I am a failed Amway distributor.
1) over-saturation! Waaaay too many already members. And those who aren't members aren't comfortable with the Amway name - so they stay away like the plague.
2) compensation plan is simply too difficult to understand - the PV/BV stuff drove me nuts
3) books and tapes and books and tapes and meetings and conferences. Egad - people join because they want to make more money - not because they are looking for reasons to spend all they money they do have! I was told un no uncertain terms that I would fail if I didn't buy the books and tapes, attend every weekly meeting and attend every conference within driving distance. (geez - maybe that's why I failed!!) Too much jammed down our throats. Get a membership to your local library and read some goal setting and self esteem books.
4) phone nites! Oh please give me a break. I simply could NOT spend every Wednesday evening phoning every single person I knew on a first name basis.
Amway has good products. They were one of the first to develop environmentally safe household cleaners that were of good quality. But the way they recruit and what they expect from their members isn't reasonable.
Before you start ANY MLM business, ask yourself if you can do what your sponsor does in order to recruit. If you aren't the type of person who is confortable doing what your sponsor does, then run (don't walk) away. You will not succeed.
The problem with Amway (and almost every other MLM) is 95% of their members are unable (or unwilling) to do what is required to succeed. And we can't work a business that makes us uncomfortable.
There are about 5 people in 100 who can sell ice to Eskimos. Those are the ones who will succeed in MLM. The other 95 of us need to find other ways to make extra money!