What’s Up, Dave?

Lots of stuff going on right now.

First thing I should talk about is the recent news from Amway regarding business practices by distributor leaders in the United Kingdom. I published a copy of the email over at Quixtar Blog. The email was sent to me by one of my readers. It was also available at Amway Critic Scott Larsen’s site.

An Internet search should prove that it is now at most MLM news blogging sites.

I’ve been saying for years now, that eventually the corporate folks at Alticor should bite the bullet and put a real stop to some of these questionable practices. I realize that there will be some “leaders” in the field will “jump ship” and leave Amway and Quixtar if sanctions are imposed. Most likely the bottom line at Alticor will suffer in the short-term. BUT, ten years down the road, the profits, the credibility, and the overall opportunity will be stronger than ever. Alticor must be willing to weather the storm.

Second, I am most pleased with another great blog from Alticor that appears to be a result of the email story. Amway Media Blog launched May 7th. This blog currently is covering the corporate stance on the United Kingdom situation and a flurry of comments are being posted. Amway/Quixtar are being true to their word and being completely transparent to the readers with forthright statements and responses.

UPDATE: Amway Media Blog has been deleted from the Internet and no archives are available on the WayBack Machine.

I’m also pleased to say that during all of this “hub-bub”, I sponsored yet another Independent Business Owner. Just another person looking for a business opportunity, willing to merchandise some products, and willing to learn a simple system of

“Gotta Question? Ask.”

I want to thank the guys in IT at Quixtar for the great job they did on the new Ribbon Gift and Incentive websites they upgraded for Quixtar IBOs. All of the personal IBO website templates offered by Quixtar are customizable in text, graphics, and products offered. And the websites are FREE for all IBOs.

Personally, things haven’t been all that nice. Well, I exaggerate.

I turned 45 years old last week, much to my dismay. I really hate birthdays. I hate getting older. And yeah, I know what the alternative is; and I’ve heard the “not older, better” phrase, too. It doesn’t help. I still want to be perpetually 19…I know it’s childish, immature, and unrealistic. It’s my “hang-up”; don’t judge me.

On top of turning another year older, I also have been suffering a dental crisis. I have had three abscessed teeth for about four weeks now. The pain has been intense.

At first, I tried over-the-counter remedies, extreme doses of Orajel and Ibuprofen, and lots of peroxide and toothbrushings. Eventually, a trip to the dentist was arranged and waited impatiently for the day to arrive.

Antibiotics and prescription strength painkillers were prescribed and a referral to an oral surgeon. That really galled me. Dentists just won’t pull teeth these days. You have to go to an oral surgeon and spend more money. By then, the pain and the painkillers prevented me from working for several days. The painkillers prevented me from driving for my job.

So now, I have surgery scheduled for Wednesday. I’m still on antibiotics; but they are working and the pain is manageable with ibuprofen again and less often.

I’ll miss another two days work next week. Not good, but I’ll put in for two “personal days”; and so the paycheck won’t take a hit; but the bill is gonna be huge.

That’s part of what is up here at Dave’s. Have a great weekend.

UPDATE: JULY 2018–I have included the text of the email here at “On The Road With Dave” due to many original sites being no longer available. 

Letter: from Ben Woodward Branch Manager Amway UK UK/ROI IBO

May 4, 2007

To: UK/ROI IBO Leader
From: Ben Woodward, Branch Manager, Amway UK

RE: Significant change to Amway’s mode of operations in
UK/Republic of Ireland.

This letter is to inform you of significant changes to the way Amway will conduct its business in the UK and Republic of Ireland. These changes are effective immediately. While these changes may cause short-term challenges for some of our IBOs, we strongly believe the changes will make our long-term business in the UK/RoI stronger.

Effective Immediately: 4 May 07.
Amway will prohibit the production, sale or promotion of BSM that are not authorized and distributed by Amway; this includes websites. This includes any BSM (books, tapes, meetings, CD’s, websites) that have been already been approved by Amway UK/RoI. They are now considered unauthorized for use.

All meetings for which an entry fee is charged are suspended until Amway has approved, in writing, the meeting and its content;

Amway has imposed a moratorium on sponsoring new IBOs for at least 60 days and until current IBOs are re-trained and re-qualified; We are evaluating all costs associated with joining Amway;

We are also sanctioning a number of IBOs based on contract violations that have come to our attention.

Failure to comply with the above mentioned points 1 to 3 will lead to a suspension and/or termination of the respective IBO contract. Please also note that Amway is in no way limited to these sanctions, but can impose further corrective or punitive measures.

In addition, the company is announcing a thorough review of its
business practices globally with the goal of ensuring a consistent, rigorously enforced set of rules and regulations governs its relationships with IBOs and consumers.

That global audit has begun, and we expect it to be completed in
June, and will share the results with you later this summer.

These are important steps, but in some ways, they are not surprising ones. Many of you know that for the past 10 years, Amway has been moving to exert more control over the way we do business globally.

In newer markets that has meant, for example, outright bans or tight restrictions on the sale of non-company BSMs and the requirement of a more consistent, approved messaging and branding by IBOs about the Amway business opportunity.

While most changes in other markets have been carried out gradually around the world according to our timetable, we need to move more quickly here. This is in response to serious concerns raised about
Amway by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) following the receipt of complaints about BSMs and misrepresentation of the business to prospective IBOs.

At this time, we can not specify when sponsoring will be allowed to resume. We will continue to communicate with key international and local IBO leadership to update them on developments of a new operational mode in UK and Republic of Ireland.

For example, if any IBO has a planned meeting for which tickets have been sold (that is required to be cancelled and ticket purchases refunded), or they have unsold inventory of BSM, or
have unsold Starter kits, or have completed applications not yet
submitted to Amway, they may contact the dedicated enquiry telephone number – 01908-629400 (press option 4).

In the following weeks, we will seek to meet with you personally to discuss the implications of this policy change and respond to any questions you may have. Meanwhile, please feel free to call me at 01908-629404.

Amway has been in the UK/RoI for more than 30 years, and today is a strong, growing £13 million business with more than 100 staff and 30,000 IBOs. We are entering into a challenging period of time.

But we believe in this business, we believe in our values and we
believe in our IBOs. We are committed to making the changes we need to make in order to ensure the continued growth and success of Amway in the UK/RoI.

Branch Manager UK / RoI

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4 Responses to What’s Up, Dave?

  1. me says:

    Well, Dave, no matter what happens, never forget — I’ll always be older than you. (I have great teeth, though! 🙂 )

    Good luck with getting a little more ‘sunshine’ on those teeth. (It’s what my dentist says; isn’t that just so cheery?) Hope you feel better real soon!


  2. Anonymous says:

    Hey Dave,

    Happy Birthday bud!

    Try Anbesol on your teeth. It’s kind of a numming agent that makes your mouth all droopy but hey it works, and you can get it over the counter too. I had to get a teeth pulled 3 months ago due to an abcess, so I know how painfull that is. I never got prescribed painkillers tho.

    It works similar to novacane.

  3. Anonymous says:

    for some reason my comment got pasted in the wrong spot. oops!


  4. Bill K. says:

    Glad to hear you like the changes we made to Ribbon Gift & Incentive, OrderMyGift, and the Personal Websites. We were all pretty excited with how everything turned out and hoped everyone else would too. Feel free to pass along any comments or suggestions you might have.

    ..and Happy (belated) Birthday !!

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