So now that I’m unemployed I of course need to figure out some ways to generate an income. Well there’s Click-Per-AD, Network Rewards, Email Processing and the old stand-bys, Multi-level-marketing (MLM) and Direct Sales Companies. These have come a long way since the days of Amway and Tupperware. I recently got suckered into joining Melaleuca (per my sponsor it is not an MLM) she went on to tell me “it’s all natural”, “I’m so healthy because of their products” “Oh, I forgot to tell you, if you join by Friday it’s only $1”, “Don’t you want to rid your home of toxins?” Well of course I want to rid my home of toxins, make money and I better sign up pronto before this $1 offer expires…geesh! She went on and on, and she was good.
I’d heard of Melaleuca, the company and the it’s AKA, tea tree oil, which I use already. It’s great stuff, my husband hates the smell but when there is lice outbreak at school and I know that tea tree oil is a natural lice repellent, your darn right I’m sending my kid to school smelling like Lysol. Another option is oil of oregano, but I don’t want anyone to start calling her pizza head her worse bite her!
OK, so back to Melaleuca. I couldn’t contain my excitement buying natural products for my family, selling natural products to others, getting them to sign up and then sit back and watch my bank account blow up. My sponsor, the person I signed up under, knew how to talk the talk, but walking the walk was a different story. I looked at some of the ingredient labels before my first exciting purchase while I was on the phone with my thrilled sponsor. I saw things like corn syrup, not high fructose and supposedly from “organic” corn, she assured me (although the actual label does not state this. But I also saw petrolatum (a form of petroleum), dimethcone and sucralose (AKA Splenda). She stood her ground and said they were natural forms of these known chemicals.
Melaleuca has an A+ rating with the better business bureau and has been selling products as a wellness company since the 1980’s. I went straight to the horse’s mouth, yup, I called Melaleuca the customer service rep I spoke with stated bluntly we do not claim our all of our products are all natural, I take that as from the horse’s mouth. I spoke with my sponsor who is flabbergasted that I’m not taking this opportunity and running with it. But I want all natural, all natural, not some all natural, some organic and some chemical filled.
Well in my “nut” shell fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. This was a fool me once shame on me type situation. Like an impulse buy, I should have seen her persistence and urgent need to get me sign up ASAP as the red flag it was. I’m not saying their products are inferior, incredibly harmful but when I want to “rid my home of toxins” I don’t want to buy new products that include chemicals, toxic or not.
I am sincerely happy that my sponsor is tickled to death selling her Melaleuca products and while some may actually be beneficial to myself and family I feel a bit duped.
Lesson learned: no more impulse “shopping” when it comes to make money from home companies. Do your research, call the company directly, make sure you are familiar with all of their policies, products and compensation structure.