OK, I thought, sounds like a drop-ship affiliate business where they will be selling the same stuff as thousands of other folks. Big dreams, little real downside -- other than reality. I asked who was behind it was was told an outfit called Quickstar, whom I'd never heard of. I figured it was harmless and thought I would attend and have a few chuckles.
Well, last night I did some serious surfing and found out that my friends had been lured into Quixtar. More on them in a minute.
Quixtar is Amw*y. No, I don't know if it is owned by Amw*y. I don't know if there is any legal connection. But it is definitely Amw*y -- wearing an all new dress.
What is the best way to empty a crowded room?
Casually mention that you sell Amw*y -- and you'll soon be alone.
I had heard rumors that Amw*y had finally alienated so great a percentage of the planet's population, that they were undergoing a major rebranding effort. There may well be something to that rumor.
Now recognizing that there is no single adult over the age of 21 who had not heard the Amw*y sales pitch, let me ask if any of this sound familiar.
- You sell product or buy it for your own use.
- If your total monthly PV is $100.00 you earn a 3% commission. Your upstream earns up to 22% on the same sales you made.
- Why, if you recruit six other people, and each sells $195 a month, you'll earn $800 a month.
- And, if you recruit the entire population of the state of Nevada, and each sells 16 energy bars, you'll earn the gross national product of the nation of Peru -- and get to sail there on a luxury yacht, while dining on caviar and energy bars.
An active participant -- (they call them IBOs) is defined as someone who:
- Attempted to make a sale (Didn't necessarily succeed, but attempted. Hey buddy, wanna buy an energy bar?)
- Presented (shared) the Marketing Plan. (Hey buddy, I got something to share with you.)
- Received bonus money. (Hey buddy, wanna see the nice shiny dollar coin I just got as a bonus?)
- Or attended a meeting sponsored by the company or another IBO. (Hey buddy, come to my house tonight, there is something cool I want to show you.)
Now they say that the average month gross income (not profit, sales!) is $115. Maybe my math is bad, but that means that the average IBO earns a few cents more than $3 a month.
Then they go on to say that just one out of every 218 active IBOs actually (their word!) achieved $29,400 BV in at least one month of the year. That means, to me, that 99.5% of all IBO fail to reach this level a single time in a 12 month period.
Now, what the heck is BV and PV. Why those are classic old Amw*y terms that relate to sale. PV is (or used to be) Performance Value and is pretty close to a 1:1 to sale. The brochure I received does not define BV, but repeatedly says 200PV = 560BV, so I'm thinking that 1 PV=2.8 BV. If I am correct, then 29,400BV would equate to a touch more than $10,000 in sales from the IBO and all the downstream recruits the IBO has signed up.
Sure smells like Amw*y meets the Internet to me.
Now, want some fun?
Google: Quixtar +fraud
Google: Quixtar +scam
Google: Quixtar +pyramid
Google: Quixtar +Dateline
Google: "Web Reputation Task Force"
Look at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quixtar
And yes, I mostly behaved during the meeting. Sure, I rolled my eyes and groaned aloud when they predicted that between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010 e-commerce market penetration will jump from 35% to 80%. If that is not a statistically improbable event, let me explain John McCain's position on free speech.
So beware of old programs in new dresses, especially those embroidered with PV Loves BV.
I did kind of hope they would pass out samples of SA-8 laundry soap, but that was a cause of disappointment as well.