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Why we didn't sign up for Melaleuca - the "red flags"

Melaleuca #2026596
Melaleuca does NOT FORCE anybody to shop. You can shop as often as you want or not at all. If you don't want to shop, simply put the account on hold. Super simple. But why would anybody want to put the account on hold for the type of products everybody buys regularly anyways. In other words, if a person switches to the Melaleuca brand for day to day necessities, they'd never have to put Melaleuca on hold.
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Why we didn't sign up for Melaleuca - the "red flags"

Melaleuca #2026595
Many of the ingredients are "natural". Others, and this is even more important, is that they are SAFE. You mention, "aluminum". Did you know that the Cancer Society does not indicate aluminum as unsafe? There are many credible sources that say aluminum is indeed safe.
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Anonymous
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Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that crosses that blood/brain barrier, degrading mental functions over time.
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Why we didn't sign up for Melaleuca - the "red flags"

Melaleuca #2026592
What do you mean, "hard to become a member"? I can send you a link if you want.
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Why we didn't sign up for Melaleuca - the "red flags"

Melaleuca #1979743
Informing Melaleuca that one does NOT wish to shop in a given month is not really a hassle. The reason why this is done is because the shopper has to agree to the fact that they are forfeiting their Preferred Customer status, which includes any monies that may be sitting in the account, monies coming back from shopping at any of the 2,000 online partner stores, etc. The process avoids the customer being able to go back and say they want that money. I always suggest spending any money sitting in the account first before putting the account on hold. As for reinstating the account, all that is required is login in and saying "YES" to wanting to shop again as a preferred customer. Takes 1 second to do.
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Why we didn't sign up for Melaleuca - the "red flags"

Melaleuca #1975907
I've been shopping at Melaleuca of 8 years and can say from experience that all 5 points raised by the original post is not acurate. 1) the information is not "hidden". 2) a person can choose to be part of the referral business or not. In other words, they can be a shopper only, which 80% are, do the business only, or both. 3) the 35 point order requirement is NOT a monthly requirement. A person can shop as few as 2 times per year if they so choose to do that. They just have to indicate that to Melaleuca. 4) the "backup order" is clearly part of the application process and only applies for those who request. 5) cancelling a membership takes minutes and is usually processed within minutes of the request as well. It is very sad when misinformed people post inacurate information. People can't afford to shop anywhere but at Melaleuca. When people discover and learn how the shopping club works, they stay, whether or not they are part of the business.
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Anonymous
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Your information is only partly accurate as well. You do have to meet a certain minimum point requirement monthly. If that is not met, they do automatically ship your back up order. That’s not something in my experience that has been requested, but mandatory. You do get to pick what is in the back of order however. People saying that you only need to inform Melaleuca that you’re not going purchase for the month and they’re cool with it , well that’s is kind of a hassle. Because if you inform them of that, they actually do a kind of suspension To your account for whatever month etc. That means the next time you want to purchase, you have to deal with them again. When and if you decide that you can no longer afford their products or wish to no longer be a member for whatever reason, it’s not very difficult to get out. After speaking to a representative, you will then have to requests in writing to be removed. Kind of a chore, but Usually happens very quickly.
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Why we didn't sign up for Melaleuca - the "red flags"

Melaleuca #1975906
People do NOT have to purchase $100 of product each month. Just because over 96% do so, doesn't mean it is a requirement. The over 96% do so because they would have spent the money elsewhere anyways and they come to realise that they can save money and get better and safer products at Melaleuca. Melaleuca does NOT force people to shop monthly. A person can shop as few or as many times per year as they wish. If for some extremely odd reason they don't need to shop in a given month, they only need to advise Melaleuca that they don't plan to shop. Not shopping means not shopping. It means NOTHING is shipped. There is no autoship. People get this so messed up and there are so much misinformation about this. I've been shopping at Melaleuca of 8 years now and would NEVER shop anywhere else if Melaleuca has a version of the product I need.
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Why we didn't sign up for Melaleuca - the "red flags"

Melaleuca #1913355
Advocare was indeed a typical MLM type company selling super overpriced products. You say they had tons of products. Where are you getting that information from? They don't have many products at all! In any case, you also make a statement that the person you are responding to is making health claims. How are you getting THAT out of what they stated? They did not say anybody with Lyme Disease will be healed using Melaleuca products. They simply stated what their personal experience was and there is nothing wrong with that.
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Why we didn't sign up for Melaleuca - the "red flags"

Melaleuca #1913345
The, "BACK UP ORDER" is to protect all of the perks obtained for being a customer. That includes the 30% - 50% discounts, the Loyalty Shopping Dollars, the cash back savings when shopping at 1000's of online stores, etc. Can a person forfeit all of those benefits? Of course, they simply have to agree to it by sending the cancellation form. That way a person can't go back and say, "I want the money back that was sitting in my account to redeem for free products". It only makes sense that Melaleuca would require the relationship officially severed. So is a person FORCED to shop? Obviously not. That aside, I personally have a COSTCO membership and, "guess what"? They automatically renew my membership which is 5 times the price of Melaleuca's membership. Also, I regularly shop at COSTCO for items that Melaleuca happens not to carry, but I spend $200 - $300 every month at MELALEUCA because I have SWITCHED stores. I'd rather save money when compared to shopping at COSTCO for things I need. Lastly, the FTC does not have a category to put Melaleuca's business model into. Just because they toss Melaleuca in the MLM category does not mean anything. Take a look at how the Better Business Bure...
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Please read before joining the "opportunity"

Melaleuca #1900642
I just had to post a response to your "income" calculations of which you have absolutely no idea how compensation is paid. Without even knowing, you are coming up with some convulated math I Since you've mentioned about a person having 75 active customers, let's just touch on this. I won't get into the point about you claiming a person would have to "bust their ***" to accomplish that, which is also so untrue. Anyways, if a person had 75 people shopping for just an average order, the yearly income would amout to way more than $10,000. The average of $2,000 is not for 75 active customers. You then talk about, "expenses". How can you consider items you would be spending money on without being involved with Melaleuca as an "expense?!?!" You are simply switching stores. If you spend $150 at Walmart and buy those same type of products at Melaleuca, you would likely spend about $100, which is and extra $50 in your pocket. To claim shopping at Melaleuca is an expense is so wrong. You also try to deduct the cost of training, marketing, etc... Well, it seems you don't know that those are free with Melaleuca. You must be confusing how things work with MLM type companies, NOT Melaleuca. So, b...
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Why we didn't sign up for Melaleuca - the "red flags"

Melaleuca #1808309
You do NOT have to purchase monthly, although you likely will anyways if you do switch to the Melaleuca brand for what you are already buying anyways. If you put your account on hold, which you can do at any time, there will NOT be any charge or order shipped to you. This is a very simple and convenient shopping club designed for those wishing to save money, benefit their health and protect the environment when compared to other stores. All of this is explained at www.melaleucaexposed.com
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Preferred customers who can't afford the 35pts monthly order.

Melaleuca #1779072
A one year membership is only $19. Sometimes there are promotions whereby the cost is less. Keep in mind that regardless of the membership cost, all new customers also receive $100 to start shopping. You can call 800-485-**** for details.
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Melaleuca - Review in Health and Beauty category from Vancouver, Washington

Melaleuca #1597645
Well said. FYI. There are well over 1,000,000 people shopping monthly. Consider this. Many of the monthly shoppers order more than once per month and that does not include those who are non-Preferred customers. So there are literally millions of orders being placed monthly. In 3 years that equates to over 100 Million orders. OMG, there were a few hundred complaints out of those 100 Million orders. Sounds like a huge number of unhappy customers....NOT!!!
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Why we didn't sign up for Melaleuca - the "red flags"

Melaleuca #1597634
You DO NOT have to shop every month. People do it all the time. You can shop as many consecutive months as you want and not shop for up to 6 months. If you don't shop for 6 consecutive months, the account shuts completely down. This makes sense if you think about it because how can a person go 6 months without buying day to day type essentials. If a person does not bathe, do laundry, brush their teeth, clean the house, eat, drink, etc., they must have died or went away on vacation for an extended period of time. In any case, the reference to 35 points is the threshold to meet in order to obtain the discounts of 30% - 50% off the regular prices. You can even shop for less than 35 points if you don't mind paying full price. The only thing to remember is that you need to remove the account from the Preferred Member status in order to shop for less than 35 points. This is such a simple shopping club. It amazes me how people make it so complicated.
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Preferred customers who can't afford the 35pts monthly order.

Melaleuca #1552082
You can be the same "super savvy shopper" at Melaleuca too. That's what we do. We receive a flyer with our order that refers to all the sales for the following month. We go through it, circle the items to buy, and then add them to our cart. It's exactly what we did before shopping at Melaleuca. Talk about "freebees". Melaleuca hands over $100 to new account holders and then 15% back in free money to shop every month thereafter. That too translates to free products. I've also compared prices to what is available elsewhere for "similar" type products and find Melaleuca's prices better. Of course, if I compare prices to something like Melaleuca's natural toothpaste to things like Colgate or Crest, of course Melaleuca's is expensive. But if you compare to other natural toothpaste, Melaleuca cost less. You also mention about Melaleuca doing price comparisons with brands like Clorox, etc... It would not make sense for Melaleuca to compare their products to other healthier brands because most people likely wouldn't even have heard of many of those brands, so it would be foolish for Melaleuca to do so. I'm not sure what you mean in your 2nd last paragraph about health claims. It sounds lik...
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Why we didn't sign up for Melaleuca - the "red flags"

Melaleuca #1529055
I absolutely don't understand you comment. It just doesn't make any sense. It sounds like you are saying that your enroller won't allow you to cancel your membership??? That makes no sense whatsoever. It's not up to the enroller. It's up to the YOU, the customer. If you want to quit, just quit. You don't need approval from anyone but yourself. I can understand that it can negatively affect the enroller depending on their status, but that's life.
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Preferred customers who can't afford the 35pts monthly order.

Melaleuca #1528440
It's not worth not reaching at least 35 points because you lose out on the 30% - 50% discounts. If you don't anticipate reaching 35 points, just put your account on hold.
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Anonymous
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How do you put your account on hold?
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Preferred customers who can't afford the 35pts monthly order.

Melaleuca #1528435
I'm not sure I completely understand your question. We use ALL the products we buy and do so regularly. That's why we go through over 100 points worth per month. It's seems you are thinking we sell the products. It's against company policy to sell them to others. You say, "if Melaleuca had better products...". I find the quality better than what I can buy locally, plus the prices are better at Melaleuca. There are over 500 products to choose from. Sorry, but I don't understand what you are getting at.
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Anonymous
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If you’re not supposed to sell to other people, then why do they show regular price and preferred customer price?
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Why we didn't sign up for Melaleuca - the "red flags"

Melaleuca #1528219
I feel compelled to comment on each point you raise. 1) A reason the company name is not mentioned is due to people like you COMPLETELY misrepresenting the details about the subject. If I personally did research about the company and read your review, I would NOT go anywhere near the company. How said considering your influence would cause a person to miss out on the "life-changing" products. 2) The business is completely optional. In fact, 88% of all shoppers are not interested in the business whatsoever. So people can obviously just shop for the high quality products that are even less costly than what you are currently buying from local stores anyways. Do you need a membership to shop? Yes. Do you need a membership to shop at Costco? Yes. I also have a Costco membership because I see value in having one due to the fact that there are some products Costco offers that are not yet available at the Melaleuca store. With Costco's membership, I save more money than the cost and thus why I choose to have a Costco membership. Same goes for Melaleuca. 3) There is absolutely no "requirement" to shop for 35 points of product per month. In fact, you can go 6 months without buying a single t...
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Laura K Csf
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Great explanation. I am a very satisfied customer and no I do not sell it.
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Preferred customers who can't afford the 35pts monthly order.

Melaleuca #1520993
My family consists of husband and wife only, and we purchase between 120 - 150 points worth of product monthly. Why? Because I'd be spending the money elsewhere and spending more if it were not for Melaleuca.Put it this way, if I only bought 35 points worth at Melaleuca, I would be having to shop elsewhere for the things needed and obtain lesser quality products while spending more for them.My brother initially refused to shop at Melaleuca. His reason? He said, "I am the sole income earner for the family and I buy everything at the Dollar Store". Let's just say, he is SUPER cheap. Well, he reluctantly gave Melaleuca a try because of their 90 day 100% money back guarantee and has been buying monthly for over 5 years.Obviously he sees the value shopping at Melaleuca.35 points is a joke. Any who claim they have a hard time reaching that minimum means they are shopping elsewhere for products that they must not realize Melaleuca offers. So sad because those complainers are ironically those who rant about their fixed income and yet they turn around and spend more for products at other stores.Make absolutely no sense.Another complaint is this thing about the idea of having to purchase MON...
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Anonymous
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Wow you are pretty rude. I do not spend $60 a month, which is what I’m told the 35 point average is. I, nor my family or home are not dirty. My bottle of shampoo last me 6 months or more. My deodorant last me probably a good 6 months. My body wash lasts me 4-5 months. What’s your point. Great for you that you over use products and have to buy every month.
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Preferred customers who can't afford the 35pts monthly order.

Melaleuca #1500781
People!!! Stop shopping at places other than Melaleuca! If you do that, even if you are on a "fixed income", you will have no problem reaching any "minimum" at Melaleuca.People on a fixed budget need Melaleuca even more than those who don't because Melaleuca will save you money, not to mention the health benefits.Of the 500 products Melaleuca offers, are some of the items more than some discount dollar store brand? Yes. However, most of Melaleuca's products cost less.It seems to me that people simply don't realize the magnitude of what is in the Melaleuca store. The result is that they shop at local stores and spend more money than what they could have spent at Melaleuca for their replacement product.Think about it, how is it possible that some on a "fixed budget" end up with more money in their pocket at the end of the month because of shopping at Melaleuca compared to what they used to buy elsewhere? And yet others complain about Melaleuca's monthly minimum. The only difference with the two is that the latter don't know that the local products they are still buying are available for less at Melaleuca.GET FAMILIAR WITH THE MELALEUCA STORE and stop spending your "fixed income" money elsewhere. You can't afford NOT to shop at Melaleuca.
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Anonymous
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This is wrong. I understand you're dedicated to the company and i'm sure working for them, but for some people's budgets and lifestyles this just doesn't really work. I just became a member to see what it's all about (since there isn't much info available before joining) and I'm now having to place my order, but I am a super savvy shopper. I shop organic and natural products on clearance, with coupons, and discounts typically at Kroger or Amazon and get a lot for my money, plus they have a lot of freebies and incentives that make it easy to shop those places. Going through the product pages of Melaleuca, prices are much higher than what i usually spend and I don't see EVERYTHING I typically buy, therefore, I will HAVE to continue shopping at the grocery store and other places like Amazon along with a minimum 35 point Melaleuca purchase. I just don't see how that's cost effective. Also, i have been researching the health claims they make regarding the products and haven't found a lot of solid proof that these products are better for you than other organic or natural products you can find at a grocery store or health food store. They seem to compare their products to other brands lik...
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Preferred customers who can't afford the 35pts monthly order.

Melaleuca #1493316
Tes,A person can purchase products one month and then not buy anything the following month, or even go 5 months without buying anything.The point is that this is an extremely convenient and flexible shopping club.
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Preferred customers who can't afford the 35pts monthly order.

Melaleuca #1489522
The only people who have a hard time purchasing Melaleuca products monthly are those who keep shopping at other stores. The ironic thing is that they end up spending more money doing so.Simply switch to the Melaleuca store for all your consumables and you will have no problem meeting the 35 points minimum. My goodness, it's only me and my husband in my family and we can't buy less than 100 - 150 points per month no matter how hard we try.The only way I could manage to go down to 35 points would be to shop for the products I need from local stores, but why would I want to do that and spend more money for lesser quality products.Take the time to discover what the store offers. There are over 500 products! Or put it this way, there are over 5,000 points of products.
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Anonymous
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How many of those products do you use every month personally? My company has about 15 products, or so, and we use every product, every day. If Melaleuca had better products, we'd use them. We buy 100 points and spend $60, plus shipping
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Preferred customers who can't afford the 35pts monthly order.

Melaleuca #1431204
You can call 1-80*-***-**** and ask how to not purchase monthly.
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Preferred customers who can't afford the 35pts monthly order.

Melaleuca #1427431
Just suspend your account for any month you don't need anything. Keep in mind that you should spend all of your accumulated Loyalty Dollars the month before you plan to suspend because you will lose whatever you have accumulated.
That's really all you need to keep in mind, otherwise, you can turn off, turn on, turn off, etc... your account as often as you need.
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Preferred customers who can't afford the 35pts monthly order.

Melaleuca #1426373
What sort sort of help do you need?
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Preferred customers who can't afford the 35pts monthly order.

Melaleuca #1425788
Amanda,
If you simply want to buy products less often, I can show you how that is done. It's just not widely know.
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Anonymous
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It's simple all you do is become a regular customer but you pay retail no discount buy when you want and and when.
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Preferred customers who can't afford the 35pts monthly order.

Melaleuca #1425787
Seems you must not realize that you don't have to purchase products each and every month. Although I find it a challenge to understand how you can go without buying day to day needed type consumables for any length of time, especially in view of the fact that Melaleuca offers over 500 products, I can explain how you can go months at a time without buying anything.
It's very simple to do, although not widely known.
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Anonymous
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Please tell me how you can skip months with Melaleuca. Thanks!