The Products I Still Have Today
I suspect many former IBOs have had such a bad experience with their System that when they leave the business, they want to have nothing to do with Amway/Quixtar, even if they may have liked the products. Count me as one of those people, but I’m not stupid to throw away everything. Tools were an easy choice because their value became zero upon leaving the business. Everything I kept continues to hold value for me to this day.
Without further ado, here’s a list of things I still have from my time in the Amway/Quixtar business:
- Amway Queen Cookware: I must say that the cookware lasts a long-time and continues to work very well. It is very pricey, however, and I don’t know how it compares to the mid-range to high-end cookware you can get outside of the business.
- Amway/Rubbermaid Food Containers: These are great for storing dried goods in the cupboard and food to be frozen or refrigerated in the fridge. The only downside is that you can’t use the tops in the microwave. They provide a couple microwaveable tops, but I’m constantly misplacing them, so I usually just put a paper towel or saran wrap on top.
- Amway/Wedgewood Plates: The plates I continue to use the most often. One of them has a chip on it, but otherwise, they’re fine.
- Amway/Oneida Flatware: The quality of the forks, spoons, and knives is pretty high. We’ve had no problems with them, and they look like they’ll last for many more years.
- Amway Cooking Knife Set: The paring knife and 6-inch knife have chips on them, which have reduced their effectiveness over the years. The bread knife still functions well. I haven’t used the larger 8-inch knife all that much. I have another knife set from J.A. Henckels which I’ve been using more and more lately.
- Oreck Vacuum Cleaner: Probably my worst purchasing decision from the business. I’m constantly having to clean out the rollers of hair and other debris. I need to replace this with a Dyson.
- Whiteboard and stand: Repurposed from showing the plan, the whiteboard now holds my weekly to do list.
Evidently, my kitchen is still stocked with a lot of product! It’s interesting to note, however, that many of them were produced in partnership with an well-known outside company like Oneida, Wedgewood or Rubbermaid. For water filtration, I use a Brita filter instead of the Amway one (the product before the eSpring). Finally, I get my snacks, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies, vitamins and other consumables from CostCo or the supermarket.
Ex-IBOs, do you have anything left from the product side of the business?