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Happy Friday: It’s The Economy, Stupid!

November 14, 2008

It’s Happy Friday again! It’s been awhile since I published a Happy Friday post and look what’s been happening in the economy lately! How is everyone is coping with the poor economy at the moment? A number of companies have been laying off employees and/or raising their prices. I wonder to what extent companies like Amway Global or MonaVie have been hit by the economic downturn. To my knowledge, they have not raised prices on products nor shipping (current IBOs — correct me if I’m wrong here). Will this remain the case for the foreseeable future?

With prices being more expensive across the board on food and gas, how are IBOs coping? With less money available at the end of the day, have you adjusted your purchases from your MLM? Are you getting by with less Perfect Water, less XS or XS Gold, or a bottle less of MonaVie? Have you cut back on your tape and tools expenditures? How about your downline volume? Have you noticed an increase or decrease in the size of your group PB/BV each month?

As you prepare for your weekly team meeting tonight, think about where you are in the business today and where you were several months ago when you started reading this blog. Are you where you wanted to be today? If not, why?

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. November 14, 2008 11:52 am

    Amthrax,

    If you had been paying attention, gas prices have come down. Food will probably follow, as less distribution costs are factored into pricing. I have seen many other products go down in price, including Amway. That’s what a free market economy does when demand decreases, prices go down, not up.

    I view this as a “perfect storm” of opportunity. Businesses like Amway normally do better in rough economic times, and with gas prices down, even more folks will probably get involved.

    I buy none of the products you mentioned, except XS, in syrup form.

    My tape and tools expenditures have gone down, because of less tools being listed for sale on the internet.

    My customer volume has increased.

    I don’t have a weekly team meeting on Fridays, that is NOT a common event among most groups.

    I’m not where I want to be, because the tool scam hasn’t been put out of its misery, yet.

  2. November 14, 2008 11:56 am

    By the way, I didn’t get schooled at all on the previous thread, the “yawn” means pcj has rehashed the same concepts multiple times previously, and I am bored, not schooled.

  3. Porkchopjim permalink
    November 14, 2008 12:49 pm

    We have some contradictions – courtesy of 15 years of Amway tool consumption.

    That’s what a free market economy does when demand decreases, prices go down, not up.

    But with the Amway Messiah’s (Tex) plan to fix the ‘tool scam’ with a profit cap – he’d increase demand by lowering prices and then increase demand some more by selling outside of the LOS to even further lower prices. That’s Tex Free Market economics. I’m sure it’s tied to making a profit by selling things to yourself.

    So – Amway is doing even worse than ever as evidenced by their price drop?

    Businesses like Amway normally do better in rough economic times,

    Tapespeak or is there anything to back that up?

    And, you just got done saying that prices were going down – which would mean economic times aren’t quite so tough anymore?

    I don’t have a weekly team meeting on Fridays

    There would need to be a team to meet with.

  4. Joecool permalink
    November 14, 2008 12:52 pm

    Tex said “Businesses like Amway normally do better in rough economic times”

    Joe says: Can you back this up or is this tapespeak? Why would the general public buy overpriced products in rough economic times?

  5. November 14, 2008 1:18 pm

    The only contradictions are brain cell malfunctions between your ears.

    Rough economic times cause more people to be looking for opportunities.

  6. Gina permalink
    November 14, 2008 2:34 pm

    LOL….
    Well I guess all those companies who are suffering from the economic fall out should just ring Amway up and ask for advice right? LOL….
    So let me get this right….people are scared, economically scared, so they have cut spending in a number of ways but yet somehow they (assuming that there really are any retail customers that buy Amway) have decided to not cut back on that spending and more people are looking to buy? LOL!!!!!!!
    Amwaynomics 101

  7. Porkchopjim permalink
    November 15, 2008 7:05 am

    The only contradictions are brain cell malfunctions between your ears.

    I know this is hard for you to comprehend – but (especially) because I don’t mindlessly spout tapespeak drivel like you is a sign that my brain is working just fine.

    Rough economic times cause more people to be looking for opportunities.

    Opinion once again? Yup.

    And according to tapespeak: when times are good, the business will explode as more people look for opportunities.

    Take credit for good things, blame everything else for bad things. No rational thought. Cults are bad enough, but cults for stupid people are really something special.

  8. November 15, 2008 8:47 am

    Your brain is obviously vitamin deprived. LOL

    When times are good, “tapespeak” does NOT say more people are looking for opportunities. Wrong once again? Yup.

    There isn’t any “blame”, just stating when more or less numbers of people are looking, depending on economic conditions. No rational thought. pcj is bad enough, but pcj for stupid people is really something special.

  9. Porkchopjim permalink
    November 16, 2008 7:27 am

    When times are good, “tapespeak” does NOT say more people are looking for opportunities. Wrong once again? Yup.

    Second time you’ve offered no proof for what you say.

    So – no one ever said the ‘business’ will explode while economic times are good? You SURE about that, or are you just making things up again?

    Texonomics: people look more for business opportunities when times are bad.

    Real life: when times are good, people have money to invest in business opportunities and frequently look to diversify.

    Texonomics: when times are bad, people have more time to invest in ‘opportunities’?

    Real life: when times are good, people don’t have to work 2 jobs and have more time for buying overpriced products from themselves. Don’t forget having the extra money needed to keep your PV up.

    Real life: IBOs have to be experiencing some good times in order to be able to sustain an Amway business – because Amway businesses don’t sustain themselves. That takes a J-O-B.

    So – Tex – can you offer anything other than tapespeak…as two people have asked so far?

  10. November 16, 2008 1:28 pm

    I offered the same amount of proof you did with your initial statement. LOL

    Except, I’ve been to plenty of Opens, Seminars, and have listened to plenty of tapes/CD’s to know you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. LOL

    The business is talked about being good in any economic condition, why would it NOT be promoted as good during good economic conditions? LOL

    The business is promoted as being an even BETTER opportunity during bad economic times. LOL

    FACT: people look MORE for business opportunities when times are bad.

    FACT: when times are good, SOME people have money to invest in business opportunities and look to diversify.

    FACT: when times are good, MOST people have money and aren’t frequently looking to diversify, especially in an Amway business.

    FACT: when times are bad, MORE people FIND more time to invest in “opportunities.”

    FACT: when times are good, MOST people don’t have to work 2 jobs and have more time for leisure/recreation/travel, etc.

    FACT: people can be lied to by cowards regardless of the economic conditions in order to sustain an Amway business, because LCK’s don’t sustain themselves, they count on the tool scam. That takes T-O-O-L S-C-A-M.

    So – pcj – can you offer anything other than stupidspeak…as enquiring minds would like to know?

  11. Nekh permalink
    November 17, 2008 7:43 am

    Well, I kind of agree with Tex here on this one at least.
    Quixstar/amway is driven by GREED and people always want to be millionaires and want the ugly and fake and gaudy looking stupid diamond rings on their fingers and even more uglier suits (especially diamond ladies) which makes sense as prolly their husbands look for the wives clothes as well for the business is Stepford Wives Version #2….but nevertheless, I digress…

    Point being Quixstar business motivated by greed…bad times people get demotivated, no jobs, nomoney, and are willing to try anything at this point and have time to so they get into it…untillllll…economy gets better and they get a job or they realise they are spending too much on products and tools and what not…so yeah bad times, no money, no jobs will lead to more people joining quixstar hoping to never fall in economic downslums again adn never to worry about losing job…but only till the economy turns upswing againa dn they realise how much more broke they are going.

    Above was my two cents worth a million bucks 🙂

  12. Porkchopjim permalink
    November 17, 2008 2:22 pm

    Tapespeak and opinion do not qualify as ‘FACT’ – at all.

  13. Gina permalink
    November 17, 2008 9:36 pm

    What in the world is this kind of off the wall economics?? I hope public education isn’t to blame.

    No matter what your “tools” tell you, in economic slowdowns people do not look for ways to invest the money they fear may be much needed if the slowdown continues. People make cutbacks on their spending, they don’t go out looking to invest in something they have no experience with no matter how much support an IBO claims they provide. It is basic economics. Why do IBO’s think so many companies are in trouble? Because so many are looking to invest with them or that people have cut their spending?

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