It's Christmas so I figured I'd make A Christmas Story reference to start off. You're welcome. I recently came across a YouTube channel featuring a young couple who used to be a member of WorldWide Group (WWG). An Amway cult just like URA. I just recently watched their first vlog detailing their time in their cult. The stories are nearly similar and even more outrageous than the ones I've shared on here. Give em' a look:
They brought back many bad memories, but one that they touched on that I haven't yet was the dreadful DITTO. *DUN! DUN! DUNNNNN!!!!!!* "DITTO" is the Amway scheduled delivery system. Basically, you place monthly orders in advance The orders are for your use, as well as getting samples for customers and what not. They make this sound like it's a convenient way to get your products to you, but what it REALLY is is a way for your upline to (sometimes underhandedly) place orders for shit you don't need and lots of it so your numbers/business value go up.
When my upline sponsor Matthew first showed me how to do the "Ditto" he did it with our upline platinum's wife. He started running up a HUGE bill. Like $250 worth. If you've read my previous blogs, I didn't have two nickels to rub together so I was like "WHOOOOOOA SLOW DOWN!" He then reassured me that I could change the order any time I wished. As soon as he left I deleted EVERYTHING. At the time, I figured it was just apart of the business model and Matthew was just showing how it's done. I later realized that putting in an order for that much shit was to pad the upline's stats.
It also seemed like a minor incident in a grocery list of major ones that I experienced during my time in the URA cult. However, when I was at Summer CONference, I remember my upline platinum's wife going on a crazed rant about how it's "inexcusable" for people not to do their ditto. I'm not saying she was crazy. I'm saying she has this psychotic, 'I haven't been laid in three years', no coffee in the morning for a week, I'm gonna set my husband on fire if we don't make emerald by next year look in her eyes that was very disturbing. Like missing your ditto is comparable to forgetting your anniversary. Looking back, she was actually a very unsettling type of person. Not quite all there. She'd been "cultified."
That obsessive demeanor is all too real. I only refer to our "upline platinum" because he did what upline platinum's do. He led our group. He was more of a defacto-platinum. He never reached the qualification. He was what they call an "arrow." From what I gathered, he was close, but never got to that level due to constant turnover. After talking with past group members, many didn't like him. He was a very snooty, unpersonable kind of guy. My family sure as hell didn't like them. They liked Matthew, but they didn't like him AT ALL. If my family doesn't like you: there's a good reason.
The couple I mentioned in the YouTube link talked about the thousands they spent on just Ditto alone. It's all a part of the scam to boost/pad numbers and most people are willing. I said in a previous blog that it was a rare time I was happy to be poor. They tried to get blood from a stone and they couldn't. So for all you "entrepreneurs" out there faithfully doing your ditto, here's some great advice in just two syllables: