|Received:||7/10/2006 5:12:40 PM|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:Dear FTC, My husband and I have been affiliated with Quixtar for about 11 years. During that time we have slowly, but surely built a business to the 4000 level. We are finally building a strong and secure business and will be reaching the silver level this next month. Although our business has yet to affect hundreds of people we know that it will. With the new proposals I just wanted to start off letting you know that when we began our business it was Amway,but registering was easy and yet we felt we had enough information to make a wise decision with a solid and trusted company and mentors.To wait 7 days before being registered could ruin many people from building a fast business as we've seen many others do and are expecting ourselves and many in our business to do that very soon. I'm most concerned,however, about the new proposal of having to have 10 references. I absolutely would not want my # being handed out to someone's prospect to call me and check out my views nor would I want to give out any of my cohorts #s. This would totally infringe on my privacy and theirs. Our #s are not business lines as most references would be that one would give to an employer on a job interview. In our business, it is recommended that prospects come to one of our meetings, usually done at a hotel (public place), and meet the team, way more than 10 people, for themselves.Then we meet with them within a couple of days to answer any questions before they even register. This is safe, professional, and successful. As far as disclosing lawsuits I recommend only those where the accusations ended up being true fraud practices and the company was found guilty. Then, to disclose what I make should be a choice. Do you as an employee have to disclose what you make to an incoming hiree? No. Why should I? I don't even want to say how much is average unless I can consider someone who is "active" to be someone who's been in the business at least a year and does more than buy products. In our business you're allowed to sign up as an IBO and just buy products and many do. They never register anyone or quit after only a few months. They weren't really seious or "active" in my book. But if their $ made, which most likely was very little, was used in scoring the average then I don't think it's fair to say what the average $ is for someone "active". Anyway, I hope these comments help you to make wise decisions about multi-level marketing b/c there are many out there making it very difficult for those of us doing thing right to be successful. I applaud you for doing your best and hope that things will improve and make our business even easier to have more people be involved and have a better life like mine is due to the associations of the people/mentors in our team and the convenience of makiing $ by shopping online like I was going to anyway.Thanks.