OK, so my husband and I signed up for Quixtar in January of 2008. Our upline convinced us it was the most inexpensive way to start your own business, and that if you are not satisfied in 6 months, you get your money back. What's to lose right?? We were told it costs $180 to start and we said "ok sign us up." We were then informed that we had to also sign up for "CommuniKate," an 800 number where we could be left messages, as well as the "LTD" site which would have tools for us to use, plus the "CEP" which would automatically ship us CD's every month for $40 a month, not to mention complete our 100 points for the month, so we had to order another 68 points worth of crap since 32 points came from our initial product pack. 68 points averaging at $3 a point, came out to be another $190. Plus the $40 for the "CommuniKate" and the $17 I think for the "LTD" site.
$467-this turned out to be our actual startup cost
So we started off really strong, doing everything our upline told us to do. Our upline being from a different state, drove 9 hrs every Saturday for almost 2 months, so we felt extremeley obligated to make their time worth it. I had known them for years and I had moved out of state, but I trusted that they would not get us involved with something that was bad. We would sit and call people and set up a few "QI's." We were so excited the first time someone came to a meeting, but then they decided not to do it. And week after week we were excited when we scheduled someone to come to the meeting and then got disappointed when they didn't show up. Then one week, I began crying because I was so upset and we left the meeting. I got scorned by my upline and friend for 10 yrs because "I should stay there to be supportive for everyone else, it will only help me to succeed." So we continued to work our butts off. We were so excited when we met our 150 point goal within our first 2 weeks in and we would get a $50 bonus because my inlaws bought some stuff from us. I was so excited when I did my first QI a week into the business, I was shaking the whole time, but I did it. I had the drive to do this. So for those of you who are going to tell me that I didn't work hard enough you can forget that. They told me to listen to CD's...I did, in my car, at work, at home. They told me to read books, I read them all. They told me to make a collage of stuff I want, I went and spent $30 on magazines to make a collage!! In February we bought another $300 worth of stuff and continued to work hard, but at this point, we had exhausted everyone in our contact list and I had sent a message to everyone on my entire 140 person Myspace friend list (I know all of them from high school and such).
We were lost as to where to go next. Then my husband and I, who currently were living in his parents basement, made the decision to move out on our own and get an apartment. Instead of our upline being happy for us, they told us it was a dumb mistake!! What is dumb is being newlyweds living in your parents basement!! We finally had steady enough income from our jobs to afford to get an apartment. We were so happy while they were so upset with us. I felt like I was letting them down.
Then the calls started coming in quite often from further up the line all the way up to the platinum's in our leg. They would call and keep us on the phone forever talking about how great ladies leadership would be. I would feel bad because I was distracted by what I needed to do in my own busy life and I felt BAD that I couldn't devote the time to them that they expected. I literally felt like they were my boss and if I did something wrong I was going to get in trouble for it.
Our upline soon stopped coming out to visit, however, the phone calls did not stop. They kept pushing and pushing. I started feeling like I had to make excuses and didn't even want to answer my phone anymore. They would bug us about going to the meetings and about the upcoming function and how it's so important that we go. But here is the funny thing...my upline pretended to be doing so well, but yet they weren't very well off, and they WOULD NEVER TELL US HOW MUCH APPROXIMATELY THEY WERE MAKING!!! Nobody ever tells you how much they are actually making, only that things are going really well and they are "making sacrifices to acheive their dream." When I asked my upline why they didn't buy a house or get a newer car his response was "when I have enough money to buy a house and a car in cash on the same day, I will buy a house and a car. Till then, I am willing to sacrifice some things to make my dream happen." Ok I get that, but come on, you are 29 yrs old, if you spend the next 10 yrs "acheiving your dream" you will be 40 by the time you get anything nice in life. That just doesn't really seem like a way to live to me. My father once said something very important to me "If you don't allow yourself some fun on your journey, often when you reach your goal, suddenly it seems meaningless and empty." You need to have goals in life, but at the same time, you gotta live your life!
Mind you...at this point my husband and I were still having no luck finding any new IBO's and we only had 2 customers ever purchase anything. We made $14 our first month and then after that, nothing. We signed up customers who said they would go on and check things out, but never did.
It is now April and we finally got our $50 bonus check which got lost in the mail the first time. So all in all we have spent $150 on meetings, $1000 on products, $100 on CommuniKate, $80 on "LTD" and such which we could have gotten for much cheaper and we have gotten $64 back in return. Now we feel horrible that we cannot buy our 100 points ($300) in products this month because we don't have the money to put upfront. We just don't have it.
And we still are getting nowhere, and honestly I feel no motivation at this point because we have lost far more than we have made and have gained a group of hounding people that now have our phone numbers and won't leave us alone!!! I have been avoiding my upline for 2 weeks now and now I am getting emails saying they are worried about whether I am alive or not. Finally I told them that we are lost and don't really think this is for us, and I got called a quitter!! Saying that I have no ambition, and that when they asked me during my QI how ambitious I am and I said a 9 that I was not be honest with them or myself. They have made me feel like a horrible piece of scum, and now I have everyone calling me and leaving me messages trying to get us to not leave the business and give it another chance.
Quixtar is the worst thing that ever happened. Everyone is so upset with us for not going to the conference at the beginning of this month and they all say it is optional, but your upline makes you feel like it is mandatory. They look down upon you when you don't do everything they tell you to do. It's my money, and I want to invest it how I want.
QUIXTAR IS HORRIBLE. IT HAS BEEN THE WORST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE. I have read what people have said on here in response to peoples reports, and it is all regurgitated from what your upline tells you. Yeah, my upline always tells people that "he likes to think if it that you are in business for yourself, but not by yourself" I always thought he made that up....but then I discovered that its just what someone told him to say.
And one other thing....the only people who make money are the ones who got in on the ground floor. Think about it....with every new IBO that is signed up that is one less in a pool of people. Do you know how many people who have told me that someone already told them about it. Because every time someone gets signed up, that person goes and tells, lets say, 100 people to start. Think about it, the people that got in from the ground floor had an open pool. Now there are so many IBO's that the market is just flooded!!! It is too late to be successful in Quixtar. Everyone that has been successful is lucky they got in when they did.
So here I sit over $1000 in the hole, with nothing to show for it. But atleast I can get my $180 back within 6 months right??? Yeah, no risk involved right? You get your money back right?? WRONG! You may get your start up money back from Quixtar, but they already made money off of you. They still have $800+ of your money, and that is just in 2 months actively doing this!!! Imagine how many IBO's out there that lose $800 in just 2 months....where do you think they get all the bonuses from?? Not to mention, as other's have said, the CD's and the Books, and the tapes.
My husband and I have made the decision to quit Quixtar and go back to earning our money the good old fashioned way. But I just have one question for all you rebuttling IBO's....how much do you make a month?? How long have you been in? I want an average figure per month. If you make anything less than the $500 per month you invest between purchasing products, meeting tickets, CommuniKate, CEP and LTD......don't even bother responding because you are defending something that has done nothing for you!!!