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Quixtar Description

Quixtar was launched in 1999 to combine the internet with the power of the Amway brand. Amway is a company that was established in 1959 by Richard DeVos and Jay Van Andel. Quixtar North America and Amway combined in September of 2008 to become Amway Global. Amway Global is the #1online retailer of health and beauty products and #22 among all e-commerce sites.

Quixtar Detailed Overview

Amway Global has many well-known products including the Nutrilite brand. Nutrilite is the vitamin, mineral, and nutrition section. They also offer Artistry (skin care and cosmetic line), the Ribbon program (gift cards), as well as many other products for home and personal use. All of the products are back by a 180 day money back guarantee and quality is their highest concern.

Amway Global has three steps to success for their Independent Business Owners. The first step is to learn everything possible about the products, second step is to put that knowledge to work by selling the products, and the third step is to sponsor other Independent Business Owners. Doing all three steps will not only make money in the short run, but will build a network that will earn money in the years to come. Members earn money from the retail markups on products, they earn monthly performance bonuses, and if they sponsor members they will also earn monthly and annual leadership bonuses.

Amway Global fully supports their Independent Business Owners. If there are ever any questions are concerns then Customer Care is just a phone call or email away. Members can control and track all their business activities by utilizing the Amway Global back office. Order management is done for the members, all they need to do is sell and everything else is taken care of automatically. There is a three prong appoach to training, there is online training, video training, and instructor led training.

A wide variety of marketing tools are available for the Independent Business Owners use. Through Amway Global members receive access to dvd's, online sites, magazines, brochures, and websites that can be personalized. Additional promotional tools may be available through the individual business centers (the referral group). All the information is well laid out and understandable. There are six additional websites available to get your questions answered so the support is definitely in place with this company.

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Quixtar Reputation

Amway Global does have a good reputation for their products. Nutrilite is a well-known and well respected brand of vitamins. But, according to their own website, the average Independent Business Owner who is "active" only makes about $115 dollars per month. There are a lot of requirements to be considered "active" and the majority do not attain that level. The best way to make money with Amway Global is through bringing others into the business, the opportunity is there, but maybe not as easily as it may appear.

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Overall great experience

I have just started and in my first month of business. I met my goals thanks to my upline's help. I made $383.68 in that month. I busted my butt to learn the system. People do not realize it takes money to make money. This is not for people who do not have many friends/contacts and especially not for people who are not outgoing. People who complain they don't make any money usually only go as far as sponsoring one or 2 people and get frustrated because it isn't working fast enough. Anything worth having takes time to build. My upline makes 6 figures easily and has been doing it for 4 years consistently. This is by no means easy or a get rich quick scheme. If you work hard and have the right mentor you will succeed. It is like going through college. You do not expect to earn big money out of college. You start small, struggle a little and build up. People who like to make shortcuts and run this business in an impersonal way will fail. This is a people to people business so ads will not help you. I hope you found this helpful.
 
 


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avatar   by Aggieman2012 on August 14, 2011 at 10:19 PM CST

 
 
 
Getting Better

Its funny how things kinda come full circle. My father was even in amway in the early years but never did much. Now they are transitioning back to an Amway name it appears and away from Quixtar. IT appears they change the names every few years to keep the PR up. The good news is this, having spoken with several IBO's, a lot of stuff is changing. Now your upline has more flexibility than they did before to train how they want and also they are starting to provide some really solid software tools to automate the process of making continued sales from the downline.

It sounds like they have the leadership together, but it's always gonna be hard to get some people to look past the amway name, that's just facts.
 
 


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avatar   by Trace80 on January 31, 2011 at 7:56 PM CST

 
 
 
Too much to do... less compensation, very very hard work

Don't waste your time with this business. It is totally a waste, you have to sponsor people and train and motivate and they leave you, you are back to zero. So many plantinums I know are back to zero where they started, it's not a stabled style of income. It's a losing game for most, only a few get ahead. You will ruin your family, relatives and friends relationships, when you start this business, all will run away when you contact people in public, you have to talk to unknown people, invite them to seminar and they curse you. I wasted 2 years, it's a garbage business.
 
 


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avatar   by vivah on October 15, 2010 at 3:59 PM CST

 
 
 
Annoyance to friends

After nearly SIX years of trying to build a business and no less than $3K spent going to seminar conventions, I finally gave up. I approached every single acquaintance I met or already knew. I presented the "Plan" as it is called well over 250 times and only signed up ONE person. The problem is you will spend far more than you make trying to qualify each month for your income. You try to convince people they will be buying the same things they already buy and then get paid for buying them thru their own online store. This is true if you have enough individuals under you to surpass what your spending, however if they aren't making money then they will not continue to buy, then you are right back where you started at ZERO. It is a wonderful cycle. Then your upline will tell you that you just aren't trying hard enough. Then it gets personal. My advice is find a system that works from the bottom up instead of from the top down.
 
 


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avatar   by 20yrsloosingwmlm on August 6, 2010 at 10:44 AM CST

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Joined in the past wasn't for me

I actually joined this business in the past, but it wasn't for me, you do a lot of leg work in order to make any money in this business, weekly meetings, product demos, a lot non sense. I ended up spending more money in that business then I was making. The real way to make any money with this program is by recruiting people. I tried it for a while, but it wasn't for me.
 
 


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avatar   by MetaBOP on June 28, 2010 at 9:52 AM CST

 
 
 
Quixtar - Not my favorite program

For some odd reason in 2001 I had about 3 or 4 different reps try to get me to join. Well I joined in the fall of 2001. Had my own website, products etc. I found out at the time through some research that I was paying more for products such as toothpaste, cleaning supplies etc. than if I went to the store. I was supposed to get a product kickback for my ordering for the past 3 months. I didn't see one dime.

My sponsor really wasn't much help either. You only make money if you get someone recruited. We tried a postcard mailing program. That had no success. We tried fliers on apartment bulletin boards. Again no success.

Overall I found it easier to go to the store for the things I needed such as wal-mart and for much less money. Overall I'm not a big fan of Quixtar.
 
 


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avatar   by grundis on June 4, 2010 at 3:05 PM CST

 
 
 
Not what I expected

I was asked to join amway/quixtar by a friend (the more people she recruits the more money she gets). Well it seemed like a nice idea at the time, but that is the problem, the time. You have to attend group meetings and product demos and whatnot. Their catch line was that their products were recession proof since you can buy everything including toilet paper. You need motivation and drive to recruit people because simply selling your products is not enough to generate the income the video promises you. I barely broke even and decided to quit amway. I'm sure if you have the drive and motivation for it you can get descent money out of it.
 
 


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avatar   by mimifree on March 9, 2010 at 10:30 AM CST


 
 
 
Too many preliminaries!

I was interested in joining Quixtar -- in fact, it was my first IBO opportunity I had looked at. I ran into someone at the gas station, who claimed to have "interviews" going on and that she would be screening applicants; naturally, not knowing much about the IBO market, I hopped on this opportunity instantly. After several different meetings, interviews, group seminars, etc. it occurred to me that I was getting absolutely nowhere towards making money, while investing far too much time and effort into a company that could neither guarantee a profit nor allow you to make money before you spent it -- and the deposit on the first load of products was absolutely ridiculous, even in comparison to some of the $50-100 deals. While this business opportunity could work for certain people with a well-established clientele ready to buy, I would not recommend this program for most -- especially if you just moved to a location and don't know many people personally that you could sell to. I will say, however; that throughout this process I was given many samples of the products, and they were excellent quality -- I almost signed up just so I could keep using them!
 
 


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avatar   by jtpatterson22 on January 27, 2010 at 9:35 PM CST

 
 
 
Hard to earn on products

I joined like others because I loved the products. You just can't earn the money only selling the products, as like many they are too expensive. Unless you build a great downline (which I never had the time to do) it's very difficult to sell enough of the product to earn anything. The most I earned in one month was $35 and I had purchased most of the product myself. They do pay, they have been around a long time but without supporting a downline you just can't make a living off it.
 
 


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avatar   by xandusk on January 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM CST

 
 
 
Income Potential

Me and my husband were Quixtar Independent Business owners (IBO) for a year. At the time, I also was running a licensed family daycare in our home. I ordered hundreds of dollars of products from this company for the daycare, everything from bulk toilet paper and paper towels to toys.

It was nice to not have to purchase these items in the store and have them delivered directly to my door; however, in exchange for spending money as an IBO, we were told that we would receive money back in the mail. We only received one ten dollar check from Quixtar the entire time that we were business owners with them. Not much pay back for spending as much money as we did. It was money that I would have spent at the store, anyway, we were just under the impression that we would receive more in return.

Also, the business is really hard to sell to people. Moms of the children I watched were always looking for a way to be able to stay home with their children, so I would pitch them Quixtar. However, due to the Amway association, not a single person would be interested in even hearing more about Quixtar. It is impossible to make more money with this company if you do not have other Quixtar members signed up under you.

After about a year, a lot of money spent, and no luck in talking anyone into joining with us, we decided to not renew our IBO membership. Definitely not an easy, fun, or profitable home business.
 
 


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avatar   by juliej on December 30, 2009 at 10:10 PM CST

 
 
 
Lots of work, little payoff

I have not personally been involved with Quixtar, but I feel like I have been, because my closest friend has been riding this roller coaster for almost 10 years.

I would agree with many of the other comments made here. The products are very good overall, but very difficult to market and sell, even for good salespeople.

Of course, as is with the case with all MLM/network marketing, the focus of the "business owners" is to recruit more people to the business, because that's where the income will start to be promising.

My friend has been pursing success for close to a decade (and his parents for even longer), and hasn't earned more than a few thousand dollars TOTAL.

Perhaps this opportunity is working for some people, but as far as I can tell, this is NOT a good business opportunity in general.
 
 


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avatar   by HesReallySmart on December 24, 2009 at 4:42 PM CST

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It did not work for me but could work for you

I enjoy working with people and this one seemed to be a great opportunity. I went to a couple of meetings and met with some pretty top of the line people who were successful. One thing is you HAVE to be pushy and aggressive as I found that these guys are, especially if you want an upline/downline. It is completely legit in terms of income, and they are honest and upfront at the beginning. It does take ALOT of work, and unfortunately I am not a pushy person and I cannot sell my way out of a wet paper bag! Although I cannot afford their high end prices, I can certainly vouch that they are a good investment.

I would rate this company a C as just ok because of the pressure I experienced. Great company, just not for me. :)
 
 


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avatar   by amnitymay on December 12, 2009 at 4:08 PM CST

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A Good Opportunity in Time

I am from Barbados and have been involved with Amway/Quixtar for about 4 years. I am currently not still involved due to time constraints. While the products provided are some of the best on the market, sometimes the market being pursued are at the lower levels in the economic bracket. I don't think a single mother with 3 children will pay US $22 dollars for laundry detergent no matter how good it is when she only has 200 dollars to spend on the grocery bill.

A lot of time is needed for creating and helping downline registrants.

Also some of the rewards programs only apply if you are on the motivational system of audio and books (these are not free).

Overall it strikes one as a pyramidal system where even if you put in more work than your upline the upline always stays ahead financially.
 
 


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avatar   by Bajeprince on December 8, 2009 at 12:00 AM CST

 
 
 
Quixtar……. With the Effort it could work for you

Well let me start off by saying how I joined Quixtar. I met a guy at Office Depot around at the corner of my house and he came up to me and started asking if I was making any money back, on a computer chair I was purchasing that day, so I told him no. Then he started by telling me about Quixtar, and that once you become an IBO you can get discounts from different stores. This sounded interesting to me so I told him I wanted more information.

He came to my house the next day, and gave me a presentation about Quixtar, mentioning all the advantages that you get and all the different levels that you can achieve (ruby, Diamond, etc). So I liked it and decided to sign up, it was $200 to sign up and that was a year membership. I was skeptical but after doing some research people claimed the money was good, so I went for it. I received a package in the mail on products that you want to market (Nutrilite, artistry, etc. ) with free samples. I also received the catalog that they have for every season, and the IBO card that you get for yourself. Now here is the problem, if you really want to be successful at Quixtar you have to get referrals. The reason why, is the percent they offer you for some products are really low.

Some items you sell for $25, and only end up getting $4 in commission. The thing is you can buy things at a discounted price and resell, but there prices are already high for items that they sell almost exclusively (Like the energy drinks and Nutrilite) that making a profit you are only looking at a couple of dollars anyway. Plus you have to cross your fingers, hoping that you will resell it at all. So not only do you get a lower commission, but you have to find people to buy and join which was a problem for me in the horrible economy. No one was really willing to pay $200 to join, and no one was really willing to buy anything. That was 2008, and now in 2009 it is even worse. That is why you have to stress the advantages they have to customers, such as 180 day return policy if you are not satisfied with whatever you purchase from Quixtar.

While Quixtar is a good thing, I would say now is not the time to join. To get business and to get sales out there will be too tough, especially in this hard economy. Good luck to all those that tried, I know I did and it never worked for me.
 
 


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avatar 3,000 Credits - Internet Marketing Expert   by Red_Dragon on December 4, 2009 at 1:42 PM CST

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A market that you can control

I am currently involved in the whole Quixtar thing and I have to say, like some of the users before me, it's a lot of work. But nothing can replace the feeling of satisfaction you get when your check at the end of the month doubles. I currently have my own "business", website and personal assistant, and the three combined allow me every possibility in terms of marketing the products and advertising, and that is what I like the most about it.

Honestly depending on your personality, income level, determination/drive, and your social circle, starting a Quixtar business can be a lot of work. If you are an average joe like myself it is a little harder to convince your average joe friends to buy a vitamin for $69.95 (Note: this is not the real price) no matter how well the product works. (And the products work wonderfully) though you can change the amount you charge for less profit. Also depending on where you live, most of the folks you know may have been in business already, so recruiting is a little harder. I say all this to say, if you can find a new group to market the products and opportunity to, and have means to effectively market your products, there is no reason why you should not go for it. But, if you feel that this opportunity is not for you, it's a waste of time.
 
 


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avatar   by simplefaithzee on November 18, 2009 at 4:49 PM CST

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Lots of work for not much return

My Grandpa and grandma where big into Amway in the 90's and into the 2000 century till they just got too old to travel and go to meetings, but they did talk me into going to some meetings to see what it was all about. So I finally joined, mainly to make them happy. There was just too much work involved for little to no return. They did have some good products that I liked and I still order them sometimes, because I do know a lot of people still involved. It is just not for me anymore, I gave it up.
 
 


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avatar   by bobafette72 on November 11, 2009 at 8:38 PM CST

 
 
 
Quickstar Is a great opportunity

I am endorsing this company because I was an active distributor twice in the 90's. I hope to become another active distributor again soon. I love their products. I could go on about them for days. This company is a very sound investment if you are willing to put your time into it and really get to know your products so you can talk to people about how good they are and how much of "you get what you pay for " comes into play. The people you meet are awesome and they know the business and are very willing to share all they know with you to help you succeed. I greatly endorse this company and cannot wait till I can be involved with it again.
 
 


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avatar   by amanda05 on November 9, 2009 at 12:13 PM CST

 
 
 
Great Business Model, But

I first joined Amway back in the mid 90's and thought the business model to be super. With a local distribution center near where I worked at the time, I was able to pick up my order (and the orders of my downline) with little or no wait. However after examining my "balance sheet" at the end of the first year, getting to the break-even point looked bleak. Due to changes in my personal life, my membership was forced to expire after the second year.

I re-joined again in 2001 when the company changed it's name to Quixtar and I thought that along with the name change, the business model might change. At this time the company still didn't allow internet promoting, no TV commercials, etc. The name change didn't change anyone's belief about Amway and the public opinion was still of going door-to door selling detergent.

My stay this time lasted one year due to the intense pressure to purchase "training tools", and even though I had been a member of Amway previously, my training tools from that period were looked upon

as out-dated (even though nothing but the company's name had changed).

A few years later I came across a few former Amway/Quixtar members who showed me an expose about how many of the big Independent Business Owners made so much money... training materials. Which explains why my training materials from a different leadership were considered useless... my upline at Quixtar didn't profit from them!

Even the upper management at Amway/Quixtar frowns upon the heavy pressure to sell training materials to members.

The business model is solid, the product line is pretty good ( I loved the vitamins) and now that they are advertising on TV, allowing members to use the internet to build there business intrigues me.. but if the leaders are still generating most of their profits from selling tapes & DVDs, then little has changed... and only a select few are really making any money in Amway/Quixtar.

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Third time is a charm? I'll PASS.
 
 


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Difficult to market, but great products!

This was one of the first network marketing opportunities I ever got involved with. I was introduced a few months after my wife and I got married in 2000. The idea was to take the money that you spend on monthly everyday items, like vitamins, toothpaste, mouth wash, dish detergent, laundry detergent and other household items and redirect those monies to the similar concentrated products sold on quixtar.com's website via your independent business owner's number where you would get credit for it. The products that were sold were the old AMWAY products.

Sure enough the vitamins and the concentrated products all worked great. But the threshold for earning your monthly points was $250 and at that time we didn't spend that much money on those things, not monthly at least, they had several other stores associated with the main products I already listed, but the point value for those products did not compare to the main products, so basically, you ended up having to spend more on the products. Then they tell you that you're supposed to want to spend money on the training materials.

They encouraged you to get on the weekly distributorship of the weekly training products, and the monthly distributorship of the core products. Believing I was being trained by professionals, I bought into the hype and did not see that it was draining our finances compared to the little amount of commission we did bring in. Our first commission check was $7.34 and our second one was $35.63. But we were spending $350+ a month on the business that didn't quite add up.

The few people that we brought into the business under us all realized it would take them forever to earn any commission on the business and started dropping off like flies.

This is a legitimate business model, and I do believe in the power of network marketing. The problem with this particular business opportunity is the fact that if you don't have enough customers buying your core products from you and your website. Then you're in trouble. But they way we were taught was to focus on recruiting and less on gaining the customers.

If I had to do it all over again, which I won't at this point, I would focus on introducing all my neighbors to the wonderful products, give them all trial samples and then follow-up and find out who could want to buy the products from me. Then I would tell them, if they were interested in earning some income from the opportunity themselves, they could do that and keep simply duplicate our efforts with their friends/family that they know.

I hope that my experience truly helps all newbies out there to make the proper decision regarding this company, before spending your hard earned money, and getting frustrated with your results. The products work, but the point structure for the amount of work that requires you to earn a decent commission and profit from your time and money spent is very little. At least it was for me.
 
 


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A Long Run

Wow, I think everyone in my family has been in this program! As a matter of fact my aunt still does it and has been since I was maybe 11 years old, I'm 32 now so do the math... lol! But, my mom was involved around the same time and I was into the cologne they offered; oh, this was when they were just Amway and before they put they're name on a sports stadium!

I joined since they added Quixstar a few years ago in about '01 - '02! It's just basically the same thing but just online! It's the same network marketing style, you can just access more people online and sell the products easier and actually offer deals and discounts, and you don't have to host meetings every Thursday :)! They also have other services like a motor club and discount cards and things of that nature! The only thing I don't really like is the cost to start up; it was $99 back then and it took quite some time to make that back!

The compensation plan I think needs to be updated, it's pretty much the same as back when I was going through my moms materials... lol! The products are great, which is why I believe my aunt is still involved, but that won't make up for lack of income if you're involved for that reason! I never saw myself making it to Diamond level in my lifetime, and when that became a realization, I figured it was time to hang it up!
 
 


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