Most companies would prohibit sales in flea markets, swap meets, kiosks, trade shows, garage sales, or other event locations. It is generally viewed that such locations dilute the value of the company’s products and opportunity. Companies typically prohibit sales in retail stores, but the purpose for this rule is to avoid the appearance of the company being in competition with the direct selling channel of its distributors, a model that is really based on person-to-person marketing. On the other hand, it is quite usual for companies to authorize sales at community fairs. In this case, a distributor is expected to obtain written approval and to operate a booth within company guidelines for use of advertising and its trademark. In addition, companies typically prohibit commingling company products with non-company products or the offering of other business opportunities.
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