|Received:||7/14/2006 9:11:09 AM|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:Kim Smith, TL Dear Federal Trade Commission Member: I am writing to ask that you reconsider some of the requirements you are proposing to regulate the direct sales industry. I am a PartyLite Consultant who has been proud to be involved in this business for 3 years. I began my PartyLite business to make money to pay my bills. The income I earn has allowed me to pay my bills (good for everyone involved) and mentor other women to do the same not to mention the self esteem that has been developed in these women. The proposals suggested would make my business much more difficult and impact my income. In terms of the references requirement, I would never feel comfortable providing the personal contact information of other people in PartyLite, nor would I want my own personal information given out freely. If I had to respond to phone calls and inquiries from Consultant prospects other than mine and those of my team, I’d have no time to work on my own business. I feel good about sharing PartyLite’s very real business opportunity with others, and want to continue to easily introduce PartyLite to more people who could benefit as I have. The regulations you are proposing would hinder me from doing so – and would hinder others in starting their business in the timeframe they choose. Additionally, I believe the regulations you propose are a bit insulting to adults. Are we not capable of making our own decisions? Must the decision to start a small home business be more regulated than that of purchasing a gun? I have very real concerns as an American citizen about this regulation. Please know that I’m thankful that we have the FTC working to protect average consumers like me, but in this case, you will be working against me, impacting my income, my future and my family’s future. The proposed regulations will impact my business and income together with that of the several on my team. Respectfully yours, Kim Smith Team Leader PartyLite Gifts, Inc.