Introduction to Melaleuca MLM Compensation Plan
My quest to review as many multilevel marketing (MLM) business opportunities as I can, so that you can decide which ones, if any, are worth pursuing, has taught me a lot about some things I love and some things I hate. For example, I hate nutraceuticals. Just saying the word makes me feel like I need to wash it down with some sugary Vernors. I hate MLM compensation plans where the sales volume of your team is measured based on the various “legs” (chains of recruitment), and there are restrictions on how much sales volume on any given leg can count toward your “group volume”, which is the criterion on which your bonuses and leadership rank are calculated. Just that sentence puts me in a hateful mood toward unnecessarily complicated MLM compensation plans. But most of all, I hate MLM home sales parties. “Hate” is not even a strong enough word to convey my feelings toward them. The only phrase in the English language that can possibly express how I feel about MLM home sales parties is “quadruple crown diamond barf.” If you doubt this, your doubts will easily be dispelled when you Google “quadruple crown diamond barf.” It will lead you to many of my rants about how much I hate MLM home sales parties, as well as to a quite entertaining shaggy dog story on the naming of rock bands.
As for things I love, I love the Midwest. I love the way that burgers and chili and pizza and barbecue taste here, even though I have also tried them in other regions of the United States. I love the way rock music sounds when you listen to it in the Midwest, even though, as you will have noticed if you have been reading this site for a long enough time, most of my favorite bands are British. I love the feeling of financial freedom, of not having any debts and being able to spend the money I earn on things I consider important and meaningful. And I love being able to help other people achieve financial freedom. (Spoiler: The ones who do achieve it through MLM represent a very small minority.)
As for the melaleuca, I am truly ambivalent toward it. I can see why people would love the melaleuca and why they would hate it. First, a bit of background. The term “melaleuca” refers to a group of closely related plant species native to the Australian mainland and neighboring islands such as Tasmania. Various species of melaleuca have been introduced to many different places in the world, most notably Florida. Their small flowers occur in configurations that make them look like the brushes used to clean narrow drinking glasses. Their appearance is one of the reasons to like them; they are quite pleasant to look at, especially in their native habitat. With their papery bark and their cleaning supply-looking flowers, they are clearly made of sterner stuff than most tropical plants. Another reason to like the melaleuca is that, when it is not called melaleuca, it is called ti tree or tea tree, and its essential oil is sold at essential oils at kiosks. As I am a dude, shopping at essential oil kiosks really is not where I get my kicks, but anecdotal evidence suggests that some people truly enjoy it. Furthermore, not that I am going soft of my stance on nutraceuticals or anything, but tea tree oil, that is, melaleuca oil, is at least somewhat effective at killing fungi. This news pleases me, because a previous stint with an MLM business opportunity has left me with a basement full of fungus coffee that supposedly has nutritional properties, and if the plucky melaleuca could help me get rid of some of the fungus in my basement, I would be deeply grateful to it.
As for why the melaleuca deserves to be the target of our anger, it deserves a share of the blame for the glitzy wasteland, the perfect sweltering incubator for MLM schemes, that Florida has become. Before the melaleuca came along, much of southern Florida was a swamp where, if the alligators didn’t get you, the mosquito-borne tropical diseases would. In the early 20th century, there was a process of draining the Everglades, which eventually made the terrain more compatible with parking lots, waterfront condominiums, and chiropractic offices. If I understand correctly what I have read on Wikipedia, the melaleuca was first brought to Florida as part of the plan to drain the Everglades. After it had done its job, Floridians made some attempts to get rid of it, but much like the title character in the criminally underrated Genesis song “The Return of the Giant Hogweed” from the 1971 album Nursery Cryme, the melaleuca has proven notoriously difficult to get rid of. In the immortal words of which ever member of Genesis wrote the lyrics to “The Return of the Giant Hogweed” (all the songs on that album are credited in equal part to Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, and Mike Rutherford), “They are immune to all our herbicidal battering.” The melaleuca has become the most invasive of Florida’s invasive species, out-invading the nutria, with its fearsome front teeth, and the water hyacinth, which is at least pretty on the outside. The only things that can reliably kill the melaleuca are a certain type of louse, and a certain type of weevil, both of which are even more of a nuisance than a basement full of overpriced fungus or a swamp full of melaleuca.
Melaleuca: The Company and Its Products
The Melaleuca company began in 1985, when the calorie-counting craze was at its peak in Florida and was beginning to invade other parts of the United States. According to the Melaleuca website, Frank van der Sloot, founded the company far from the drained swamps of Florida, all the way in Idaho Falls, Idaho. This is not the first MLM company that I have heard of getting its start in Idaho, which is making me think that the Gem State has played a bigger role in the MLM epidemic than I realized. (In the interest of full disclosure, I had to look up Idaho’s official nickname. I once read an angry rant by an Idaho resident about how non-Idahoans grossly overestimate the role of potatoes in the lives of Idahoans, so I knew it wasn’t the Potato State, but I could not have guessed what else it might be.) The company has since spread far beyond its origins in gem-spangled Idaho. A menu on the Melaleuca website allows you to choose the version of the website particular to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Ireland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland, Malaysia, Japan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and South Korea.
Since this is my Melaleuca review, I guess now is the time to face the unpleasant fact that Melaleuca products are nutraceuticals, and just like their namesake, have they ever proliferated! There are at least 450 different Melaleuca products. The Melaleuca products fall into a number of categories: nutritional supplements, household cleaning products, bath and body products, pet care items, essential oils (yes, one of them is melaleuca), and cosmetics. Melaleuca does not have a flagship ingredient per se; the closest it comes is by calling its melaleuca oil “melaleuca oil”, instead of using the term tea tree oil, as most other companies use.
The Melaleuca Compensation Plan
The leadership levels of the Melaleuca compensation plan are Marketing Executive, Director, Senior Director, Executive Director, Corporate Director, and Presidential Director. With the exception of the Presidential Director level, all the leadership levels in the Melaleuca compensation plan are further divided into sub-levels, sometimes as many as nine sub-levels. Your rank is determined by your own sales, the sales made by your downline team (the Melaleuca distributors you recruit, the Melaleuca distributors they recruit, and so on), and the advancements in rank achieved by members of your downline team. When all the sub-levels are taken into considerations, the Melaleuca compensation plan may have more leadership levels than any other MLM compensation I have ever seen. Of course, what is the point of all those leadership levels when they hardly even have distinct names? Who wants to annoy their friends and autoship overpriced meal replacement shakes to their own home just to be awarded with a title like Senior Director IV. If I were in charge of naming the leadership levels of the Melaleuca compensation plan, I would name them after nuisance species that have been introduced to Florida. If it were up to me, the Melaleuca compensation plan leadership levels would have names like Old World Climbing Fern, Florida Holly Which Is Actually Originally from Brazil, Australian Pine, Water Hyacinth, Water Cabbage, Air Potato, Beach Tamarind, Hill Guava, Evil Weevil, Island Apple Snail, Asiatic Clam, Suckermouth Catfish, Walking Catfish, Burmese Python, Iguana, Nile Monitor, Monk Parakeet, Myna Bird, Purple Swamp Hen, and Melaleuca. In reality, that list does not even cover all of the levels of the Melaleuca compensation plan, but the other invasive species in Florida do not have names interesting enough to warrant naming leadership levels in an MLM compensation plan after them.
The Melaleuca compensation plan contains the usual complicated framework of how sales volume points are assessed. Like other MLM compensation plans, it has several pages, each with two columns of text, devoted to the definition of terms used in the Melaleuca compensation plan. One of the more attractive bonuses in the Melaleuca compensation plan is the car bonus, in which Melaleuca will contribute a certain amount of money, depending on your rank, toward any car on which you are making payments, as long as the car is less than 24 months old. For Senior Directors, the bonus amounts to $400 per month, and for Corporate Directors, it amounts to $1,000 per month.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- One 450 Melaleuca products is myrrh oil, which means that, if you take into consideration the tiny gold pieces for sale through Karatbars and the plankton and frankincense cooler available through Forever Green, you can now count on MLM companies to supply all three Gifts of the Magi for your nativity scene.
- All this talk about invasive species is making “The Return of the Giant Hogweed” run through my head, and I quite enjoy that song.
- This may sound like a grouchy criticism, but it is no simple task to navigate the Melaleuca website. It took a lot more clicking and scrolling than it should have for me to locate any details about the Melaleuca products. This applies equally to the web version and the mobile version of the Melaleuca website.
- From melaleuca oil to high fiber cookies, you can find much less expensive counterparts to all the Melaleuca products at your local supermarket. Having a diverse product line does not make the Melaleuca business opportunity recession proof.
- The time it takes to read the Melaleuca compensation plan could be better spent going for a walk in the Florida Everglades and seeing how many invasive species you can see. For a real challenge, you could even go to the beach in Florida and see if you can see a beach mouse. Cute as they might be, Florida’s native beach mice have been hunted nearly to extinction by feral cats. I have been to the beach in Florida many times, and I have never seen one. Until I started researching my Melaleuca review, I did not even know that beach mice existed.
You can keep your melaleuca which has made possible the sprawling shopping malls of southern Florida and which has lent its name to the 450 Melaleuca products. If I had to choose a favorite invasive species, I would have to go with the legendary giant hogweed.
Has MLM merchandise become a nuisance species in your basement? Schedule a call with me, and I will advise you on how to get out of this predicament.