|Received:||7/13/2006 9:03:12 PM|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:I have been a consultant with PartyLite Gifts for over five years. PartyLite adheres to the ethical guidelines of the Direct Sales Association. Since the creation of PartyLite in 1973, they have been a legitimate and highly respected company. The guidelines required by PartyLite for bringing in new consultants are fair and successful. They have the highest consultant retention rate of any direct selling company. That fact proves that the consultants are very happy working for PartyLite and have not been misguided in any unscrupulous manner. The seven-day waiting period that is being considered by the FTC could negatively affect the sponsoring of new consultants and delay the ordering process of PartyLite items. Another proposed regulation being considered by the FTC is that each potential new consultant be provided with ten names and phone numbers of other consultants for references about PartyLite. This can be considered an invasion of privacy for other consultants. I am asking that you modify the proposed regulations to be more practical for legitimate companies like PartyLite. The business opportunity offered by legitimate direct selling companies is vital to our country's economy and should be closely monitered to ensure ethical practices by all, but at the same time should not prohibit honest companies from bringing in new consultants as their customary business practices have already established. Thank you for your attention to my statement.