My wife inquired about a home-based company with Melaleuca, a BBB satisfactory company and whatever else they are (I will get into why they are in a minute).
She received the call from Stacie, a team mom from The M.O.M. Team. She informed my wife of the company and the fact that they sell natural products that are good for you... She informed my wife that she needs to spend 35 points (approx $50-$60) a month on cleaning items, health items, etc...
She then informed my wife of the business opportunity:
-- You have to bring individuals into the Melaleuca company to sell them items (not recruit)...
-- You get 7% commission from each person you bring in, on their total items purchased
-- Total Support from the M.O.M. Team...
She then went into detail that the M.O.M. Team is not a business, but a support group that helps out with Melaleuca. The M.O.M. Team is not on the BBB, but Melaleuca is... She informed my wife, if you want to make money, you will need each person under you to become a sales rep as well...and then you earn more commission!!
(Now, I used to work for a company called ----- (I know I know)...and I got majorly SCREWED from them!! So I am a little weary. This Melaleuca sounds awfully like ---- in certain aspects...but I will continue...)
After I did some research on Melaleuca, I have to admit I was impressed at first. I then did some research on The M.O.M. Team and found they are listed on BBB as independent representatives of the parent company...that's right you guessed it...Melaleuca! I brought this information to Stacie and she denied that they were on BBB...and informed me again they are only a support group. The BBB ONLY reports on businesses...that's why they are the BBB!
- I also found out later that you get 7% commission off of the 35 points for each member you sign up! No matter how much they spend (so where's the extra money going?)
The most suspicious aspect of everything is that you can't advertise the product...or use the name Melaleuca on any site...you must use the name The M.O.M. Team!
For individuals that say this isn't a pyramid...please take this into consideration...
- I know for a pyramid there isnt any merchandise to sell to clients...you have to buy the merchandise each month as stock...but you are still buying into the company!
Now...for Melaleuca, you have to spend AT LEAST 35 points each month (like a pyramid...spend X amount each month)!
They state you make money off of commissions...but you only get 7% of 35 points for each consumer you sign up no matter how much they spend...so you can't make any money that way!
The only way to make money is to sign up individuals as brokers and you earn off of their points and their consumer's points and so on and so on (like a down-ward spiral branching out...like in the shape of a pyramid!!).
To answer my statement above...since Melaleuca is the parent company of The M.O.M. Team...they are legally not responsible for The M.O.M. Team's code of ethics. Melaleuca is simply the company that makes the product and ships it...they have nothing to do with sales, as I have found out through resources. Therefore, they will ALWAYS have a satisfactory standing with the BBB! Isn't that just a load of junk!!
The bottom line is that don't go with this company! Once my wife informed her that we aren't interested she called us cheap for not shelling out the initial money...and just ranted and raved at how great this company is and wouldn't let my wife hang up the phone!
From just past experience...this company is full of it!! They state the same aspect as ---- did and the rest of the bad MLM companies. Do not buy into their scams! You will regret it (believe me...I did it once and won't do it again!!)
Sumter, SC, South Carolina
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