Kate here.  Your good old Canadian Stats Geek.

I spent an hour looking through the stats of my blog this morning – wondering how many people visited, where they visited from (a shout out to those that visited from from Iraq, Egypt, Thailand and Kenya today), and most importantly, what they were searching for.

Remarkably, the Number 1 search that has brought people to my blog over the past couple of weeks is: “Is Norwex a Scam?“.

This seemed like an odd question to me, and made me curious.  Are people wondering whether the entire Norwex business is a scam or are they wondering if the cloths really work as advertised?

I don’t know all the ins and outs of the Norwex business but I was a Norwex consultant for a while (please note past tense) so I know a bit about how they make their money.

Norwex Sells Through Home Parties

Norwex is a multi-level marketing (MLM) company that relies mainly on home parties for making sales.  A party goes something like this:

  • A Norwex Consultant comes to your home and presents/demonstrates the products.
  • Because you hosted the “party”, you get a discount on products, based on how much your friends purchase.
  • Also depending on how much your friends purchase, you may be eligible for some free gifts.
  • Meanwhile, the Consultant that demonstrated the products at your party gets a commission on each sale.
  • In the background, there is the person that recruited the Norwex Consultant (i.e., another Norwex Consultant who suggested that this person should try selling Norwex).  That person ALSO gets a commission on the sales at your party, as does the person that recruited him/her… and so on, all the way to the top.

Norwex is a legitimate company and follows a marketing strategy similar to many other MLM companies.

But, all the commissions and “free” gifts come at a price.  Have you seen the prices at Norwex?  Cha-freaking-ching!

As a Norwex Consultant, I had (note past tense) trouble justifying the cost of the products. But it was the home parties that really bothered me. Essentially, when you host a party, you rely on your friends to buy lots of stuff at a high price so that you can get some free.  Call me crazy but isn’t that just taking advantage of your friends?

So I said bye-bye to Norwex.

Does Norwex Work?

Take a wander through my blog. See up at the top there… That heading “Norwex Reviews”?  I’ve got lots of great reviews of the Norwex products up there.  That’s because the products work, and they work really well.

Regardless of whether you believe they really pick up bacteria or not (they do, btw!), there is no denying that the Norwex cloths clean as well or better than your old fashioned cleansers and cloths.  Dusting, sopping up spills, cleaning countertops to tubs to windows, these cloths are amazing! The first time you try one, you’ll be hooked. And if you’re not, well send it back and get your money back.

So, is Norwex a Scam or What?

Nope.  It’s just too bloody expensive.

Now, if you’ve read all this, then why not read through a few of my reviews.  And then take a look at the e-cloth reviews (also up there at the top).  E-cloth is equally incredible, only the prices are so much lower! And maybe take a look at why I switched from Norwex to e-cloth.

And if you already feel like you can trust me (of course you do), just head over to eclothusa.com site and check out a few of the cloths.  You’ll be surprised by the prices and really, you’ve got nothing to lose since we offer free shipping in the US and a full money back/satisfaction guarantee!

UPDATE:

Thanks to Sandra’s comment below, I finally got around to doing a little price comparison FOR CANADIANS between e-cloth and Norwex (Note that e-cloth shipping is free in the US).  Since USPS hiked their international rates in 2012, shipping to Canada has been a tad pricey (to understate it a bit).  So I was curious about how e-cloth prices with shipping compare to Norwex.  And since I’m a complete and utter super-geek, I’ve put it in a spreadsheet for your viewing pleasure.

Summary – e-cloth rocks! Even in Canada 🙂

e-cloth vs Norwex prices for Canada

*Shipping rates based on delivery to my house in Cambridge, ON in March 2014.