Its quite legitimately a pyramid scheme where they want you to go out and recruit other members under you with the reward of % profits plus loyalty dollars. A pittance for harassing your friends, family and neighbors while quickly going broke from repeatedly being forced into buying large amounts of their stuff. Then there's the claim that the products are "totally safe and non toxic".
What they don't tell you; that many of these products have the EXACT SAME toxic ingredients as the ones in stores. The "Tub & Tile" solution (product + water (mixed carefully)) actually ate away the skin on my hands after using it to clean the shower. It honestly had worked great for cleaning, so I tried using it with gloves the second time, however, it then ate through my gloves!! Yeah, sounds totally "Non toxic".
As a "member", you are required to pay an outrageous start up fee, and HAVE to spend a certain amount EVERY month or lose your membership. They ask you to create a "back-up order" in case you forget to make your monthly purchase, in that case, your credit card will be charged and you will be sent whatever random items you've selected or they select for you. On top of that, your hard earned "loyalty dollars" CANNOT be used towards your monthly purchase and have to be added IN ADDITION to your monthly limit PLUS the shipping weight fees.
I loved when after having a particularly financially tough month, I couldn't afford my monthly order and could not cancel nor remove the "back-up" order either. Mela forcefully extracted their cut from my $0 balance bank account, for some redundant back-up crap which sent my bank into overdraft h*ll. This is where I lost it. I chewed them out, and quit.
There are pharmaceutical/vitamin products, home cleaning, and personal care items including makeup. However, again, there are limitations to which items count as your monthly requirement. Some items offer more points than others, usually by price, but you also might randomly find expensive items with low or no "point values". For example: makeup doesn't count. So its an exorbitant extra expense if you want something without points. (Hint: the makeup is terrible and not worth it.)
I agree that *some* of their products are excellent and I would love to purchase them freely with normal prices. However, there is simply NOT enough products in the entire Melaleuca market to KEEP making the required large monthly purchases forever without buying the same junk over and over.
Yes, I fully understand how this company works. As countless others agree, in this economy the average person cannot afford these prices. Many also do not have the time or network to enroll enough members to make a reasonable profit, let alone cover the price of the product limit PLUS shipping.
Most of their products are concentrated and last a long time so stocking up is not needed. Also keep in mind, some even have ingredients that can spoil if not used within a certain time limit. So again, why stock up?? You end up with closets and cupboards filled with this stuff.
At the end, I was giving it away to friends and family. My mom even tried to sell the stuff she hated and promptly got threatened by someone from Mela. Why? A product legally hers can legally be freely sold if she pleases.
Please be wary of this scamming company.
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