|Received:||7/13/2006 9:02:08 PM|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:The income from direct sales marketing has been our sole income for over 30 years. The company we have been associated with the longest requires only a $25.00 start-up kit so nearly anyone can fulfill the dream of adding income for their family's needs for a minimal upfront layout. Many of the things you are recommending would nearly wipe out a very lucrative tax base for the U.S. Treasury as well as bring harm to direct sales businesses that are legitimate and who are doing much good in the marketplace. No mention, for instance, is made to differ in the matter of lawsuits, whether silly (and there's certainly enough of those these days) or honest ones. In our organization, we have many distributors who became distributors in order to get these products at wholesale, kind of like an in-home Costco or Sam's Club and who do not sell anything to anyone. Then there are those who sell just to close family or friends. And, of course, some who make a career of marketing. How would one be expected to know which 10 people would qualify to be given as examples of retailers in the business ... and more importantly, how could it possibly be a good thing to give out the names, addresses and phone numbers of people who have grown to trust us to a perfect stranger who may or may not be seriously looking at this business? That would seem to me to be a breach of trust in the relationships built over the years. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to suggest this needs to be given more thought.