Post # 1
My BFF/MOH is my favorite person in the world, but sometime she can be the biggest doofus. She called me today, telling me (long story short) that 2 of those magazine sellers (you know the ones who try to get you to buy a lifetime subscription of Suckers R Us) came to her door, and since she is so nice and can’t shut the door in some stranger’s face or tell them “not interested”, she ended up just buying TWO magazines! $89.99 and $69.99! Oh my goodness, what an idiot lol. She was freaking out because she said that was her rent money and now she won’t be able to eat (she’s in college so $170 is life or death). I told her don’t worry, she could cancel it if she did it within 3 or so days. But still….
My question is, what do YOU do when you get telemarketers or Jehovah’s Witnesses or solicitors or whatnot at your home? Do you tell them straight up “Get out of my face”, or are you too nice like her (not to the extent of buying it though haha). And does anyone have any good stories about an experience with a salesperson?
Post # 3
I get solicitors nearly on a daily basis. I need to have a no soliciting sign made because it’s ridiculous.
I go easy on kids. I’ve had a few kids show up trying to sell me soap, newspapers, magazine subscriptions, you name it.
For adults, it depends on my mood. Jehova’s Witnesses will get the door slammed in their face. My give-a-crap level is so far in the negative for religious peddlers that I won’t give you any of my time. I’ll answer the door and if you utter the word “God” or “jesus”, that’s it. Stick a fork in me: I’m done.
I at least let most salesmen at give me their pitch before I tell them to get bent. If they are persistant, I slam the door.
ETA: Telemarketers get hung up on.
Post # 4
I always peek out and I just don’t even answer if I don’t recognize the person or see that it’s a FedEx/UPS or whatever. Same with the phone – if I don’t recognize the number, to voicemail it goes!
Post # 5
I don’t answer.
If by the rare chance I do, I just say “not interested” and shut the door or hang up the phone. I will usually buy from the highschool kids (the chocolate bars and coupon books), but thats about it.
Post # 6
hang up on telemarketers, after I say thank you, not interested.
Tell the Jehovah!’s that JC is my Savior and shut the door
Post # 7
i ignore them. tell them i’m on a fixed income or that i’m not interested. for jehovah’s witnesses, i say that i don’t care to hear about their beliefs, because i’m comfortable with my own. either that, or i ask them to leave and close the door in their face, then move to where i can look out the window and watch them until they leave.
Post # 8
I don’t even answer the door.
Post # 9
Phone calls “Thank you, but I am not interested. Please remove me from your call list”
Jehovahs (I dont get other door to door people as of yet) “Thank you, I have several Jehovah friends and I can speak to them if I have questions, but I do not have time at the moment for a conversation”
Post # 10
I have a small sign on my door that says “Please do not knock – no sales people, thank you.” I watch them walk to my door, read the sign and walk away. Too easy.
Post # 11
@shrubfish09: I vary between “get out and don’t come back- there is no soliciting allowed in this complex” if I tihnk it’s the people who keep casing out apartments in ym complex or, “Sorry, no thanks.” Most of the time, if I know they are up to no good, I just don’t answer the door. And I never EVER turn my back, open my door more than a crack, or let anyone see into my apartment. If i do open the door, it is with my shod foot jammed against it, to stop it from opening against my will.
Post # 12
I have a friend that trolls the heck out of them…
Some guy was trying to sell him something (over the phone) to do with comps and he played completely dumb like he had no idea what a comp/internet was. Then at the very end he told the telemarketer “Maybe I should Google what a computer is”. They hung up on him. 😛
Post # 13
I look out the peep hole and don’t answer. Unless it is a kid- then I buy at least 1 of whatever they are selling. Most recently it was the Boy Scouts selling mulch, which I needed for my flower beds anyway. They deliver it to my house- so now I don’t have to lug it from Home Depot! Not all solicitors are bad!
Post # 14
First, I ask them if they have a permit to solicit – and if they don’t have one, I tell them its illegal in our area to solicit without a permit, and if they have one, i tell them its illegal to solicit on my property with one. LOL
FI, on the other hand, fucks with them. Jehovah’s witness – he runs up and puts his “Heathen” shirt on then answers the door.
Post # 15
I’ve recently been dealing with telemarketers who hang up while I tell them to put me on the do not call list (which means they are still able to call me). If you have a smartphone, the Mr. Number app lets you block certain numbers and report them as spam numbers. So when a repeat offender tries to call me, my phone automatically picks up and hangs up immediately.
Post # 16
I’m always polite. Most of these people (outside of religion) are just doing their jobs and trying to get by like the rest of us. Maybe their lack of education or poor luck has left this as their only option. They probably don’t want to be calling you, but they have to in order to put food on their table.
My Husband is also in Sales. When he first started he was doing cold calls and people were SO MEAN to him. He didn’t deserve that. He’s taught me to always give someone a chance to say their peace and then politely decline. Why must you belittle someone for doing their job?
I understand the religious and political solicitors, but I’m still not rude to these people. Some of my family is Jehovah’s Witness and are the kindest, big hearted people I’ve ever know. They don’t deserve to be treated awful or have a door slammed in their face.
Why does it hurt you to take two seconds to politely say, “I’m sorry, I’m not interested. Have a good day.”??