The Battle Between Melaleuca And Shaklee- Discover Which Is The Best Company For You!
Melaleuca has been in operation since 1985, and have built up a global empire. The company specializes in natural health and wellness products for personal grooming, household use, pets, children etc. Melaleuca is one of the fastest growing companies in America and has experienced a high level of success. One of their main competitors is fellow network marketing company Shaklee. Shaklee have been in operation since 1956, and also specialize in environmentally friendly products for both personal and home use. Although their product range is distinctly smaller than Melaleuca’s, Shaklee still poses as a major threat to the company. But which is the best for you? Which company is the safest? The cheapest? The best for business development? Read on to find out.
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Melaleuca vs Shaklee: Product Ingredients
Like Melaleuca, Shaklee’s products are based on natural ingredients. Shaklee has two important principles that must be adhered to when selecting products:
1. Ingredients must be as natural as possible.
2. Ingredients must reflect the most recent scientific and technological advances.
Like Melaleuca, Shaklee support their natural and naturally derived ingredients with scientifically formulated ingredients if a natural alternative is not possible. Their scientifically formulated ingredients are thoroughly tested to ensure bioavailability, purity and potency.
In terms of which company is the most “natural”, it would appear that they are evenly matched. They both pride themselves on the high quality and standard of their ingredients. The advantage Shaklee has over Melaleuca is that a list of their products’ ingredients seems to be easier to find. Shaklee clearly differentiate between natural, naturally derived and scientifically formulated ingredients, and also show which category every single ingredient used belongs to. Melaleuca seem to be less upfront about their ingredient lists, and don’t make it clear what the difference between natural and naturally derived is which can leave the consumer slightly confused.
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Melaleuca vs Shaklee: Business Structure
Both companies belong in the network marketing industry, and so they have pretty similar structures. Melaleuca’s distributors must remain as customers and commit to spending a certain amount every month on Melaleuca products in order to be eligible for commission. Shaklee’s model works in much the same way:
“Just three clear steps to earning the rewards of a great living:
1. Use Shaklee products to make yourself healthier. Easy enough.
2. Share the products with others. You’ll want to.
3. Mentor others to do what you’re doing. Paying it forward pays you back.”
A key difference between the two companies is that as a Melaleuca Executive you are not involved in selling products to the end-consumer; you are merely recommending them to the company. As a Shaklee distributor, you are selling Shaklee products direct to the customer. Just as though you were a grocery store, you buy the products at wholesale prices and sell them to customers at a retail price, usually a 15% mark up.
Both companies’ distributors are required to purchase a certain amount of products every month. Melaleuca is purchased for personal use, whilst Shaklee is for resell. The Shaklee model seems to be risky. There is no guarantee that you will sell the products purchased, which could leave you with a large amount of unsold stock in your garage, and no profit.
Melaleuca vs Shaklee: Money Making Opportunity
The Melaleuca structure requires the least effort- you simply introduce a customer to the company, and will earn commission from their monthly sales provided you both spend a certain amount. From doing relatively little work, you can earn a small, monthly paycheck. You may not make much, but you won’t loose any either. Initially, it is harder to make money with Shaklee, as you msut buy the products upfront meaning before you’ve even sold anything, you’re already on a loss. There is no guarantee that you will sell any of your products, and so making even a small amount of money could be a difficult task.
Whilst it may be easier to earn a small residual income from Melaleuca, if you want to develop your business and start earning serious cash, then you need to commit to growing your down-line. It is expected to be as difficult to develop your business with Melaleuca as it is with Shaklee.
Melaleuca pay you a steady rate of commission on every generation of your down-line: 7%. With Shaklee, you are earning roughly a 15% margin on every sale, which is obviously more appealing. However, as said above, Shaklee presents a higher risk, and so whislt you will earn a higher rate, it could be harder to acheive.
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Melaleuca vs Shaklee: Safer For The Environment
Melaleuca pride themselves on manufacturing products that are safer for the environment. Their ingredients, when possible, are taken from sustainable, natural resources, and have a firm stance against using chemicals that pollute the environment. Many of Melaleuca’s products are concentrated, or super concentrated, meaning less packaging, water and shipping is required, and all of their packaging is compatible with the majority of recycling facilities. Melaleuca also use reusable plastic bins in their manufacturing process and recycle what they can whenever possible.
Shaklee also do their best to protect the environment, and were the first company to be Climate Neutral™, meaning they operate with a net zero impact on the earth. Shaklee has been widely commended for their commitment to protecting the environment. Their product, Basic-H®, was chosen as one of the first official Earth Day products, and in 1998 Shaklee became a Charter Partner of the U.S. EPA’s Climate Wise Program. In 2008 the company was added to the Top 20 Retail Partner list by the EPA Green Power Partnership in recognition of being a top purchaser of green power. It is clear thatprotecting the environment is a large part of Shaklee’s organization. It appears however, that Shaklee do not produce super concentrated products, meaning that perhaps they are using unnecessary water, energy and packaging.
It is difficult to decide which network marketing company is more environmentally friendly. Melaleuca seem to do more to ensure their products are as ecological as possible, whilst Shaklee seem to concentrate a larger proportion of their energies to improving the general environment. Both are doing their part, and should be commended for their efforts. But in terms of who’s the most ecological? It is too hard to say.
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Melaleuca vs Shaklee: Price Comparison
This article provides quite a thorough price comparison between many Melaleuca and Shaklee products, and it appears that, on average, the two companies are quite evenly matched. However, many of these products are no longer in production, and the document is also not laid out in a clear consistent manner.
The following prices were taken on 13/10/2010 direct from companies’ own websites (based on Regular Price- not membership prices)
Immune Support Supplements
Melaleuca: Activate Immune Complex Immunity Booste. 60 Capsules. $15.50
Shaklee: Nutriferon. 60 caplets. $45.90
Melaleuca: Tough & Tender All-Purpose Cleaner. 16 fl.oz. $8.50
Shaklee: Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate. 16fl.oz. $12.50
Melaleuca: ProFlex20 Shake- Dutch Chocolate. 15 servings. $24.50
Shaklee: Cinch Chocolate Shake Mix, Canister. 15 servings. $48.00
Prostate Support Supplements
Melaleuca: ProstAvan Prostate Support. 30 softgels. $24.50 ($49 for 60)
Shaklee: Saw Palmetto Complex. 60 softgels. $43.80
Melaleuca: Lip Treatment. 0.123 oz. $21.00
Shaklee: Lip Treatment SPF 15. 0.15oz. $7.90
As you can see, the companies are still relatively evenly matched in terms of price. Some products are cheaper with Melaleuca, some are cheaper with Shaklee.
Melaleuca has a larger product range, and includes essentials such as dental products, which Shaklee omits. You may find it is more convenient for you to shop with Melaleuca, or you may find it more cost effective to buy the bulk of your products from Shaklee and top them up with grocery store brands as and when.
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Melaleuca vs Shaklee: The Verdict
So which is better for you; Melaleuca or Shaklee? Well, it depends. There is no black and white answer, no “Melaleuca is definitley the better company”, as both offer different things. In terms of the business opportunity, both companies provide you with a chance to create a prosperous business and generate a high level of income, but in different ways. Regardless of which one you choose, make sure you go in prepared, with a structured strategy to ensure success!
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