I own a Travel Agency and work from home, so I network with other business in our community. We try to meet 'one on one' to get to know each other for referrals. So I get a call from a gal that says she runs a network group that she think would help me and says she needs help with a group trip.
When I show up for the meeting, she has brought her 'partner' with her and he begins to talk about this company "Melaleuca". I'm a bit confused as I thought we were going to talk about the network group, that this gal calls me about. I tried to ask, but he kept saying that he was almost done.
So after his presentation, I asked the gal about the network group. She then says that they have over 300 small businesses in the group and that twice a month they promote one business and encourage the group to use this business. She talks up this network group and says they have meetings 3-4 times a month to get together for 'networking'.
When I asked about joining the network group, that is when her partner pulls out the contract on Melaleuca (on his iPad). It was only $1 to join and all I have to do is buy a few products a month, stuff I already buy and I would be included in the Network Group!! At this point she tells me that 100 members of the group are going to Utah for an annual meeting and will need flights and hotels, so I will make the money I spend on the Melaleuca products by booking this group trip.
Heck, I figured why not...it seemed like a good opportunity for both of us and I was willing to try the 'all natural products' !!
My first month, I spent $85 on the product, but did not have a chance to really see how well it worked. Second month, spent about the same $83.... I contacted 'my rep' about the promoting of my business in their network group and she said, I had to wait my turn. Huh, 300 members, 150 months....this could take years! The third month, I get a special deal that I bought into and spent $100!! I tried the shampoo & conditioner, they were awful, left my hair dry and brittle. The fabric softener did not leave my clothes soft like Downy does. So I then call the rep again, asking about this so called trip for the 100 members. She said she was getting up the list and would email it to me.
Two more months and a couple hundred dollars more and I still have not heard from the rep! In fact, she hasn't even attended any of the networking meetings that I first met her at. I started talking to other people from those meetings and come to find out, several of these people have been lied to my this Melaleuca rep and her partner. They talked us all into joining Melaleuca, thinking we were joining a group of businesses in our area for networking.
Needless to say, I cancelled my membership and told them why...Do you know I was contacted several times by Melaleuca, wanting to know the entire story. So I told each and every one of them!!! Of course giving the names of these so called reps.
I joined Melaleuca on the pretense of being a part of a huge networking group. However, I want to say that I did try several products...Cleaning, Sanitizers, Lotions, Makeup, Laundry and Health Aids and I can honestly say that nothing I bought, was so fabulous, that I would continue to buy it and use it....NOTHING!!!!
Product or Service Mentioned: Melaleuca Shampoo.
Reason of review: Not as described/ advertised.
Monetary Loss: $700.
Preferred solution: Let the company propose a solution.
Melaleuca Pros: How it sounded at first.
Melaleuca Cons: Monthly commitment.