he is a former Amway lawyer. I tried to talk with him regarding the ATS, but he wasn’t interested in discussing the issue. It smelled funny at the time, now I know the rest of the story about why the fish rots first from the head. Here’s some more Nehra info: http://patrickpretty.com/2014/05/10/editorial-telexfrees-la-la-land-leaves-trail-of-missed-signals-willful-blindness-and-mlm-arson/
April 26, 2014 – Whether this policy is actually enforced is an open question, but at least Orrin Woodward appears to be talking about retail sales, something Amway and most MLMs don’t talk about at all or gloss over to the point it has the same net result:  http://www.lifeleadership.com/DesktopModules/Life_MemberEducation/MemberEducation/Video.aspx?formid=327&width=550&height=380&iframe=true
Of course, the recording never states retail sales are necessary for downline volume bonus, which is what the legal definition is. Keep in mind a much smaller percentage of people are interested in the concept of selling versus owning their own business, and the LCKs want to cast the net as big as they can. Also, the LCKs want folks to spend their valuable time and money on the tools, not selling products to customers, because this is MUCH more profitable for the LCKs. The recording talks a lot about integrity, but never mentions the source of most of the upline profit coming from the various tools not sold to customers.
April 23, 2014 – One of the people who Ackman is using to put Herbalife out of business is a former employee by the name of Giovanni Bohorquez: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=237014&authType=OPENLINK&authToken=Ni8Z&locale=en_US&srchid=2309589001398266748312&srchindex=1&srchtotal=15&trk=vsrp_people_res_name&trkInfo=VSRPsearchId%3A2309589001398266748312%2CVSRPtargetId%3A237014%2CVSRPcmpt%3Aprimary Note he doesn’t mention his short-lived laundromat “career” in the ABC story that broke open his deal with Ackman: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/bill-ackmans-secret-deal-herbalife-whistleblower/story?id=23415501&singlePage=true Here’s a 2009 essay he did, that describes his consulting company: http://books.google.com/books?id=EGnVfRntH-cC&pg=PA226&lpg=PA226&dq=Algrita,+Inc.&source=bl&ots=lpctk0nuKb&sig=6qD4PBkYp8EikaNiPqoMMgM4RhI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OLFXU9PjEYe_sQTbooCwCQ&ved=0CEAQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=Algrita%2C%20Inc.&f=false

March 10, 2014 – Amway slammed yet again: http://www.business2community.com/human-resources/five-reasons-profession-hurting-career-0843080?newcomment=1&tru=DxniS#comment-836867, which says, in part,”Here are five reasons your current profession may be hurting your career…

  1. You are in a profession that does not match “you”. With thousands of possible choices and the vast majority of people not having insightful guidance, it is highly likely you are not even close to being in one that is an excellent fit.
  2. You are in a profession that has poor prospects for the future. Face it. Your entry level customer service job at the local bank branch is never going to get you very far.
  3. Your profession doesn’t allow you to grow your career. Sitting in a call center answering customer complaints will isolate you from others who could help you in your career. It will also numb your mind.
  4. You are in a profession that is associated with a depressed or dying industry. All of my corporate career was in the telecom industry and (other than mobile) that industry has been in trouble for over a decade, so becoming an expert could be career-limiting.
  5. You are in a profession/industry that is not well respected. Even if you are the top producer in your state for Amway, I am still going to start itching if I have to sit and listen to your pitch about becoming one of your “down-lines.”

LOL!

March 28, 2014 – The SEC shuts down company preying on Orientals and Hispanics, misrepresenting their business model, etc.:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/28/us-sec-pyramidscheme-cloudcomputing-idUSBREA2R1MW20140328 Sound familiar? How about AMWAY?
March 21, 2014 – Great news, it looks like Amway China is getting ready to implode: http://www.campaignasia.com/Intelligence/Article/375689,Hilton+Shangri-La+provide+the+best+customer+experience+in+China+Forrester.aspx, which states, in part, “While the two hotel chains received the highest individual scores on the index, the retail industry rated higher overall. T-Mall led that category with a score of 85. Trailing at the other end of the spectrum is Amway (73).” Amway’s poor and well-earned reputation is catching up with them, and they are running out of countries to expand into! LOL
February 4, 2014 – Is Amway just like being in prison? Looks like they have one thing in common, overpriced products! LOL: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2014/02/04/rm200-for-a-bar-of-soap/
January 31, 2014 – Ever wonder why Ponzi and MLM scams keep popping up? Here’s one reason, the judicial system takes care of their own: http://www.corpcounsel.com/id=1202640793640?kw=SEC%20Suspends%20Corporate%20Lawyer%20Over%20Ponzi%20Scheme&et=editorial&bu=Corporate%20Counsel&cn=20140131&src=EMC-Email&pt=Daily%20Alert# This dirtbag lawyer can’t speak in front of the SEC for 5 years. Big deal. I would call THAT a slap on the wrist, but it’s much closer to a tap: http://pdfserver.amlaw.com/cc/fredric_aaron.pdf He still in business: http://www.fredaaronlaw.com/ Amway should hire him, they can always use more slimy, dirtbag lawyers.
January 30, 2014 – I saw a Kevin Trudeau infomercial on NBC broadcast TV recently, and wondered what he was up to, as I thought he was in trouble again. I was right: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/01/despite-pleas-for-mercy-infomercial-king-kevin-trudeau-to-remain-behind-bars/ It’s incredible he’s been in jail since last August, but is still on TV selling his lies. The Amway employees and IBO LCKs should be sitting right next to him. Here’s an interesting video of him defending Amway, obviously better dressed than he is after being convicted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RN49KeN5HY I can’t say for sure Reagan spoke to an Amway crowd while he was president, but I doubt that he did, as Kevin maintained. In fact, the years he gave, 1979 or 1980, would have been BEFORE Reagan was president. But let’s not let the facts get in the way of a good story, shall we? LOL
January 15, 2013 – Here’s how Amway wants you to do product price comparisons: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Amway-orders-can-be-picked-up-at-7-Eleven-30224398.html
December 13, 2013 – Which is better, the Pokorny class action lawsuit, or Amway’s arbitration process? According to this study, it’s NOT class action lawsuits: http://www.law.com/corporatecounsel/PubArticleCC.jsp?id=1202632413025&kw=Do%20Class%20Actions%20Benefit%20Class%20Members%3F&et=editorial&bu=National%20Law%20Journal&cn=20131213&src=EMC-Email&pt=Daily%20Headlines&slreturn=20131113094042 Based on the puny punishment Amway agreed to, I have to agree with this study. However, Amway’s arbitration system is WAY worse, as described elsewhere on this blog.
November 27, 2013 – This is exactly how the ATS works, the LCKs are told to keep mum on the size of the ATS checks: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-26/madoff-workers-told-to-keep-mum-at-party-on-big-checks.html
November 25, 2013 – Although not news, this is the best story regarding how Amway China works, where the MLM model has been banned: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-24/amway-embraces-china-using-harvard-guanxi.html#disqus_thread
November 24, 2013 – I considered making this story a headline news story, but decided to start it in this “New News” category, it can and will be made headline news if a major news agency picks it up: http://toptentogonewsnetwork.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/amway/
November 24, 2013 – You know what I call this? A good start, although I’m not talking about burning down buildings, but the entire Amway business: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2013/11/fire_destroys_shed_on_amway_pr.html
November 20, 2013 – I listened to a June 2013 radio show, http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/69463/multilevel-marketing-aka-network-marketing-is-this-a-good-business-to-be-in with a Dr. Miles, and guests Robert FitzPatrick, Jon Taylor and Jonathan Brand. While their intent is in the right direction, they were factually in error over and over again. I hope to be on the next show in the January/February 2014 timeframe and straighten things out.
November 7, 2013 –  Amway goes for the gold! Although the Olympics are still a couple of months away, Amway is already going for the gold: http://www.miningweekly.com/article/gold-miner-amara-taps-amway-family-wealth-to-boost-prospects-2013-11-07 I hope Amway makes a lot of money from this gold mine, because when the FTC and courts disgorge the Amway DeVos and Van Andel families, I want as much money as possible returned to those scammed by Amway.
October 19, 2013 – A recent MLive story is downright hilarious: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2013/10/how_amway_turned_company_aroun.html Any regular reader knows what my comments would be, and there are several excellent comments in the article as well.
September 19, 2013 – Allah take the cue from Amway, and goes MLM in “paradise”: http://conservativevideos.com/2013/09/saudi-cleric-muslim-men-may-sex-19604-women-paradise/ LOL
September 13, 2013 –  An interesting article primarily about MMA has similarities to MLM, some MLM syncophants would maintain: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/matthew-riddle-announces-retirement-blasts-ufc-bellator-scumbags-175929029–mma.html. I can hear it now, “You don’t get your face bashed in with MLM,” or “see, it’s just like any other sport with independent contractors,” etc. However, “the rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey would say, is that Amway and the upline LIE about the business model. Plus, all of these sports at least pay SOMETHING, but with Amway and most other MLM is the net profit is negative until/unless you get to Platinum or above.
September 12, 2013 – I’m sure the “well known” comedian Ben Stine [sic] is impressed: http://crownenterprises.biz/2013/09/12/free-enterprise-announcing-special-guest/

Free Enterprise: Announcing special guest

Yager Group – Announcing special guest at Free Enterprise Celebration well known comedian Ben Stine Check IBOCity for details! As most people know, it’s STEIN. LOL: https://www.google.com/search?q=ben+stein&rlz=1C1SFXN_enUS500US501&oq=ben+stein&aqs=chrome..69i57j5j0l2.3386j0&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

July 27, 2013 – How do YOU rank a jury duty notice, a bag of burning feces, an Amway salesman, and an invitation from the Ku Klux Klan? I’m not sure being #1 or #4 makes much difference on this list, but vote here: http://www.salon.com/2013/07/26/missouri_ku_klux_klan_wants_you_to_join_their_neighborhood_watch/ LOL
July 24, 2013 – Update to this Mary Kay India expansion story:
EVERY country should kick Amway out of their country!
June 25, 2013 – The FTC may be starting to pay attention: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/ftc_may_reclimb_pyramid_scheme_prZ0NFMqiKjbevc3mbwwiO
June 19, 2013 – Steve Van Andel named US Chamber of Commerce leadership position, how DISGUSTING: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/u-chamber-board-elects-steve-170300892.html;_ylt=A2KJ2UgWD8JRuGsAvqDQtDMD
May 10, 2013 – Although the story is a couple of years old, it is obvious Germans have found out about the Amway Tool Scam, the volume there is falling like a rock: http://www.network-marketing-international.com/-amway-deutschland-auf-talfahrt.html
May 9, 2013 – Amway has counterfeit products in China (http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-05/09/content_16488654.htm), but Amway ENTIRE business model is counterfeit!
April 19, 2013 – Amway’s Doug DeVos opens his mouth again, and guess what? Out comes lies galore: http://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130419-vietnam-amway-targets-vietnam-sales-of-usd100-mil-within-3-years.aspx. Here’s part of the article, and the lies: “Herbalife is an honorable company that’s been part of our industry for many years,” said DeVos. “They’ll move through it.” —> Time will tell, but Herbalife has a LOT of questions to answer, and they are very similar the questions facing Amway. In a 1979 case, the US Federal Trade Commission found that Amway’s sales plan was not a pyramid scheme, according to a 1998 statement posted on the FTC website. —> But the FTC didn’t look at the ATS in 1979. “We’ve been reviewed up one side and down the other, and we’ve been very transparent with how our business works,” DeVos said. —> Then why does Amway lie about where most of the upline profit come from, the ATS? “The compensation structure is always based on the sale of a product.” —> The question is the sale of which product? Answer: the ATS. Also, sold to who? Answer: In the case of the ATS and most Amway products, to other IBOs, which is in direct violation of the FTC website: http://business.ftc.gov/documents/inv08-bottom-line-about-multi-level-marketing-plans, which says, “Not all multilevel marketing plans are legitimate. If the money you make is based on your sales to the public, it may be a legitimate multilevel marketing plan. If the money you make is based on the number of people you recruit and your sales to them, it’s not. It’s a pyramid scheme. Pyramid schemes are illegal, and the vast majority of participants lose money.”
March 14, 2013 – Bill Ackman, as described earlier, has taken a short position on Herbalife. Now he compared Herbalife to FTHM, which the FTC has shut down, and the similarities to Amway are astonishing: http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/130338729?access_key=key-2i1vrrkfmbdzp7n3z41r
March 7, 2013 – More Amway store info: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/42361768/ Of note, Amway hasn’t sold a SINGLE product at the “store,” and see this laundered money part of the story, which is more true than they know:
The Amway tour continued onto the Legacy of Clean store, which was intended to recreate the look of a kitchen. Another non-I.B.O. was on hand to prove the effectiveness of Legacy of Clean over a leading brand (obviously, from the white “Leading Brand Cleaner” piece of paper taped over the Tide logo … Tide), by washing a dollar bill that had been soaked in red wine. Actual money laundering. Was this for real? “Oh, that’s going in the piece for sure,” Anna said, laughing. Legacy of Clean performed admirably, both with the dollar bill and a Sharpie-produced X. I even cleaned the X myself.
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February 24, 2013 – Amway storefront involving New York Mets agreement gets Bronx cheer:
February 21, 2013 – Just like Herbalife, when you take away the tool scam money, high level people quit, because you are causing a massive income decrease:  http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?play=1&video=3000149609 and http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/herbalife_red_flag_P4Cxy4pE8tC59kkPN3QyYL?utm_medium=rss&utm_content=%0a%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Business Follow the money.
February 18, 2013 – According to http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2013/02/amway_heirs_dick_and_betsy_dev.html, the wife of documented liar and RICO scam artist Doug DeVos said, “‘I never wanted a house in Florida,’ Mrs. DeVos says, laughing. ‘But Windsor is so different from the rest of Florida.’” Why is that? Could it be that if you were in an open public location, people would chant LIAR, LIAR, LIAR, in your faces, Betsy?
February 20, 2013 – Amway IBO nailed with $10,000 fine, where was Amway and his upline to help him? See http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/charter-school-employee-fined-10000-ethics-violation.html and the earlier background story: http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/vendor-goes-ethics-panel.html
February 16, 2013 – Amway’s reputation should soon take a nosedive in China, as they are selling air purifiers for two months pay to the Chinese, and I wouldn’t doubt the filters need to be replaced much more often than the usual recommended time frame, given the filthy air, which is pristine compared to the ATS:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/16/chinese-struggle-through-airpocalypse-smog Oh well, at least China doesn’t have the ATS! LOL
February 14, 2013 – Right on time for Valentine’s Day! What do you expect from somebody named Amway? Here’s a short blurb from the story, “Police have charged 33-year old Julian Amway with kidnapping, simple assault, terroristic threats and possession of drug paraphernalia.” Full story here: http://www.wtrf.com/story/21200814/man-charged-after-pa-community-college-incident and here’s another story that even includes a picture of Amway: http://cumberlink.com/news/local/officials-security-at-hacc-upgraded-after-latest-abduction-incident/article_15a0553a-76f1-11e2-9af7-001a4bcf887a.html and another story that even has a video and mentions Amway: http://fox43.com/2013/02/14/hacc-officials-looking-at-security-after-kidnapping/#axzz2KyFtxISb and one more story: http://www.wgal.com/news/susquehanna-valley/dauphin/Man-charged-in-alleged-HACC-abduction/-/9704162/18544318/-/10yxjnp/-/index.html?absolute=true Hope you had as great of a Valentine’s Day as AMWAY! LOL
February 7, 2013 – Alticor (Amway’s parent company) volume was up less sales up less than 4% (amazingly, almost exactly the amount of retail volume from a 2006 confidential study that Orrin Woodward used in his 2007 lawsuit, and got sued by Amway for using it!). The top 10 markets showed gains for first time in over 20 years. Sounds like a lot of non-Amway gains to me: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/55865-amway-parent-company-alticor-reports-record-2012-sales
January 9, 2013 – Other MLM/Direct Sales companies hammer Amway and DSA, Tupperware even LEFT the DSA: http://www.cnbc.com/id/100366770
May 12, 2012 – Looks like Herbalife is copying Amway, by getting low income people to obtain loans: http://online.barrons.com/news/articles/SB50001424053111904370004577390241476503930#articleTabs_article=1
November 16, 2010 –  Are most IBOs illegal aliens? It looks like it: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/aclu-ice-illegally-arrested-spanish-speaking-amway-group 
Lots more coming in between!
August 13, 1982 – Here’s a collection of Rich DeVos articles related to the Republican National Committee, from how he brought worthless MLM concepts to the  RNC, the widely reported  firing as RNC Finance Chairman, for various reported reasons, plus the excuses afterwards, evens threatens to sue newspaper for reporting the facts:
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=kntIAAAAIBAJ&sjid=JhIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4771,2619996&dq=devos+republican+finance+chairman&hl=enhttp://news.google.com/newspapers?id=sFk_AAAAIBAJ&sjid=GVMMAAAAIBAJ&pg=1802,2872520&dq=devos+republican+finance+chairman&hl=enhttp://news.google.com/newspapers?id=xMBdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HV4NAAAAIBAJ&pg=3494,6348956&dq=devos+republican+finance+chairman&hl=en,  http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=x0IiAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Zq0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=1327,4307951&dq=devos+republican+finance+chairman&hl=enhttp://news.google.com/newspapers?id=5vpHAAAAIBAJ&sjid=NwANAAAAIBAJ&pg=3260,2747776&dq=devos+republican+finance+chairman&hl=enhttp://news.google.com/newspapers?id=7qUrAAAAIBAJ&sjid=1PwFAAAAIBAJ&pg=7063,1979907&dq=devos+republican+finance+chairman&hl=enhttp://news.google.com/newspapers?id=374yAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Ee8FAAAAIBAJ&pg=4046,4880901&dq=devos+republican+finance+chairman&hl=enhttp://news.google.com/newspapers?id=BdEmAAAAIBAJ&sjid=tQIGAAAAIBAJ&pg=7053,2971130&dq=devos+republican+finance+chairman&hl=en,  http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=FOogAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Lm4FAAAAIBAJ&pg=3428,1017797&dq=devos+republican+finance+chairman&hl=enhttp://news.google.com/newspapers?id=AFAiAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Kq0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=1221,4278997&dq=devos+republican+finance+chairman&hl=enhttp://news.google.com/newspapers?id=AFAiAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Kq0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=1221,4278997&dq=devos+republican+finance+chairman&hl=enhttp://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Kf8sAAAAIBAJ&sjid=S80FAAAAIBAJ&pg=2017,8769928&dq=devos+republican+finance&hl=enhttp://news.google.com/newspapers?id=IGQ_AAAAIBAJ&sjid=nVMMAAAAIBAJ&pg=899,3644947&dq=devos+republican+finance&hl=enhttp://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Ul0_AAAAIBAJ&sjid=ZFMMAAAAIBAJ&pg=1145,813553&dq=devos+republican+finance+chairman&hl=enhttp://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3u9fAAAAIBAJ&sjid=UVMMAAAAIBAJ&pg=907,2256513&dq=devos+republican+finance+chairman&hl=enhttp://news.google.com/newspapers?id=jr4yAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Q-8FAAAAIBAJ&pg=2120,9770&hl=en,
October 4, 1976 – According to this July 30, 1981 story about a 12 year old girl being raped by a “salesman,” i.e., distributor, now known as an IBO, Amway was held financially responsible. Amway has been financially raping anything that breaths ever since: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=uicdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=R6UEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4636,7118844&dq=amway+-magic&hl=en
March 7, 1973 – Amway sides with other phosphate soap manufacturers, so much for being environmenally friendly: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Ks9OAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-QEEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4373,4563779&dq=amway&hl=en

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