Merchants of Deception Closing Up Shop
Saw that the Merchants of Deception web site is closing up shop later this month. That’s a shame, because I found Scheibeler’s story to be very informative; I read his e-book back when it was freely available and could relate to a number of his experiences “building the business.”
That said, I can understand why he wants to close this chapter in his life and move onto other ventures. For me, it’s been over a decade since I attended my last Amway meeting, bought my last product, or listened to my last tape. Not much appears to have changed, however, given my first-hand observations of ex-Amway groups now in MonaVie. For Systems in North America, business has not changed all that much.
Where will that change come from, if ever? Will Amway and MonaVie become more strict in System governance? Perhaps, but they can’t go too far or they will be biting the hand that feeds them. Will change come from the Systems themselves? Doubtful, as they too don’t want to rock their gravy train. Will change come from the critics? I think our purpose is more to help those leaving the Systems understand that their story was not unique and that healing begins with accepting what has happened.
Change ultimately comes down to the individual distributors. They have to start taking ownership of their businesses, which often means listening to but not always following the pronouncements from their upline. Distributors need to become educated about their products, the compensation plan, and how their Systems operate. They’ve got to determine on their own if what they have been doing for one month, one year, or ten years, is leading them to financial success (which is the reason why most people joined in the first place) or whether it’s simply a wild goose chase.