Chilling Look at the Worldwide, Multi Billion dollar Conspiracy of lies that is Amway and its Motivational Organizations [Eric Scheibeler] on Eric Scheibeler, a former high level distributor for Amway, details his experience with the push to attend company events, in his book Merchants of Deception. I just finished Merchants of Deception and I’m wondering if anyone knows how the author is doing now? How his lawsuits ended, stc.?.
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Merchants of Deception by Eric Scheibeler. Merchants of Deception – Written by a former government auditor and high level Amway insider who was the last one who wanted to discover massive consumer fraud. This book is gripping tale for anyone who has been or loves someone who has been recruited into a network marketing business.
This well documented book has been utilized by government authorities in both India and Merchants of Deception – Written by a former government auditor and high level Amway insider who was the last one who wanted to discover massive consumer fraud. This well documented book has been utilized by government authorities in both India and the UK to take action against Amway’s deceptive business scheme which knowingly has created losses for the majority of all induced to invest.
Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Merchants of Deceptionplease sign up. My boyfriend is dedicating his time to Amway and his upline he claims are like family members his family is also in Amway but they are not upline. He’s been in Amway since he was a child and I fear it is a cult that is going to take advantage of him.
Anyone here that used to be deeply involved with Amway but has now left the group? Is there hope for my boyfriend? Mickwenlock this is tough to answer. Amway acts like a cult. The members react to critical inquiry with suspicion and antagonism. They refer to people who point …more this is tough to answer.
They refer to people who point out their inadequacies as “Dream Stealers” and push their downlines to not engage with people like that – even family. See 1 question about Merchants of Deception…. Lists with This Book.
Jan 17, Lis rated it liked it. The first two thirds of scheibelsr book were a fascinating insider’s look at the practices adopted by multi-level marketing organisations, but the hysterical final third really could have benefitted from an editor. Also, mate, I’m sorry for your trouble an’ that but just because you voluntarily purchased hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of motivational tapes from scumbags in shiny suits who told you were worthless does not mean you were “repeatedly raped”.
Nov 27, Laraine Anne Anne rated it really liked it. Anyone thinking of joining Amway or anyone with a friend or relative thinking of joining needs to read this. I found it quite by chance when looking for Amway’s New Zealand web site which at the time was, for some reason best known to themselves, not amway. We had already left Amway by then but the book was still a shock to me and it answered many questions I had when we were in Amway. One was, “They must be buying these tapes in bulk; therefore they’d cost less than a scheibbeler.
Why do t Anyone thinking of joining Amway or anyone with eic friend or relative thinking of joining needs to read this. It must cost a fortune to have them recorded and copied. Some mug in the business with the right equipment was expected to do it free.
Then there were the books—”Think and Grow Rich”, etc. They were priced at approximately what they would have cost in the scheibsler. My only comfort was knowing that my direct upline didn’t know about the swindle because, having got no further than Pearl Direct, they wouldn’t have been let into the secret of the high income of the Diamond distributors.
Everyone denied it, but I didn’t need to be a member of MENSA to work out that this is exactly what all the people in the book had done. Memory puts my reading of this book a bit earlier than the date I’ve indicated more like but this is the date on the archived copy so that’s what I went with.
You can get a free copy of this book at http: Dec 29, Erin rated it it was amazing. There are religious, political, financial, self improvement, UFO, and other types as well As different as they all are, most have certain defining characteristics that lump them into the category of a cult. The indoctrination into the Amway cult financially, emotionally, and spiritually bankrupted this couple whose only intent was to provide a financial and moral backbone for their family.
Thanks to zcheibeler political clout that Amway and Quixtar have had over the United States legislative, judicial, and executive branches of the government, this destructive cult still rends the American dream from licit families to this day.
Upon breaking away from the decade long brainwashing they suffered at the hands of Amway professionals and its distributorship program, Eric and Patty faced attacks on many fronts.
They were bled to the point of bankruptcy and foreclosure. Their reputations were smeared with nefarious glee.
They were even threatened bodily harm by fanatics within the organization. Yet, despite these overwhelming odds, the Scheibelers decided that they could not turn a blind eye and just walk away.
Their own personal moral code required them to expose the Amway cult for what it is in the hopes of tumbling this evil giant and preventing the defrauding of any other families. Scheibeler has prevailed against many odds by maintaining his website www. Perhaps the dawn of the new decade will bring about justice to the millions bilked by the Amway cult. Dec 29, Rogier rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a modern variation on the classic uncle Laban story, in which the ego charms us into working for the false promises of the world.
Anyone who has done any living should be able to recognize himself in this story. Eric Scheibeler tells it in a very forthright manner and with great honesty about his own personal horror journey within Amway, which not undeservedly has the nickname Scamway. My own exposure to Amway was through a lovely old friend who got completely wrapped up in it, and I end This is a modern variation on the classic uncle Laban story, in which the ego charms us into working for the false promises of the world.
My own exposure to Amway was through a lovely old friend who got completely wrapped up in it, and I ended up promising him to join, on the condition that I would remain in observer mode for six months, and I did.
Then I decided that the Amway approach made no sense to me. But I’ve made plenty of other mistakes, and certainly I can find parallels in my own career to the personal insanity which Eric describes in this book, including the delusion that you’ll be able to change the system when you get to a certain position, even while you also see that the system is rotten.
Nov 06, Anne Robinson rated it really liked it Shelves: Incredible and interesting book about the cult like behaviour of Multi-Level Marketing and Pyramid marketing schemes.
Nov 03, Mihai rated it it was ok Shelves: I came across this self-published manuscript when I started researching multi-level marketing MLM companies, as a result of someone I know trying to recruit me into a incarnation of the scam.
I had not heard of Amway before reading Merchants of Deceptionbut also don’t feel I learned much about it via this ‘insider’ account. Eric Scheibeler is clearly not a writer, even a decent one at that; from a literary perspective, the book is put together haphazardly, almost stream of consciousness I came across this self-published manuscript when I started researching multi-level marketing MLM companies, as a result of someone I know trying to recruit me into a incarnation of the scam.
Eric Scheibeler is clearly not a writer, even a decent one at that; from a literary perspective, the book is put together haphazardly, almost stream of consciousness, there is no editing incorrect page numbering, formatting errors and it is full of cliches – starting with the chapter titles. However, I do give him credit for taking the time and sharing his experiences with the world, even the level of deception and brainwashing that he was subjected to would leave many scratching their heads.
I mean, if you are a federal auditor and you fall for a scheme where you are required to pay more into the system than you earn, that’s a big red flag.
Scheibeler spends a good deal of time analyzing what happened to him and his family that left them destitute after 9 years in the Amway network, but for some reason I can’t seem to think of this as anything but the classic sucker story, even though I empathize with the author and the tribulations he endured.
There’s a saying from my old country that bears repeating every time the story of another hapless victim crosses my path. It can be loosely translated as “keep your eyes wide open” so that you can see a fraud coming from far off.
Nov 09, Jack rated it liked it. Helpful to anyone looking to understand not just the financial but especially emotional toll of these exploitative “businesses,” which is necessarily the first step in helping friends and family leave them. The inside look at how someone goes from mild interest to having their whole life defined by their MLM is well-written and informative.
The last part, after he finally leaves Amway, schejbeler more like writing-as-therapy than anything. It’s abundantly clear fric author has become obsessed with the need to somehow make up for his part in victimizing others through recruitment–although he had no idea that’s what he was doing and stopped once he did realize he was harming people.
He obviously lost a lot, both erif and otherwise, from his experience with Amway, and it’s clear this is an almost-universal experience. But it’s just as clear that he has yet to find the emotional healing and psychological health he seems to insist he has, and the effect on his writing makes it difficult to remember that he is, despite what reads as increasingly obsessive paranoia, a reliable narrator to the actual facts. May 15, Cat rated it liked it Shelves: Self-published back in the early 00s so it’s not super well written grammatically and whatnot, and the author is writing from a pretty conservative Christian perspective even after being taken for a ride by Amway and co him trying to convince himself that Rick Santorum is a good guy deep down is a wild ride, though even he apparently found the attacks on HRC and similar made by Amway scam artists in the 90s to be beyond the pale.
It’s available for free legally online and if you’re interested Self-published back in the early 00s so it’s not super well written grammatically and whatnot, and the author is writing from a pretty conservative Christian perspective even after being taken for a ride by Amway and co him trying to convince himself that Rick Santorum is a good guy deep down is a wild ride, though even he apparently found the attacks on HRC and similar made by Amway scam artists in the 90s to be beyond the pale.
It’s available for free legally online and if wric interested I recommend doing it that way since the writing style is awkward enough to not be worth paying cash for. I’d be curious to know what he’s up to in and if his views on, say, Santorum have changed!
Jan 30, Jo Alabaster rated it liked it. Merchants of Deception could really use some heavy editing; it is not the clearest read. That said, I suspect that Amway’s systems were deliberately confusing and designed to obfuscate and brainwash.
This wasn’t an easy subject for a non-author to tackle, and Scheibeler scheibeper some useful insights into the cult-like workings of Amway in the s. Jul 01, Jill rated it it was amazing. There are so many people that are scammed and lose their entire life savings and family over MLM. I am shocked by everything in this book. Dec 29, Marina Pokupcic rated it liked it.
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Interesting read, but with good editing it would benefit from losing about a pages or more. Jun 20, SLH Writing, rated it really liked it. I loved this personal account of the horror which is Amway and network marketing.