Quixtar - an expose' of a web-based business that isn't! 

Quixtar exposed   The goods and the bads about the Quixtar program. Contrary to what you are told during recruitment, it is NOT an online business - mention the word "Quixtar" on your site and you are history! I can't play their games. You need to know the truth.  There's a lot of info here from me and others, the page  takes a while to load. 

Before I give you any positive info; let me be totally honest with you about what Quixtar is.  And please read all of this, not just the first "I'm being upfront with you part". You won't hear what you will read here from other IBO's I'm sure - actually I'm not an IBO any longer because I  refuse to play their games.  Quixtar is a lot like AT&T, they lie to you by not telling you the whole truth and figure if you get little bits of truth along the way you can better tolerate it than by knowing everything up front. NOT the way I do business. You have a right to know just WHAT that opportunity really is; both positive aspects as well as negative aspects.

I joined Quixtar in June of '98 as I was told it was a "different" business from Amway and Amway was only one of the many stores involved with Quixtar.  Actually I had to rejoin Amway in June to be able to do a Quixtar business when it opened in Sept.   In fact the word "Amway" was not even mentioned at many of the first Quixtar meetings. I did Amway back in '92 and did NOT make  money with it. The truth?    QUIXTAR IS Amway, make no mistake about it. Quixtar is run by the Amway corporation, you have to play by the Bulletin 17 Amway rules which say you can't even mention the word Quixtar on your site, you have to get Amway approval before you can post an ad or words on a website to recruit others (fat chance of getting ANY approvals), and the compensation plan IS the Amway compensation plan.

 I was also told when I joined that if I shopped at all these partner stores and entered them through the Quixtar door I would be able to purchase products cheaper than by entering these stores via their regular web presence door.   The truth??  There is no difference.  Same site, same price.  The only difference is if you are a "client" you get the equivalent of S&H greenstamps (called "Q" credits) to redeem for goods later and if you are an IBO you can reduce your price of the goods by sponsoring others and receiving bonus BV and PV off of their purchases.   Which is not bad, but it is not what I was originally told. Otherwise the purchase price of the goods is the same.

I was told that Quixtar was a partnership of the Amway corporation, IBM, Microsoft, and Frei Media.   The truth???   It is probable the only thing Microsoft, IBM, and Frei Media had to do with it was to provide the hardware, software, and advertising stuff to put the program together with.   It is my understanding from talking with employees at Microsoft that none of the these except for Amway has any other financial interest in the profits of Quixtar. It would be like me building a new retail store and advertising that I had partnered with Joe the Contractor, Frank the Plumber, and Ed the Electrician when in fact all they did was provide services I contracted for in order to get my store up.
I was told QUIXTAR was an online business.  This is very far from the truth.    The only thing online about it is the ability to order products online and pay onesey's pricing along with shipping fees; in others words paying higher prices than you would from your distributor down the street.  Make no mistake about it; Amway (or Quixtar - whatever you choose to call this) does NOT want you recruiting people with websites and online advertising to the opportunity. They won't even let you use the name Quixtar on your site or they will take your IBO number away from you. They still want you to meet Joe at the grocery store and tempt him to come to a meeting without telling him what it is all about so he can see an Amway "show the plan" presentation about how he can get rich on private franchising.  The sad part is; there is NO DIFFERENCE between an Amway presentation and a Quixtar presentation.  In 6 months of going to meetings put on by my upline and others I never saw anything close to what I was told about Quixtar in the beginning. The goal is the same.   To get the new recruits to commit to $200 a month in personal spending of Amway coreline products. Uplines that are honest will tell you this is the only way you will make money.  That anything outside the Amway coreline products are NOT the big money maker for you. I don't agree with that. I feel we can do an honest business and still make money.
 
In fact here is an excerpt from the letter Quixtar sent me about what I could and could not do to advertise the Quixtar program and make an online business out of recruiting - see if you can make heads or tails out of this.

"I have been asked to provide you with more information regarding Quixtar IBO web sites. You may use the name Quixtar in your web site. However, as outlined in Rule 7 of the Business Conduct and Rules Compendium, all Business Support Materials used by IBOs to promote their business (websites included) must be reviewed by this department prior to use. In short, there are two types of sites that IBOís may create, a personal home page, which may not contain prospecting or sales information and is not required to be passcode protected. PHPs usually contain personal information, much like a small bio, including information on how and why  you became an IBO. PHPs may be hyperlinked to quixtar.com, amway.com, abn.com or your Line of Sponsorship site (which is required to be passcode protected and your PHP may not contain the passcodes). You may also have e-mail contact to yourself on this PHP. The other type of site is a prospecting/sales site. This type of site is required to be totally passcode protected, there can be no way to contact you for the passcodes on your passcode request page. Please note that the entire site requires complete passcode protection under the rules of Legal Bulletin No. 17, which I have attached to this note for your review. There cannot be any way to contact you for the passcode on the passcode page (example: e-mail contact to you, reverse e-mail request, your telephone number, your address, etc.), only "Welcome, please enter passcodes" or "If you have forgotten the passcodes or do not have a passcode to enter, please contact the person who referred you to this site." Also, there can be no information or prospecting before the passcode request comes up. In other words, only the passcode request can come up when entering the site, nothing else. The passcode protection with no contact is to maintain the one on one contact that is the mainstay of an IBO. Also, having e-mail contact on your passcode area would give you an unfair advantage over others who do not have a computer or internet capabilities. Your site is only to be entered if you have had the required one on one, or face to face, contact with a prospect and been able to give him the site address and passcodes. Further, according to Rule 4.3 of the Business Conduct and Rules Compendium, advertising a business outside of your Quixtar business on your web site is considered co-mingling of businesses. As such, promoting a business other than your Quixtar business in your web site would be considered outside the guidelines of the Rules of Conduct and Rule 4.3. Please remove references and promotion of Quixtar from your current web site at www.gatewayaccess.com. You must have a web site unique to the purpose of promoting your Quixtar business. You may submit your proposed Quixtar web site for review to this department at WWBSM@quixtar.com. Please provide us with the site address and the passcode to enter the site. Thank you for your cooperation. Worldwide Business Support Materials WWBSM@quixtar.com  (See attached file: Bulletin17.doc)"

Does this sound like an online opportunity to you?? It took three days for my blood to quit boiling after receiving that.  I had this"boy have I ever been suckered" feeling.

The next thing they tell you in the presentation is that out of that $200 you are saving 30% or $60/month over what you would have spent at the grocery store. The truth??  The real numbers are 5 - 30% and closer to 5%, if that, than the 30% for most products. They are right about eliminating the middleman profits; the problem is the 70% they are eliminating never reaches the consumer; Quixtar and Amway become the middleman. It goes into the compensation plan to pay the higher up echelons of diamonds, rubies,  emeralds, and directs. The little guy with a few sponsored people doesn't receive much benefit from that at all. And the consumer ends up paying almost full retail as he would have done with the full manufacturer, jobber, wholesaler, distributor, retailer, and customer chain intact.  The only way the products get cheaper is via the pv/bv rebates you get as as you sponsor more and more people. But that's not bad either if you are willing to gruel the long haul to get there.

You would think that the emphasis in a Quixtar meeting would be how to use the internet to access these partner stores and show you the savings you could achieve by using the Quixtar system.   Unfortunately the only thing that is ever stressed is the importance of sponsoring others and getting them to do their $200/month purchase .  There is no showing you how to use the internet to access these stores, how to work with the Quixtar site, what savings there may be to shop there; it is only sponsor, sponsor, sponsor. But how can you sponsor if you can't even say the word Quixtar on your site or in an ad you might post on the net?? That's a hard spot with me. It's a business in a box allright; but with some pretty strict strings attached.

I was told that on Sept 1st when Quixtar's doors opened for business there would be 1200 partner stores. Well, that turned out to be 50; but today there are over 100 and many more are joining up as they no longer have to prove the y2k thing. So it is gaining momentum.  But make no mistake, when you join Quixtar you ARE under control by the Amway corporation.

The last thing that really bugs me is the system of meetings, tapes, books, FED, Leadership, Dream Night, and Family Reunion things they want you to go to. This is not Amway or Quixtar induced but the leadership lines under Amway who promote this facet. I joined Quixtar to do an ONLINE business, not a paper business.  When I was in Amway 8 years ago I lost over $4000 on all of these meetings and tapes and books that are supposed to get you all fired up and go out and sponsor more people. Be really careful of how much of your funds you allocate to these types of functions.    Don't get sucked in. It will bleed you dry with no real benefit. The information is ALL the same.  Show the plan, show the plan, show the plan and the plan doesn't change - sponsor others and make them do their $200/month personal purchase.    I can't do that. That's NOT what my Quixtar business is about.   I guess I am not "teachable".

If you are still with me there ARE some positive benefits to this program. 
Because of the Bulletin 17 rules there are a lot of things that can't be told to  you in a first response about the program. Quixtar does not endorse advertising itís program on the internet like we do other opportunities; in fact they will take our distributorship away from us if we do. The truth is bulletin 17 even forbids using the Quixtar name on a website that is not password protected. The key is making some kind of personal contact  in addition to making the site of the real information password protected.  

Many people are calling it Amway online; because essentially it IS - many similarities but with one HUGE difference, no paper jungle to chase. Most Amway upline diamonds are still promoting the $200 BV Amway coreline personal product purchase as their foundation for this program. I don't like that. You don't have to do that. You don't have to do the tapes, and books, and meetings, and FED, and dream night stuff to do Quixtar. That isn't what Quixtar is REALLY all about. Amway is one of the partner stores and if you have an Amway product catalog or an In Home Shoppers catalog you DO have access to ALL of Amway's merchandise, but eventually it will be only one of about 1300 partner stores. Even today there are over a hundred partner stores on Quixtar besides some of the Amway products; these include Office Max, Lionel Trains, Superior Coffee, Colorado Pen, eSportsonline, Air Source one, Heller Bros. Fresh Fruit, Totally Fun Toys, Network Solutions,etc. and the list is growing rapidly now that companies don't have to prove the Y2K thing.
 
However, Quixtar DOES use the same Amway marketing plan, payout structure, compensation plan  and recruiting methods. Just not the paper nightmare way of doing business. Quixtar is a "Business in a Box";  a way to make  money with zip for start up capital and everything is in place; IF you are willing to recruit a gazillion people into your downline.  Look at Quixtar TWO ways. One it is a place to get money back when you shop online for many of your own personal items.   And secondly if you refer other people who do the same thing you are compensated for their purchases as well which makes your purchases cost even less. 

For as much negativity as Amway gets when their name is mentioned; and the secret meetings you went to without anyone telling you what it was before you got there; something must work to create that kind of growth supporting that many people still currently  doing  "paper" shuffle businesses. What is the negative side of such MLM's? The MLM opportunity was (and still is) based on the very simple premise of "if Iím going to buy this product to use anyway - why not buy it from my own business,  teach others to do the same, and the more we all buy from ourselves the more we will all save". In fact with enough people downline you surpassed what you spent and actually could make a lot of money on all those people that were just buying consumeables from their own business as you taught them to.

I did traditional "paper Amway" many years ago. I established a respectable downline and was headed towards higher ground, but the mechanics of the system turned it into a lot of work. I didn't want to do it. The "paper game" as I refer to it as,  required the distributor to take the orders from his downline, place all these orders with his upline, pay for the goods, pick up the orders, deliver the orders to all the distributors, and then try to wrangle the money out of them to reimburse him for their orders. For those past or present distributors in these kinds of MLM's that operate that way, you know what I am talking about. Why couldnít everyone have just placed their orders with the company and we all got our cut. It didnít work that way. Many stuck this part out,  especially those with very supporting spouses; but many of us just didnít want to go through the routine anymore and just left. There is a better way though, and it's in place now with Quixtar. Your referrals CAN order their stuff online without you having to get involved other than by just getting your check.  This is signficant AND important.

If youíve been in the job market long, you know that the phrase "JOB-just over broke", has too much truth to it. Even if you own a business (actually most businesses own their owners-as mine does me) and make a little more money, but you never have time to spend it or gain true financial freedom. It all gets back to the Ray Croc McDonalds thing of earning money off of someone elseís efforts instead of always your own. The J.Paul Ghetty philosophy of,"I would rather have 1% of 100 peopleís efforts than 100% of my own" will ring true until the day we die. We know itís not a matter of choice to find such a vehicle; itís a matter of necessity today.

The only two ways most of us are aware of to make money with is through employment and through traditional franchising. If you create $2700 of profit for a company as an employee the split is $700 for you and $2,000 for the company. The split in traditional franchising is much better; of that $2700 you would get $2000 and the franchisor $700. But the absolute cheapest franchise is over $50,000 and a McDonalds is now up to 1 million and then you think you had a time problem when you were an employee. Just run a traditional business and your 8 hour work day turns into 14 and 16. I know, Iíve worked 60 to 80 hour work weeks for 22 years. Other ways to make money require substantial investment capital upfront; which few of us have (but I do have an option for that arena at the end of this).

According to the American Bankerís Association of the people at age 65; 23% still are working, 30% are dependent upon charity, 45% are financially dependent upon relatives, and only 2% ever achieve financial independence to do things outside of just existing. Bankruptcies are at an alltime high, savings are at an alltime low. People are spending 20% more than they earn. The problem; thereís not enough time to earn the money we need to spend in the time period we need to earn it in IF we rely on only our own efforts.

Are you satisfied with your life? Do you have all the time and money you need? Can you achieve your dreams and goals with your present job or profession? Are your careers consuming too much of your time? Would your lifestyle change if you could increase your time and financial resources? Are you prepared for your childrensís higher education needs? Would you choose to live in a different home or location or drive a different automobile if money were not an issue? Is your debt load putting you and your family under stress? Are there charities you would like to support financially? These are all things to think about that revolve around time and money.

From product manufacture to sale, who makes the money?  Lets look at the distribution process from manufacturer to end user. Traditionally the manufacturer makes the product, sends it to a jobber, who forwards it to a wholesaler, who advertises it and hopes to sell it to a dealer or retailer, who then advertises it some more and sells it to the consumer. And all along the way a chunk of change is added to the cost of the item. What if you could go from the manufacturer directly to the consumer and bypass all the handouts along the way? Think you might be able to get the product to the consumer for a little less money? Think there might be a little more profit for all in the system to share in? There is; and such a system is called Private Franchising.  In the Quixtar system involving all these partner stores, about 5% - 30% of the middleman profit is cut from the end purchase price of the goods and about 70% of the middleman profit is used for rewarding those who are referring others into the system through the compensation plan. You still buy the goods at 5-30% off retail normally but you get a good chunk of change to boot from that 70% pool.

In the last three and a half years certain things have been put in place to make this "Private Franchising" system happen. One of these things is of course the internet. At the end of 1996 only 4-6% of the population was on the internet. At the end of 1998 that number was 25% accessing the net on a daily basis; by the end of 1999 over 50% of the population owns a computer and this number will continue to escalate. In 1996 only $15 million was spent on the net by 5 million people. In 1997 $170 million was spent on online purchases by 10 million people. In 1998 that was projected to be $800 million but turned out to be $43 billion. Three years ago the projection for the year 2000 was $2.8 billion. The year 2003 projection today is $1.3 trillion. In mid 1997 there were 80,000,000 internet users worldwide, growing at the rate of 2 million users per month. That was 150,000,000 by the end of 1999 and by the end of 2000 that will be 300,000,000.  Every 1.5 seconds someone joins the internet. The internet is moving at a pace 7 times that of the PC computer. Those are staggering numbers folks - it only takes a little piece of the action to make a huge difference in your life. And E Commerce is where it is all going to happen. The internet, developed in the late 60ís by our government to protect information in the event of a nuclear war, is the greatest marketing tool since the invention of the telephone and television.

Now, for the good part - the Private Franchising opportunity. Although Quixtar involves use of the Amway marketing and compensation plan (hey, it's all out on the table with me; no secret stuff you have to find out later and say "I knew it!"), all ordering by clients, members and IBO's is done online; by THEM; you don't get involved except to bring them to the table with your IBO number and keep getting your check when they place orders online to get their stuff.   NO PAPER JUNGLE CHASE!  Quixtar involves networking with eventually over 1300 major distribution partner stores like Office Max, Lionel Trains, Superior Coffee, Colorado Pen, eSportsonline, Air Source one, Heller Bros. Fresh Fruit, Totally Fun Toys, Network Solutions,etc. and the list is growing rapidly now that companies don't have to prove the Y2K thing, etc. to provide a home shopping opportunity of enormous magnitude with high residual income potential

Why in-home shopping? Because time is a critical commodity today. A recent sermon in church was all about how people struggle for time, how they stay up half the night trying to get things done only to fall asleep in church the next morning,  and how God gets the crumbs of their time. I couldn't argue with him, he was right on - my life is nuts because of lack of time to make a living and have anything left over. People donít want to spend 30 minutes driving to the store, 30 minutes finding the item, 20 minutes waiting in line to pay for it, and another 30 minutes back home. 45% of web shoppers say convenience is their chief motivation to shop online. 60% of the shoppers say they shop in their pajamas. Personally, even in my business, I order stuff over the web at night to avoid using productive time for such during the day. Itís faster, thereís no waiting to talk to a real person, no"hold" music or ads to listen to and burn up my time, I love it. I'll buy a book online before I'll go down to the store for it; anyday. But DON"T expect to save a lot of money shopping through Quixtar. They cut out the middleman, but QUIXTAR becomes the middleman and all the profit goes into feeding the diamondsa and emeralds, etc; the saving to the average distributor with a small downline is zip. 

One of the biggest advantages to shopping for your stuff through Quixtar is the customer service.  Let's say you bought a camera from Jack's Camera store last year and two years later when it broke you went back to Jack's and he wasn't there.  Bummer!  Now you have to deal directly with the manufacturer and if you didn't keep your proof of purchase and had sent in your warranty card  two years ago  you can kiss that fix goodbye. If you had bought that camera from Jack's Camera store through the Quixtar site; QUIXTAR is the one who services your problem.   THEY deal directly with the manufacturer to get it fixed or replaced. Even if I didn't get the best price I could find on the net for that camera this is VERY STRONG REASON to buy that camera through the Quixtar site; especially on higher priced goods.

So if you want to give Quixtar a try. There are three levels of shopping online at Quixtar. 
You can just be a "client" or shopper which costs nothing. You need only have a referrer's number when shopping.  And "clients", although getting FREE access to the stores are paying the highest prices for the goods.

You can become a "member" for $19.95/year, like a Costco membership, a second level which gives you wholesale pricing and "Q" credits, like S&H green stamps that can be redeemed for merchandise and frequent flyer miles.  You get wholesale pricing at 5% - 30% off retail depending on the item, plus "Q" credits for each purchase. BUT, you earn nothing on people you refer to the program.

As an IBO or Independent Business Owner, you can own your own "private franchise - a complete Business in a Box so to speak" with everything already in place. This not only allows you  pricing like the "member" but you can make money off of all those you bring to the table who shop at Quixtar and the people THEY bring to the table. This is building residual income and with the major growth of the internet still ahead of us.

Keep this in mind,especially if your purpose, at least initially, is just to buy stuff from these stores cheaper and you want the no hassle QUIXTAR customer service feature. Of the three methods of signing up the "client" signup is "FREE" but you pay the most amount of money for the goods. The "member" membership" costs $19.95/year just like a Costco type membership and allows you to buy stuff at 5% - 30% off wholesale cost.  But the residual income is created as an IBO and you don't have to spend $99 to become an IBO. IF during the IBO signup you "DON'T" select any of the product boxes your signup only costs $30. So, for only $10 more than a "member" signup you not only get wholesale pricing from all these stores, but if you happen to find that prices ARE good enough to tell others about maybe you just might get involved in the sponsor thing after all and then you'll be all set up for it and won't have to make any changes in your program. Just tell them your IBO # and send them to Quixtar.com.   They do all the rest.  Just food for thought.    IBM and the DeVoss and Van Andel families didnít put hundreds of millions of dollars into this thing if there wasnít a high potential for success in the shop-at-home arena. The fact is, time is becoming of the essence to all of us. I find myself buying more and more things over the internet to save time; the half hour to drive to the store, the 15 minutes to find the item, the standing in line to pay for it,the trip back home. If I can find stuff as cheap or cheaper over the internet thatís where I am spending my money. I own a brick and mortar heating business and I will order parts at midnight on the internet before I will spend time on the phone and remove a productive part of my day ordering.  And that is the trend nationwide.

Like a second opinion of Quixtar?? Or third???
This letter was sent to me by a person who emailed me to tell me my site could be reached by a metatag and a search engine and was therefore illegal per bulletin 17. A lot of food for thought here. 

Is Quixtar really E-commerce? 

Quixtar is being marketed as an E-Commerce, or WEB based business opportunity for individuals. It is interesting to see what powerful features of the WEB that IBO's are actually allowed to use. The most important feature of the WEB is the use of search engines that quickly and efficiently locate sites using keywords. This one feature is THE power of the WEB. You most likely found this site using a search engine. The WEB's power and efficiency are shown every day by how easily it is for other people to discover obscure and little known businesses and information sites by the use of keywords in a search engine. This is the advantage of a WEB based, E-commerce business. Give up your storefront with expensive overhead and open a "virtual" store on the WEB where everyone can find your store via the search engines. This is E-commerce.

Amway has promoted Quixtar as a "WEB BASED BUSINESS" that would be attractive to computer types and Information Technology people. What does Amway/Quixtar do to help distributors promote their own "WEB based Quixtar businesses"? They have rules like:

a) Prospecting Web sites must be passcode protected, utilizing a passcode that is not easily determined by individuals seeking to enter the site who have not been personally invited.

j) Meta Tags of any kind. Prospecting sites shall not be searchable on any web search engine.

a) Product Sales Web sites must be passcode protected, utilizing a passcode that is not easily determined by individuals seeking to enter the site who have not been personally invited.

d) Meta Tags of any kind. Product Sales Web sites shall not be searchable on any Web search engine.

How to report rule violating sites

Click here for the complete list of Quixtar rules - Bulletin 17

If consumers can't find an Amway/Quixtar distributor's page via a search engine or can't get on a page without a password, what good is having a personal Quixtar WEB site? Why do diamond distributors promote their own WEB hosting services to their downline when there is no way the general public would ever have access to these pages via search engines? I propose, it is another way to fleece amateur business people out of their hard-earned money. First it was tapes, books and seminars for Amway, now it is WEB site hosting along with the same old Amway tapes and seminars. The whole point of having a WEB page is to get lots of exposure to promote your products or services. Ask yourself; what is the purpose of an IBO's web site when no product sales takes place on it, it can't be found in search engines, and is password protected to the uninvited? It is very plain from the Bulletin 17 Rules, that Quixtar does not want you to have a WEB based business.

IBO's might save the overhead cost of WEB hosting since no one is going to "surf" across their sites when it is "hidden from the world". There are well over one thousand hits in the major search engines when one types "Quixtar". Do you think a page, which is 500 deep in the search results, will generate any revenue for a Quixtar IBO? It won't matter anyway, because they aren't allowed to use the word Quixtar in their Meta tags for keywords, according to Quixtar rules! Quixtar has reported the suspension of well over 1,100 IBO's for violating the Quixtar rules like the two above. If anyone did find your site, it must be password protected. No one uninvited is allowed to look at it. What good will a WEB site do an IBO, if few people but personally contacted people will see it? It would be cheaper to put your WEB pages on a floppy disk and hand that out to the few people who will want to see it.

Having a WEB page for Quixtar is just a guise to hype up the idea of "E-commerce" or a "WEB based business". IBO web pages can't generate any revenue, or prospect new clients. It is only another source of overhead to keep the distributor pumping money to his upline for WEB hosting services. The Amway/Quixtar's WEB rules effectively don't allow a distributor to use the WEB to market his business. One should ask if Quixtar is an e-commerce opportunity at all for the IBO (distributor). Certainly you can use the power of the WEB to order your favorite and popular Amway brands, but given the slow speed of the Quixtar site you might save a lot of time using the Amway catalogs and calling the 1-800 number!

Amway makes and delivers the product. Quixtar IBO's/distributors supply the customers for Quixtar, just as Amway distributors provided the customers for Amway. Quixtar might sound attractive at first to someone who works with computers or information technology. They will soon find out the true skills they need to have are in sales, recruiting, and motivation, and nothing to do with computers or new marketing programs utilizing the WEB. The skills needed to be successful in Quixtar are the same as those needed for Amway.

So without being able to use the high tech capabilities of the WEB to advertise their products and businesses, how is the individual Quixtar to be successful? If the products and prices don't sell themselves easily, the only way to be successful is to actively recruit people, just like in Amway. Amway prices and products were not an overwhelming value for people just to "buy from themselves and save money" as evidenced by the high drop out rate of new distributors. Distributors had to invent new ways to sell the concept of Amway to people who did not see overwhelming value in the products and prices. That had to actively recruit and sell the idea of having your own business. The goal of that business was to recruit other people and consume Amway sold products.

Quixtar comes full circle back to the traditional method of recruiting from Amway - personal CONtacting. Amway/Quixtar calls this approach "high-touch". Quixtar rules specifically state that you are not allowed to prospect for new recruits using modern WEB technology such as mass e-mail, or list with search engines using Amway/Quixtar corporate "trade names". You aren't allowed to post your information and passwords on bulletin boards, or have multi-media programs on your site showing the plan. The Quixtar recruiting methods are Amway recruiting methods! Amway has automated with Quixtar, but the distributors are still using Amway techniques for recruiting. Except for order payment, and the distribution of bonus checks, the distributor's most important process, recruiting, has not been automated or improved with the "WEB". They must still recruit "the old fashioned way". It is still Amway with the same questionable recruiting tactics. The most popular recruiting method is pretending to be interested in someone only so that the IBO can make a CONtact and show the plan. Once you say no, your new would-be-friend is out looking for another prospect. Quixtar distributors will have to "cold contact" just like they did in Amway. One will quickly run through all the people they know and might be able to sponsor one or two. Distributors have written me saying they had to prospect 25 people just to get one interested. Unless you want to go direct on one leg, and lose it all when your single recruit takes all the volume with him when he has enough to qualify for direct, you will have to resort to cold contacting to get the appropriate width in your business.

Quixtar distributors (IBO's) will still have to go thought their Quixtar career just like those in Amway did, thinking of every person they meet as a potential Quixtar prospect and their possible ticket to one more direct distributor in the bag for their Diamond Distributor pin.

Quixtar's wonderful E-commerce opportunity still has not automated or improved the most repulsive features of the Amway business to most people. In the end it is still Amway with a new name only to fool people not aware of the name change. Amway had a stellar reputation. I guess that it is why they had to change the name to Quixtar.

Noting has changed. Quixtar is not E-commerce for the individual distributor.

It is just Amway with Internet ordering capabilities.

How to Report sites in violation of the Bulletin 17 Rules

IBO distributor web sites violating the Bulleting 17 rules should be reported immediately at abuse@quixtar.com by sending them the URL of the offending site. Characteristics of violating sites are:

1) Distributor IBO number displayed, as well as hyperlinks to other sites without first having to enter a password on the site.

 

2) No other e-mail communication in a non-passcode-protected environment is permitted.

3) Any distributor IBO site, which is found in a search engine.

4) Any distributor IBO site, which contains "META" tags. META tags are used by search engines to classify and organize web pages in search engine data bases. Presence of tags can be seen in most browsers by clicking "view", and then "source" to see the .html source code.

Example:

<meta name="keywords" content="quixtar, quixtar, quixtar, quixtar vortex, quickstar, quikstar, quicstar, bockwall, tdah, tdah!, Quixtar online shopping, Alladvantage, all advantage, Amway quixtar team,countdown9199, count down 9199, Proctor and Gamble, PandG, PG, Shoppingservice, IBO, Save Money, Saving Club, Online catalog services, Franchising services, Franchise companies,private franchising, online franchise opportunity, shopping club, trim advantage, club membership, nutrilite, trim ship, 2331079">

 

<meta name="description" content="Quixtar Reference Information.Quixtar, An exiting new online shopping mall and ISP that is coming September 1, 1999. Position yourself to cash in on the extremely lucartive business of e-commerce">

To send the URL, click on abuse@quixtar.com to open up your mail program. In your browser on the offending page point your cursor at the end of the URL, and click once. Type Ctrl-C to copy the URL to your "clip board". Now go to your mail program and click once in the text area. Type Ctrl-V to paste the URL in the e-mail. It should now show up in blue. Send the e-mail.

RULES SUMMARY

In accordance with the Quixtar Corporation rules and conduct Zero Tolerance

Policy adopted in July of 1999 and detailed in BULLETIN NO. 17 INDEPENDENT

BUSINESS OWNER'S WEB SITES

Web sites that are operated by IBOs that are found to be in violation of these rules face an immediate suspension for six months. The corporation has reported that as of 11-21-99 over 1,000 IBOs have already been identified as violating these rules and have been suspended.

Violations of these rules may be reported to:

Mr. Trey Bruneau Rules Administrator Business Conduct and Rules at:

Trey_Bruneau@quixtar.com or to the Quixtar headquarters at: abuse@quixtar.com

The following is a small review of 20 key points issued in Bulletin 17. This Bulletin should be referred to in its entirety for accuracy.

Any IBO that;

1) Does not state that the web site has been "content reviewed" by the corporation.

2) Uses the corporation logo or trademark without stating the site has been "content reviewed" by the corporation.

3) Uses the corporation trademark (name) or variation in a Meta tag or any other web site locator. Meta Tags of any kind, IBO personal home pages shall not be searchable on any web search engine.

4) Uses the corporation trademark (name) or variation in the URL of the web site.

5) Uses web URLs or e-mail addresses that are deceptive or misleading (e.g., Ezmoney.com, Retirenow@USA.com, Nosellingrequired.com).

6) Send unsolicited e-mails (spamming) to individuals that they have no pre-existing relationship with.

7) Web sites that contain any income representation or sales plan depictions.

8) Features any hyper links other than official corporate web sites, IBO association international, an authorized line of sponsorship web site.

9) Makes any guarantee of success.

10) Is not pass code protected.

11) Disseminating the pass code and URL address prior to receiving final authorization from the corporations content review process.

12) Any depiction or representation of the IBO plan.

13) Presentation or offering of non-corporate products or business materials.

14) Presentation or sale of prospecting or IBO Plan training materials.

15) Any site that states or implies that that one can build a successful business solely by sponsoring other IBOs or otherwise de-emphasizing product sales.

16) Offers sales of any corporate product without prior content review by the corporation.

17) Posting of an IBO number that would provide a casual web viewer access.

18) Any web site that broadcasts, posts or mass communicates to the public or segment thereof an IBO number or pass code.

19) Any site that sells products outside the United States or Canada.

20) Any personal IBO site that presents or sells business support materials.

Also note. The Quixtar corporation has filed sworn statements to the auction web site E-Bay informing them that auction sales that use the word "Quixtar" is an infringement of their copyright or trademark protection. Numerous auctions have been closed due to this action but new auctions continue to be listed. The corporation has also stated that the will address the use of the word "Amway" as well. Any auction found on this or any other auction site using these words in the description of items for auction / sale should be reported to Mr. Trey Bruneau for his immediate action.

How to report WEB site rule violating sites

BULLETIN NO. 17

INDEPENDENT BUSINESS OWNERS' WEB SITES

I. Personal Home Page (PHP) Requirements

II. Prospecting Web Site Requirements

III. Product Sales Web Site

The Internet has developed in recent years into a mainstream network of commerce and communications, offering business people unlimited potential to conduct transactions and network with others with speed and convenience that could not have been imagined a few years ago. To enable IBOs to take advantage of the explosion of opportunities on the Internet, the Corporation has developed the following requirements for IBOs wishing to communicate with prospects, potential members, and customers using this technology.

All content must be reviewed and authorized in accordance with the Rules of Conduct. Under the Corporation's Zero Tolerance Policy, adopted in July of 1999, IBOs who post unauthorized Web sites (sites that have not been content reviewed and received final authorization) face an immediate suspension for a period of six (6) months.

In general, there are three types of Web sites that an IBO is permitted to create: (1) a personal home page (PHP); (2) a prospecting Web site; or (3) a product sales Web site. The particular rules under which an IBO may create and operate one of these Web sites are outlined below. Additional information is available from BSM Administration for LOS Web sites and other hybrid sites. However, in general, all IBO Web sites must comply with the following:

 

1) All IBO Web sites must comply with the Rules of Conduct. IBOs desiring to create a Web site should review the Rules of Conduct for IBOs, paying particular attention to the following:

a) Rules 4.3.2 and 8.3.11 (Mass Mailings) - Prohibits any type of mass communication designed to obtain IBOs, members, clients, or sales.

 

b) Rule 9.8 (IBO Advertising) - Prohibits IBOs from advertising to sell products or offer the business opportunity in any means where the person-to-person nature of the business is not present.

c) Rule 4.23 (Unsolicited E-mail Messages) - Prohibits IBOs from sending, transmitting, or otherwise communicating any unsolicited e-mail message to aperson or persons with whom the IBO does not have a pre-existing personal or business relationship.

d) Rule 4.27 (Privacy and Confidentiality) - Requires IBOs to comply with the Corporation's privacy and confidentiality policies.

e) Rule 7 (Business Support Materials) - Requires BSM, including Internet sites, used with prospects, or that contain a presentation, explanation, or illustration of the IBO Plan or product information to be reviewed by the Corporation prior to use.

f) Rule 9 (Trade names, Trademarks and Copyrights) - Requires permission to use the Corporation's trade names, trademarks, or copyrights.

2) The content of all IBO Web sites must be reviewed by the Corporation prior to posting on the Internet and in accordance with any applicable corporate guidelines.

3) Under no circumstances may an IBO use Corporate trademarks or servicemarks, or any variation likely to cause confusion with a Corporate trademarkor service mark, in their Web address or e-mail address (e.g.,Quickstarit.com, BuyLOC@quixnet.net, Quixtar4u.com).

4) Likewise, under no circumstances may an IBO use Corporate trademark orservice marks, or any variation likely to cause confusion with a Corporate trademark or service mark, in a meta tag or other Web site locator.

5) Web addresses and e-mail addresses must not be deceptive or misleading or violate the Rules of Conduct (e.g., EZmoney.com, Retirenow@USA.com, Nosellingrequired.com).

6) The sending of unsolicited e-mails to individuals with whom you do not have a pre-existing relationship-"spamming"-is strictly prohibited. See Rule 4.23 of the IBO Rules of Conduct and Bulletin #22.

7) Web sites may not contain any income representations or sales plan depictions and may not misrepresent the business opportunity. IBOs should keep in mind that nothing on the Internet is 100 percent secure, and should take the utmost precautions when handling sensitive customer information such as names, addresses, and credit card numbers. IBOs are also required to abide by the terms and conditions of any privacy statement posted on the Web site.

 

I. Personal Home Page (PHP) Requirements

IBOs may create a PHP Home Page to share their personal story or information about their business, hobbies, or interests with friends and downline. A PHPis intended to help build a personal connection and establish credibility with someone who may want to find out more about the business opportunity. IBOs may elect to have their page hosted by one of the recommended service providers or to utilize a service provider of their own choice. Regardless of who builds or hosts the PHP, the IBO Rules of Conduct and the requirements set forth in this bulletin must be followed.

1) Prior Review of PHP Content:

All content must be reviewed and authorized in accordance with the Rules of Conduct. Under the Corporation's Zero Tolerance Policy, IBOs who post unauthorized Web sites (sites that have not been content reviewed and received final authorization) face an immediate suspension for a period of six (6) months.

IBOs posting Personal Home Pages are required to have the content of the PHPs reviewed and authorized in accordance with Corporation's Rules of Conduct. IBOs who use one of the recommended service providers will have their content automatically submitted for review. If you are not using one of the recommended service providers, fax your content to BSM Administration at 1-616-787-4972.

2) Appropriate Content Includes:

a) Independent Business Owners name and state.

 

b) IBO Achievement level.

c) Personal statements regarding the business which comply with the miscellaneous issues stated below and the IBO Rules of Conduct.

d) A photograph of the IBO about whom the Personal Home Page is written.

e) Artistic elements in good taste which will reflect positively on the IBO and the Business Opportunity.

f) An audio greeting.

g) Market must be identified as North America only.

Please be aware this information can be viewed by anyone on the Internet so you may not wish to publish information considered private or personal.

3) Prohibited Content:

a) Product or service information or advertisements.

 

b) Recruiting, prospecting, sales plan, or business opportunity materials, including any depiction or representation of the IBO plan.

c) Income representations either expressed or implied.

d) Language which reflects poorly on the Corporation or the business opportunity.

e) Meta Tags of any kind. PHPs shall not be searchable on any Web search engine.

4) E-Mail Contact:

The featured IBOs may post their e-mail address on the Web site, and invite viewers to communicate with them via e-mail. Only the featured IBO's e-mail address may be posted on the site: no multiple-lined recipient communications are permitted. No other e-mail communication in a non-passcode-protected environment is permitted.

5) Links:

IBOs may only link to the following Web sites:

a) Official Corporate Web sites.

 

b) The Independent Business Owners Association International Web site (www.iboai.com).

c) An authorized line of sponsorship (LOS) Web site.

d) An authorized prospecting Web site.

6) Miscellaneous Issues:

a) BSM and Support System Representations: While the Corporation recognizes Business Support Material and/or system participation can provide valuable support for building and operating an independent business, the purchase and/or use of BSM may not be required by an upline IBO. Nor may its use or purchase be made a condition of receiving upline support. Further, it is a violation of the Rules of Conduct to imply or state that one's success in the business is guaranteed through system participation.

 

b) Employer/Employee Implications: IBOs may not state or imply in any way that IBOs are employees of the Corporation, their sponsor, or their line of sponsorship.

c) Guarantees: IBOs may not make implied or express guarantees of results or success in any aspect of the business opportunity.

d) Intellectual Property Issues: IBOs may not use any trademark, trade names, service marks, or other intellectual property without prior written permission or license from the intellectual property owner. This is true of intellectual property belonging to the Corporation or any outside manufacturer, vendor, publisher, or other third party. The IBO remains solely responsible for all intellectual property issues and the Corporation is expressly not responsible.

7) Additional Requirements:

These guidelines are provided in an effort to help IBOs develop their own PHP, which meets the requirements of the Independent Business Owners Plan and the Rules of Conduct. This should not be considered an exhaustive list.

Should you have specific questions, please feel free to contact Rules

Administration (616) 787-6712

 

II. Prospecting Web Site Requirements

IBOs may develop a Web site designed to interest potential IBOs in the business opportunity (a prospecting Web site). The following guidelines have been established, with the assistance and support of the IBOA International, to help IBOs in developing their own web presence and furthering the image of their business.

1) Prior Review of Content:

All content must be reviewed and authorized in accordance with the Rules of Conduct. Under the Corporation's Zero Tolerance Policy, IBOs who post unauthorized Web sites (sites that have not been content reviewed and received final authorization) face an immediate suspension for a period of six (6) months.

IBOs posting a prospecting Web site are required to have the content of such site reviewed and authorized in accordance with the Corporation's Rules of Conduct. IBO Web sites and home pages are Business Support Materials. As such, Rule 7, the BSM Rule, requires that any materials intended for use with prospects and any material used to train IBOs in the presentation of the Independent Business Ownership Plan, must be reviewed and authorized in writing by Worldwide Business Support Material Administration prior to posting on the Web.

A web site may be submitted via any of the following methods:

a) A copy of the entire site faxed to BSM Administration at (616) 787-4972.

 

b) Downloaded on to a floppy disk, zip disk or CD-ROM and mailed to Quixtar, Inc., P.O. Box 430, Grand Rapids, MI 49599-0430, Mail code 56-3A.

c) E-mailed to WWBSM@quixtar.com if size allows.

d) Uploaded to a hosted facility under pass-code protection. Pass-code and URL address must be e-mailed to WWBSM@quixtar.com.

Remember - disseminating the pass code and URL address prior to receiving final authorization will result in the enforcement of the Zero Tolerance

Policy.2) Passcode Protection:

a) Prospecting Web sites must be passcode protected, utilizing a passcode that is not easily determined by individuals seeking to enter the site who have not been personally invited.

 

b) The passcode page may only contain information needed for sign-in purposes and a small introductory paragraph to verify a viewer has reached the correct site. A technical help e-mail address can appear for individuals experiencing difficulty. The page may not contain IBO numbers or passcodes that would provide a casual web viewer access. IBOs may give out their passcode to prospective IBOs only in face-to-face or other one-to-one contact situations.

c) The passcode page must carry the following statement: For use with prospects by IBOs in North America only.

3) Appropriate Content Includes:

a) Information regarding the benefits of participation in the business. IBO, Member, and Client categories should all be represented.

b) Your personal story and/or personal reflections regarding the business opportunity.

c) Accurately sourced background and statistical information having to do with the economic trends, general business environment, and future projections.

d) Build-the-dream sections consisting of hyperlinks to sites reflecting potential dreams of a prospect (i.e., cars, vacation spots, etc.). You may not position this section, as implying the business will provide these dreams or goals.

e) General how to's reflective of the type of activities a new IBO would engage in to build their business. Examples include how to make a prospecting list, how to conduct product demonstrations, etc.

f) Information regarding, the system, organization, or personal development program in which you are participating. System participation must always be framed as optional.

g) Outbound Links to Web sites, provided such links are in accordance with the Rules of Conduct and IBOA International Speaker Guidelines. These links may include one's LOS Home Page, Quixtar.com, Amway.com, Amway- ABN.com, and IBOAI.com.

h) Inbound Links from an authorized Personal Home Page and/or a LOS site.

i) Communication areas may include e-mail addresses to facilitate communication.

 

4) Prohibited Content:

a) Income representations, either expressed or implied.

 

b) Language which states or implies a guarantee of income.

c) Any depiction or representation of the IBO plan.

d) Presentation or offering of non-corporate products or business opportunities.

e) Presentation or sale of prospecting or IBO Plan training materials.

f) Unlicensed intellectual property materials, such as logos, imagery, product information, and descriptions.

g) Product Sales (see Product Sales Sites).

h) Language which reflects poorly on the business opportunity.

i) Personal success stories that reflect a level of achievement not attained solely through participation in the business.

j) Meta Tags of any kind. Prospecting sites shall not be searchable on any web search engine.

 

5) Miscellaneous Issues:

a) BSM and Support System Representations: While the Corporation recognizes Business Support Material and/or system participation can provide valuable support for building and operating an independent business, the purchase and/or use of BSM may not be required by an upline IBO. Nor may its use or purchase be made a condition of receiving upline support. Further, it is a violation of the Rules of Conduct to imply or state that one's success in the business is guaranteed through system participation.

 

b) Employer/Employee Implications: IBOs may not state or imply in any way that IBOs are employees of the Corporation, their sponsor or their line of sponsorship. When presenting the business to prospective IBOs, it must be clear that one is introducing an independent business opportunity

c) Guarantees: IBOs may not make implied or express guarantees of results or success in any aspect of the business opportunity.

d) Sponsoring Only Business Opportunity: IBOs are prohibited from stating or implying that one can build a successful business solely through sponsoring other IBOs, or otherwise de-emphasizing selling products.

e) Intellectual Property Issues: IBOs may not use any trademark, trade names, service marks, or other intellectual property without prior written permission or license from the intellectual property owner. This is true of intellectual property belonging to the Corporation or any outside manufacturer, vendor, publisher, or other third party. The IBO remains solely responsible for all intellectual property issues and the Corporation is expressly not responsible.

6) Additional Requirements:

These guidelines are provided in an effort to help IBOs develop their own prospecting Web site, which meets the requirements of the Independent Business Owners Plan and the Rules of Conduct. This should not be considered an exhaustive list. Should you have specific questions, please feel free to contact Rules Administration (616) 787-6712

 

III. Product Sales Web Site

IBOs may develop a Web site designed to sell the Corporation's product. However, as with its own sites, the Corporation seeks to ensure the accuracy of product claims and sales information, and to protect its trademarks and copyrights. Therefore, the following requirements must be met before an IBO may post a customer product sales Web site:

1) Prior Review of Content:

All content must be reviewed and authorized in accordance with the Rules ofConduct. Under the Corporation's Zero Tolerance Policy, IBOs who post unauthorized Web sites (sites that have not been content reviewed and received final authorization) face an immediate suspension for a period of six (6) months.

IBOs posting a Product Sales Web site are required to have the content of such site reviewed and authorized in accordance with the Corporation's Rules of Conduct. IBO Web sites and home pages are Business Support Materials. As such, Rule 7, the BSM Rule, requires that any materials containing product information and/or product claims, or which utilize the Corporation's trademarks, trade names, or copyrighted materials, must be reviewed and authorized in writing by Worldwide Business Support Material Administration prior to posting on the Web.

A web site may be submitted via any of the following methods:

a) A copy of the entire site faxed to BSM Administration at (616) 787-4972.

 

b) Downloaded on to a floppy disk, zip disk or CD-ROM and mailed to Quixtar, Inc., P.O. Box 430, Grand Rapids, MI 49599-0430, Mail code 56-3A.

c) E-mailed to WWBSM@quixtar.com if size allows.

d) Uploaded to a hosted facility under pass-code protection. Pass-code and URL address must be e-mailed to WWBSM@quixtar.com.

Remember - disseminating the pass code and URL address prior to receiving final authorization will result in the enforcement of the Zero Tolerance Policy.

2) Passcode Protection:

a) Product Sales Web sites must be passcode protected, utilizing a passcode that is not easily determined by individuals seeking to enter the site who have not been personally invited.

 

b) The passcode page may only contain information needed for sign-in purposes and a small introductory paragraph to verify a viewer has reached the correct site. A technical help e-mail address can appear for individuals experiencing difficulty. The page may not contain IBO numbers or passcodes that would provide a casual Web viewer access. IBOs may give out their passcode to prospective IBOs only in face-to-face or other one-to-one contact situations. IBOs may not broadcast, post, or mass communicate pass codes to the public or segments thereof.

c) IBOs may not sell products to customers outside of the United States or Canada. The passcode page must carry the following statement: For use with prospects by IBOs in North America only.

 

3) Appropriate Content Includes:

a) Country appropriate product information and imagery as provided by the Corporation. Use of any trademark, trade names, service marks, or other intellectual property including photos and text, must be used appropriately and requires written permission from the Corporation.

 

b) On-line forms and on-line processing of orders. However, IBOs are responsible for all security issues, including but not limited to the confidentiality of customer credit card numbers, associated with their Web sites.

c) Product Promotion Information as provided by the Corporation.

d) IBOs must clearly and conspicuously state that they are independent businesspersons and products are not being ordered directly from the Corporation.

4) Prohibited Content:

a) No products other than those offered by the Corporation to its IBOs may be sold on these sites.

 

b) Unlicensed intellectual property materials of the Corporation such as logos, imagery, product information, and descriptions.

c) Personally produced product imagery or product information except as authorized by the Corporation.

d) Meta Tags of any kind. Product Sales Web sites shall not be searchable on any Web search engine.

e) Language which reflects poorly on the Corporation's products.

f) Prospecting and recruiting content.

g) Presentation or sale of BSMs.

5) Additional Requirements:

These guidelines are provided in an effort to help IBOs develop their own PHP, which meets the requirements of the Independent Business Owners Plan and the Rules of Conduct. This should not be considered an exhaustive list.

Should you have specific questions, please feel free to contact Rules Administration (616) 787-6712.

 

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE RULES OF CONDUCT AND THIS BULLETIN MAY RESULT IN ACTION AGAINST YOUR INDEPENDENT BUSINESS

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