I have been a Melaleuca customer now for the past five months. After having much experience in the Network Marketing/Multi level Marketing arena, I can honestly tell you that the Melaleuca Business Model IS NOT in the same realm. First, you are never required to "bring" people in to the company, you don't have all of the "hype" and the products are products that you would use anyway. You don't have to "stretch" a reason for the products to be acquired or used. Therefore, they really do have value. You don't have inventory, and you don't have large cash outlays to "buy in". There's no catchy sales phrase and the products aren't "sexy." But, I didn't start using the products to make money, I started using them because I wanted a cost effective way to start cutting down on the toxins in my home and a way to begin to try and keep my family as safe as I could. I love the products and can actually tell the difference in our health. I have so many testimonials personally, I can't count. Most recently, without knowing that I had switched toothpastes, my dentist commented on how "clean" my teeth were and how they needed much less scaling while my gums seemed to be healthier as well. She asked me if I had changed my regiment since my last visit and the only thing I had changed was going to the Melaleuca toothpaste and dental floss. I never volunteered that information and quite honestly had forgotten that I had changed until she commented.
The 35 point monthly commitment ($50-$70) is not an issue because with the company making over 350 products crossing 5 different product lines, you can always order something and again, these are products that you probably will use anyway. Plus, when you join as a member, they give you $100 in free product stretched over a five month period.
It's a good company with really strong products. The people who I have referred for the most part love the products as well. That doesn't mean you will love every single one, but you don't love every single product in COSTCO or your neighborhood grocery store either do you? If anyone out there says that they think you should check them out, you should. It really is a good solid company with good solid products. And by the way, if you choose to participate in the business side, Melaleuca does not tell you that you are going to make a trillion dollars with boats, Ferraris and exotic trips dangling in front of you. They simply tell you that you can do very well with their "true" residual income model. And you know what? Since 1985 and with 95% documented retention of the customers who initially signed up consistently shopping every month, you do. I am very satisfied.