Monday, October 8, 2007

Declaration of Independence from Quixtar

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the business bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to pursue these rights, businesses are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the partners. That whenever any form of business becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the partners to alter or to resign from it, and to institute new business, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their prosperity and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that businesses long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such business partner, and to provide new guards for their future security.

Such has been the patient sufferance of these business owners; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of business. The history of the present leadship of Quixtar is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these business owners. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

They have refused to keep the cost of goods sold at a reasonable and competitive level.

They have changed the contract under which partners operate without the consent of the business owners affected by it, nor without redress other than resignation and loss of income.

They have continually and repeatedly ignored the vote of the ADA and IBOAI board in regards to several issues, including pricing and the name change to Amway.

They have shown their control over the IBOAI by threatening to nonrenewal of its contract.

They have, in several instances around the world, taken over sales and marketing training, a topic of which they have very little experience.

They have maligned, belittled and slandered those who request peaceful separation.

They have shown that they are more concerned about their hefty profits for the DeVos and VanAndel families than the plight of the business owners, especially the newest business owners, without which there would be no growth.

They have shown signs of possibly selling directly to the public, skirting around the business owners entirely.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A business, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the partner of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our Quixtar brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their rules to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our business. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the TEAM, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of this business, solemnly publish and declare, that these united business owners are, and of right ought to be free and independent business owners; that they are absolved from all allegiance to Quixtar, and that all business connection between them and Quixtar, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent business owners, they have full power to contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent business owners may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.


Anonymous said...

This Post is an example of the intelligence of the brave men and women and all the TEAM leaders fighting this fight on our behalf. I am prould to have left the "I-Team" and am standing with the "Real TEAM"!! There is no "I" in TEAM! We are making a difference with the help of God.

Lou Abbott said...

Hello All,

I too have had to make that kind of declaration in the face of accusations of disloyalty. My hat is off to the courage of the TEAM leaders.

After years of intense work, I found that 83 of the 83 people I recruited (into a different MLM) were LOSING instead of making money!

I am now passionate about teaching what I call the "12 Critical Success Factors," the criteria that helps people weed out the businesses with less than stellar business models, and lead to businesses that truly deliver reliable, long-term, leveraged, residual income. Those are preciously rare.

I write about it in my free "7 Days, 7 MLM Insider Secrets" email seminar.

I urge your to read it before making ANY other moves that may cost you, your team, or anyone else more precious time and money.

It is hard hitting stuff, certainly controversial, but I think perfect for thinking IBOs at times like these.

Lou Abbott

...for people who want to know the whole truth about Network Marketing
...for those who would rather build "pipelines" than "carry buckets"

Anonymous said...

And the judge said, "Dismissed with Prejudice" (which in a nutshell means, "You'll be independent when your contract says you will be independent, and not before."

Sorry that is so hard for you folks to understand.

FreedomToday said...

I took a look at that MarketAmerica site. It does look like what Q had promised us. Maybe better!! I spoke with someone at their coporate office. They sent me a webinar to watch Teusday evening.

After I watch that, I am suppose to call back and speak with Mr. Manley.
I have four and a half months and Q can't say a thing to me. I like what I see. I am tired of all the crap. I wish everybody great success, but I've had enough.
If you leave on your on accord, what can they do.
They have the training all included in their program and business. Not a seperate Business. I liked that. Everybody wins that way!! And it is structure like we were building anyway. Two Organizations!!
Much success Guys!! See you at the Top!!

John Hancock said...

Where do I sign?

Anonymous said...

You guys need to give The TEAM the time they need to get this solved. If you don't beleve that this is going to be the best business in the world (#1 Corp.) Then I am sorry for you. By the time your 6 months are up. The TEAM will be running full steam ahead. ONE FOR ALL ALL FOR ONE.

Anonymous said...

If you take the time to study the results of MarketAmerica, you will find that is has taken them nearly twice as long to reach 150,000 people than what TEAM has. I looked into them as well only to find that it is more of a buy-in club than a business opportunity. Your income is based solely on small percentage rebates, not what I would consider to be a retirement option. TEAM has the potential of becoming one of the largest (if not the largest) corps on the planet. TEAM has it all and I for one am excited about what it will be like when we as one community have a tough time finding an island that we all can play on. We'll have to set up time share! 100,000,000 HERE WE COME.

As for the Declaration of Independence, superbly written! Definitely a testament to the character and intelligence of our leaders! We as one, stand in the face of those that choose to oppose this great revolution as soldiers for the cause!

chris said...

Today is 2 months down only 4 more to go...Go Team....

Ed Manley said...

Hello Guys!!! I'm Ed Manley.
I said I wasn't going to comment on here any more. But I just read a comment by someone that only looked at MA from the surface. I have been with them since 1995. I closed my construction company that was making a six figure income in 1997. Yes we only have 150,000 Distributors.Generating over a half a billion dollars a year.
That alone should tell you something, if you know anything about REALISTIC Traditional BUSINESSES.
Not something that is driven by a bunch of people buying into a buyers club or someones DREAM.
We have been requiring people to maintain 10 Preferred customers since the beginning. NOT DISTRIBUTORS!! By that, we are a real business. We being The "UnFranchise".
Why Unfranchise. Because we have no brick and mortar business. We are a product Brokerage company. With The Best System You have ever seen! What does that mean. WE DO NOT HAVE THE OVERHEAD that Q had. We have 14 different stand alone businesses that you can make a six figure income from, without recruiting a single individual!! Find that somewhere!!
We have one business that allows you to sell web sites to small to medium size businesses and make $1000 to $2000 per SALE!! I have people selling 4 to 8 a month and earning $6000 to $12000 a month and haven't recruited a soul!! Imagine if they realize the True business side. The part that creates OnGoing Income!!
Find that Somewhere. I could go on and on. But Why! If you don't understand, You don't understand!! A TRUE "B" Business! We don't have a lot of people because we do not recruit people that have a MLM mentality!! If you understand a TRUE business and do research like you would do to check out a FRANCHISE! You would sell yourself!!
I work with corporate, But I make my living building the business and coaching others to success. The SMALLEST CHECK ANY OF OUR PEOPLE RECEIVE IS $300. They can receive those weekly. It starts with the 1st Check! $300
We have POSITIVE MEDIA!! Jennefer Lopez and Marc Anthony are UnFranchise Owners, not because they need the money, but because they saw a realistic way for the hispanic public to work for them selves!!
That's enough!! Guess you can tell by now, I am passionate about what i do. Not because someone told me to have a DREAM> I have Grandma's Making money that never made money in anything else ever!!
I spent my 6 years in Amway Bootcamp!! Learn alot! But I also learned when I joined MA in 95 that there were much better businesses!! Without alot of Hype!!!
WE HAVE CONTENT COMMERCE< AND THE BEST COMMUNITY EVER!! Because average people are making $$$$$$$$

Show Me Something Better and I will Join YOU!!!!

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Passionate About Truly Helping Other!!!!!!!!!
OH!! I don't have to wear That Red Tie and Dark suit No More!! Since I hung Them Up, I've made More Money than ever!!! Sorry!! I couldn't help myself!!!LOL

Anonymous?? Are you making any Money??!!

Rich Devos said...

Rich Devos's

Once, Rich Devos had a labador retriever that had puppies. There was a young kid down the block that came by to see them. Mr. Devos told the young kid he wanted him to have the puppies and had named them MLM puppies. He had started the industry and thought the puppies should be name after this great industry he started.The only thing was, he wanted the kid to come back every week and give him an update on how the puppies were doing.

The kid said he would take care of the puppies and let him know how they were doing.

A couple of weeks went by and the kid came by to see Mr. Devos.
Devos ask how his MLM puppies were doing??

The Kid replied that the puppies were doing great, but they were not MLM puppies anymore!! Mr. Devos, yelled, what do you mean they are not MLM puppies anymore. That he started MLM and He named the puppies!!

The Kids reply was, Sorry Mr Devos, Their not MLM puppies anymore because they have their Eyes open now. They Are "unFranchise" puppies now mr devos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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jerandi said...

I can't belive it took this long for the MLM vampires to start using our blogs to recruit TEAM members. All I can say is go print the FTC top 10 rules to identify a pyrimid before you join. Go TEAM.

Ed Manley said...

NO MLM HERE! If we were MLM, would we not have a lot more people than we have. We are Built on Product
Powered By People
Not Built on People! We don't need a million!!

And if you really thought, you would ask yourself why are we able to be up front and honest who we are.
I need not recruit anyone. Our company is one that does not promote secrecy. We are open and honest and true when comes to helping those that seek help.

Have you ever saw someone in distress and not offered a hand.
That is all that is done here.

Our Door is open to Individuals looking. Not someone we have to convince. I wish you all much success in whatever you do.
We are all Networkers, not enemys.

Cat said...

I agree with John Hancock. Where do I go to sign this thing?

Oh, Ed Manley and others of your ilk, leave us to bide our time in peace. Most of us are tired of and ignore your posts, anyway. We believe in the TEAM, not in the stuff you are peddling. Take your MA and other stuff and bug someone who cares. We know when the TEAM finalizes and announces the new opportunity next spring, it will blow the doors of MA, Q and everything else out there! Go TEAM!!


To clarify - We don't need a Million People, we want to help a Million People, become leaders, improve their lives, and those around them. This is about so much more than money. I am telling everyone I know about the difference the TEAM has made in my family. My husband has become a better father and husband (not that I was complaining before). My daughter (age 11) is getting better grades, and is getting her teachers to read system books. Even though we weren't making anything with Q - our finances are improving. We are getting our priorities straight and lovin every minute with our new TEAM "family".
Ed Manly - Glad you love what you do but if you don't build it on people why are you here... looking for people?
Fired Up!