|Received:||7/17/2006 11:25:57 AM|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:To: Federal Trade Commission In many businesses there are opportunities and practises that most of us cringe at - a retail "CLOSING SALE" that seems to go on for years, companies that seem to downsize before legitimate pensions are paid to their hardworking employees of 30 years, major malls that will not give smaller local businesses prime space and much more. I have read the FTC proposals for the Direct Selling business and wish to state my objection to all the clauses outlined. I was in the retail business for approximately 12 years - until 2003, and I can't begin to state how glad I am not to be in that business any longer. The challenges were never-ending - leasing, staffing, merchandising and purchasing, rules for build-outs that were unreasonable and expensive, rules for opening and closing - a never-ending parade of challenges not the least of which was my necessity to be available 7 days a week. In about 1978 I had my first exposure to network marketing with a company called Forever Living. It was a good company and has gone on to become super successful with its aloe vera based products. During my tenure, there was a temporary problem with availability of product which caused me to drop out. In 2003 In was exposed to Xango. I cannot name a traditional company with higher ethics and character then this company. I drink the juice fathfully and have just started to embrace the business opportunity and it is outstanding. Now I know there are network companies that are shady, but they exist in every business. Please do not implement those requirements you have outlined in your bill. I respectfully disagree with every one of them. This business offers a true opportunity to any hardworking person who does not have the benefit of money or a mentor. 7 days waiting to join: If I had a store still what if my customerI was required to wait 7 days before purchase of a $2,000 sofa? Joining Xango costs $35. I can buy juice or not buy juice but can still operate a Xango business. Identifying other product users within a geographical area: Please excuse me but this is plain stupid if not impossible. Please continue to allow the ordinary person take a networking opportunity without all these requirements. But of course have a reporting system where unethical companies can be terminated. I know of people personally in the industry who have achieved in ways they could never have achieved otherwise- while helping others achieve success in the networking system. Thank you very much for this opportunity to state my objections.