Talk Is Cheap...Do something.
"You know, the FTC has said before that Quixtar is perfectly legal. So I don't get what you have against it."
Sound familiar? Of course it does. I can't remember how many times I've read this statement in some form or another. There are three problems with it though.
The first is that the ruling IBOs speak about was made in 1979. Quixtar wasn't even in existence then. The ruling had centered around Amway. This of course brings up a whole bunch of other arguments. But we'll save this for another post.
The second thing is that this ruling is twisted by the IBO to make us think that the FTC has nothing but praise for Amway/Quixtar. Actually what the FTC said was that Amway/Quixtar was found to be "not illegal". While some may say that this is getting a bit nit-picky, I would contend that it makes a world of difference. Why would the FTC have to even address the issue of legal vs illegal if it weren't investigating Amway/Quixtar in the first place? Are we to believe that they simply pulled this ruling out of their butts one day out of boredom? After numerous complaints and subsequent investigation, they decided that because of adherence to some basic rules that they were 'not illegal'. Not quite a hearty endorsement if you ask me.
Finally, I have to wonder if the FTC has really checked up on their ruling. Does anyone think as I do that if the FTC were to revisit and reinvestigate Amway/Quixtar that they'd find anything different? We may never know unless they receive enough complaints to warrant a new investigation.
Which makes me wonder about something else. We certainly talk a lot about this. We gripe about how we were deceived, how much money we spent, what we signed and how it was explained to us, what we were promised, etc. But have any of us done anything about it? The FTC investigated Amway/Quixtar because of complaints sent to them by average Joe's like you and me. They have a very simple form on their site that takes just a few minutes to fill out. Has anyone filled it out?
Talk is cheap. If you want to make a difference you gotta do something.