General chatter - Door to door salesmen? annoyed anyone!




19Deltawifey
05-08-2010, 06:20 PM
Okay so we moved into a good neighborhood with really nice houses but it seems as if this is what attracts these salesmen to our area. I seriously get about 2 salesmen a day and it is driving me crazy. I hate being rude but is there a way to get them to not knock on my door? I am thinking about putting up a "no soliciting" sign but I have heard that it doesn't work. But I think I will make my own sign and go in depth about what no soliciting means since some ignore the signs. Well today on this lovely Saturday we had a salesmen who informed me that he might lose his job if he can't sell this newspaper or magazine to me but honestly is that my problem?

I'm really not mean but I have 2 young kids and I really enjoy my quiet time in my house. A day or 2 ago when I was running on the treadmill the salesmen came to my house and interrupted me. My garage door was half way opened and my garage is our gym so they saw me and interrupted me. I was wondering what other people do to stop these people from coming to their house? Usually I make my husband answer the door and he gets straight to the point and says no! I have no problem with telling them no but I would like to not have them knock on my door period and thats what I'm looking to solve. Any advice is welcome


ANewCreation
05-08-2010, 07:19 PM
I have noticed since I put up a 'no soliciting' sign above my doorbell that I have reduced the number of solicitors. It doesn't eliminate it all together.

No one can force you to answer your door. I know, it's annoying to hear the doorbell ring and wonder if it's someone you know. But, it usually isn't someone you know is it?

Keep the garage closed or keep the remote next to you to shut the door if someone intrudes on your workout. Seriously, I would just smile and shut the door. Maybe, if you wanted you can call out: "Too busy right now". I wouldnt bother, but maybe it would make you feel better to say something.

Don't answer the door if you are not expecting a package or friend. If someone catches you, smile sweetly while pointing to the sign and shut the door.

You are in command of the door, not the door of you. Trust me, it works.

19Deltawifey
05-08-2010, 07:38 PM
Cool thank you so much for replying. I just got my 2nd solicitor today and did not answer the door even though they could probably hear me and the kids in the house. I plan on making my own sign. I haven't had to deal with solicitors for years so it was kinda hard for me to be mean but as of lately my patience is gone and I listen to what they have to say and then say no thanks.

Oops I just remembered that we had 3 sales men today and I'm sure we will have more today. My husband turned away the 1st guy trying to sell us milk.


greenfishgirl
05-08-2010, 08:44 PM
I broke down and hung a no soliciting sign above my doorbell. It has helped tremendously. I've actually only had one knock and two door knob advertisements since I hung the sign a few months ago.

I totally get how disrupting they are - I have had people stay close to an hour when I've let them get started on their speal. I've got 4 kids - there is definately no time for that!

Good luck!

CanadianCutie
05-08-2010, 09:09 PM
My parents have both a front and a side door, and on both doors there is a handwritten sign that says "No Salesmen or Religious Groups" We still get the odd solicitor but it really cuts down on them.

Operator265
05-08-2010, 09:25 PM
I work graves and have been a shift worker for years. I have a sign near my door stating as much. Where I'm from in WY, it is illegal to jack with a shift worker no matter what you're selling, religion or otherwise. Also, salesmen must have licenses proving they know the rules. It was even mentioned once on "The Andy Griffith Show" called The Green River Ordinance.

I'd put a sign up saying you are a shift worker and ringing that bell could cost you your life. ;) In my case, it could cost the salesman his life. :club:

19Deltawifey
05-08-2010, 10:55 PM
I'd put a sign up saying you are a shift worker and ringing that bell could cost you your life. ;) In my case, it could cost the salesman his life. :club:

This is hilarious

19Deltawifey
05-08-2010, 11:05 PM
It's good to see that I'm not the only person who gets annoyed. I know they are trying to make money but if I really want something I will go to the store and buy it, when I'm home I just want to be left alone. I put a sign up that says " No Salesmen or Religious group" and then I wrote "We do NOT want to buy anything, Thanks" Hopefully this sign will work if not then I will point to the sign and then shut the door.

Canadian- Thanks for telling me what your parents put on their door I think putting salesmen instead of soliciting will allow the salesmen to fully understand what I mean. Sometimes they try to act as if they don't know what soliciting means, now they will know that no salesmen are allowed. We will see tomorrow if it works or not.

LovebirdsFlying
05-11-2010, 10:17 PM
Children selling band candy might not know what "soliciting" means, so "no sales" would probably get better results, you're right.

We don't get a lot of sales here, but there is a big issue with the religious people. I might do something like that myself.

JulieJ08
05-11-2010, 10:47 PM
Children selling band candy might not know what "soliciting" means, so "no sales" would probably get better results, you're right.

Not only that, but my sister had a solicitor get hugely offended at being reminded of the No Solicitors sign - because she was NOT a prostitute! :)

sarahyu
05-12-2010, 01:44 PM
Our neighborhood has a no solicitors policy but they still come. I've gotten to the point I just don't answer the door any longer. The religious ones are the ones that annoy me. You can't get rid of them, even at the door.

And I never let them inside the house if I do open the door.

Actually it's dangerous to open the door if you don't know the person . If I had small children at home I'd never open the door to soliciters. We've had several strong arm robberies where a person rings the door bell and then when the home owner answers the door, they just puch right on in and rob the place.

And they just may be shady people in general

http://www.ktka.com/news/2010/apr/26/beware-summertime-scams-unscrupulous-solicitors/

JustBeckyV
05-12-2010, 05:25 PM
I just don't answer the door. I don't care if they know I am home or not lol

TheTigz
05-12-2010, 06:22 PM
Carly - you say you have a pyrenees puppy there...maybe you need something not so cute, like a big rabid German Shepherd!! Foaming at the mouth if possible, barking its head off and a sign in the garden like this:

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a315/flo71/GermanShepherd.jpg

Works for us LOL!

eroica27
05-12-2010, 08:23 PM
actually pyreneeses are border dogs...its they're border and they will protect it. I would go with a sign that says "I seem lazy and relaxed, but I will run you down." ;)

LovebirdsFlying
05-12-2010, 09:31 PM
This came into hubby's e-mail.

Dog For Sale

Free to good home. Excellent guard dog. Owner cannot afford to feed him anymore, as there are no more drug pushers, thieves, murderers, or molesters left in the neighborhood for him to eat. Most of them knew Jethro only by his Oriental street name, Ho Lee Schitt.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a124/Cruztacean/dogforsale.jpg

TheTigz
05-13-2010, 03:45 AM
ROFL! :lol3:

MindiV
05-13-2010, 08:54 AM
I just don't answer the door. I don't care if they know I am home or not lol

This is me too!

Most cities require door-to-door salesmen to get a permit to sell IN the city. If you ever do open the door to one, demand to see their permit. If they don't show it, call the police and have 'em shut down...

CrystalZ10
05-13-2010, 09:31 PM
This is me too!

Most cities require door-to-door salesmen to get a permit to sell IN the city. If you ever do open the door to one, demand to see their permit. If they don't show it, call the police and have 'em shut down...


Try a no trespassing (sp) sign. As a memeber of one of those "religious groups" that go door to door ;), we are told not to go to homes with this kind of sign. If we do, and we get sued, we're on our own.

MissKelly
05-13-2010, 10:02 PM
I keep getting the same repeat visits from the same newspaper that I'm subscribed to. You would think they would at least have a list to know who the subscribers are. More than anything, I get the kids who come around selling candy ... who I won't be buying from anymore. ;)

LovebirdsFlying
05-13-2010, 11:36 PM
Try a no trespassing (sp) sign. As a memeber of one of those "religious groups" that go door to door ;), we are told not to go to homes with this kind of sign. If we do, and we get sued, we're on our own.

My new sign, one on each door, reads: "NO SALES of any kind, whether items or religion. We have our own. We are not interested. Thank you." No disrespect to you personally, Crystal. I am a former Seventh-day Adventist, and they do a lot of door-to-door work too.

MissKelly: Have you tried calling the sales division at the newspaper?

Wannabeskinny
05-14-2010, 09:38 AM
We don't get any salesmen and I think it's a dying out tradition. We only get religious solicitors which are way worse than salesmen. I find it offensive to go to someone's home trying to pull them away from their own religions. It's like going to someone house and telling them they don't wash their dishes properly or they're married to the wrong person... excuse you, your time is better spent going to your own church and basking in the glow of your own beliefs rather than coming to my house and making me feel uncomfortable.

GlamourGirl827
05-14-2010, 10:57 PM
I've never had any come knocking, ever! Maybe its where I live. I mean, I live in a middle class county on the east coast, and I've heard the occasional story maybe years ago. But no one I know gets salesmen or religious groups. I'm not complaining about it though!!
Do you have a sprinkler system that you set yourself? If it were me, anyone that came knocking on my door would need a change of clothes. :)

cbmare
05-17-2010, 06:51 PM
I taped a hand written sign to our door. boobalah came home from work, saw the sign and sheepishly entered the house asking about my mood. I explained that 4 people came to the door and it irritated me. He told me that he almost turned around and went back to work. LOL.

It read:

"I AM NOT IN A GOOD MOOD. IF YOU KNOCK ON THIS DOOR OR RING THE BELL, BE PREPARED FOR MY WRATH!"

Right now we are getting political people for the proposed stadium or other such stuff. I'm about to put up a sign stating that we've already voted. That worked in the past.

LovebirdsFlying
05-18-2010, 12:08 AM
Love the sprinkler system idea. Hehehe.

calluna
05-18-2010, 12:23 AM
My Great Pyrenees boy has firm opinions about who should be allowed to knock on his door. Just today he convinced a Kirby vacuum salesman that maybe another house would be a better place to visit. He has a *very* big bark.

My little girl Pyr wouldn't do anything other than lick his face, though...

ANOther
05-18-2010, 12:42 PM
Geez, where do all of you live? I'm rarely home during the daytime except on holidays and weekends, but my mom is at home a lot, and she never reports any door-to-door salespeople (ETA: except possibly Girl Scouts selling cookies and other kids selling similar fundraising material). If anybody comes door-to-door, it's missionaries; if anybody tries to sell her any big-ticket items, they call her on the phone! (99.44% of the time she isn't interested, but one guy called her once selling home emergency alert systems. Since she's fallen down on several occasions and needed help getting up, she thought it was a good idea, and after satisfying herself that the company was on the up-and-up, she got a system.)

Lovebirds & Julie, not only am I aware of "No Soliciting" signs, but from when I was a kid I remember signs worded "No Peddlers or Agents"