|Received:||7/4/2006 4:10:37 PM|
|State:||Not in the US|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:I appreciate the efforts of the FTC to protect consumers against fraudulent practices. However, my direct selling business would be adversely impacted by several of the proposed rules. First, the 7-day waiting period will be very dampening to the enthusiasm of the newly recruited independant business owner. I have checked with my group and all say the same. We have a one month trial with a refund at the end for anyone who does not want to continue, no questions asked. Next, with over 500,000 dealers worldwide, there is no way to know why anyone has quit: Some have new, demanding jobs, some don't see the results they want, some have short term goals that are met, some have changed circumstances. Without knowing the reasons behind each cancellation, the figures would be meaningless. It is enough to know that they can leave at any time and can change their orders at any time. Next, the legal actions notification does not provide for why the action was taken, or by who, or the outcome. Our single product is very successful and patented. Some unscrupulous companies try to infringe the patent and have to have action taken. The outcome has, to my knowledge, always been favorable. I have not heard of any lawsuits against individual owners or against the company by the owners. In addition, there is no way in a world-wide company to get that kind of information and the reasons behind it. Finally, finding the 10 nearest people in the area and giving their names, addresses and phone numbers to the prospective dealer is a gross violation of privacy and could lead to I.D. theft. We only know the people that we have recruited, not the rest. And those people are entitled to their privacy as well. Should any potential dealer of mine wish to speak to another dealer, I can always arrange it, but I never give out names, addresses and phone numbers. I have only been in the business for less than a year. I appreciate the extra money coming in to help supplement my income. I can only do the business part time because I also have a full-time job. I look forward to quitting that job as soon as my home-based business earns enough for me to do so. At 74, I really will appreciate being able to spend more time with my husband and family. That will be the greatest blessing that the business will give me. Please don''t take this business and product that have done so much for us and so many others and destroy it in the name of saving it. Thank you for letting me tell you our responses. I truly appreciate it.