View Full Version : Amway/Quixtar people hanging out at bookstores
04-02-2004, 11:07 AM
I am so sick and tired of Amway/Quixtar people hanging out at bookstores trying to pick up new people for their "business". The other day during lunch I went to Barnes & Noble to read some magazines. While I was at the magazine stand, I was approached by a guy who saw what I was reading and started talking to me. After a while he went into the typical Amway/Quixtar spiel...
"I'm a business owner and was looking for some sharp looking people. Are you interested in making money?" blah blah blah. I called him out on it and said that I know what it was and I wasn't interested in Amway or Quixtar or whatever the hell they call themselves now.
That had to be like the 10th time I've been approached at either B&N or Borders bookstore. I guess it's easy for them to approach people there because they can see what you are reading and use that as a conversation starter. The magazine section is the worst place, but the "Small Businees" book section is just as bad.
The reason why I know a little bit about Amway/Quixtar is that my uncle was in it and was always trying to get me to join his "business".
Anyways...I just had to vent and warn you guys...I hate it.
04-02-2004, 11:12 AM
Stop going to B&N then. J/K
04-02-2004, 11:16 AM
It's not just at B&N. I was actually approached at the grocery store. I can't stop going there. :)
I guess I am not the only one who has experienced this...
I was approached at Best Buy a few months ago. I was checking out some DVDs and this random stranger walked up to me and asked "Are you a sports fan? I'm looking for a DVD for my nephew and he's really into sports. Can you make any suggestions?" I told him to check out Major League and walked away. The guy proceeded to follow me into the music section of the store. This time he asks me what I do for a living and if I am comfortable with my salary. I tell him that I am very happy with my job in all aspects. He further pushes to ask how much money I make and where I work. This is when I started getting a bit aggravated. I responded that it was none of his business and that if he continued to bother me I would complain to the store managers. I returned to the DVD section and again, this a**hole comes to ask me a million and one questions. I told him to follow me so we could talk somewhere else and I went straight to the manager's desk up at the front of the store. I informed the manager that this man was 1) following me around the store and asking me personal questions and 2) was essentially recruiting in the middle of their store. Needless to say, the manager quickly called a few of the employees to "escort" the man out of the store. Of course the man complained that he wasn't doing anything wrong, but according to the manager, I was the 4th person to complain about that ass.
Don't these people ever get a hint?
04-02-2004, 11:19 AM
I'm telling you they must have a script that they practice because that is exactly how some started conversations with me.
04-02-2004, 11:31 AM
We were approached while shopping (at a large national retailer that is not considered by many here to be politically correct to patronize) by an older couple who were enamored with our new baby. They started asking lots of questions about our family and about babies in general. We got into a very pleasant 10 minute conversation, and didn't suspect a thing... until they started asking about how I liked my job, and how many hours I must have to put in, etc.
We were really disappointed. We thought we met a genuinely nice couple, only to find out they saw us as nothing but a mark.
I love it when they ask "Would you like to make more money?" To which I reply "No." They always get a kind of glazed over look at that moment.
04-02-2004, 11:35 AM
I have an Amway story that can top all of those...
I was with a friend at Target in Orlando. This friend was buying an earring (which I'd already made fun of him for), and another guy walks up to the jewelry counter. He sees the earrings my friend is looking at and the conversation goes something like this:
Guy: "You look familiar. Did you play baseball at UCF?"
Friend: "Uh, no."
Guy: "Hm. Where are you from? Maybe I know you from high school."
Friend: "Miami. I went to South."
Guy: "Miami? Awesome, I have friends that grew up down there. So are you buying some earrings for your girl?"
Friend: "No, these are actually for me."
Guy: "You still look familiar. What kind of work do you do?"
Friend: "I do accounting."
Guy: "Really? My business is looking for someone with a financial background. Are you interested in switching jobs?"
At this point, I've been heard enough to tell that this guy is about to bust out the Amway scam, so I walk over, and...
Me: "Excuse me. Are you hitting on him?"
Guy: "What? No! No, I was just asking him about..."
Me: "Look, dude. He's mine. Back the **** off."
Guy: "Uh, no, I just..."
Me: "Don't try to play stupid. I know what you were doing."
Guy: "Look, I...nevermind." (to Friend) "It was nice meeting you, here's my card."
Me: "B*tch don't even try to give him your number."
Guy: "Whatever. Bye."
At this point, the jewelry counter girl comes over, and she says that the guy had been doing that to different people for the past hour. We all start laughing, and then my friend hits on her. She wasn't really his type. I think he was hitting on her just because he didn't want her to think he was gay. I should've just kept up the charade and made him quit hitting on her. :)
04-02-2004, 12:27 PM
that is pretty nice way to get amway off your back. If it were me inside a retail outlet I would raise my voice and make a big scene and if the guy tried to walk away I would follow him.
04-02-2004, 12:36 PM
"I'm sorry, It goes against my religious beliefs to allow myself to be suckered by Ponzi scheming shysters."
Originally posted by kb0wwp
We were approached while shopping (at a large national retailer that is not considered by many here to be politically correct to patronize)
shopping at wal-mart eh? :hihi: :P
04-02-2004, 02:54 PM
yeah, i used to get "hit on" in the grocery store in michigan about "career opportunities."
of course, michigan is a hotbed for Amway/Alticor/Quixtar activity, because the headquarters are there. i have a personal hatred for dick and betsy devos and jay van andel because of their self-righteous attitude and their attempt to act like these saints when their whole fortunes were gained by cheating other people through barely-legal pyramid scheme tactics.
04-02-2004, 03:08 PM
remind me how these $@(*$^@(#^ things work? My mom wanted me to join in something similar and I couldn't convince her it was a scam. Good thing she moved overseas. :D
04-02-2004, 03:13 PM
The main problem with multi-level marketing schemes is you run out of family and friends fast. I used to live in an apartment and one of my neighbors was big into scamway. He gave me the full court press scamway recruitment and was a little disappointed when I told him, "No, not in this lifetime or the next, ok?"
Merlin and I were at an alumni BBQ a few years back and one of our fellow alumnus was into scamway and trying to recruit people there. Someone took him aside and I think he got the point. I haven't seen him at an alumni event ever since.
04-03-2004, 02:26 AM
One of them approached my girl and I at a bestbuy while we were just walking past the receivers and stuff. It was really annoying what she was trying to do. The minute i heard she had an opportunity I started giving BS lines.
Another time my girlfriend got in a car accident. The other driver after exchanging insurance info and stuff, started the amway pitch or something.
04-03-2004, 09:00 AM
funny. i just met some amway women tonight on the subway who were here in korea helping out the korean branch's CS. hahaha.
04-03-2004, 09:19 PM
Originally posted by DarkFury
Heh... Amway representatives... the "Jehovah Witnesses" of the business community. :eek:
That's the truth! :D
Imagine the double whammy of a JW selling Amway.:eek:
04-03-2004, 11:29 PM
Why did I even click this link? It just reminds me of how pathetically stupid I was to even attempt to join this stupid scam. :(
(Luckily it didn't really cost me much before common sense got the better of me and I quit -- although I lost a friend in the process -- sorta).
04-04-2004, 04:27 AM
what is amway/quixtar?
04-04-2004, 06:46 AM
Originally posted by ialsohaveadream
I have an Amway story that can top all of those...
:heh: Oh man that is classic. Your friend must have not known wtf was going on ;)
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