Although I'm not an AMWAY distributor, I do not characterize their operations or marketing strategies as sleazy, and neither do the courts. They're also not a pyramid scheme.
Providers who offer affiliate programs aren't sleazy either, and no, we don't offer any, but plenty of respected providers on this forum do.
As far as template sites, pleny of successful providers use templates to start out. We're using a highly customized template ourselves.
offered by a questionable provider
What exactly makes them a questionable provider?
Hosting Discussion seems to have gotten a whole lot more abrasive these past few weeks. I hope that's not a continuing trend. Discussion and varying opinions are certainly welcome, but the tone here has taken a dive.