melaleucaTea tree oil, found in Ti trees, is a melaleuca plant known as Melalueca Alternifolia, and acts both as an antifungal and an antibiotic.  This natural medicine has been known to help relieve headaches, reduce warts, and soothe minor burns.  Melaleuca, The Wellness Company has been operating since 1985, and markets melaleuca products for personal care, cosmetics, nutrition, and household cleaning supplies.

This company does not act as a typical multi-level marketing opportunity.  Previously, before Frank L. Vandersloot took over and restructured the company, “Oil of Melaleuca, Inc.” operated primarily as a typical MLM.  When the FDA refused to approve some of the products and information put out by the company, there began to be many issues with the legitimacy of the business.

Mr. Vandersloot remodeled the marketing structure to prevent pyramid scheming.  Inventory loading is no longer allowed (This reduces the initial investment costs, the need for buy backs, and takes emphasis off setting up other Melaleuca executive representatives to distribute products.), “downlines” are limited to seven generations, and “breakaways” are not allowed either.  Furthermore, Melaleuca, Inc. does not require its representatives to issue inventory.  Instead, everything is based on a point system.  In order to maintain one’s title of executive representative, so many points must be achieved (only achieved by selling products).  To encourage distributors to sell products, Melaleuca, Inc. offers discounts to consumers who purchase “x” amount of points.  Also, further discounts are given to those who purchase their points earlier in the month.  Yet another program is the “Loyalty Dollars” awarded to preferred customers, who spend “x” amount of money on products.  Each of these guidelines and programs keeps Melaleuca, Inc. from walking that fine line, which so many MLMs walk.  Also, these further demonstrate Melaleuca’s commitment and emphasis on selling products.  Unlike many MLMs, which end up as pyramid schemes, this company does not encourage recruiting, as much as it encourages product distribution.  This is a distinct difference.

This company further prides itself on its many “green” products.  Melaleuca sells and distributes many household products, which can be found in the grocery store.  The difference here is that these products lack all of the chemicals found on the shelves at your local Wal-Mart or Target.  Aside from the household cleaning products, it sells natural supplements and vitamins, as well as cosmetics.  Each of these helps the environment because they are formulated with natural ingredients.  Also, Melaleuca provides the convenience of delivering them to your front door.

Melaleuca, Inc. grossed $887 million in sales at the end of the 2009 fiscal year.  This is a tremendous accomplishment.  As a result, Direct Selling News rated this company as #13 in its “100 Million Dollar Club.”  Moreover, Alexa ranked Melaleuca at the #15 MLM spot for its low score of 43,357.  In 2005, Melaleuca, Inc. was inducted into the Inc. 500 Hall of Fame, another milestone for the company.  The Salvation Army added to this list of awards by giving “The Others” Award to Melaleuca in 2007 for its humanitarian aide efforts of $1 million to hurricane victims in 2005.  These statistics further point out Melaleuca’s legitimacy and good practices as a multi-level marketing company, though, a non-traditional MLM.  It also distinguishes the company as one working to achieve personal success, while adding value to the community.

If you’re looking to start a home business, perhaps Melaleuca, Inc. is for you.  Again, this business acts as a non-traditional multi-level marketing opportunity.  Over the past 24 years, it has proven its legitimacy and commitment to promotion of clean, environmentally safe, and sound products.

Comments (3)

  1. Ben Waugh Says:

    January 4th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I just stopped by your blog and thought I would say hello. I like your site design. Looking forward to reading more down the road.

  2. Zac Says:

    March 3rd, 2010 at 8:19 am

    How can melaleuca survive? if I have 7 layers. if 1 of member buy rm200 products, Melaleuca boss has to pay (RM11 x 4 layers) + (RM40 x 2 layers *buyer and upline*) = RM124. 1 people buy RM200 products and melaleuca have to pay salary of rm124. It is imposible melaleuca boss can earn money from that. How can Melaleuca survive?

  3. Leah Meserve Says:

    March 20th, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Melaleuca pays the 7 people directly above the buyer, the one directly above gets up to 20% of the purchase, the other six get 7%. This adds up to only 62% of the price. They also make money from a lot of side products and a $12 yearly membership fee (with 0ver 500,000 households that is over $6 million in membership fees). I know a lot of people making a great income from Melaleuca. I just started, and I’m going slow (only three enrollments in my first month) and I have gotten $50 in commissions. I met two sisters that teamed up and each made over $1500 in their first month. Interested? Call 212-461-2920 for a twenty minute recorded synopsis of the opportunity, then call me at 802-444-0123.

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