|Received:||6/28/2006 9:14:30 PM|
|Organization:||West and Company|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:I have been a Quixtar IBO for 13 years. This business opportunity has allowed my wife to be a full-time mom. My next goal is to be a full-time dad. I am very excited about the progress. I have a better marriage, spiritual life, and more integrity that I wouldn't have if I had not been involved. This is the only business that I have ever found that allowed me to work in my non-productive time without having to give up my current lifestyle. This business is very forgiving and will allow you to build it as slow or as fast as you choose. Quixtar makes me proud to live in America where we have free enterprise and the ability to make our own decisions. Unlike under a Communist Govt. where there are restrictions and guidelines that hold you back from being productive. All prospects are informed that this is not get-rich quick and that it takes effort. They understand that they will need to be educated. All prospects understand that they will invest $150 to $180 to get started and that within 6 months they can be bought out 100% with no questions should they choose not to participate. I would like to re-state that all prospects are boldly informed that this is an opportunity not a guarantee! As a veteran business owner in the direct-selling industry with Quixtar, I STRONGLY encourage the proposed FTC Rule be worded in such a manner that will not restrict people from making a decision for themselves. My accurate concerns are as follows: to restrict a individual from starting their own home-based business until 7 days is not fair. We live in a fast-paced society where we can get anything we want on the internet. If an individual is an adult, and they are presented with all of the facts up front, and given accurate information to research, such as the average monthly gross income of an active IBO, and the understanding that work is required, and that it is not get-rich quick, that person should be able to get started right away if they use their freedom to choose. To list all legal allegations-lawsuits, arbitrations, and other legal claims against Quixtar IBO's for the last 10 years is about as crazy as telling a Wal-Mart shopper that Wal-Mart gets sued every 9 seconds before they are allowed to enter the store and shop. Obviously in a people business, such as Enron, churches, colleges, etc. there's always going to be legal claims. You can't make everyone happy. But, in America we have the freedom to choose and have access to information. To require IBO's to give references of other IBO's in the area would be like asking 20 people in your area what they thought about college or a certain major company in the area that most people work for. Some people may have failed in that college because they weren't willing to apply themselves, show up to class, or read the books. Others may have been fired from that company due to the fact that they didn't like to show up on time or had a personality conflict with an authority figure. Again, we're dealing with people. Hopefully, adults who would much prefer to make their own decisions based on credible information and their own personal experiences. I would much rather go to a movie and decide I didn't like it then having someone else tell me it was a bad movie and me possibly miss an opportunity of being entertained. The direct-selling industry produces billions of dollars of revenue in this country per year. Many people have attempted and failed, but this is America and you have the right to fail. Praise God that me and my family choose to win. Praise God that I had an opportunity to evaluate for myself whether or not I wanted to participate with Quixtar as an IBO. Outside of my relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and asking my wife to marry me, getting my own independent business started with Quixtar as an IBO has been the most inportant decision that I have ever made. It ha snfot been easy, but I knew this up front. Today I am a winner in life.