Holiday Shopping Win! One Of Many Regular Amway Experiences

As we finally get our first snow out here in Vancouver I send out my best wishes that everyone is getting their shopping and holiday errands done safely. In the past few weeks there has been a huge amount of hit and runs happening here in the Lower Mainland which comes along with dark, slippery weather and an increased pace to people’s commutes.

Whether you celebrate the Christmas season or not, its easy to see the stress level in people go up quite quickly as the days count down to Dec 24th / 25th. One thing that many shoppers are doing to alleviate the stress of the crowded malls and shopping outlets have been through purchasing online. You can find many stats pointing to the meteoric rise of online purchases over the past few years and this isn’t set to slow down. Up here in Canada, we follow up the USA’s Black Friday with a “Cyber Monday” sale where ridiculous sales are all available through online vendors.

Being online is what allows me to run my business anywhere I am. A funny story from a week or so ago – I was at my mom’s place and she had asked me a question about how we were doing and what ingredients were in one of our LOC laundry products. I pulled out my phone, connected to the Amway app, (which is free of course), checked the details, pricing etc and shared it with her. She was astonished and asked me how I could find out any details when I wasn’t at my home where my catalogs or computer was. I pulled out my phone and said – my whole business can be run right from here. I had the same conversation with one of my customers who had asked a question about a handbag available through our Ribbon gift program. I pulled up the Ribbon website and showed her a picture of the handbag she wanted and right there had a sale on top of her regular order.

Since I have a full time job at the moment and I’m focussing on building a team and also getting ready for the holidays, being able to do business where ever I am, where ever I go is a HUGE convenience.

But that’s not what I wanted to share specifically. A few days before the whole Black Friday thing, I was in Richmond Center ( http://www.richmondcentre.com ). And I was having a look around for a case for my Galaxy Note 3. I happened to walk by a Fossil store. Since my partner joined me in business she has had her eyes on a Rose Gold Fossil watch for quite some time. So, knowing this and keeping in mind the holiday season is coming up I strolled in to look for a watch for her. The agent was very helpful and informed on giving me information on the differences in the watches. Their general Richmond Center details can be found here: http://www.richmondcentre.com/EN/Directory/Stores/Pages/Fossil_1537.aspx .

So here’s where the cool part comes in. My partner knew about this Fossil watch because I have access to it through our business’ Ribbon Gift Program. And she had gone through the different gift programs and found the watch. So after finding this watch in store and seeing it in person I asked the friendly sales associate what the price was.


At that time on Nov 27th the cost was $190.00. Heck, it still might be. With the upcoming Black Friday weekend coming up I asked what the sales price could be. She shared with me that they would be lowering some pricing on their other jewelry but not the watches. Now, unfortunately, the pricing from the retail store isn’t published online but  I found the watch over at fossil.com which is American and the online pricing was at 135.00. It was not available to ship to Canada at that pricing. As a Canadian we regularly find that we get shafted pretty hard with markups compared to our American friends. Just ask US border cities how flooded they get from Canadian shoppers crossing the border to get much lower prices on everything from Electronics to Tires to Milk. So after the current currency switch this $135.00 watch is around $143.00 which allows for the normal $50.00 – $55.00 increase in markup for the retailer.

So if you head on over to http://www.myribbongift.ca/Product/Album and choose the “Spendid” catalog you will find that this exact watch is available through the Ribbon Gift program. The Splendid gift category costs $150.00 at a retail cost for me and my customers. So what that means is that I bought the same watch from myself for $40.00 less than what the actual retail store wanted to charge me!! $40.00 in savings? That’s pretty sweet. What was sweeter, though, was that as a business owner, I got the retail markup on this product paid back to me from my company a few days ago. So I saved $40.00 on the purchase, AND I got paid in CASH $22.50 for the wholesale to retail difference. That’s not sweet. That’s awesome! But wait! There’s more! I also got PV for my purchase which helps increase the amount of bonus I get on the overall volume run through my whole organisation! But wait!!! There’s even more! Because I made the purchase with my company’s partnered Mastercard I got even MORE PV just for using the card. And because WWDB teaches us about being financially responsible I paid that purchase off my card a few minutes later through online banking.

Folks – we did this for almost everyone in our families this season. On her side and my side. We were buying Christmas gifts for them anywaywe were planning on spending money this holiday season just like you probably are. Why would we give our money to a random store when we can buy gifts for our friends and families and not only get a competitive price – most times get a better deal and then GET PAID for buying gifts for friends and family? Hello? Anybody home McFly!? And if it makes sense for us to make money off of purchasing gifts for friends and family – why the heck aren’t you getting CASH back for your purchases? Why should only we benefit? We shouldn’t be the only ones. And this is just one small benefit this business provides us in our every day lives.

Now to be fair – we still have to go out and get some gifts from other stores. Not everything is available in the Ribbon Gift Program or through our company. And we definitely aren’t against buying stuff at retailers. I mean heck, we were at a Walmart today and there’s a bunch of local stores around our community that we love shopping at and need to get a couple specialized gifts from in the next few days. But the idea, I hope, is clear – if you are going to spend money – and you can get it from your own store that will pay you MONEY back for buying it – why wouldn`t you?

The worst case scenario is that if you really want to price match, you could just buy the stuff at wholesale pricing if you’re one of those coupon cutters or price matchers. Either way, money stays with you or comes back to you. Or if, it happens to be a bit more expensive, you’ll get that back on your monthly PV Bonus (If you do what is taught – most don’t – or they aren’t taught right). I always like to challenge people who still question me about the legitimacy of this business with examples similar to what I shared with you above.

My business is partnered with Fossil through our giftcard program. Do you really think that Fossil would ever let itself be associated with an illegal Pyramid Scheme?

My business is partnered with Avis and Budget rental cars. . Do you think that a company that is desperate to keep a good image with the public and increase how the public sees it positively would associate itself with an illegal pyramid scheme?

My business is partnered with Disney. I’m not Mickey Mousing around here folks – THE Disney Store. Do you honestly, seriously, truly think that Disney would EVER let itself be associated with a company that scams people?

My business is partnered with Dell Computers. As they are focusing more heavily on customer experience and reputation do you really think that Michael Dell would want his company associating with a Pyramid scheme?
(Go to http://www.amway.ca – click on more products – click on Partner Stores & Services – click on “All” at the right side of the alphabet)

For American consumers –

My business is partnered with Apple. Yes. iPhone, iPod, iMac – That Apple. They’re partnered with Starbucks, Home Depot, Under Armor, Office Depot and Best Buy.
(Go to http://www.amway.com – click on more products – click on Partner Stores & Services )

Guys – there are many many many more that are partnered with my company. In this day and age where a scandal can break out and go world wide viral in 2 hours – every company would avoid a scam or a pyramid scheme like the plague. So if its OK for them, these multi million and billion dollar companies who have images to uphold to partner with my company….why not you? Honestly? What do you know that Apple doesn’t? What do you know that Disney doesn’t?

I wanted to share that small experience that I had because all I do as a business owner, and anyone who shares you the opportunity does – is exactly what I just shared with you above. We buy things we already would buy normally. We spend money we were planning to spend already. And we redirect that to our own personal business so we either keep money in our pockets or we get cash back for the wholesale to retail markup.

You already do what I do. You already do what that person who wants to show you this business does. The only difference is, I get paid to do it. I also get paid to help people do it but most importantly how to do it right.

Like any activity or venture in life – there are right ways to do it, and wrong ways. And that’s why I’ll keep saying it – if someone wants to show you how to do what I’ve just shared with you – make sure there’s a 4 – 6 week education process that they’ll take you through. There should be multiple meetings, homework and information to go over. Get to know them first. Make sure they’re accountable. Because guys, this business is not a pyramid scheme. My company that I partner with did over 11.5 Billion Dollars in sales last year. They are partnered with some of the heaviest retail hitters on the planet. The business is legit. What you need to make sure of before you start is that the people who are going to help you are legit and ready to help you succeed first. And you’ll learn that through going through a process before you ever need to spend a dime to get started.

Needless to say, I came away from this shopping experience quite happy. I hope you all have a fun shopping experience as Christmas gets closer. But more importantly, I wish you all the warmth and love of your friends and family throughout the holiday season. May your holiday be full of good food, much laughter and many smiles.

Peace be with you and have a joyous Holiday Season.

~ C

Amway In The Globe And Mail

Sooo about that credibility issue surrounding Amway. I’m just a random online blog dude who should have absolutely no credibility with you if you haven’t met me. But the Globe and Mail, on the other hand has been in circulation since the 1930’s and currently is Canada’s 2nd most read news publication.

So when this came out on the front page, I figured it would make sense to share – considering how pyramid like the business is, I’m sure The Globe and Mail would be able to shine some light on the subject, right? They would confirm how horrible and terrible the direct selling / network marketing industry is, right?

Quite honestly, I wouldn’t share this with anyone who is super negative. They’ll just tell you that The Globe and Mail is full of garbage, a trashy newspaper with horrible columnists and have no credibility. THEY know much more about how it REALLY is. /sarcasm

Source: The Globe and Mail – December 3, 2013.
Author: Stephanie Chan with The Globe and Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/jobs/the-amway-generation-struggling-workers-find-new-calling-in-direct-sales/article15732077/

There was a time when the average Mary Kay or Avon seller was a housewife, but an increasingly competitive job market has launched a new wave of faces into the industry – Generation Y.

Concerned about an aging demographic of sellers in the ’90s, the industry has worked over the past decade to change the perception of direct selling to appeal to a younger generation. A new marketing strategy, in tandem with the tough job market, means that Generation Y, born between 1981 and 2000, is approaching the direct-selling model as a viable career option, rather than simply as a side business.

“That solidarity of having a stable job just doesn’t exist any more,” said April Tu, who left university early four years ago at 21 to pursue Amway, a direct-selling giant that markets everything from cosmetics to health supplements to cleaning products. “Students are investing thousands of dollars into school. … You’ve been told to do something that was supposed to work for you, but when you went out into the economy all you were met with was pure frustration.”

Young people such as Ms. Tu are increasingly seeing direct-selling as a way out of low-paying, entry-level positions after graduation, especially in an economy where youth unemployment hovers around 14 per cent, up from around 11 per cent in 2008. The number of long-term unemployed youth has also skyrocketed to over 40,000 as of October, 2013, more than triple what it was a half-decade ago.

But for Amway, Generation Y is its fastest rising demographic. Millennials have gone from representing just over 10 per cent of its global sales force in 2005 to nearly a third in 2012. Gen Y now makes up a third of new Canadian memberships. Mr. Johnson also says that between 2011 and 2012, Amway has seen Gen Y shoot up 21 per cent in recruiting and 19 per cent in sales generated.

The demographic trend is also reflected at cosmetics giant Mary Kay Cosmetics Inc., where just over 20 per cent of the 38,000-strong Canadian sales force is Gen Y, while half of the U.S. sales force is under 35. The company, once synonymous with shopping parties, has taken great pains in the last decade to enhance its appeal, using online showrooms, virtual makeover applications and a widening social presence to attract a new generation. Sponsoring such events as the MuchMusic Video Awards has also created a new, younger Mary Kay culture.

“They have a very strong entrepreneurial spirit,” said Lynda Rose, vice-president of marketing at Mary Kay Canada. “They’re saying, ‘We want to travel with our business and we want to have it at our fingertips.’ … Their income is reflective of the amount of effort they put into their business, and they love that.”

Ms. Tu had only completed her first year of university when a stranger at a gas station approached her with the Amway opportunity. That stranger later became her first mentor after she quit school, and since then she has gone from new recruit to team leader of about 50 people, a team so dedicated that they clear about $20,000 worth of sales a month. Her weekly team and informational meeting in Waterloo, Ont., is attended almost exclusively by millennials, with another dozen from out of town who tune in to the live webcast – one logs on every week from Calgary.

Ms. Tu, 25, and her husband Jack net roughly $45,000 a year from their part-time business, made from a combination of sales and bonuses she receives from Amway for training her team. Membership has also seen a recent surge, with over a quarter of her team having joined in the last year alone, a product of an environment that Ms. Tu says appeals to her younger crowd.

“We recognize people for everything, whether it’s ‘I started a conversation’ to ‘I made a sale.’ We understand that in the normal world, people are not recognized for their achievements,” she said. “When you plug into an environment that is so blasted with positivity and hope and belief, it becomes something that you crave because it’s literally the best part of your week.”

The direct-selling opportunity is providing Gen Y with an alternative work environment outside of the nine-to-five, says 22-year-old Alex Bakay, who has spent roughly $1,000 on his business in the six months since he joined. He earns around $100 a month. The investment, he says, is more than worth it.

“Being told what to do all day isn’t the nicest thing,” he said, “so being able to hang around business owners all day who make their own schedule and who are disciplined – it brings a new mindset.”

Roberto Artwell, 19, who has also been with the team less than a year, is so optimistic about his business that, within the next 12 months, he sees himself with his own team of 50 people.

“The first time I walked into a meeting, I thought it was going to be a bunch of old people who’d already been successful and be the awkward one out,” he said. “The first time I came, I went, ‘Oh my gosh, half these people are around my age.’ … You know that if he’s 25, he’s 20, and I’m only 19, why can’t I do what he’s already doing? The reason why so many young people are jumping at this opportunity is because our infrastructure is so simple.”

Direct selling, or multilevel marketing companies (MLM), typically follow a basic model whereby sellers are recruited to market products, but also to recruit other sellers. Originating sellers earn extra percentages of pay based on the performance and size of their team.

For years, the industry has faced harsh criticism for seemingly harbouring scams and pyramid schemes, which has led executives to drastically change marketing strategies. The shift is well timed: Gen Y remains relatively unaware of any stigma that surrounds MLMs. An Ipsos study commissioned by Amway found that 79 per cent of millennials in North America were favourable or neutral to the direct-selling model.

Nowadays, “we present it in a much more common-sense, basic presentation,” said Jeff Johnson, national sales manager for Amway Canada. “What’s in it for them. What can they earn. … They want to know the bottom line, and they don’t want a PhD thesis given to them.”

Mary Kay does not post earnings, though Amway parent Alticor Inc. has reported consecutive years of growth, having hit $11.3-billion (U.S.) worth of sales in 2012. The performance of other publicly listed MLMs also shows a slowly expanding industry. Both Herbalife Ltd. and Tupperware Brands Corp. announced record third-quarter earnings in October. Avon Products Inc. saw another dip in earnings, but the company is struggling with more than just sales, having changed leadership last year.

For many in Generation Y, the industry’s accomplishments suggest a future where the young can achieve entrepreneurial success, with or without a degree.

“They want financial independence,” Ms. Rose said. “… They almost see work and fun time as mixed. Maybe my generation you have work and home. Our lives were separate. But a Gen Y person looks at their life and goes, ‘My work has to be fun, my life has to be fun and I want to do a job that’s fun.’ ”