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  • Octavio

    Thank you for this article, I’m not totally agree with your points.
    I’ve been shopping as a customer since 2010, and I have help many people enjoy the benefits of total wellness that the shopping club offer.
    The business model is totally different that’s why the company is solid like no other company in the DSA, the real benefits that the consumer receive build loyalty to the brand and that’s where residual income come from.

    Anyways, information allow us to make the smartest decision and It’s available to all who want to know. Making decision based in what we heard without doing our diligent job will make us misunderstand the business model and the real value behind this unique company.
    Again, I’m here to share info with anyone who want to the job.

    To your success,


  • Susan

    I’m thinking of joining this company and leaving Young Living Essential Oils. IIt seems melaleuca products are better buy I won’t know until I join. I’ve also looked at doTerra products and like some on paper. I buy other cleaning products from a small company called opulent blends, a family run business.

  • Den Lobach
    Den Lobach

    Frank Vandesloot brought this on himself by trying to disguise a MLM company by calling it something else when everyone in the world that has ever been in MLM knows its a MLMDoubt that?

    Remember, “if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, you can call it a chicken all day long but it’s still a duck.

    I believe if everyone would stop saying it’s a chicken instead of a duck all the negative postings.

    Good luck.

  • CJ

    Great article.

    I found a number of inaccuracies, though. The first one is that Melaleuca is actually not an MLM. In the same way that you wouldn’t call an insurance agency where sales people, managers, regional directors, and VPs earn commissions and overrides based on group sales, you should not call Melaleuca one, either.

    There’s not a sales organization in the world that’s NOT paid on multiple levels…so calling a company an MLM based on that criteria alone is faulty reasoning.

    The next thing is that only about 12% of all out customers ever choose to start a business. The other 88% are just shopping each month – like me. I’ve been a customer since 2010, and I can’t imagine ever going back to shop the way I used to.

    People earn money on CUSTOMERS – not on recruiting. Now…I’ll say that if people do choose to start a business, Melaleuca compensates incredibly well. That 7% commission can actually go as high as 20% for personal customers. It’s only 7% for your customers’ customers.

    Also…all our products are not organic. They ARE green, and most of them are food grade which means they aren’t toxic like bleach and other traditional household products; however only limited products are organic.

    Also, you do NOT have to purchase 50 product points each month. It’s 35 if you choose to become a preferred customer and shop monthly. It’s no different than shopping via Thrive Market.

    In fact, it’s better than Thrive because Thrive only gives you a one-time commission of $25 for a new member, whereas Melaleuca will pay you each month to buy stuff you would have bought anyway.

    Additionally, people who do not want to become monthly customers actually don’t have to. They can shop only when they want a product. You got that fact incorrect. I have a friend who orders under my account every other month to buy prenatal vitamins, only.

    There’s no stockpiling or distributing, but the products are concentrated, so they last a SUPER long time. I haven’t had to buy disinfectant for over a year, to be honest, because the last time I bought three bottles, and they have lasted me for forever.

    I love the company.

    It’s frustrating when people who aren’t members discuss us from the outside and provide such inaccurate info. Good try, though. I do appreciate the effort. I just wish it was more accurate.

  • Terry

    I have been with Melaleuca for around 5 years now. I was encouraged to sign up under my mom and did so under the pretense that I didn’t want to run it as a business. Therefore, I would use the products, but I wasn’t going to actively promote it.

    I find this article accurate with a few minor inaccuracies. Melaleuca routinely has promotions for $1 memberships. So it’s only $1 to sign up most of the time. You ARE required to purchase a certain amount of product each month and each product is given a point value (that coincides more or less with the price.) The lowest monthly commitment is 35 points, which translates to about $50-$70 worth of product. I am considered a DIRECTOR or Product Affiliate I. I receive a check for $35-$45 each month as my commission.

    I used to have more downlinks under me and therefore received a higher commission, approx $90-100 a month. A few customers in my downline quit and that dropped me back to a lower commission rate. My lifetime earnings at this point have been $4,518.

    Its a legitimate company, I am happy to use the products (all my household cleaning, laundry, vitamins and sports supplements are melalueca. As well as random snacks.) The business model-whether you call it MLM or referral based marketing- doesn’t match my personality and so this is me doing absolutely nothing but buying products for myself. My mom however is Mrs. Melalueca and goes to the annual event in SLC and usually earns herself a trip to the Bahamas each year. I think her residual check is around $600 each month.

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