Well, I forgot about how many time things go wrong, about the companies who are actively trying to deceive us and those who just don’t give a flying whatsit about the law.
Every so often though things happen that just give me material for free.
Three weeks ago I wrote about Multi-Level Marketing, a not-so-distant cousin of pyramid selling schemes. If you didn’t get a chance to read the article then you missed a good one. If only it was available on our web site at www.bes.bw. If only all you had to do was then click on the Consumer Watchdog link and you would see it immediately. If only.
The article outlined some of the basic principles of Multi-Level Marketing and some of the general perceptions of how it can never really deliver on it’s promises. Some are mathematical, others are practical.
In particular the article mentioned Amway, one of the largest MLM companies in the world who have a multi-billion dollar turnover and who make their money by selling toiletries and household goods. Amway have been in
Sorry, did I call it a religion? That must have been a mistake but it’s an easy one to make. The level of energy you see from Amway distributors really is like what you would expect at a religious festival. If you visit their South African web site there are many testimonials from some of their successful distributors with quotes like:
“Your upline is your lifeline - edify your upline and submit to counsel.”
“You must be loyal to the Amway Corporation and to your upline team.”
“Enjoy the journey - this is more than a business, it's a way of life.”
Now isn’t all of that just like a religion? I’m not even slightly surprised that some have even described Away as being cult-like.
So anyway, what happened after the previous article?
We got an email. From Amway.
Obviously they’re not happy with the coverage we gave them. In the interests of perfect openness I’ve posted their email on our website so you can read it. I haven’t changed a single word.
To their credit, and I must say this, the email is very polite. Unlike the Holiday Club’s lawyers who suggested we had defamed them and threatened all sorts of actions if we didn’t retract what we had said about them, the MD of Amway in
The email from Amway was actually more than friendly, it was remarkable. It was generous. According to their MD, they want to “fly your editorial team to
A free trip to
Much as I’d love a freebie to
So we’ll decline the trip to CT but we WILL continue to offer Amway our normal unrestricted right of reply. Perhaps they can reply to the evidence entered in court records in the
This was evidence submitted to the
So, shame about the
This week’s stars!
- Angela at BTC Accounts Department for “seeing the big picture”.
- Shula, also from BTC, for being “really helpful”.
- All the team at Musica at
for being really good at what they do. Game City