|Received:||6/6/2006 5:33:08 PM|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:I am concerned that if the proposed Business Opportunity Rule R511993 is adopted in its present form, my health supplement choices will be significantly undermined as distributors quit in frustration. We are supposed to have a free enterprise system free from excessive governmental interference. Long time American values are at stake, and I am writing to remind the FTC the dangers of any ill considered action. The public will be hurt by the FTC's overregulation of private companies that offer products at reduced prices because they are sold out of the distributors' homes and cause absolutely no harm. Honest companies should not be shackled by regulations that will cause much additional efforts of compliance because a small percentage of firms cause a problem. This is America where one is innocent until proven guilty, and this means you must prosecute those who generate complaints and not cause hardship on those who have never had a complaint against them. While protecting the public is a noble goal, this proposed rule is cumbersome and misguided. The seven-day waiting period will interfere with my ability to purchase goods in a timely manner. People buy TV's, cars, and other more costly items without such a waiting period, and these items are sometimes sold by dishonest sellers. This proposed waiting period gives the impression that something is wrong with the plan. And, the burdensome paperwork, which the public will never see, makes compliance more difficult and risks penalties, even for innocent failures. If this proposal goes through the FTC will be hurting consumers everywhere who are trying to get ahead by starting their own business to help support their family. While I realize the FTC is only trying to protect us, I believe other less burdensome approaches could be used, such as encouraging the public to report dishonest dealings they experience with private distributors. Thank you for your time in considering my comments.