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#1 LilysDad ONLINE  

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 08:15 AM

How do you handle salesmen/solicitors at your door? Ignore them? Invite them in? Sic the dog on them?
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Posted August 28, 2012 - 08:17 AM

no thank you have a good day.

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 08:27 AM

i tell them even before they have a chance to say a word that im not interested and then i close the door.
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Posted August 28, 2012 - 08:36 AM

I tell them that I just bought the same thing from the last guy they sent.

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 08:45 AM

I always start out being nice to them - at least they are trying to earn a living. It may have been the only job they could find at the time. If they have forgotten the meaning of the word "no" then we have a problem and I can get real unfriendly- real fast. Usually they see all kinds of neat stuff sitting around and if they are gearheads they get to look around and enjoy hearing the stories of some of the items they see before they head out to find their next victom.
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Posted August 28, 2012 - 09:02 AM

Door to door what? LOL Haven't ever had anything out here but Jehovah's Witnesses. I hate to say it but today I think that most of the door to door people are casing the place to come back and steal stuff. My mom in TN had a guy come to her door saying he was selling cat coffins????? Turns out that the same guy was coming back to rob houses. Years ago when I worked third shift my ex let one in side while I was asleep. I heard a weird voice and went in the living room and there was this woman and a scuzzy looking guy sitting on the couch. They were supposedly selling some kind of MIRACLE CLEANER. I let them know that the miracle would be if they lived long enough to leave the house.
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Posted August 28, 2012 - 09:04 AM

I agree with Kris. I am polite and say no. If they don't take no for an answer, I tell them we are finished and ask them to leave. If they still are there, I ask to see their vendor permit that my town requires of solicitors. Then they usually leave and I will actually call the police if they are still there at that point. The few times I have called the police, there have often been other complaints on the same person or group. I value my home privacy and so do the others in my neighborhood. No one wants someone rude and pushy on their front step.

Sometimes a nice person will be doing this and I will have a pleasant conversation. I have also offered a cold drink on a hot day if they are nice after I say no.

On a side note, I have never once been interested in anything they have been selling. Have you?

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 09:06 AM

I have had fun with JWs. I find that they don't like to hear what you believe and they leave quickly.

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 10:38 AM

In the last 12 years I have had the same amount of salesman as trick or treater's >>> none
I guess between beware of dogs signs, long driveway, unable to see house from road, it's just not worth the walk :smilewink:

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 11:06 AM

Like DS I tell them "I'm not interested and have a nice day!" As Achilles is standing beside me, he is a 135 lb Rottweiler and we have a black German Shepard mix in the back yard.

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 11:10 AM

We don't get many door to door salesmen out in the country, but when we do I usaully listen to see if its something I'm interested in and never is. I figure I'll waste their time listening because their wasting mine being here. One time I asked the guy if he wanted to buy something from me because I was selling stuff to. He didn't seem to be interested and left.

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 11:28 AM

Simply open the door holding a note the reads:

"I cannot hear or speak, so everything you want me to know, must be wrote on a tablet so that I can read it"

Usually get a knod from the seller, and he walks away.

Edited by johndeereelfman, August 28, 2012 - 11:31 AM.

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 11:34 AM

Also have a recording of that irritating fax machine dial up noise, that I play when I see that salesmen are calling on the phone. Simply pick up the phone and hit play. They don't usually stay on very long, or call back.

Edited by johndeereelfman, August 28, 2012 - 01:36 PM.

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 11:37 AM

being in sales myself, i try to be civil and understanding. The pareto pricipal comes into play or more commonly known as the 80-20 rule. 80 percent of all calls will not result in a sale. I like to hear their spiel and rarely buy.
Sometimes I GET A ROTTEN STREAK GOING.Then I not only listen to them i lead them on and see if i can get them talking about anything but their chosen topic; THE WORD GETS AROUND THAT IM NOT SOMEONE WHO WILL BITE AND THEY QUIT COMING.

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Posted August 28, 2012 - 11:45 AM

Simply open the door holding a note the reads:

"I cannot hear or speak, so everything you want me to know, must be wrote on a tablet so that I can read it"

Usually get a knod from the seller, and he walks away.


That's much better than anything I could think of. I'm hanging the note pad on the back of the door tonight...
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