|Received:||7/17/2006 10:26:02 PM|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:To whom it concerns, On the eve of leaving for national conference I find it necessary to write opposing the new proposed rulings regarding direct selling companies. Being a consumer I understand there are companies that may have unethical business practices, yet many companies like Partylite do not. Our business upholds high expectations and respects the consumer as we develop relationships with the people. Many of my customers are now lifelong friends and trust not only my intergrity but the company's intergrity. The proposed new rulings may add to the cost of business and thus hurt customers by whom the costs could be transferred. Our company offers a free start up kit, encourages the use of several incentive programs to obtain needed business supplies and does whatever necessary to help build and develop the success of others. Our company has the opportunity to help people today and to wait 7 days may keep people from the opportunity by FTC's eluding that consumers should be be skeptical including ethical companies. The issue of references is not necessary as often times the consultants meet the friends of their clients through the endorsement of inviting the consultant into their home and the invitation of to bring their friends for the purpose of a home shopping experience with Partylite. I am challenged as to why companies that already operate an ethical direct sales company are being held to higher regards that than of Walmart, a local boutique, pawn shop or telemarketing operation. I have not experienced a telemarketer giving me 10 references or allowing me 7 days to make a decision where I have had more experiences of unethical behaviors than I care to share at this time. I believe that the rulings would be expected and fair for those who consistently violate the trust of consumers as a sanction. I do not believe the rulings will be helpful to an industry that brings people together, offers a alternative and flexible income source, and allows for small business to thrive as the backbone of our society. Please do not pass the proposed rules regarding the direct selling industry.