The Amway Scam

It’s hard to imagine that an entire corporation could be based off a scam, but that’s exactly the case for Amway and Quixtar. This article will detail exactly how Amway and Quixtar work, and why it is a scam you should avoid. Because Amway and Quixtar are the same company, I’ll just be using the name Amway from now on.

Like many scams, the Amway scam is based off people’s urge to be rich, drive a nice car, and live in a big house. People often want to live that lifestyle so badly that they will do anything and believe anything in order to achieve that goal. This is where Amway steps in. The main idea is that you become a salesperson and sell Amway products, such as vitamins, electronics, and various other goods. Of course, you won’t get rich selling knifes door to door, but that’s where the twist comes in. The idea is that the more people you recruit into Amway, the more money you’ll make because you’ll get a percentage of their earnings. If the people you recruit, recruit more people in turn, you’ll get a percentage of that, and so on. So the main idea is to recruit as many people as possible, and have an automatic stream of revenue. Does this sound like a pyramid scam to you? Well, it basically is. Technically, it’s labeled as multi-level-marketing, which is nothing more than a legal pyramid scam.

So where is the harm? So far, everything sounds legitimate, and harmless. That’s exactly what they want you to think. The fact of the matter is that once you’re recruited, Amway starts selling things to YOU. That’s right, anything from motivational tapes, to motivational books, to tickets for conventions and rallies, and even entire bus trips to rallies. Through a series of talks, basic brainwashing techniques are used in order to convince you that you will succeed and become a millionaire, but only if you buy motivational tapes which hold the key to your success. In fact, it is commonly said that Amway rallies resemble religious revival meetings more than anything else. Now, I’m not trying to knock on religious revival meetings, but Amway preys on your desperation, and preys on your dreams. They tell people over and over that they will become rich if they follow the Amway business plan. Unfortunately, virtually the only people making any sort of significant money are the people selling motivational tools at the rallies and so forth. According to Amway itself, the average amount of money people make at Amway is a measly $1,400 a year. This doesn’t include all the money for meetings, rallies, travel, books, tapes, and everything else. When all is said and done, most people actually lose their money, friends, and a huge amount of time.

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This post was written by admin on June 24, 2009

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Review of Henry Coe State Park

Recently, I took a daytrip to Henry W. Coe State Park, in California, and I just wanted to share my experience with all of you. Getting to the park was fairly straightforward, you can just follow E. Dunne Ave. until you get to the main visitor’s center. I believe the address is 8000 E. Dunne Ave. for the main entrance; however some GPS units like mine did not have that address. Still, finding the entrance to the park was fairly easy. The road winds and turns an awful lot, with numerous hairpin turns, so be sure to drive extra carefully. Google Streetview is available for this road, if you’re curious to see what it’s like before getting there.

For day hikes, the standard fee is 5 dollars per vehicle, and it’s worth every penny. You’ll get a double-sided map printed on a standard piece of paper. However, unlike many other state parks, the map is detailed and accurate. As long as you have the map, you should be able to get wherever you’re trying to go without getting lost. All the major trails, along with the distance of each trail are clearly printed on the map. I told the ranger that I was interested in walking about 6 or 7 miles, and he recommended a route for me to take.

Henry Coe State Park is massive, and provides a lot of different environments. When I first started, I found myself going into a forest. Unlike some parks like Castle Rock, there were not many bugs or flies at all. The forest sections of the trails were nice because of the shade, and the trail was well-kept. For parts of my day hike, I had to walk on a dirt road to get from one trail to the next, which was a little bit of a bummer. The only good news is that the traffic is extremely light. I probably spent a total of forty minutes walking on a dirt road, but I didn’t see one car driving on it the whole time. Other than the dirt road, I went on Springs Trail which went on went through a lot of wheatgrass. I also walked past several campgrounds, and a small pond called Bass Pond. The pond had fish and other natural wildlife in it. Another trail I went on was called China Hole, which was predominantly in the forest. However, as I approached Manzanita point, the trail opened up, and the view of all the other hills around me was just staggering. The view was excellent. The best part about this is that there are absolutely no signs of man-made structures in the view. Usually, there will be some road, or some buildings, but not in Henry Coe State Park. There’s just you and the wilderness, which I thought was great.

Overall, my day trip to Henry Coe State Park was excellent. I ended up walking about 7.9 miles, which is just about my personal limit for a day. I was able to see birds up close, far away, and even circling above me. I saw a deer, a couple wild Turkeys up close, many butterflies, and some fish, all in one day. The forests were nice and light, which meant that bugs aren’t going to eat you alive. All the trials I went on were fairly easy, (Corral Trail, Forest Trail, Springs Trail, Manzanita Point Road, and China Hole Trail) so this is a suitable place to bring the family, or even children for a short walk. This is a great place to visit if you want a casual day hike, or even to camp.

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This post was written by admin on June 9, 2009

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