About 11 years ago, Amway almost cost me my marriage.
Being recent immigrants, we were quickly targeted by my husband's coworker. After attending a "meeting", it became obvious to me that it was a pyramid scheme.
My DH's coworker (also a recent immigrant in hot pursuit of his "American Dream" who was driving 2 hours one-way for pep talks with his "upline") was particularly interested in involving me because, as an immigrant community volunteer and a later a public service employee, I was dealing with many vulnerable people who trusted me. He openly said that he wants me "to bring in new customers because people trust me". I refused - exactly for the same reason. Then this individual started pitting my husband against me, hammering into him that I "did not want him to succeed in America", "out of spite was standing in his way to becoming a millionaire" etc. Hubby could not avoid him because the guy was his foreman at work. It almost led to separation.
The strangest thing is that my hubby should've been much more aware, having lost his distant relative to a religious sect many years ago and being very critical about her gullibility. He fell for the same "meat" served under slightly different dressing. :shock:
This happened in 1996-97. My husband later came to own a small but successful business (which I helped him start and which has absolutely nothing to do with MLM), obviously prefers not to bring up Amway subject and gets visibly irritated whenever I do. Oh yes, and the guy who was pulling him in, became an alcoholic instead of a millionnaire.