I always answer the door in hope. After all, it could be a friend, the postman with a parcel, my lovely daughter who forgot her keys again, a local politician nervously anticipating a grilling. But far too often it's people selling things. What they don't understand is that the harder they push, the faster I want to get rid of them. Without signing anything. And if they start to come in - which has happened - the door will be shut in their faces faster than you can say "cheap electricity".
My first thought? How quickly can I get rid of them. But these two were well trained. They had all the lines, but they didn't fool me...
What they said and what it really means
We're here to show you how you can save money by switching to Ripofftricity - no, you're here to get me to sign a contract with Ripofftricity before I can check out the competition, so you can earn your commission.
It'll only take 5 minutes of your time - yeah pull the other one, and multiply by 10.
We'll do everything for you to help you to switch - well of course you will, your company wants to ensure they tie me into a long term contract with cancellation charges so they make the maximum amount of money out of me.
The offer just expired online - because you can put more pressure on us poor householders on the doorstep?
You will have two weeks to change your mind - but we've made it difficult and we know how busy you are and how quickly two weeks flies by.
Oh yeah we get the back to school rush, we've seen a few children in uniform this afternoon - that's the empathy bit, slightly spoilt by the fact that none of the local schools are back yet*.
Can we come back later? - so we can try another set of lines on you. *Screams inside "Nooooo!"*
"I have to go right now," I said. And I went. Without signing up to anything. Even though it probably would be cheaper as switching energy suppliers is well down my "to-do" list. Well behind blogging anyway!
It really wasn't a light bulb moment.
* I began writing this a couple of weeks ago