Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Quixtar's Web Leader

I urge all you IBO's out there to check out QRush and see who is representing you online.

It's a pretty day when this is your strategy for dealing with the truth.

As a matter of fact, if anyone knows how to create a link button, similar to "Extreme Team Linking" could you let me know?

I would love for all to see this circus performance damage control attempt.

I will add a link shortly.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

"Independant" Business Owners' Rules

"To: Qualified PlatinumsDear Quixtar Business Leaders,

It has been brought to our attention that some Quixtar Independent Business Owners are actively soliciting prospective IBOs at Barnes & Noble stores, despite clearly stated store policies prohibiting solicitation by store visitors. This practice must be discontinued as it represents a serious threat to the relationships between Quixtar and Barnes& as well as to the reputation of the company and the business opportunity."

The fact that the stores have policies discouraging this bothersome practice should speak volumes. For such a Christian valued business, many IBO's certainly lack the ability to respect the wishes of others. These policies or rules are commonly displayed quite prominantly in the store.

"Quixtar's Partner Store agreement with Barnes& does not extend to the separate business entity that operates Barnes & Noble stores. Quixtar IBOs are obligated to respect the No Solicitation policies of any establishment they visit, regardless of any e-commerce partnership arrangements that exist between that company's web business and Quixtar."

That's probably because any e-commerce relationships exist only to move more products for the company. Remember IBO's, moving products? That's what the business is, no?

"IBOs are permitted to meet known prospects at the cafes within Barnes & Noble stores, as this does not violate the non-solicitation policy. Actively handing out brochures or approaching others within the store to strike up conversations that lead to a business pitch, however, does violate the policy and this practice needs to be discontinued as it is a rules violation and endangers our relationship with this well-respected national chain."

Name another business you "own" that restricts how you conduct your business. I see Barnes & Noble is considered a well-respected chain. I wonder how B&N feels about Quixtar/Amway?

"A poll conducted by Barnes & Noble of the managers of its more than 700 stores identified Quixtar IBOs as the most frequent violator of this store policy, with no other company-related group in second."

I wonder how many people had to complain that they couldn't shop for books in peace before it had to come to this?

"This does not reflect well on the company nor on IBOs in general, and colors people's attitudes and receptivity to the opportunity we offer.Barnes & Noble stores have been alerted to Quixtar's policies and rules. Store managers have been asked to refer all offenders to Quixtar Business Rules & Conduct. IBOs that break these rules will be disciplined."

Firstly, I'm pretty certain people's attitudes have been shaped by the lies and deception which is prevalent in Quixtar/Amway already. Is it normal for one company to ask another company to keep their people away? Unless they are competitors, I'd say that's pretty unusual.

I'm sure every IBO will be absolutely quaking in their footwear by the Business Rules and Conduct threat. If I was still an IBO, I'd tell the corporation to focus their "discipline" on the people who are truly problematic. Can you guess who that might be? I wonder what the discipline would entail?

"Please ask your groups to respect Barnes and Noble's policies as well as Quixtar's Rules of Conduct. If you have questions on this issue, please contact your Sales Advisor.Our reputation is built on everything all of us do and say, all the time. Acting responsibly helps protect your reputation and businesses and the future for all IBOs. We appreciate your leadership and your efforts to help stop this form of prospecting."

Jim Payne
Managing Director
Quixtar Inc.

Well he's right about one thing, their reputation is built on everything all of them do and say, all the time. Too bad they allow the "leaders" to do whatever they want, and not enforce the rules at the top as it were.

That's a really successful venture going on in Michigan. Large companies are calling to complain about the actions of Amway/Quixtar IBO's.

Remember, these are grown people that are running "their own business". Looks like some people need to consider other people's feelings as well. I don't know too many people who go to bookstores looking to get prospected into their own business. Believe it or not, they may be looking for a book, seeking out a bit of peace and quiet in a hectic day, or indulging in a specialty coffee.

It's called tact, IBO's. Use It. Instead of trying to save everybody, why not start by just showing common courtesy and respect? If you are not one of the offending IBO's, then disregard.

Why does it just seem like Quixtar just left the principal's office?

End of Rant.


Why I hate dial up

1. Even to make this post, I had to wait over 2 minutes to log in

2. I can't here the great podcasts going on at QBlog Radio and Inside and Out Radio without waiting like an hour.

3. I can get a cup of coffee between stories when I read the morning paper.

4. Surf while downloading? Forget it.

5. I have friends ( honest) who send me videos, some of which are funny, but Lord, they take eons to download.

6. I didn't get to see all the Extreme Freedom links. Thanks to Standing Order Tape, I got the jist.

7. I have enough money to get high speed. I live in an area that does not offer it. But only until late this year or early next year.

UPDATE: I actually downloaded QBlog's conversation with Mr. X. It took 36 minutes to download. I think I can work a routine down to download and then listen to it. Mr. X sounds a little hyperactive, but very knowledgeable. I particularly enjoyed the signs and symptoms of prospecting that they discussed. Well done to you both.

Happy Valentine's Day

Hello All. I have not been around lately. Just spending more of my time with the wee one and the spouse.

An interesting thing happened to me the other day. I was at a Tim Horton's and saw a couple of people talking. The one guy obviously was excited, and the other guy obviously wasn't.

I knew before I even walked past them what I'd see. I was right. There were the circles.

I heard the other guy talking about how people don't dream when I walked by on the way to the bathroom.

2 minutes later, the guy who was excited was alone, and talking on his cell phone and looking around the coffee shop. I heard him tell the person on the other end that he HAD to meet this very successful guy, and what time tonight worked best for him? I ordered 2 extra large double doubles and left the store.

I got into the car where my colleague was waiting, he wanted to know what was so funny.

Believe it or not, I didn't even know where to start.

It would be very difficult to explain my absolute disdain at the Amway/Quixtar opportunity. To fully understand how much I think it sucked would take at least a 2 hour trip in a car. (Without tapes or CD's)

Anyhoo, it was pretty funny.

This is also pretty funny, and I have a post half way done on what I think about it.

Later, Skaters

Monday, February 06, 2006


Hey gang! Well, the much anticipated trip is over, and life is back to normal.

It was nice to get back to the grind, and go back to what's normal. On the 6 hour plane ride home, I got to thinking. This leads me to the next point of this post:

It is simply not normal to not work, or at least having one of the household not at work. My wife doesn't work, but one of us needs to.

These Quixtar kingpins that don't "work" really confuse me. On one hand, they say they are free. On the other hand, they make it known that they are there to "serve". So do they serve, or are they free?

I understand what they are trying to say, and I understand that they are trying to motivate the downline, but is it really so? If you are there to serve, then you aren't really free.

I'm not really making a lot of sense here, I guess. My brain may have been tanned as well. All I know is, it was a good feeling to be heading back to the J-O-B. I am good at it, and I like it. I think a lot of people like their jobs. I don't think jobs are a bad thing. If you don't like your job, chances are that if you really tried, you could get one that you did like.

I don't think your job should be your identity, but I do think what you do does somewhat shape who you are.

I'm glad I'm not someone who makes money in a way that is not completely aboveboard and honest, as the Amway/Quixtar kingpins are alleged to do. It's pretty clear that they would've rather people not found out about that. If your money is secret, is it legit? There's a reason it's a secret, isn't there?

I don't care that I'm not completely "free". I have a tremendous amount of latitude at my job. In fact, if diamonds "serve" as much as they profess, they there are probably a lot of people who have more freedom than they do.

I guess my point is that if you are on vacation all the time, then what? Once you have everything, then what? What do you have to look forward to?

If you are "free" I would love to hear from you. I don't care if you are an IBO who is "on his/her way" to freedom, or if you are Fred Harteis. Tell me how I am missing out.

Better yet, tell me where the $$ comes from that allows YOU to do that.