|Received:||6/26/2006 5:11:54 PM|
|Organization:||New Vision International; Home Interiors and Gifts|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:Thank you for providing the arena for the public to comment on the proposed changes to the Business Opportunity Rule. I am an independent distributor/contractor for two direct selling companies and believe some of these changes would be detrimental to the industry as a whole. Although, unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people in every business, the changes proposed seem to only make it more difficult for the legitimate companines to succeed. Those who will cheat will simply bend the rules and go on cheating. The legitimate companies will be burdoned with more record keeping and documentation which will hamper their overall customer service as well as taking a toll on their profitabilty which may in the end force those good companies to raise prices and/or requirements. This may ultimately cost them business, maybe even driving some out of business altogether. The item about providing contact infomation for 10 closest past purchasers goes against all the new privacy laws recently put into effect. Perhaps a distributor is talking to someone not in his/her own home area and would not know 10 local purchasers. You also would need to have the permission in advance from all new purchasers to have their personal information given out to total strangers. Not a sound concept in my mind. I'm sure you will receive more eloquent letters than mine. I do hope so. I am hoping these changes will not be put into effect or certainly be more focused on disciplining those who are unethical rather than punishing reputable companies and their opportunities. Again, thank you for the opportunity to comment.