Melaleuca Review: Is Melaleuca A Scam?

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Today we're going to discuss an oldie. Is it a goodie? I'll let you decide. In this review we're looking at Melaleuca because it's a well known company that people either love or hate. So I'll try my best to present both sides of the argument so that you can make an informed decision.

I suspect this review may bring out some strong feelings either way. But as always I expect that everyone stay professional and act like adults when expressing their two cents. We obviously welcome feedback from either end of the spectrum but let's keep it civilized.

With that said, let's get into it. Melaleuca is an MLM/Home based business that has been around for many years which isn't the norm for such companies. Furthermore it has a BBB A+ rating which may or may not mean a lot to you depending on what you feel about the BBB. So far so good.

What is Melaleuca?

It is a part of home products/health and wellness industry that has been around since 1985. They concentrate on selling the “green” and “natural” kind of health and household products.. Melaleuca gets its name from the Melaleuca plant, found in Australia where they use the natural ingredients as extracts in all of their products. They of course say this plant is what makes their stuff so wonderful. I've never personally tried it, but who knows maybe it is everything they claim it is.

In any event, the company is basically selling vitamins, supplements, beauty care, detergents and cleaning supplies. There are other things but this is the main push. The products have no additives, chlorine, formaldehyde, coated capsules, all of that sort of stuff that make them a “good green” product.

Their liquid products are sold as concentrate, so once you buy it it lasts a long time. This would be cleaning products, laundry and dish washing detergents, shampoo etc. Vitamins and supplements are generally in 3 month supplies, and make-up and beauty items are normal sizes. The big push is that if you buy what you normally buy, you won't spend any more money, but you will get natural and green healthier living.

Once you join the company as a business partner will save 30-40% off retail on your household products. You can also try to make money by building a business and get others involved.

What makes Melaleuca appealing and possibly profitable, is you are getting people on two effective emotional issues. It is products you normally buy anyway, so technically it's not adding to your monthly budget, and the whole environmentally friendly thing is NOW a proven emotional draw. It wasn't back in the day. So Melaleuca was ahead of their time in that respect.

The whole program centers on this.

What are the start up costs?

You join the company for a one time fee of $35. Then you are required to buy a minimum amount of products each month either for your own use or from your direct marketing attempts to others. This works out to be about $55 each month. They use a point system that I go into in more detail below under “Forced Purchases” It should be noted that a large number of good folks join only to get the products, they do it as a money saver and as a green alternative. Most of them never consider the business side of things.

So How Do You Earn Money?

Apparently the popular way to earn is to get people to join the company so they can order themselves at wholesale prices. That lets you buy your products at wholesale prices. Then you will earn 7% commission on whatever any one of your referrals buys in terms of the products. From what I can tell, I honestly feel that the majority of your business will be this way. This is probably a turn off for most people because recruiting is always a hurdle for most work at home seekers when it comes to these type of work at home opportunities. Lord knows it used to be for me, I am happy that I eventually found a full-time online job that I absolutely enjoy. If you want to learn about it you can have a look at my #1 Free Work At Home Recommendation. Oh by the way, you don't earn any commission on the $35 sign up fee that your referrals must pay to join the company. I think that's a crappy policy after all you made the introduction. You should earn commission on any fee the company charges.

The folks that tend to succeed with this company are involved in a lot of face to face networking. You can try to market online but it seems the big players do a lot of their recruiting over the phone, home parties, etc. So it's something to keep in mind if you consider this as an option. If you are expecting an opportunity that does not require you to leave home or speak directly to people then you might not be too successful with Melaleuca. Fortunately there are other sites that allow you to make money without having to do face to face contact. You can always check out websites like,,, and since they pay you for things you already do online.

How & when are you paid?

Commission and Bonus checks are mailed on the 15th of each month directly to the business partners/members. This will cover the previous months earnings. If the 15th is on a weekend or holiday, it will be the next business day. Why companies still need to send checks instead of direct deposit or Paypal is a mystery to me. After all it's 2011 not 1911. But at the end of the day, the most important thing is that they pay like clockwork. You rarely find any complaints about late payments. So that's great even though the way they pay is antiquated. Money is money so how it gets to you isn't a big issue so long as you get paid for your work. Nevertheless, if you do not have the patience for this payment method then there are countless online jobs that have more contemporary practices, my #1 Free Work At Home Recommendation being one of them.

What about company support?

For people who want to make a full-fledged business, one good thing about a company like Melaleuca, is they have all the product information, descriptions, sales and promotional materials available to help make this work. So whether is is printed leaflets (you would have to buy them of course) or articles and copy to use on websites and email marketing lists, they have everything you need.

On the support side of things they are also a well oiled machine. They have training materials that include videos and webinars, and there is always someone a phone call away to help and advise you. Part of the bonus structure of the upper leadership levels requires you to work with the people who are in your down line. So that means there will be someone who will come to your house and meet with you on a regular basis. Local distributors also get together and meet and share advice and motivational and business strategies. This can be good or bad depending on your nature. I'm anti-social by nature and prefer to keep everything at the convenience of the web. So I would hate the idea of regular face to face meetings. But many of you do appreciate being able to talk to a real person for questions and support. So I think this is probably a big plus for many people.

What are the cons?

Like all companies I review, there will be cons. A company that has cons DOESN'T make it a scam. Companies are like human beings, you're always going to have flaws. But it's important to know what these weaknesses are so you can determine if you can work around them or just avoid this company all together. Too often I see reps getting their feathers all ruffled when you mention anything negative about their beloved company. But I think it's worst to present a company as perfect to a prospect because they will eventually learn this stuff when they sign up. Then you end up with disgruntle customers and reps that are going to blast your company to their peers and the web because you failed to be totally real with them about the pros and cons of your company. So keep that in mind as you read through the cons I have identified. It's not an indictment. It's just things people have complained about for better or worst.


I think it is unacceptable for a company this old and successful not to give the referrer a cut of the $35 sign up fee they make from the new person you recruited. That's like marketing 101. I'm sure the argument is that you'll make more on the lifetime of the customer's everyday purchases, but honestly they're making enough money to do both.

Another place they drop the ball in terms of commission is that they do not give you credit for your own purchases! Only the person you signed up under you gets that! Maybe their margins would be too low if they did this or it's the fact you're already getting a discount on your purchases? Either way I think it's a missed opportunity.

Difficult cancellation policy.

Canceling must be done in writing, no exceptions and must be done by a certain date in the month to stop one more automatic shipment. Not surprisingly this has been the cause of many complaints. A big part of these complaints have to be taken with a grain of salt because we all know people fail to read the fine print on the sites they sign up for. But with that said, I think it's still unacceptable that in this modern day and age you can't just push a button to cancel at ANY TIME. After all they made it pretty easy to join. Shouldn't it be that easy to cancel as well? Making you do it in writing at the right time the stars align with the moon is the type of stuff shady businesses practice. A company with a A+ BBB rating shouldn't employ such a tactic.

Administrative issues.

There has also been issues with order mistakes, accidental double billing etc. Honestly that's normal administrative headaches that happen with any big company. So take that with a grain of salt. If it were a pervasive problem that wasn't resolved then they probably wouldn't have the high BBB rating.

Jumping through hoops for no good reason.

In order to discover the ins and outs of their business, you either have to know someone or have to sign up and get a personal home presentation, phone call and/or webinar where they give their spiel about how great they are, and how much money people make. It reminds me of those annoying time share presentations. You cannot just go to the website and read about it. If you're opportunity is that great just present most of the ins and outs on the site. Why make someone go through a presentation and phone call. That should be purely optional for people that want more details. Fortunately for me, my research assistant knows a member, so I was able to get the inside scoop. But the fact I couldn't get the details directly from the site has always been a turn off for me with any opportunity. It makes me think you have something to hide or want to pressure me into joining.

Over saturated market.

One of my major concerns about this business is over saturation. But that can be argued for any business. That being said when Melaleuca first started green products were fairly new. Now Target, Walmart and many other big name players have their own green lines which are pretty affordable, accessible and without forced minimum purchases per month or regular meetings. So when you consider that, what's the benefit of buying from Melaleuca? Well if you got paid for your own purchases and received the products at wholesale, then it might be worth it. But unfortunately that's not the case. That's the type of resistance you're going to get from people you're trying to convince to join. So how do you address it? I'm sure a rep will be able to fill that in and I'll welcome it.

Forced Purchases

Each month you must order a certain amount of products based on a point system. A $20 product might be 15 points, and a $35 might be 25 points for example. Don't quote me on the exact points but you get the picture. Each month you must order 35 points worth which works out to be $55 /month. You all know what I think about thresholds. In this case it is just an excuse to bring more money into the pockets of the people in your up-line, and you do not get credit for your own purchases! Granted, this is not that high and if you spread things out, you could easily figure out $55 worth of household products to buy each month, but still….

If you do not choose your own 35 points worth of products, each month they will automatically send you an order anyway. This is like the forced continuity nonsense I've written about with other companies. It sucks. They're kind enough to allow you to pick things they will automatically ship to you if you fail to meet the points requirement. But you don't necessarily find out about that option right away. If you have not done that, they send stuff they choose, which trust me will include things they are trying to get rid of.

Being forced to spend in order to earn will definitely not work for many of us. Fortunately, there are many other opportunities out there where you won't have to worry about this. My favorites sites are:,,, and which allow you to earn money for things you already do online like surfing the web, playing games and more.

Something smells funny..

Another minor complaint is that there is a definite odor to the cleaning products from the Melaleuca plant extract used in most of the products. It is not horrible, just different, and it sticks around for awhile. Some people are turned off by it. Not a biggie.

Is Melaleuca Legitimate or Not?

Well, first of all I have to tell you there are other companies in this natural, organic green home products line to investigate if you are of the frame of mind to be a “go getter” that thinks they can make this work. So before signing up with Melaleuca, I would investigate all of your options. This is whether you are interested in only buying the products wholesale, or if you want to build a home business. The killer cons of the monthly threshold and forced purchases are the reasons I suggest this step. You might find a company that does not have that particular feature in their business plan.

With that being said, I have no problem with this business, as long as you are fully aware of and agree to deal with some of the little quirks I mentioned above. I would think it would be easier to meet your monthly threshold if you had a large family that takes vitamins every day, and uses lots of detergents, and shampoo. I do know it is possible to bring money in with this opportunity. I also know it takes a lot of work but that's a given for any business. With that in mind you can be sure people will be dropping out of your down-line regularly, so you will always need to replace that income.

As for building a businesses, this it's totally feasible for the right people. If you're prepared to work hard at a home business, you can make money. It's that simple. But most people aren't built for a home business. Folks just want to put in their hours and get a set salary. If that's you, there is nothing wrong with that. But don't join Melaleuca because that mentality won't cut it. Try,,, or instead or focus on a traditional work at home job.

However if you are considering this just be prepared for the long haul. Because there will be ups and downs. But for the chosen few, the rewards are great. If you do decide to join Melaleuca I would also encourage you to try the products first before promoting this business. It's definitely not a good look to push something you are not passionate about or have tried. I preach this constantly with my preferred way to make money which is affiliate marketing.

Trust me I see people slapping up websites all the time and just throwing affiliate links on them that pay them the most. But they never end up making any money because they aren't really adding value via their own personal experiences. Believe me it's much easier to convince people to take action on anything when you're speaking from experience. Why do you think I spend so much time actually trying some of the opportunities I recommend? Not surprisingly it's also the reason why I thrive at my #1 Free Work At Home Recommendation, I consistently tend to be top affiliate marketer for most of the companies I work with. So definitely walk the walk so you're better prepared to present the business and products. You'll make way more money that way!

All and all considering the years this company has been around and the success stories, I think its worth a shot for the right person. Like most home based businesses this is based on sales. When you have the proper training (as I constantly remind folks who want to get into affiliate marketing) sales isn't as bad as you make it seem in your mind. It's just a matter of putting yourself in front of people that have problems that you can solve with the products you're promoting. It's not forcing people to buy crap they don't want or need. My only concern with this company is that green products are very common place now and can be purchased damn near anywhere. So it may be a tough sell. But I guess that's why they also have other products.

In any event, I would love to hear from people that have had success with this company or haven't. Feel free to chime in on anything I may have missed or been wrong about. Your respectful comments and views are always appreciated. So chime in below.

142 thoughts on “Melaleuca Review: Is Melaleuca A Scam?”

  1. This review is old info and incorrect. First, the membership fee is $1 the first year, $19 the following in the US and Canada. Second, you make 20% on your personal enrollees. 7% on everyone down 7 generations. Third, green is still in. Fourth, EWG is strictly no chemicals at all but Melaleuca has a strict policy on no phenols, no formaldehyde, no parabens, no toxic chemicals. They have proprietary formula so they don’t disclose ingredients. So, every one of the ratings say concern: undisclosed ingredient so despite the company’s absolute adherence to safe, effective, eco friendly products EWG is dumping on them and there are so many Over the Counter crappy companies and outright lies out there… where as Melaleuca has been at the forefront of both environmentalism (using environment friendly non toxic products and no harmful chemicals and not shipping water in products therefore saving gas, shipping, cost, packaging) this thing with EWG is just smokescreen. I just thought to put a correction and hope you will adjust your review. AS for the business, this is not a MLM unless you count Costco an MLM as it’s the same model. Pay a price for the membership and shop at 685+ stores and make money on everyday purchases, like gas, groceries, restaurants, etc.

  2. I signed up for Melaleuca back in 2010 and busted my butt for 6 months and got squat in return. It’s a lot of hard work, yes, but unless you are a social butterfly that lives, breathes and eats sales and marketing 24/7, then this is not for you, trust me. I gave up and took up freelance writing and did much better. ūüôā

    My biggest complaint about this company, however, is that their products are not exactly “green”! I did a little investigating on the website, to see the ratings on there for some of Melaleuca’s most popular products. This was the result:

    Diamond Brite Automatic Dishwasher gel and detergent packs, Tough & Tender 12x cleaner, Lemon Brite Hand dishwashing soap, MelaBrite Plus Oxi Color-Safe Whitener & Deodorizer, MelaPower 6X HE Laundry Detergent, Scent-Free and MelaPower 6X General Purpose Laundry Detergent

    These products all received an F RATING for toxicity from the Environmental Working Group.

    This is not exactly what I would call encouraging “wellness,” now is it… Be very wary!

    • Thanks for sharing your experience and research. I think people researching this opportunity will find this useful. But I’m sure there will be some reps chiming in and trying to attack you for giving your personal insight. lol

    • I’m sure you’re right, but I’ve already been there. Thankfully, the brainwashing has left the building. ūüėČ The saturate you in the ‘culture’ and sing the praises of how safe the products are. One of the presenters even told a tale of her 2 year old child downing a half bottle of prepared spray cleaner, but the poison control center told her that it would be just fine, since it was a Melaleuca cleaner. I’d love to hear the recording of that 911 call!

      They do teach you in your ‘training’ how to use free sites, such as Craig’s list, etc., and how to write ads to encourage desperate people to sign up to sell the products. They may be doing things otherwise now, but in 2010, this was the standard method of training that I received. I spent around 12 hours a day trying to recruit people, but it was a huge waste of time, and 6 months of my life wasted, but I did learn something from it, so I guess not a total waste, right? Thanks for offering this forum for people to share their experiences.

    • That is the issue I have with many MLMs. Many times the so called training involves harassing your family and friends. And there is definitely a drink the koolaid mentality taught the reps which makes them fanatically. God forbid you ever point out there are some negative aspect to the business and company and they lose their shit. Although some reps have better sense and can acknowledge when things can be improved and don’t resort to bashing others.

      Either case, I’m happy you found something that works for you. Obviously there are some people that thrive in these types of business but it’s definitely not for everyone. And that’s okay.

    • Thank you Gloria! I have recently hired a cleaning company that uses Melaleuca products to clean my Airbnb. I am an environmentally conscious host and was shocked to see EWG’s “F” rating for all of Melaleuca’s cleaning products. They don’t have a single “A” rating. How can they then claim they are a “wellness” company when their products DO NOT promote wellness and are harmful to the environment?!?! I would like to hear a rep comment on the EWG rating. Shame on this company for making 2 billion in profits every year (according to their website) and harming the environment and human health in the process.

  3. Hey thanks for the review on this company. I’ve been using Melaleuca products for almost a year and have yet to find anything distasteful about them. My friends call me Melaleuca because i use it just about everywhere in my life. Since I no longer talk to the person who introduced me to the product line, i’m kinda screwed because i don’t know of anybody other than I using the product but one person. So it has been a bit difficult trying to get in to be a representative. If I’m doing something wrong please correct me.
    Your review was honest and I appreciate you.

  4. I was going to try to make money with Melaleuca but the main reason why I haven’t been able to join the company is because you can’t sign up with them unless you have a checking account. I purchased a Visa Money Card some years back and I use it for everything I need. I’m able to pay my bills and buy anything I want online and I can use it at any ATM or get cash back from a purchase in a store. But when I informed the representative that this is all I have….I was informed that they will not accept it for my membership fee and I would have to open up a checking account in order to become eligible to be a member. I was shocked and I haven’t heard anything from the representative that was calling me every day trying to get me to set up my account with them. I was figuring that it was a scam since I was being ignored by the representative now. I don’t understand why they don’t want anyone to join unless they have a active checking account. It makes me worry that they want to have full access to my money.

  5. As a very happy customer and business builder of Melaleuca, I first want to say that I think you have given a decent review of the company and have managed to stay somewhat neutral. I would encourage you to update some of your information though. I haven’t seen when this review was written but I did notice that you say its $35 to enroll as a customer. That is no longer accurate, it is now $19 and Melaleuca runs promotions often that allow people to enroll for their first year for $1. This is a membership fee, just like Costco or Sam’s Club. Paying the membership fee allows one to receive the discounts on the products. There are a few other minor things that I noticed that are also inaccurate. I would encourage anyone who is looking it to Melaleuca to get back with the person who introduced you to the company and give it a try. It’s a great company for just shopping or building a business.

  6. Hello there, kerry here and I just wanted to encourage anyone who is interested in the melaleuca products or business to go for it.

    I’ve tried many companys products which have been good, but I am glad I stumbled accross melaleuca.
    It’s got sensational eco-friendly wellness and household products that you use everyday for the whole family, plus you get 15 % cashback on your total order and up to 50% off retail.

    Does your supermarket do this?

    • How about helping people “go for it” by addressing some of the complaints and concerns listed above instead of just trying to just recruit. Doing that is the best way to recruit.

  7. does anyone have any insight on the mandatory orders per month? From what I gathered from the rep trying to recruit me is that it isn’t a must for all the customers just the ones looking to earn income from it. I just don’t want to sign up trying to recommend this to people if they are going to be forced to order each month and itll end up making me look bad.

  8. There has been a significant difference in the smell of Melaleuca products of 2005 to the ones of 2013, which is always a plus! II was with them in 2005 and really wish I had stuck it through, but I’m just not the marketing type. My husband has picked them up recently and I am actually obsessed with a couple of their beauty and body products. The only issue that I have with them is that they have REALLY strict rules on their marketing. No direct links to an affiliate page/site. Can’t mention them on a website, can’t say that you are a melaleuca rep, if you have any blogger friends who WOULD be willing to test the product to get you business… thats an absolute no-no. So the only way to really do business is the good ole fashioned, face-to-face, practically door-to-door salesman kind of way and that limits a ton of people…. especially in a world where we are technologically driven.

    • Thanks for sharing the additional information. It’s been helpful. And if you’re right. If most of this has to be face to face to make money then it would exclude a lot of people. So I appreciate your honesty! Thanks!

  9. For what it’s worth, I am more swayed toward joining this company by YOUR review than I am by the passive aggressive responses of those who disagree with your, or wish to correct information you have clearly invited response to.

    I was not sold on this company by the presentation over the web, because it seemed “too good” and did not give a clear indication of the more difficult points. This cleared those up in a positive and non-judgmental way.

    The angry responses in support of Melaleuca are what have galled me.

    At any rate, thank you for your even and level review. And to all the angry people who communicated insultingly in your responses, thank you for opening my eyes in another way.

    • You’re welcome Dee! Glad you can appreciate what I was trying to do. Information always changes with these companies so it’s always good to seek out the latest. But the basic points I made about the effort required and some of the other concerns still apply. It doesn’t mean the company is bad though.

      But alas some of these reps will always get angry and act unprofessional if you force people to weigh out the pros and cons of a company. They just want you blindly follow the propaganda and marketing. They’re not realizing by giving people the good and bad, you’re more likely to get better referrals because they know what to expect.

      Oh well. Thanks again for chiming in!

  10. Which products did you test that smelled bad?? I love the scents of my Melaleuca products! That’s part of how I fell in love with them. Citrus and thyme instead of bleach, I’ll take that any day!!!

  11. I just recently signed up as a customer and I’m going to try to be an independent business representative of this company, but I don’t think I’m going to make any money with it. But because I’m desperate, I’m still going to give it a try. I had my doubts about it before I even read your review, and my doubts were about the same things that you address in here. I also don’t feel that people shoud be forced to make 35 points worth of purchases each month. I feel that as an independent business owner, that you should be able to make a commission on any purchase made to the company through you, no matter how small. But you suggested investigating other natural organic green companies that may not have the forced monthly purchases. Do you know of any, and how would I find them if they are out there?

    • Hey Renee, I’m happy you found the review useful. Money can definitely be made with this company. Just keep some of the cons in mind. I will say this with any business it’s going to take time to see results. That can mean weeks or more probably months. If you’re in a desperate situation I don’t know of any business that solves that problem over night.

      You may be better served trying to land a traditional work at home job that pays you a set salary:

      So at this juncture I don’t know if a home business might be the right path. I always tell people you should start a home business when you still have other income flowing in via a job or a spouse so you can take the time it will take to build. Otherwise folks give up too quickly. So keep that in mind. In any event, I think Amway is a competitor of Melaleuca but keep in mind what I said about running a business. Good luck & keep us posted.

  12. I am sick of Melaleuca reps such as those in South Florida who spam Craigslist with veiled and misleading ads. I would never have anything to do with this company. Very misleading. They are NOT offering a job or a “gig” but keep posting spam anywhere that they can put a free (misleading) ad. Just disgusting.

    • I understand your disdain for reps that misrepresent a company. But it doesn’t reflect the company per se. There are always a few bad apples in the bunch but it doesn’t mean the whole bunch is bad.

    • Hi, Eddy! Thanks for your balanced review of this business. I just signed up as a “preferred customer” a few hours ago, and I wanted to hear about both the pros and the cons of Melaleuca–exactly the kind of thoughtful analysis you offer! I have no intention of making a living at this. But my chiropractor says really good things about the products, and I like paying wholesale as a matter of principle. On the other hand, my sister-in-law could really use the extra income, and I wouldn’t mind being compensated for recruiting her. I am very experienced with MLM (Presto Cookware, Herbalife, Amway and Pampered Chef). In general, MLM is a great way to buy and sell: it skips all the Madison Avenue BS and rewards the individual for persistence and hard work–and for encouraging others to pursue their own dreams. How very American! I emphatically agree with you that recruiters should be more candid from the beginning about the less attractive aspects of each business model. Far from discouraging new recruits, this engenders realistic trust. Still, I harbor no hostility toward the companies with which I have affiliated–and I would still buy many of their products. Most of the negative comments I read here sound like sour grapes: “I didn’t become a millionaire getting other people to sell vitamins or soap,…so it must be a rip-off.” Sounds like a losing athlete complaining that the officials were “bribed.”

  13. It is quite obvious from reading your post above that you went into this with a prejudice. In addition, just because you had a ‘friend’ in the company you think you have the ‘real scoop’. The reality is that you do not – and I question the expertise of ‘your friend’. If you really wanted to publish the actual facts, you would have gone to one of the top people in the company, and you would have in deed sat through a presentation via the phone and internet. If you had, you would have seen how inaccurate parts of your post are, and the benefits of this company. It is really a shame that you are allowed to put inaccuracies out there and people read them; I know, because I had introductions to Melaleuca initially from a few reps (probably like your friend) that were very new, didn’t actually grasp all the info and provided ‘mini snip its’ of info which gave me a bad taste for the company and the reps. After I (years later) met someone who had the actual facts and actually knew how to present them, I had alot of questions that got real & valid answers. After trying almost 50 of the products, I can tell you every one of them has surpassed my expectations and thank goodness I got correct info from an experienced person so I would experience these products.

    • I was not sold on the Melaleuca idea at all for several reasons after watching the presentation. So, I searched and found this website. His very frank and level review encouraged me to go ahead and try it, with my eyes wide open. Your comments reversed some of my more positive feelings created by his review. I appreciate the big picture though. In no business do I expect hearts and flowers. I do, however, expect a clear indication of both sides.

  14. Hey Eddy, my first time on your site and came here as a search about Melaleuca. I want to say I liked your article. It seems well-written, balanced, fair, etc. I see some folks added some corrections, which you have published and welcomed!

    I recently checked out another “home business” (Herbalife) but almost right away did not appreciate their initial tactics, so I backed out. Their products may be great (I don’t know, haven’t tried them personally) but again it was that initial “gut feeling” I had on the phone interview I had with another rep. So as many other people are doing, I am cautiously examining companies. Long ago, my husband and I sold for a company called ¬†Yurika (or Eurika?) ¬†Foods (now gone) and we never became rich, but we did make a little extra money now and then to pay a few extra bills. It was really LOW PRESSURE, did not have “quotas” to make, etc. I think there may be other companies now under the same name. . .? The one I knew about sold pre-made dinners, mixes, etc. under NASA technology. Pre-made entrees (like Chicken Parmesan) came in sealed pouches and could be stored on shelves. To prepare them, they could be heated in boiling water. They really were good–all products were excellent and we used many, ourselves. They were ahead of their time. We sold to many campers!

    Anyway, I appreciate your web site–your honesty, candor, and friendliness! I say: keep up the great work! ūüôā

    • Thanks AP, I’m glad you enjoy the website and this article. I’m all about learning and trying to provide balanced information so folks can make informed decisions. So I’m happy you can appreciate that. Thanks for chiming in.

  15. To some folks $29.99 and the forced purchases would be a lot especially if you’re not making or saving money by using the products. As I said before for some people this makes a lot of sense. But for others it may not and that’s okay. People just have to make the right decision for them and not what just benefits the person trying to recruit you.

  16. Keep in mind this article was written a long time ago. I actually encouraged reps like yourself to correct any information that was wrong and they have with the comments which is why we encourage them.

    I also stated that this opportunity is right for certain people. I never implied the business opportunity aspect was a requirement. It was discussed because folks that visit this site are looking for ways to make money so obviously I have to discuss that part of the company.

    At the end of the day some of the other cons are still a concern and valid. That being said it doesn’t make the company bad. But folks should go into it knowing it’s not all sweet and there are cons that reps don’t want to talk about which is a disservice for people thinking of joining the company. It’s better to know the good and BAD so that the folks that do sign up are already prepared and more likely to stay. Rather than signing up because a rep painted a perfect picture only to find out they lied so they can make a sale. Sorry if that rubs reps the wrong way. But too bad. You’ll get better qualified people keeping it balanced.

  17. Looking over this,review, I am disappointed to know that your website content ¬†has not been corrected up top. ¬† The membership fee is a one-time $29 fee/and $12 renewal (just like Sam’s and Costco, but much less). ¬† There are NO distributors, because NO person who refers others to Melaleuca has to carry inventory, handles billing/collecting, delivery or returns. ¬† There is NO ¬†reselling of products by those who are building businesses, unless they choose – but this is NOT a requirement to anyone, nor is it necessary to do in order to be successful. ¬† It is STRICTLY A REFERRAL BUSINESS. ¬† ¬†

    Additionally, regarding your “oversaturated Market comment”: Melaleuca is a world leader in AFFORDABLE, concentrated products that has, for 27 years, contributed to less waste of plastic and fuel (from ¬†shipping watered-down products to stores), along with manufacturing ¬† products that ¬†are free of harmful and toxic chemicals. ¬†

    PLUS, all the products have been tested and research-proven to do what they, Melaleuca, claims they will do. ¬† You don’t get some actor who might or migh not be using their products telling you it is the greatest thing smiply becasue they are getting paid to do so. ¬† Melaleuca spends their money on research and product development – not advertising. ¬†

    Additionally, Melaleuca uses U.S. suppliers and all products are manufactured right here in the good ole USA. ¬†THey have a (WOW!!!) 95% reorder rate each month as well, and the majority of their ¬† customers are STRICTLY customers – not interested in the income-generation plan that Melelauca offers. ¬†It is simply about switching stores. ¬† AND you know what? I, personally, have never gotten a check from Proctor and Gamble or Colgate ¬†Palmolive, or even Seventh Generation, ¬†for telling my friends about toothpaste, or a bathroom cleaner or my laundry detergent. ¬† I appreciate the opportunity Melaleuca offers and would encourage ¬†anyone who wants ¬†to earn a second income or have a “Plan-B” to seriously consider Melaleuca. ¬† I love their products and the team spirit that is part of the Melaleuca package. ¬† ¬†

  18. Hi Annette,

    I guess Jess had you read my review. =)
    In any event, the great thing about this site is I totally welcome people to correct or add information. Things change with companies all the time so reviews become out of date.

    That being said there are certain concerns that are still valid regardless and should be considered when joining this business.

    Reps always seem to take issue when you point out cons and concerns that people really do have. They just want to paint a sweet picture and that doesn’t really help anyone make an informed decision. Just because you point out the concerns and cons doesn’t mean the company is a scam or bad.

    But it’s important for folks to know the good and bad. If that ruffles peoples feathers than so be it. It’s not my job to just paint sweet pictures. It’s why people like this site. Even if I like a company and are affiliated with it, I’m still going to reveal the things that may rub people the wrong way. This way you can go into an opportunity with a clear picture of the good and bad you face. No one likes surprises.

    At the end of the day, I agree this business like any business will depend on your effort. I of all people always preach you can’t have an employee mentality when it comes to business. If you do you’re not going to see results. So there is no argument there and stated such in the article.

    At the end of the day this company may be good for some people and not for others. That’s just the reality of the situation. It isn’t any sideways compliments. There are good and bad things about it and that’s with any company.

    Anyone acting like their company doesn’t have any bad points and cons shouldn’t be trusted. Because it just means that person really only cares about making their commission to sign you up and not really prepare you for the ups and downs that every business faces. So if discussing that makes me the bad guy, oh well. That’s what I do here.

    But I always welcome feedback and other points view especially when it’s balanced.

    Thanks for chiming in. It’s great that you’re doing well with this company. It proves my point that it is right for some people but not everyone and that’s okay.

  19. I have to say some of the information is very incorrect, but as I read the comments others have corrected you. I don’t really appreciate some of your back handed compliments but maybe that’s just your style so it’s dirt of the shoulder.

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