AMWAY? HERBALIFE? Have you ever sold products of a multilevel marketing company?

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    Jul 27, 2012 11:52 AM GMT
    Here's the top ten in the US:


    Company Time In Business GPR - AR - GT
    1. Amway 1959 - 53 Years 6 - 8,579 - 2.18
    2. Melaleuca 1985 - 27 Years 5 - 11,195 - 0.44
    3. USANA 1992 - 20 Years 6 - 11,273 - 0.44
    4. Nu Skin 1984 - 28 Years 6 - 12,218 - 0.20
    5. Isagenix 2002 - 10 Years 4 - 13,765 - 0.20
    6. Forever Living 1978 - 34 Years 5 - 16,100 - 0.42
    7. Herbalife 1980 - 32 Years 5 - 23,888 - 2.24
    8. Legal Shield 1972 - 40 Years 4 - 20,204 - 0.20
    9. ACN 1993 - 19 Years 6 - 29,489 - 1.12
    10. 4Life 1998 - 14 Years 4 - 25,763 - 0.14


    IF you've ever sold through any 'network' marketing company, HOW WAS THE EXPERIENCE?

    Did you make money? Are your friends still speaking to you?

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    Jul 27, 2012 12:46 PM GMT
    I've know a few people who have done this. None of them ever lasted long at it. Usually, you a the bottom, are making the money for someone above you, with the promise that you will get to their distributive position after making so many sales, etc. I don't think any of them really made anything out of it and most came out losing. After you make your way through your list of friends, then what?
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    Jul 27, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    I was an Amway distributor from 1990 through 1996. I made some money, but reinvested in myself.

    My experience as a multi-level marketer was one of the most rewarding professional experiences I have had in my life. I learned more about entrpreneurship, leadership, and myself than in 4 years of college.

    My friends still speak to me.

    Building a multi-level marketing based business is more than just selling product, it is promoting a business model and a business case while learning how to connect what you want to what other people want for their lives.

    I highly suggest that anybody engage in a multi-level marketing based business as a means of both personal and professional development.
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    Jul 27, 2012 2:53 PM GMT
    I have never been a fan of these companies.....because of the BIG CLAIMS about their products.

    Yesterday, a gym buddy asked me to consider Herbalife which he is selling...

    because Herbalife offers "THE ONLY NUTRITIONAL PRODUCTS THAT CAN BE FULLY ABSORBED BY YOUR BODY,"

    Hmmmm, I might find that possible if I hadn't also heard the same line regarding the nutritional products from AMWAY, MELALEUCA, SHAKLEE.

    And along with the lies, the companies offer us products at prices several times more than normal retail.

    However, GAMRican, I agree that sales experience and time management skills that come from this type of work is good for everyone. Too bad for the BS that comes with it.
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    Jul 27, 2012 6:05 PM GMT
    Richard DeVos, founder of Amway and owner of the Orlando Magic, gave $100,000 to defeat recognition of gay marriage in Florida. He and his son Dick, who was the 2006 Republican candidate for Michigan governor, oppose abortion even in the case of saving the life of the mother. I wouldn't spend or sell a penny of Amway products.
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    Jul 27, 2012 6:06 PM GMT
    I sold Cutco knives for a few months. The money was good, but I don't really enjoy door-to-door selling.
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    Jul 28, 2012 12:17 AM GMT
    Iceblink saidRichard DeVos, founder of Amway and owner of the Orlando Magic, gave $100,000 to defeat recognition of gay marriage in Florida. He and his son Dick, who was the 2006 Republican candidate for Michigan governor, oppose abortion even in the case of saving the life of the mother. I wouldn't spend or sell a penny of Amway products.


    Back in the early 1990's this was not yet an issue. However, one of the reasons why I left the Amway business was because of the definitely right-wing tone to the culture and events.
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    Jun 23, 2013 5:32 AM GMT
    I just started one! I'm very excited about it too. icon_biggrin.gif