Knocking on China's Doors
By Michael V.Copeland

(Business 2.0) – Plenty of U.S. companies have set up shop in China's cities, but most of the nation's 1.3 billion residents still live in the boonies. The best method for reaching rural buyers--door-to-door sales--has been banned in China since 1998, but that's about to change. The government recently granted a few companies, including Avon and Amway, permission to test direct sales, and in September it's expected to finalize a plan allowing direct selling by companies that meet certain criteria. Utah cosmetics and supplements maker Nu Skin, for one, says it will start going door-to-door as soon as the ban is lifted.