|Received:||7/7/2006 12:06:20 PM|
|Organization:||The Laurent Group/Quixtar IBO|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:I have been an independent business owner (IBO) with Quixtar Corporation for the last year and a half. As far as the company, they have been exemplary as far as providing the best customer service, products and business opportunity. I realize that there quite few illegitimate scams and rip-offs that actively working against the cause that we serve as IBOs. Even within the ranks of IBOs there are individuals that would seek to use unfair practices rather that the prescribed methods suggested and imposed by the supplying corporation. These individuals should be dealt with on a case by case basis, but the whole good should not have to suffer unfairly because of a few spoiled apples. Specifically, it is unfair for me to list all litigations against any company that I am simply an independent contractor of. For example if I am a reseller of line of products from a company, why should I be required to list every complaint (whether resolved or not) to my prospect about said company. Also the seven-day waiting period is simply burdensome and accomplishes nothing. For the cost of investment (under $150) what would such a requirement accomplish? It is not as if the prospect is purchasing a firearm. The six months money-back guarantee offered by Quixtar is more that sufficient in allowing the prospect to consider whether the opportunity is for them or not. For example I had one down-line IBO who purchased the starter kit, used all the products in it and decided the opportunity was not for him. He simply called Quixtar toll free, told them he wanted his money back and Quixtar promptly refunded his credit card no questions ask. If that’s not sufficient assurance, I don’t know what is. Also having to give them a list of other IBOs is a blatant invasion of privacy of the other IBOs. Also if you are required to give your prospect a list of other IBOs included ones you don’t know there is the opportunity for the unknown IBO to register your prospect. As an IBO, I personally do not make any false claims about my income. I realize that I am still in the start-up stages and understand it will take time to reach the high levels of income. At the point when I am making substantial income, I will still not be willing to disclose my income to others with out proper verification. Any claims of income potential are well within the FTC requirements already. As far as I am concerned this matter boils down to individual moral responsibility and in regards to that no government agency can ever control. More harm will be done to honest and hardworking individuals like myself who realize the true potential of an opportunity like the Quixtar affiliate program. We sincerely ask that you carefully consider and reconsider the ramifications that such a proposal would pose to hardworking, honest individuals who are simply seeking a better opportunity and way of life for themselves and family. Thank you.