|Received:||7/1/2006 5:36:00 PM|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:I joined Quixtar on December 31st, I think in 1997. Personally, I have not made more than about $300 in a single month. This is due to my focusing on other areas of my life and not doing what we are taught to do by our mentoring group, World Wide Group. However, I have met the best people in the world by being part of this business. There are, of course, bad apples in any group of people; but they are a small minority in the World Wide Group. From what I have observed, the people that work for Quixtar as well as the top-earning IBO's are very positive people who just want to help other people be successful. When you are earning a million dollars or more each year, you have no need to focus on money. Many of these people give away tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, to help less fortunate people and to support charitable causes. There would be no reason for IBO's to lie to prospects because we don't earn money from signing people up. The only way we make money is to help the people we sponsor do well in their businesses. If we lied to them, coming in, they would find out and get out of the business, so we would make no money. We make money from moving products through our businesses. We have our own exclusive products as well as 100's of partner businesses that sell their products through us. This network marketing began, as far as I know, with Sears, in the 1970's. Sears was successful on its own. Other companies wanted to move their products through the Sears outlets. The rest is history. However, unlike Sears or McDonald's we allow our customers to become owners as well, so that they will get paid for people they direct to our store Unlike McDonalds, our franchisees (?) can become franchisers (?) and sponsor someone else into the business. This business encourages free enterprise, which is the foundation upon which this country was founded and the process for a strong economy. Take away the opportunity for anyone to own and run their own business, and you take away the last incentive for American people to put effort into what they do. When I talk to someone about the business (rare as that is), I tell them up front that this is not a get-rich-quick scheme and that what they earn will depend on the effort they put out. I tell them that, if they out-work me, they will out-earn me. It would be an invasion of privacy for me or any other IBO to have to show people my personal income statement. If Quixtar were to have to show prospects info about every suit or claim it has ever had against it, that would include claims that were only an attempt to destroy the businesses of IBO's. No other form of business has to reveal the person's who have taken issue with or sued them. I do agree that there needs to be more regulation of direct sales businesses by requiring an easy money-back guarantee, as Quixtar does. All of these kinds of businesses need to provide the average income of persons involved with these businesses and show exactly how income is earned. This is all part of the information we are legally required (our WSA4400) to give new prospects. The average on that form includes people that are doing nothing to build their business. If I went to only one business meeting a year and did nothing else, not earn a bonus check or show anyone the business, I would be included in the average. The people in the Quixtar business are the most honest and uplifting people I have ever met. I know of people who have not been successful in this business, who blame the business for their failure. These are most likely the same people who blame the government, their parents, their coworkers, their boss, or someone else every time they fail. I know that anytime I decide to work consistently at the business for a couple years, I will be financially successful. Many of the things I have learned from the Quixtar business have helped me succeed in my job and in my family.