Amway, Part One

About a week and a half ago I was having lunch with a couple of friends of mine at a local Vietnamese place. I hadn’t spoken to them in a while, so we were catching up, and one of the things that came up was this company they had been working with. And to get this out of the way, we are talking about Amway, and yes, it is that Amway. And they way the described it sounded interesting, so I asked them about it. Neither of them could really explain it very well, other than talk about some of the products they sold. But it just so happened that I had suggest lunch on Thursday, and by coincidence Thursday is Amway’s recruitment/training meetings, so it was suggested to me that I come and check it out. I didn’t have plans that night, so I decided what the hell, I’ll see what it’s all about.

Now I’m going to preface this and say that I went to this meeting, but I hadn’t heard of Amway before this, or know anything about them or their practices and reputation, and have avoided doing more research before writing this because I wanted to report my uncolored first impressions, and how I felt about the experience, without knowing anything about MLM in depth. So .that’s the perspective I’m writing from.

So I drive with my lunch friends and a third friend of theirs down to a hotel not too far away from the local campus. They rented a room for the presentation, and everyone is dressed much more formally than me (I own a single pair of jeans at the moment and have a decently low ceiling on the formality of my shirts), business casual I would describe it as. The presenters were this gentleman Nick and his wife (I forget the names of most of the other people there, but everyone was friendly). I took some notes of poor quality throughout the presentation, and am going to just relay some feelings I had. And I want to note, that while I did not have high hopes, I tried to go into this thing with the mindset that if this was indeed a once in a lifetime opportunity, I would honestly consider it. Just because MLM has a bad rep doesn’t mean it necessarily is a bad thing, it’s just very very probably a bad thing. So here is a list of thoughts that occur to me as I think back to the presentation:

Having said all this, at the end of the day, I won’t be signing up for Amway. And the biggest problem, is not the feeling of uncomfortableness I had with the experience, and the stronger feeling of uncomfortableness I would feel asking someone else to join. It’s that I wrote things as they occurred to me, and I honestly can’t come up with a single thing that excites me about the company. Everyone was nice. Some people seemed driven and motivated. But not a single person seemed super successful. And nothing really piques my interest to inquire further.

But….. for funsies. What would it take for me to actually consider it? What would Amway have to give me, if I demanded it, for me to actually consider the offer? Let’s see…

That’s all I can think of for now. So at this point, for fun, my plan is to just call them up and see if they’ll work for me; plus, I think it’d be cool to ask people high up in the company to see how aware they are of all of this and find out if they are cynical or not. I’ll be following up with the people who talked to me, and watching this informational DVD’s I’ve been given, and we’ll see where this all goes in Amway, Part Two.


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