Many telescopes are trained at the sky, and a new truth is being revealed to all who are gazing: The stars are aligning rapidly in ways that favor consumer-direct selling on the Internet. There are many indications of this, chief among them the larger-than-expected rate of consumer buying over the Internet during the holiday period late last year. (See Page 13 for more on that.) But a lot has happened even since that quite recent event, all of which suggests that consumer-direct is the real ...

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