Accolade & Acrimony
You drive the point home. Being in the US I have had several
encounters with these Amway preachers so I can vouch for what you are saying. Keep it up.
If I cannot thank someone who could potentially save millions of
poor middle class Indians, my life is in vain.
I have just read your cover story Amway. And you know what? I am
on my way to the florist to check the cost of a garland, the value of which I would gift a
needy person (which is how you celebrate your anniversary isnt it?!). I suggest you
bring out a separate hand out/pamphlet or supplement so that you expose this scam and wake
up innocent middle class dreamers who are sleep walking into Uncle Sams Coffers or
should I say Uncle Scams Coffers. Keep it up!
I am really impressed with the excellent quality of the
articles presentation, content and background.
I take my hat off to this American ability to sell products and
services world-wide. I am surprised that even the elite Bangaloreans fell prey to this so
called marketing concept of the next millennium. Or, are we in a fantasy to believe that
the Made in USA label means quality?!
I am Charles Midgett, author of The Other Side of The Plan. Let
me first say that I am impressed with the detailed investigation that you performed to get
actual facts for your article. You obviously went to a lot of effort and it shows in the
quality of your article. By the time you read this, I will have added a link to your
website. People from all over the world need to read what you said.
How refreshing and satisfying to read such an accurate and lucid
expose on the so-called great Amway opportunity. The article is extremely detailed and
well-researched and I was totally immersed from beginning to end. That said, I would like
to point out that a most crucial aspect of the deceptive practices of motivational leaders
was essentially missing from the article: the truth is that anywhere from 70 to 90 percent
of kingpin Amway distributor riches comes from the sale of motivation and the illegal
Amway Buying Club (BUYING of Amway products by Amway distributors for PERSONAL
USE instead of retailing). Ramjee, it is so very crucial that the Indian people understand
this colossal deception. I would love to start a dialogue of any kind to help save the
Indian people from this most egregious and predatory enterprise.
Author of Amway Motivational Organisations: The Nightmare Builders (http://www.tc.umn.edu/nlhome/m307/wilke001/amway.html)
Whew! Ramjee Chandrans scintillating article on
Amway-Scamway is Pulitzer Prize material. Of the highest quality and a great piece of
public service. Here in the USA, people take a step backwards when a person tells them
that he or she is associated with Amway! Bangaloreans, youre better served avoiding
this one way trap!
What a masterpiece. I encourage you to submit this work for a PhD
dissertation to one of the top business schools in the US. I threw away about 275$ to get
an Amway representative out of my tail.
You should be conferred the PhD (considering) the quality of this
article. I am a retired GM of Indian Airlines and also a Prof. of Management.
To criticise your article in seven words: You could not
have said it better. Please keep up the investigative journalism.
I am including the link to your Amway story from my site
http://www.nagpurcity.net Thanks for a great story and public service done as a lot of
people in Nagpur as well are getting lured.
I have added link to your Amway article from
I have lived in the United States for over 8 years now, and in
fact a few of those years were in Grand Rapids, Michigan., (near) where the Amway world HQ
is located. I have several comments to make of this company, having known about it.
Ill never forget one of the basic, fundamental truth, as they say here, There
is absolutely no free lunch. Somebody, always pays. Amway is owned by these two
families, who practically own the whole town of Grand Rapids among other things. DeVos and
Van Andel, two gentlemen in their late years now, are multi billionaires, and one of the
top 20 richest men in US. But as for the rest of the millions of world-wide
Amway distributors, god help them. Amway Asia and Amway Japan are publicly traded on the
New York Stock Exchange. The stock market has been on a record bull run for the last 3 or
4 years and almost every company stock has hit the roof. If Amway is so successful, why is
it that these two stocks are languishing at their all time lows ? Your simple, really
elementary math proves that it just doesnt work, or works for very very small number
of people. Why is it that a world class multi billion corporation is not able to give
answers to these simple questions and instead blames it on lack of hard work and faith and
sour grapes and other excuses ? I hope someone in the government sees the light just like
somebody did in China, for the good of everyone involved.
This American company is (taking) the Indian middle-class for
millions of dollars for Uncle Sam. You must have come across another (scheme) by the name
of Japan Life which sells Rs.80,000 mattresses with multi-level marketing spiel.
Your estimate was 44 (directs), but I would say
(only) 5 out of those distributors will become lakhiers (not millionaires) in the next
five years. Thats my estimate. I am no longer a member of Amway now, because there
are other ways of getting essential items at the wholesale prices, in the USA.
I bid farewell to Amway. I would urge you to forward your
analysis to RBI and FDI Regulation Board in Delhi so that Government can take some action
(Like China) against Amway and stop India losing hard earned middle class money to this US
Here in the US (I live in San Jose, California.) there are a lot
of Indians who are Amway distributors chasing the dream of becoming millionaires. I sent
your article to few of them and their reaction was, Oh God, why didnt I think
like this before?
I realised I made a wrong decision by joining AMWAY I corrected
the mistake and I got my deposit back. Now, I encourage people not to dream of making
millions based on someone elses failures.
I had to chose between friendship and $120 (in USA). Your article
is excellent and I hope it will change the minds of at least a few balanced thinkers.
Thanks for the coverage. Luckily my friend and myself had the
good sense not to get involved. Must have done something good in my young life so far for
this crucial escape.
Your article has really clarified a lot of questions and has
helped me make up my mind to fight against this evil.
Is it possible to make the Government ban Amway in India. Can
anything be done about this?
Beware of Smiling Indians
As you mentioned there are good sides and down sides to (Amway).
The down sides being more. In the US we have become used to people accosting us in
Shopping malls etc. with the standard question Do you want to make some
money?. This question is usually answered with Are you from Amway ?.
Many people here are disgusted with Amway and the lengths to which people will go to
recruit new people.
I have been approached by at least 10 people when ever I go to
shopping complexes. They always do one common mistake. They all try to be friendly, or
strike a conversation. The first thing I ask them is Hope you are not an Amway
(Amway distributors) all have one thing in common;
Greed. I had seen people using their wife as a bait. They open a communication
link, then the hubby jumps in and start the dialogue. These girls, educated, charming,
good-looking ,smile at potential prey (I have seen these kind of girls at Bombay Fort, but
they sell different things).
I have seen some Indians / Americans brainwashed and go with
their wife to please the people, saying lots of stories. We look down upon them in the US.
A simple outing like going shopping has become a nightmare for
the rest of us, as we avert our eyes from every Indian who smiles at us.
Publish it Everywhere
I hope this article is published in all the local newspapers in
different languages. Having come from a middle class family, I would hate see
someones savings (in many cases it may be out of their provident fund, etc.,) thrown
My heart aches to know that so many hundreds of people are
signing for Amway not knowing the complicated structure and their logo working
hard. Please print the article in several Kannada magazines, so that many can read
the article in local language.
I thank you for the initiative that you took in educating the
innocent people. If theres anything I can do I am willing to do. Please publish your
article in all magazines and newspapers in India.
I hope you can get this article published in our regional
newspapers like Prajavani, Deccan Herald etc.. This story should be told to the Indian
Public before they are fooled by these idiots who are into Amway. I stay in Chicago. I see
lot of my fellow Indians who are Amway businessmen/women. They just plainly disgust us
here. They are worse than a cult.
We Love Amway
A great pity on your poor soul. It is obvious how you were
brought up & educatedby looking at all the negative aspects of everything - You
ll see everything in yellow colour if you look thru a coloured (yellow) glass. PITY
on you. A person with a broke mentality cannot show another person how to be successful!
I am a very successful Amway Distributor in the USA. It is very
easy to criticise everything in this world!. Even Mahatma Gandhi was criticised. If (Amway
was) so bad, why would corporate America try to partner with Amway! Because of the Britt
System my self-confidence has increased, my marriage has become a lot better, I have seen
tremendous internal growth. So I am not upset at what you wrote!
Thank you for providing this important and valuable public
service! This article is simply, the whole story! It is TOTAL EVIL for
purveyors of Amway to attempt to tie their CORRUPT system to the Name and Personhood of
Jesus Christ! They deserve the TRUTH about them being brought forward to the public. They
need to RUN from these CORRUPT and EVIL people! I an certain you are coming under attack
as all of us do who TELL THE TRUTH about this EVIL EMPIRE!
A family member is becoming embroiled in the Amway mind-control
and I am attempting to learn how to best handle it, as they are apparently known for
telling people to divorce themselves from dream stealers who might speak ill
(THE TRUTH) about the company. As your article states, the emphasis is not on selling
product. It is on recruiting people. Again, great article. Thank you.