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Redcatcher70

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Posted: 07/23/12 04:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am not sure if the economy is getting better or worse......

In the last few weeks we have had more door to door salesmen than we have had in the last 15 years around here. They are selling everything from home security systems to the personal alert systems (you know, "I've fallen and can't get up people").

You either have to give them credit for trying to earn a living or dumb as rocks out trying to scam folks in 100 degree plus weather. I am NOT getting out and walking pavement in this heat for anything. If they are really trying to earn the bacon, my hat is off to them for trying..........


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Would an air conditioner salesman be welcome?

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Posted: 07/23/12 09:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have you seen the movie "Door to Door"? True story and it's a heart-warmer.

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I have not noticed any major increase. I went for a number of years with no visits, but recently I did get a visit from a guy selling magazine subscription. He had a really slick presentation that was probably bunch of lies. He probably would have sold more if he was just up front about it and said he was selling magazine subscriptions.

My policy is not to buy anything from anyone that cold calls me on the phone or at my door. If I want to buy something I will find a merchant to buy from.

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Would have a hard time selling me anything. I don't answer my door unless I know the person. To much crime.


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Posted: 07/24/12 04:53am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I do miss the encyclopedia salesmen from way back.Was fun to watch them lug all that heavy stuff around.Now they could just carry a dozen CD's in their pocket.


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Redcatcher70 wrote:

I am NOT getting out and walking pavement in this heat for anything.


At my advanced age, I would not be either; but I do have to think back to my younger days when I picked strawberries for 25 cents per quart and then sold them door to door for 50 cents, or the summer I spent as a Fuller Brush Salesman; or working my way through college by selling hoagies in the dorms, fraternities, and sororities.

I would hope that some of my enterprising nature is still alive out there in America and that we have not become reliant on anyone or anything else for our subsistence.

And, yes, I also sold encyclopedias door to door -- while still in high school.

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My township bans door to door selling without prior approval. School kids doing fund raisers are an exception. But I have a gripe. Where the heck are the Girl Scouts? They don't come around any more. I could easily fill a spare bedroom with those peanut butter cookies.


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I would think it's a dying career field because people just don't buy things like that anymore. Like somebody already said many people don't even open their door if they don't know the person. One word of caution, if you don't open the door, you should let the person at the door know somebody is at home. Many residential burglars will knock on the door first to make sure nobody is home. If somebody answers the door they will make up some fake reason they are there and leave, but if nobody answers they go around back and break in. We have had several bad situations happen around here where burglars thought they were breaking into an unoccupied house, but their crime ended up changing to a residential robbery.


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Jim Shoe wrote:

My township bans door to door selling without prior approval. School kids doing fund raisers are an exception. But I have a gripe. Where the heck are the Girl Scouts? They don't come around any more. I could easily fill a spare bedroom with those peanut butter cookies.


I don't think they do door to door sales anymore, other than to neighbors they know. Now they set up booths outside of stores or they force their parents to take all the cookies to work and sell them to their co-workers.

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