|Received:||7/3/2006 10:50:38 PM|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:Rich Devos and Jay VanAndel are the founders of one of the most successful global business and business opportunties ever. Thousands of honest people from around the world depend on Amway/Quixtar and are very thankful they have a chance to make a little extra money. This company has had to bear a huge burden for many years to keep this business going for the thousands around the world that depend on it for survival. The negative stories you hear about our business never involves the company or it's products. The real source of all the negatives are the large "motivational support groups" that operate under the Amway/Quixtar name. We have been in this business for over 30 years and have no complaints about the company or the products. However, we have met so many poeple who are very nagative because they lost a lot of money while they were envolved with the so called "support groups". This is not the fault of the corp. The leaders of these groups are making huge amounts of money from the sale of business tools (dvd's cd's books meetings) they convince new recruits to buy to help build this business. These leaders will share some of this income with others that are willing to help promote these tools. This is the real problem, not Amway/Quixtar or its business opportunity and products. We hope you can come up with rules that don't make it more difficult for the average honest person to build this business. You must find a way to target the large groups that are causing the problem. One idea would be to make a rule that says that all business support material must be purchased from the parent company. This would take away the huge profit potential that temps the large groups to pray on the unsuspecting new recruit and insure that the info on the cd's etc was screened by the corp which would then be responsible for the content. You should hear some of the rediculous claims on the tools made availble through the support groups. Years ago the Amway did make business support material available, but the learders of the large groups saw that this was a way they could take advantage of the newest people. The new recruits were told they must buy these tools from the large group leader and not the company.This created a rift between the corp and the leaders of the large support groups. The company didn't charge much for these things and never forced anyone to buy. It was at this time that Amway started to have problems with these large groups. The corp did every thing it could to prevent these large groups from taking advantage of the new people but nothing seemed to detour the crafty large support group leaders. Then a very clever program of deception was developed by these large groups to convince the new recruits to get tools from the groups leader and not the corp. The plan was to pay others from the profit of these tools if they would tell the new people that it was these specific group tools that would help in making them rich. The tools from the Aamway were discouraged. It didn't take long for these leaders to see that it was easier to make huge money form the sale of tools instead of selling a company products to a real customer. Amway/Quixtar has always emphasised the sale of products to retail customers. These large groups always emphasis recruiting and selling tools. We thank you for the opportunity to respond and hope the FTC can find a way to target their new rules to affect the poeple that are really causing the problem. If you can do this hundreds of thousands of past and present IBO's will be cheering. If there is anything more we can do to help get in touch.