Dear pushy sales people

Their timing couldn't have been worse.  I was sporting my post hairwash wild woman of Wonga look, and Smiley was on the toilet. So I was doubly stressed to see two strange young women on my doorstep with laminated badges and clipboards.  Uh oh.

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


13 comments:

  1. Ugh, annoying! We don't see too many of these people anymore, living in the wilds will sort that out for you! But this sort of thing drives me mad. I always say I don't have a bank account. And I hate too that those people might actually be looking around to see what's in a house (needless to say they'd want to be very hard up to come back later to rob us!!) or to see if someone answers the door because then they'd know if a house was empty.

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    1. I try not to think about the possibility of the house being cased! Luckily there is nearly always someone home here, so hopefully that helps :)

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  2. I don't know how it is there, but here in the US those "other" utility suppliers always start off with an attractive low rate, but they aren't regulated so they can up the rate anytime they like. Far more frequent here are the sales calls we get on the phone on an almost daily basis - UGH!

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    1. I think when you sign up for a rate it's for a specific period, but after that they jack them up and hope you don't notice or don't have the time to switch again. I don't really get phone sales calls, but I am ex-directory, so that could be partly why. I would really hate them, I'd probably get rid of the phone!

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  3. We have a "No soliciting" sign on our door and it has helped immensely. The only drawback is that the local kids selling things for school (whom I usually support) are frequently told not to approach houses with this sign. I've told parents I know to send their kids anyway, but some won't. As for the phone calls that was solved by getting rid of my landline. The only people that call my cell phone actually know me. Heaven! And NO politics! My fave!!

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    1. I am so tempted to get rid of the landline, but my son won't get a mobile (unless it's an iPhone) and he needs a phone at times

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  4. Try phoning to cancel anything - you have to say it at least 10 times before they agree to just cancel your e.g. credit card, phone, regular order of anything. Instead they want to know why and they have an answer and a better deal for everything.

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    1. Oh yes, I've experienced that too! I'm sure it didn't used to be like that though....

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  5. Your time is precious. Take no prisoners and feel no guilt. You can remain polite whilst treating them like the leprosy-ridden intruders they are :)

    I'd recommend the "no doorstep sellers" type notice too. Not that I have one - I really ought. It's highly annoying and when you're home all day you're completely fair game. Over the year's I've developed a certain.... demeanour. Polite, but short and to the point with no room for them to try another approach. :) x

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    1. Well I hope they weren't leprosy-ridden :) x

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    2. Also I'm very glad that you're back blogging x

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  6. I had a friend who was bothered constantly by a certain religious group who wanted to "save him"..he worked odd hours as a baker and slept during part of the day...one day they knocked-and he, having forgotten that he had just showered and crawled into bed (and fell asleep) answered the door wearing nothing but a frown....they never came back. Nudity is always n option! :0

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    1. I'd say my mismatched old pyjamas could be just as scary :)

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